Director of the Vehicle Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Patrick Davis was awarded the Presidential Rank award for his exemplary leadership of the government’s research and development (R&D) program to address the United States’ on-road fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
“The award is a reflection of the work and dedication of the Vehicle Technologies staff over the last four years and the tremendous accomplishments this team was able to achieve,” said Davis.
A number of important accomplishments led up to Davis’ award recognition, including implementation of Recovery Act projects. “The Recovery Act enabled us to establish a U.S. advanced battery manufacturing industry for the first time. That was a major accomplishment,” he said. The Office of Vehicle Technologies also established the National Clean Fleets Partnership. “The Clean Fleets Partnership targets the 100 largest U.S. vehicle fleet operators to help promote the introduction of alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure.”
Davis, who received the award in January, credits the Presidential Rank award to the dedication of the Office of Vehicle Technologies staff. “The award would not have been given to me if not for the hard work and the achievements of the Vehicle Technologies office as a whole,” said Davis. “Dedication to our mission to reduce our dependency on petroleum is what makes us successful and results in the accomplishments of our office and our staff. I’m thrilled that the Office’s accomplishments have been recognized.”
Davis also noted that he is excited about the future of the Vehicle Technologies Office. “We have a confluence of technology, market forces and policy initiatives – technology that is rapidly evolving, consumers who want to improve fuel economy to help address the increased cost of fuel and incentives to help consumers adopt the emerging fuel-saving technology.” He said that in just the next decade or two we will look back on the advances that have occurred and be amazed.
DOE has also had a 25-year history with the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) series. Davis said that there has been a tremendous track record with AVTC participants moving into the vehicle industry post-graduation and being employed by that industry. “We have made a very meaningful impact to the level of expertise and the speed of technology evolution through this competition series. You can’t go to any automaker, major supplier, national lab or DOE and not find an AVTC series graduate. It’s very exciting and it speaks well of the competition series, the students and their hard work.”