9:12am July 27, 2007 - It's Alive!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

This morning, I hacked together a serial cable to talk with the ccShell program provided by Azure Dynamics to communicate with the controller. You need to contact Azure Dynamics directly to get the.ccs file that works with ccShell; it's not available on their FTP site. Here's the hacked up serial cable attached to the laptop. After setting up Hyperterm for 19,200 baud N,8,1,no handshake, I was able to turn the keyswitch and get a boot screen and binary data dumping out the serial port.

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DTNA Freightliner new Cascadia first SAE Level 2 automated truck in NA; 35% better fuel efficiency than 2007 Cascadia

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The new Cascadia delivers a 35% improvement in fuel efficiency compared to the first Cascadia introduced in 2007. Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) introduced the first SAE Level 2 automated truck in series production in North America with the latest enhancements to the Freightliner new Cascadia. Level 2 automation means the truck is capable of both lateral (steering) and longitudinal (acceleration/deceleration) control. According to NHTSA, 94% of crashes are attributable to human error.

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API reports record US petroleum production in April: 10.543 million b/d; strongest April demand since 2007

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This was the strongest April monthly demand since 2007. April saw the US produce a record 10,543,000 barrels per day (MBD) of oil, according to data from the American Petroleum Institute. The first four months of this year also saw US petroleum demand average 750,000 barrels a day above the same period in 2017 despite higher prices. Total petroleum products delivered to the domestic market in April 2018 were 20,308,000 b/d—a seasonal decrease of 1.5% from March but 3.8%

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Supplier Warned VW Of Illegal Diesel ‘Defeat Device’—In 2007

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It was in 2007—a full year before many of the “clean. German supplier Bosch, the longtime manufacturer of fuel-system and emissions components to Volkswagen, warned the automaker that using software that would circumvent emissions rules in normal, publicly sold vehicles was illegal. That wasn’t last week, or earlier this year.

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API: US petroleum demand last month highest for October since 2007; 19.9 mbpd

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These were the highest October deliveries since 2007. Total petroleum deliveries in October moved up by 1.1% from October 2016 to average 19.9 million barrels per day, according to data from the American Petroleum Institute (API). Compared with September, total domestic petroleum deliveries, a measure of US petroleum demand, decreased 1.8%. For year-to-date, total domestic petroleum deliveries moved up 1.2% compared to the same period last year.

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Average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in Feb up 18% from October 2007

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L/100km), according to data from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)—up 18% from the value in October 2007 (the first month of UMTRI monitoring). in December 2011 (an improvement of 13% from October 2007). The average sales-weighted fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the US in February was 23.7 mpg US (9.93

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Battery Equalizer Schematics Rev 1.0

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I'm currently working on a battery equalizer for the 914 EV based on the whitepaper at the following link: [link] The above two schematics show the circuit that I'm experimenting with using 12V batteries. It seems to work fine on my bench. The circuit above costs less than $10 per battery in parts and I hope to make this available to everyone to help people make their batteries last longer. By clicking on the images, you can get a much larger version of the pictures.

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$92.22

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a barrel on January 18, 2007. NY Times reports: Oil Prices Continue to Rise $91.86 per barrel at Friday's close. A little context: oil at its lowest this year? 50.48

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National Safety Council: US on pace for deadliest driving year since 2007

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million were seriously injured, putting the country on pace for its deadliest driving year since 2007. The National Safety Council estimates traffic deaths are 14% higher through the first six months of 2015 than they were during the same period in 2014, and serious injuries are 30% higher. From January to June, nearly 19,000 people died in traffic crashes across the US, and more than 2.2 Serious injuries” are classified as those requiring medical consultation. Costs are also up.

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India Releases GHG Report; Fifth Largest Emitter in 2007

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India has released a report on its greenhouse gas emissions in 2007, becoming the first “non-Annex I” (i.e. India GHG emissions by sector in 2007 (million tons of CO 2 eq). Net Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from India in 2007 (emissions with land use, land use change and forestry, LULUCF), were 1727.71 million in 2007. tons/capita in 2007. The emissions of USA and China are almost 4 times that of India in 2007, he noted.

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V2G Test Drive

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Xcel Energy announces six-month test drive of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles DENVER - Six plug-in hybrid electric vehicles ( PHEVs ) will be on the road by the end of 2007 as part of a demonstration test of vehicle-to-grid ( V2G ) technology by Xcel Energy.

