Steering Toward the Future & Resources

Automakers and researchers will continue to develop and improve on the transportation technologies we've discussed. They're exploring better ways to use fuel cells, alternative fuels, and EV and HEV systems. They are also working on new ways to store energy, and creating lightweight advanced materials to make vehicles that run cleaner and use less fuel.

In addition to the technologies available now, researchers across the United States are developing new advanced technologies—for use in cars, minivans, pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles, buses, and heavy-duty trucks—that will steer us toward an even cleaner future with more available, domestic fuel resources.


The following are sources of additional information on alternative fuels, AFVs, and advanced vehicles.

Ask an Energy Expert DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse (EREC)
P.O. Box 3048
Merrifield, VA 22116
Phone: 1-800-DOE-EREC (1-800-363-3732)
Fax: (703) 893-0400
Energy experts at EREC provide free general and technical information to the public on many topics and technologies pertaining to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE)
P.O. Box 85102
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: (605) 334-3381
Fax: (605) 344-3389
Promotes the increased production and use of ethanol

DOE Office of Transportation Technologies (OTT)
Partners with the domestic transportation industry to develop advanced transportation technologies and fuels for the general public.

Electrical Vehicle Association of the Americas (EVAA)
701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Third Floor – East Building
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 508-5995
Fax: (202) 508-5924
Works to advance EV transportation technologies and supporting infrastructure through policy, information, and market development initiatives.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Global Warming
Provides more information on air pollution, vehicle emissions, greenhouse gas emissions, and .

Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV)
A partnership between the U.S. federal and U.S. automakers that aims to strengthen the country's competi- tiveness by developing technologies for a new generation of vehicles.

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA)
One Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 820
Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: (202) 289-3835
Fax: (202) 289-7519
Striving to expand the production and consumer use of ethanol fuels.

United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR)
A group of U.S. automakers that strives to further strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry.

Research Laboratories
Center for Transportation Analysis Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Center for Transportation Technologies and Systems National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Hybrid Electric Vehicle Laboratory Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory

National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory EPA
2000 Traverwood Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone: (734) 214-4200

Transportation Technology R&D Center Argonne National Laboratories

Web Sites
AFV Fleet Buyer's Guide OTT
Provides information on the AFVs available for fleets and how to acquire them.

Clean Cities Program OTT
Encourages the use of AFVs and their supporting infrastructure throughout the nation.

DOE's Hydrogen Information Network
Provides a variety of information on hydrogen, including fuel cells.

Features information and news on the EV community, education, investments, and industry.

Fuel Economy Guide DOE and EPA
Helps consumers find and compare the fuel economies of many vehicle makes and models.

Hybrid Electric Vehicle Program OTT
Features information on HEVs, their components, where to buy them, and on current HEV research and development.

-U.S. Department of Energy, August 2001