The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a new program called U.S. DRIVE that will partner with several corporations to speed up development of technology and infrastructure for green vehicles. The program is actually an extension and rebranding of program formerly called “Fuel Partnership” and the hilariously named “FreedomCAR.”

Like all good government programs, U.S. DRIVE is an overly complicated acronym, which stands for Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability. So what will the program do? So far little specifics or tangible goals have been announced, but the project is basically sounds like a research and development club where professionals and technological experts can discuss the future of electric vehicles and how they will be supported in America.

Ford Focus Electric charger, Leviton
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Partners in U.S. DRIVE include automakers Tesla Motors and the United States Council for Automotive Research, which is merely a firm supported by Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors. The program will also be joined by energy giants BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell. And finally, utility providers DTE Energy, Southern California Edison, and the Electric Power Research Institute will join the project.

We’ll keeping following developments from the government program, and hopefully have good news to report for consumers in the coming months. To see a list of roadmaps and previous reports, please visit the DOE’s website.

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