The U.S. Senate will probably put more money where its 100 mouths are on promoting electric vehicles sometime soon. According to Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the legislators are likely to reauthorize and expand the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act, which the House passed an expansion to last fall. The expansion will probably add about $200 million to the bill each year for the next five years, bringing the overall total to $2.85 billion.
We saw in person how the Michigan delegation to Washington, D.C. supports the auto industry this week at the Detroit Auto Show. It's not surprising that they do, and any potential expansion to the AVTA would simply continue the trend. As U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) told the Detroit Free Press, the expanded bill makes it so that Michigan-based companies are "well-positioned" to win a lot of the money.

[Source: Detroit Free Press | Image: Wikimedia Commons - C.C. License 2.0]


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