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December 15, 2016
Sandia researcher Isaac Ekoto, left, and former postdoc Will Colban prepare to conduct laser-based velocity measurements at the Combustion Research Facility. The measurements are used to help understand the flow features involved in the creation of in-cylinder carbon monoxide distributions in automotive diesel engines. | Photo Courtesy: Sandia National Laboratory
EERE Success Story—Cleaner, Lower Cost, and More Efficient: How Cummins Created a Global Marketplace for Better Diesel Engines through ...

Cummins approached researchers at three of the national laboratories—Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and...

July 26, 2016
EERE Success Story—Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicle Helps Bring Technologies to Market

Although the Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicle (MMLV) is never going to appear on a dealership lot, this project demonstrated the feasibility of...

June 23, 2016
Plasma oxidation oven. Photo Courtesy: RMX Technologies
EERE Success Story—Plasma Oxidation of Carbon Fiber Precursor

With the potential to reduce the weight of vehicle components by up to 60%, carbon fiber composites is one of the most promising lightweight...

May 31, 2016
EERE Success Story—Zero-order Reaction Kinetics (Zero-RK) Coding Is Designing the Next-Generation Engines

A computer code developed by a trio of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers has significantly advanced predictive computer...

March 14, 2016
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EERE Success Story - Novel Engine Lubrication Anti-Wear Additives Demonstrate Improved Fuel Economy

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been working with General Motors, Lubrizol, and Shell to develop new additives for lubricants that could...

March 7, 2016
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EERE Success Story—FCA and Partners Achieve 25% Fuel Economy Improvement in Light-Duty Advanced Technology Powertrain

Internal combustion engines have the potential to become substantially more efficient, with laboratory tests indicating that new technologies could...

January 15, 2016
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EERE Success Story—New Tire Technologies Can Improve Fuel Efficiency by More Than 5%

Cooper Tire recently developed concept tires that can improve fuel efficiency by 5.5%, supported by a project from the EERE Vehicle Technologies...

December 21, 2015
EERE Success Story—Autonomie Modeling Tool Improves Vehicle Design and Testing, Informs New Fuel Economy Standards

Autonomie, an advanced vehicle modeling and design software package created by Argonne National laboratory with EERE support, is helping U.S. auto...

August 18, 2015
The Chevy Spark EV at the Washington Auto Show.
EERE Success Story—Lightweight Technology Resolved Challenge Facing the Chevy Spark EV Battery Tray and Enclosure

Technology innovation comes in many forms – sometimes, it’s as simple as adapting a recent but un-commercialized innovation to a seemingly...

August 13, 2015
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt at a charging station. Its battery is based on a cathode technology developed at Argonne National Laboratory, which will make the battery safer, longer-lived and more powerful. Photo courtesy of General Motors
EERE Success Story—Battery Cathode Developed by Argonne Powers Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Increasing the number of plug-in electric vehicles on America’s roads can help reduce our dependence on petroleum, improving our economic,...

August 6, 2015
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EERE Success Story—Battery Manufacturing Processes Improved by Johnson Controls Project

Improving battery manufacturing processes can help make plug-in electric vehicles more affordable and convenient. This will help meet the...

June 23, 2015
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EERE Success Story—SuperTruck Initiative Partner Improves Class 8 Truck Efficiency by 115%

With help from the Energy Department, Class 8 trucks recently hit a record of 12 miles per gallon (mpg) freight efficiency. This milestone is...

June 11, 2015
These are how the nano-wires appear after the battery has gone through 10 charge-discharge cycles.
EERE Success Story—Battery Company Puts New Nanowire Technology into Production

A battery company supported by the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) has an agreement to manufacture silicon nanowire material for lithium-ion...

June 9, 2015
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EERE Success Story—New Process Will Enable Expanded Use of Lightweight Materials in Cars

Because a 10% reduction in vehicle weight can result in a 6%-8% fuel economy improvement, lightweight materials like aluminum are essential for...

May 7, 2015
EERE Success Story—Fundamental Studies in Catalysis Enabled the use of Efficient “Lean-Burn” Engines for Vehicle Transportation

Building on a catalysis research program sponsored by EERE’s Vehicles Technology Office (VTO) and DOE’s Office of Science, researchers at Cummins,...

April 28, 2015
3-D Printed Inverter
EERE Success Story—Novel 3-D Printed Inverters for Electric Vehicles Can Improve EV Power and Efficiency

Plug-in electric vehicle technologies are on their way to being even lighter, more powerful and more efficient with the advent of power inverters...

April 22, 2015
ORNL researcher Jian Chen works with the prototype weld inspection system licensed by Tennessee-based APLAIR Manufacturing Systems.
EERE Success Story—Promising Inspection Technique for Vehicle Welding Offers Efficient Alternative

The average car uses more than 4,000 spot welds to hold its parts together.  While manufacturers currently inspect the quality of welds by prying...

April 16, 2015
Credit: UQM Technologies
EERE Success Story—UQM Patents Non-Rare Earth Magnet Motor under DOE-Supported Project

Through a cooperative R&D project with the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), UQM Technologies, a company developing propulsion systems for...

April 8, 2015
EERE Success Story—Cummins Improving Pick-Up Truck Engine Efficiency with DOE and Nissan

Cummins, the world's largest diesel engine manufacturer, received funds from EERE to research advanced engine technology for heavy-duty and light...

April 7, 2015
This graphic shows how Goodyear's new Air Maintenance Technology -- also called the self-regulating tire -- works. | Graphic courtesy of Goodyear.
EERE Success Story—Goodyear Testing Self-Inflating Tire Systems in U.S. Trucking Fleets

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is demonstrating its award-winning self-inflating tires by testing the Air Maintenance Technology (AMT) on U...

March 10, 2015
EERE Success Story—Concrete Company Moving to Natural Gas with Clean Cities

The trucks are part of a much larger Recovery Act project, which is expected to reduce 3.1 million GGE/year and 8,429 pounds of carbon dioxide per...

March 10, 2015
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EERE Success Story—Plug-in Electric Vehicles Charge Forward in Oregon

Oregon is planning for the large-scale deployment of hybrid and all-electric vehicles to reach the state's goal of 30,000 plug-in vehicles by 2015.

March 5, 2015
EERE Success Story—BASF Catalysts Opens Cathode Production Facility

BASF Catalysts, a battery component manufacturer, is running the largest cathode materials manufacturing facility in the country with support from...

February 26, 2015
EERE Success Story—Multi-Mode RCCI Has Great Potential to Improve Fuel Economy in Light-Duty Diesel Engines

Multi-mode RCCI (Reactivity-Controlled Compression Ignition), a promising advanced combustion process, has the potential to improve fuel economy of...