The Secretary of Energy shall take such steps as are feasible to assure that small
business concerns have a realistic and adequate opportunity to participate in the
(b)Reservation of funds
To assist in accomplishing the objectives of subsection (a), the Secretary of Energy
shall reserve, for contracts with small business concerns, a reasonable portion of
the funds made available pursuant to this chapter for research, development, or demonstration
of electric or hybrid vehicles.
(c)Contract terms and conditions; planning grants
The Secretary of Energy shall, in addition to the requirements set forth in subsections
(a) and (b)--
(1) include in all contracts for research, development, or demonstration of electric
or hybrid vehicles such terms, conditions, and payment schedules as may assist in
meeting the needs of small business concerns, and shall take steps to avoid the inclusion
in such contracts of any terms, conditions, or penalties which would tend to prevent
such concerns from participating in the program under this chapter; and
(2) make planning grants available to qualified small business concerns which require
assistance in developing, submitting, and entering into such contracts.
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