Education, Public-Private Partnerships Key to Electric Car Era

Industry Week report on EDTA 'Driving Forward: An Action Plan for the Electric-Drive Era.'

Published: 25-Jan-2011

To build the next generation of plug-in hybrids and other green vehicles, the federal government will need to expand its support of electric-drive-transportation manufacturing through additional funding, tax credits and other measures, a trade association says in a new report.

"Producing new electric-drive vehicle fleets will require a revitalized manufacturing base and robust supply chain to build next-generation battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles for consumer, commercial and government customers," asserts the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) in "Driving Forward: An Action Plan for the Electric-Drive Era." "Expanded support for manufacturing will increase U.S. competitiveness while growing the advanced technology workforce."

For example, the association calls for additional grants and loans to be provided through the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program, as well as reducing "unwarranted regulatory constraints on key material and component transportation."

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