WASHINGTON, July 19, 2017 - DOE has announced $19.4 million for projects to accelerate the research of advanced battery, lightweight materials, engine technologies, and energy-efficient mobility systems. The department says the funds, through the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), show its commitment to advanced, energy-efficient transportation technologies and systems. Projects will include research into smaller, safer battery packs to reduce the cost of electric vehicles. The Department of the Army will contribute $1 million through the Advanced Vehicle Power Technology Alliance to support research that evaluates energy savings from connected and automated vehicles. Researchers will work to develop low-cost carbon fiber from feedstocks as well.