HOUSTON, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Los Alamos National Laboratory will work on improving vehicle efficiency, U.S. media reported on Wednesday.
The prominent U.S. lab, with a 1.2-million-U.S.-dollar grant from the government and 300,000 dollars in private investment, will conduct research on how to increase the efficiency of engines and powertrain system for future vehicles, according to a report by local TV station KOB.
Researchers at the New Mexico-based lab will focus on developing a low-cost nitrogen oxide and ammonia sensor package for lean-burning engines, said the report.
In August, the Obama administration unveiled new fuel- efficiency standards that require U.S. vehicle fleets to average 54.5 miles per gallon beginning in 2025.
As part of its efforts to improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama administration previously set a goal of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016.