While the North American International Auto Show began this week in Detroit, ARPA-E Director Arun Majumadar is visiting another town on the cutting edge of vehicle R&D – Longmont, Colorado, home of UQM Technologies.
One of the keys to translating the trade show excitement around electric vehicles into widespread consumer adoption is driving down costs, and one area that continues to be a focus across the industry is reducing the cost of electric motors.
Secretary Chu toured the floor of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where he had the chance observe how technological innovations like the ones developed by the Energy Department and their partners are being incorporated into the next generation of vehicles.
With so many options, it can be hard to decipher what car is right for you, or if there’s a clear economic benefit in trading up to a new vehicle. Fortunately, the Energy Department offers a number of tools that can help consumers save money and fuel, whether you’re in the market for a new vehicle or trying to make the most of your current one.
For most people, the notion that the green gunk coating various pond and river bottoms is a potential fuel source sounds like science fiction. But the fact is, several projects sponsored by the Energy Department are actively developing various ways to turn that “green gunk”, called algae, into a renewable and sustainable transportation fuel that will help reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.
Over the past two weeks, we’ve featured a number of stories about how advanced biofuels are strengthening our national security and creating economic opportunities across the country. Today, we want to hear from you as we host a live Twitter Q&A on biofuels with Dr. Valerie Reed, Acting Manager of the Biomass Program – starting at 1 PM EST this afternoon.