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December 11, 2012
What improvements are making vehicles drive farther? Learn about the technologies that are increasing vehicle efficiency.
#LabChat: Innovations Driving More Efficient Vehicles, Dec. 13 at 2 pm ET

Our vehicle experts can answer your questions about technologies that are helping improve vehicle fuel economy.

December 10, 2012
Argonne engineer Steve Ciatti works on an engine in Argonne's Engine Research Facility -- a facility where researchers can study in-cylinder combustion and emissions under realistic operating conditions. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
54.5 MPG and Beyond: Speeding Up Development of Advanced Combustion Engines

The fourth post in our fuel economy series: how researchers are improving the internal combustion engine.

December 7, 2012
Altergy had more than 60 fuel cells in the immediate Hurricane Sandy disaster area that acted as backup power for cell phone towers. | Photo courtesy of Altergy.
Calling All Fuel Cells

The story of how fuel cells help power cell phone towers during a natural disaster.

December 5, 2012
Announcing the Apps for Vehicles Challenge

Today the Vehicle Technologies Program is launching the Apps for Vehicles Challenge, which is looking for the best business plans, app ideas and product designs that use open vehicle data to help vehicle owners save fuel, save money and stay safe.

December 4, 2012
Lightweight materials, such as high-strength steel, aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber can help improve fuel economy in future vehicles. This is a carbon fiber from microwave-assisted plasma unit -- a unit that is part of the process to transform precursor fibers into carbon fibers that can be used in vehicles. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
54.5 MPG and Beyond: Materials Lighten the Load for Fuel Economy

The third post in our fuel economy series: Exploring how lighter materials for vehicles lead to fuel savings.

November 30, 2012
At Argonne's Advanced Powertrain Research Facility, researchers conduct vehicle benchmarking and testing activities that provide data critical to the development and commercialization of next-generation vehicles.| Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Electric Vehicles

Highlighting our list of the most interesting facts about electric vehicles.

November 30, 2012
Argonne scientists Ira Bloom (front) and Javier Bareño prepare a sample of battery materials for Raman spectroscopy, which is used to gather information regarding the nature of the materials present in the sample. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Building a Better Battery for Vehicles and the Grid

The new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub is a coordinated effort designed to push the limits on battery advances.

November 30, 2012
Scientists and engineers at the Energy Department and its national laboratories are finding new, more efficient ways to convert biomass into biofuels that can take the place of conventional fuels like gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Environmental Science Division, graduate students and researchers use transplanted trees in a number of studies, including those involving biomass conversion to biofuels. In this photo, graduate student Alina Campbell is removing damaged leaves from Eastern Cottonwood trees, which helps stimulate the trees' growth.| Photo courtesy of Jason Richards.
Photo of the Week: Biomass Research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

November 29, 2012
With help from the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative, Grand Teton National Park was able to purchase hybrid electric vehicles, which the park's Wildlife Brigade use to spark discussions about emission and fuel efficiency. | Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.
54.5 MPG and Beyond: Hybridization Moves Vehicles Forward

Next up in our series on fuel economy: Why two engines in a vehicle can be better than one.

November 27, 2012
This infographic looks how new fuel economy standards will save Americans money at the pump, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and grow the U.S. economy. <a href="/articles/road-fuel-efficiency">Click here</a> to view the full infographic. | Infographic by Sarah Gerrity.
54.5 MPG and Beyond: Fueling Energy-Efficient Vehicles

New fuel economy standards will save Americans money at the pump, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and grow the U.S. economy, and the Energy Department is driving the innovation necessary to meet these standards.