While Seattle's lost out on some stimulus money (for example, for city transportation projects), and Greg Nickels lost an election, they both got a boost today in the form of $1.4 million from the Department of Energy for "clean fuels, vehicles, and infrastructure projects."
About $900,000 of the money will going to 15 diesel/electric work trucks, which the city says "will save more than 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year and reduce carbon emissions by more than 112 tons annually. This will also help the manufacturer ramp-up production and drive down the price of hybrid systems in the mass market."
The rest of the money--$500,000--will go towards charging stations for the electric cars on city-owned properties. The city is already going to get around 2,550 charging stations on non-city property as the result of a big federal grant, so today's news isn't as big a deal.
But it reinforces the fact that the stations--which will serve the electric car, the LEAF, that Nissan plans on introducing to Seattle in 2010, and also be compatible with other electric cars--will go forward, even without Nickels. They'd been touted as part of his plan for his third term; thanks to Uncle Sam, he can watch them go forward all the same.