Commercial Vehicle Technologies

NREL conducts real-world evaluations of medium- and heavy-duty vehicle technologies, comparing the performance of advanced technologies to that of their conventional counterparts.

Coupled with NREL's suite of validated data and analysis tools, these in-service evaluations—of commercial vehicles, infrastructure, operational practices, and implementation considerations—enable insight critical to the development of cost-effective, energy-efficient commercial vehicle technologies.

Customized Technology Evaluations

Battery powered bus driving down a street.

Performed in partnership with commercial and government fleets, NREL’s customized evaluations span various technology arenas.

Hybrid electric vehicles

Electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles

Hydraulic hybrid vehicles

Alternative fuel vehicles

Truck platooning

Truck stop electrification


NREL researchers publish journal articles, conference papers, and reports about emerging commercial vehicle technologies.

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This work supports the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity, which bridges the gap between early-stage research and the commercial availability of energy-efficient vehicle technologies and practices.

Integrated Data and Analysis Tools

Bolstered by world-class computational science and high-performance computing capabilities, our integrated suite of data and analysis tools inform the development of innovative commercial vehicle technologies and strategies that maximize energy savings and on-road performance.

Fleet DNA: Commercial Fleet Vehicle Operating Data

Built on more than 11 million miles of vehicle operations data, Fleet DNA helps users understand the broad operational range of commercial vehicles across vocations and weight classes.

DRIVE: Drive-Cycle Rapid Investigation, Visualization, and Evaluation Analysis Tool

The DRIVE tool produces representative drive cycles at record speed from large amounts of vehicle data gathered via onboard logging devices, cutting analysis time.

DriveCAT: Drive Cycle Analysis Tool

DriveCAT features drive cycle data for modeling, simulating, and evaluating vehicle systems and components.

FASTSim: Future Automotive Systems Technology Simulator

FASTSim enables quick powertrain comparisons to estimate the impact of technology improvements on vehicle efficiency, performance, cost, and battery life.

See our full collection of tools.


Contact us to learn more about our commercial vehicle technologies research or to explore partnership opportunities.

Jason Lustbader

Project Lead, Commercial Vehicle Technologies