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Vehicle Technologies Office: Key Activities in Vehicles

We conduct work in four key areas to develop and deploy vehicle technologies that reduce the use of petroleum while maintaining or improving performance, power, and comfort. Research and development (R&D); testing and analysis; government and community stakeholder support; and education help people access and use efficient, clean vehicles that meet their transportation needs.

Research and Development of New Technologies

Testing and Analysis

  • Engineer uses a thermal camera to check temperatures during hot testing. The Advanced Powertrain Research Facility's Environmental Test Cell is equipped to evaluate vehicles and components under extreme hot and cold temperature conditions (from 20F to 95F).Model, test, and validate vehicle components within virtual systems before they are used in actual vehicles.
  • Collect laboratory and on-road data from advanced vehicles to improve our understanding of their performance.
  • Conduct statistical research on energy use and transportation with national laboratories and other federal agencies.
  • Provide software tools to industry for vehicle simulation, technology evaluation, economic modeling, and transportation emissions measurement.


Government and Community Stakeholder Support