Today, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) announced that it is accepting applications for up to $184 million over three to five years to accelerate the development and deployment of new efficient vehicle technologies that will reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, save drivers money, and limit carbon pollution. Projects will span the broad spectrum of technology approaches, including advanced materials, combustion research, hybrid electric systems, fleet efficiency, and fuels technology.

The Funding Opportunity Announcement (Reference Number: DE-FOA-0000239) addresses the development of key technologies required to achieve large scale adoption of competitive, cost-effficient, advanced vehicles such as plug-in electric hybrids (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs).

The FOA released today focuses on several approaches to improving vehicle efficiency, including:

  • Advanced fuels and lubricants
  • Use of lighter weight materials
  • Advanced cells and design technology for electric drive batteries.
  • Advanced power electronics and electric motor technology
  • Efficient and emission-reducing engine technology.

The FOA can be found by entering the FOA reference number on the FedConnect Web site:


Applications for the solicitation are due February 28, 2011. Applications must be submitted through to be considered for awards. The DOE expects to announce the awards by summer 2011