UPPER TOWNSHIP, Michigan, September 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has provided funding to Hyundai America’s Technical Center to conduct research and development of an advanced dual-mode (spark ignition/compression) gasoline engine to to achieve significant improvements in both fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
Funding for the project will be $4.95 million over 3 years and leverage existing work with advanced valve trains and prior DOE-funded technologies. The project is part of Hyundai’s advanced engine technology strategy and is expected to be used in future production vehicles as both standalone (engine only) and hybrid (PHEV, MHEV) configurations.
“The opportunity to explore mixed-mode engine technology through the DOE grant signifies Hyundai’s commitment to advanced research technology and compression engines,” said John Juriga, Director, Powertrain Technologies, Hyundai America Technical Center. “The research project in cooperation with Michigan Technological University and Phillips 66 signifies the importance of developing fuel and engine innovations that work together for optimum vehicle performance and industry-leading fuel economy ratings.”
Hyundai Motor Group recently announced plans to introduce 38 eco-friendly models by 2025 and Hyundai Motor Company plans to introduce 18 models by 2025. This new development roadmap also represents the next step for Hyundai Motor towards realizing the ultimate ambition of creating a cleaner environment through green vehicles.
“By investing in a wide range of technologies, the DOE is ensuring that America remains at the forefront of innovation,” said the US Secretary of Energy. Rick Perry. “Improving transportation affordability for American consumers and businesses keeps our economy moving.”
About Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc.
As one of six Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) centers focused on research and development (R&D), Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) was established in 1986 in Ann Arbor, MI. HATCI is the design, technology and engineering division of HMG for North America. As HMG solidified its position among the top five global OEMs, HATCI grew to include a strong network of engineering disciplines and increased business activities to support North America Voice of the Customer.
HATCI supports new model development for HMG’s North American operations and global programs from our dedicated engineering facilities and support staff at affiliate sites located across United States (Alabama, California, Georgia, Michigan and washington d.c.). HATCI’s success in meeting the demands of increasingly sophisticated consumers is a direct result of HMG’s commitment to the future of American automotive engineering. HATCI maintains a strong R&D philosophy based on the creative and passionate contribution of all team members. This philosophy is central to HMG’s North American operational strategy and serves as the foundation for engineering excellence and technological advancement.
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