The Long Road to Fuel Efficiency

The U.S. Energy Dept.'s FreedomCAR program has seen mixed results trying to reduce oil dependence. But its manager sees a bright future

Can Uncle Sam help the auto industry design and build advanced, clean, fuel-sipping vehicles to reduce American dependence on oil? And in the process, can the government help Detroit compete with foreign auto makers? Those are the goals of an Energy Dept. program dubbed FreedomCAR.

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