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Last week, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the formation of U.S. DRIVE, a cooperative partnership with industry to accelerate the development of clean, energy-efficient technologies for vehicles. Formerly known as the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership, U.S. DRIVE – Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability – brings together the DOE's technical experts with national laboratories and industry partners to develop target

Elections have consequences. The Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives last fall is putting the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership, a Bush-era program between the Energy Department and the Detroit Three in danger. The Republican proposal would cut $200 million from the program, which makes up most of the DOE's $333 million vehicle research budget (2009 figure), according to The Detroit News.