If all you know about Sweden is ABBA and those little red gummi fish, read no further. We wouldn't want to confuse you with news that the U.S. Department of Energy and the Swedish Energy Agency are partnering to work on plug-in hybrids
. The two agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding
two days ago that will allow staff from the Argonne National Laboratory to "work with Test Site Sweden to investigate PHEV instrumentation and smart charging systems, and how they interact with the electrical grid; track and evaluate consumer behavior while testing the vehicles in the field; quantify national, utility, and customer benefits; and plan and develop convenient public charging stations." This is a one year program that will cost $1m, to be split evenly between the DOE and the SEA.
Last year, the DOE began working with Sweden on biomass production and other green vehicle
technologies. There is a list of other DOE partnerships with European countries here
and you can download a PDF
of the agreement with Sweden.