Transportation and Mobility Research

NREL's innovative research accelerates the creation and deployment of sustainable mobility technologies and strategies, with a focus on providing equitable, cost-competitive solutions for decarbonizing passenger and freight transport.

Cutting-Edge R&D Areas

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Our hydrogen and fuel cell research is lowering the cost and increasing the scale of technologies to make, store, move, and use hydrogen across multiple energy sectors. Researchers are developing advanced production technologies to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen; infrastructure technologies for fast and safe fueling of heavy-duty fuel cell trucks, rail, and marine vessels; and durable, efficient fuel cell technologies for long-life, high-use applications.

Accelerating Technology Innovation

As the nation's premier laboratory for sustainable transportation and mobility research, NREL blazes new trails with novel approaches focusing on:

  • Decarbonizing the transportation sector and combating climate change
  • Delivering state-of-the-art, cost-competitive, equitable solutions
  • Diversifying energy sources for passenger and freight transportation
  • Helping the U.S. industry remain at the forefront of sustainable transportation innovation.

R&D Partnerships

Our transportation research bridges technologies via partnerships across industry, the U.S. Department of Energy, and various transportation-related federal agencies. Learn how to work with us.