ISU study finds large potential for biobased materials in auto industry, but with challenges

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A study by researchers at Iowa State University has determined that the automotive industry has a very large potential to utilize biobased materials. To create the largest impact, the researchers concluded, emphasis should be placed on the largest producers of vehicles; the five largest producers of automotive vehicles in the United States are General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Chrysler, and Honda. General Motors.

Sales of hybrid cars increase in US

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After months of doom and gloom for the auto industry in the USA, there is finally a ray of hope courtesy of hybrid cars. Reported sales of hybrids in the US increased by 5.2 This meant that a total of 26,205 hybrid units were sold - some three per cent of all new vehicles, the highest monthly new vehicle share since April 2008. Indeed sales of hybrids have significantly out-performed the total light duty vehicle market, which dropped by 27.7

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USABC reopens 4 RFPIs for development of advanced high-performance batteries for start/stop, 48V HEV, PHEV and EVs

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Select USABC Goals for Advanced Batteries for 48V Hybrid Electric Vehicle Applications. Founded in 1992, USCAR is the collaborative automotive technology company for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors.

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BMW To Dump GM, Chooses Toyota As Fuel-Cell, Hybrid Partner?

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It's hard to keep things secret in the auto industry. So when Bloomberg reported yesterday that German luxury maker BMW had broken off talks with General Motors on joint development of fuel cells, writer Dorothee Tschampa explained why. It appears BMW jilted GM because it found a more attractive partner for its advanced powertrain activities

Auto Industry and Utilities Urge President Obama to Create to National Electric Fuel Task Force to Accelerate Plug-in Adoption

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Organizations representing auto manufacturers, electric utilities and the electric drive industry are calling on President Obama to establish a new National Electric Fuel Task Force to help accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles and the necessary infrastructure. Led by the Department of Energy, the task force would include federal and state regulators, standards organizations, utilities, environmental groups, consumer groups and electric drive industry stakeholders.

USABC Issues Requests for Proposal Information for Four Energy Storage Projects for Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

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USABC has carried out a number of battery development programs, focusing on low-cost, long-life, high-energy, high-power technologies, including several programs, started in 2008, which addressed the development of plug-in hybrid batteries (Round I).

USCAR helps to develop charging-readiness tools for plug-in & electric vehicles through US DRIVE

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As a member of the US DRIVE Grid Interaction Tech Team (GITT), the US Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR) recently played a key role in assisting the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a model streamlining process for permitting and inspecting home-charging stations for plug-in hybrid electric and electric vehicles (PHEVs/EVs), as well as information tools for the actual installation process.

Fisker Secures $115.3M in Private Equity Funding; Necessary to Access $528.7M DOE Loan

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million in private equity funding to develop plug-in hybrid cars. million US Department of Energy conditional loan that will, in part, help speed completion of the Fisker Karma, the company’s first plug-in hybrid. The raise comes at a time when capital is scarce, the auto industry is struggling and the global economy is just beginning to rebound. Project NINA is expected to be built in Wilmington, Delaware at a former General Motors assembly plant starting in 2012.

GM China begins prototype battery cell fabrication

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General Motors China is fabricating and testing prototype battery cells and complete systems at its Advanced Technical Center in Shanghai to support GM researchers and engineers in the development of next-generation vehicle battery systems. Plug-in electric vehicles will play a critical role for the global auto industry to cope with issues related to fuel supply and environmental sustainability.

USABC awards Leyden Energy $2.28M contract for Li-imide based 12V start-stop batteries

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Founded in 1992, USCAR is the collaborative automotive technology company for Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. The goal of USCAR is to further strengthen the technology base of the domestic auto industry through cooperative research and development.

NYT Editorial

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Editorial Trying to Find the Road Ahead Published: January 24, 2006 W ith its bonds downgraded to junk and its market share on the ropes, Detroit's auto industry almost looks to be in a free fall. Ford Motor Company's announcement yesterday that after three straight quarters of North American losses, it will close as many as 14 factories and eliminate up to 30,000 jobs by 2012 is another sign of dark days in the Motor City.

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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About CalCars Plug-In Hybrids FAQ How to Get a PHEV Where PHEVs are Carmakers Say. Weve kept the summary table below generally up-to-date for passenger PHEVs, but not for BEVs, motorcycles or larger vehicles like buses and trucks. By partnering with these two industries.

Which technology will win the green car race?

