Levin, Stabenow: Grants to Help Two Michigan Companies Improve Fuel Efficiency

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

WASHINGTON -- Two Michigan companies will receive nearly $4 million in federal grants for research and development of technologies to improve vehicle fuel efficiency, U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced Tuesday.

MAHLE Powertrain LLC of Novi will receive $2.5 million to develop a next-generation combined ignition and turbo-charging technology that will improve fuel technology and reduce pollution. General Motors in Pontiac will receive $1.4 million to develop and demonstrate a novel technology in the combustion chamber of vehicle engines to significantly improving fuel economy compared to conventional engines.

“It’s vital that the government work with our manufacturers to help ensure U.S.-made vehicles compete around the world, and improvements in fuel efficiency are an important part of that effort,” said Sen. Levin, D-Mich. “Success in those efforts will mean more jobs for American workers, a more secure nation that is less dependent on imported oil and a cleaner environment. The work we’re doing in promoting advanced batteries and electric vehicles and more efficient engines will pay off for decades to come.”

"Michigan is a leader in new advanced vehicle technologies and we need to continue to help our businesses be even more competitive," said Sen. Stabenow, author of the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act, which would improve DOE research and development efforts to allow more Michigan businesses to participate. "Producing new fuel efficiency technologies helps save drivers money at the pump and create good jobs in our state."

The grants, from the U.S. Department of Energy, are part of federal efforts to improve efficiency as vehicle manufacturers work to meet federal emissions standards for cars and trucks. The two Michigan grants are among four awards announced on Tuesday.