WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow -- author of legislation to promote domestic advanced vehicle technology research, development and production -- issued the following statement today following General Motors’ announcement it is soon adding over 4,000 jobs, many at the Detroit-Hamtramck facility that builds the Chevrolet Volt:
"Over 4,000 new jobs, half of them expected in our state, is great news for GM and for Michigan," said Senator Stabenow. "These new jobs are in large part the result of the move toward the new advanced technology vehicles of the future. This is precisely why Congress needs to pass legislation to help encourage more production of high-tech, fuel-efficient vehicles to create more jobs like these and save drivers money at the pump."
Senator Stabenow has been a national leader in the effort to encourage more advanced technology vehicle production in the U.S. Sen. Stabenow's Charging America Forward Act would provide consumers with a rebate worth up to $7500 for plug-in electric vehicles at the time of purchase and give businesses a tax credit for purchasing medium or heavy duty plug-in hybrid trucks. The bill also extends a public-private partnership she helped create to increase the production of advanced battery technologies in America. Yesterday, Senator Stabenow and Congressman Gary Peters were joined by sixteen Michigan automakers and suppliers as they announced legislation, the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act, that will help develop the next generation of high-tech, fuel-efficient vehicles here in the United States.