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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.

September 7, 2016
UNC Pembroke students look on as Ashley Fiala demonstrates how to charge a PEV. | Photo courtesy of Willis Glassgow, Campus Photographer, UNC Pembroke
National Drive Electric Week: Celebrating the Growth of Electric Vehicles

As we bid farewell to summer and transition to fall, there are many things to look forward to, such as kids in school, cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, and National Drive Electric Week. This year’s celebration spans eight days from Sept. 10-18, with nearly 200 events across the country to familiarize people with the power, convenience, and widespread availability of electric vehicles.

August 25, 2016
Timeline: A Path to Lightweight Materials in Cars and Trucks

Although cars have been around for more than a century, the material making them up has mostly stayed the same — steel. It’s only been in the last 25 years or so that advanced materials, ranging from aluminum and magnesium alloys to carbon fiber composites, have made their way into mass-produced passenger cars. These lightweight materials can cut a vehicle’s body and chassis weight in half, helping to increase fuel economy as well as the overall range of hybrids, plug-ins and all-electric cars.

August 18, 2016
Energy Department Awards 43 new Business-Laboratory Collaborations under Small Business Vouchers Pilot

Today, the Energy Department announced 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. With vouchers in hand, these businesses can better leverage the world-class capabilities of the department's national laboratories and bring their next-generation clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster.

August 16, 2016
Energy Department Announces $137 Million Investment in Commercial and Passenger Vehicle Efficiency

SuperTruck II, Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide Selections to Accelerate the Development of Innovative Technologies

August 2, 2016
As part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines initiative, researchers are exploring synergies among new bio-based fuels, engines, powertrains, and fueling infrastructure. | Image by Loren Stacks, Sandia National Laboratories.
Co-Optima Initiative Fuels Combustion Engine Efficiency

The Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative aims to simultaneously transform both transportation fuels and vehicles in order to maximize performance and energy efficiency, minimize environmental impact, and accelerate widespread adoption of innovative combustion strategies.

July 21, 2016
FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Federal and Private Sector Actions to Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption in the United States

Administration announces new actions geared towards accelerating the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and putting more electric vehicles on the road.

July 7, 2016
US Advanced Battery Consortium Reissues Request for Proposal Information to Develop Improved Thermal Management Systems for Li-Ion Batteries for Vehicles

The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), which partners with the Vehicle Technologies Office to support battery research and development projects, recently reissued a request for proposal information (RFPI) for developing better thermal management systems for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries used in vehicles. Proposed thermal management system technologies should offer a significant improvement over current technologies while still meeting the USABC goals. USABC reopened the RFPI to prompt more submissions, especially from candidates new to USABC programs. The deadline for submission is October 7, 2016.

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 29, 2016
Wanda Forrest, Coordinator of the Northern Florida Clean Fuels Coalition in Jacksonville, and Mike Scarpino, of Clean Cities, standing next to a compressed natural gas vehicle. | Photo courtesy of Clean Cities
Clean Cities Welcomes New North Florida Coalition

The Energy Department’s Clean Cities program has welcomed the Northern Florida Clean Fuels Coalition in Jacksonville into its network of nearly 100 coalitions across the country. As part of Clean Cities, this group will continue to minimize the use of petroleum in transportation throughout their area.