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DOT Awards Contracts Under Advanced Vehicle Program.

DOT has awarded two contracts valued at $571,300 under the Advanced Vehicle Technologies Program, a public-private partnership intended to create more fuel-efficient vehicles. Through the program, federal funds are matched by private sector investments.

The two projects will be coordinated under contract with the Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium (NAVC). One project is the Heavy-Duty Hybrid for Off-Road Vehicles ($309,300). The project will select and complete the preliminary design of an electric series or parallel hybrid drivetrain that would suit heavy off-road vehicles, such as those used in highway construction. The other one is the Micro-Turbine Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) Integration for Hybrid Electric CitiVan ($262,000). This APU will be developed and integrated into a medium-duty vehicle. The APU will extend how far the vehicle can travel on electricity alone, from the current 40 miles (64 kilometers) to 140 miles (225 kilometers) per charged battery.

The goal of the Advanced Vehicle Technologies Program is to improve energy efficiency and U.S. competitiveness while reducing emissions and to lessen the transportation industry's dependence on petroleum.
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Date:Sep 1, 2000
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