North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI -Don Walkowicz, USCAR executive director, sat down with me at the 2009 Detroit auto show and talked about USCAR and Freedom Car.

It took me a few minutes to understand the difference between USCAR and Freedomcar:

USCAR is a collaboration between Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation, which share the common goal of strengthening the technology base of the U.S. automotive industry.

In January 2002, USCAR and the U.S. Department of Energy teamed together to create the FreedomCAR Partnership.

In September 2003, the FreedomCAR effort expanded to become the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership, adding five energy companies “ BP America, Chevron Corporation, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corporation and Shell Hydrogen LLC “ to the USCAR/DOE partnership.

In 2008 DTE Energy and Southern California Edison were named as new members of the Partnership by U.S. DOE Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

The “CAR” in FreedomCAR stands for Cooperative Automotive Research.

I asked Don Walkowicz if the car companies that were building cars in the United States could become part of USCAR.