Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL’s) Sustainable Transportation Program (STP) brings together science and technology experts from across scientific disciplines to partner with government and industry in addressing national transportation challenges. STP develops knowledge and technologies that accelerate the deployment of new vehicles and efficient transportation systems powered by domestic, renewable, clean energy.
The Program’s research and development (R&D) portfolio includes vehicle systems integration, fuel and lubricant technologies, advanced combustion engines, innovative materials, intelligent transportation systems, efficient vehicle components, and transportation electrification. Millions of vehicles on the road today are more durable and more efficient because of ORNL-developed materials technologies.
ORNL also provides data and analysis to guide policies and strategic decisions of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and other branches of government. Policy makers, industry leaders, and consumers make transportation decisions every day using data collected and analyzed by ORNL.
The Program’s primary support comes from DOE EERE through the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO). Support also comes from the Department of Transportation (DOT), other federal agencies, and the private sector. ORNL supports 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.
STP pursues an “all of the above” strategy that incorporates