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Transportation and Mobility Research

NREL's fundamental transportation research, engineering, and analysis catalyze the development of affordable, high-performance, energy-efficient passenger and freight vehicles as well as domestic alternative fuels and related infrastructure.

Cutting-Edge R&D Areas


Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Our research and development helps advance the science behind emerging hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and develop and validate new cost-effective, high-performance systems for transportation. 

Safety, Codes, and Standards

Systems Analysis

Technology Validation


Accelerating Technology Innovation

As the nation's premier facility for energy-efficient transportation research, NREL blazes new trails with novel approaches focusing on:

  • Delivering state-of-the-art, cost-competitive solutions
  • Providing vital scientific building blocks and early-stage research and engineering
  • Diversifying transportation energy sources
  • Helping the U.S. industry remain at the forefront of sustainable transportation innovation.

R&D Partnerships

Our transportation research bridges technologies via partnerships across NREL and the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn how to work with us.