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Germans are coming for Tesla, German paper says, so now it's 'interesting'

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At times, those of us who cover the auto industry fall prey to stereotypes of the German auto industry. It can seem to observers that the collective belief of BMW, Daimler, and VW Group is that nothing happens in the industry until it's been done by one of their three companies—preferably all three. A recent article on electric cars in the

Is green to blame for problems in auto industry?

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He states that the auto CEOs were “in bed&# with the green jobs movement and that between 1994 and 2003, General Motors gave Nature Conservancy more than $19million. To read the article in full, click here. Most green car enthusiasts would claim that it was General Motors’ and Chrysler’s lack of foresight in embracing green cars and alternative fuel technologies that led to their downfall.

Hybrids Just One Of Many Auto Niches

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When you spend a lot of time concentrating on just one segment of the auto industry, it is easy to lose track of the fact that there are many niche auto-related markets and corresponding websites. Another niche auto-related site Helliker mentions is www.autowriters.com.

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Are There Too Many Battery Packs Being Made for Electric Cars?

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According to a report from gigaom earlier this week, the electric auto industry will soon be producing battery packs at a rate far greater than the number of electric cars being built. Caused in part by a slower uptake of electric cars by consumers than was initially hoped, the article warned that the upcoming battery glut would force some battery

Nissan Says: We'll Make Money On Selling Leaf Electric Cars

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It's almost an article of faith in the auto industry that electric cars will require huge subsidies in their initial years. Certainly Toyota is widely assumed to have put tens of billions of dollars into its hybrid-electric vehicle program before it started to cover its costs. Never shy of taking a different tack, Nissan has now said it expects to

Ford to examine emissions among supply chain

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Having already proven its commitment to recycling (see article) Ford is now looking to make a broader effort in examining the greenhouse gas emissions within the auto industry. Tags: Ford Green cars Latest news Automotive Industry Action Group Ford Motor Company Ford supply chain greenhouse gas emissions World Business Council for Sustainable Development World Resources Institute

Is Tesla ready for the big time? The Green Piece

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With just hundreds of cars on the road and with the auto industry still struggling to recover from the global economic crisis, Tesla Motors took a bold move by filing for an initial public offering that could make or break the company’s future (see article).

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. The German government has opposed the strictest CO2 emission proposals in the EU, in order to protect their domestic, comparatively more polluting, auto industry.

LEAF – Made in the UK

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Here is the full text of the entire article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. The Nissan Leaf was a big feature of the Washington Auto Show last month, and the vehicle has been praised for its eco-friendly virtues. Nissan is committed to new fuel efficient green cars, expecting the market to fill 10 per cent of the auto industry by 2020. Nissan Leaf Electric Car to be Made in the UK.

Better Place gets $350m from banks, investors

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Here is the full text of the article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. “We are absolutely convinced that the paradigm change from cars with internal combustion engines to electric vehicles offers great possibilities for growth both in the auto industry as well as for utilities,&# said Stuart Gulliver, HSBC executive director and head of its Global Banking and Markets business. Better Place has just announced a major new set of investors.

What up with GM's Plug-in hybrid Volt?

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But there it is in a Detroit News Autos Insider piece today. Just weeks after announcing production, perhaps, in 2010, the industry's hometown paper lets us know this is no done deal. The Volt grabbed headlines, lit up online chat boards and dominated the buzz at the auto show in Detroit. However, as the article points out, it feels like a trip down a well-traveled green road to nowhere. The auto industry has disappointed before when it comes to green technology.

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Tesla Announces IPO

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From the article: “California electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. The price of shares or the timing of their availability is still unclear, but industry observers expect the much-anticipated offering to be well-received by investors.&#. Here’s the full text of the entire article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. “This could propel them into a more prominent position in the auto industry,&# Menlow said.

China’s EV Subsidy

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Journal article: China to Subsidize Electric Cars. Here’s the text of the entire article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. Government Aims to Create Strong Domestic Industry but Generous Rebates Risk a Backlash as Rich-Poor Divide Grows. Auto industry executives said the subsidies are likely to apply only to vehicles produced in China, although that wasn’t clear from the government notice. Liu Li and Kersten Zhang contributed to this article.

Could A “Perfect Hybrid” Save Detroit?

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What could save the American auto industry? billion low-interest loan from Congress, many are speculating what type of action is needed to make the best use of that money and save the American auto industry.

When Will EVs Hit Primetime?

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This Christian Science Monitor article takes an in-depth look at an age. Read more in the article: Can electric cars break out of niche status in US, China market? Quote from the article: “Investors, too, are excited. Here is the full text of the article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. Despite a surge in interest, electric cars may remain niche products in the world’s two largest auto markets.

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Comedy CAFE Clowns Crack Me Up

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As I get ready this morning to head over to the Lutheran Church in Gardena to participate in this national day of service by helping to prepare meals for my less fortunate neighbors, I want to thank the auto industry for giving me a great laugh at their expense.

Nissan Leaf – Taking Reservations

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Funny that this article cites “a shortage of public charging stations&# as the sole reason for auto makers scrapping electric vehicles in the 1990s. Read more about it in the San Jose Mercury News Article: Reservations for the all-electric Nissan Leaf start Tuesday. Here is the text of the entire article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. Nissan's new electronic vehicle, the Leaf. (AP AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File).

Enter BMW — with Carbon Fiber

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Here’s the full text of the entire article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. BMW will partner with composites expert SGL Group to construct a new plant in Moses Lake, Washington, that will manufacture lightweight carbon-fiber materials for auto industry applications. Nonetheless, the various materials for the MegaCity’s components are transported around the world, as in most modern industrial products. 2009 BMW Concept ActiveE.

