The federal government will invest more than $8.4 million in projects aimed at developing more efficient engines for highway transportation vehicles, it was recently announced. The overall aim is to developed technologies at the engine or system level that can be used on a large, commercial scale to reduce vehicle fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions across the country.
In Michigan, MAHLE Powertrain has been given $2.5 million to develop a next-generation combined ignition/turbo-charging concept that will improve efficiency and reduce pollutants like nitrogen oxide. Another $1.4 million will also be spent in Michigan where General Motors will use the money to improve fuel economy by using technology that includes high dilution of the combustion chamber.
In Massachusetts, Filter Sensing Technologies will get $2.0 million to develop robust sensors for heavy-duty vehicles, with the aim of reducing emissions. Another $2.5 million will be spent in Wisconsin where Eaton Corporation will work with heavy-duty diesel engines to create waste heat recovery systems that will improve their fuel economy.
According to government officials, the new projects are not only meant to improve fuel economy and save consumers money, they are also a way to create jobs and reduce American dependence on foreign oil supplies. If the new technologies are successful, it can ultimately help everyday consumers save money at the gas pump.