Sustainable Transportation: Accelerating Widespread Adoption of Energy Efficient Vehicles & Fuels

Adam Ragatz

Research output: NRELBrochure


While energy efficient transportation strategies have the potential to simultaneously slash oil consumption and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, a truly sustainable solution will require more than just putting drivers behind the wheels of new fuel-efficient cars. As the only national laboratory dedicated 100% to renewable energy and energy efficiency, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) accelerates widespread adoption of high-performance, low-emission, energy-efficient passenger and freight vehicles, as well as alternative fuels and related infrastructure. Researchers collaborate closely with industry, government, and research partners, using a whole-systems approach to design better batteries, drivetrains, and engines, as well as thermal management, energy storage, power electronic, climate control, alternative fuel, combustion, and emission systems. NREL's sustainable transportation research, development, and deployment (RD&D) efforts are not limited to vehicles, roads, and fueling stations. The lab also explores ways to save energy and reduce GHGs by integrating transportation technology advancements with renewable energy generation, power grids and building systems, urban planning and policy, and fleet operations.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2014

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/BR-5400-63161


  • batteries
  • battery
  • biofuels
  • climate control
  • engines
  • fuels
  • power electronics
  • thermal management
  • THSC
  • transportation
  • vehicle


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