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H.R. 1622 (111th): To provide for a program of research, development, and demonstration on natural gas vehicles.

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 19, 2009 (Introduced).


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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1622

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 19, 2009

(for himself, Mr. Hall of Texas, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, and Mr. Boren) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science and Technology

A BILL

To provide for a program of research, development, and demonstration on natural gas vehicles.

1.

Natural gas vehicle research, development, and demonstration projects

(a)

In General

The Secretary of Energy shall conduct a 5-year program of natural gas vehicle research, development, and demonstration. The Secretary shall coordinate with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, as necessary.

(b)

Purpose

The program under this section shall focus on—

(1)

the continued improvement and development of new, cleaner, more efficient light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty natural gas vehicle engines;

(2)

the integration of those engines into light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty natural gas vehicles for onroad and offroad applications;

(3)

expanding product availability by assisting manufacturers with the certification of the engines or vehicles described in paragraph (1) or (2) to Federal or California certification requirements and in-use emission standards;

(4)

the demonstration and proper operation and use of the vehicles described in paragraph (2) under all operating conditions;

(5)

the development and improvement of nationally recognized codes and standards for the continued safe operation of natural gas vehicles and their components;

(6)

improvement in the reliability and efficiency of natural gas fueling station infrastructure;

(7)

the certification of natural gas fueling station infrastructure to nationally recognized and industry safety standards;

(8)

the improvement in the reliability and efficiency of onboard natural gas fuel storage systems;

(9)

the development of new natural gas fuel storage materials;

(10)

the certification of onboard natural gas fuel storage systems to nationally recognized and industry safety standards; and

(11)

the use of natural gas engines in hybrid vehicles.

(c)

Certification of conversion systems

The Secretary shall coordinate with the Administrator on issues related to streamlining the certification of natural gas conversion systems to the appropriate Federal certification requirements and in-use emission standards.

(d)

Cooperation and Coordination with Industry

In developing and carrying out the program under this section, the Secretary shall coordinate with the natural gas vehicle industry to ensure cooperation between the public and the private sector.

(e)

Conduct of program

The program under this section shall be conducted in accordance with sections 3001 and 3002 of the Energy Policy Act of 1992.

(f)

Report

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall provide a report to Congress on the implementation of this section.

(g)

Authorization of Appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary $30,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to carry out this section.

(h)

Definition

For purposes of this section, the term natural gas means compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, biomethane, and mixtures of hydrogen and methane or natural gas.