DOE expands partnership with industry to advance next-generation automotive technologies, adds Tesla and EPRI as members: US DRIVE
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has launched US 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. The announcement of US 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 (EPRI) and Tesla Motors.
Formerly known as the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership in the 2000s, US DRIVE—Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability—is a non-binding and voluntary government-industry partnership that serves as a forum for pre-competitive technical information exchange among partners to discuss R&D needs, develop joint goals and technology roadmaps, and evaluate R&D progress for a broad range of technical areas.
By providing a framework for frequent and regular interaction among technical experts in a common area of expertise, the Partnership intends to:
Accelerate technical progress; peers in the technical community discuss pre-competitive, technology-specific R&D needs and challenges, identify possible solutions, and evaluate progress toward jointly-developed technical goals.
Help to avoid duplication of efforts and ensure that publicly-funded research delivers high-value results and overcomes high-risk barriers to technology commercialization.
The full list of US 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
US DRIVE partners will on the following technical areas:
- Advanced combustion and emission control
- Batteries/electrochemical energy storage
- Electric propulsion systems (e.g., power electronics, electric motors)
- Fuel cell power systems
- Lightweight materials
- Vehicle systems and analysis
- Vehicle-to-electricity grid interaction
- Fuel pathway integration
- On-board hydrogen storage
- Hydrogen production
- Hydrogen delivery
- Hydrogen codes and standards