Innovative Business Investing in Employees and Environment
Zappos.com, the online retailer of shoes and apparel, takes one of its core values quite literally – "embrace and drive change." Zappos is incentivizing its employees to make sustainability a priority and to consider driving plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) as an alternative mode of transportation. As Zappos also strives to be a leader in the integration of sustainability and technology, joining the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge was a natural fit.
The Energy Department announced today $6 million for 11 projects aimed at improving potential buyers’ experiences with alternative fuel and plug-in electric vehicles, supporting training, and integrating alternative fuels into emergency planning.
The US Advanced Battery Consortium is accepting proposals for projects that will develop advanced battery cells using active materials from recycled, end-of-vehicle life lithium-ion batteries. USABC collaborates with the Vehicle Technologies Office to conduct research and development on batteries for vehicles.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.