Bright Automotive Receives Contract for Electric Postal Delivery Vehicle

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Bright Automotive, the developer of the purpose-built, plug-in hybrid IDEA ( earlier post ), has been awarded one of five contracts by the United States Postal Service (USPS) to develop and test an electric postal delivery vehicle. Under the contract, Bright Automotive’s eSolutions team ( earlier post ) will retrofit a standard USPS Long Life Vehicle (LLV) with an integrated electric drive train, and place the vehicle in real-world service for one year in the Washington DC area.

Bright Automotive Launches Bright eSolutions; US Army Hybrid Vehicle Contract

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Bright Automotive, Inc., the developer of the purpose-built, plug-in hybrid IDEA ( earlier post ) launched of Bright eSolutions to support automotive customers worldwide to accelerate vehicle electrification, lightweighting, and overall platform efficiency. Bright Automotive launched eSolutions with a just-announced contract from the US Army TACOM to conduct a demonstration project on a low-cost plug-in hybrid electric solution for non-tactical military vehicles.

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Bright Automotive To Convert VW Transporters to Plug-ins

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Start-up Bright Automotive, which in May unveiled its IDEA concept series plug-in hybrid light commercial van ( earlier post ), will convert VW Transporter vans with the series hybrid Bright powertrain as a bridge between the concept and the production version of the IDEA. Conversions are expensive, noted Lyle Shuey, Bright VP of Marketing and Sales, and the converted Transporters will not be as efficient as the purpose-built IDEA. The Bright IDEA and Transporter PHEV.

Bright Automotives Plug-in IDEA Debuts on Tuesday

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Bright Automotive will unveil its IDEA plug-in hybrid concept on Tuesday in Washington, DC. Bright will then take the IDEA will to Norway in May 2009 for the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS24). The IDEA is designed to operate in all-electric mode for the first 30 miles before switching to hybrid mode for a full range of 400 miles.

GM and PHEV Maker Bright Automotive Announce Strategic Relationship; GM Ventures Funding

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Bright Automotive, the developer of the purpose-built, plug-in hybrid IDEA ( earlier post ), and General Motors Co. Funding through GM Ventures will allow Bright to begin ramping up the development of the production program for the IDEA in the third quarter of 2010. Bright continues to seek a low-interest loan through the Department of Energy’s ATVM program. With this deal, Bright gets financial support that puts us on the fast track toward mass production of the IDEA.

A Bright Day in DC

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We interviewed Senator Lugar in DC recently — as we caught the Capitol Hill debut of Bright Automotive’s Idea — a plug-in hybrid electric delivery vehicle. Senator Lugar was also cheering for his home team – Bright are from Anderson, Indiana. They claim the Idea will save a 250 vehicle fleet company more than $500,000 a year in reduced fuel costs. We filmed John as he briefed Congressmen and women on the Bright Idea.

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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. Like Paul MacCready’s original design for the Impact that established the world’s lowest drag coefficient of.195, Bright will be building cars that “do more with less&# , a philosophy MacCready was famous for (and the title of a wonderful biography on him). Bright is based around a parallel hybrid.

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Bright Auto. Upgrades IDEA PHEV to 40 Miles of Electric Only Range and 36 MPG

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In response to owners of the IDEA PHEV commercial vehicle, Bright Automotive has upgraded the vehicle to deliver 40 miles of electric only range and almost 40 mpg in hybrid mode. As Bright Automotive said CEO John E. Waters said, "After speaking to major fleet operators and measuring how they use their vehicles, we modified the

Senators take green cars for a spin

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The event was organised by Bright Automotive to showcase its IDEA - a 100mpg plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that it hopes to market to both Government and commercial fleets. Bright wasn’t alone in bringing its wares for display. It can claim 280mpg according to the Canadian automaker which describes it as “the third car in the driveway&# as it is designed for short journeys with a cruising range of around 40 miles.

100-MPG Bright Idea Delivery Van: Now With 40 Electric Miles!

