Energy Sec. Moniz announces $56m funding program at WAS; DOE to support fuel-saving technology, clean trans.

Energy Sec. Moniz announces $56m funding program at WAS; DOE to support fuel-saving technology, clean trans.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, again the U.S. keynote speaker on Media Day at The Washington Auto Show (WAS) announced a $56 million fund for new technologies that improve fuel economy and support alternative fuels and clean energy.

Issues covered by the fund include advanced batteries and electric drive R&D; lightweight materials; advanced combustion engines; R&D for enabling technologies; and fuel technologies, such as natural gas.

–Our job is to try to enable these automotive technologies,” said Secretary Moniz. –We donêt want to pick the market winner.”

Moniz said that DOE is following two paths: Pushing efficiency in traditional vehicles; and creating and refining new technologies, such as hydrogen fuel cells and plug-in electrics. Programs, such as EV Everywhere, created two years ago, cut petroleum use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

DOE is pushing the development of advanced vehicle technologies, with an emphasis on bringing the costs down. Within 10 years, said Moniz, plug-in hybrids should be as affordable as todayês traditional vehicles. Through research funding, DOE also seeks to shorten the time needed to develop the technologies.

Moniz mentioned the fuel cell vehicles at The Washington Auto Show from Hyundai and Toyota, with a concept FCV from Honda. By 2017, BMW, Daimler, Ford and GM will have their own FCVs.

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