DOE Announces $187 Million to Improve Vehicle Fuel Efficiency

By Alison Pruitt in EnergyBoom, January 13 2010

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of nine projects--totaling more than $187 million--to improve fuel efficiency for heavy-duty trucks and passenger vehicles.

The funding includes more than $100 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and with a private cost share of 50%, will support nearly $375 million in total research, development, and demonstration projects. The nine winners expect their projects to create over 500 jobs, primarily researchers, engineers, and managers who will develop these new technologies. By 2015, the projects plan to create over 6,000 jobs—many in manufacturing and assembly.

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