August 13, 2007

Ford awarded government grants for research on flexible fuel and diesel engines

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected Ford Motor Company to conduct research that will focus on improving flexible-fuel engines capable of running on E85 and clean combustion diesel engines. The two grants awarded, totaling up to $4.5 million, are part of a DOE $21.5 million commitment to 11 cost-shared research and development projects, with a goal of improving the fuel efficiency of light-duty vehicle engines. Ford is also a research partner on a third grant awarded to Michigan State University.

Ford Motor Company received two of the eleven project grants that were given by the DOE. The first project, with an award up to $3.2 million, will focus on improving flexible-fuel engines and light-duty vehicles that operate on ethanol-gasoline blends up to 85 percent ethanol (E85) by volume. Ford’s project specifically will explore the use of knock-suppression properties of ethanol with increased compression ratios to allow use of smaller, more fuel efficient engines.

The second project, with an award of up to $1.3 million, is for a project to use diesel-boosting technologies to improve efficiency and performance of advanced, clean combustion diesel engines. Ford will partner with ConceptsNREC, Wayne State University, and FEV Engine Technology for this effort.

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