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This listing of resources is a work in progress iniated in 2003 by John Friedl (see more about him at About CalCars). It will be expanded and reorganized. Please send email with your suggestions for additions or changes.

United States Department of Energy

  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Fleet Buyer's Guide, Search the DOE light duty AFV database for details about vehicle ordering windows and production schedules. The DOE maintains and updates the database in direct cooperation with the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
  • Cooperative Automotive Research for Advanced Technologies CARAT) Program, The Cooperative Automotive Research for Advanced Technology (CARAT) Program is designed to take the most promising ideas from small businesses and universities, fund the development from bench-scale to engineering-scale prototype, and then marry the concept with a manufacturer or supplier possessing the know-how and resources to take the concept to market.
  • Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Network , A gateway to hundreds of Web sites and thousands of online documents on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • Energy Information Administration (EIA), The Energy Information Administration (EIA) is a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. The EIA provides policy-independent data, forecasts, and analyses to promote sound policy making, efficient markets, and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.
  • Office of Transportation Technologies, The OTT works with industry to develop and deploy advanced transportation technologies that reduce the nation's use of imported oil and improve air quality.
  • Hybrid Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicles, The Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Program officially began in 1993. The program was developed as a five-year cost-shared program that was a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the three largest American auto manufacturers: General Motors, Ford, and DaimlerChrysler. The "Big Three" committed to produce production-feasible HEV propulsion systems by 1998, first generation prototypes by 2000, and market-ready HEVs by 2003. The site was later expanded to include fuel cell vehicles.
  • Argonne National Laboratory, Energy resources programs at Argonne are helping to secure a reliable supply of efficient and clean energy for the future. Argonne scientists and engineers are developing advanced batteries and fuel cells, as well as advanced electric power generation and storage systems.
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) conducts basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security.
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory, The U.S. Department of Energy's premier laboratory for renewable energy research & development and a lead lab for energy efficiency R&D.
  • Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, The INEEL is a multi-purpose national laboratory delivering science and engineering solutions to the world's environmental, energy, and security challenges.
  • California Fuel Cell Partnership, This partnership is advancing a new vehicle technology that could move the world toward practical and affordable environmental solutions. For the first time ever, automobile companies and fuel suppliers have joined together to demonstrate fuel cell vehicles under real day-to-day driving conditions.

Other Goverment Agencies

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), EPA provides leadership in the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts.
  • EPA/DOT - "It All Adds Up to Cleaner Air", A unique public education and partnership-building initiative developed collaboratively by several federal agencies to help regional, state and community efforts to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.
  • Surface Transportation Policy Project, The goal of The Surface Transportation Policy Project is to ensure that transportation policy and investments help conserve energy, protect environmental and aesthetic quality, strengthen the economy, promote social equity, and make communities more livable.
  • Federal Transit Administration, The FTA provides leadership, technical assistance and financial resources for safe, technologically advanced public transportation which enhances all citizens' mobility and accessibility, improves America's communities and environment, and strengthens the national economy.
  • FedWorld, The web site is a gateway to government information. This site is managed by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) as part of it's information management mandate.
  • Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, Nationwide network of federal laboratories that provides the forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking the laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace.
  • U.S. Department of Transportation - Technology & Innovation, Works with state and local governments, industry and academia to eliminate barriers to innovation, hence strengthening and shortening the transportation innovation process. Also develops cooperative agreements and leverages partnerships to foster innovation and support technology transfer in the transportation community.
  • Clean Cities Program, The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program supports public-private partnerships that deploy alternative fuel vehicles and build supporting alternative fuel infrastructure.

State Agencies

  • California Air Resources Board (CARB), Promotes and protects public health, welfare and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering the effects on the economy of the state.
  • California Energy Commission, California's primary energy policy and planning agency.
  • Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition, A collaboration of public and private agencies and businesses working to promote the acquisition and use of alternative fuel vehicles and to create a network of alternative fuel facilities.
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District, The South Coast AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties in Southern California.

