Allison awarded DOE stimulus grant for hybrid truck drive system

  • 07-Aug-2009 01:22 EDT
Since 2003, Allison Transmission has produced nearly 2300 hybrid propulsion systems for use in transit buses operating in 126 cities.

Allison Transmission Inc. was awarded a $62.8 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Grant to continue its efforts to design, develop, and manufacture a cost-competitive commercial hybrid truck drive system. President Obama made the announcement in Elkhart, IN, on Aug. 6 during a speech addressing the need for national investment in electric drive vehicles and component manufacturing facilities. The company will produce its new commercial-duty truck hybrid system in Indianapolis, and plans to collaborate with U.S. suppliers to produce the energy storage systems and other hybrid system components for the project. According to a company spokesman, Allison Transmission is “filling in the gap” between hybrid systems it helped develop for General Motors pickup trucks and those it has developed for use in heavy commercial vehicles such as transit buses. Timetables will shift as a result of this funding, the spokesman said, noting that the company has been working on the project “for sometime behind closed doors.”

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