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Volvo would get $2 million in defense bill

November 10, 2007|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

Volvo Powertrain in Hagerstown would receive $2 million under a defense spending bill that has been sent to President Bush for approval.

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

The Department of Defense 2008 spending bill includes more than $96 million for defense projects in Maryland, according to a press release from 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 in September.

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

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