WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited one of the world’s fastest electric car- the Buckeye Bullet- at the 2011 Washington Auto Show today. Built by students at the Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research, the lithium-ion battery powered car set a world record by averaging 307 miles per hour on Aug. 27, 2010 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
“Ohio’s major research institutions like the Ohio State University spur 21st century innovation and attract modern jobs to our state,” Brown said. “The talent displayed in each of the students who worked on the Buckeye Bullet is representative of Ohio’s skilled workforce, manufacturing capacity, and entrepreneurial spirit. I will continue to work with state and community leaders to lay the foundation for not only our anchor institutions but small business and start-up companies to fill and create positions in these high-tech fields.”
The Buckeye Bullet was built and is maintained by a student-run team based at OSU’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR) which provides facility space and support. Ohio State has partnered with Venturini Motorsports to build the buckeye bullet and the company now plans to open a Columbus office to help supply parts.
Brown is working to bolster central Ohio’s already robust clean energy industry. CODA Automotive – a California-based company that produces electric cars – announced last spring that it planned locate a plant in Columbus that would build lithium ion batteries for electric cars. Expected to create 1,000 jobs in Ohio, the plant is contingent on a pending loan guarantee application through the DOE Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan (ATVM) program. Brown is working to ensure that the project—expected to create up to 1,328 jobs after five years of operation— obtains the necessary site and incentives approvals. A coordinated Ohio team, including Sen. Brown, then-Governor Ted Strickland, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, the Columbus Partnership, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, The Ohio State University, Franklin County and other local leaders, met with the company throughout 2010 to discuss CODA’s needs before reaching an agreement contingent upon the approvals of state incentives.