The United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) recently approved the formation of a new working group whose goal will be to guide a major change in the electrical architecture that powers American vehicles. Most vehicles today employ 14-volt systems. (Fourteen is the operating voltage of what is commonly referred to as today's 12-volt system). However, the U.S. auto industry may someday soon be using higher voltage. Leaders from USCAR member companies -- DaimlerChyrsler, Ford and General Motors (GM) -- have been discussing addressing the issues faced in converting to a 42-volt system cooperatively.