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KEYNOTE: Transitioning from FreedomCAR to U.S. DRIVE
Keywords: Electric Vehicle, FreedomCAR, DOE
The Obama administration has begun its transformation of the FreedomCAR USCAR partnership to U.S. DRIVE. Whereas FreedomCAR was geared towards the establishment of a hydrogen economy, U.S. DRIVE (Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability) is focused on electric vehicle development ultimately powered from the grid. The recent spike in gasoline prices has added renewed impetus to wean ourselves from foreign oil. To move us towards this end substantial financial investments to promote new, novel transportation technologies have been made in the past few years through ARRA and ARPAe funding as well as through the DOE Vehicle Technologies Program. Additionally EV Everywhere has recently been launched to accelerate the national deployment of electric drive cars and trucks-battery electric, hybrid and plug in hybrids. An overview of the program goals, technologies being pursued and challenges and opportunities will be presented. A select group of specific projects will be highlighted and funding mechanisms for industry to become more involved will be discussed.
Laura Marlino, Deputy Director
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Knoxville, TN

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