$187 million from the Gov. for fuel efficiency projects
The Government is giving $187 million for nine projects aimed at making future (we hope not a too far future) cars and trucks more fuel efficient and Eco-friendly. Heavy duty trucks is where these projects would be felt strongly and rapidly, but passanger vehicle benefits are not to be underestimated. These high amounts are also aimed at creating job positions, around 500 as they estimate at this point of time. So this money from the from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is a reinvestment, form the citizens to the citizens. Sounds good, let’s take a look into it.
Steven Chu,The United States secretary of Energy, confirmed on Monday these investments . Mr. Chu made the announcement at the headquarters of Cummins, Inc. in Indiana, which is receiving $53 million for two projects: improving Class 8, or so-called “super trucks,” by developing a cleaner diesel engine; and developing new technology for powertrains for passenger vehicles. Nothing new or fabulous, but let’s await the results.
“Improving the efficiency of our vehicles is critical to reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil and addressing climate change. Today’s awards will help demonstrate the potential benefits for long-haul trucks and passenger vehicles and will play an important role in building a more sustainable transportation system for the country.”
secretary of Energy, Steven Chu said in a statement.
Until now, the Energy Department Mr. Chu is representing awarded valuable grants to the Indiana-based Navistar to develop technologies to cut fuel use in half for heavy-duty trucks and trailers, and Daimler Trucks North America of Portland, Ore., which will work on shrinking the size of engines.
General powetrain improvement and smaller/more reliable and efficient engine technology is also researched at Ford and General Motors corporations. The Government appreciates these efforts and Mr. Chu said the department was awarding them about $71 million.
Also receiving grants are the technology company Robert Bosch of Farmington Hills, which will work to develop engine technology that will “achieve up to 30 percent fuel economy improvement,” and Delphi Automotive Systems of Delphi, Mich., which received just over $7 million to improve fuel efficiency by developing systems that will help reduce idling.