Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced U.S. DRIVE, a cooperative partnership of government and industry to accelerate the development of clean, advanced, energy-efficient vehicle technologies and infrastructure.

Formerly known as the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership, U.S. DRIVE (Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability) brings together top technical experts from the DOE, national laboratories and industry partners to identify critical research and development needs, develop technical targets and strategic road maps, and evaluate progress on a broad range of advanced vehicle and energy infrastructure technologies.

“Government-industry partnerships like U.S. DRIVE can quicken the pace at which affordable, fuel-efficient vehicles reach and succeed in the commercial market,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “By bringing together the best and brightest in government and the automobile, electric utility and fuels industries, we can develop promising, innovative technologies that move rapidly from the lab into cars on the road, along with the infrastructure to support them.”

Two new members have joined the partnership: the Electric Power Research Institute and Tesla Motors. The United States Council for Automotive research, the collaborative research company for Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, is already a member. Other partners include BP America, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Shell Oil, DTE Energy and Southern California Edison.

The partners will work together on an extensive portfolio of advanced technologies, including batteries and electric drive components, advanced combustion engines, lightweight materials, and fuel cells and hydrogen technologies.

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