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Vehicle Technologies Office News

September 17, 2014
A plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging station in Rhode Island. | Photo courtesy of the University of Rhode Island.
ChargePoint is Helping Electrify America’s Transportation

This is part three of a four-post series celebrating National Drive Electric Week (September 15-21, 2014). The Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office supports plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) development and deployment efforts through the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, a 10-year vision to enable the U.S.

September 16, 2014
The City of Auburn Hills, Michigan, participated in one of 16 Clean Cities plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) community-readiness projects across the country. | Photo courtesy of City of Auburn Hills.
Communities Plug In To Electric Vehicle Readiness

This is part two of a four-post series celebrating National Drive Electric Week (September 15-21, 2014). As the home of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Auburn Hills, Michigan, was inspired to become a frontrunner for the use of PEVs. The city passed an ordinance to encourage developers to make new buildings "charging ready" and also installed PEV chargers at city buildings.

September 15, 2014
The Denver Metro Clean Cities partnered with the Colorado Renewable Energy Society to host Electric Avenue, a public event showcasing electric vehicles and charging equipment that took place in downtown Denver in May 2012. | Photo by Natalia Swalnick.
States Move Forward on PEV Policy

States across the nation are making efforts to transition gas-powered to plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with innovative programs and policies to make it affordable and convenient for citizens to drive PEVs. Two recent examples are Project FEVER (Twin Cities Clean Cities’ alternative fuel community readiness project), led by the Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition and Twin Cities Clean Cities’ alternative fuel community readiness project in Minnesota.

September 3, 2014
July 2014 National Idling Reduction Network News

This is the July 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.

September 3, 2014
June 2014 National Idling Reduction Network News

The June 2014 National Idling Reduction Network News has information about current funding opportunities, recent awards, new technologies, and other news related to reducing unnecessary vehicle idling.

August 21, 2014
Energy Department Announces $17 Million to Advance Efficient, Environmentally-Friendly Highway Transportation Technologies

The Energy Department announced today $17.6 million for 14 cooperative agreements with small businesses and institutions of higher education to develop and deploy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will help reduce petroleum use in the United States. The funding will go towards projects that pursue breakthrough approaches to providing Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.

August 15, 2014
Energy Department Invests More Than $55 Million to Advance Efficient Vehicle Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy on August 14 announced the investment of more than $55 million for 31 new projects to accelerate the research and development of critical vehicle technologies that will improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs.

August 6, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Better Buildings Challenge Education Partners, Implementing Tribal Energy Projects, 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. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

August 6, 2014
A UPS delivery truck is refueled with compressed natural gas. UPS plans to deploy 1,000 liquefied natural gas vehicles. | Photo by Pat Corkery, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Special Delivery for Sustainability: Clean Cities Supports UPS in Expanding Natural Gas Operations

With support from the Energy Department's Clean Cities program, United Parcel Service plans to deploy 1,000 liquefied natural gas trucks, making it the biggest private fleet of its kind in the United States.

August 5, 2014
Republic Services is one of three new companies participating in the National Clean Fleets Partnership. The company aims to have more than 2,500 trucks running on alternative fuel by 2015. | Photo courtesy of Republic Services
New National Clean Fleets Partners Build New Roads to Sustainability

Energy Department welcomes three new fleets to the National Clean Fleets Partnership: Republic Services, Time Warner Cable, and CHS. The Partnership helps the country’s largest fleets reduce their petroleum use by switching to alternative fuels, adopting advanced technology vehicles, reducing their idling, and implementing other fuel saving techniques.