Tighter emissions standards, volatile energy markets, and global climate change issues are putting increasingly more strain on automobiles. To achieve the most beneficial solutions, a systems approach must be employed to create the technological advancements necessary to develop the next generation of fuels, engines, and emissions control devices. In response to these challenges, the Department of Energy (DOE) has conceived a program called the Ultra Clean Transportation Fuels (UCTF) Program. The program seeks to leverage government and industrial resources in the most effective manner to rapidly commercialize and deploy advanced fuels and vehicle technologies. The program anticipates that ultra clean fuels developed from both petroleum and non-petroleum sources will initially be used as blending stocks with conventional fuels. These fuels will then transition from blending agents to fully utilized alternative fuels. The Offices of Fossil Energy and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy within DOE jointly lead the UCTF Program. Co-management provides integration and coordination of office resources and goals. DOE has implemented the program by soliciting industry to partner with government on research projects to develop the next generation of fuels and vehicular systems. Successful program implementation will enhance national security, improve the environment, reduce the cost of oil imports, and increase domestic employment.

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