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EPA, University of Toledo to Join Forces on Hybrid Vehicle Research

Release Date: 03/24/2006
Contact Information: Roxanne Smith, 202-564-4355 / smith.roxanne@epa.gov

(3/24/06) To save energy and help the environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the University of Toledo signed a cooperative agreement worth $1 million to develop advanced vehicle technology that will maximize fuel economy benefits and minimize emissions. EPA is providing $450,000 and the University of Toledo will cost share in support of the three-year agreement.

"This agreement is an exciting opportunity to work with the university to further the development of clean, cost-effective, and high efficiency vehicles for the U.S. market," said Christopher Grundler, deputy director for the Office of Transportation and Air Quality. "These technologies are based on U.S. innovations, which can lead to much more efficient vehicles at an affordable cost."

The cooperative agreement will focus on improving the components of a unique hybrid that uses a hydraulic system as a secondary power source onboard the vehicle. The hydraulic components will be optimized for smooth and quiet operation, high fuel efficiency, and low emissions.

More information about the cooperative agreement with University of Toledo: epa.gov/otaq/technology