• May 23, 2011
Last week, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the formation of U.S. DRIVE, a cooperative partnership with industry to accelerate the development of clean, energy-efficient technologies for vehicles. Formerly known as the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership, U.S. DRIVE – Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability – brings together the DOE's technical experts with national laboratories and industry partners to develop targets and strategic roadmaps and evaluate progress on a range of advanced vehicle technologies. Energy Secretary Chu says that government-industry partnerships like U.S. DRIVE can:
Quicken the pace at which affordable, fuel-efficient vehicles reach and succeed in the commercial market. By bringing together the best and brightest in government and the automobile, electric utility, and fuels industries, we can develop promising, innovative technologies that move rapidly from the lab into cars on the road, along with the infrastructure to support them.
Concurrent with the announcement of U.S. DRIVE comes words of the addition of two new members: the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Tesla Motors.
[Source: U.S. Department of Energy]
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U.S. Department of Energy Announces Expanded Partnership with Industry to Advance Next-Generation Automotive Technologies

Washington, DC - U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced U.S. DRIVE, a cooperative partnership with industry to accelerate the development of clean, advanced, energy-efficient technologies for cars and light trucks and the infrastructure needed to support their widespread use. This partnership is part of DOE's broad strategy to expand the availability of advanced vehicles to American families to help protect them from future spikes in gas prices and reduce our nation's reliance on imported oil. Formerly known as the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership, U.S. DRIVE - Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability - brings together top technical experts from DOE, the national laboratories, and industry partners to identify critical research and development (R&D) needs, develop technical targets and strategic roadmaps, and evaluate R&D progress on a broad range of advanced vehicle and energy infrastructure technologies.

"Government-industry partnerships like U.S. DRIVE can quicken the pace at which affordable, fuel-efficient vehicles reach and succeed in the commercial market," said U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "By bringing together the best and brightest in government and the automobile, electric utility, and fuels industries, we can develop promising, innovative technologies that move rapidly from the lab into cars on the road, along with the infrastructure to support them."

Today's announcement of U.S. DRIVE marks the addition of two new members that bring additional focus on electric-drive vehicle technologies to the partnership. The Electric Power Research Institute and Tesla Motors will join DOE and long-standing industry partners that have renewed their strong commitments to collaborative, pre-competitive R&D.

The full list of U.S. DRIVE partners includes:

* Auto industry - United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (the collaborative research company for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors) and Tesla Motors
* Energy industry - BP America, Chevron Corporation, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil Corporation, and Shell Oil Products US
* Electric utility industry - DTE Energy, Southern California Edison, and the Electric Power Research Institute

U.S. DRIVE partners work together on an extensive portfolio of advanced automotive and energy infrastructure technologies, including batteries and electric-drive components, advanced combustion engines, lightweight materials, and fuel cells and hydrogen technologies. By facilitating frequent and detailed technical information exchange among DOE, the national laboratories, and industry partners, U.S. DRIVE will help to accelerate technical achievement as the nation's top experts identify R&D needs, explore solutions to technical problems, and evaluate R&D progress. It will also help the partners avoid duplicating efforts in government and industry and ensure that publicly funded research delivers high-value results that help overcome key barriers to technology commercialization. Not only will the efforts under the partnership contribute to reducing our nation's dependence on oil, they will also lower carbon pollution and help to secure U.S. leadership globally in the development of innovative, clean energy technologies for the transportation sector.

For more information about U.S. DRIVE, please visit the Research Partnerships page on the Vehicle Technologies Program website.


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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      so they renamed a useless program.. bravo Chu. that'll show peak oil. unbelievable.
      Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's great that automotive companies are starting to go green! Once you get your car you can go green by using an onsite detailing companies that will come to you to clean your car! I have checked in to http://www.onsitedetailing.com/ .
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uh . . . every single company in that 'Energy Industry' has an incentive to sabotage electric vehicle development and deployment. I don't want to allege any conspiracy theories but I don't see why they should be included in such an initiative.
        Marcopolo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Well, how about this. BP might want to recover it's preeminence in Solar and 'greengel' deep-cycle lead acid battery technology (BP has been developing Solar technology since 1973. Chevron may want to expand it's existing dominance of the Geo-thermal plant and R&D it 's already operating successfully, of the others Exxon is starting to move into Hydrogen and Natural gas power stations. Shell and Conomco are sort of fiddling around with greenwash, although Shell is expanding into biofuel. Total, well Total, are the same shitty bastards they have always been, and would seem to be concentrating on clandestine destabilisation of their previous good buddy Qaddafi, after he decided to sell oil to the Italians and PRC. Total's offer to place all the transport and a significant refining of Libya's oil with Conomco-Phillips and Shell may have something to do with US and NATO enthusiasm to kill Qaddafi. Still BP and Chevron seem to have improved and have serious investments in alternate energy. If not for environmental reasons, at least for good business. Oddly, it's these two that have come in for the most criticism by environmentalists. What always surprises me is that the Power utilities are not more aggressive in supporting EV's since this would give them access to the huge personal transport fuel business, presently dominated by big oil.
          Marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          Into the midst of sanity and progress slithers super-troll! Who is this weird little manic-obsessive,? Why,it that creepy little misanthrope DF! Is there a psychological disorder he doesn't possess? Nope he comes with the lot! Weird little abuses and vicious conspiracy theories abound, as he stares balefully at the world with close set, intense eyes of the fixated troll. "Fools," he mutters, "Fools, and douche bags, they must all one pay for ignoring my brilliance! " In his disorganised and fervid brain he dreams of another man, long ago, tramping the lonely streets of Vienna, with his paintings rejected, in his thin clothes and small moustache unkempt. DF, darkly dreams of his mentor, oh yes! They ignored him to their peril also. DF squares his puny shoulders and strikes a pose before the mirror, and dreams of power.. but his mum calls him for dinner and he puts away his Star Trek dolls......
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          they are not cunning at all. most of them are idiots, just look at Bush. or Bob Lutz who called global warming a croc of ****. fighting against EVs is a sign of stupidity. and we know about it. they are not smart. as deep throat said, they are not very bright guys and things got out of hand. (watergate) and obviously they are in power.. that oil companies are super douches is pretty obvious to most. just like the enron folks. or the BP spill. but for some reason reason is not welcome in your dark mind. mr twenty percent.
        Noz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Dude...you don't have to be embarrassed or hesitant to use the word "conspiracy." Only the fools who thing such things don't exist or otherwise want to cover that crap up are the ones mocking people who indeed realize such things do happen. Anyone who thinks these companies do not cross-talk or work together to make things go their way are seriously delusional.
          Marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Noz
          Noz, Four questions, 1) What exactly is wrong with members of industry groups talking to each other, and lobbying?After all environmental groups, and every other group does exactly the same. Everyone on the planet seems to know this but you? 2) Is there a conspiracy theory you don't believe in? 3) Why is it that everyone in the world's opinion makes them dishonest or stupid, except you? 4) If these sinister forces are so cunning and powerful, how come you know about their mysterious clandestine activities. but, that's the beauty of conspiracy theories, you never have to actually give any verifiable facts,..Huh, ..