Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 106 Part 4.djvu/326

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106 STAT. 3062 PUBLIC LAW 102-486—OCT. 24, 1992 supplement ongoing research activities of a similar nature at the Depcurtment of Energy, to accelerate the near-term and mid-term development of advanced technologies to improve the fuel economy of li^ht-dut^ passenger vehicles powered by a piston engine, and hybrid vehicles powered by a combination of piston engine and electric motor. (b) PROGRAM GOAL. —The goal of the program established under subsection (a) shall be to stimulate the development of emerging technologies with the potential to achieve significant improvements in fuel economy while reducing emissions of air pollutants. (c) PROPOSALS.—Within 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall solicit proposals for conducting activities under this section, making a special effort to involve small businesses in the progrcun. 42 USC 13433. SEC. 2023. ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLE PROGRAM. (a) PROGRAM DIRECTION.— The Secretary shall carry out a program, in accordance with sections 3001 and 3002 of this Act, on techniques related to improving natural gas and other alternative fuel venicle technology, including— (1) Aiel injection; (2) carburetion; (3) manifolding; (4) combustion; (5) power optimization; (6) efficiency; (7) lubricants and detergents; (8) engine durability; (9) ignition, including fuel additives to assist ignition; (10) multifiiel engines; (11) emissions control, including catalysts; (12) novel gas compression concepts; (13) advanced storage systems; (14) advanced gaseous fueling technologies; and (15) Uie incorporation of advanced materials in these areas. (b) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS AND ASSISTANCE.— The Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with, and provide financial assistance to, public or private entities willing to provide 50 percent of the costs of a program to perform activities under subsection (a). (c) DEFINITIONS. —For purposes of this section— (1) the term alternative fuel vehicle" means a motor vehicle that operates on alternative fuels; and (2) the term "motor vehicle" includes any automobile, truck, bus, van, or other on-road or off-road motor vehicle, including a boat. 42 USC 13434. SEC. 2024. BIOFUELS USER FACILITY. (a) The Secretary shall establish a biofuels user facility to expedite industrv adoption of biofuels technologies, including production of alconol fuels from biomass. (b) The Secretary, through such univeraities and colleges as the Secretary determines are qualified, shall establish a program, in accordance with sections 3001 and 3002 of this Act, with respect to the production and use of diesel fuels from vegetable oils or animal fats. The program shall investigate— (1) the economic feasibility of production of oilseed crops for biofuels purposes; and