KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding a Kansas City maker of electric vehicles an additional $22 million to help with the development of zero-emission trucks and research their effectiveness.
After announcing the grant during a news conference Wednesday at Smith Electric Vehicles Corp.'s assembly plant, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said the research — one of several such efforts under way nationally — could help "grease the skids for a major government contract."
The grant, which comes from stimulus funds set aside for the advancement of next-generation batteries and electric vehicles, increases the total the U.S.-British partnership has received from the Energy Department to $32 million. The company previously received a $10 million federal grant.