Allison Transmission Awarded DOE Stimulus Grant


Allison Transmission Inc. has been notified that it will be awarded a US$62,8 million 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 on August 6th in Elkhart, Indiana, during a speech in which he discussed a national investment in electric drive vehicles and component manufacturing facilities. The Allison Transmission DOE grant will further increase U.S. capacity to manufacture hybrid propulsion systems for the commercial truck market.

Allison Transmission is the leading producer of hybrid propulsion systems for the city transit bus market, a product that was also developed with support from the U.S. Department of Energy. Since 2003, Allison Transmission has produced nearly 2300 hybrid propulsion systems for use in transit buses which operate in 126 cities. Allison Transmission hybrid propulsion systems have accumulated over 230 million km in service and have saved an estimated 29 million l of fuel while preventing 75 000 t of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere.

Allison Transmission will produce its new commercial-duty truck hybrid system in Indianapolis, Indiana. Allison Transmission plans to collaborate with leading U.S. suppliers to produce the energy storage systems and other hybrid system components for the project.

Source: Allison Transmission, Inc.

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