Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Sustainable Transportation Program Office administratively facilitates the integration of ORNL research across disciplines to support federally- and privately-funded research consistent with America’s energy initiative—to reduce dependence on foreign oil and deliver affordable, environmentally-friendly transportation choices to consumers. ORNL researchers address barriers to effective use of non-petroleum-based fuels through advancing bio-based products and natural gas. Developments in energy storage technologies, charging methods, and advanced materials speed deployment of electrified transportation systems. Vehicle efficiency is advanced through research and development of lightweighting materials, including low-cost carbon fiber, as well as systems integration of electric propulsion/power electronics and internal combustion engines. ORNL's transportation research also encompasses producing decision-making tools, such as fueleconomy.gov, and developing and deploying intelligent technologies that enable safer, more efficient movement of passengers and freight.
ORNL transportation research is directed and funded primarily by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, specifically the Vehicle Technologies, Biomass, and Fuel Cell Technologies Programs. The Department of Transportation, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency, industry, and other partners also support ORNL’s research to advance America’s transportation systems. For more information on ORNL's Sustainable Transportation Program, please visit www.ornl.gov/transportation.