Transforming Energy Through Sustainable Mobility: Expanding Low-Carbon Transportation R&D Solutions

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As the nation's premier laboratory for cutting-edge transportation decarbonization research and development solutions, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) pioneers the creation and deployment of sustainable mobility technologies and strategies, with a focus on slashing transportation sector greenhouse gas emissions and combatting climate change. Trucks, planes, cargo ships, and other difficult-to-decarbonize vehicles are part of this essential transition for the transportation sector, which is currently the nation's largest source of the greenhouse gas emissions. NREL provides the scientific building blocks needed to spur innovation through multifaceted analysis, research, and engineering. This work acts as a catalyst to help industry bring affordable, high-performance, energy-efficient, and low-emission modes of transport and related infrastructure to market sooner. Our researchers collaborate closely with academic, government, and industry partners to design better batteries, drivetrains, and engines. They develop technologies for high-power charging, thermal management, energy storage, and power electronics. They are also reimagining fuels and combustion while creating sustainable lightweight materials. Unbiased expert guidance - backed by credible data and analysis, tools, and scientific rigor - empowers partners to make informed decisions about sustainable transportation. NREL recognizes that communities with limited mobility options face reduced access to employment opportunities, health care, and education, lowering overall quality of life. Alongside partners, NREL experts are creating transportation solutions that meet community-identified needs and increase mobility equity in historically underserved and overburdened communities. Rather than providing a one-size-fits-all solution, we take an interdisciplinary approach to mobility equity that considers the needs and challenges of diverse groups, maximizing benefits at the individual, community, and societal levels.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/BR-5400-84377


  • Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences
  • charging infrastructure
  • climate change
  • combustion science
  • commercial vehicle electrification
  • electric vehicle grid integration
  • electric vehicles
  • energy efficient transport
  • energy storage
  • environmental justice
  • fuel cells
  • fuel chemistry
  • fuels
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • hydrogen
  • intelligent vehicles
  • mobility behavior
  • mobility equity
  • mobility research
  • mobility systems
  • power electronics
  • supply chain analysis
  • sustainable fuels
  • sustainable mobility
  • thermal management
  • transportation decarbonization
  • transportation equity
  • transportation research
  • travel data analysis


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