May 24, 2007

U.S. Department of Energy to fund five next-generation vehicle research projects

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced it has selected five next-generation vehicle research projects, which will receive up to US$19 million in DOE funding. The projects will further the development of plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEV), hybrid-electric vehicles (HEV) and fuel cell vehicles (FCV). Combined with the industry’s cost share, the projects selected total US$33.8 million.

The projects selected support advance power electronics and electric motor technologies to help bring advanced PHEV, HEV and FCV applications to market in support of the government’s Twenty in Ten plan, which seeks to reduce U.S. gasoline consumption by twenty per cent within the decade, by increasing the use of alternative and renewable energy sources, and modernizing the current Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) standards.

The projects will focus on reducing the cost, weight and size of electric drive and power conversion devices, while also increasing vehicle efficiency.

The selected projects involve Delphi Automotive Systems of Troy, Michigan; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University of Blacksburg, Virginia; General Electronic Global Research of Niskayuna, New York; General Motors Corporation in Torrance, California; and U.S. Hybrid Corporation of Torrance, California, along with each firm’s associated team member companies.

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