Energy storage technologies, especially batteries, are critical enabling technologies for the development of advanced, fuel-efficient, light- and heavy-duty vehicles, which are critical components of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Strategic Goal: “to protect our national and economic security by promoting a diverse supply and delivery of reliable, affordable, and environmentally sound energy.”
The program’s vision supports the development of durable and affordable advanced batteries covering the full range of vehicle applications, from start/stop to full-power hybrid electric, electric, and fuel cell vehicles. Much of this work will transfer to energy storage for heavy hybrid vehicles as well.
Energy storage research aims to overcome specific technical barriers that have been identified by the automotive industry together with the FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Program. These include cost, performance, life, and abuse tolerance. These barriers are being addressed collaboratively by the DOE’s technical research teams and battery manufacturers.