LaVista, Nebraska, has received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to support ePower Engine Systems, a startup manufacturer that will locate in the city. The company produces diesel/electric drive train modifications for Class-8 heavy trucks, which improve fuel efficiency.
"During the two-year development cycle, we have engineered an innovative system that enables the conversion of conventional trucks to be more fuel-efficient and environmentally sound. We are proud to offer a cost saving solution coupled with a level of environmental sensitivity previously unavailable in the trucking industry. I appreciate the high level of assistance we have received in this venture," said ePower CEO Andy Claypole.
The company will create 20 jobs as part of the new venture. ePower will produce battery packs and computer control systems in LaVista.