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.
Project funding will be $4.95 million over 3 years and 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 Company 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.”
As one of Hyundai Motor Group’s (HMG) six centers focused on research and development (R&D), 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. As HMG solidified its position as one of the top five global OEMs, HATCI has grown to include a strong network of engineering disciplines and increased business-focused activities to support North America’s Voice of the Customer.