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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.

December 16, 2011
An aerial view of Sapphire Energy's integrated biorefinery in Luna County, New Mexico. | Photo courtesy of Sapphire Energy.
Sapphire Energy Out to Prove That Crud Can Take On Crude

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.

December 16, 2011
Join us live today at 1 PM EST for a discussion on advanced biofuels | Photo courtesy of FDC Logistics.
TODAY: Advanced Biofuels Q&A with Dr. Valerie Reed

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.

December 12, 2011
John Ferrell (center -- 4th from left) participates in a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the grand opening of a cellulosic ethanol demonstration facility in Tennessee. | Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess.
Biomass for the Nation: How One Energy Department Expert Has Helped Lead the Way

A look at one Energy Department employee's impact on the biofuels industry.