Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Sustinable Transportation Program performs research and development (R&D) leading to new vehicle and transportation system technologies. The program’s R&D portfolio includes advanced combustion engines, ad-vanced materials, alternative fuels, efficient vehicle components, intelligent transportation systems and operations, transportation electrification, and vehicle systems integration. ORNL also provides data and analysis to guide policies and decisions of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Depart-ment of Transportation (DOT).
The focus of Sustainable Transportation is clean, efficient, intelligent paths to reducing pe-troleum consumption and vehicle emissions, and to replacing imported petroleum with af-fordable, diverse domestic fuels to revitalize the US economy and improve US energy secu-rity. Millions of vehicles on US roadways are more durable and more efficient because of materials technologies developed at ORNL, and government agencies and consumers make transportation decisions every day using data collected and analyzed by ORNL.
The Program’s primary support comes from DOE EERE through three technology devel-opment offices: Vehicle Technologies, Fuel Cell Technologies, and Bioenergy Technologies. Support also comes from DOT, other federal agencies, and the private sector. ORNL sup-ports the US DRIVE (Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability) and the 21st Century Truck government–industry partnerships, as well as DOE’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge and other sustainable transportation efforts.
The Sustainable Transportation research program pursues an “all of the above” strategy that incorporates