The U.S. Department of Energy is offering the Vehicle Production Group a $50 million conditional loan to support the development of a six-passenger, factory-built wheelchair accessible vehicle.
The VPG vehicle would use compressed natural gas for fuel and be produced at the AM General Plant in Mishawaka, Indiana which, over the years, has built vehicles for General Motors and the U.S. Department of Defense.
“This project represents an investment in innovation that will create new jobs, promote the use of alternative fuels, and help our nation maintain its competitive edge in the automotive industry,” said Secretary Steven Chu.
“It is part of a broad effort to reclaim America’s leadership in auto manufacturing – ensuring that our workers are producing the best, most innovative, most efficient vehicles in the world,” Chu added.
As a dedicated compressed natural gas vehicle, VPG’s MV-1 will use no gasoline and produce lower emissions than gasoline-fueled vehicles, the company claimed.