U.S. provides $18 million to support more alternative vehicle efforts

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Linus Unah – Fourth Estate Contributor

Washington D.C., United States (4E) – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has said it is doling out $18 million to fasten the development of electric and other hybrid vehicle technology.

The DOE said the fund will support five projects aimed at accelerating the development and adoption of alternative fuel technologies.

“Public investment in advanced, energy efficient transportation technologies and systems will improve our nation’s energy security, support energy independence, reduce transportation emissions, and strengthen U.S. economic competiveness ,” the federal department said in a statement.

Five companies have been selected to receive the new alternative vehicle funding, including Fort Valley, Georgia-based Blue Bird Body Co., which will receive $4.9 million to develop and demonstrate a battery-powered electric school bus.

Illinois-headquartered Gas Technology Institute will get $4.9 million to use multi-fuel stations and alternative fuel vehicles from Port Huron, Michigan to the North Dakota border.

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