Internal combustion engines have the potential to become substantially more efficient, with laboratory tests indicating that new technologies could increase passenger vehicle fuel economy by more than 50%. FCA and its partners recently took major steps toward fulfilling this potential through a project supported by EERE’s Vehicle Technologies Office. This team improved the fuel economy of a vehicle similar to Chrysler’s Town and Country minivan by more than 25%, while also meeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s most stringent emissions standards.
Autonomie, an advanced vehicle modeling and design software package created by Argonne National laboratory with EERE support, is helping U.S. auto manufacturers develop the next generation of hybrid and electric vehicles.
Energy storage and nanotechnology have the potential to transform the way we look at clean energy. Advances in energy storage research will revolutionize the way the world generates and stores energy, democratizing the delivery of electricity. Grid-level storage can help reduce carbon emissions through the increased adoption of renewable energy and use of electric vehicles while helping bring electricity to developing parts of the world.
Increasing the number of plug-in electric vehicles on America’s roads can help reduce our dependence on petroleum, improving our economic, environmental, and energy security. But without research undertaken at Argonne National Laboratory, supported by EERE’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), PEVs may have had a very different, slower introduction to the market. Today, batteries in both the Chevrolet Volt and the Ford Focus EV use technology that was originally developed at Argonne.