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Startup Bright Automotive Shuts Down, Slams DoE Loan Process

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Startup plug-in vehicle maker Bright Automotive announced today that it is closing down. While General Motors had invested $5 million in the company, Bright had relied on the hope that the U.S. Department of Energy would grant it low-interest loans under the advanced-technology vehicle manufacturing program.

Senators take green cars for a spin

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The event was organised by Bright Automotive to showcase its IDEA - a 100mpg plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that it hopes to market to both Government and commercial fleets. Bright wasn’t alone in bringing its wares for display. Tags: Green cars Latest news Bright Automotive Capitol Hill Senators

Bright Automotive folds after funding delays

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Start-up electric vehicle maker, Bright Automotive is to close down after failing to secure loans from the US government. Green credentials Bright Automotive electric car

Bright Automotive To Convert VW Transporters to Plug-ins

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Bright plans to begin delivering Transporter PHEVs in the second quarter of 2010. The Bright IDEA and Transporter PHEV. Click to enlarge.

GM and Bright Automotive announce partnership plans

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Aug 3, Detroit, MI and Anderson, IN - Bright Automotive and General Motors have announced plans to begin what they're calling a strategic partnership.

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General Motors and Bright Automotive to join forces

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General Motors has agreed to pursue a strategic relationship with Bright Automotive, the developer of the purpose-built, plug-in hybrid IDEA. Tags: Green cars Latest news general motors Bright Automotive Bright IDEA GM technologies GM Ventures GM [.].

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GM Invests In Plug-In Hybrid Truckmaker Bright Automotive

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General Motors announced today that it will invest in startup Bright Automotive, which hopes to start final production engineering of its Idea plug-in hybrid delivery van design later this year.

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GM and PHEV Maker Bright Automotive Announce Strategic Relationship; GM Ventures Funding

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Bright Automotive, the developer of the purpose-built, plug-in hybrid IDEA ( earlier post ), and General Motors Co. Funding through GM Ventures will allow Bright to begin ramping up the development of the production program for the IDEA in the third quarter of 2010. Reuben Munger, Bright Automotive Chairman and CEO.

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Bright Automotive Applies for $35M in Stimulus Package Grants to Accelerate Production of PHEV

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Bright Automotive has applied for $35 million in government grants to accelerate the production of its plug-in hybrid the IDEA ( earlier post ), and to deliver battery solutions to the industry through its engineering services arm. The company continues to work with the Department of Energy in support of its application.

Echo Automotive Fails: Bolt-On Plug-In Hybrid Kits Used Bright Technology

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Starting a company is tough; starting a company in the green automotive field may be even tougher. So it seemed like the engineering team from defunct startup Bright Automotive, once granted investment by GM, might have a second chance to see their technology on the road.

Bright Automotive Signs Deal to Electrify USPS Fleet

All Cars Electric

As federal government agencies add electric vehicles to their fleet, will consumers notice and follow along?  If an agency such as the USPS, who is seen be everyone, employs electric vehicles in daily use will consumers believe that EVs are feasible, reliable means of transportation and follow suit? These questions will remain unanswered for some

Bright Automotive's new COO: Tesla, Chrysler Veteran Mike Donoughe, Following GM's investment

National Green Transportation

Yesterday an enigmatic tweet from the Bright Automotive twitter account saying "Another Bright announcement coming tomorrow." clued us in to an interesting  followup to last weeks announcement that GM is exploring investing in Bright

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GM-Backed Bright Idea Plug-In Hybrid Van To Be Built By AM General

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Startup Bright Automotive announced last week that, once the company completes its funding, its advanced plug-in hybrid Idea delivery van would be assembled under contract by AM General. How times change.

A Bright Day in DC

Revenge of the Electric Car

YOU KNOW THE times are a changin’ when you see Republican senators like Richard Lugar turning out for the launch of an electric vehicle.   We interviewed Senator Lugar in DC recently — as we caught the Capitol Hill debut of Bright Automotive’s Idea — a plug-in hybrid electric delivery vehicle.

