Biden visits advanced battery manufacturer

Jan. 26, 2011 at 2:48 PM
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GREENFIELD, Ind., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Plans are in the works to put 1 million advanced-technology vehicles on U.S. highways in five years, Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday.

During a visit to Greenfield, Ind., Biden discussed President Obama's goal of making the United States the first country in the world to put a million advanced-technology vehicles on the road by 2015.

"As you heard President Obama say last night, this administration is forging a new path forward by making sure America doesn't just lead in the 21st Century, but dominates in the 21st Century," Biden said. "We're not just creating new jobs -- but sparking whole new industries that will ensure our competitiveness for decades to come -- industries like electric vehicle manufacturing."

As part of the "White House to Main Street initiative," Biden visited Ener1 Inc., which received a $118.5 million Energy Department grant to expand production of advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles. The grant will allow Ener1 to expand its manufacturing and assembly operation from 336 workers to more than 1,000 by the beginning of 2013.

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