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USA: 165 Companies Submit Applications for $2.4 Billion From Government to Charge Up Battery Makers

The rush to the White House is on as automakers, battery makers, and other suppliers have flooded Washington in search of funding. Sound familiar, asking Washington for money has become commonplace today, but this is a little different. Washington has agreed to give out money and lots of it to those who fit the description.

The federal government through the Department of Energy has agree More

The rush to the White House is on as automakers, battery makers, and other suppliers have flooded Washington in search of funding. Sound familiar, asking Washington for money has become commonplace today, but this is a little different. Washington has agreed to give out money and lots of it to those who fit the description.

The federal government through the Department of Energy has agree More

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China: China to lead the way in electric cars, says Bain

China is set to become the world’s largest producer of environment-friendly cars within 10 years, largely due to the central government’s backing and the domestic car makers’ ambitions to push electric vehicles, according to business consulting firm Bain & Company.
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China is set to become the world’s largest producer of environment-friendly cars within 10 years, largely due to the central government’s backing and the domestic car makers’ ambitions to push electric vehicles, according to business consulting firm Bain & Company.
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Better Place battery swapping plan comes under fire

Although many share the vision of ubiquitous infrastructure to support future fleets of electric vehicles, the concept of battery swapping, frequently championed by Better Place, doesn’t seem to have the same appeal as the fast-charge station. In fact, in the past week, battery swapping has come under a bit of fire from different quarters. On one side of the globe, we have Mercedes’ di More

Although many share the vision of ubiquitous infrastructure to support future fleets of electric vehicles, the concept of battery swapping, frequently championed by Better Place, doesn’t seem to have the same appeal as the fast-charge station. In fact, in the past week, battery swapping has come under a bit of fire from different quarters. On one side of the globe, we have Mercedes’ di More

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UK: Elektromotive unveils billing system chargepoint for EVs at EVS24 conference

At this weeks EVS24 conference in Norway, Elektromotive has announced what it calls the world’s first billable three phase fast charge station. The ElektroBay can supply up to 32 amps at 240 V to allow for faster charging than what is possible with other charge points. There are already 160 existing ElektroBay stations in the UK that will be updated with the new communications capability. Th More

At this weeks EVS24 conference in Norway, Elektromotive has announced what it calls the world’s first billable three phase fast charge station. The ElektroBay can supply up to 32 amps at 240 V to allow for faster charging than what is possible with other charge points. There are already 160 existing ElektroBay stations in the UK that will be updated with the new communications capability. Th More

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Norway: AeroVironment Unveils EV Solutions at EVS-24

AT EVS-24, STAVANGER, NORWAY, May 13, 2009 — AeroVironment, Inc. (AV), (NASDAQ: AVAV), joint-developer of the GM Impact, the world’s first modern all-electric car, and the record-setting solar-powered GM Sunraycer, today unveiled its portfolio of EV Solutions for electric vehicles that offers a total infrastructure approach to enable the practical use of on-road electric vehicles.

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AT EVS-24, STAVANGER, NORWAY, May 13, 2009 — AeroVironment, Inc. (AV), (NASDAQ: AVAV), joint-developer of the GM Impact, the world’s first modern all-electric car, and the record-setting solar-powered GM Sunraycer, today unveiled its portfolio of EV Solutions for electric vehicles that offers a total infrastructure approach to enable the practical use of on-road electric vehicles.

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USA: Bankruptcy looms for GM; Chrysler awaits fate

DETROIT – General Motors Corp. has pulled together many of the pieces needed to complete government-ordered restructuring, but its board still is likely to decide Saturday to head into bankruptcy protection because there’s too much left to do.

Word of the board’s decision, which would be made during two days of meetings, may not be known until Monday, when GM is expected to ac More

DETROIT – General Motors Corp. has pulled together many of the pieces needed to complete government-ordered restructuring, but its board still is likely to decide Saturday to head into bankruptcy protection because there’s too much left to do.

