WBEZ | fuel efficiency http://www.wbez.org/tags/fuel-efficiency Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 54 m.p.g? Argonne Nat'l Lab wins grant for fuel efficiency research http://www.wbez.org/story/54-mpg-argonne-natl-lab-wins-grant-fuel-efficiency-research-90433 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-11/Fuel Efficiency Argonne_Flickr_Argonne Nat&#039;l Laboratory.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The dream of a car that gets 54 miles per gallon is behind a grant headed for Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.</p><p>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.</p><p>The funding announced by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will support 40 projects across 15 states.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p></p> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/54-mpg-argonne-natl-lab-wins-grant-fuel-efficiency-research-90433