Energy and Transportation Organizations and Publications

  • Advanced Transit Association, A non-profit association that promotes investigation and development of advanced transit technologies and strategies.
  • American Public Transportation Association, APTA serves and leads its diverse membership through advocacy, innovation, and information sharing to strengthen and expand public transportation.
  • CALSTART, Dedicated to transforming transportation for a better world, by creating and expanding a global advanced transportation technologies industry and related markets.
  • Don't Be Fueled, California-based campaign of "mothers for clean and safe vehicles."
  • Eco-Portal, An Information Gateway Empowering the Movement for Environmental Sustainability.
  • EPRI, The Electric Power Research Institute is a non-profit energy research consortium.
  • Electric Automobile Alliance, promotes electric and bio-fuel plug-in hybrid vehicles.
  • Electric Auto Association, A non-profit educational organization that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of Electric Vehicles.
  • Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), promotes the widespread market adoption of electric drive systems and supporting infrastructure for the clean and efficient transport of people and goods through policy, conference, communications and public education initiatives.
  • Engine Technology Progress in Japan, Delivers Japan's latest engine-related technology development in cost-effective reports for all levels of professionals and students in areas of engine, fuel, lubrication, and vehicle research, development, and design and environmental study.
  • European Natural Gas Vehicle Association, The mission of ENGVA is to develop a sustainable and profitable market for NGVs throughout Europe by creating a favourable political and economic environment that encourages the development of NGV technology as well as a European fueling infrastructure.
  • EV World, Superb site dedicated to sustainable transportation with a focus on the people, as well as the technology.
  • Fleets and Fuels, Real-Time Business Intelligence on Alternative Technology Vehicles -- Electric, Hybrid-Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicles, Natural Gas, Propane, Alcohol Fuels.
  • HomePower, A magazine on home-scale renewable energy and sustainable living solutions.
  • Hybridcars Online, An online magazine covering environmental innovation in the auto industry.
  • Inform, Inc., An independent research organization that examines the effects of business practices on the environment and on human health.
  • Methanol Institute, Mission is to expand markets for the use of methanol as a chemical commodity building block, a hydrogen carrier for fuel cell applications, and an alternative fuel.
  • Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy's Sustainable Minnesota, A nonprofit organization leading the transition to a clean, efficient, and fair energy system.
  • Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, A national organization dedicated to the development of a growing, sustainable and profitable market for vehicles powered by natural gas and/or hydrogen.
  • Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium (NAVC), A non-profit association of private and public sector firms and agencies working together to promote advanced vehicle technologies in the Northeast U.S.
  • Northeast Sustainable Vehicles Association, The nation's leading regional membership organization focused on promoting the understanding, development, and adoption of energy conservation and non-polluting, renewable energy technologies.
  • Propane Vehicle Association, Established in early 1994 to advance propane's future as a clean, safe and superior performing alternative transportation fuel.
  • Rocky Mountain Institute, A nonprofit organization that fosters the efficient and restorative use of natural, human and other capital to make the world more secure, just, prosperous, and life sustaining.
  • Society of Automotive Engineers , One-stop resource for technical information and expertise used in designing, building, maintaining, and operating self-propelled vehicles for use on land or sea, in air or space.
  • Megawatt Motorworks, an electric vehicle information center with links to hundreds of EV website and an online store for publications, plans and videos.
  • Electrifying Times, an online and printed international magazine about electric vehicles, hybrids, fuel cells, batteries, alternative fuels, electric car racing and exhibition.
  • information and discussion about hybrid technologies.
  • Starttips, International site with links to many electric vehicle resources.

