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2014-07-07
The U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office has issued a request for information (RFI) to the research community and relevant stakeholders, according to a release. The DOE is seeking feedback about fuel-cell technology validation, commercial acceleration, and potential deployment strategies for continuous fuel-cell rechargers (range-extenders) on board light-duty battery-electric vehicle fleets. 
Article
2014-06-12
GMZ Energy has announced the successful demonstration of a high-temperature thermoelectric generation (TEG) unit designed for automotive (civilian and military) waste-heat recapture. In the demo, it generated an output power well in excess of its 200-W design goal.
Article
2014-05-04
A new electrolyte developed the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) serves not only as an ion conductor, but also as a cathode supplement in batteries. Potential uses of the technology include remote keyless entry systems, cardiac pacemakers, sensors, and other applications "where replacing or recharging a battery is not possible or desirable."
Article
2013-11-25
A "stretchy" polymer developed by scientists at Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, CA, could open a path to self-healing electrodes in the lithium-ion batteries of future electric vehicles.
Article
2013-09-13
The U.S. Department of Energy recently opened what it describes as a "one-of-a-kind national secure data center" at its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO. The National Fuel Cell Technology Evaluation Center (NFCTEC) allows industry, academia, and government organizations to submit and review data gathered from projects to advance cost-effective fuel-cell technology.
Article
2013-07-15
A safe, reliable, and easy-to-use charging infrastructure is key to further market acceptance of plug-in vehicles. With that in mind, SAE International is seeking participation from OEMs and electric-vehicle-supply-equipment (EVSE) manufacturers in a project to develop consensus-based industry standards and test procedures addressing EVSE-vehicle interoperability.
Article
2013-06-17
During the last few years, auto manufacturers have been building cars that use less fuel and emit fewer greenhouse gases when customers drive them.
Technical Paper
2013-04-08
Richard 'Barney' Carlson, Henning Lohse-Busch, Jeremy Diez, Jerry Gibbs
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy initiated a study that conducted coastdown testing and chassis dynamometer testing of three vehicles, each at multiple test weights, in an effort to determine the impact of a vehicle's mass on road load force and energy consumption. The testing and analysis also investigated the sensitivity of the vehicle's powertrain architecture (i.e., conventional internal combustion powertrain, hybrid electric, or all-electric) on the magnitude of the impact of vehicle mass. The three vehicles used in testing are a 2012 Ford Fusion V6, a 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid, and a 2011 Nissan Leaf. Testing included coastdown testing on a test track to determine the drag forces and road load at each test weight for each vehicle. Many quality measures were used to ensure only mass variations impact the road load measurements. Chassis dynamometer testing was conducted over standard drive cycles on each vehicle at multiple test weights to determine the fuel consumption or electrical energy consumption impact caused by change in vehicle mass.
Article
2013-03-18
In support of the U.S. Department of Energy SuperTruck program—an initiative that aims to increase the fuel efficiency of Class 8 trucks by 50%—a research team developed a group of low-energy, high-output LED lamps for forward lighting that could be retrofitted into the current incandescent headlamp housing and lens.
Article
2013-02-04
The Fuel Cell Technologies Office under the U.S. Department of Energy has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking feedback from stakeholders regarding proposed cost and durability targets for automotive fuel cells.
Article
2013-01-25
The recent trials and tribulations of The Boeing Co. with its 787 Dreamliner—specifically, potential thermal runaway concerns with its lithium-ion batteries—are being closely watched by the automotive engineering community. By most expert accounts, the potential for lithium-ion batteries is great, but it must be remembered that the technology is still in its infancy.
Article
2012-12-01
The U.S. Department of Energy on Nov. 30 announced it will establish a major advanced-battery research center on the campus of Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago. The Batteries and Energy Storage Hub, also called the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR).
Article
2012-10-09
Two recent announcements attest to continuing efforts by government and industry to make the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle viable. On Oct. 5, the U.S. Department of Energy said it would make available $1 million for efforts to "identify cost-effective and efficient materials and processes to produce hydrogen from renewable energy sources and natural gas."
Article
2012-10-01
Gentherm has received a $1.55 million contract modification from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to apply the technology in its thermoelectric generator (TEG) for passenger cars to a similar program for heavy vehicles.
Article
2012-06-27
Inductive power-transfer coils—in the roadbed and on board—could help unleash EV use in the U.S., so the government is spurring wireless charging development.
Article
2012-06-18
With the goal of reducing the amount of energy consumed in manufacturing and creating high-quality jobs on American soil, the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded more than $54 million in grants to companies in automotive and other industries for special energy-saving projects.
Article
2012-04-02
In return for giving Eaton Corp. a $2 million grant, the U.S. Department of Energy is expecting the Southfield, MI, company to boost the performance and reduce the cost of fuel-cell systems. The DOE announced the grant award March 29.
Article
2012-03-14
Start-up’s improved electrode materials boost battery capacity to address EV costs and range anxiety, but operational lifetime remains a challenge.
Article
2011-08-19
The U.S. Department of Energy announces grants just days after announcing more stringent CAFE standards for heavy-duty vehicles and only a bit longer after announcing a proposal for more stringent light-duty CAFE standards.
Article
2011-07-08
General Motors, Ford, and BMW test thermoelectric devices that recapture energy lost in car exhaust.
Article
2011-04-13
Expert panel at SAE 2011 World Congress discusses a variety of non-electric alternative fuel sources for tomorrow's automobiles.
Article
2011-04-13
David Sandalow, an official with the U.S. Department of Energy, told an SAE 2011 World Congress audience that the transportation sector cannot continue to dine on a petroleum-only diet.
Article
2011-02-15
Mass manufacture of Ecotality's Blink Level 2 charging stations has begun at Roush Manufacturing. ECOtality partnered with Roush in July to manufacture the company’s flagship Blink home and commercial charging stations.
Article
2011-01-10
Argonne National Laboratory licensed a patented layered/layered composite cathode material to GM and Korean battery supplier LG Chem for development of next-generation Li-ion battery cells for electrified vehicles. The technology can extend a battery’s energy density by a factor of two.
Article
2010-10-26
Quallion has developed a battery-powered HVAC solution designed for Class 6-8 trucks under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Article
2010-09-16
A123 Systems' celebratory opening on Sept. 13 of a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Michigan stamps the U.S. as an up-and-coming global player in the production of energy cells for hybrid and full-electric vehicles.
Article
2010-08-13
A new, high-speed film fabrication process could yield bigger, cheaper solid-state lithium-ion batteries with high energy densities.
Article
2010-07-01
Coulomb Technologies announced in June that it will deliver 4600 free networked charging stations in certain parts of the U.S. under the ChargePoint America program. The program is a partnership among ChargePoint station maker Coulomb and vehicle brands Ford, Chevrolet, and Smart USA to coordinate the installation of the stations with the sale of plug-in vehicles. 
Article
2010-05-07
General Motors Co. recently announced a five-year partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy to help develop the potential of the Jatropha plant as a sustainable biofuel energy crop. Traditionally considered a weed, Jatropha plants produce an oil that can be refined into biodiesel.
Article
2010-02-15
Business as usual will not be enough if industry is to reach the U.S. production target of 36 billion gal (136 billion L) of biofuel by 2022, according to a recently issued report by the Biofuels Interagency Working Group.
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