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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.

February 12, 2016
New Find-a-Car App Brings Fuel Economy Right to Your Phone

With more car buyers than ever using the Internet to research their future vehicles, accessing information on fuel economy needs to be simple and convenient. To make searching easier on mobile devices, FuelEconomy.gov, which the Energy Department manages with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recently released app versions of its popular Find-a-Car tool for iPhone and Android.

February 11, 2016
Steel Market Development Institute Men and Women of Steel Awardees
Steel Market Development Institute Awards “Community Hero” Award to the Vehicle Technologies Office

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.

February 10, 2016
Vehicle Technologies Office Issues Notice of Intent for SuperTruck II Funding Opportunity Announcement

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.

February 10, 2016
Tori Hawn, communications manager for the Colorado State University team, is showing two of the middle schoolers at Education Day how to put together a regenerative braking kit. Regenerative braking is used in hybrid electric vehicles to capture and reuse energy from the brakes that would be otherwise lost.
EcoCAR 3 Students Learn and Teach at Winter Workshop

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.