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DOE Announces $17 Million for Plug-in Battery and E85 Engine Projects

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it will issue $17 million in solicitations to improve automobile efficiency.

The funding will be offered as two separate solicitations, one for $14 million for research on battery technology for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and another for $3 million for research to improve E85 flex-fuel engine efficiency.

The $14 million cost-shared solicitation for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle battery development aims to improve battery performance so that plug-in hybrid vehicles can deliver the 40 miles of all-electric range required for most roundtrip daily commutes.

DOE has already created a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle test bed at Argonne National Laboratory, allowing scientists to measure the performance of such a vehicle.

The $3 million cost-shared solicitation will support engineering advances to improve the fuel economy of E85 engines and reduce vehicle emissions. The solicitation also serves to undertake research and development projects that will result in flex-fuel vehicles, which take advantage of the favorable properties of ethanol gasoline blends.

DOE’s FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Program will lead the efforts. The solicitations are subject to Congressional appropriations.



They should concentrate on regenerative braking energy recovery/conversion efficiency. Prime candidates are batteries, motors, and power management/conversion components. Currently, the wheel->motor->battery in (and power components)->battery out->motor->wheel efficiency is 35-50%, depending on setup. This comes out to 50-100% improvement in stop and go driving. If you get 67%, then you can triple city mpg. There is a flipside (ie Lexus) where you increase hp/torque.

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DOE support with a 14:3 battery/e85 project ratio? This tip of the hat to plug-ins is unprecedented for the DOE. Almost forgot, we're spending $200 million per day in Iraq.


Why the hell don't they go talk to the smaller EV manufactuers (e.g., Tesla or Phoenix) and find out how real Li-Ion batteries are supposed to work...


>dave wrote:

>"Why the hell don't they go talk to the smaller EV >manufactuers ..."

I'm guessing it's because they're the federal government. Who're not really known for actually solving problems.

$17M would make quite an X-Prize!


This is absolutely nothing they get done awarding it.


More Greenwashing by the Federal Government. Pretend they are pro-green by throwing money foolishly at problems that have already been solved. If they really cared about Plug-in Hybrids they would take Chevron-Cobasys to court on charges of High Treason for their efforts to suppress the long economic NiMH battery.


its just 17 million that will disappear in smoke and mirrors , and actualy prevent what is a tried and trusted technology being implemented by the large car manufacturers. It is no different over here in europe , all governments are fighting the impleamentation of PHEV and BEV technologys to preserve their exsessive taxation on road fuel , which is running at 80% in some countries . there is also control of the media to stop joe public from finding out more , you would think that a 100mpg prius hybrid would be newsworthy ,but hell no they keep on plugging down the ethanol ,biodiesel and hydrogen path .


Well now... a 14:3 ratio of batteries to E85 funding! Now that's the kind of prioritizing we should be making with our alternative transportation research dollars. Now up that funding amount by 4-10 fold and we're on the right track...

Roger Pham


Don't forget that the US Gov are giving out $500 millions for USABC (battery consortium) to develop battery for PHEV. In the 1990's, the PNGV program have given out ~a billion USD to US car makers, and in return, we got the Prius and the rest of Toyota HSD, and other hybrid-electric developments, which did not receive any money from US Gov., except the competitive thrust with the BIG 3's for fuel-efficiency technology. Talking about the law of unintended consequences!

The money spent on Hydrogen development (Freedom CAR)were thought by the BUSH Adm as a ploy to divert funding from PNGV (and more-promising petroleum-sparing PHEV technology) were not wasted, either. We are gaining fantastic H2 technologies that can in the near future, really replace petroleum with biomass and wind and solar energy. Again, the law of unintended consequences. To paraphrase a Rafael's statement: "Never underestimate what magic a research scientist or engineer can pull out of a hat!"



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