The dream of a car that gets 54 miles per gallon is behind a grant headed for Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.
The lab is receiving $800,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy for research aimed at helping automakers achieve fuel efficiency standards required by 2025. The award was among more than $175 million in grants announced Wednesday.
The funding announced by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will support 40 projects across 15 states.
Researchers at Argonne are developing boron-based lubricant additives. Projects funded elsewhere focus on lighter weight materials, longer-lasting and cheaper electric vehicle batteries and more efficient engine technologies.
Last month, the White House announced a deal with automakers to double overall fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2025, starting in model year 2017.