WASHINGTON (Sept. 18, 2009)—By a 312-114 vote Sept. 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act, a bill to authorize new programs at the U.S. Department of Energy for research, development, demonstration and commercial application of advanced vehicles. The bill now goes to the Senate.
The legislation enjoys the support of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, whose president, Bob McKenna, wrote every member of the House two days before the vote.
“This important legislationàwill help automotive and commercial vehicle suppliers develop and implement technology for advanced components,” McKenna wrote. “The investments made by this legislation will help a wide range of suppliers who are already working on advances for safer and more fuel-efficient vehicles.”