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November 18, 2015
Energy Department Announces New Research on Connected Vehicles

The Energy Department’s Vehicle Technologies Office today announced a new $2.7 million project with the University of Michigan to study if vehicles that communicate with each other and their surroundings can help people drive more efficiently. The Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation, Reuben Sarkar, announced the project during a conference at the University of Michigan. Better understanding the benefits and challenges of connected vehicles can help vehicle designers improve vehicle efficiency, reducing carbon pollution, improving energy security, and saving American drivers money.

November 17, 2015
Energy Department Welcomes Department of Transportation as New Workplace Charging Challenge Partner

Today, the Energy Department is welcoming the Department of Transportation (DOT) as a partner in its Workplace Charging Challenge, which aims to make workplace charging for plug-in electric vehicles available to employees across the country.

November 13, 2015
6 Charts that Will Make You Optimistic About America’s Clean Energy Future

How wind, solar, LEDs and electric vehicles are leading the way in America's clean energy revolution, visualized in six simple charts.

November 13, 2015
<a href="/node/1382076">2015 Revolution…Now report </a> details the state of several clean energy technologies in the U.S. that provide technology solutions to climate change.  | National Renewable Energy Laboratory photo
Secretary Moniz Announces Clean Energy Technologies are Accelerating in the U.S. Marketplace According to New Revolution…Now Report

Secretary Moniz Announces Clean Energy Technologies are Accelerating in the U.S. Marketplace According to New Revolution…Now Report

November 9, 2015
This electric vehicle charging station at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was one of the first charging stations in the state. Massachusetts is a member of NESCAUM and is part of the a multi-state zero emission vehicle memorandum of understanding committing these states to deploy 3.3 million plug-in electric vehicles by 2025. | Photo courtesy of Stephen Russell, Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition
Energy Department Partners with NESCAUM to Expand Electric Transportation Efforts

This week, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) that provides for collaborative federal and state efforts in six keys areas where action is needed to expand the EV market.

November 6, 2015
The brand-new logo for EV Everywhere, the effort to encourage the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles. The Energy Department ran a contest to choose a logo, and the winning design was submitted by Brian Marquis.
New EV Everywhere Logo is Ready for the Road

How do you capture the idea of an electrified transportation system in a single graphic? That was the task facing the designers who participated in the Energy Department’s recent EV Everywhere Logo Challenge. Fortunately, 50 artists took on this difficult mission, submitting more than 80 entries. In the end, we picked only one winner:  Brian Marquis.

November 5, 2015
Photo by Kristy Keel-Blackmon of East Tennessee Clean Fuels
2016 Fuel Economy Guide Highlights Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Today the Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced that the 2016 Fuel Economy Guide is now available. This annual publication is designed to help consumers choose the most fuel-efficient vehicles that will meet their needs. From fuel-sippers to gas-guzzlers, the Fuel Economy Guide provides consumers with essential information about model year 2016 light-duty vehicles, including their fuel economy, greenhouse gas emissions, and projected annual fuel cost.

October 15, 2015
<i>A Porsche 911 GT being chased by a Chevrolet Corvette GT under the rain during the last hour of Petit Le Mans 2015 at Road Atlanta. | Photo courtesy of New West Technologies</i>
Last Flag of the 2015 Green Racing Season

The Petit Le Mans, a 10-hour endurance racecar competition held annually at the beginning of October, is known for being difficult, long, and (since 2006) “green.” Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and SAE International, Green Racing recognizes racecar teams that go the farthest and fastest with the smallest environmental footprint.

October 1, 2015
Energy Department Unveils 3D-Printed Building; New Initiatives During Industry Day

The Energy Department announced several new and exciting innovations and programs during Industry Day held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee Sept. 23-24. This included unveiling a 3-D printed building with integrated energy storage via bidirectional wireless power transfer to and from a vehicle, revealing the first-round winners of ORNL’s crowdsourcing competition to advance innovative building technology ideas, and announcing a new open innovation program between ORNL and four industry partners.

September 29, 2015
The United States has the largest electric vehicle fleet in the world, which includes cars like the Chevrolet Volt. | Photo courtesy of General Motors
Celebrating Electric Vehicles

Electric cars are more popular than ever. Earlier this month, drivers shared why they love these sustainable vehicles.