Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce More than $23 Million for Michigan Advanced Vehicle Development Projects

Friday, August 15, 2014

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced $23.66 million in support for Michigan projects to accelerate the research and development of new vehicle technologies and ensure that we reduce our reliance on foreign oil and cut carbon pollution. The support comes through the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which works to help our country be more energy efficient and economically competitive.

"Today's announcement is great news for our manufacturers and workers," said Stabenow. "Michigan's cutting-edge businesses, engineering talent, and world-class colleges and universities are working together to transform our auto industry while lowering costs at the pump and creating new jobs that drive our economy forward. This support helps ensure that Michigan continues to lead the world in advanced vehicle development and win in a global economy."

"These grants are another important investment in American innovation," said Levin. "The list highlights the crucial work happening in Michigan and around the country to ensure that the vehicles destined to dominate the roads of the future are made by American workers and American companies, and furthers the important partnership between the Army and Department of Energy in pursuing advanced vehicle technologies."

The Department of Energy announced a total of $55 million for 31 projects across the country. Over twenty three million dollars in support will be distributed to seven Michigan projects led by Ford, Chrysler, Delphi, Ricardo, Inc., and Michigan State University. Ricardo, Inc.'s project to develop fuel-efficient tires will be jointly funded by the Department of the Army. You can find a complete list of projects here.

This funding is awarded as part of President Obama's EV Everywhere Grand Challenge to help the U.S. automotive industry lead the way in producing affordable plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) by 2022.

Several of these projects involve the development and improvement of lithium and other advanced batteries, which Stabenow has supported for years. Her Battery Innovation Act is expanding Michigan's advanced battery industry and creating new clean energy jobs.