US to invest $300 million in alternative fuel technology

Energy secretary Steven Chu has appropriated $300 million (€209 million) from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the Clean Cities programme, which aims to reduce the US’ dependence on fossil fuels and stimulate the development of alternative energy.

Final details of the allocation has yet to be decided, but Chu has announced that the cash will help to finance 25 cost-share programmes that will put 9,000 alternative technology vehicles on the road, ranging from cars to HGVs, and create 542 refuelling stations for them. The range of technologies covered will include natural and renewable gas, propane, ethanol, biodiesel, electricity, and hybrids.

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