Transportation Energy Research

The Transportation Energy Research Area develops and advances state-of-the-art technologies and scientific approaches that reduce petroleum consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants from the state's transportation sector. The research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) supported by the Transportation Energy Research Area falls into three main categories: Vehicle Technologies, Alternative Fuels, and Transportation Systems.

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Vehicle Technologies

  • Develops and demonstrates advanced vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency.
  • Advances the development and deployment of natural gas vehicles and plug-in electric vehicles.
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Alternative Fuels

  • Advances the development and deployment of sustainable alternative fuels.
  • Emphasis is placed on biofuels that are compatible with conventional vehicles and the existing fueling infrastructure.
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Transportation Systems

  • Analyzes and evaluates the system-wide energy impacts of land use decisions and infrastructure investments.
  • Topics include Sustainable Communities and Electric Fuel.

For the latest information on requests for proposals from the Transportation Energy Research Area as well as all the other Energy Commission program areas please visit Funding Opportunities.