The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the 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 US$4.95m over three years and leverage existing work with advanced valvetrain 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 standalone and hybrid 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 cooperative 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.
“By investing in a broad range of technologies, the DOE is ensuring America remains at the forefront of innovation,” said US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “Improving the affordability of transportation for American consumers and businesses keeps our economy moving.”