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Volvo plant in Hagerstown is on defense earmark list

October 10, 2008

Volvo Powertrain North America in Washington County will get $2.4 million in federal money to work on hybrid electric military trucks, U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's office said Thursday.

The money will be used to "build, test, and evaluate up to five heavy tactical trucks" for the U.S. Army, according to a summary sheet.

Bartlett's office said he secured a total of $25.7 million for eight defense-related projects in Maryland in fiscal year 2009.

Other projects on the list include $7.9 million for a new fire station for the Maryland Air National Guard at Martin State Airport in Baltimore and $4.4 million to Proxy Aviation Systems in Germantown, Md., for a coordination system for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Lisa Wright, a spokeswoman for Bartlett, a Republican representing Maryland's 6th District, said the money is part of a spending package separate from what President Bush requested for defense.

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Bush has signed a bill for the expenditures and is expected to sign a bill reauthorizing the country's defense operations, Wright said.

A summary sheet says Volvo's integrated hybrid drive system will be tailored to the Army's M915 line-haul tractor or other heavy trucks.

The new powertrains will be "more fuel efficient, cleaner and easily maintained," the summary says.

Volvo previously received federal money to work on hybrid electric trucks for the U.S. Air Force.

- Andrew Schotz

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