The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced it has given $17.6 million toward 14 cooperative agreements with small businesses and institutions of higher education to develop and deploy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will help reduce petroleum use in the U.S. The funding will reportedly go toward projects that pursue breakthrough approaches to provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.

The projects will reportedly support innovative technologies and solutions in the areas of energy storage, power electronics and electric motors, advanced combustion engines, materials technologies, and fuels and lubricant technologies.

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