ment, setting appropriate goals, and selecting the best way of achieving them. Such a collaboration is intended to speed the market deployment of radically new systems on a large scale.

The FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership started with a presidential commitment to request $1.7 billion over 5 years (FY04 through FY08), with appropriations thus far of about $243 million, $307 million, and $339 million in FY04, FY05, and FY06, respectively. The FY07 Continuing Resolution resulted in funding of about $401 million. The FY08 Presidential Budget Request is for about $436 million. These funds are used to support basic research, applied research, development, and technology validation and deployment in the following areas:

  • ICEs using a variety of fuels,

  • Fuel cell power systems,

  • Hydrogen storage systems,

  • Electrochemical energy storage,

  • Electric propulsion systems,

  • Hydrogen production and delivery systems, and

  • Materials for lightweight vehicles.

Specific research goals to be met in 2010 and 2015 have been established in each of these areas.

There are 11 technical teams consisting of scientists and engineers from the USCAR member companies, energy partner companies, and national laboratories, as well as DOE managers of technology development:

  • Advanced combustion and emission control,

  • Fuel cells,

  • Onboard hydrogen storage,

  • Electrochemical energy storage,

  • Electrical and electronics,

  • Materials,

  • Hydrogen production,

  • Hydrogen delivery,

  • Fuel pathway integration,

  • Codes and standards (C&S), and

  • Vehicle systems analysis.

Program oversight is provided by an Executive Steering Group consisting of the DOE assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy (EERE) and a vice-presidential-level executive from each of the Partnership companies. Within EERE, the DOE efforts are divided between the FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies (FCVT) program and the Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and Infrastructure Technologies (HFCIT) program. In addition, research and development (R&D) on



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