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February 18, 2015
New Report Describes Joint Opportunities for Natural Gas and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Markets

Sandia National Laboratories, supported by the DOE’s Vehicle Technologies and Fuel Cell Technologies Offices, recently released the workshop report “Transitioning the Transportation Sector: Exploring the Intersection of Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Natural Gas Vehicles.” Held in September 2014, the workshop considered common opportunities and challenges in expanding the use of hydrogen and natural gas as transportation fuels.

January 22, 2015
Energy Secretary Moniz Unveils More Than $55 Million to Advance Fuel Efficient Vehicle Technologies

Following the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20st in which President Obama highlighted the surge in U.S. manufacturing and the strong growth in the auto industry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced more than $55 million to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that strengthen the clean energy economy.

January 16, 2015
Vehicle Technologies Office Announces $14 M in Funding for Innovative Technologies

The Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) recently announced $14 million for an “Incubator” funding opportunity announcement to support new and innovative technologies and solutions that have potential to help meet program goals but are not substantially represented in the current research portfolio.  

December 30, 2014
Year in Review: Top Five EERE Blog Posts of 2014

From solar's record-shattering pace to breakthroughs in biomass, 2014 was a big year for clean energy. On our blog, we highlight Energy Department-supported projects and technologies that are making a major impact on the clean energy economy. As 2014 draws to a close, we take a look back at the five most popular EERE Blog articles from the past year.

December 22, 2014
Vehicle Technologies Office Publishes 2014 Annual Merit Review Report

DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office has released its report summarizing the results of the 2014 Annual Merit Review.

November 24, 2014
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz with the utility industry's first plug-in electric hybrid drivetrain Class 5 bucket truck at the White House event on November 18, 2014.  The truck, which is owned by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), features up to 40 miles of all-electric range and electrifies all on-board equipment, including the boom.
Aggregated Purchasing and Workplace Charging Can Drive EV Market Growth

On Tuesday, November 18, Energy Secretary Moniz joined Senior Advisor to the President John Podesta, Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn, and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) CEO Tony Earley for a special event at the White House to announce several new developments in advancing the use of electric vehicles. These developments included the Energy Department announcing a Notice of Intent for a potential funding opportunity announcement for aggregated purchasing of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles 70 EEI members committing 5% of their annual fleet budgets to plug-in electric vehicles, 150 members of the Workplace Charging Challenge, and a new plug-in hybrid electric bucket truck.

November 21, 2014
Dr. Judy Genshaft, the University of South Florida's president, welcomes attendees to the Tampa Bay Clean Cities Ceremony. | Photo courtesy of the Clean Cities Coalition.
Tampa Bay Designated as the Newest Clean Cities Coalition

This week, Clean Cities welcomed another major partner in the effort to reduce our nation’s dependence on petroleum – the brand-new Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition. Through its network of nearly 100 coalitions across the country, the Energy Department’s Clean Cities program brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy.

November 18, 2014
Survey Says: Workplace Charging is Growing in Popularity and Impact

To boost their programs and share their best practices with others, leading employers from across the country partner with the U.S. Department of Energy through the EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge. The Challenge aims to achieve a dramatic increase in the number of employers offering workplace charging by 2018. As the Challenge approaches its second anniversary, Challenge partners and ambassadors convened at a Summit in Alexandria, Virginia, to celebrate progress and share new resources for expanding their workplace charging programs.

November 6, 2014
EPA, DOE Release 2015 Fuel Economy Guide for Car Buyers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) today released the 2015 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with a valuable resource to help them choose the most fuel-efficient and low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles that meet their needs.

In comparison to previous years, the 2015 models include a greater number of fuel efficient and low-emission vehicles in a broader variety of classes and sizes.

November 4, 2014
September 2014 National Idling Reduction Network News

This is the September 2014 edition of the National Idling Reduction Network News, an e-newsletter that reports solicitations for funding, regulatory changes, awards and recognition, reports and other resources of interest, upcoming meetings and events, and manufacturers’ announcements.