Skip to main content

Vehicles and Fuels News

The following news stories highlight vehicles and fuels research at NREL.

October 23, 2014

Partnerships Drive New Transportation Solutions

Hybrid of research and industry know-how steers NREL transportation RD&D.

September 9, 2014

Electric Vehicles Charge Up Local and National Events

NREL is sponsoring National Drive Electric Week events in Denver and Boulder this month.

September 3, 2014

NREL Updates Cetane Data Used for Development of Energy Efficient Fuels and Engines

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a long-anticipated update to the source-of-record for cetane number data. This information is vital to the development of new, energy-efficient, low-carbon fuels and compatible engines. Researchers, as well as members of the engine, vehicle, and fuel industries, rely on these numbers to target compounds for development of new fuels capable of greater energy efficiency, cleaner emissions, and maximum performance in diesel engines.

August 14, 2014

Transportation Leader Roots Career in True Grit

NREL's Wendy Dafoe works closely with the Energy Department to advance the Clean Cities sustainable transportation mission.

July 2, 2014

Transportation RD&D Recognized with DOE Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized four members of NREL’s Transportation and Hydrogen Systems Center team with awards at last week’s 2014 Annual Merit Review (AMR) and Peer Evaluation Meetings. The annual meetings provide researchers leading projects funded by the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and the Vehicle Technologies Office with an opportunity to share accomplishments with representatives from DOE, industry, and other labs.

June 25, 2014

NREL and General Motors Announce R&D Partnership to Reduce Cost of Automotive Fuel Cells

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and General Motors (GM) are partnering on a multiyear, multimillion dollar joint effort to accelerate the reduction of automotive fuel cell stack costs through fuel cell material and manufacturing research and development (R&D).

June 11, 2014

NREL Bolsters Batteries with Nanotubes

Approach boosts performance, safety, and durability for lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles, soon to be a $14 billion market.

May 30, 2014

Model Car Races Put Creativity on the Line

Middle school students' design and engineering skills tested on the racetrack.

May 17, 2014

Winners for NREL’s 24th Solar and Lithium Ion Car Races

Indy-500-style checkered flags, high-tech neoprene rubber tracks, and of course, sponsor decals graced the site of today’s Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions for Colorado’s middle schoolers. Nearly 300 students on 74 teams from 21 Colorado schools converged on Dakota Ridge High School to vie for a spot in the final races using solar and lithium ion battery powered vehicles they designed and built themselves.

April 30, 2014

NREL, Sandia Team to Improve Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure

A new project led by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratories will support H2USA, a public-private partnership co-launched by industry and the Energy Department, and will work to ensure that hydrogen fuel cell vehicle owners have a positive fueling experience as fuel cell electric vehicles are introduced starting in 2014–2015. By tackling the technical challenges related to hydrogen fueling infrastructure, the Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology (H2FIRST) project is designed to pave the way toward more widespread deployment of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

April 3, 2014

Analysis Reveals Impact of Road Grade on Vehicle Energy Use

A new study sheds light on the incremental energy requirements imposed by road grade.

March 24, 2014

NREL Driving Research on Hydrogen Fuel Cells

As fuel cell cars get ready for the road, industry turns to NREL for help improving cost and reliability.

March 5, 2014

Webinar March 11: National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center

The presentation will highlight NFCTEC efforts to accelerate fuel cell commercialization through analysis of technologies operating under real-world conditions.

February 3, 2014

Using Fuel Cells to Increase the Range of Battery Electric Vehicles

A team of NREL analysts identified potential cost-effective scenarios for using small fuel cell power units to increase the range of medium-duty battery electric vehicles.

January 27, 2014

NREL Joins Initiative to Boost Power Electronics Energy Efficiency and Job Market

In an initiative announced on January 15, NREL is joining North Carolina State University (NCSU) in the Energy Department's new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Next Generation Power Electronics to accelerate development and commercialization of wide bandgap technology, as well as reinvigorate the U.S. manufacturing sector.

January 14, 2014

NREL Model Licensed to Improve Accuracy of Battery Simulations

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has licensed its Equivalent Circuit Battery Model to software developer ThermoAnalytics for use in its recently updated RadTherm software package.


2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008