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. A VW Transporter van.

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. earlier post ); AC Propulsion and AutoPort ( earlier post ); and Germany-based international transportation engineering firm EDAG , with whom Bright eSolutions is also collaborating.

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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 eSolutions will work with TACOM to demonstrate the feasibility of Bright Automotive’s parallel hybrid technology for military non-combat use.

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). Bright Automotive launched in January 2008 from Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) with the goal of building on the work of a consortium of organizations, including Alcoa, Google.org, Johnson Controls and the Turner Foundation.

Startup Bright Automotive Shuts Down, Slams DoE Loan Process

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Startup plug-in vehicle maker Bright Automotive announced today that it is closing down. While General Motors had invested $5 million in the company, Bright had relied on the hope that the U.S. Department of Energy would grant it low-interest loans under the advanced-technology vehicle manufacturing program. A letter from its CEO and COO to Energy

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. Reuben Munger, Bright Automotive Chairman and CEO.

Bright Automotive Applies for $35M in Stimulus Package Grants to Accelerate Production of PHEV

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Bright Automotive has applied for $35 million in government grants to accelerate the production of its plug-in hybrid the IDEA ( earlier post ), and to deliver battery solutions to the industry through its engineering services arm. The IDEA is a multi-purpose, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in the light truck classification aimed at commercial and government fleets.

General Motors and Bright Automotive to join forces

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General Motors has agreed to pursue a strategic relationship with Bright Automotive, the developer of the purpose-built, plug-in hybrid IDEA. Tags: Green cars Latest news general motors Bright Automotive Bright IDEA GM technologies GM Ventures From Renault and Nissan to Toyota and Tesla, some of the world’s leading car makers are joining forces for this new, green era – and now you can add another partnership to the list.

GM and Bright Automotive announce partnership plans

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Aug 3, Detroit, MI and Anderson, IN - Bright Automotive and General Motors have announced plans to begin what they're calling a strategic partnership. The deal will help Bright start mass production of their plug-in hybrid fleet vehicle

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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Plug-in hybrid car maker gets North American partner

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Bright Automotive has been threatening to break out as an upstart company in the plug-in hybrid car sector for several years – and now it has secured a partnership in North America which may help it achieve its ambitions. Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news AM General LLC Bright Automotive Bright IDEA plug-in hybrid car

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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US Army commits to a Bright future

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Bright Automotive Inc has launched eSolutions in an effort to accelerate worldwide electrification and overall platform efficiency and at the heart of the new programme is a newly 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. When most people think of US Army vehicles, they naturally picture gas guzzling tanks or far from fuel efficient patrol vehicles.

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VW to benefit from a Bright IDEA

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Bright Automotive may only be considered a start-up company, but it is about to have a significant impact on one of the most important car manufacturers in the world - Volkswagen. The company, which unveiled its IDEA concept series plug-in hybrid light commercial van in May, will now convert VW Transporter vans using the series hybrid Bright powertrain. The goal for Bright meanwhile, is to prove the platform works and get it into play.

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Echo Automotive Fails: Bolt-On Plug-In Hybrid Kits Used Bright Technology

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Starting a company is tough; starting a company in the green automotive field may be even tougher. So it seemed like the engineering team from defunct startup Bright Automotive, once granted investment by GM, might have a second chance to see their technology on the road. The assets and intellectual property of Bright were acquired by Echo

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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. Tags: Green cars Latest news Bright Automotive Capitol Hill Senators

GM-Backed Bright Idea Plug-In Hybrid Van To Be Built By AM General

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Startup Bright Automotive announced last week that, once the company completes its funding, its advanced plug-in hybrid Idea delivery van would be assembled under contract by AM General. How times change. That's the outfit that built the Humvee and Hummer H1, and spawned the now-defunct HUMMER brand, including the HUMMER H2--which AM General also

Are You Plugged In?

Revenge of the Electric Car

Are You Plugged In? Some of the first plug-in electric passenger vehicles are slated to roll onto U.S. How many plug-in electric vehicles does President Barack Obama wish to see on U.S. The president is hoping to use incentives to get one million plug-in hybrid vehicles to consumers by 2015. Plug-in hybrids differ from hybrids on the road today in that they can go longer distances on battery power and can be recharged via electrical outlets. Bright Automotive.

