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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. 

March 7, 2016
DOE Announces Webinars on Electric Vehicle Charging at Colleges, a Hydrogen Leak Detector and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

March 7, 2016
Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory test a wireless charger on the fully-electric Toyota Scion iQ at a demonstration site. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Wireless Electric Charging: The Future of Plug-In Electric Vehicles is Going Cordless

What if charging your plug-in electric vehicle was as easy as parking it? No need for cords or cards. Just as Wi-Fi has freed consumers of wires when accessing the Internet, wireless charging technology may soon be as widespread, thanks to research supported by the Energy Department.

March 1, 2016
DOE Announces $80 Million in Funding to Increase SuperTruck Efficiency

Funding Opportunity Announcement and three new projects to focus on research, development and demonstration of plug-in electric powertrain technologies.

March 1, 2016
Our latest infographic explains how heavy-duty trucks are more getting more sustainable thanks to the Energy Department's SuperTruck initiative. | Infographic by <a href="/node/1332956">Carly Wilkins</a>, Energy Department.
INFOGRAPHIC: How SuperTruck is Making Heavy Duty Vehicles More Efficient

How the Energy Department's SuperTruck initiative is making America's heavy duty trucks more sustainable.

February 24, 2016
U.S. Department of Energy Launches $40 Million Effort to Improve Materials for Clean Energy Solutions

Energy Materials Network will include four initial National Laboratory-led Consortia

February 24, 2016
Researchers take laser-based velocity measurements at the Sandia National Laboratory's Combustion Research Facility. The measurements are used to help understand the flow features involved in the creation of in-cylinder carbon monoxide distributions in order to improve automotive diesel engines. | Photo by Randy Wong, Sandia National Laboratory
New Vehicle Initiative Aims to Make Fuel and Engines Work Together More Efficiently

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.