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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Has Announced up to $133 million in New and Innovative Advanced Vehicle Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $133 million in new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research as part of FFY 2020. This funding supports research that will lead to more affordable, efficient, and secure transportation energy.

Managed through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), this funding opportunity supports priorities in advanced engine and fuel technologies including technologies for off-road applications, lightweight materials, new mobility technologies (energy efficient mobility systems), and alternative fuels technology demonstrations. Topic areas relevant to natural gas transportation include:

– Advanced Combustion Engines and Fuels (up to $27.5 million)
– Platinum group metals content reduction to enable cost-effective after-treatment for gasoline and diesel engines
– Improved efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty natural gas and propane (LPG) engines
– Energy-efficient off-road technologies directly applicable to agriculture sector and/or other off-road vehicles
– Two-stroke, opposed-piston engine research and development
– Materials Technology (up to $15 million)
– Lightweight and high-performance fiber-reinforced polymer composites for vehicle applications
– Energy Efficient Mobility Systems (up to $13.5 million)
– Improving transportation system efficiency through better utilization
– Enabling vehicle and infrastructure connectivity
– Improving mobility, affordability, and energy efficiency through transit
– Technology Integration (up to $36 million)
– Gaseous fuels technology demonstration projects
– Alternative fuel proof-of-concept in new communities and fleets
– Electric vehicle and charging community partner projects
– Technology integration open topic
– Transportation and Energy Analysis (up to $1.2 million)

Concept papers for this funding opportunity are due February 21, 2020, and full applications will be due April 14, 2020. A copy of the announcement, schedule and full document pdf available on DOE’s EERE website here.