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January 5, 2016
Vehicle Technologies Office Publishes 2015 Annual Merit Review Report

The Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) recently published its summary report from the 2015 Annual Merit Review (AMR) and Peer Evaluation Meeting held June 16-20.

December 29, 2015
Sandia researcher John Dec holds a specialized optical piston used in engine research at the Combustion Research Facility. | Photo courtesy of Randy Wong, Sandia National Laboratories.
Making a Difference: Heavy-Duty Combustion Engine Research Saved Billions

More than 10 million heavy-duty vehicles drive on U.S. roads each day, hauling goods, transporting people, and performing essential tasks like utility repair. However, these vehicles would be very different today if it wasn’t for the work of the Energy Department’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO).

December 18, 2015
Vehicle Technologies Office Issues Notice of Intent for Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement

The Vehicle Technologies Office has issued a Notice of Intent (No. DE-FOA-0001462) to make interested parties aware of its plan to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “FY 2016 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement.” The information contained in the notice is subject to change.

December 18, 2015
EERE Seeks Stakeholder Input on the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) have released a request for information (RFI) titled “Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines” (Optima).

December 14, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on Funding for Small Clean Energy Businesses, the EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge 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.  Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required.

Upcoming Webinars

December 15:  Live Webinar on Funding for Small Clean Energy Businesses

Webinar Sponsor: SBIR Program

December 14, 2015
Assistant Secretary Danielson spoke about the importance of stakeholder collaboration to realize the goals of EV Everywhere. | Photo courtesy of Ameren Corporation
Driving Progress Through the EV Everywhere Utility Partnership

This month the EV Everywhere Utility Partnership (EV Everywhere UP) observed six months of progress with an Electric Transportation Stakeholder Summit, where partners shared successes, gained feedback and continued the collaboration. Nearly 100 stakeholders met at Ameren Corporation in St. Louis, MO to discuss ways to overcome critical barriers to mass market adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV).

December 10, 2015
DOE Announces Webinar on EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge

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.  Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required.

Upcoming Webinar

December 17:  Live Webinar on EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge

Webinar Sponsor: Vehicle Technologies Office

December 10, 2015
Breakthrough EERE National Laboratory Inventions Take Home Nine R&D 100 Awards

EERE and the National Laboratories supported nine winners at the recent 53rd annual R&D 100 Awards. Presented to research and development teams and partnerships, these prestigious awards have identified and honored significant major technological breakthroughs every year.

December 2, 2015
A Chevrolet Volt charges in Rhode Island thanks to a ChargePoint station installed using funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. | Photo courtesy of NREL
Plugged In: Understanding How and Where Plug-in Electric Vehicle Drivers Charge Up

Being able to go on long trips running on electricity has always been the Holy Grail of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owners. In comparison to conventional vehicles, which can run for 300 miles or more on a tank of gas, most all-electric vehicles have ranges of less than 100 miles. In addition, while it seems like there is a gas station on every corner, public charging stations are rarer. While range is typically not an issue for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that have a back-up gasoline engine, public infrastructure can help increase the amount of time they can run on electricity.

December 1, 2015
Workplace Charging Challenge Mid-Program Review: Promising Progress from U.S. Employers

The EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge is celebrating a major milestone – it’s now halfway to its goal of 500 Challenge partners committed to installing workplace charging for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) by 2018. Since its launch nearly three years ago, more than 250 employers have joined as Challenge partners and the installation of workplace charging as a sustainable business practice is growing across the United States.