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In the race to turn the auto industry green, many concepts have been floated around - from hybrids, to electrics, to biofuels and even fuel cell cars. Lawrence Burns, the vice president of research and development at General Motors, also believes there is no one silver bullet solution and that a portfolio of options is required. Tags: Green cars Latest news Biofuels Electric cars Hybrid cars hydrogen cars

KPMG survey finds global auto execs ranking fuel efficiency the top consumer priority

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When asked which vehicle categories will see global sales increases over the next five years, hybrid fuel vehicles (84%) were most frequently named by the respondents, followed by electric vehicles (77%), which was a new category option in the survey this year, cars (69%), other alternative fuel vehicles (63%), basic or introduction cars (60%), cross-overs (56%), SUVs (51%), luxury vehicles (46%), small pick-up trucks (45%), minivans (41%), and large pick-up trucks (27%).

Elio Motors unveils engine prototype for 84 mpg highway 3-wheeler

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Elio Motors, the start-up developing a $6,800, 84-mpg- (2.8l/100 km) three-wheeled vehicle with a target date of 2016, unveiled its engine prototype: a 0.9-liter, 3-cylinder unit developed by IAV. —Paul Elio, President and CEO of Elio Motors.

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Slow charging has been the key hurdle to public acceptance of battery-electric vehicles as viable distance travelers, so this breakthrough has all sorts of implications for the automotive industry as well as being a very welcome upgrade to a whole host of other portable devices.

USABC awards Cobasys $8.4M for the development of high-energy density Li-ion cells and packs for EVs

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The objective of the alliance is to adapt lithium-ion battery technology to the requirements of automobiles, and thus explore the market for hybrid and electric vehicles. Bosch has extensive experience in hybrid and electric drive technology as well as power electronics, electric motors, transmissions and DC/DC converters.

Bright’s Plug-In Car: Aerodynamics Are Key

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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. Andy Frank makes the observation that parallel hybrids (Toyota Prius) are cheaper than series hybrids (Chevy Volt). Bright Automotive, which spun out of the Rocky Mountain Institute in January, is building a plug-in hybrid vehicle that will get 100 miles a gallon (see Green Lightpost).

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? The economic stimulus funds have been doled out to programmes in 20 US states, but Michigan, the traditional home of motoring, is the key beneficiary.

When Will EVs Hit Primetime?

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Despite a surge in interest, electric cars may remain niche products in the world’s two largest auto markets. Interest in electric cars is surging: •Nearly 52,000 people were wait-listed as of mid-April for General Motors’ electric model, the Volt, due in November. Similarly, in China, the sheer size of the auto industry and the country’s ambitious clean-energy goals suggest a potentially huge market for electric cars.

Electric Cars and The Volt by Seth Leitman

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Electric Cars and The Volt Can Transform America and the Auto Industry TODAY!!! In addition, I am finalizing the manuscript for Build Your Own Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle. After that, it kicks into a gas car; basically a series hybrid.

President Obama Announces 48 Projects to Receive $2.4B in Grants for Next-Generation of Batteries and Electric Vehicles; To be Combined with $2.4B in Industry Cost-Share

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The announcement marks the single largest investment in advanced battery technology for hybrid and electric-drive vehicles ever made. Industry officials expect that this $2.4 billion in cost-share from the award winners, will result directly in the creation tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs in the US battery and auto industries. Production of manganese oxide cathode / graphite lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles. Ford Motor Company.

Will CARB’s New Rules Damage EV Startups?

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3Prong Power converts existing Toyota Priuses into plug-in hybrids that can run entirely on electricity. The company launched last month at Green Motors in Berkeley, California. Who’s Killing the Plug-In Hybrid? East Bay Express Who’s Killing the Plug-In Hybrid? They convert Toyota Prius hybrids into mostly electric vehicles that get 100 to 150 miles per gallon. But the auto companies hated the CARB rules and never really wanted to sell the cars.

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. Now popular in Europe, Think Global meets all European and US federal motor vehicle safety requirements. Lastly, hybrids & plug-in hybrids are an unfortunate diversion.

GM: Let's Hash Out Open Plug-In Car Standards

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The auto industry is now gearing up to hash out those standards at the SAE conference in Detroit next week — and GM has a major stake in getting them out swiftly.

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

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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. will be unveiling its IDEA, a 100 miles-per-gallon plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. car when tech-savvy types can configure one in their garage by rewiring their existing hybrids. Three years ago, the magazine Popular Mechanics even wrote an article prodding the auto industry for not building the 100 m.p.g.

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. Great Wall Motor Co., Those prices are much lower than that of General Motors Corp.s Prius hybrid.

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

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Electric car supporters are rising to defend General Motors’ development of the Chevy Volt after the Obama Administration’s automotive task force proclaimed that the car was probably too expensive to be commercially successful in the near future.

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

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" In other words, General Motors is going to lose its shirt until the Volt establishes itself in the marketplace. Whats more, the General promises the Volt will be the foundation for a slew of cars to be sold worldwide. It also offers eight hybrid models.