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U.S. DRIVE Partnership

The U.S. DRIVE Partnership is a collaborative effort among DOE and companies from the automotive, fuels, and electric utility industries, focused on advanced automotive and related infrastructure technology research and development.


The U.S. DRIVE partners are:

  • Automobile industry: U.S. Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR, the cooperative research organization for Chrysler Group, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors Company); Tesla Motors
  • Electric utility industry: DTE Energy Company, Southern California Edison Company, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Fuels industry: BP America, Chevron Corporation, ConocoPhillips Company, ExxonMobil Corporation, Shell Oil Products US
  • Federal government: U.S. Department of Energy.

The partners jointly conduct technology roadmapping, determine technical requirements, suggest research and development (R&D) priorities, and monitor the R&D activities necessary to achieve the goals of the Partnership. Technology roadmapping includes identification of existing barriers and challenges, technology-specific R&D goals (including cost targets) and milestones to progress toward the overall Partnership goals.

All of the partners independently undertake their own research activities on advanced light-duty vehicle and/or fuel technologies relevant to achievement of the vision or through separate legal arrangements. USCAR partners jointly conduct related collaborative precompetitive R&D. Companies will make independent decisions on commercialization depending upon establishment of viable business cases.

The Partnership focuses on the following technical areas:

  • Advanced combustion and emission control
  • Batteries/electrochemical energy storage
  • Electric propulsion systems (e.g., power electronics, electric motors)
  • Fuel cell power systems
  • Lightweight materials
  • Vehicle systems and analysis
  • Vehicle-to-electricity grid interaction
  • Fuel pathway integration
  • On-board hydrogen storage
  • Hydrogen production
  • Hydrogen delivery
  • Hydrogen codes and standards.

Learn more about the U.S. DRIVE Partnership