The Department of Energy (DOE) announced on March 8 more than $50 million in funding for new projects aimed at accelerating the development of advanced plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) technology to increase vehicle fuel economy and improve performance. DOE will fund projects in five major areas of research and development: advanced lightweighting and propulsion materials; advanced battery development; power electronics; advanced heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; and fuels and lubricants. The Department of the Army will provide $3.5 million co-funding through the Advanced Vehicle Power Technology Alliance it has with DOE.