Word of the board’s decision, which would be made during two days of meetings, may not be known until Monday, when GM is expected to ac More

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Japan: Grim auto sales news from Japan

Number of Automobiles Produced
Automobile production in April 2009 was recorded as 485,405 units. Compared with the 917,951 units total recorded for the same month of the previous year, this is a decrease of 432,546 units or 47.1%, and production decrease on the same month of the previous year for seven consecutive months.
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Number of Automobiles Produced
Automobile production in April 2009 was recorded as 485,405 units. Compared with the 917,951 units total recorded for the same month of the previous year, this is a decrease of 432,546 units or 47.1%, and production decrease on the same month of the previous year for seven consecutive months.
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USA: President Obama Announces $2.4 Billion in Funding to Support Next Generation Electric Vehicles

resident Obama Announces $2.4 Billion in Funding to Support Next Generation Electric Vehicles
DOE Support for Advanced Battery Manufacturing and Electric Vehicle Deployment to Create Tens of Thousands of U.S. Jobs

POMONA, CA – Today, President Barack Obama announced the availability of $2.4 billion in funding to put American ingenuity and America’s manufacturers to work pr More

resident Obama Announces $2.4 Billion in Funding to Support Next Generation Electric Vehicles
DOE Support for Advanced Battery Manufacturing and Electric Vehicle Deployment to Create Tens of Thousands of U.S. Jobs

POMONA, CA – Today, President Barack Obama announced the availability of $2.4 billion in funding to put American ingenuity and America’s manufacturers to work pr More

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Canada: Trains could GO electric

GO trains could go from diesel-powered to electric.

Metrolinx, which merged with GO Transit earlier this month, says it will study the possibility of electrifying the entire GO Transit rail network, as a future alternative to the diesel trains currently in service.

“Electrification of rail services means more than just running trains by electricity,” the Crown agency says More

GO trains could go from diesel-powered to electric.

Metrolinx, which merged with GO Transit earlier this month, says it will study the possibility of electrifying the entire GO Transit rail network, as a future alternative to the diesel trains currently in service.

“Electrification of rail services means more than just running trains by electricity,” the Crown agency says More

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USA: Kleiner Perkins’ Latest Green Car Play: The Anti-Fisker

This reinforces the strategy described by Kleiner’s Ray Lane at last year’s Fortune Brainstorm Green conference, where Lane, RockPort Capital’s Wilber James and Think Global CEO Jan-Olaf Willums announced plans to bring Think’s electric City car to the U.S. at prices lower than the Toyota Prius through Think North America, a joint venture. At the time, Lane said, “Most electric vehicles More

This reinforces the strategy described by Kleiner’s Ray Lane at last year’s Fortune Brainstorm Green conference, where Lane, RockPort Capital’s Wilber James and Think Global CEO Jan-Olaf Willums announced plans to bring Think’s electric City car to the U.S. at prices lower than the Toyota Prius through Think North America, a joint venture. At the time, Lane said, “Most electric vehicles More

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Japan/France: A NEW STEP FORWARD FOR THE ALLIANCE

* Ten years into the Alliance, Renault and Nissan are taking cooperation to a higher level.
* In 2009, identified synergies will contribute €1.5 billion (¥180 billion*1 ) in free cash flow to the Alliance partners.
* A small, dedicated team has been set up to foster deeper, broader cooperation and to maximize the contribution of synergies to the performance of both part More

* Ten years into the Alliance, Renault and Nissan are taking cooperation to a higher level.
* In 2009, identified synergies will contribute €1.5 billion (¥180 billion*1 ) in free cash flow to the Alliance partners.
* A small, dedicated team has been set up to foster deeper, broader cooperation and to maximize the contribution of synergies to the performance of both part More

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USA: Legislators learn about plug-in car

Area legislators learned more about the Consumers Energy plug-in hybrid Toyota Prius and even one got to take it for a spin.

Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center, Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, Rep. Annette Sweeney, R-Alden, and Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, all visited Consumers Energy Thursday to learn more about the car and renewable energy.

Brian Heithoff, CEO of Consumers Energ More

Area legislators learned more about the Consumers Energy plug-in hybrid Toyota Prius and even one got to take it for a spin.

Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center, Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, Rep. Annette Sweeney, R-Alden, and Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, all visited Consumers Energy Thursday to learn more about the car and renewable energy.

