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August 14, 2014
Energy Department Invests More Than $55 Million to Advance Efficient Vehicle Technologies

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to reduce dependence on foreign oil and transition to a clean energy economy, the Energy Department today announced more than $55 million for 31 new projects to accelerate research and development of critical vehicle technologies that will improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs.

January 22, 2014
Secretary Moniz Announces Nearly $50 Million to Advance High-Tech, Fuel Efficient American Autos

At the Washington Auto Show U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced nearly $50 million to accelerate research and development of new vehicle technologies that give drivers and businesses more transportation options and protect the environment in communities nationwide.

April 1, 2013
Energy Department Announces Apps for Vehicles Challenge Winners

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to expand access to data and reduce fuel costs for consumers, the Energy Department announced the winners of the Apps for Vehicles Challenge.

September 8, 2011
Energy Department Awards Will Promote Electric Vehicles in 24 States and Train a Workforce for Advanced Vehicle Development

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced 16 projects supporting activities in 24 states and the District of Columbia to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in communities across the nation, and seven additional projects in seven states to help prepare college students for careers designing and building advanced vehicle technologies. 


August 16, 2011
Energy Department Applauds World’s First Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Station in Orange County

DOE issues the following statement in support of the commissioning of the world’s first tri-generation fuel cell and hydrogen energy station to provide transportation fuel to the public and electric power to an industrial facility, located at the Orange County Sanitation District's wastewater treatment plant in Fountain Valley, California.

August 10, 2011
Department of Energy Awards More Than $175 Million for Advanced Vehicle Research and Development

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced more than $175 million over the next three to five years to accelerate the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies.

July 5, 2011
DOE Announces 6 New Corporate Partners Join the National Clean Fleets Partnership

Companies to work with DOE to significantly reduce gasoline and diesel use in commercial vehicles

June 17, 2011
Virginia Tech Wins EcoCAR Competition

Washington, D.C. - On Thursday evening a team of students from Virginia Tech University learned they received top honors when they were named the overall winners of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge after designing and building an extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) using E85 (ethanol).  Virginia Tech competed against 15 other universities to take home the top prize of the three-year competition sponsored by the Department of Energy and General Motors.  This unique competition helps train students and engineers to become the next generation of workers the U.S.

May 13, 2011
Secretary Chu Highlights More Than 1,800 Electric Vehicle Chargers Installed Under the Recovery Act

Investments in Electric Vehicles Helping to Reduce America's Reliance on Imported Oil

April 19, 2011
Secretary Chu Announces New Funding and Partnership with Google to Promote Electric Vehicles

Since its inception in 1993, DOE's Clean Cities program helped save nearly 3 billion gallons of gasoline

April 13, 2011
Department of Energy Announces Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, EcoCar2: Plugging into the Future

Washington, DC - Today, at the SAE 2011 World Congress in Detroit, Mich., U.S. Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, David Sandalow, announced the official launch of the EcoCar2: Plugging into the Future competition and the sixteen university teams that were selected to participate. EcoCar2 is a unique educational partnership between General Motors and the Department of Energy to help prepare future engineers for opportunities in clean energy and advanced vehicle industries.

April 1, 2011
FACT SHEET: National Clean Fleets Partnership

Public-Private Partnership to Engage Large Commercial Fleets to Significantly Reduce Petroleum Use

February 16, 2011
DOE Announces Up to $5 Million to Support the Next Generation of Advanced Automotive Designers and Engineers

WASHINGTON, DC - Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced up to $5 million in funding to support Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Centers of Excellence.  The GATE Centers will focus on educating a future workforce of automotive engineering professionals who will gain experience in developing and commercializing advanced automotive technologies.

December 16, 2010
Secretary Chu Announces up to $184 Million Available for Advanced Vehicle Research and Development

Washington, DC - U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today the Department is accepting applications for up to $184 million over three to five years to accelerate the development and deployment of new efficient vehicle technologies that will reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, save drivers money, and limit carbon pollution.  Projects will span the broad spectrum of technology approaches, including advanced materials, combustion research, hybrid electric systems, fleet efficiency, and fuels technology.

December 6, 2010
Vermont Manufacturing Plant Opens with Support from the Recovery Act

Energy Secretary Praises Opening of New Manufacturing Facility in Barre

November 3, 2010
DOE and EPA Release 2011 Annual Fuel Economy Guide

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) today released the 2011 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with information about estimated mileage and fuel costs for model year 2011 vehicles. Choosing the most fuel efficient vehicle in a class will save consumers money and reduce carbon pollution.

October 27, 2010
Statement by Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Groundbreaking of BASF Advanced Battery Materials Plant

Recovery Act Investment Will Support Job Creation, U.S. Economic Competitiveness and Advanced Vehicle Industry

July 21, 2010
DOE Hosts Workshop on Transition to Electric Vehicles

Washington, DC - On Thursday, July 22, 2010, the Department of Energy will host an electric vehicle workshop at DOE Headquarters in Washington, DC, bringing together more than 150 city officials, vehicle manufacturers, utility companies and other stakeholders.  The workshop will help participants better coordinate their efforts to expand the availability and use of electric cars, trucks and buses by discussing the infrastructure investments needed to support the broad deployment of plug-in electric vehicles.  Throughout the day, the workshop will focus the discussion on high-impact steps r

July 14, 2010
Department of Energy Releases New Report on Economic Impact of Recovery Act Advanced Vehicle Investments

Report Finds Recovery Act Advanced Vehicle Projects Are Creating Jobs, Spurring Private Capital Investment and Cutting Electric Vehicle Cost

May 26, 2010
Deputy Secretary Poneman Attends Ground Breaking at Tennessee Advanced Vehicle Battery Plant

Smyrna Electric Vehicle Project Expected to provide up to 1,500 Jobs in Tennessee

March 31, 2010
GSA Doubles the Federal Hybrid Fleet, DOE Takes the Lead in Updating to Hybrids

Agencies Move to Increase Energy Security and Fuel Efficiency