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September 28, 2016
6 Charts that Will Make You Optimistic About America’s Clean Energy Future

How wind, solar, LEDs and electric vehicles are leading the way in America's clean energy revolution, visualized in six simple charts.

September 8, 2016
Illustration by Sarah Harman, Energy Department
How to be a Clean Energy Baller: Drive an Electric Car

There’s a new revolution going on that’s redefining what coolness is. No longer is clean energy just for those who wear socks and sandals (which is very comfortable, by the way). It’s a growing lifestyle that even hipsters can’t hate on. From electric cars to algae surfboards, there’s a ton of low-carbon swag out there to elevate your status in becoming a clean energy baller.

June 30, 2016
First-Ever Sustainable Transportation Summit to Talk Future of Transportation, Energy, and Mobility

The inaugural 2016 Sustainable Transportation Summit will serve as a forum to share ideas and perspectives on opportunities to accelerate the commercialization and deployment of advanced transportation technologies and smart mobility systems over the next decade.

June 27, 2016
Heavy-duty trucks are getting more efficient thanks to the Energy Department's SuperTruck initiative.
SuperTruck Leading the Way for Efficiency in Heavy-Duty, Long-Haul Vehicles

Nearly all Americans rely on heavy-duty, long-haul trucks that haul our goods and services, deliver our food, and help keep our economy humming along. Thanks to the Energy Department's widely successful SuperTruck Initiative, these vehicles are becoming more fuel-efficient, which saves money spent on gas and reduces harmful carbon emissions.

June 3, 2016
A vehicle undergoes dynamometer testing at Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Powertrain Research Facility in Illinois. The project is one of many that is being evaluated at the Vehicle Technologies Office and Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting. | Photo by Argonne National Laboratory
Annual Merit Review Evaluates Impact of Sustainable Transportation Projects

Nearly 400 Energy Department activities and projects will be judged by reviewers from a variety of scientific backgrounds 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.

May 2, 2016
The Department of Energy's SMART (Systems and Modeling for Accelerated Research in Transportation) Mobility consortium was established to better understand the energy and climate change impacts that arise from future mobility systems.
Energy and Transportation Departments Commit to Supporting Cities of the Future

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.

April 13, 2016
Timeline: A Brief History of Oil Prices and Vehicle Technologies

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.

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 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.

April 29, 2015
Goodyear's new Air Maintenance Technology—also called the self-regulating tire—automatically manages the air pressure in tires so you don’t have to. | <em>Graphic courtesy of Goodyear</em>
EERE Energy Impacts: Self-Inflating Tires Could Save You Money on Gas, Improve Driving Safety

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.

November 10, 2014
The EERE-funded Solar Thermochemical Advanced Reactor System converts natural gas and sunlight into a more energy-rich fuel called syngas, which power plants can burn to make electricity.
Six EERE-funded projects recognized with R&D 100 Awards

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.

June 13, 2014
Ohio State University Races to the Finish as the Winner of EcoCAR 2

After three years of intense competition, the team from Ohio State University takes first place in EcoCAR 2 for its energy-efficient, consumer-ready alternative fuel vehicle design.

May 20, 2014
Charging Up with the Electric Drive Transportation Association

Find out how the Energy Department, in collaboration with industry, is working to lower the cost of plug-in electric vehicles and expand America’s charging infrastructure.

February 19, 2014
This Class 8 tractor-trailer by heavy-duty manufacturers Cummins and Peterbilt reaches more than 10 miles per gallon under real world driving conditions. The truck was on display at the Energy Department today. | Photo by <a href="">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department
SuperTruck Making Leaps in Fuel Efficiency

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.

January 31, 2014
The General Motors Baltimore Operations facility at White Marsh is producing electric motors for the Chevrolet Spark EV and is the first time a domestic automaker is building electric motors for an electric vehicle in the United States. | Energy Department photo
EV Everywhere: Electric Drive Systems Bring Power to Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Find out how the Energy Department's Vehicles Technologies Office is helping reduce the cost of plug-in electric vehicles through research and development of electric drive technologies.

January 29, 2014
During the State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted how the U.S. is a global leader in solar energy. | Photo by Pete Souza, White House.
#YearofAction: Growing the Clean Energy Economy

Highlighting a few of the ways the Energy Department is working to achieve the President's goals by growing the clean energy economy.

January 28, 2014
Karl Simon (from left) the Environmental Protection Agency’s Director of Transportation and Climate Division for the Office of Transportation and Air Quality; Michael Carr, the Energy Department’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and Scott Atherton, President of International Motor Sports Association; pose with the Green Racing Challenge award at the Rolex 24 at Daytona event last weekend. |  Photo by Natalie Committee, Energy Department
Green Flag for a New Era in Green Racing

Green Racing initiative aims to leverage the technology innovation of the racing community to develop and transfer cleaner, more efficient fuels and vehicle technologies to consumer vehicles.

January 24, 2014
Chemist Kris Pupek and student researcher Thoe Michaelos prepare validation experiments for the synthesis of battery materials at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois. Battery research at Argonne, and other national laboratories like it, are helping plug-in electric vehicles become more efficient and affordable. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory
EV Everywhere: Innovative Battery Research Powering Up Plug-In Electric Vehicles

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.

January 22, 2014
EV Everywhere: America’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle Market Charges Forward

Find out how the Energy Department, partnering with industry and national laboratories, is helping make plug-in electric vehicles more affordable and convenient for American families.

January 10, 2014
Help Design the Hydrogen Fueling Station of Tomorrow

University students can join the Energy Department-supported Hydrogen Education Foundation's Hydrogen Student Design Contest to plan and design a drop-in fueling station.

November 22, 2013
As part of the 21st Century Truck Partnership, the Army will demonstrate technology that converts waste heat from an exhaust system to electricity used in its Stryker vehicle. | Photo courtesy of U.S. Army
Top U.S. Automakers Collaborate to Improve Heavy-Duty Freight Efficiency

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.

November 15, 2013
The Alternative Fueling Station Locator iPhone app helps you find fueling stations that offer electricity, natural gas, biodiesel, E85, propane, or hydrogen. | Energy Department
Alternative Fueling Station Locator App Provides Info at Your Fingertips

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.

November 12, 2013
The Honda and Muscle Milk Team, pictured here, are the 2013 Michelin Green X Challenge Prototype champions. | Photo courtesy of Michelin
Corvette Racing, Muscle Milk Teams Crowned Green Racing Champions

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.

September 19, 2013
Vehicles Blog
A Clean Energy Revolution -- Now

Critics often say America's clean energy future will “always be five years away.” For four key clean energy technologies, that clean energy future has already arrived.

September 17, 2013
#CleanTechNow: America’s Clean Energy Revolution

A new Energy Department report shows how cost reductions and product improvements have sparked a surge in consumer demand for wind turbines, solar panels, electric vehicles and LED lighting.