Recently I had the pleasure of briefing members of Congress on EERE’s groundbreaking fuel-engine co-optimization initiative. The new, multi-year project combines previously independent areas of biofuels and engine combustion research and development (R&D) to design new fuels and engines that are co-optimized—designed in tandem to both maximize vehicle performance and carbon efficiency.
At the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) recognized the Vehicle Technologies Office’s investments in advanced, high-strength steel as part of their “Men and Women of Steel Awards.” SMDI presented VTO with the Community Hero award, which recognizes individuals and organizations whose work using steel impacts the quality of life in the community. Lightweight materials technical manager Will Joost accepted the award on behalf of the office.
The Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) has issued a Notice of Intent (No. DE-FOA-0001447) to make interested parties aware of its plan to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement entitled “Advanced Systems Level Technology Development, Integration and Demonstration for Efficient Class 8 Trucks (SuperTruck II).” The SuperTruck initiative focuses on reducing transportation fuel consumption by improving on-road heavy truck fuel economy.
Last week, EcoCAR 3 students attended the Year Two Winter Workshop held at EcoCAR sponsor NXP’s headquarters in Austin, Texas. As the most recent Energy Department Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition series, EcoCAR 3 is challenging 16 North American university teams to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact, while maintaining its performance.
By accelerating collaborative research and development among government and industry partners, including the Vehicle Technologies Office, 21CTP aims to enable America’s medium and heavy-duty vehicles to safely and cost-effectively move ever larger volumes of freight and number of passengers while minimizing pollution and the dependency on foreign oil. VTO regularly works with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to evaluate program direction, assess technical progress towards meeting the stated goals, and offer suggestions to improve the Partnership.