White House energy advisor visits ArvinMeritor

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ArvinMeritor Inc. on Monday, Aug. 3, hosted President Obama’s White House energy advisor, Carol Browner, at its Troy headquarters to discuss the company’s dual-mode hybrid Class 8 truck’s green benefits and ride in the vehicle. She also spoke with journalists regarding her impressions of the vehicle.

Browner was in metro Detroit to attend an Automation Alley roundtable, hosted by U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, to review the advanced technologies that are being developed in the state of Michigan. The session included representatives from Detroit automakers, parts suppliers, and academic and government researchers.

Rep. Peters introduced the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009 (H.R. 3246), which was approved in July by the House Science and Technology Committee. The legislation would authorize $550 million for the Department of Energy to carry out advanced technology vehicle and component part research and development.

“We are proud of our hybrid technology,” said Chip McClure, ArvinMeritor CEO. “It holds the potential to significantly reduce emissions while increasing fuel efficiency in commercial trucks. We are extremely pleased with the government’s interest in our program that aligns with our nation’s vision for climate improvement and reduced dependence on foreign oil.”