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March 9, 2012
With their presence in almost every neighborhood and community, refuse trucks, like the one shown above, can benefit from alternative fuels and advanced technology. | Photo courtesy of Veolia Environmental Services.
Veolia and Johnson Controls Get the Job Done with Clean, Fuel Efficient Fleets

Representing more than a million vehicles nationwide, National Clean Fleets Partnership are reducing their vehicle's petroleum use.

March 8, 2012
Andy Mitchell, Public Works Project Manager for the City of Oklahoma City, refills a vehicle at the new fast-fill CNG fueling station located at the city's main maintenance facility. | Courtesy of the City of Oklahoma City.
CNG in OKC: Improving Efficiency at the Pump and on the Road

In order to reduce vehicle emissions, public fuel costs and save time on refueling, the City of Oklahoma City used funding from the EECBG program to install a fast-fill CNG fueling station at the town's main maintenance facility.

March 6, 2012
Secretary Steven Chu with Kellie Walsh and Cris Dorman of Greater Indiana Clean Cities at the Green Truck Summit in Indianapolis, IN, in front of a display describing the coalition's Recovery Act-supported project. | Photo by Trish Cozart, NREL.
Best Buy and PG&E's Commitment to Clean Fleets

Learn how Clean Fleets corporate partners such as Best Buy and PG&E are committing to reducing their petroleum use.

March 5, 2012
UPS is one of the Energy Department's National Clean Fleets Partners. The company is reducing petroleum use and emissions through careful route planning, fuel efficiency measures and alternative fuel use. | Photo courtesy of UPS.
National Clean Fleets Partnership Moves Forward

The National Clean Fleets Partnership helps large fleets reduce their petroleum use. Secretary Chu today announced four new members of the partnership at the Green Truck Summit in Indianapolis, bringing the total partnership to 18 corporate members, who operate more than a million vehicles nationwide.

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.