Vehicle Technology Integration

NREL offers technical expertise and builds strong partnerships for integrating emerging vehicle technologies.

Photo showing multiple alternative fuel vehicles, from sedans to vans, to heavy-duty trucks, with the Chicago skyline in the background.

We have expertise in the implementation of advanced transportation projects, encompassing alternative fuels, mobility systems, electric vehicles, fleet operation, and transportation efficiency.

Project Leadership and Strategy

To improve the outcome of advanced transportation projects, we help early technology adopters overcome planning and implementation barriers, learn from past experiences, anticipate future challenges, and share knowledge with other fleets.

Clean Cities technical assistance

Fuel cell and hydrogen technology validation

Advanced Transportation Data and Tools

We develop credible, validated, and up-to-date transportation statistics, data, and tools.

Alternative Fuels Data Center

Managed by NREL, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) fuel-neutral resource featuring comprehensive, peer-reviewed information, data, and tools.

Alternative Fueling Station Locator

Developed by NREL, a comprehensive DOE database of alternative fueling stations in the United States and Canada.

Fleet DNA: Commercial Fleet Vehicle Operating Data

Data clearinghouse of medium- and heavy-duty commercial fleet vehicle operating data to help fleet managers make decisions that maximize efficiency and return on investment.

Fleet Sustainability Dashboard

Developed by NREL, a DOE tool for tracking Federal agencies’ fleet fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and vehicle inventories.

National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center

NREL's independent, third-party analysis of hydrogen fuel cell technologies in real-world operation.

Transportation Secure Data Center

Detailed transportation data from a variety of travel surveys and studies conducted across the nation.

Building Strong and Extensive Partnerships 

We build time-tested partnerships with industry and government leaders that benefit from shared interests and leverage our world-class research, tools, and expertise to address real-world transportation challenges. In turn, these partnerships prepare the market for broad adoption of emerging transportation technologies.

U.S. Department of Energy Programs

NREL provides technical leadership for the following DOE programs:

Clean Cities Coalition Network

Energy Efficient Mobility Systems

Federal Fleet Management

Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Forum

We also lead DOE’s regulatory activities mandated under the Energy Policy Act (EPAct). This includes helping roughly 2,000 state and alternative fuel provider fleets understand their compliance options. For more information, see DOE’s State & Alternative Fuel Provider Fleets Annual Reports.

Translating Lessons Learned

NREL often translates lessons learned from technical assistance activities into DOE resources, many of which describe best practices.

Compressed Natural Gas Fuel Tank Defueling, Decommissioning, and Disposal Video

Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Maintenance Facility Modification Handbook

Costs Associated with Non-Residential Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment

Handbook for Handling, Storing, and Dispensing E85 and Other Ethanol-Gasoline Blends

What Fleets Need to Know About Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversions, Retrofits, and Repowers

For more resources, visit the Alternative Fuels Data Center publications database.


Contact us to learn more about our vehicle technology integration work or to explore partnership opportunities.

Margo Melendez

Manager, Vehicle Technology Integration