A $500,000 Community Development Block Grant awarded to La Vista will help with the start up of a new business venture and manufacturing facility. La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig says the grant will go to ePower Engine Systems for their diesel-electric drive train modifications for heavy trucks that do significantly improve fuel efficiency.
“They have developed a system that allows big diesel trucks and semi’s to go from five miles per gallon to 15 miles per gallon.”
Kindig says ePower Engine System’s new technology is a cutting edge solution to ever-rising fuel prices that continue to impact our nation’s transportation industry.
“Which would triple the amount of mileage they would get out of their fuel and it sounds like it a progressive and innovative company so yah, we’re excited to have them in La Vista.”
Kindig says ePower Engine System estimates this will create 20 full time jobs.
“The projection is 20 full time jobs and they agreed to make 51% of those would have to be made available to low and moderate income people.”
The U.S. trucking industry uses more than 38-billion gallons of diesel fuel a year and there are more than 2.7 class 8 trucks on roadways each day. By increasing the mileage by two thirds could mean a drop in transport costs and that could mean a savings for every Nebraskan.