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BMW H2 BS

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With hydrogen as a fuel option, the car is so expensive and made in such limited numbers it has no MSRP and is not rated on the EPA Green Vehicle Guide for 2007 or 2008. Terry Tamminen, Arnold's green guru, showed up at the Santa Monica AltCar Show in a BMW Hydrogen 7. Mr. "Lives Per Gallon" ought to be ashamed to lend his name to BMW's greenwashing. But of course he's been hydrogen's biggest booster, despite its inefficiencies and impracticalities. You can't beat a free car and free fuel.

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The Cash Back Hybrid

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By John Voelcker First Published October 2007 Google , a former CIA director , the Natural Resources Defense Council , a U.S. N ot that long ago, the idea that the transportation sector might actually provide energy back into the stationary generation sector was pretty much on the outside of the bell curve of acceptable thinking. Today the VtoG concept is a respectable topic in respectable circles.

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Plug-in Hybrid Bills in Congress Scare Auto Makers

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The Senate bill is known as the FREEDOM Act ("Fuel Reduction using Electrons to End Dependence On the Mideast Act of 2007"); the House bill the more prosaic "Plug-in Hybrid Opportunity Act of 2007." The Detroit News Autos Insider column today is reporting on Congressional efforts to promote plug-in hybrids and the backlash from the automakers. Toyota made the car, the Prius, that made plug-in conversions possible, and now they are trying to rein in the desires unleashed.

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Ford, VW Ante Up

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2007 Ford Motor Company has embarked on a bold mission to bring back the Escort name in a revolutionary new Plug-in Hybrid vehicle. M omentum for a Plug in Future continues. First, there is this story from Volkswagon. Apparently, VW is set to unveil an Up!-based based minivan in Tokyo, followed by a plug-in hybrid sedan at Los Angeles. Since the goal of the Up !

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The 60,000 Volt Question

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23, 2007 -- General Motors Corp. I f there is any doubt that GM is serious about PHEVs, here is one more story that indicates that they are indeed very serious. GM Could Reportedly Produce 60,000 Plug-in Hybrids in 2010 Source: GreenBiz.com by Jeff Green at Bloomberg OAKLAND, Calif., could reportedly produce up to 60,000 Volt electric cars in 2010 , its first anticipated year on the market.

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An E-mail from Azure Dynamics about the DMOC445

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Thanks Beth Silverman * From: Tim Kutscha [mailto:tim_kutscha@yahoo.com] Sent: Monday, September 17, 2007 8:34 PM To: Beth Silverman Cc: tim_kutscha@yahoo.com Subject: Re: tapping into the encoder signals to drive the RPM gauge Hi Beth, I hope you had a good two days off last week. I recently sent off an e-mail to Azure Dynamics, the maker of the DMOC445 AC motor controller in the 914 kit.

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The Plug In Scooter

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Piaggio launches hybrid scooter 02 Aug 2007 Italian manufacturer Piaggio , the maker of Vespa , has launched an environmentally friendly hybrid scooter by mechanically and electronically linking a traditional combustion engine with an electric motor. G enerally, when we talk about Plug Ins , we think about automobiles. And there has been some big news on that front in the last few weeks. Toyota has now moved to have a plug-in approved in Japan and will test them on California campuses.

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Super Charge It

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T his has been a good week for new advanced battery announcements. Here is a big story from the Japanese electronic giant Toshiba: " Toshiba have stunned the world with their announcement of what's pretty much the holy grail in Lithium battery technology – the Super Charge ion Battery , which recharges up to 90% of its energy in just five minutes , and has a lifespan of over 10 years.

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New inventory of black carbon emissions from China finds 2007 levels higher than previously reported

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for year 2007. A new black carbon (BC) emissions inventory from China found BC emissions levels in 2007 of 1,957 Gg BC—higher than reported in earlier studies. 2007); and predicted national data from the National Long-term Development Plan (NLDP) (2008?2050). County-level fuel consumption in 2007 was derived for 2,373 counties using a set of provincial data-based regression models. 2007 were used in this study. BC emission map of China at 0.1° × 0.1°

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Snatching the Transmission Back

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Well, I'm back to square one again on the tranny. Rennsport Systems kept my transmission for over two months and didn't work on it. I asked the good folks over at 914world.com about the situation and most people suggested that I was waiting far too long and paying far too much for what I was doing. Two folks highly recommended I go out to the Rennsport shop without calling ahead of time and just take the transmission back, just to be sure they didn't start working on it as I drove over.

