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May 11, 2016
Release of 2015 Vehicle Technologies Market Report

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has published the 2015 Vehicle Technologies Market Report.  The report is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office, and, in accord with its mission, pays special attention to the progress of high‐efficiency and alternative fuel technologies. This report details both major and underlying trends in U.S. light‐duty vehicle and medium/heavy truck markets.

May 4, 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-Optimized Fuel-Engine Systems to Transform Our Nation’s Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) recent Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines Initiative (Co-Optima) seeks to combine previously independent areas of biofuels and engine-combustion research and development to design new fuels and engines that are co-optimized—designed in tandem to maximize vehicle performance and carbon efficiency.

May 2, 2016
The Department of Energy's SMART (Systems and Modeling for Accelerated Research in Transportation) Mobility consortium was established to better understand the energy and climate change impacts that arise from future mobility systems.
Energy and Transportation Departments Commit to Supporting Cities of the Future

The Department of Energy and Department of Transportation are natural partners when it comes to vehicle technologies. That's why the two departments have teamed up for the Smart City Challenge to spark further innovation and identify solutions to some of the world's most pressing transportation challenges.

April 29, 2016
DOE and the Department of Transportation Announce Collaboration to Support Smart Transportation Systems and Alternative Fuel Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a collaboration to accelerate research, development, demonstration, and deployment of innovative smart transportation systems and alternative fuel technologies.

April 27, 2016
Rice hulls and other samples used for demonstrating the capabilities of the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Rapid Biomass Analysis System. Researchers have found a way to produce silicon structures for lithium-ion batteries using rice husks. | Photo courtesy of NREL
From Rice Paddies to the Road: Transforming Rice Husks into Lithium-ion Anodes for Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Through a project supported by the Energy Department’s Vehicle Technologies Office, researchers at Stanford University have been able to produce silicon structures for lithium-ion batteries from rice husks, a waste product of this ubiquitous agricultural crop.

April 26, 2016
Vehicle Technologies Office Issues Notice of Intent for Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement

The Vehicle Technologies Office has issued a Notice of Intent (No. DE-FOA-0001534) to make interested parties aware of its plan to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “FY 2016 Vehicle Technologies Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement.” The information contained in the notice is subject to change.

April 13, 2016
Timeline: A Brief History of Oil Prices and Vehicle Technologies

Benjamin Franklin once expressed that there are only two things you can count on in life: death and taxes. Transportation analysts might add a third item to that list – fluctuating gas prices. Our interactive timeline illustrates when and why oil prices have fluctuated over the last 40 years, and explains how the Energy Department has worked to minimize our country’s vulnerability to these price swings.

April 7, 2016
Depending on the technology pathway, one million Btu of natural gas, which has the same energy content of about nine gallons of gasoline, can take a car between 175 and 325 miles, compared to 200 miles for an equivalent conventional gasoline powered car.
Natural Gas: Lifting Mileage Higher and Higher

A new Energy Department brochure compares the energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions and ranges of the three proposed natural gas passenger vehicle configurations using analysis by Argonne National Laboratory.

March 28, 2016
The American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit in New York, New York convenes May 12, 2016 to address the most critical, over-the-horizon energy and manufacturing challenges and opportunities affecting U.S. prosperity and clean energy manufacturing in the northeast and across the United States.
Energy Department Convenes the 2016 AEMC Northeast Regional Summit

Join the U.S. Department of Energy and the Council on Competitiveness for the

2016 American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC)
Northeast Regional Summit: Innovating for a Clean Energy Future

May 12th, 2016
City College of New York, Great Hall
New York, New York

March 10, 2016
DOE’s Innovative Small Business Vouchers Pilot Selects 33 Small Businesses for Lab Collaboration

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that 33 small businesses have been selected to work directly with DOE national labs to accelerate the transformation toward a clean energy economy. The selected businesses will be afforded access to world-class laboratory resources to help move these innovative ideas and technologies closer to the marketplace.