GM on the brink…

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For all of GM’s industrial successes and environmental failures, many elements of the American economy including the advertising-dependent entertainment industry — rise and fall with its fortunes. or any other automaker would have far-reaching consequences, given the millions of people employed by supplier companies, dealers and other small businesses that are dependent on the industry. Here is the full text of the entire article, in case the link goes bad: [link].

Electric Car Manufacturers Inspire New Paradigms -- Seeking Alpha

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Think is also working closely with the Brussel based Eurelectric , the European union of electricity industry. Related Articles Chrysler May Dodge the Banking Bullet Quick Read Apr 28, 2009 Group 1 Automotive Inc.

Bright’s Plug-In Car: Aerodynamics Are Key

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At the end of this article, Prof. Here is the full text of the entire article in case the link goes bad: [link]. To date, the relatively high cost of batteries has kept electric and plug-in vehicles at the fringes of the auto industry. Many of the other executives have years of experience in the auto business. 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.

The French are coming. The Green Piece

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The eyes of the green car world, so regularly focused on Asia, Germany and the US, have finally taken more than a passing glance at one of the most historic auto industries in the world – that of France.

Will Obama’s billions jumpstart the electric car? The Green Piece

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So will his billions rejuvenate the American auto industry and put it back on top of the motoring world as it enters a new era? It’s an understandable move too – the automotive industry in the US desperately needs something to cling to, a clear path for its future.

EngineLab Developing New Approach to Engine Control

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All of these issues are barriers to creativity and risk taking and in a recent SAE article describing another path to software improvement, the authors Frank Schirrmeister and Filip Thoen estimated that “ 50-70% of ECU development cost is due to software.”. by Bill Cooke. EngineLab GUI.

Smart Meters and Electric Cars

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Here’s the full text of the entire article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. Automakers unveiled more than a dozen production-ready, plug-in electric and hybrid electric vehicles at the Detroit auto show earlier this month, many of which will be on dealership lots between 2010 and 2012. So instead, Edison and auto manufacturers are turning to “smart metering&# technologies.

Proposed scrappage scheme meets criticism

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An article in the New York Times criticised the so-called “cash for clunkers&# legislation that would give people vouchers worth as much as $4,500 to replace old cars with new ones. In effect it is offering subsidies to the relatively rich despite the fact that the auto industry’s survival depends on getting those with incomes below $100,000 back into the showroom. The scrappage scheme is only a few days old here in the UK and it has already come under fire.

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

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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. Three years ago, the magazine Popular Mechanics even wrote an article prodding the auto industry for not building the 100 m.p.g.

GM, Segway to Make Vehicle - WSJ.com

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To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers, use the Order Reprints tool at the bottom of any article or visit www.djreprints.com See a sample reprint in PDF format. Order a reprint of this article now APRIL 7, 2009 GM, Segway to Make Vehicle Article Video Comments more in Auto Industry News » Email Printer Friendly Share: Yahoo Buzz facebook MySpace LinkedIn Digg del.icio.us

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Has the cash for clunkers scheme failed? The Green Piece

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And so it proved as the subsidy programme helped Ford to its first increase in US vehicles sales since 2007 after it sold 158,838 vehicles in July – a two per cent increase compared to the previous year (see article ).

Smart Grids, Electric Vehicles: A Financial Win-Win for All -- Seeking Alpha

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V2G helps solve the major problem that demand for electricity is high during the day when everything from industrial plants to air conditioning is running full blast and then excess electricity is wasted at night. Recent announcements demonstrate that electric utilities and some auto makers want to make V2G a reality. About Seeking Alpha About us How to dispute an article Anonymous contributions Contact us Advertise with us Terms of Use | Privacy | © Copyright.

The electric car and grid parity - OregonLive.com

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The state of Michigan, which has seen its economy decimated by the collapse of the gas-powered auto industry, is pouring incentives into the alt-car market.

China puts its electric vehicles on center stage - China automotive news

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As a subscriber, you can receive our free weekly China Auto News, which keeps you informed the latest developments of Chinas automobile industry. Among the most notable: a gas-electric hybrid Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. China auto parts firms face.

CalCars and PHEVs Frequently Asked Questions

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Heres our roundup of auto-maker comments in the media recently. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) estimates that the current power grid could handle many tens of millions of cars plugging in at off-peak hours before wed have any capacity issues [See EPRI article PDF ].

Will CARB’s New Rules Damage EV Startups?

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Here is the full text of the entire article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. But a powerful state agency is poised to put 3Prong Power out of business and deal a severe blow to a promising new industry. The new regulations will drive up the price of such conversions, putting them out of reach for most Prius owners, and ensuring that the only way to purchase a next generation eco-friendly car will be from one of the world’s two largest auto companies.

Electric-Car Fans Rally Around the Volt - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

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’s expertise on the auto industry in general, we are concerned that in its understanding of future pathways, it offers a flawed analysis and predictions based on business-as-usual,&# notes a posting on the California Car Initiative’s Web site.

Cleantech Blog: Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles

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V2G helps solve the major problem that demand for electricity is high during the day when everything from industrial plants to air conditioning is running full blast and then excess electricity is wasted at night. Recent announcements demonstrate that electric utilities and some auto makers want to make V2G a reality. Clean Fleet Article It would be a financial win-win for all.

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

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" President Obamas auto task force doesnt see it that way. Posted by: Bob F | Apr 13, 2009 9:42:47 PM Despite factual errors and oversights in this article, you still make an excellent point. why would the auto company be in cahoots with the oil companies on this topic?

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