EERE leads U.S. researchers and other partners in making transportation cleaner and more efficient through solutions that put electric drive vehicles on the road and replace oil with clean domestic fuels.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supports the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies, including advances in electric vehicles, engine efficiency, and lightweight materials. Since 2008, the Department of Energy has reduced the costs of producing electric vehicle batteries by more than 35%. DOE has also pioneered better combustion engines that have saved billions of gallons of petroleum fuel, while making diesel vehicles as clean as gasoline-fueled vehicles.
The Vehicle Technologies Office develops and deploys efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum. These technologies will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.
EERE'S WORK IN VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES
Batteries and Energy Storage
Addresses energy storage challenges including cost, performance, life, and abuse tolerance
Advanced Combustion Engines
Improving the efficiency of internal combustion engines
Hybrid and Vehicle Systems
R&D activities to identify opportunities to improve vehicle efficiencies
Power Electronics and Electrical Machines
Developing highly reliable, efficient, and rugged technologies for advanced electric drive vehicles
Fuels and Lubricants
Providing cost-competitive fuel options with high fuel economy and low emissions
Developing advanced materials to boost the fuel economy of vehicles