Posted on August 13, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) within the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $496,750 to the Advanced Transportation Technology Institute (ATTI) in Chattanooga, TN. "Technological advancement has become a hallmark of Tennessee," said Frist. "It is critical for the future economic and environmental health of our state that innovative ideas and technologies continue to be developed. Encouraging environmentally-friendly public transit will help address pollution concerns." "This is an important investment to develop energy alternatives for our country's transportation systems," said Alexander. "Development of clean energy solutions can improve the quality of our air and help keep jobs from moving overseas." The $496,750 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 national research and technology funding will be used by ATTI to support the advancement of electric-propulsion vehicle technology. Specifically, it will be used to continue work on a coordinated campaign of technology transfer and technical assistance to support the FTA's programs related to electric bus propulsion and alternative clean energy sources, encourage industry efforts to expand the use of electric vehicles and promote a greater understanding of electric vehicle technology. Formerly the Electric Transit Vehicle Institute, ATTI is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization located in Chattanooga, TN. ATTI works to promote the design, production and utilization of electric transit vehicles powered by batteries or other non-stationary means of storage and production of electric power.