GM Brazil to Invest R$2B in Expansion and New Line of Chevrolet Small Cars

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General Motors Brazil will invest R$2 billion (US$1.033 billion) to launch a new Chevrolet line of vehicles and to expand its plant in Gravataí, Rio Grande do Sul. The investment is the largest made by the company in its 84 years in Brazil. In 2005 and 2006, it received investments of about US$480 million, resulting in the launch of the Chevrolet Prism in October 2006 and the expansion of its production capacity to 230,000 vehicles per year.

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China BAK to Supply Li-ion Batteries for Electric Bus Project in China

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one of the largest lithium-ion battery cell manufacturers as measured by production output, has begun to execute a contract with Jilin Hi-tech Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd, one of the largest automobile manufacturers in China, to provide high-power lithium-phosphate batteries for use in its Electric Bus Project. It represents customers’ confidence in our products, and is a new and significant stage in China BAK’s product development. China BAK Battery, Inc.,

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Tokyo Electric Power Licenses Aker Wade to Build Level III Fast Chargers

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Aker Wade Power Technologies has entered into a licensing agreement with Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to manufacture and market Level III DC fast chargers for electric vehicles. Aker Wade is the first US manufacturer that has concluded a license agreement to use this technology.

Toyota highlights its eco-factory

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After facing some questionable criticism about its manufacturing processes and how green the Toyota Prius really is, the Japanese manufacturer has hit back with a Press release highlighting its environmentally focused manufacturing. It suggests that the Prius is a standard bearer for clean operations and the use of renewable energy sources. It aims to eventually cut this amount down to zero.

Transport for London to trial ISA technology

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This unit can be disabled at the touch of a button and there is also an override system to disable it entirely. It is also hoped that the technology will be trialled in a licensed taxi along with 20 TFL vehicles driven by road engineers, highway inspectors and traffic managers. Research on ISA technology has now been ongoing for more than 10 years and includes a major ISA-UK project funded by the Department for Transport between 2001 and 2006.