Vehicle Technology Program


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The FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies program at PNNL works with industry to develop and deploy advanced transportation technologies that reduce the nation's use of imported oil and improve air quality. FreedomCAR is a new government-industry program for the advancement of high-efficiency vehicles focusing on fuel cells and hydrogen produced from renewable sources. The Program also maintains a balanced set of R&D activities in light and heavy vehicle technologies, including combustion/emission control, alternative fuel, hybrid technologies and extensive industry relations.

FreedomCAR is a research initiative focused on collaborative, pre-competitive, high-risk research to develop the component technologies necessary to provide a full range of affordable cars and light trucks that will free the nation's personal transportation system from petroleum dependence and harmful vehicle emissions without sacrificing freedom of mobility and freedom of vehicle choice.

21st Century Truck

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Addressing the challenges facing today's heavy-duty transportation sector requires that industry and government work together as partners to find new technologies and approaches for the future.

The 21st Century Truck Partnership brings together 16 industrial partners and four federal government departments. Through cooperative research, the partners are developing a balanced portfolio of projects aimed at achieving key goals, coordinating their research activities as appropriate, and making effective use of the nation's research universities and national laboratories. Technology Roadmap for the 21st Century Truck Technology Partnership (PDF 2.28 MB) Download Acrobat Reader .

FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Related Research

Contact: George Muntean
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Review: March 2006