U.S. DRIVE, which stands for United States Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability, is a government-industry partnership among the U.S. Department of Energy; USCAR, representing Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors; five energy companies – BP America, Chevron Corporation, ExxonMobil Corporation, Phillips 66 Company, and Shell Oil Products US; Tesla Motors; two utilities – Southern California Edison and Michigan-based DTE Energy; and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
The U.S. DRIVE mission is to accelerate the development of pre-competitive and innovative technologies to enable a full range of affordable and clean advanced light-duty vehicles, as well as related
energy infrastructure. Goals include the following:
U.S. DRIVE builds on the successes of the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) and FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership (FC&FP) and retains the core attributes and members of the FC&FP. However, the transition to U.S. DRIVE reflects changes within the automotive industry and the evolution of national advanced transportation goals.
USCAR, representing Chrysler Group, Ford and General Motors, was a core member in the creation of both PNGV and the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership. Both partnerships helped to advance the development of critical enabling technologies and achieved considerable success in supporting the government’s national transportation and energy security goals. USCAR is committed to playing an equally strong technical role in U.S. DRIVE.
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ANNOUNCES EXPANDED PARTNERSHIP WITH INDUSTRY TO ADVANCE NEXT-GENERATION AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
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Washington, D.C., May 19, 2011 - U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced U.S. DRIVE, a cooperative partnership with industry to accelerate the development of clean, advanced, energy-efficient technologies for cars and light trucks and the infrastructure needed to support their widespread use. This partnership is part of DOE's broad strategy to expand the availability of advanced vehicles to American families