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Letter Report on the Review of the Research Program of the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership, Phase 3 (2009)

Chapter: Attachment III Presentations and Discussions with Representatives of the Partnership at the Committee Meeting, April 27, 2009

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Suggested Citation:"Attachment III Presentations and Discussions with Representatives of the Partnership at the Committee Meeting, April 27, 2009." National Research Council. 2009. Letter Report on the Review of the Research Program of the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership, Phase 3. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12711.
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Attachment III Presentations and Discussions with Representatives of the Partnership at the Committee Meeting, April 27, 2009 Changes in Objectives in the Partnership Sunita Satyapal and Patrick Davis, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) • General priorities being set by the Secretary • Major initiatives that might influence Partnership Budget Outlook (FY09-10) Sunita Satyapal and Patrick Davis, EERE, DOE • Overall Level of Resources • How are Resource Allocations Changing? • How Does Stimulus Plan/Loan Program Affect Partnership? Overview and Progress & Outlook on Existing Program Efforts Sunita Satyapal and Patrick Davis, EERE, DOE • Progress and outlook for meeting future targets, especially with regard to critical technologies, and optimistic and pessimistic views and the need for (or lack of) changes in projected timescales • Where has the program made significant progress? • Where has progress not been adequate? • Do targets and milestones need to be changed? Automotive Industry Partners’ Views on Progress, Strategy, Future Outlook, and Structure of Program William Peirce, General Motors Corporation; Reginald Modlin, Chrylser LLC; and John Sakioka, Ford Motor Company Fuel Industry Partners’ Views on Progress, Strategy, Future Outlook, and Structure of Program George Parks, ConocoPhillips; Puneet V erma, Chevron Technology V entures; and James Kegerreis, ExxonMobil Utility Industry Partners’ Views on Progress, Strategy, Future Outlook, and Structure of Program Robert Graham, Southern California Edison DOE’s Views on Progress, Strategy, Future Outlook, and Structure of Program Sunita Satyapal and Patrick Davis, EERE, DOE 18

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This letter report broadly reviews the strategy and structure of the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership, as requested by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Although the Obama Administration's focus on nearer-term technologies is on the right track, there remains a need for continued investment in longer-term, higher-risk, higher-payoff vehicle technologies that could be highly transformational with regard to reduced use of petroleum and reduced emissions. Such technologies include advanced batteries, technologies for hydrogen storage, and hydrogen/fuel cells. For researchers, contractors, and investors to be willing to make long-term commitments to these and other potentially important developing technologies, a consistent year-to-year level of support must be provided.

Other recommendations within this report include incorporating a broader-scope approach to better consider total emissions and the full environmental impact of using various fuels and technologies; providing temporary reductions in cost-share requirements to ease the burden on prospective researchers; and providing direct funding to struggling automotive companies to help keep important in-house research programs active. Further suggestions are included within the body of the report.

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