This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

May 02, 2002

Vehicle Technologies Highlighted During G-8 Energy Forum

Prior to the Detroit meeting of the G-8 Energy Ministers on May 3rd, a two-day G-8 Energy Forum brought together business leaders, public interest groups, energy experts and other interested members of the public to discuss energy policies. The forum, sponsored by the State of Michigan and the United States Energy Association (USEA), touched on a range of energy issues, but focused largely on transportation technologies. See the USEA Web site for the forum announcement and the full proceedings.

Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham announced during the forum that DOE will host an international conference on future transportation technologies this fall. The International Conference on the Future of Energy Transportation Technologies will also be held in Detroit and will focus on hydrogen fuel cell technologies for cars and trucks - a research area currently being pursued by DOE's FreedomCAR program. The conference is also expected to include sessions on energy-efficient vehicle technologies, lower-emission drives for two- and three-wheeled vehicles, alternative fuels, public transportation, and urban planning and traffic management. See the DOE press release.

General Motors Corporation showcased its AUTOnomy fuel-cell concept vehicle at the forum, as well as its Parallel Hybrid Truck. Delphi Corporation featured a range of efficient vehicle technologies.

If you live on the East Coast and would like to see some of the newer automotive technologies first-hand, check out the Tour de Sol in mid-May. Organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), and sponsored in part by DOE, the road tour of state-of-the-art cars, buses, bikes, and neighborhood vehicles starts with a festival in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 12th, but truly hits the road on May 14th in Washington, D.C. It then works its way gradually to its finish in New York City on May 18th. See the NESEA Web site.