U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Vehicle Technologies Office
To make electric vehicles as convenient and affordable as current conventional vehicles, America must have a strong workforce to develop, build, repair, and respond to these vehicles. The Department has a number of programs focused on education and training of present and future engineers, mechanics, and first responders.
- EcoCAR 2: Plugging Into the Future: A three-year collegiate competition that challenges 15 North American universities to reduce the environmental impact of a Chevrolet Malibu without compromising performance, safety, and consumer acceptability.
- Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE): This program supports Centers of Excellence at American colleges, universities, and university-related research institutions. These Centers establish and/or expand graduate course study and laboratory work in multidisciplinary advanced vehicle areas, including hybrid propulsion, energy storage, and lightweight materials.