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February 17, 2012
Fuel cell forklifts like the one shown here are used by leading companies across the U.S. as part of their daily business operations. | Energy Department file photo.
Leaders of the Fuel Cell Pack

The Energy Department’s "Business Case for Fuel Cells 2011" report illustrates how top American companies are using fuel cells in their business operations to advance their sustainability goals, save millions of dollars in electricity costs, and reduce carbon emissions by hundreds of thousands of metric tons per year.

February 16, 2012
EnerG2 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new battery materials plant in Albany, Oregon. Photo courtesy of the Vehicle Technologies Program
Advanced Battery Manufacturing Making Strides in Oregon

Recently, I visited Albany, Oregon, to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony at the newest facility for the advanced materials company, EnerG2. The new facility will produce advanced carbon materials for electric drive vehicles batteries and ultracapacitors that can rapidly store and discharge energy.  

February 14, 2012
Fuel Economy Valentines

What’s more romantic this Valentine’s Day than taking a drive with your sweetheart?

January 17, 2012
New Energy 101 Video: Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles, sometimes called EVs, can give drivers like you a convenient way to get around, while saving you money on fuel, reducing emissions, and supporting the nation’s energy security.

January 13, 2012
Arun Majumdar speaks at Idaho National Lab (INL) during a visit to the site earlier this week. | Photo courtesy of INL.
EV Technology Accelerates in Colorado

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.

January 13, 2012
Thanks to a cost-sharing project with the Energy Department, General Motors has been able to develop the capacity to build electric and hybrid motors internally. That capacity has made cars like the upcoming Chevy Spark EV (above) possible. | Image courtesy of General Motors.
As Electric Vehicles Take Charge, Costs Power Down

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.

January 12, 2012
Secretary Chu Visits the 2012 North American International Auto Show

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.

January 10, 2012
A look at 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. | Photo courtesy of Auto Guide.
Saving Money and Fuel with a Click of a Mouse

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.

January 9, 2012
Energy 101: Electric Vehicles

A look at how electric vehicles (EVs) work and what current and future models are doing to cut transit costs, reduce emissions, and strengthen our nation's energy security.

December 16, 2011
Dr. Green (top row, third from the right) with his B-29 crew members in Xian, China. | Image courtesy of Dr. Alex Green.
World War II Fuel Shortages Spur Veteran into Action

How Dr. Alex Green's experiences over the Pacific during World War II have shaped his path as a leading biofuels researcher.