House Passes Green Auto Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill to further boost government funding for green vehicle research.

The new bill would allowmore research into batteries and storage devices, hybridization and electrification, hydrogen fuel cells, engine systems and components, and communications for vehicle and electric grid infrastructures.

“Other nations are investing heavily in these technologies, and we cannot afford to be left behind,” Rep. Gary Peters told Automotive News.

Money from the bill would help in construction and modification of research and testing facilities. Research for medium and heavy duty trucks is included in the legislature as well.

The bill would allocate $2.9 billion to the Energy Department to continue green vehicle research over the nextfive years. A vast majority of the House supported the bill, with a vote of 312-114. The legislation would still need the approval of the Senate – where no similar bill has yet been proposed – before heading to the Oval Office and becoming law.

The bill passed just one day after the government raised fuel economy standards 4.3 percent annually from 2012 through 2016.

Source: Automotive News