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Ford gets $6 million from feds for fuel-cell research

Keith Laing
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington – The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding $6 million to Ford Motor Co. and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico to help pay for projects that will advance efforts to develop fuel cell and hydrogen technologies for cars.

Ford will use the funding to develop a fuel-cell catalyst production process that will result in lower cost, higher purity and more active and durable catalysts, according to the office of Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn.

The Energy Department said it selected Ford’s proposal because it focuses on an alternative path to reach 2020 targets for fuel-cell cost and durability.

Ford said the grant will help further its research efforts to develop next-generation technologies for its vehicles.