U.S. DRIVE Report Highlights 2012 Technical Accomplishments

March 28, 2013

On behalf of the U.S. DRIVE Partnership, the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) recently released the U.S. DRIVE Partnership 2012 Highlights of Technical Accomplishments Report. This report recognizes technical achievements in the development of automotive technologies that can significantly reduce dependence on petroleum.

U.S. DRIVE (Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability) brings together staff from the Department of Energy and its national laboratories, with automotive, energy, and utility partners. Together, this group researches solutions to key challenges facing the development of advanced vehicle technologies including electric-drive, combustion, lightweight materials, and hydrogen fuel cells. The report summarizes nearly 70 recent accomplishments of DOE-funded projects that U.S. DRIVE government and industry partners believe are significant advancements. Examples include:

  • High-Energy Lithium-Ion Batteries for EVs
  • Motor Efficiency Improvements
  • Designing Durable Fuel Cell Catalysts
  • Optimization of High-Volume Warm Forming for Lightweight Sheet Alloys
  • Accelerating EV Development with New Test Standards
  • Multi-Mode RCCI Engine Map Used to Demonstrate Potential Improvements in Modeled Fuel Economy
  • Optimizing Materials Testing for Hydrogen Service
  • Material Requirements for Viable Onboard Hydrogen Storage Using Metal Hydrides
  • Enabling Technologies for Vehicle-Grid Communication
  • Increased Tube Trailer Capacity
  • Improved Hydrogen Evolution in Recombinant Cyanobacteria

The U.S. Drive partnership helps accelerate progress, avoid duplication between government and industry, and ensure that industry and DOE R&D targets focus on high-risk barriers to technology commercialization.