Directs the Secretary of Energy (DOE) to conduct a program of basic and applied research, development, demonstration, and commercial application activities on materials, technologies, and processes with the potential to substantially reduce or eliminate petroleum use by, and emissions from, the nation's passenger and commercial vehicles, including activities in the areas of:
(1) hybridization or full electrification of vehicle systems;
(2) batteries, ultracapacitors, and other energy storage devices,
(3) power electronics;
(4) engine efficiency and combustion optimization;
(5) waste heat recovery;
(6) hydrogen vehicle technologies;
(7) reduction of vehicle weight, friction, and wear;
(8) innovative propulsion systems;
(9) hydraulic hybrid technologies;
(10) engine compatibility with and optimization for a variety of transportation fuels;
(11) infrastructure for alternative fueled and electric or plug-in electric hybrid vehicles, including the unique challenges facing rural areas;
(12) gaseous fuels storage system integration and optimization;
(13) efficient use and recycling of rare earth materials and reduction of precious metals and other high-cost materials in vehicles; and
(14) retrofitting advanced vehicle technologies to existing vehicles.
Directs the Secretary to ensure that DOE continues to support domestic research, development, engineering, demonstration, and commercial application activities and maintains competency in mid- to long-term transformational vehicle technologies with potential to achieve deep reductions in petroleum use and emissions, including activities in the areas of:
(1) hydrogen vehicle technology;
(2) multiple battery chemistries and novel energy storage devices;
(3) communication and connectivity amount vehicles, infrastructure, and the electrical grid; and
(4) lightweight vehicles and materials.
Requires activities under this Act to be carried out in collaboration with automotive manufacturers, heavy commercial and transit vehicle manufacturers, qualified plug-in electric vehicle manufacturers, vehicle and engine equipment and component manufacturers, manufacturing equipment manufacturers, advanced vehicle service providers, fuel producers and energy suppliers, electric utilities, institutions of higher education, national laboratories, and independent research laboratories.
Requires the Secretary to:
(1) determine whether a wide range of companies that manufacture or assemble vehicles or components in the United States are represented in ongoing public private partnership activities;
(2) formalize partnerships with industry-led stakeholder organizations, nonprofit organizations, industry consortia, and trade associations with expertise in advanced automotive and commercial vehicle technologies;
(3) develop more efficient processes for transferring research findings and technologies to industry;
(4) give consideration to conversion of existing or former vehicle technology manufacturing facilities for researching and developing advanced vehicle technologies and support public-private partnerships dedicated to overcoming barriers in commercial application of transformational vehicle technologies that use such industry-led facilities;
(5) promote the domestic production of such technologies;
(6) coordinate activities between relevant DOE programs and offices and other federal agencies;
(7) establish public-private partnerships dedicated to overcoming barriers to the commercial application of transformational vehicle technologies, using existing industry-led domestic technology development facilities of entities with demonstrated expertise in successfully designing and engineering precommercial generations of such transformational technology;
(8) inform other agencies of the potential for demonstrating technologies funded by this Act; and
(9) support and utilize state and local government initiatives in advanced vehicle technology development.