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AM General the exclusive North American assembler for Bright Idea plug-in hybrid electric work-truck platform

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Bright Automotive, Inc. has entered into an agreement for AM General LLC to be Bright’s exclusive North American assembler for the Bright IDEA vehicle platform. AM General will build the Bright IDEA in its Commercial Assembly Plant in Mishawaka, Ind., The Bright IDEA is an all-new, plug-in hybrid electric light-duty work-truck due on the market in 2014.

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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.

Yeah, I Got Your Chevy Volt, Right Here. Day 2 @ Plug-In 2009

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At least GM sent this nifty printed banner explaining all about the new J1772 industry standard recharging plug. They even had a real plug connected to their toy car on the exhibit hall. Luckily no one was really at Plug-In 2009 to hear the Three Car Stooges at this point, they don’t have any pleasant surprises in store for us. Fortunately there are companies at the Plug-In Conference who exceed expectations and one of them is Coulomb out of Campbell, California.

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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

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PHEV conversion company Echo Automotive completes $3M financing, joins CALSTART

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Echo Automotive, Inc., a developer of technologies enabling the conversion of existing fleet vehicles into plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, completed a $3-million financing with United Fleet Financing, LLC, through a private placement offering and mezzanine financing. Echo’s Chief Technology Officer is John Waters, the founder & CEO of Bright Automotive ( earlier post ).

GM looking to combination of internal R&D and external investments for new technology; focus on five key areas; the importance of generational change

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General Motors is leveraging two separate organizations—its internal R&D group and the recently formed GM Ventures—to accelerate innovation and to introduce new technology to keep the company on the forefront of the technology revolution now taking place in the automotive industry, according to John Lauckner, GM’s Chief Technology Officer; Vice President, Global Research & Development; and President, GM Ventures.

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‘Revenge’ Hits Indiana

Revenge of the Electric Car

In fact, he was in Anderson Thursday taking pictures of an electric delivery van being designed by Bright Automotive. Electric cars have zero emissions and charging is easy — it’s a matter of plugging it into the closest socket. 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].

What's it gonna take?

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Sales of plug-in cars are steady, but not overwhelming. Bright Automotive went under. If we want to see more and more varied plug-in models offered, we’ve got to ensure that demand for plug-ins always exceeds supply. If you’ve wanted a plug-in car - whether for environmental or political or practical reasons - now is the time. We need about 25,000 Americans who don’t know it yet to buy a plug-in car. It just might be up to us.

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

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The specific technology—plug-in hybrid electric or pure electric—is not as important as the share that such vehicles represent of the new vehicle portfolio. In addition to examining the scope of the challenges, the report makes a number of recommendations to address them, including: Establish tax credits for installing automotive-grade batteries in stationary applications to help drive scale and contribute to reducing battery cost.

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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. Our PRIUS+ Project Photos PHEV Resources Global Warming Take Action News and Events Contact Us How Carmakers are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity If you ask, "have major auto-makers come around on PHEVs?", This is from "Commercializing Plug-In Hybrids" (pdf), the current CalCars 24-slide presentation about PHEVs available along with other documents at CalCars Downloads.

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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. • BRIGHT AUTOMOTIVE: Unwrapping the 100 m.p.g.

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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. In December last year, BYD began selling the world’s first mass-produced plug-in hybrid vehicle, the F3DM, which is slated to go on sale in Europe in 2010 with a 62mile all-electric range. Other models in its fleet include: the e6, an all-electric crossover with a 250mile electric range; and the F6DM, a planned plug-in hybrid midsize saloon car with a 62mile electric range.

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Lotus and Harmon partner up to add sound to hybrids

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Subscribe Green News Events Manufacturers Region New Cars Used Cars Filed under: Emerging Technologies , EV/Plug-in , Hybrid , Lotus Lotus and Harmon partner up to add sound to hybrids by Jeremy Korzeniewski on Apr 17th 2009 at 2:54PM Its been a little while since weve heard about the supposed dangers of electric and hybrid vehicles that shut down their engines and therefore stop producing the sound of fuel being ignited and exhaled, but the issue is apparently alive and well.

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