NRC, 2008a, 2010a; U.S. DRIVE, 2012; also see Chapter 2 for further discussion of the organization and of Partnership decision making).
As with previous partnerships, the U.S. DRIVE Partnership also has industry/government technical teams (see Figure 1-2) responsible for setting technical and cost targets as well as focusing appropriate R&D on the candidate subsystems. Most of these technical teams focus on specific technical areas, but some, such as the hydrogen codes and standards technical team and the vehicle and systems analysis technical team, focus on crosscutting issues. A technical team consists of scientists and engineers with technology-specific expertise from the automotive companies, energy partner companies, utility industry companies, and national laboratories, as well as DOE technology development managers. Team members may come from other federal agencies if approved by the appropriate operations group(s). A technical team is responsible for developing R&D plans and roadmaps, reviewing research results, and evaluating technical progress toward meeting established research goals (U.S. DRIVE, 2012). Its discussions are restricted to nonproprietary topics.
The U.S. DRIVE Partnership has also expanded its outreach compared with the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership by including associate members representing nonpartner organizations. All but three technical teams have at least one associate member. These associate members will bring additional technical
FIGURE 1-2 The organizational structure of the U.S. DRIVE Partnership. NOTE: OEM, original equipment manufacturer. SOURCE: C. Cooper, Department of Energy, “U.S. DRIVE Overview Presentation,” presentation to the committee, December 5, 2011, Washington, D.C.