The Vehicle Technologies Office's Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation is open for registration, which is free and open to the public. The Annual Merit Review will feature presentations on more than 300 projects supported by the Vehicle Technologies Office.
The U.S. DRIVE Partnership has released its 2014 Accomplishments Report, which includes significant technical accomplishments in advanced combustion and emission control, electrical and electronics, electrochemical energy storage, fuel cells, materials, vehicle systems analysis, codes and standards, hydrogen storage, grid interaction, fuel pathway integration, hydrogen delivery, and hydrogen production.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently released the Vehicle Technologies Market Report, which details the past year’s major trends in light-, medium-, and heavy-duty car and truck markets as well as patterns in the underlying economic and transportation systems. The report specifically focuses on developments in high-efficiency and alternative-fuel vehicle technologies over the course of 2014.
Daimler Trucks North America's Freightliner SuperTruck Class 8 Long-Haul Truck achieved a 115 freight efficiency improvement over the baseline for 12.2 MPG. This greatly exceeds the Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office's SuperTruck goal of improving freight efficiency by at least 50%.
America’s National Parks are dedicated to safeguarding and providing access to our country’s natural, cultural, and historical treasures. Through the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative, the Department of Energy is helping the National Parks Service (NPS) fulfill its mission on every level by adopting alternative fuel vehicles, minimizing petroleum use, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Clean Cities and the NPS have grown this partnership from three initial projects in 2010 to ongoing efforts at more than 27 parks across the country.
As motorsports enthusiasts know, racing innovation once meant turbine-powered Indy cars and six-wheeled formula cars, but those days are mostly over. Today, Green Racing encourages the use of innovative technologies that foster energy efficiency and renewable, low-carbon fuels. Green Racing is a partnership between the Energy Department (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and SAE (the Society of Automotive Engineers ) to help develop, test and promote the use of cleaner fuels and advanced vehicle technologies through motorsports.
Innovative Business Investing in Employees and Environment
Zappos.com, the online retailer of shoes and apparel, takes one of its core values quite literally – "embrace and drive change." Zappos is incentivizing its employees to make sustainability a priority and to consider driving plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) as an alternative mode of transportation. As Zappos also strives to be a leader in the integration of sustainability and technology, joining the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge was a natural fit.
The Energy Department announced today $6 million for 11 projects aimed at improving potential buyers’ experiences with alternative fuel and plug-in electric vehicles, supporting training, and integrating alternative fuels into emergency planning.