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EcoMotors Teams Up With Navistar

Partners exploring potentially revolutionary engine technology.

by on Feb.23, 2011

A deal with Navistar could help developers of the OPOC engine bring the super-efficient technology to market.

EcoMotors International, the Michigan-based start-up company backed by Bill Gates and  Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, has signed a new development agreement with major truck and engine builder, Navistar International of Warrenville, Ill.

Like other traditional vehicle builders, Navistar is under intense pressure to improve fuel-economy and reduce emissions and Dan Ustian, the truck firm’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, said EcoMotors’ technology shows promise of helping to deliver the kind of improvements needed for the future.

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“We continue to be on the cutting edge of technology and our development agreement with EcoMotors once again demonstrates our commitment to develop new, innovative approaches to the commercial vehicle industry,” said Ustian “Our company has a long history of pushing the envelope to deliver state-of-the-art, customer-focused solutions and we see great promise in EcoMotors’ breakthrough engine design,” Ustian said.