Dept. of Energy to research alternative fuels, electric for CMVs

$50 million study looking at impact on commercial trucks

Posted March 5, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will invest $51.5 million in a study to research fuel technology for a group of vehicles that includes commercial trucks.

The study, announced on March 1, will be funded by the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and will address natural gas, biopower, hydrogen, heavy-duty freight electrification, hydrogen infrastructure, and fuel cell technologies for heavy-duty applications.

Study topic areas include:

  • $18 million for battery electric freight vehicles and technical barriers to advanced batteries, electric drive systems, and charging systems;
  • $16.5 million for gaseous fuels research and technical barriers involved with natural gas and hydrogen fueled heavy-duty vehicles;
  • $6 million for high throughput hydrogen fueling technologies for heavy-duty transportation, including fast-fill hydrogen storage and fueling components;
  • $6 million for high-durability, low-platinum group metal membrane electrode assemblies for heavy-duty truck applications; and
  • $5 million for energy efficient commercial off-road vehicles.

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