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US announces $187 million for fuel efficiency.

Byline: WASHINGTON:

The Obama administration has selected nine projects totalling $187 million aimed at improving the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks.

The funding includes more than $100 million from the $787 billion economic stimulus plan President Barack Obama pushed through Congress last February. An additional 50 per cent will come from the private sector, according to the announcement to be made by US Energy Secretary Steven Chu in Columbus, Indiana.

The Obama administration is under pressure to show it is working to create jobs with the US unemployment rate stuck at 10 per cent.

The administration estimated the projects would create 500 jobs in areas like research and engineering near term, with the potential for creating 6,000 positions in manufacturing and assembly by 2015.

Three projects will focus on efforts to improve the fuel efficiency of long-haul freight trucks by 50 per cent.

The freight-truck awards include:

*$38.8 million for Cummins in Columbus, Indiana. This project is aimed at developing a clean, efficient diesel engine, an advanced waste heat recovery system, an aerodynamic Peterbilt tractor-trailer combination and a fuel cell auxiliary power unit to reduce engine idling.

*$39.6 million for Daimler Trucks North America. This project in Portland, Oregon will seek to develop technologies including engine downsizing, electrification of auxiliary systems such as oil and water pumps, waste heat recovery, improved aerodynamics and hybridisation.

*$37.3 million for Navistar. This Fort Wayne, Indiana project will seek to develop technologies to improve truck and trailer aerodynamics, combustion efficiency, waste heat recovery, hybridisation, idle reduction and reduced rolling resistance tyres.

Another six projects will be aimed at developing fuel efficiency for passenger vehicle engines and powertrain systems. The goal is to develop engine technologies that will improve the fuel economy of passenger vehicles by 25-40 per cent by 2015 using an engine-only approach.

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