VIA Motors launches Chicago voucher program for fleet and businesses for extended range EVs

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VIA Motors announced a voucher program for Chicago-area fleet and business owners that will reduce the initial costs of owning a VIA Motors extended range pickup truck, extended range electric passenger van, or extended range electric cargo van. VIA VTRUX offers up to 40-mile battery range and. The extended range electric vehicles from VIA Motors are also already eligible for the $7,500 Federal Tax Incentive.

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DOE awards $98M in tax credits to automakers and suppliers for clean technology manufacturing

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $150 million in clean energy tax credits to 12 businesses to build US capabilities in clean energy manufacturing; $98 million of that goes to five automakers and suppliers towards investments in domestic manufacturing equipment. The awards are made through the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit program (48C Program). million 48C Tax Credit, Delphi Automotive Systems plans to invest $35.3

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Ford unveils F-150 Lightning electric pickup; starting at $39,974; arriving in 2022

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F-150 Lightning offers a standard-range battery targeting 230 miles of EPA-estimated range and an extended-range battery targeting 300 miles of EPA-estimated range. Ford unveiled the F-150 Lightning battery-electric pickup.

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Ford introduces F-150 Lightning Pro electric pickup targeted at commercial customers

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With a starting MSRP of $39,974 before tax incentives, the always-on 4x4 F-150 Lightning Pro with the standard range battery targets an EPA-estimated 230-mile range and includes a complimentary 32-amp Ford Mobile Charger, making the transition affordable for small and medium-size businesses.

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Flash Drive: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT and GT Performance

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Clean Fleet Report has previously reviewed the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, and our opinion is Ford has a winner with this all-electric SUV. The all-electric driving range is estimated to be 270 miles for the GT, and 260 miles for the GT Performance.

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Audi banking on Gen 2 3.0L TDI diesel for US sales; calls for a “fair shot” for diesel

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Audi of America introduced four new TDI clean diesel models for the US market this year—the Audi A8, A7, A6, Q5—along with an updated Q7 TDI, all equipped with a second-generation 3.0L ” One of our primary goals and objectives is to level the playing field for clean diesel vehicles. TDI clean diesel represents almost 25% of Audi and Volkswagen US sales. Do they get state or federal tax breaks? Audi''s Gen 2 3.0L Click to enlarge.

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Chevrolet Volt MSRP Starts at $41,000, $33,500 Net of Full Federal Credit; 3-year Lease Program with Option to Buy

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GM will introduce the Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle with a starting MSRP of $41,000; after applying the Federal income tax credit of $7,500, the price drops to $33,500. The Volt has a total driving range of about 340 miles (547 km) and is powered by electricity at all times. When the battery runs low, a gasoline-powered range extender extends the driving range for 300 miles on a full tank of fuel.

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GM Working with Communities to Develop Roadmap For Plug-in Infrastructure

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Provide state tax credit for vehicles ($2,500/16 kWh vehicle) and charging equipment and installation at home/multi-family home/workplace/public (up to $3,000/home; $30,000/other site with 10 charge ports). Eliminate state sales tax on vehicle purchase; Commit/fund government fleet purchases (200 vehicles). Clean Cities Orgs / AQMD. GM currently has more than 30 prototype Volt extended range electric vehicles undergoing testing at GM’s Proving Ground in Milford, Mich.

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GM taps LG for Volt Battery

Revenge of the Electric Car

Failure of the Volt would be disastrous for GM’s image: the company has staked much of its future on an effort to reinvent itself as a leader in clean, green automotive technology. The Volt, which GM prefers to call an extended-range electric vehicle, doesn’t use its internal combustion engine for propulsion, relying entirely on an electric drive system. Lots going on with batteries now, as John O’Dell’s piece below illustrates.

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VIDEO: Driving a Tesla-powered Smart

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Merc wants the electric smart to perform badly, to have a short range and little power, so that it dosent eat up other products in the lineup. It is probably possible to make a 20k electric smart that outperforms most other cars on the road in everything except range and top speed. Competition is going to force them to produce a comfortable, usable, extended range EV for that price, and I will just have to wait.

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Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

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In this paper PHEV refers solely to the long-range PHEV of 60 miles (100 km) electric-only range.) The PHEV does not require the heavy, costly batteries required by other electric cars, nor does it suffer from a limited range or poor freeway performance. It offers a range of elegant solutions to a number of problems. For an extended discussion see Appendix C). The PHEV does not suffer from the “range anxiety” that limits other electrically-powered vehicles.

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CalCars and PHEVs Frequently Asked Questions

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

The costs and benefits of cars extend far beyond an individual driver to society as a whole. And its easier to clean central power plants than millions of vehicles. A combination solution: increasingly renewable electricity as the primary fuel and ethanol as the range extender. Fuel cell cars should be plug-in hybrids so that the fuel cell is used only for extended range, and the fuel cell stack and hydrogen storage can be smaller.

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Rapid Charging Electric Cars: How Fast, How Soon?

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Nissan is working on an electric car that it says is on track to have a 100-mile range and 26-minute charge time. Extended-range electric vehicles — such as the Chevy Volt, which GM says will recharge in three hours — offer another route, adding a small gas engine to keep drivers from feeling stranded without access to fuel. My parents live about 180 miles away, which is well outside the range of most electric cars.

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Greenlings: Benefits of charging stations vs. battery swaps vs. home charging

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

It eliminates waiting in lines or out of order machinery and gives you the benefit of your vehicles full range right from your doorstep. They offer the opportunity of adding range to your vehicle while you are working, eating or shopping. BYD , for examples, says their 60 mile range-extended vehicle can add 30 miles of range in ten minutes. For extended range I guess one could carry a fairly modest generator set in the trunk to avoid ever being stranded.

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How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

BYD BYD Automobile Company, Shenzhen, China (partially owned by Warren Buffets Mid-America Holdings) Plan F6DM $22,000 PHEV with 60-mile range for sale, starting in China in 2009, in the US around 2011 Chrysler ENVI division developing Town & Country minivan, 200C EV concept and Jeep Patriot and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited SUVs, EREVs (series hybrids) with 40-mile range One PHEV planned for sale in US by end of 2010, others by 2013.

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