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U.S. Dept. of Energy to Fund 38 Automotive Research and Development Projects

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Sept. 5, 2013—The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced it will spend more than $45 million for 38 new projects focused on the research and development of vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency, lower transportation costs and protect the environment.

The projects cover five major areas that are essential to advanced transportation technologies, such as lightweight and propulsion materials, as well as affordable and efficient batteries, power electronics, fuels and lubricants, and efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

Some of the projects financed are studies on breakthrough techniques for dissimilar material joining at Johns Hopkins University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Ohio State University, and Michigan State University. Studies on lubricant formulations to enhance fuel efficiency at Northwest University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Halla Visteon Climate Control USA LLC are being funded, as well as a project at Pennsylvania State University to develop high-energy, long cycle life lithium-ion batteries for plug-in electric vehicles.

To view the complete list of projects, visit ASA’s legislative website

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