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Volvo thanks U.S. senators for investment in hybrid engine project at Hagerstown plant

February 14, 2008

WASHINGTON - Volvo Powertrain officials met Thursday with U.S. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin, both D-Md., to thank them for the federal investment being made in the Hybrid Electric Engine project at the Volvo Powertrain facility in Hagerstown.

It was reported in November 2007 that Volvo Powertrain in Hagerstown would receive $2 million under the Department of Defense 2008 spending bill.

The money is to be used to fund a contract to finish development of a heavy-duty hybrid electric vehicle.

The engine project partners Volvo with the Air Force to develop a hybrid truck for Air Force refueling operations, according to a prepared release from Mikulski's office.

The Hybrid Electric Powertrain for heavy-duty trucks combines a diesel engine with an electric motor to enhance vehicle performance and fuel economy and reduce emissions, the release says.

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