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Financial Times on Th!nk

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Financial Times Deutschland has a report on Th!nk nk Global. Putting a little flesh on the bones of previous reporting. 10,000 Think City electric cars in 2009. Parts manufacturing in Thailand and Turkey. As previous reported, plan is to sell the car (€25,000) and lease the battery. Zebra batteries first. Online marketing and sales. Think says it has battery supply contracts with three companies, and is moving into production.

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Subaru to Begin EV Sales in Japan in 2009

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Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) has issued a press release, according to Green Car Congress , announcing that 2009 rather than 2010 will see the sales of the first 100 electric Subarus in Japan. FHI's President Ikuo Mori foresees the price down below $20,00 by 2012 for this subcompact, as production ramps up for the Lithium battery packs.

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Electric Smart Car ForTwo Delivered by Mercedes

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Mercedes-Benz has delivered the first of 100 electric Smart ForTwos to fleet customers in the UK. Coventry City Council will be using the electric Smart in its fleet. Smart Car of America has the most complete report, straight from Daimler, with most of the relevant stats. The energy storage is a sodium nickel chloride battery. Same battery the first new Th!nk nk City cars are said to be using. Only stat missing in the report is the size of the battery pack.

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Popular Mechanics Takes Aptera for a Drive

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This wingless Jetsonian vehicle has seemed to me to be too much design, too much gadgetry, too much website, and not enough practical, buildable car. I thought I could smell the vapor. Well, Popular Mechanics asked and the Aptera folks let them in. The magazine's Ben Stewart took the all electric car (3 wheeler) for a 20 mile spin in Carlsbad CA. And he came back impressed. There's video , lots of stills and most of the basic stats you'd want to know. And plans for a serial plug-in hybrid.

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Electric Car Salute to Al Gore in Oslo

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Electric cars, including many Th!nk nk City cars and at least one RAV4 EV, turned out in large numbers to salute Al Gore, lining Oslo streets as he drove (in a gasser) to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. click on the photo below to see more photos thanks to ElBil Norge , click on the video image to see Youtube video.) Electric car advocates know that nothing can take a bigger bite out of greenhouse gas emissions than switching from internal combustion to electric drive.

EPA Says No: Dems Get Rolled Again

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It took less than 12 hours. The Democrats got rolled again. Bush started the day signing the energy bill that Nancy Pelosi called "earth-shattering change in terms of energy policy" and Sierra Club's Carl Pope said "is a clean break with the failed energy policies of the past and puts us on the path toward a cleaner, greener energy future."

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Did Mayor Bloomberg in China Drive a Miles Javlon?

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Autobloggreen is reporting that Mayor Bloomberg has driven the first Miles Automotive highway-legal all-electric car off the production line.

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Everybody Happy: Bush to Sign Do-little Energy Bill

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The opening line of the Detroit News story says all you need to know: The House approved a stripped-down energy bill Tuesday and sent it to President George Bush, who is expected to sign the legislation. The headline is a 35mpg CAFE standard for cars produced 13 years from now. Big whoop. The best stuff in the bill is energy efficiency standards, including phasing out the incandescent light bulb.

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Toyota Hot and Cold on Plug-in Hybrids

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According to Autos Insider of July 12, 2007 Toyota, which has sold 1 million hybrids worldwide, including 750,000 in the United States, over the last decade, said converting a hybrid risks vehicle fires, and actually increases greenhouse gas emissions. A month or so ago word was Toyota was postponing the new generation Lithium Prius. That seemed to be a hint that Toyota wasn't moving too quickly on plug-ins.

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Still waiting for the Transmission

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Well, it's been over a month since I've posted since the holidays are here and I'm still waiting for the transmission to get back. I talked with a guy at Rennsport Systems last week and he said he'd see what was going on and get back to me. Still haven't heard from him. I'll try again tomorrow. On a more positive note, Ross Cunniff got his 914 AC kit running recently and Bob has been making progress on his BMW 325i performance EV (see links at right).

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Here Come the PHEVs

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Audi Metroproject Quattro T his has been a big week of announcements from car manufacturers. One is from the new auto start up Fisker. Fisker's high end-plug in CNET News Blog Posted by Michael Kanellos Fisker Automotive. Think of it as a marriage between the Chevy Volt and the Tesla Roadster. The company is planning to come to market in about 18 months with a high-performance, high-end, plug-in hybrid sedan. The car will cost $80,000.

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Senate Strives for Palatable Energy Bill; Plug-in Credits In

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The Detroit News is reporting on the efforts in the Senate to craft a viable energy bill. As presently consitituted, the Senate bill drops the requirement of electricity generators to achieve 15% renewable sources, but includes higher CAFE standards and major provisions for plug-ins, including conversions. The bill also increases to just more than $1 billion consumer tax credits for buying a plug-in hybrid, with a $5,000 per-vehicle maximum.

