As part of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), an effort to impact current energy concerns and efficiencies, Ford Motors has announced their alliance with MIT in the development of new powertrains. Ford joins BP in sponsoring the initiative.
“We’re going to focus on new powertrain, fuel and energy technologies,” says Said Deep, manager for Ford’s global product and technology communications. “This is advanced research that’s going to be complimentary to what we’re doing already here on Dearborn at our research innovation center.”
The MITEI was started just over a year ago, in September of 2006. The goal of the initiative is to “help transform the global energy system to meet the needs of the future and to help build a bridge to that future by improving today's energy systems,” according to the MITEI website.
Ford has been working with MIT for about ten years covering active safety, powertrain and environmental technologies including clean air engines and clean power technologies. “We’ve decided that given our relationship with (MIT) we would join this alliance,” says Deep.
Ford is providing funding and two Ford alliance energy fellowships over the next five years of this collaboration. “We all contribute toward a solution; if you’re an electric company, a fuel provider, an auto company, what is the sustainable solution going forward,” asks Deep.