The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the University of Toledo (Ohio) signed a cooperative agreement last week worth $1 million to develop an advanced technology for hybrid vehicles. According to an industry release, the EPA said it will provide $450,000, and the University of Toledo will share in support of the three-year agreement that is intended to maximize fuel economy benefits and minimize emissions.
The agreement will focus on improving the components of a unique hybrid design that uses a hydraulic system as a secondary power source onboard the vehicle. The hydraulic components will be optimized for smooth and quiet operation, high fuel efficiency, and low emissions. For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/technology.