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Industrial Research: Slower Road for Clean-Car Program

Science  11 Apr 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5310, pp. 194
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5310.194

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A n ambitious U.S. program to design efficient automobiles by the year 2000 will not reach its first big milestone, predicts a new report from the National Research Council (NRC). This peer-reviewed analysis of the flagship industrial development program begun in 1993 by the Clinton Administration argues that it is premature to promote any specific clean-car technology at this time. Instead, the NRC panel recommends that government and industry continue their funding of R&D on new ideas, such as cars powered by gas turbines, flywheels, and fuel cells.