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Review of the Research Program of the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership: First Report (2005)

The FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership is a collaborative effort among the Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Council for Automotive Research (USCAR), and five major energy companies. The purpose of this collaboration is to manage research to realize the vision of "a clean and sustainable transportation energy future." The program is working toward change on many fronts, including a transition from more efficient internal combustion engines (ICEs) to advanced ICE hybrid electric vehicles and facilitating a private-sector decision on hydrogen-fueled vehicle development by 2015. This report, which builds on an earlier NRC report, The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities, Costs, Barriers, and R&D Needs, presents an evaluation of the Partnership’s research efforts on hydrogen-fueled transportation systems and provides findings and recommendations about technical directions, strategies, funding, and management. The report concludes that the Partnership is a challenging program facing many technical barriers, making it difficult to assess whether the program will achieve its long-term vision.

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