WASHINGTON (July 22, 2010)—The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has approved a bill that directs the Department of Energy to expand research and development of innovative, fuel-efficient technologies for the U.S. vehicle fleet.
The Advanced Vehicle Technology Act bill now advances to the Senate floor.
Passed the House of Representatives in September 2009, the bill calls on the agency to carry out a research, development, demonstration and commercial application program for advance vehicle technologies. Among other things, it also requires the agency to formalize partnerships with industry stakeholders and develop more efficient processes for transferring research findings to industry.
Bob McKenna, president and CEO of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, said MEMA was pleased at the bill's passage in the committee.
“The research and development and retooling opportunities called for in this bill will allow motor vehicle parts suppliers to produce the highly efficient components and technologies that will be necessary for the next generation of vehicles,” McKenna said in a press release. “It is a great step to expand and strengthen U.S. manufacturing.”