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GM’s Federally-Funded Research Fuels Fuel Economy

January 27, 2010

Just weeks ago, General Motors was awarded a $7.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to pursue accelerated development of fuel-efficient technology in light-duty engines.

The goal: a 25 percent reduction in fuel use, through four different technologies that GM has already been working on. “The DOE grant helps accelerate our efforts in bringing breakthrough technologies to production,” said GM’s VP of global powertrain engineering, Dan Hancock.

More specifically, the DOE grant is helping GM explore technologies such as lean combustion, active thermal management, stop-start, and one particularly interesting approach: passive selective catalytic reduction (SCR) after-treatment. After treatment systems are what make the lean combustion emissions compliant with environmental regulations. So it’s not just that the engines burn less fuel, but that they also produce less emissions.

In terms of practical applications, the research will be conducted at GM’s Pontiac, Michigan based advanced engineering center, and it will use the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu as one of its primary vehicles of focus.

2010 Chevy Malibu at Jessup Auto Plaza

2010 Chevy Malibu at Jessup Auto Plaza

To test drive the power of a GM engine, whether the cutting edge 2010 Chevy Malibu, the super-efficient Chevy Cobalt, or any other, stop by Jessup Auto Plaza’s Cathedral City GM dealership. We proudly provide sales, service, and parts to communities in and around the Coachella Valley, including La Quinta, Palm Springs, Hemet, Yucaipa, Beaumont, Banning, Indio, Palm Desert, and more.

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