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The Obama Administration awards fuel efficiency research grants

January 12, 2010
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The Associated Press reports the Obama Administration has announced funding for nine projects designed to significantly increase fuel efficiency in heavy trucks and passenger vehicles. Energy Secretary Steven Chu detailed the projects during a ceremony in Columbus, Ind., home of Cummins Inc., which is to receive nearly $40 million to develop a more efficient and cleaner diesel engine, a more aerodynamic long-haul truck cab and trailer, and a fuel cell that would deliver auxiliary power to reduce engine idling while the vehicle was not on the road. Chu said the nine projects will receive $187 million from the federal government, with more than $100 million coming from stimulus funds and the remainder from DOE appropriations. Recipients are expected to match government funding, creating a total investment of $375 million in the projects. According to the administration, the nine recipients are expected to create more than 500 research, engineering and management jobs, with 6,000 more positions anticipated when the technologies go into production and assembly. In addition to Cummins, Daimler Trucks North America LLC, of Portland, Ore., will receive nearly $40 million, and Navistar Inc., of Fort Wayne, Ind., is in line for $27.3 million. The remaining six projects for passenger vehicles will spread more than $71 million between Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Delphi Automotive Systems, Robert Bosch and a second Cummins project.

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