A law passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week would authorize $16 million for the fiscal 2009, 2010 and 2011 years to encourage the development of hybrid heavy-duty trucks. The bill was sent to the Senate last Thursday.
Introduced by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) in June, H.R. 6323 establishes five grants that would be given to projects that demonstrate advanced technologies and advance research and development for plug-in vehicles with a gross weight of over 8501 lbs.
“Technology-based solutions are a better approach to achieving energy independence and combating climate change,” Sensenbrenner said. “Unlike cap and tax programs, advanced technologies can strengthen the U.S. economy, keep energy costs low, and reduce emissions. The gains that we can make in just one area demonstrate the advantages of this approach. I applaud the House for taking this important step.”
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