Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 105 Part 3.djvu/312

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105 STAT. 2196 PUBLIC LAW 102-240—DEC. 18, 1991 Act, the Secretary shall award grants to not less than 3 eligible consortia. No one eligible consortium may receive more than one-third of the funds made available for grants under this section. (4) EXTENSION. — If fewer than 3 complete applications from eligible consortia have been received in time to permit the awarding of grants under paragraph (3), the Secretary may extend the deadlines for the submission of applications and the awarding of grants. (b) ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA. —To be qualified to receive assistance under this section, an eligible consortium shall— (1) be organized for the purpose of designing and developing electric vehicles and advanced transportation systems, or related systems or equipment, or for the purpose of enabling serial production processes; (2) facilitate the participation in the consortium of small- and medium-sized businesses in conjunction with large established manufacturers, as appropriate; (3) to the extent practicable, include participation in the consortium of defense and aerospace suppliers and manufacturers; (4) to the extent practicable, include participation in the consortium of entities located in areas designated as nonattainment areas under the Clean Air Act; (5) be designed to use State and Federal funding to attract private capital in the form of grants or investments to further the purposes stated in paragraph (1); and (6) ensure that at least 50 percent of the costs of the consortium, subject to the requirements of subsection (a)(3), be provided by non-Federal sources. (c) SERVICES.— Services to be performed by an eligible consortium using amounts from grants made available under this part shall include— (1) obtaining funding for the acquisition of plant sites, conversion of plant facilities, and acquisition of equipment for the development or manufacture of advanced transportation systems or electric vehicles, or other related systems or equipment, especially for environmentally benign and cost-effective manufacturing processes; (2) obtaining low-cost, long-term loans or investments for the purposes described in paragraph (1); (3) recruiting and training individuals for electric vehicle- and transit-related technical design, manufacture, conversion, and maintenance; (4) conducting marketing surveys for services provided by the consortium; (5) creating electronic access to an inventory of industry suppliers and serving as a clearinghouse for such information; (6) consulting with respect to applicable or proposed Federal motor vehicle safety standards; (7) creating access to computer architecture needed to simulate crash testing and to design internal subsystems and related infrastructure for electric vehicles and advanced transportation systems to meet applicable standards; and (8) creating access to computer protocols that are compatible with larger manufacturers' systems to enable small- and medium-sized suppliers to compete for contracts for advanced