DOE Releases U.S. DRIVE Technical Accomplishments Report
As a participant in the U.S. DRIVE Partnership, DOE recently released the U.S. DRIVE Partnership 2011 Highlights of Technical Accomplishments Report. This report describes nearly 80 key achievements of DOE-funded projects chosen by industry and government partners that have the potential to accelerate the development of advanced vehicle technologies and related energy infrastructure.
Key accomplishments include:
- Demonstrating diesel-like efficiencies with lower NOx emissions by operating a diesel engine on low octane gasoline.
- Developing computational models and software to search for permanent magnetic materials that do not use rare earth elements for use in hybrid and electric vehicle systems.
- Developing a new technique for constructing battery electrodes that could lead to much denser lithium-ion batteries for electric drive vehicles.
U.S. DRIVE (Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability) brings together DOE representatives, including national laboratory staff members, with automotive, energy, and utility partners to find solutions to key challenges facing the development of advanced vehicle technologies. These technologies include electric-drive, advanced combustion, lightweight materials, and hydrogen fuel cells. The report also covers areas that cut across technologies, such as successes in the development of codes and standards.