More than $23 million in federal support is coming to Michigan to fund electric-vehicle technology, Michigan senators said Friday.

"Today’s announcement is great news for our manufacturers and workers," Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow said in a statement.

Stabenow joined Sen. Carl Levin, both Democrats, in announcing $23.6 million in support for the state to drive research and development of new EV technology.

Federal funds will be distributed to seven Michigan projects led by Ford, Chrysler, manufacturer Delphi, engineering company Ricardo and Michigan State University.

The effort is a joint collaboration with the Departments of Energy and the Army aimed at developing advanced batteries and fuel-efficient tires.

The senators said the program is all part of a federal program meant to reduce the reliance on foreign oil and cut carbon pollution.

"These grants are another important investment in American innovation," said Levin.