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DOE Asks Eaton to Advance Hybrid Truck Systems
DOE will give $3.1 million over three years to Galesburg, Michigan-based Eaton's Truck Components to develop hybrid propulsion systems for trucks and other heavy duty vehicles. Hybrid propulsion systems generally consist of smaller internal combustion engines augmented by an electric drive, a power storage system, and regenerative braking or other energy recapture systems. Today, most heavy vehicles use diesel. Eaton will invest an additional $4 million in the three-year project aimed at doubling the fuel efficiency of truck engines while at the same time increasing reliability and durability of components and meeting lower 2007 federal emissions standards. See the DOE press release.