The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it will award $4.9 million over three years to the Hyundai America Technical Center in Superior Township to conduct research and development for an advanced mixed-mode gasoline engine designed to improve fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
The funding will leverage existing work with advanced valve-train and previous DOE-funded technologies. The project is part of Hyundai’s advanced engine technology strategy and is planned to be used in future production vehicles as stand-along and hybrid configurations.
“The opportunity to explore mixed-mode engine technology through the DOE’s grant signifies Hyundai’s commitment to advanced research technology and compression engines,” says John Juriga, director of powertrain technologies for the center.
“The cooperative research project, along with Michigan Technological University and Phillips 66, signifies the importance in developing fuel and engine innovations that work together for optimal vehicle performance and leading fuel economy ratings.”
Hyundai Motor Group recently announced plans to introduce 38 eco-friendly models by 2025, and Hyundai Motor Co. plans to introduce 18 models by the same year.
“By investing in a broad range of technologies, the DOE is ensuring America remains at the forefront of innovation,” says Rick Perry, U.S. secretary of energy. “Improving the affordability of transportation for American consumers and businesses keeps our economy moving.”