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We use 100% of our considerable transportation research, development, and deployment (RD&D) capabilities to pursue sustainable solutions that deliver dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy use. Our deep understanding of factors that impact industry and consumer acceptance breaks down market barriers and accelerates deployment of new technologies.

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Optimized Thermal Management

Optimized thermal management can increase electric vehicle battery power by more than 20% and decrease climate control systems' energy demands by as much as 68%. Research focused on energy storage, power electronic, and climate control system operating temperatures aims to improve vehicle performance, range, reliability, lifespan, and affordability.

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Energy storage
Power electronics
Climate control

Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Technology Evaluation and Deployment

Freight transportation accounts for about 26% of all transportation-sector petroleum fuel use. Real-world-based guidance helps manufacturers develop and fleet managers deploy energy-efficient, emissions-reducing technologies and operational practices for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

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Vehicle-to-Grid Integration

Vehicle-to-grid technology can balance intermittent renewable resources, enhance grid stability, reduce demand for costly peak-hour electricity, and address electric vehicle driving-range limits. Researchers are developing and evaluating fully integrated systems that connect cars, power grids, and renewable energy sources to deliver cleaner, more sustainable transportation options. Learn more about vehicle-to-grid technology.

Fuel, Engine, and Infrastructure Co-Optimization

Ambitious energy consumption and GHG reduction goals require co-optimization of low-carbon fuels and internal combustion engines. In-depth exploration of the interface of fuel chemistry, ignition kinetics, combustion and emissions examines ways to maximize the energy delivered by and minimize emissions associated with biofuels, natural gas, propane, and petroleum-based fuel, while ensuring fuels' compatibility with infrastructure.

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Co-optimization of low-carbon fuels and internal combustion engines
Fuel chemistry
Ignition kinetics
Combustion
Emissions

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology RD&D

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have the potential to provide an emissions-free transportation option. Hydrogen production, storage, and infrastructure RD&D, paired with fuel cell technologies research, are accelerating the progress of these vehicles to market. Learn more about hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Reliability and Durability Research

Electric vehicle systems and components must perform reliably in a wide range of conditions to meet consumer expectations. Examination of power electronic and energy storage components and systems focuses on improving reliability and extending lifespan to make electric vehicles more viable in the marketplace.

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Power electronics
Energy storage

Transportation Data, Analysis, and Tools

Decisions are only as strong as the information that steers them. The nation's most credible and complete transportation energy-efficiency clearinghouse for validated, up-to-date statistics, data analysis, and tools pairs information from government and private-sector partners with expertise in analysis and applications.

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Data and tools
Systems analysis and integration

End-User Technical Assistance and Outreach

Widespread deployment of energy-efficient vehicles requires the education of end users. Experts support regional and municipal organizations with technical advice, market barrier identification and eradication, policy and compliance guidance, partnership cultivation, and stakeholder engagement. Learn more about transportation deployment support.