Columbus, Indiana – The U.S. Department of Energy has announced nine projects, worth more than US$187 million, that are intended to improve fuel efficiency for heavy-duty trucks and passenger vehicles. The nine winners have stated their projects will create over 500 jobs, primarily for researchers, engineers and managers, and by 2015 will create over 6,000 jobs, many in manufacturing and assembly.
The U.S. transportation sector currently accounts for 28 per cent of the country’s total energy use. As these vehicle technologies are adopted broadly across the country, they could save more than 100 million gallons of gasoline and diesel per day, and reduce carbon emissions from on-road vehicles by 20 per cent by 2030.
Three projects will focus on cost-effective measures to improve the efficiency of Class 8 long-haul freight trucks by 50 per cent, while the remaining six projects will support efforts to increase the fuel economy of passenger vehicle engines and powertrain systems.
The partners in the project include Cummins, Daimler Trucks North America, Navistar, Chrysler Group, Delphi Automotive Systems, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors.