The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the Hyundai America Technical Center roughly $4.95 million in 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.
Project funding will be distributed over three years 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.
“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 Co. plans to introduce 18 models by 2025. This new development roadmap also represents the next step for Hyundai Motor toward realizing 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.”
Hyundai Motor Group has six centers focused on research and development. Among them, the Hyundai America Technical Center Inc. (HATCI) was established in 1986 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. HATCI is HMG’s design, technology and engineering division for North America. HATCI supports new model development for HMG’s North American operations and global programs from the company’s dedicated engineering facilities and support staff at affiliate sites located throughout the United States (Alabama, California, Georgia, Michigan and Washington D.C.).