FIGURE 2-2 DOE goal-setting process. SOURCE: DOE, FCVT, Responses to Committee Queries on 21CTP, Management and Process Issues, transmitted via e-mail by Ken Howden, March 27, 2007, p. 2.

DOE focuses its technology research and development (R&D) investments specifically in high-risk areas or activities with uncertain or long-term outcomes that are of national interest but would most likely not be pursued by industry alone. Program activities include research, development, testing, technology validation, technology transfer, and education. These activities are aimed at developing technologies that could achieve significant improvements in vehicle fuel consumption and displacement of oil by other fuels that ultimately can be produced domestically in a clean and cost-competitive manner.

In DOE vehicle research, which specifically addresses the national issue of energy security and the increasing pressures of rising global consumption of oil, the FCVT Program has involved the affected industries in planning the research agenda and identifying technical goals that, if met, will provide the basis for commercialization decisions. The government’s approach is intended to allow industry-wide collaboration in precompetitive research, which is then followed by competition in the marketplace.

The Partnership provides a forum for technical information exchange among the industry and government partners involved in heavy-duty transportation. At present, coordination of initiatives takes place as part of this information exchange. 21CTP holds regular meetings and conference calls to exchange information and hold productive discussions on technical topics. Specific areas in which the government partners have already coordinated initiatives include diesel fuel sulfur standard development (with coordination between DOE and EPA on appropriate sulfur levels for low-sulfur diesel), idle reduction activities (cooperation between EPA/DOT and their focus on deployment and DOE with



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