Brian Heithoff, CEO of Consumers Energ More

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USA: Detroit Edison, Ford team up to test plug-in Escape; widespread deployment of hybrids still a challenge

MACKINAC ISLAND — Detroit Edison Co. is working with Ford Motor Co. on “real-world” testing of a Ford Escape plug-in hybrid to move development of the vehicles forward.

But having a large number of plug-in hybrids on the road will require integrated systems with charging stations at home and at work and changes to the power grid, Anthony Early Jr., chairman and CEO of DTE Energy Co. s More

MACKINAC ISLAND — Detroit Edison Co. is working with Ford Motor Co. on “real-world” testing of a Ford Escape plug-in hybrid to move development of the vehicles forward.

But having a large number of plug-in hybrids on the road will require integrated systems with charging stations at home and at work and changes to the power grid, Anthony Early Jr., chairman and CEO of DTE Energy Co. s More

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USA: Essential technology: Drive-in fuel station plan for electric cars

Dealerships could form part of a network of nationwide
battery centres planned to ensure drivers of next-generation electric vehicles are never far from rapid charge top-up facilities.

Renault is aiming for hundreds of ‘fast-drop’ charging outlets to be on stream by 2012, when it will make a three-model EV line-up available across its dealer network.

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Dealerships could form part of a network of nationwide
battery centres planned to ensure drivers of next-generation electric vehicles are never far from rapid charge top-up facilities.

Renault is aiming for hundreds of ‘fast-drop’ charging outlets to be on stream by 2012, when it will make a three-model EV line-up available across its dealer network.

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USA: Battery Bonanza

No state has more at stake in the race than Michigan, ravaged by the decline of the U.S. auto industry. To rebound, Michigan has mounted an aggressive effort to develop an advanced battery industry, including $544 million in tax incentives for four companies. The money will provide the matching funds necessary to support their bids for up to $200 million each from the U.S. Department of Energy.
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No state has more at stake in the race than Michigan, ravaged by the decline of the U.S. auto industry. To rebound, Michigan has mounted an aggressive effort to develop an advanced battery industry, including $544 million in tax incentives for four companies. The money will provide the matching funds necessary to support their bids for up to $200 million each from the U.S. Department of Energy.
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Europe/China: Why Volkswagen Wants BYD in Its Battery Mix

When it comes to potential battery partners for plug-in vehicles, Volkswagen is now a triple-timer: The German automaker has a year-old partnership with Sanyo Electric to develop batteries for plug-in vehicles, and a three-month-old arrangement with Toshiba for an upcoming electric concept — and as of this week, it’s flirting with BYD Auto for a third battery deal. What did VW see in BYD that More

When it comes to potential battery partners for plug-in vehicles, Volkswagen is now a triple-timer: The German automaker has a year-old partnership with Sanyo Electric to develop batteries for plug-in vehicles, and a three-month-old arrangement with Toshiba for an upcoming electric concept — and as of this week, it’s flirting with BYD Auto for a third battery deal. What did VW see in BYD that More

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Look out Better Place Coulomb is catching up

Coulomb has also been working with governments, utilities and corporations to bring its charging infrastructure to the world. Coulomb has been especially busy in California with charging stations at gas stations and within the cities of San Jose, San Francisco, and at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, California. The city of Chicago in Illinois has Coulomb’s charging stations and the cit More

Coulomb has also been working with governments, utilities and corporations to bring its charging infrastructure to the world. Coulomb has been especially busy in California with charging stations at gas stations and within the cities of San Jose, San Francisco, and at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, California. The city of Chicago in Illinois has Coulomb’s charging stations and the cit More

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Japan/USA: Nissan aims to sell electric vehicle in U.S. next year

“First and foremost, it’s a real car,” Mr. Dominique says. It’s his job – and that of Nissan marketers – to help people understand what the new generation of electric vehicles will and won’t be.

Nissan’s battery-powered car is designed to travel as far as 100 miles between charges. Most people do not drive nearly that much every day, so your c More

“First and foremost, it’s a real car,” Mr. Dominique says. It’s his job – and that of Nissan marketers – to help people understand what the new generation of electric vehicles will and won’t be.