Automobile Manufacturers


Technology Related Web Sites

  • ANUVU, Anuvu is designing a zero-emission vehicle, researching advance composite-molding technologies, and exploring hydrogen production technologies.
  • Azure Dynamics, An innovative technology company with a vision to become a recognized world leader in hybrid electric vehicle systems for commercial vehicles.
  • Concurrent Technologies Corporation, An independent, nonprofit, applied research and development professional services organization providing management and technology-based solutions to a wide array of clients representing state and federal government and the private sector.
  • iPower Technologies, Inc., Joint venture between Delco Remy International and AeroVironment, Inc., to pursue emerging opportunities in the distributed generation and hybrid electric vehicles markets.
  • UQM Technologies, A world recognized technology leader in the development and manufacture of energy efficient, power dense electric motors, generators and electronic inverters aimed at high growth and emerging markets.
  • Avestor, Advanced technology Lithium-Metal-Polymer batteries.
  • ECD Ovonics, Emphasizes photovoltaics, fuel cells, hydride batteries and hydride storage materials capable of storing hydrogen in the solid state for use as a feedstock for fuel cells or internal combustion engines.
  • Ness Ultracapacitors, Engages in the research, development, production and sales of a family of capacitor products including the award winning ultracapacitor, pseudocapacitor and advanced aluminum electrolytic capacitor.
  • SAFT Batteries, World leader in specialized batteries for the electric and hybrid vehicle market.
  • Wavecrest, Creators of the Adaptive Motor™ system.
  • Advanced DC Motors Inc., Designs, manufactures and markets special purpose low voltage D.C. Traction Motors for the Electric Lift Truck segment of the Material Handling Market, the Off Road and On Road Electric Vehicle Market and other related markets.
  • Lynx Motion, Advanced technology motor.
  • Magnet-Motor, Develops and promotes new technologies in the fields of electric drives and energy technology.
  • SKF, Electric drive system for transit bus applications.
  • Technologies M4 Inc., Direct Drive Motor-Wheels.
  • Electromotive Inc., Developers of the Strategic Power Assist Hybrid System.
  • Metric Mind AC Drive Systems, Liquid cooled three phase AC induction motors specifically designed for EVs.
  • OBD II Home Page, Dedicated to helping the home and independent technician understand and use OBD-II technology.
  • Zytek Group Limited, Creators of several concept electric and hybrid vehicles.
  • GM ParadiGM, Combines the power of a full sized four or six cylinder conventional engine with the torque of two electric motors.
  • Paice Corporation-HyperDrive, Developers of the "Hyperdrive™ powertrain that allows automobiles to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and maintain or even improve vehicle driving characteristics, such as acceleration, passing and incline power. The Hyperdrive is particularly effective in larger cars, SUVs and light trucks ? where improvements in fuel economy are most needed.
  • Strigear, A new powertrain design using one engine, two electric motors and a gearbox offers lower fuel consumption, higher acceleration and low emissions.
  • NASA-Hybrid Electric Vehicle Analysis (HEVA), An interactive, menu-driven computer program that models the performance of an automotive vehicle, especially that of a hybrid.
  • Autotronic Controls Corporation, Specializes in ignitions with timing advance for propane and natural gas powered vehicles with more than 20 years of service to the Alternative Fuel Industry.
  • Cummins Engine Co, Develops, manufactures and markets low-emissions , high performance alternative fuel engines.
  • Curtis Instruments, Inc., World's largest manufacturer of instruments and motor speed controllers for battery-powered vehicles and equipment.
  • Didik Solar, Electric, Human, Hybrid Powered Vehicles, Manufacturer of Electric, Solar, Hybrid and Human Powered Vehicles.
  • ECO Fuel Systems, Inc., Specializing in the technology and equipment required in the efficient conversion of gasoline vehicles to cleaner alternatives like natural gas and propane.
  • Electronic Fuel Control, Offers flexible dual fuel retrofitting equipment that is added to direct injected diesel engines, turbo charged or naturally aspirated. After conversion, vehicles can use either compressed or liquefied natural gas as a fuel.
  • Enginion, Creators of the SteamCell which uses external combustion that is based on a patented Caloric Porous Structure Cell (CPS Cell), utilizing a newly developed thermo-chemical combustion process, which drives an electronically controlled oil free steam engine.
  • Fuel Cell Store, Provides the market place where fuel cell stack, component, and hydrogen storage manufacturers come together with consumers.
  • Global Electric Motorcars, Manufacturers of the GEM Electric Vehicle. A wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler-Chysler.
  • How Stuff Works - Hybrid Cars, A great explanation of hybrid vehicle technology.
  • Impco Technologies, Inc., Advanced solutions that support the use of clean-burning gaseous fuels.
  • ERA Power Park, An alternative electricity generation company with a unique product designed to extract electricity from a parked hybrid-electric or fuel cell powered vehicle and other conveyances.
  • eCycle Inc., Creators of a hybrid motorcycle.
  • R.Q. Riley Enterprises, A full-service product design and development consultancy, specializing in transportation, recreation, fitness, and medical products.
  • Siemens Automotive Electronics, One of the few suppliers worldwide for electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles (complete drive systems, specialized software for drive and vehicle control) Systems for compact and midsize vehicles and trucks.


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