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August 25, 2016
Timeline: A Path to Lightweight Materials in Cars and Trucks

Although cars have been around for more than a century, the material making them up has mostly stayed the same — steel. It’s only been in the last 25 years or so that advanced materials, ranging from aluminum and magnesium alloys to carbon fiber composites, have made their way into mass-produced passenger cars. These lightweight materials can cut a vehicle’s body and chassis weight in half, helping to increase fuel economy as well as the overall range of hybrids, plug-ins and all-electric cars.

August 18, 2016
Energy Department Awards 43 new Business-Laboratory Collaborations under Small Business Vouchers Pilot

Today, the Energy Department announced 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. With vouchers in hand, these businesses can better leverage the world-class capabilities of the department's national laboratories and bring their next-generation clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster.

August 16, 2016
Energy Department Announces $137 Million Investment in Commercial and Passenger Vehicle Efficiency

SuperTruck II, Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide Selections to Accelerate the Development of Innovative Technologies

August 2, 2016
As part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines initiative, researchers are exploring synergies among new bio-based fuels, engines, powertrains, and fueling infrastructure. | Image by Loren Stacks, Sandia National Laboratories.
Co-Optima Initiative Fuels Combustion Engine Efficiency

The Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative aims to simultaneously transform both transportation fuels and vehicles in order to maximize performance and energy efficiency, minimize environmental impact, and accelerate widespread adoption of innovative combustion strategies.

July 21, 2016
FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Federal and Private Sector Actions to Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption in the United States

Administration announces new actions geared towards accelerating the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and putting more electric vehicles on the road.

July 7, 2016
US Advanced Battery Consortium Reissues Request for Proposal Information to Develop Improved Thermal Management Systems for Li-Ion Batteries for Vehicles

The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), which partners with the Vehicle Technologies Office to support battery research and development projects, recently reissued a request for proposal information (RFPI) for developing better thermal management systems for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries used in vehicles. Proposed thermal management system technologies should offer a significant improvement over current technologies while still meeting the USABC goals. USABC reopened the RFPI to prompt more submissions, especially from candidates new to USABC programs. The deadline for submission is October 7, 2016.

June 30, 2016
First-Ever Sustainable Transportation Summit to Talk Future of Transportation, Energy, and Mobility

The inaugural 2016 Sustainable Transportation Summit will serve as a forum to share ideas and perspectives on opportunities to accelerate the commercialization and deployment of advanced transportation technologies and smart mobility systems over the next decade.

June 29, 2016
Wanda Forrest, Coordinator of the Northern Florida Clean Fuels Coalition in Jacksonville, and Mike Scarpino, of Clean Cities, standing next to a compressed natural gas vehicle. | Photo courtesy of Clean Cities
Clean Cities Welcomes New North Florida Coalition

The Energy Department’s Clean Cities program has welcomed the Northern Florida Clean Fuels Coalition in Jacksonville into its network of nearly 100 coalitions across the country. As part of Clean Cities, this group will continue to minimize the use of petroleum in transportation throughout their area.

June 27, 2016
Heavy-duty trucks are getting more efficient thanks to the Energy Department's SuperTruck initiative.
SuperTruck Leading the Way for Efficiency in Heavy-Duty, Long-Haul Vehicles

Nearly all Americans rely on heavy-duty, long-haul trucks that haul our goods and services, deliver our food, and help keep our economy humming along. Thanks to the Energy Department's widely successful SuperTruck Initiative, these vehicles are becoming more fuel-efficient, which saves money spent on gas and reduces harmful carbon emissions.

June 16, 2016
Vehicle Technologies Office Recognizes Individuals and Teams with Extraordinary Results at 2016 Annual Merit Review

At this year’s Annual Merit Review in Washington, DC, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office recognized some of its most outstanding partners involved in research, development, and deployment of sustainable transportation technologies. The Vehicle Technologies Office bestowed Distinguished Achievement and Lifetime Distinguished Achievement awards for teams and individuals that have contributed to projects and programs with extraordinary results.