Nissan’s battery-powered car is designed to travel as far as 100 miles between charges. Most people do not drive nearly that much every day, so your c More

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USA: Altair Nano gets a recharge with $3.8 mln Navy contract

5/29/2009 8:14:04 AM(RTTNews) Advanced-battery maker Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. (ALTI) said it won a $3.8 million contract from the Office of Naval Research, to continue its research on its advanced battery storage systems for possible use as an uninterruptible power supply or UPS on Navy ships. The contract is significant to the company, which reported revenues of $0.9 million for the most r More

5/29/2009 8:14:04 AM(RTTNews) Advanced-battery maker Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. (ALTI) said it won a $3.8 million contract from the Office of Naval Research, to continue its research on its advanced battery storage systems for possible use as an uninterruptible power supply or UPS on Navy ships. The contract is significant to the company, which reported revenues of $0.9 million for the most r More

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USA: Kleiner Perkins invests in another electric car company — but it won’t say which one

The company already invests in Irvine-based Fisker, which like San Carlos-based Tesla, aims for the luxury market. But Vassallo said at a conference in San Francisco that the new investment is on the other end of the spectrum — “focused on driving volume to make a difference.”
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The company already invests in Irvine-based Fisker, which like San Carlos-based Tesla, aims for the luxury market. But Vassallo said at a conference in San Francisco that the new investment is on the other end of the spectrum — “focused on driving volume to make a difference.”
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USA: Saft America Requests Funding to Build Li-ion Battery Factory of the Future

COCKEYSVILLE, Maryland, May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —

– Proposal Submitted to Department of Energy to Receive Funding for the Factory of the Future in Jacksonville, FL $100 Million Grant Potential to be Announced in July

Saft, a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-technology batteries, is applying for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment More

COCKEYSVILLE, Maryland, May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —

– Proposal Submitted to Department of Energy to Receive Funding for the Factory of the Future in Jacksonville, FL $100 Million Grant Potential to be Announced in July

Saft, a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-technology batteries, is applying for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment More

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USA: Tesla recalls electric Roadsters

Electric car maker Tesla Motors said today it is recalling all 345 of its Roadster sports cars produced before April 22 so they can be inspected for a possible suspension problem.

Tesla blamed the problem on bolts that were improperly installed on the rear chassis “of a small percentage” of Roadsters by British automaker Lotus. The Roadsters, which sell for $109,000, are assembled in Br More

Electric car maker Tesla Motors said today it is recalling all 345 of its Roadster sports cars produced before April 22 so they can be inspected for a possible suspension problem.

Tesla blamed the problem on bolts that were improperly installed on the rear chassis “of a small percentage” of Roadsters by British automaker Lotus. The Roadsters, which sell for $109,000, are assembled in Br More

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USA: New York Department of Sanitation Unveils Hybrid Electric Refuse Truck Featuring ISE Series Hybrid Electric Propulsion Technology

NEW YORK, NY–(MARKET WIRE)–May 28, 2009 — ISE Corporation (ISE) announced today that the City of New York Department of Sanitation (DSNY) unveiled the first of three hybrid electric refuse trucks powered by ISE’s industry-leading series hybrid electric propulsion system. ISE has partnered with Crane Carrier Company (CCC) to provide the modular hybrid drive system and integ More

NEW YORK, NY–(MARKET WIRE)–May 28, 2009 — ISE Corporation (ISE) announced today that the City of New York Department of Sanitation (DSNY) unveiled the first of three hybrid electric refuse trucks powered by ISE’s industry-leading series hybrid electric propulsion system. ISE has partnered with Crane Carrier Company (CCC) to provide the modular hybrid drive system and integ More

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USA: “Green” Company Begins Selling Re-Charging Stations

ArcAngel will begin selling and supporting Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint networked charging stations immediately. “Battery electric vehicles and plug-in electric vehicles are just around the corner,” stated Mike Sheriff, CEO of ArcAngel Technologies. Established companies such as GM, Chrysler, Nissan and new companies, Tesla, Zenn, and others will begin shipping electric vehicles late this More

ArcAngel will begin selling and supporting Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint networked charging stations immediately. “Battery electric vehicles and plug-in electric vehicles are just around the corner,” stated Mike Sheriff, CEO of ArcAngel Technologies. Established companies such as GM, Chrysler, Nissan and new companies, Tesla, Zenn, and others will begin shipping electric vehicles late this More

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USA: Valence selects Leander for proposed battery plant

Austin-based battery manufacturer Valence Technology Inc. said Wednesday that it has applied for $225 million in federal stimulus money to help pay for an advanced battery plant that would be built in Leander.

