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The U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office has funded hundreds of projects across the country that advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels and technologies.

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Project Initiative/Award Awardee Status Date
Advancing transportation hubs' efficiency using novel analytics (ATHENA) 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects National Renewable Energy Laboratory In progress Sep 2018

States impacted:

  • Colorado
  • Texas

Advancing transportation hubs' efficiency using novel analytics (ATHENA)

This project will use novel analytics to advance transportation efficiency at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

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$5,000,000 Award

$1,384,014 Local matching funds

Drones, delivery robots, driverless cars, and intelligent curbs for increasing energy productivity of first- and last-mile goods movement 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects Carnegie Mellon University In progress Oct 2018

States impacted:

  • Pennsylvania

Drones, delivery robots, driverless cars, and intelligent curbs for increasing energy productivity of first- and last-mile goods movement

The objective of the project is to use empirical testing, life-cycle assessment, and systems analysis to research and demonstrate an energy productivity of goods delivery improvement with drones, delivery robots, and driverless cars of at least 20% compared to a baseline network. In addition, the research will develop proof-of-concept testing, model, and simulation for a smart curb space as an intelligently-managed urban delivery zone for improved energy productivity and sustainability, with a goal of demonstrating at least an additional 10% improvement in energy productivity.

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$1,502,632 Award

$375,658 Local matching funds

Maximizing mobility energy productivity at Chicago O’Hare using distributed sensing and high performance computing 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects Argonne National Laboratory In progress Sep 2018

States impacted:

  • Illinois

Maximizing mobility energy productivity at Chicago O’Hare using distributed sensing and high performance computing

This project will use distributed sensing and high performance computing to maximize mobility energy productivity at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

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$3,184,770 Award

$846,508 Local matching funds

Improved safety and reduced cost in handling and transporting reclaimed lithium-ion batteries 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects OnTo Technology LLC In progress Sep 2018

States impacted:

  • Oregon

Improved safety and reduced cost in handling and transporting reclaimed lithium-ion batteries

This project will pursue improved safety and reduced cost associated with handling and transporting reclaimed lithium-ion batteries.

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$500,000 Award

Understanding and improving energy efficiency of regional mobility systems leveraging system-level data 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects Carnegie Mellon University In progress Oct 2018

States impacted:

  • Pennsylvania

Understanding and improving energy efficiency of regional mobility systems leveraging system-level data

The objective of the project is to develop and demonstrate a replicable data-driven system-level model capable of identifying transportation system performance inefficiencies to enable management strategies for improved mobility/energy efficiency.

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$1,000,000 Award

$304,699 Local matching funds

Multi-modal energy-optimal trip scheduling in real-time (METS-R) for transportation hubs 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects Purdue University In progress Oct 2018

States impacted:

  • Indiana
  • New York

Multi-modal energy-optimal trip scheduling in real-time (METS-R) for transportation hubs

The objective of the project is to research, develop, and demonstrate an energy-optimal urban transportation hub travel simulation platform that will enhance energy flow and travel efficiency.

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$949,984 Award

$238,945 Local matching funds

Advancing platooning with advanced driver-assisted systems control integration and assessment 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects Cummins Inc. In progress Oct 2018

States impacted:

  • Colorado
  • Indiana
  • South Carolina

Advancing platooning with advanced driver-assisted systems control integration and assessment

This project will identify barriers in baseline platooning systems and explore solutions to overcome these barriers. The project will instrument trucks with Cummins ADEPT features and other subsystems required for effective completion of project. The project will also define routes, collect and analyze data for two- and three-truck platooning configurations. The project will identify barriers and potential solutions.

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$2,500,000 Award

$2,500,000 Local matching funds

Transportation energy analytics dashboard 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects University of Maryland: College Park In progress Oct 2018

States impacted:

  • Maryland

Transportation energy analytics dashboard

The objective of the project is to enable state and local authorities to assess and optimize jurisdictional level transportation energy, emission, and productivity by monitoring real-time energy and emissions flows. The project will develop and demonstrate a practice-ready real-time online tool for evaluating surface transportation energy and emissions along with human productivity measures that utilizes existing data sources and is ready for wide-spread deployment.

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$1,000,000 Award

$270,000 Local matching funds

Technology integration to gain commercial efficiency for the urban goods delivery system, meet future demand for city passenger and delivery load/unload spaces, and reduce energy consumption 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects University of Washington In progress Oct 2018

States impacted:

  • Washington

Technology integration to gain commercial efficiency for the urban goods delivery system, meet future demand for city passenger and delivery load/unload spaces, and reduce energy consumption

The objectives of this project are to research, develop, and demonstrate data processing techniques, models, simulations, smart phone applications, and a visual-confirmation system for efficient urban goods delivery.

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$1,500,000 Award

$640,200 Local matching funds

Solutions for curbside-charging electric vehicles for planned urban growth 2018 Vehicle Technologies Program-Wide Research Projects University of North Carolina at Charlotte In progress Oct 2018

States impacted:

  • North Carolina

Solutions for curbside-charging electric vehicles for planned urban growth

The objective of this project is to design, test, and evaluate a solution for a scalable curbside electric vehicle charging station solution utilizing existing infrastructure to meet the growing market demands for electric vehicles. Project results and the resulting concept will be broadly disseminated to ensure a meaningful and lasting market impact.

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$942,757 Award

$942,757 Local matching funds