Aug 9, 2007

U.S. Department of Energy announces up to US$21.5 million for vehicle efficiency research

Benton Harbor, Michigan – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it will award a total of up to US$21.5 million for eleven cost-shared research and development projects that aim to improve the fuel efficiency of light-duty vehicle engines. The projects will focus on improving fuel utilization in ethanol-powered engines, developing advanced lubrication systems, and exploring high-efficiency, clean combustion engines.

The projects are intended to advance the federal government’s 20-in-10 Initiative, which calls for displacing 20 per cent of gasoline usage by 2017 through increased use of clean, renewable fuels, and improved vehicle efficiency.

Combined with industry investment, the eleven projects will total nearly US$43 million to support improvement of engine and combustion engines for the next generation of efficient vehicles. Funding is expected to begin this year and continue through 2010, subject to appropriations from Congress.

Among the companies with projects selected for negotiation of awards are Delphi Automotive Systems, Ford Motor Company, Robert Bosch, General Motors, Caterpillar, Cummins Engine and Michigan State University.

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