Partnerships are at the heart of the Vehicle Technologies Office's (VTO) work, driving innovation, technology development, and market adoption. VTO carries out its mission through the collaborative efforts of many Department of Energy organizations, national laboratories, community leaders, and the automotive industry. Partners within the Department of Energy such as the DOE Office of Science, ARPA-E, the Advanced Manufacturing Office, the Biomass Technologies Office, and others help remove technology and institutional barriers. VTO also coordinates research and deployment efforts with a number of other agencies across the federal government, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Defense.
VTO's approach to research and development activities emphasizes partnerships with industry and academia to develop and validate technologies. This approach ensures that:
- The nation's best resources are applied to research and development activities,
- Maximum technology transfer takes place, and
- Government resources are leveraged by industry resources.
The government-industry partnership, U.S. DRIVE (Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability), facilitates pre-competitive technical information exchange among experts. These leaders identify research and development needs, develop technology-specific roadmaps, and evaluate progress toward goals and technical targets.
21st Century Truck Partnership
The 21st Century Truck Partnership is addressing important national challenges related to medium-duty and heavy-duty truck efficiency, safety, and emissions by pursuing collaborative research and development among government and industry partners.
The Vehicle Technologies Office supports implementation programs that partner with U.S. communities and employers to help transition alternative fuels and advanced vehicles into the marketplace.
Workplace Charging Challenge Partners
Leading U.S. employers have joined DOE as Workplace Charging Challenge Partners, making a commitment to providing plug-in electric vehicle charging access to their workforce.
Clean Cities advances the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum consumption in transportation. A national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements, and emerging transportation technologies.
National Clean Fleets Partnership
Through the National Clean Fleets Partnership, Clean Cities works with large private fleets to reduce petroleum use. The initiative provides fleets with specialized resources to incorporate alternative fuels and fuel-saving measures into their operations.
DOE has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International to create Green Racing, an initiative that uses motorsport competition to encourage the development of cleaner, more fuel-efficient propulsion systems to be used in consumer vehicles.