The US Department of Energy has announced up to $51.5m for new and innovative research of technologies for trucks, off-road vehicles, and the fuels that power them.

Funded through the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the new capital addresses priorities in gaseous fuels research, including natural gas, biopower, and hydrogen; heavy-duty freight electrification; hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell technologies for heavy-duty applications; and energy efficient off-road vehicles.

“As the fastest growing fuel users, trucks offer an important opportunity to use innovation to improve energy productivity,” said Mark Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy.

“Through research and new development in both energy efficiency and domestically-sources fuel technologies, we can not only strengthen our energy security but also improve transportation affordability for our nation’s trucking industry – helping those who deliver American goods and those who use them,” Menezes continued.

Topic areas for this funding opportunity include the following:

  • Gaseous fuels research and technology integration for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (up to $16.5m)
  •  Battery electric heavy-duty freight vehicles (up to $18m)
  • High throughput hydrogen fuelling technologies for medium- and heavy-duty transportation (up to $6m)
  • High-durability, low platinum group metal membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) for medium- and heavy-duty truck applications (up to $6m)
  • Energy efficient commercial off-road vehicles (up to $5m)

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