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News Archives - 2009

December 22, 2009

NREL Evaluates UPS Hybrid-Electric Van Performance

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has collected and analyzed fuel economy, maintenance and other vehicle performance data from UPS's first generation hybrid diesel step delivery vans powered by an Eaton Corp. electric hybrid propulsion system. The diesel hybrid delivery vans improved the on-road fuel economy by 28.9 percent resulting in a 15 percent improvement in total cost per mile while maintaining similar reliability and operational performance as compared to conventional vehicles.

December 7, 2009

NREL Partners with MotorWeek to Highlight Alternative Fuel Use

More than 30 million annual television viewers will learn about alternative fuels and vehicles thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Maryland Public Television.

December 1, 2009

NREL Hosts IEA Meetings on Hybrid Electric Vehicles

NREL hosted meetings of the Executive Committee and three of the working groups of the International Energy Agency's (IEA's) Hybrid Electric Vehicle Implementing Agreement (HEV-IA) on October 26-30, 2009, to address the worldwide deployment of vehicles powered by clean energy.

September 28, 2009

National Labs Work to Settle PHEV Fuel Economy Conundrum

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently joined forces with researchers from Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to take the lead in developing and testing a new method for predicting the real-world fuel and electricity consumption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). After examining data on the only PHEV currently available in large numbers, the NREL-developed method shows promise for reasonably predicting the PHEV's average fuel and electricity use.

July 13, 2009

Testing the Potential of Mid-level Ethanol Blends

Can E15 and E20—gasoline blended with 15% and 20% ethanol—help us meet national goals for renewable fuels, which include producing 36 billion gallons of ethanol per year by 2022? That's what government and industry researchers want to know in a study of mid-level ethanol-gasoline blends sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Researchers from two DOE national labs, NREL and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, are collaborating with industry to evaluate the potential of using these mid-level blends in engines that now run on gasoline or E10. The story's just beginning to unfold in the first report from this study.

June 29, 2009

Energy Storage R&D Showcased at Advanced Battery Conference

Results of cutting-edge battery research projects conducted by NREL's Energy Storage Team were presented at the first-of-its-kind Advanced Automotive Battery & EC Capacitor Conference held in June in Long Beach, California. The conference highlighted some of the latest advances in vehicle battery and ultracapacitor R&D and indicated where the technology is heading. NREL's research, sponsored by DOE and industry, looks at the critical issues surrounding the development of batteries for the hybrid electric and all-electric vehicles of the future, including battery lifetime, performance, safety, and cost, and explores ways to develop the safest, most efficient and most reliable batteries possible.

April 24, 2009

NREL and Ford Team Up to Develop "Cool" Cars

The research and development agreement focuses on studying thermal comfort in vehicles.

February 20, 2009

Controlling Heat is Key to Hybrid Performance

NREL engineers are exploring several ways to improve hybrid performance to such a convincing level that millions of commuters will make the switch. To the lab, that means increasing the vehicles' range to 100 mpg or more, improving reliability and reducing costs — all while operating with drastically reduced tailpipe emissions.

January 5, 2009

NREL Helps Set Stringent Biodiesel Standard

Research conducted at NREL provided the technical basis for setting the new standard, which was recently published by ASTM International.

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