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January 27, 2016

Energy Department Announces $58 Million for Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies

The Energy Department on January 21 announced more than $58 million in funding for vehicle technology advancements. That backing includes $55 million for projects across vehicle technologies such as energy storage; electric drive systems; materials, fuels, and lubricants; and advanced combustion. Also, two innovative projects at CALSTART and the National Association of Regional Councils will receive $3 million to develop systems that help companies combine their purchasing of advanced vehicles, components, and infrastructure to reduce incremental cost and achieve economies of scale.

These technologies will help save U.S. consumers money and decrease carbon emissions by increasing the fuel efficiency of conventional cars and trucks, while also supporting the Energy Department's EV Everywhere Grand Challenge to make plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) as affordable to own and operate as today’s gasoline-powered vehicles by 2022.

This funding opportunity contains a total of 11 areas of interest and focuses on advanced lightweighting; advanced battery development; low-cost electric motor development; enabling technologies for high-efficiency engines; and support for EV deployment and AFV workplace safety programs. These areas of interest apply to light-, medium-, and heavy-duty on-road vehicles. Applications are due by March 28, and EERE anticipates making awards that range from $500,000 to $3.75 million by September 30. The Energy Department will fund cost-shared projects with private industry, national laboratories, and university teams. See the Energy Department news release and the funding opportunity announcement.

The Energy Department also released a report highlighting the successes of the Energy Department's Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program. See the ATVM loan program report PDF.

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