150 millionth Volkswagen rolls off assembly line at Wolfsburg plant: a Golf GTE plug-in hybrid

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In the post-war era, it was the Volkswagen Beetle that initially shaped the automobile industry. The 25 millionth Volkswagen Golf left the assembly line in Wolfsburg in 2002, by 2013 the number had already risen to 30 million. Volkswagen was founded more than 80 years ago; since then, 150 million vehicles, including icons such as the Golf or the Beetle, have been built around the world at more than 50 production sites in 14 countries.

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Germany to expand nationwide network of hydrogen filling stations from 15 to 50 by 2015

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The German Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) and several industrial companies signed a joint Letter of Intent to expand the network of hydrogen filling stations in Germany from 15 to 50. As part of the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), Germany’s federal government and industrial sector are investing more than €40 million (US$51 million) to expand the country’s network of hydrogen filling stations.

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KPMG study identifies 10 sustainability “megaforces” with accelerating impacts on business; imperative of sustainability changing the automotive business radically

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The analysis examines how these global forces may impact business and industry; calculates the environmental costs to business; and calls for business and policymakers to work more closely to mitigate future business risk and act on opportunities. The KPMG research finds that the external environmental costs of 11 key industry sectors jumped 50% from US$566 to US$846 billion in 8 years (2002 to 2010), averaging a doubling of these costs every 14 years.

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Study of Sustainable Value in Automobile Manufacturing Finds Mixed Performance for Most OEMs, BMW and Toyota as the Clear Leaders

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The BMW Group and Toyota are consistent industry leaders, creating extremely positive Sustainable Value over the entire review period—i.e., Findings of the report include: Toyota and the BMW Group are industry leaders. In other words, the authors note, these companies use these resources more efficiently than their industry peers. Volkswagen only managed to create significantly positive Sustainable Value in 2001, 2002 and 2007.

3M Forms Strategic Relationship with Amperex Technologies for NMC Li-Ion Cathode Materials

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3M will become a strategic supplier of NMC cathode materials to ATL and will work jointly with ATL to develop new cathode, anode and electrolyte materials for the lithium-ion battery industry. They have improved thermal stability and up to six times less cobalt for reduced price volatility when compared to the industry standard lithium cobalt oxide. million (total DOE/industry cost share: $ 2.28 SEM images of particle morphology of 3M NMC cathode materials. Source: 3M.

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GM Says Chevrolet Volt Won't 'Pay the Rent' | Autopia from Wired.com

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I had surmised this in my 2002 car design thesis [link] even before anyone was talking about plug in series hybrids. The federal government cant hand out money to a company thats telling them that itll lose money on a $40, 000 automobile that more than half the populace couldnt afford if the economy was in good shape! The big deal was that the oil industry saw real competition and persuaded GM to abandon the project and crush them all like cans.

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