Dave Howell

       

    Dave Howell
    Department of Energy, USA

   US DOE Electric Vehicle Battery R&D Progress and Plans

        Dave Howell is the Acting Director of the Vehicle Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE). Dave leads an array of activities that help reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and secure a clean energy future. VTO supports about $280 million in annual research funding for hybrid drivetrains, advanced batteries, lightweight materials, advanced combustion and fuels, vehicle systems integration, and Clean Cities deployment activities. Dave is also the Program Manager for the Hybrid and Electric Vehicles R&D in VTO. He serves as DOE’s representative at the United States Advanced Battery Consortium Management Committee and to international organizations and inter-government forums involved in electric drive transportation. Dave was also the Department’s Technology Development Manager for the Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Manufacturing Initiative grants awarded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Prior to joining the Department, Dave was a member of the research staff of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force Materials Laboratory. Dave has over 30 years of experience planning and successfully executing multi-disciplined research & development activities that includes electric drive vehicles, advanced battery research and manufacturing, advanced structural composite materials and processing. Dave received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1985 from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.