Bright’s Plug-In Car: Aerodynamics Are Key

Revenge of the Electric Car

This new company, Bright Automotive , is founded by ex-GM EV1 people, and the super efficient Rocky Mountain Institute to make plug-in hybrids in Indiana. Bright Automotive says it soon release an electric car with a 100 mile per gallon plus plug-in – and the company says it will keep the car economically priced. The U.S.

DoE Dings Loans For Startup Carbon Motors' Police Cruisers

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renamed NextCar), Aptera Motors, and Bright Automotive is Carbon Motors of Connersville, Indiana. Log one more startup car company the U.S. Department of Energy has declined to fund. The latest entry on the lengthening list that includes Virtual Vehicles Co.

Plug-in hybrid car maker gets North American partner

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Bright Automotive has been threatening to break out as an upstart company in the plug-in hybrid car sector for several years – and now it has secured a partnership in North America which may help it achieve its ambitions. Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news AM General LLC Bright Automotive Bright IDEA plug-in hybrid car

VW to benefit from a Bright IDEA

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Bright Automotive may only be considered a start-up company, but it is about to have a significant impact on one of the most important car manufacturers in the world - Volkswagen. The goal for Bright meanwhile, is to prove the platform works and get it into play. It will have fuel economy of 57mpg based on a 50mile daily cycle.

US Army commits to a Bright future

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Bright Automotive Inc has launched eSolutions in an effort to accelerate worldwide electrification and overall platform efficiency and at the heart of the new programme is a newly announced contract from the US Army TACOM to conduct a demonstration project on a low-cost plug-in hybrid electric solution for non-tactical military vehicles.

PHEV conversion company Echo Automotive completes $3M financing, joins CALSTART

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Echo Automotive, Inc., a developer of technologies enabling the conversion of existing fleet vehicles into plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, completed a $3-million financing with United Fleet Financing, LLC, through a private placement offering and mezzanine financing. —Dan Kennedy, Echo’s CEO. Brief

What's it gonna take?

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Bright Automotive went under. It just might be up to us. Sales of plug-in cars are steady, but not overwhelming. The Volt has had to contend with the overblown battery fire incident and the production hiatus. Fisker is delivering the Karma, but not without glitches and its DOE loan is being questioned. Aptera went under. Give rides!

Bright Auto. Upgrades IDEA PHEV to 40 Miles of Electric Only Range and 36 MPG

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In response to owners of the IDEA PHEV commercial vehicle, Bright Automotive has upgraded the vehicle to deliver 40 miles of electric only range and almost 40 mpg in hybrid mode. As Bright Automotive said CEO John E.

Who is winning the green car race? Part II. The Green Piece

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However, it’s not just the ‘big boys’ of motoring that are having an impact as we enter a new automotive era. Fisker Automotive.

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Not-A-Big-Surprise Dept: Bright Confirms Switch to GM Engines

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When GM Ventures announced it would invest an unspecified amount of money into startup hybrid truck-maker Bright Automotive, several of us noted that the prototype Bright Idea delivery van used an 2.0-liter engine and transmission from a Dodge Caliber.

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100-MPG Bright Idea Delivery Van: Now With 40 Electric Miles!

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Back in April, startup company Bright Automotive unveiled its design for a plug-in hybrid light delivery truck. Now, we've had a chance to drive the prototype, briefly, just as Bright raised its electric range to 40 miles. Our test vehicle was the only Bright IDEA van prototype built thus far by the Anderson, Indiana, firm.

GM looking to combination of internal R&D and external investments for new technology; focus on five key areas; the importance of generational change

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GM is focusing on five key areas, Lauckner said: “Now more than ever we are working with non-automotive companies in terms of sourcing the technology.” Automotive clean-tech, including batteries, motors, power electronics, emissions control devices, things related to propulsion. —John Lauckner. Sensors, processors and memory.

