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June 26, 2002

DOE Selects Six Projects to Advance Automotive Technologies

DOE announced on June 26th the selection of five small businesses and one university to develop automotive components and subsystems for cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars. The projects total more than $1 million in cost-shared research, of which DOE will provide up to $900,000 through its Cooperative Automotive Research for Advanced Technology (CARAT) program. The projects include developing an advanced diesel injector system, a catalyst for converting diesel fuel to hydrogen, materials for converting engine waste heat into electricity, high-efficiency auxiliary motors, controllers for those motors, and solid oxide fuel cells. See the DOE press release.

The objective of CARAT is to tap the creativity and resourcefulness of the small business and academic communities to overcome technical challenges and make promising, energy-efficient, automotive technologies a reality. See the CARAT Program Web site.

CARAT is part of DOE's new "FreedomCAR & Vehicle Technologies Program," one of 11 main programs within DOE's reorganized Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.