President Obama to visit Holland this afternoon

President Barack Obama's planned visit to an advanced battery facility in Ottawa County was expected to highlight how technology could help automakers reach new fuel efficiency standards announced by his administration. Obama was to visit a Johnson Controls Inc. facility in Holland this afternoon. His appearance came after announcing new fuel standards for cars, light trucks and work trucks. The Johnson Controls factory makes advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles.
AP Wire
Aug 12, 2011

The Obama administration discussed details of the visit Wednesday during a teleconference with media.

The Department of Energy also announced $175 million in support for 40 projects across 15 states to improve fuel efficiency in next-generation vehicles. The money will be distributed over the next three to five years.

The president's plane is expected to land in Grand Rapids at about 1 p.m. and he is expected to make his remarks in Holland at about 2:30 p.m., according to WZZM-TV. A live stream will be available on www.WZZM13.com and on the station's Weather Network (digital TV 13-2).

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