Plans, Implementation, and Results

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) accelerates the deployment of advanced vehicle technologies and renewable fuels to strengthen the U.S. economy by creating jobs, while reducing petroleum consumption, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. To accomplish these goals, VTO works with industry leaders, national laboratories, universities, and state and local governments in five strategic areas.

  • Overview

    Learn more about this EERE Office.

  • Plans

    Discover the plans, budgets, and analyses that set the direction of office priorities and activities.

  • Implementation

    Find out how the office controls, implements, and adjusts its plans and manages its activities.

  • Results
    Learn about the technological, commercial, and other outputs and outcomes that result from the public funds appropriated to the office and managed by it.

Overview

Key Office Overview Documents


  • Vehicle Technologies Program Deep Dive Briefing
    Deep-Dive briefing presentation dated September 22, 2009. Included in the briefing are mission, goals, targets, and budget of the Vehicle Technologies Program.
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  • Vehicle Technologies Program Overview
    Overview of the Vehicle Technologies Program including external assessment and market view; internal assessment, program history and progress; program justification and federal role; program vision, mission, approach, strategic goals, outputs, and ou
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  • Vehicle Technologies Program - Improving Vehicle Efficiency, Reducing Dependence on Foreign Oil
    R&D drives innovation while lowering technology costs, which then enables the private sector to accelerate clean technology deployment. Along with R&D, DOE's Vehicles Technologies Program deploys clean, efficient vehicle technologies and renewable fu
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  • Vehicle Technologies Program: Goals, Strategies, and Top Accomplishments
    Fact sheet describing the Vehicle Technologies Program integrated portfolio of advanced vehicle and fuel research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities.
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Legislative and Executive Guidance


  • EPAct Transportation Regulatory Activities
    The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Program manages several transportation regulatory activities established by the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct), as amended by the Energy Conservation Reauthorization Act of 1998, EPAct 200
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  • EPA Diesel Rule and the Sulfur Effects (DECSE) Project
    The VT program collaborated with industry stakeholders and the EPA (in an effort initiated in 1998 called Diesel Emission Control – Sulfur Effects study, otherwise known as DECSE) to quantify the effects of fuel sulfur on emission control technologie
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Structure and Key Contacts


Office News


Plans

Strategic Plans


  • Vehicle Technologies Program Planning
    The Vehicle Technologies Program’s strategic goal is to develop sustainable, cost-competitive technologies to reduce U.S. dependence on petroleum, increase fuel efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the Nation's energy security.
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Technology Roadmaps


  • Materials Technical Team Roadmap
    Roadmap identifying the efforts of the Materials Technical Team (MTT) to focus primarily on reducing the mass of structural systems such as the body and chassis in light-duty vehicles (including passenger cars and light trucks) which enables improved
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  • Hydrogen Delivery Technical Team Roadmap
    The mission of the Hydrogen Delivery Technical Team (HDTT) is to enable the development of hydrogen delivery technologies, which will allow for fuel cell competitiveness with gasoline and hybrid technologies by achieving an as-produced, delivered, an
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  • Hydrogen Production Technical Team Roadmap
    The Hydrogen Production Technical Team Roadmap identifies research pathways leading to hydrogen production technologies that produce near-zero net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from highly efficient and diverse renewable energy sources. This roadmap
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  • Advanced Combustion and Emission Control Technical Team Roadmap
    The Advanced Combustion and Emission Control (ACEC) Technical Team is focused on removing technical barriers to the commercialization of advanced, high-efficiency, emission-compliant internal combustion (IC) engines for light-duty vehicle powertrains
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  • Electrical and Electronics Technical Team Roadmap
    The Electrical and Electronics Technical Team’s (EETT's) mission is to enable cost-effective, smaller, lighter, and efficient power electronics and electric motors for electric traction drive systems (ETDSs) while maintaining performance of internal
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  • Electrochemical Energy Storage Technical Team Roadmap
    This U.S. DRIVE electrochemical energy storage roadmap describes ongoing and planned efforts to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). The Energy Storage activity comprises a number of research areas
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  • Fuel Cell Technical Team Roadmap
    The Fuel Cell Technical Team promotes the development of a fuel cell power system for an automotive powertrain that meets the U.S. DRIVE Partnership (United States Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability) goal
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  • Grid Interaction Technical Team Roadmap
    The mission of the Grid Interaction Technical Team (GITT) is to support a transition scenario to large scale grid-connected vehicle charging with transformational technology, proof of concept and information dissemination. The GITT facilitates techni
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  • Vehicle Systems Analysis Technical Team Roadmap
    The mission of the Vehicle Systems Analysis Technical Team (VSATT) is to evaluate the performance and interactions of proposed advanced automotive powertrain components and subsystems, in a vehicle systems context, to inform ongoing research and deve
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  • Codes and Standards Technical Team Roadmap
    The Hydrogen Codes and Standards Tech Team (CSTT) mission is to enable and facilitate the appropriate research, development, & demonstration (RD&D) for the development of safe, performance-based defensible technical codes and standards that support t
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  • Fuel Pathway Integration Technical Team Roadmap
    The Fuel Pathway Integration Technical Team (FPITT) supports the U.S. DRIVE Partnership (the Partnership) in the identification and evaluation of implementation scenarios for fuel cell technology pathways, including hydrogen and fuel cell electric ve
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Multiyear Program Plans


