U.S. government to fund Hyundai’s research into mixed-mode engines
Funding totalling just under $5 million over the next three years will see Hyundai America Technical Center research an advanced mixed-mode gasoline engine.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Hyundai America Technical Center funding to conduct research and development for an advanced mixed-mode gasoline (spark/compression ignition) engine to attain significant improvements in both fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
In the next three years, the DoE will provide project funding totalling $4.95 million, and will leverage existing work with advanced valve-train and previous DOE funded technologies. The project is part of Hyundai’s advanced engine technology strategy and is planned to be used in future production vehicles as both stand-alone (engine only) and hybrid (PHEV, MHEV) configurations.
Hyundai’s America Technical Center is one of six Hyundai-led centres dedicated to research and innovation in America, supporting new model development for the company’s North American operations as well as its global programmes. It has affiliate sites scattered across the U.S., including in California and Washington D.C.
“The opportunity to explore mixed-mode engine technology through the DOE’s grant signifies Hyundai’s commitment to advanced research technology and compression engines,” said John Juriga, director, Powertrain Technologies, Hyundai America Technical Center. “The co-operative research project along with Michigan Technological University and Phillips 66 signifies the importance in developing fuel and engine innovations that work together for optimal vehicle performance and 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 toward realising the ultimate ambition of creating a cleaner environment through eco-friendly vehicles.
“By investing in a broad range of technologies, the DOE is ensuring America remains at the forefront of innovation,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “Improving the affordability of transportation for American consumers and businesses keeps our economy moving.”