Capitol Hill is briefed on electrification of autos
Ener1, Inc. an alternative energy company, took part
in an industry briefing of United States Congressional staff on the latest
developments in the electrification of the American automotive industry.
Manufacturers of advanced automotive batteries joined
electric vehicle makers, representatives of ‘Big Three’ hybrid divisions,
and electrical utilities for the briefing in late April. The event was
titled ‘The Electric Drive Answer: Transportation Technologies & Policies to End Oil Dependence’.
“The United States Congress, as well as all three Presidential
contenders, are highly sensitive to the revolution about to take place
in the auto industry which will help relieve dependence on oil imports
and sustain the environment,” commented Ener1 chairman, Charles Gassenheimer.
“The collective goal of the electric drive industry is to collaborate
effectively with elected officials who are right now establishing our
government’s funding priorities to support the future of the United States
Under the nation’s two newest comprehensive energy
laws, Congress is currently preparing to allocate up to several hundred
million dollars for a range of programs supporting research and development
and the creation of domestic manufacturing capacity for key technologies.