Sunday, June 15, 2008

DOE Announces $30 Million for Hybrid Vehicle Research

DOE Energy flex fuel hybrid vehicle researchThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $30 million in funding over three years for three Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) projects.

The selected projects will accelerate the development of PHEVs capable of traveling up to 40 miles without recharging, which includes most daily roundtrip commutes and satisfies 70 percent of the average daily travel in the U.S.

The goal is to develop PHEVs that can be mass produced, compete effectively in the marketplace, and substantially reduce petroleum consumption by offering fuel flexibility to American consumers. DOE’s funding for these projects will be combined with an industry cost share of 50 percent.

The DOE selected three projects for the cost-share research funding:
  • General Motors has been selected for negotiation of an award for a project aimed at enhancement of Lithium-Ion battery packs, charging systems, powertrain development, vehicle integration, and vehicle validation.

  • Ford Motor Company has been selected for negotiation of an award for a project to identify a pathway that accelerates commercial mass-production of PHEVs. The project will focus on development of battery systems and deployment of prototype PHEVs.

  • General Electric has been selected for negotiation of an award for a demonstration of PHEVs that relies upon an innovative dual-battery energy storage system capable of 40 miles accumulated electric driving range.
Source: Department of Energy

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