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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
As motorsports enthusiasts know, racing innovation once meant turbine-powered Indy cars and six-wheeled formula cars, but those days are mostly over. Today, Green Racing encourages the use of innovative technologies that foster energy efficiency and renewable, low-carbon fuels. Green Racing is a partnership between the Energy Department (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and SAE (the Society of Automotive Engineers ) to help develop, test and promote the use of cleaner fuels and advanced vehicle technologies through motorsports.