  • Multi-Year Program Plan 2011-2015
    The Vehicle Technologies Multi-Year Program Plan, FY 2011 – 2015, outlines the scientific research and technologies developments for the five-year timeframe (beyond the FY 2010 base year) that need to be undertaken to help meet the Administration's g
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Office Budgets


Implementation

Systems Engineering


Technology Evaluations


  • National Academies-Review of the Research Program of the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership: Third Report
    This report by the National Research Council's (NRC's) Committee on Review of the FreedomCAR and Fuel Research Program, Phase 3, is the third NRC review. The Phase 1 and Phase 2 reviews were issued in 2005 and 2008, respectively (NRC, 2005, 2008). Th
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  • Current Transportation Models Used in the Vehicle Technologies Program
    A summary of various transportation models (VISION, TRUCK, GREET, Oil Peaking Model, Feebate Model, Oil Security Metrics Model, ORNL PHEV Choice Model: Version 1, PSAT, PSAT-PRO,
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Deployment and Diffusion


Education and Workforce Development


Competitive Solicitations and Grant Process


  • Vehicle Technologies Program Funding Opportunities
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) provides funding opportunities for advanced vehicle technology projects that are aimed at removing technical and cost barriers. Much of the funding available
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In-Progress Peer Reviews and Process Assessments


  • 2012 DOE Vehicle Technologies Program Annual Merit Review
    The 2012 DOE Hydrogen Program and Vehicle Technologies Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting was held May 14-18, 2012 in Crystal City, Virginia. The review encompassed all of the work done by the Hydrogen Program and the Vehicle Tec
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Internal Controls, Project Tracking, and Progress Reports


  • FY 2012 Progress Report for Fuel & Lubricant Technologies
    Annual progress report of the Fuel & Lubricant Technologies subprogram supporting fuels and lubricants research and development (R&D) to provide vehicle users with cost-competitive options that enable high fuel economy with low emissions, and contrib
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  • FY 2012 Lightweight Materials Annual Report
    The FY 2012 Annual Progress Report for Lightweight Materials provides a detailed description of the activities and technical accomplishments which focuses on the development and validation of advanced materials and manufacturing technologies to signi
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  • FY2012 Annual Progress Report for Vehicle and Systems Simulation and Testing
    Annual progress report that evaluates the technologies and performance characteristics of advanced automotive powertrain components and subsystems in an integrated vehicle systems context. These evaluations address light-, medium-, and heavy-duty veh
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  • FY2012 Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Motors Annual Progress Report
    The Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Motors (APEEM) program within the DOE Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) provides support and guidance for many cutting-edge automotive technologies now under development. Research is focused on developing r
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  • FY2012 Progress Report for Energy Storage Research & Development
    FY 2012 annual report of the energy storage research and development effort within the VT Office. An important step for the electrification of the nation’s light duty transportation sector is the development of more cost-effective, long lasting, and
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  • FY2012 Annual Progress Report for Propulsion Materials
    FY2012 annual progress report focusing on enabling and innovative materials technologies that are critical in improving the efficiency of advanced engines by providing enabling materials support for combustion, hybrid, and power electronics developme
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  • FY2012 Annual Progress Report for Advanced Combustion Engine Research and Development
    Annual report on the work of the the Advanced Combustion Engine R&D subprogram. The Advanced Combustion Engine R&D subprogram supports the Vehicle Technologies Office mission by removing the critical technical barriers to commercialization of advanc
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  • Vehicle Technologies Program Annual Progress Reports
    Annual Progress Reports for the various technologies in the Vehicle Technologies Program.
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  • Vehicle Technologies Program Implementation
    The Vehicle Technologies Program takes a systematic approach to Program implementation. Elements of this approach include the evaluation of new technologies, competitive selection of projects and partners, review of Program and project improvement, p
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  • Advanced Combustion Engine R&D: Goals, Strategies, and Top Accomplishments
    Fact sheet describing the goals, strategies, and some of the major accomplishments of the Advanced Combustion Engine R&D subprogram of the Vehicle Technologies Program.
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  • Materials Technologies: Goals, Strategies, and Top Accomplishments
    Fact sheet describing the goals, strategies, and top accomplishments of the Materials Technologies subprogram of the Vehicle Technologies Program.
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  • Fuel Technologies: Goals, Strategies, and Top Accomplishments
    Brochure describing the goals, strategies, and some of the major accomplishments of the Fuel Technologies subprogram of the Vehicle Technologies Program.
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Results

Commercial Outcomes


Technical Outcomes


  • Vehicle Technologies Program Results
    The Vehicle Technologies Program's progress is closely monitored by both internal and external organizations. The Program's results are detailed in a wide range of documents and tools that can be accessed through the PIR website. Descriptions of thes
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  • Vehicle Technologies Program: Goals, Strategies, and Top Accomplishments
    Fact sheet describing the Vehicle Technologies Program integrated portfolio of advanced vehicle and fuel research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities.
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Cost/Benefit and Return on Investment Studies


Intellectual Property


  • Vehicle Technologies Program Awards and Patents
    Award-winning technologies and processes are hallmarks of the programs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and industrial partners. Awards, patents, and other recognition validate the products of
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External Recognition


  • Vehicle Technologies Program Awards and Patents
    Award-winning technologies and processes are hallmarks of the programs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and industrial partners. Awards, patents, and other recognition validate the products of
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