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Bush may replace PNGV

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration still wants to team up with automakers to study vehicle technology, but the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles may disappear, a key official says.

“We may get rid of that program and replace it with something completely different,” Assistant Energy Secretary David Garman said Thursday, Nov. 1, during a break in a congressional hearing on U.S. energy needs.

Administration officials had said they planned to revamp the partnership, launched in 1993 by the Clinton administration and the Big 3. It already has acknowledged it will not meet its goal of building prototype 80-mpg family sedans by 2004.

Garman said at the hearing: “We intend to be more aggressive in the pursuit of revolutionary, transforming technologies. The higher-risk, higher-reward strategy we have in mind leads to the use of fuel cells powered by domestically derived hydrogen.”

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