The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced $50 million in funding for new and innovative research on vehicle technologies that can reduce emissions within the transportation industry.
The funding will be used to conduct research on new technologies for trucks, off-road vehicles and clean fuels powering these vehicles.
The $50 million is being sourced from the DoE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
The development is part of efforts by the DoE to electrify the transportation industry by increasing its focus on new vehicle technologies such as natural gas, biopower and hydrogen use to power heavy duty and off-road vehicles.
Electrifying the heavy-duty transportation industry will help reduce carbon emissions and boost the country’s economy.
Trucks carry more than 70% of the country’s freight, and off-road vehicles account for 8% of the total energy consumed in the US transportation sector at a time the freight truck sector’s annual vehicle miles traveled is expected to increase by 54% by 2050.
This means an increase in energy demand at a time the energy industry is calling for a decrease in the use of fossil fuels to address climate change.
Mark W Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy, said: "As the fastest growing fuel users in the United States, it is important our trucking industry has access to advanced technologies, such as electrification and fuel cells, as a way to move goods efficiently and economically.
"EERE has a strong track record of successful investment in the research and development of a broad portfolio of technologies, including electrification, advanced combustion engines, and fuels such as natural gas, hydrogen, and biofuels, that can significantly improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of transportation energy. These selections reinforce DOE’s commitment to sustainable transportation options."
View the full list of selections selections HERE.