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NREL in the News

This is the March 2014 issue of the Transportation and Hydrogen Newsletter.

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Deployment of faster charging units across a large network can combat driver range anxietycited by many as a major impediment to wider electric vehicle adoption. Photo by Dennis Schroder/NREL

Opinion:
What Needs to Happen for Electric Cars to Go Mainstream?

In the last five years, the number of available electric vehicle models has jumped from 3 to 23, but all-electric vehicles still command less than 1% of the automotive market. Are the Energy Department's initiatives on track to make these cars competitive with gas-powered vehicles?

Read one take on it in the Washington Post.

March 20, 2014

Fuel Cell Vehicles to Hit Car Lots Soon

The first commercially available hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles were unveiled earlier this year at auto shows. NREL research has been crucial in bringing these models to market, and the lab continues to pursue vehicle and infrastructure enhancements needed to make widespread deployment a reality. Hear about it on National Public Radio.

Sustainable Future Calls for Diverse Transportation Solutions

A sustainable transportation future will rely on widespread adoption of many fuels, technologies, and transportation modes to serve future mobility needs. NREL innovations are advancing solutions in all of these areas, as well as exploring vehicle-electric grid integration and infrastructure technologies. Read about it in Innovative Energy Review.

Ongoing Growth Predicted for Alt-Fuel Infrastructure

Widespread deployment of plug-in electric and other alternative fuel vehicles will require significant infrastructure changes. NREL is partnering with other stakeholders to increase the number of electric vehicle charging and biodiesel, natural gas, propane, ethanol, and hydrogen fueling stations available to consumers. Read about it in Green Fleet Magazine.

New Hub Promises Power Electronics Innovation

Wide bandgap (WBG) technology promises to dramatically increase performance, reduce cost, and improve reliability of electronics packaging in electric-drive vehicles and other energy-efficiency applications. NREL is joining North Carolina State University in the Energy Department's new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Next Generation Power Electronics to accelerate development and commercialization of WBG technology. Read about it in PC World.

Innovative Battery Technology to Lengthen Driving Ranges, Shorten Charge Times

Consumer appeal of battery electric vehicles is limited by short vehicle ranges, long charge times, and high battery costs. New liquid battery technology under development at NREL will use high-energy, renewable organic compounds to address these issues. Read about it in the Denver Business Journal.