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Menahem Anderman: Enough Already

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Menahem Anderman, PhD, is Mister Battery Consultant. CARB, DOE, Congress all seem to turn to him to analyze the state of battery technology. His reports always suggest batteries won't quite cut it for freeway-capable cars. His report at CARB in 2003 seemed to suggest the electric cars then on the road couldn't be functioning as well as they were. Drivers of electric cars were stunned at his low opinion of the state of battery technology.

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EV1 Stirs Emotions Decade Later

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An emotional Alexandra Paul, actress who appeared in Who Killed the Electric Car? , is interviewed by Matt Kelley of Next Gear in front of an EV1 that made an appearance at RenewableLa put on by by Energy Efficiency Solar. I gather GM really did destroy the molds and sever relationships with suppliers, but it is so clear that if they simply re-released the EV1 today it would still be a show stopper. Who thinks that GM couldn't sell 5-10,000 EV1s for between $50,000 and $75,000?

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German Battery, German Electric Car?

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An Agence France Presse report has produced a small flurry of articles this past week, here and here , for example, that has a German company developing Lithium batteries that would be suitable for electric cars. Li-tec is said to be working in cooperation with Bosch and Volkswagen, which has heightened interest. One can only hope, despite scant evidence, that the fierce grip of internal combustion on the German automakers might loosen.

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Slate's EV Acid Test: Are electric cars greener?

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Every electric car advocate is asked the same question every day: Are EVs really cleaner, greener, better for the environment? The long tailpipe, and all that. Slate, the online magazine, has an enviro Q&A column, The Green Lantern , that asks the question today. Driving one still has an environmental cost, mostly associated with the use of Santa's most feared stocking-stuffer: 49.7 percent of our nation's electricity is generated by the burning of coal.

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Th!nk City: Electric Civic for the 21st century?

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Business 2.0's s Green Wombat blogger Todd Woody has written up an optimistic report on the Th!nk nk City titled A Honda Civic for the age of global warming. As I mentioned a week or so ago, the first new Th!nk nk City electric car has rolled off its Norwegian assemblyline. Everything in the piece agrees with our previous understanding - Zebra batteries for now, EnerDel and A123 Lithium in the future; battery leasing in Norway; US release a number of years away at best.

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French CO2 Feebate Plan Good News for Electric Cars

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The French government's Ministry of Ecology has instituted a CO2 based "feebate" scheme. Low emission vehicles will receive a rebate, high emission cars will be assessed a fee. Mid level emitters, representing about 45% of the cars currently sold, will be unaffected. As reported on the Green Car Congress website , electric vehicles would receive 5 times the rebate available to the best currently conceivable ICE vehicle.

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EVS23: It's the Plug, Stupid

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John Voelker has posted from EVS23 for IEEE's Spectrum, and he ain't writing about fuel cells. Except to point out that Honda's FCV rep actually got hissed as he dissed lithium batteries. The same lithium batteries without which Honda's much heralded Clarity who chug along like a quiet 1960s era VW bug. The FCX Clarity will be leased for $600 a month, starting next summer, to selected customers in Southern California.

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Entourage Star Breaks Parking Law in BMW Hydrogen 7

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It's a shame the video on TMZ.com doesn't include the reporter's voiceover, because the narration I heard when the story aired on TV caught the reality of hydrogen hype better than most serious enviro journalism. Automakers using movie stars to greenwash was its essence. The story, as reported on TMZ.com: He's all for saving the environment, but Jeremy Piven also likes to break the law!

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IEEE Tech Talk: Times They are a'Changin'

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IEEE Tech Talk's John Voelker's report is titled EVS-23: A Surge of Energy for Electric Cars. It is a first comment on the palpable difference being experienced at this year's Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS23), the electric drive industry trade show. An astounding 450 people attended Sunday's plug-in hybrid workshop. A member of congress, for the first time, spoke from the floor about promoting electric vehicles through federal legislation. Five major automakers have expensive displays.

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A123 & LG Chem Battery Packs for Chevy Volt Unveiled at EVS23

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GM-Volt.com is reporting on battery announcements at EVS23. Both A123 and LG Chem/Compact Power have delivered packs to GM for testing in the Volt. GM has announced plans for real world testing in vehicles in spring 2008, and with these batteries in hand, they appear to be meeting their announced timetable

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