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Senate OKs bill with money for Volvo Powertrain in Hagerstown

October 03, 2007

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved the Department of Defense 2008 spending bill, which includes $2 million for Volvo Powertrain in Hagerstown.

The money would fund a contract to finish development of a heavy-duty hybrid electric vehicle for the Air Force.

The Senate's version of the spending bill, which must go to conference before being voted on by both houses of Congress, includes $74.5 million for defense projects in Maryland, according to a press release from the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md.

Hybrid electric vehicles are used by the Air Force as dump trucks and to fuel aircraft, an Air Force spokesman told The Herald-Mail last month.

John Walsh, a spokesman for Mack Trucks Inc., which is part of the Volvo Group, said Volvo Powertrain has had five contracts with the Air Force. He said all of the hybrid driveline technology is developed by Volvo Powertrain in Hagerstown.

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