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Vehicle Technologies Office News

June 5, 2015
The Ohio State University Wins Year One of North American EcoCAR 3 Competition – Defending Their EcoCAR 2 Title

Four-year collegiate engineering program gives students the chance to design, build, and demonstrate cutting-edge, eco-friendly automotive technologies in the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.

June 4, 2015
Senator Dorgan and Energy Under Secretary Orr to Speak at 2015 Annual Merit Review Plenary Session

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) announce that Senator Byron L. Dorgan (ret.) and DOE’s Under Secretary for Science and Energy Franklin Orr will deliver remarks at the 2015 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program and Vehicle Technologies Office Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting (AMR) on Monday, June 8th. Each year at the AMR, projects funded by FCTO and VTO are reviewed for their technical progress. This year more than 1,800 people will come together and nearly 400 projects will be reviewed by almost 300 expert peer reviewers. The AMR is being held June 8–12 in Arlington, Virginia.

June 4, 2015
EcoCAR 3: Year 1 Finals Power Up University Teams

EcoCar 3 challenges America's future auto engineers to design a more sustainable version of the Chevrolet Camaro.

May 26, 2015
Our energy expert answered your questions about vehicle fuel efficiency. | Photo courtesy of ©
#AskEnergySaver: Fuel Efficiency

Just in time for the busy summer driving season, our energy expert answers your questions about vehicle fuel efficiency.

May 14, 2015
Video: SuperTruck Barreling Down the Road of Sustainability

Latest Energy 101 video shows how new technologies are making heavy duty trucks more fuel efficient and less expensive to operate.

May 5, 2015
Vehicles Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Open for Registration

The Vehicle Technologies Office's Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation is open for registration, which is free and open to the public. The Annual Merit Review will feature presentations on more than 300 projects supported by the Vehicle Technologies Office.

April 24, 2015
U.S. DRIVE Partnership Releases Accomplishments Report

The U.S. DRIVE Partnership has released its 2014 Accomplishments Report, which includes significant technical accomplishments in advanced combustion and emission control, electrical and electronics, electrochemical energy storage, fuel cells, materials, vehicle systems analysis, codes and standards, hydrogen storage, grid interaction, fuel pathway integration, hydrogen delivery, and hydrogen production.

April 14, 2015
2014 Vehicle Technologies Market Report Released

Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently released the Vehicle Technologies Market Report, which details the past year’s major trends in light-, medium-, and heavy-duty car and truck markets as well as patterns in the underlying economic and transportation systems. The report specifically focuses on developments in high-efficiency and alternative-fuel vehicle technologies over the course of 2014.

April 2, 2015
SuperTruck Team Achieves 115% Freight Efficiency Improvement in Class 8 Long-Haul Truck

Daimler Trucks North America's Freightliner SuperTruck Class 8 Long-Haul Truck achieved a 115 freight efficiency improvement over the baseline for 12.2 MPG. This greatly exceeds the Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office's SuperTruck goal of improving freight efficiency by at least 50%.

March 25, 2015
<a href="" target="_blank">Rocky Mountain National Park</a> in partnership with Northern Colorado Clean Cities, is deploying a propane pickup truck and two plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.  The park has also installed two electric vehicle charging stations and is educating staff members, concessionaires, and the public on the benefits of reducing vehicle idling.
National Parks Move Forward on Sustainable Transportation in Partnership with Clean Cities

America’s National Parks are dedicated to safeguarding and providing access to our country’s natural, cultural, and historical treasures. Through the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative, the Department of Energy is helping the National Parks Service (NPS) fulfill its mission on every level by adopting alternative fuel vehicles, minimizing petroleum use, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Clean Cities and the NPS have grown this partnership from three initial projects in 2010 to ongoing efforts at more than 27 parks across the country.