NREL has an impressive record of breaking down barriers to accelerate the development of new transportation technologies. The following success stories provide a snapshot of how NREL research activities translate into more energy-efficient vehicles and cleaner fuels. Learn about our electric vehicle technologies and targets.
NREL experts support regional and municipal organizations with technical advice, market barrier identification and eradication, policy and compliance guidance, partnership cultivation, and stakeholder engagement.
NREL's hydrogen production, storage, and infrastructure R&D, paired with fuel cell technologies research, are accelerating the progress of bringing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to market.
NREL's 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.
NREL's real-world-based guidance helps manufacturers design and develop energy-efficient technologies for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
NREL's Sustainable Mobility Initiative approaches sustainable transportation as a network of travelers, services, and environments—rather than just vehicles and roads—using connectivity and automation to optimize mobility and significantly reduce related energy consumption.
NREL thermal management research focuses on energy storage, power electronic, and climate control system operating temperatures to improve vehicle performance, range, reliability, lifespan, and affordability.
NREL provides the nation's most credible and complete transportation energy-efficiency clearinghouse for validated, up-to-date statistics, data analysis, and tools, pairing information from government and private-sector partners with expertise in analysis and applications.
NREL researchers are developing and evaluating fully integrated systems that connect cars, power grids, and renewable energy sources to deliver cleaner, more sustainable transportation options.