The Department of Energy and Department of Transportation are natural partners when it comes to vehicle technologies. That's why the two departments have teamed up for the Smart City Challenge to spark further innovation and identify solutions to some of the world's most pressing transportation challenges.
Benjamin Franklin once expressed that there are only two things you can count on in life: death and taxes. Transportation analysts might add a third item to that list – fluctuating gas prices. Our interactive timeline illustrates when and why oil prices have fluctuated over the last 40 years, and explains how the Energy Department has worked to minimize our country’s vulnerability to these price swings.
Nearly 400 Energy Department activities and projects will be judged by reviewers from a variety of scientific backgrounds this week at the Vehicle Technologies Office and Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting in Washington, D.C., which is free of charge and open to the public.
The self-regulating tire system that the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has developed with funding from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) uses a new technology called Air Maintenance Technology (AMT) that automatically manages air pressure in tires, so you don't have to.
Widely recognized as the “Oscars of Invention,” the 52nd R&D 100 Awards ceremony took place last week. These awards identify and honor major technological breakthroughs each year. The categories cover industry, academia, and government research. This year, EERE-funded projects won six awards across four of our technology areas: Bioenergy, Fuel Cells/Solar, and Vehicles.
Find out how the Energy Department and industry partners are improving fuel efficiency of long-haul tractor-trailers in an effort to reduce the nation’s oil consumption, decrease carbon pollution, and move our economy forward.
Find out how the Energy Department, in partnership with industry and national laboratories, is helping to improve the efficiency and affordability of plug-in electric vehicles through battery research.
The 21st Century Truck Partnership aims to improve the fuel efficiency of heavy duty-freight vehicles in existing and future fleets throughout the country. The partnership includes 15 heavy-duty engine, truck, and bus manufacturers, four federal agencies and 12 national laboratories.
New Alternative Fueling Station Locator iPhone app provides information on more than 15,000 public and private alternative fueling stations throughout the United States. The app lists where drivers can fuel up with biodiesel (B20), natural gas (compressed and/or liquefied), electricity, ethanol (E85) and propane.
With a wave of the checkered flag, the fourth Green Racing season came to an end in late October at the Petit Le Mans – an American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. The Green Racing protocols – published by the Energy Department, Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International – emphasize cleaner fuels, efficient vehicle technologies, and speed in the races that adopt them, such as the Petit Le Mans.