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Vehicle Technologies Office News

June 6, 2016
DOE Announces $22 Million in Funding to Accelerate the Development of Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Use of Other Sustainable Transportation Technologies

The Energy Department (DOE) announced $22 million to support research, development, and demonstration of innovative plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) and direct injection propane engine technologies, as well as community-based projects to accelerate the adoption of light, medium, and heavy duty vehicles that operate on fuels such as biodiesel, electricity, E85, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane.

June 3, 2016
A vehicle undergoes dynamometer testing at Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Powertrain Research Facility in Illinois. The project is one of many that is being evaluated at the Vehicle Technologies Office and Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting. | Photo by Argonne National Laboratory
Annual Merit Review Evaluates Impact of Sustainable Transportation Projects

Nearly 400 Energy Department activities and projects will be judged by reviewers from a variety of scientific backgrounds at the Vehicle Technologies Office and Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting in Washington, D.C., which is free of charge and open to the public.

May 27, 2016
The Ohio State University won year two of the four-year EcoCAR 3 Competition. |  Photo by Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition
The Ohio State University Defends Title, Wins Second Year of EcoCAR 3 Competition

Energy Department and General Motors crown The Ohio State University this year’s winner of the EcoCAR 3 – Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition.

May 20, 2016
Members of Mississippi State University, one of of 16 EcoCAR competition teams, work on their redesign of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.
Students Debut Redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaros at EcoCAR 3 Competition

The third edition of the Energy Department’s EcoCAR competition is underway, as 16 collegiate teams from across North America redesign the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact while maintaining the performance expected from the iconic American car.

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.