The plant would create as many as 2,700 jobs by 2012, when it would open, and 1,300 more by 2016, according to Valence.
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Austin-based battery manufacturer Valence Technology Inc. said Wednesday that it has applied for $225 million in federal stimulus money to help pay for an advanced battery plant that would be built in Leander.

The plant would create as many as 2,700 jobs by 2012, when it would open, and 1,300 more by 2016, according to Valence.
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USA/China: Warren Buffet’s Big Battery Play

David Sokol, the chairman of an Iowa-based utility holding company called MidAmerican Energy Holdings, which is 80 percent owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has for the most part been quieter. But Sokol and MidAmerican Energy have been positioning their business for a low-carbon future. MidAmerican’s investments in wind power mean that it generates more power from renewable More

David Sokol, the chairman of an Iowa-based utility holding company called MidAmerican Energy Holdings, which is 80 percent owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has for the most part been quieter. But Sokol and MidAmerican Energy have been positioning their business for a low-carbon future. MidAmerican’s investments in wind power mean that it generates more power from renewable More

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Auto pollution increases health risks

Pollution from automobile tailpipes increases the risk of asthma, lung cancer, leukemia and other ailments, particularly in people who live near busy roads such as interstate highways
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Pollution from automobile tailpipes increases the risk of asthma, lung cancer, leukemia and other ailments, particularly in people who live near busy roads such as interstate highways
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Automobile emissions control and Health effect.

Motor vehicles produce many different pollutants. The principle pollutants of concern — those that have been demonstrated to have significant effects on human, animal, plant, and environmental health and welfare — include:

* Hydrocarbons: this class is made up of unburned or partially burned fuel, and is a major contributor to urban smog, as well as being toxic. They can cause liver More

Motor vehicles produce many different pollutants. The principle pollutants of concern — those that have been demonstrated to have significant effects on human, animal, plant, and environmental health and welfare — include:

* Hydrocarbons: this class is made up of unburned or partially burned fuel, and is a major contributor to urban smog, as well as being toxic. They can cause liver More

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USA/China: MidAmerican Energy, BYD Partner on Battery Storage Initiative 4 comments

Most of the excitement related to BYD (BYDDY.PK) has centered on the remarkable advances the company has made in applying its proprietary battery technology to electric vehicles such as the e6 model which I wrote about earlier this month. BYD’s innovations in battery technology have made widespread adoption of electric vehicles likely for the first time.

According to a recent blog post by More

Most of the excitement related to BYD (BYDDY.PK) has centered on the remarkable advances the company has made in applying its proprietary battery technology to electric vehicles such as the e6 model which I wrote about earlier this month. BYD’s innovations in battery technology have made widespread adoption of electric vehicles likely for the first time.

According to a recent blog post by More

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Denmark: DENMARK GEARS UP FOR NATIONWIDE ELECTRIC CAR BATTERY SWITCH STATIONS

In collaboration with DONG Energy, Shai Agassi’s Better Place is to build a national infrastructure of battery switch stations for electric cars.

A movement by Shai Agassi’s Better Place and Denmark’s leading energy company DONG Energy, has been initiated to meet future climate challenges. The mission is to install battery switch stations for the electric car concept by Be More

In collaboration with DONG Energy, Shai Agassi’s Better Place is to build a national infrastructure of battery switch stations for electric cars.

A movement by Shai Agassi’s Better Place and Denmark’s leading energy company DONG Energy, has been initiated to meet future climate challenges. The mission is to install battery switch stations for the electric car concept by Be More

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