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U.S. awards more than $55 million in vehicle technology grants

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded more than $55 million in grants to companies including Ford Motor Co., Delphi Automotive Systems and others for advanced vehicle technology r&d projects.

Ford received a $6 million grant to fund development of carbon fiber composites used to reduce vehicle weight. Delphi was awarded a $10 million grant to develop a low temperature combustion technology called Gasoline Direct Injection Compression Ignition to reduce emissions and increase thermal efficiency, according to a list of awards released by the department today.

Other awardees include Chrysler Group, which received $1.5 million to develop new low-temperature catalysts, and aluminum supplier Alcoa Inc., which received $2.4 million for aluminum development.

A total of 31 projects from universities, automakers and suppliers received r&d grants from the department.

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