Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Sustainable Transportation Program brings together science and technology experts from across scientific disciplines to partner with government and industry in addressing transportation challenges. Research objectives align with federal goals for reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil, boosting America’s economy, and improving national energy security. Vehicle efficiency is being advanced through research and development focused on internal combustion engines, vehicle systems integration, and lightweight materials, including new alloys and low-cost carbon fiber. Scientists and engineers are developing more economical, durable, and efficient electric drive, energy storage, and fuel cell technologies. New materials for future systems, such as next-generation engines and more efficient emissions controls, is another area of focus. ORNL transportation research also encompasses the production of decision-making tools, such as fueleconomy.gov, and the development and deployment of intelligent technologies that enable secure, efficient movement of passengers and freight.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Sustainable Transportation Program delivers scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs that accelerate the development and deployment of efficient and secure transportation technologies and create economic opportunity for the nation.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy