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What New Legislation could mean for Light-, Medium-Duty Vehicle Technologies

January 15th, 2016

Earlier in 2015, as part of a larger package of energy legislation, a bill introduced to fund research and development of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. At the end of the year, H.R. 4106, the Vehicle Innovation Act (VIA), was brought to the House of Representatives. That bill also aims to earmark funds and create truck-specific programs within the Department of Energy (DOE).

This can and should have a profound affect on the next generation of light- and medium-duty trucks. VIA legislation, which is technology-neutral, would support the science and industry needed to improve vehicle fuel economy and minimize petroleum use. It calls for DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office “to partner with light-duty automobile, medium- and heavy-duty commercial truck engineers, manufacturers and suppliers to conduct research that will help advance the future of fuel-efficient cars and trucks.”...READ MORE

Source: Fleet Equipment