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Back in April, startup company Bright Automotive unveiled its design for a plug-in hybrid light delivery truck. Now, we've had a chance to drive the prototype, briefly, just as Bright raised its electric range to 40 miles. Our test vehicle was the only Bright IDEA van prototype built thus far by the Anderson, Indiana, firm. We were able to

Electrification Coalition Roadmap Calls for 75% of Light-Duty Vehicle Miles Traveled in the US to Be Electric by 2040

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By 2040, the report proposes, 75% of the light-duty vehicle miles traveled in the US should be electric miles. order to reach the goal of 75 percent electric miles by 2040, the US light-duty vehicle market will need to have reached a tipping point by 2020. Establish loan guarantees for retooling automotive assembly lines. Establish a guaranteed residual value for used large format automotive batteries. Kevin Czinger, President & CEO, Coda Automotive.

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‘Revenge’ Hits Indiana

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At 1,500 pounds, a single charge will take it 112 miles. In fact, he was in Anderson Thursday taking pictures of an electric delivery van being designed by Bright Automotive. Director Chris Paine was in Indianapolis this week to film for ‘Revenge.’ ’ More details in this TV report: Filmmaker in Ind. for electric car doc. Here is the full text of the article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. Filmmaker in Ind. for electric car doc.

Are You Plugged In?

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Bright Automotive. Coda Automotive. Fisker Automotive. Coda popped onto the electric-vehicle stage in June 2009 as an offshoot of Miles Electric Vehicles, a maker of electric light trucks in China. In addition to Mr. Paulson, Coda’s founder Miles Rubin has attracted investments from other well-connected individuals, including Thomas “Mack&# McLarty, former chief of staff for President Clinton. Fisker Automotive. Bright Automotive.

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

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A Bright IDEA BY SARAH A. 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. A largely unknown automaker  Bright Automotive of Anderson, Ind. • MORE: "How to Build a 100 Mile-Per-Gallon Car.

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New Indiana-Based Cleantech Research Partnership; First Activities in Heavy Hybrids and Plug-ins

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ESN member companies/institutions include, among others: Duke Energy, Cummins, Delphi, Allison Transmission, Remy, IBM, SAIC, Rolls Royce, Raytheon, Indianapolis Power & Light, Brevini, I-Power, EnerDel, AltairNano, Bright Automotive, Rocky Mountain Institute, Midwest ISO, NSWC Crane, Purdue University, Indiana University, The University of Notre Dame, and Ivy Tech Community College. John Waters, President & CEO, Bright Automotive.

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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Audi Volkswagen-owned company exploring PHEVs Metroproject Quattro Sub-compact PHEV Concept Car shown October 2007; PHEV of A1 Sportback under consideration Bright Automotive For-profit spin off from Rocky Mountain Institute designing lightweight PHEVs, successor to RMIs 1990s "Hypercar" concept. GM insists the battery provide 40 miles of pure electric power, charge and recharge 4,000 times, have a 10-year life and is ready for GMs plan to have the Volt on the road by year-end 2010.

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Lotus and Harmon partner up to add sound to hybrids

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We always seem to hear that one coming from a mile away. The Active Noise Control technologies are part of a steady stream of ground-breaking innovations that Lotus has brought to the automotive industry and we are committed to pursuing further developments in vehicle refinement and environmentally friendly transport solutions." "We

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EDAG Showcases Latest Version of Light Car Concept EV at Geneva; Emphasis on Space Frame

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The drive system of the EDAG concept consists of two Protean Electric (the spun-off automotive drive/generator applications business of PML Flightlink) wheel hub motors mounted in a double wishbone rear axle. The battery capacity of 22 kWh gives the driver of the EDAG “Light Car - Open Source” a maximum range of 150 kilometers (93 miles) and a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph). EDAG’s Light Car - Open Source at the Geneva Motor Show. Click to enlarge.

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Who is winning the green car race? Part II. The Green Piece

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However, it’s not just the ‘big boys’ of motoring that are having an impact as we enter a new automotive era. Fisker Automotive. A joint venture between Fisker Coachbuild and Quantum Technologies, Fisker Automotive was founded in 2005 with headquarters in Irvine, California, and has made the Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sports car its centrepiece.

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