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February 24, 2016
U.S. Department of Energy Launches $40 Million Effort to Improve Materials for Clean Energy Solutions

Energy Materials Network will include four initial National Laboratory-led Consortia

February 24, 2016
Researchers take laser-based velocity measurements at the Sandia National Laboratory's Combustion Research Facility. The measurements are used to help understand the flow features involved in the creation of in-cylinder carbon monoxide distributions in order to improve automotive diesel engines. | Photo by Randy Wong, Sandia National Laboratory
New Vehicle Initiative Aims to Make Fuel and Engines Work Together More Efficiently

Recently I had the pleasure of briefing members of Congress on EERE’s groundbreaking fuel-engine co-optimization initiative. The new, multi-year project combines previously independent areas of biofuels and engine combustion research and development (R&D) to design new fuels and engines that are co-optimized—designed in tandem to both maximize vehicle performance and carbon efficiency.

February 12, 2016
New Find-a-Car App Brings Fuel Economy Right to Your Phone

With more car buyers than ever using the Internet to research their future vehicles, accessing information on fuel economy needs to be simple and convenient. To make searching easier on mobile devices,, which the Energy Department manages with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recently released app versions of its popular Find-a-Car tool for iPhone and Android.

February 11, 2016
Steel Market Development Institute Men and Women of Steel Awardees
Steel Market Development Institute Awards “Community Hero” Award to the Vehicle Technologies Office

At the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) recognized the Vehicle Technologies Office’s investments in advanced, high-strength steel as part of their “Men and Women of Steel Awards.” SMDI presented VTO with the Community Hero award, which recognizes individuals and organizations whose work using steel impacts the quality of life in the community. Lightweight materials technical manager Will Joost accepted the award on behalf of the office.

February 10, 2016
Vehicle Technologies Office Issues Notice of Intent for SuperTruck II Funding Opportunity Announcement

The Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) has issued a Notice of Intent (No. DE-FOA-0001447) to make interested parties aware of its plan to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement entitled “Advanced Systems Level Technology Development, Integration and Demonstration for Efficient Class 8 Trucks (SuperTruck II).” The SuperTruck initiative focuses on reducing transportation fuel consumption by improving on-road heavy truck fuel economy.

February 10, 2016
Tori Hawn, communications manager for the Colorado State University team, is showing two of the middle schoolers at Education Day how to put together a regenerative braking kit. Regenerative braking is used in hybrid electric vehicles to capture and reuse energy from the brakes that would be otherwise lost.
EcoCAR 3 Students Learn and Teach at Winter Workshop

Last week, EcoCAR 3 students attended the Year Two Winter Workshop held at EcoCAR sponsor NXP’s headquarters in Austin, Texas. As the most recent Energy Department Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition series, EcoCAR 3 is challenging 16 North American university teams to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact, while maintaining its performance.

January 29, 2016
Freightliner's SuperTruck, which improved Class 8 truck efficiency by 115%. The National Academy of Sciences reported the four SuperTruck projects are “impressive” and will “significantly reduce the fuel consumption of Class 8 tractor-trailer vehicles."
National Academy of Sciences Reviews 21st Century Truck Partnership

By accelerating collaborative research and development among government and industry partners, including the Vehicle Technologies Office, 21CTP aims to enable America’s medium and heavy-duty vehicles to safely and cost-effectively move ever larger volumes of freight and number of passengers while minimizing pollution and the dependency on foreign oil. VTO regularly works with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to evaluate program direction, assess technical progress towards meeting the stated goals, and offer suggestions to improve the Partnership.

January 27, 2016
Photo Gallery: 2016 Washington Auto Show

Scroll through the photos to see some of the Energy Department-supported technologies that are lowering carbon pollution and moving America’s economy forward.

January 21, 2016
Energy Department Announces $58 Million to Advance Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies

Secretary Moniz Continues Obama Administration Commitment to American Auto Industry, Releases Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Report on DOE Successes

January 12, 2016
2015's Top Five Blog Posts

Here on the EERE Blog, we tell other stories related to the Energy Department’s efforts to develop and deliver market solutions for energy saving-homes, buildings, and manufacturing; sustainable transportation; and renewable electricity generation. Here are our top five blog posts for 2015.