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October 28, 2014
A team of vehicles experts was present during the crash test for Ford and Magna's Multimaterial Lightweight Vehicle.
Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicle Hurdles Into the Future

While crashing a car isn't usually considered a good thing, running through a crash test was a major milestone for Ford and Magna's Multimaterial Lightweight Vehicle. This unique concept car, supported by a project funded by the Energy Department's Vehicle Technologies Office, is 25 percent lighter than the 2013 Ford Fusion, a similar midsized sedan. As reducing a vehicle's weight by 10 percent can increase its fuel economy by 6 to 8 percent, the lightweight materials in this vehicle have the potential to save consumers fuel and money in the future.

October 22, 2014
This hybrid electric Prius that was on display at the National Alternative Fuels Day Odyssey kick-off event has been specially modified for training purposes. With this "cut-away" vehicle, mechanics and other students learning about hybrid electric vehicles can see the inside of the car and better understand how it is different from a conventional gasoline vehicle.
Reducing Petroleum, One Billion Gallons at a Time

In 2013, the Clean Cities Program and its stakeholders saved more than one billion gallons of petroleum. Last Friday, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation Reuben Sarkar announced this milestone at the kick-off event on the National Mall for the National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey (Odyssey Day).

October 3, 2014
August 2014 National Idling Reduction Network News

This is the August 2014 edition of the National Idling Reduction Network News, an e-newsletter that reports solicitations for funding, regulatory changes, awards and recognition, reports and other resources of interest, upcoming meetings and events, and manufacturers’ announcements.

October 2, 2014
Workplace Charging Success: MetLife

MetLife is talking the "green" talk and walking the walk. The insurance company has long encouraged its policyholders to live environmentally-conscious lifestyles, and continues to embrace emerging technologies, work with green products, and utilize environmentally-friendly services.

October 2, 2014
Workplace Charging Success: lynda.com

lynda.com paved the way in the online learning space long before the age of broadband and digital video. Once again, the company finds itself at the forefront of innovation – this time in sustainability. lynda.com, alongside other environmentally-conscious employers across the U.S., joined the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge. As a partner in the Challenge since March 2013, lynda.com has committed to providing plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging access to its workforce and to helping expand America’s PEV charging infrastructure.

October 1, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing, Algal Biomass and Bioproducts Funding Opportunity, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

September 24, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Alternative Fuel Online Tools and Resources, Plug-In Electric Vehicle Standards and Market Development, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

September 24, 2014
It's National Preparedness Month: Be Prepared with Alternative Fuels

As September is National Preparedness Month, it’s a great time to prepare for the worst situation, even if you’re hoping for the best. In addition to emergency supplies like food and water, every preparedness plan, whether for a government agency or an individual family, should also consider transportation.

September 19, 2014
An electric vehicle charging at a Zappos workspace. | Photo credit Ron Carney
U.S. Employers Drive Change with Workplace Charging

This is the final post in a four-post series celebrating National Drive Electric Week (September 15-21, 2014). The Department of Energy supports plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) development and deployment efforts through the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, a 10-year vision to enable the U.S.

September 17, 2014
A plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging station in Rhode Island. | Photo courtesy of the University of Rhode Island.
ChargePoint is Helping Electrify America’s Transportation

This is part three of a four-post series celebrating National Drive Electric Week (September 15-21, 2014). The Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office supports plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) development and deployment efforts through the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, a 10-year vision to enable the U.S.