Companies in ElectricTransportation Value Chain to Form Electrification Coalition

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Kevin Czinger, President & CEO, Coda Automotive. Reuben Munger, Chairman, Bright Automotive, Inc. Following the press conference, Coalition members will participate in a roundtable discussion. Members of the Electrification Coalition include: Timothy E. Conver, Chairman, President & CEO, AeroVironment, Inc. Peter L.

‘Revenge’ Hits Indiana

Revenge of the Electric Car

In fact, he was in Anderson Thursday taking pictures of an electric delivery van being designed by Bright Automotive. Director Chris Paine was in Indianapolis this week to film for ‘Revenge.’ ’ More details in this TV report: Filmmaker in Ind. for electric car doc. Filmmaker in Ind. for electric car doc.

AM General the exclusive North American assembler for Bright Idea plug-in hybrid electric work-truck platform

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Bright Automotive, Inc. has entered into an agreement for AM General LLC to be Bright’s exclusive North American assembler for the Bright IDEA vehicle platform. AM General will build the Bright IDEA in its Commercial Assembly Plant in Mishawaka, Ind., under a contract assembly agreement. Earlier post.) Brief

Tesla, Ford and Nissan win big with DOE grants

Revenge of the Electric Car

There will more announcements to come. I’m betting that Bright Automotive in Indiana will be on the next list of recipients. We’ve been waiting for several months to hear this good news. Totaling $8 billion, the funds will be used to manufacture efficient vehicles and electric drive components. Nissan will receive $1.6

New Indiana-Based Cleantech Research Partnership; First Activities in Heavy Hybrids and Plug-ins

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John Waters, President & CEO, Bright Automotive. A new Indiana-based cleantech partnership—The Energy Systems Network (ESN)— launched on Tuesday. ESN will provide project development and coordination for joint ventures and cooperative partnerships between network members. James Rogers, Chairman & CEO, Duke Energy.

Are You Plugged In?

Revenge of the Electric Car

Bright Automotive. B. Coda Automotive. C. Fisker Automotive. Fisker Automotive. B. Bright Automotive. 1. And Reuben Munger, former managing partner at investment firm Baupost Group LLC, is a founder and chairman of Bright, which developed a fully electric delivery van called Idea. 4. 250,000.

A 100 m.p.g. truck? A Bright IDEA | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press

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Bright IDEA BY SARAH A. WEBSTER • FREE PRESS AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR• April 21, 2009 Print this page E-mail this article Share this article Del.icio.us Facebook Digg Reddit Newsvine More evidence that we are approaching an exciting new frontier in the automotive industry will be on display today on Capitol Hill. SARAH A.

Yeah, I Got Your Chevy Volt, Right Here. Day 2 @ Plug-In 2009

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The folks who blew me away were the ones from Bright Automotive.  At least GM did a Disney display.  How's that for an endorsement?

Electrification Coalition Roadmap Calls for 75% of Light-Duty Vehicle Miles Traveled in the US to Be Electric by 2040

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In addition to examining the scope of the challenges, the report makes a number of recommendations to address them, including: Establish tax credits for installing automotive-grade batteries in stationary applications to help drive scale and contribute to reducing battery cost. Kevin Czinger, President & CEO, Coda Automotive.

EDAG Showcases Latest Version of Light Car Concept EV at Geneva; Emphasis on Space Frame

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EDAG’s Light Car - Open Source at the Geneva Motor Show. Click to enlarge. The drive system. The space frame. Click to enlarge. The space frame.

Lotus and Harmon partner up to add sound to hybrids

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Basically, the external ESS is a system that produces artificial vehicle noise. We always seem to hear that one coming from a mile away. Hmm?!?!

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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But, he said, for GM, "what started as a fuel cell project is now an electric vehicle project." ( Automotive News ). Batteries not ready.