November, 2006

Traction Action

Plug In Partners

T his week's meeting of the Electric Drive Transportation Association in Washington was accompanied by some significant announcements.

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Is GM's Plug-in Hybrid for Real? What Say Big Enviro?

Plugs and Cars

Lots of ink on GM's plug-in hybrid announcement. With headlines like "GM Promises Plug-in Hybrid," Waggoner's statement in LA moves plug-in cars back into the public discussion of petroleum alternatives.

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Trending Sources

The Motor is Here!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

The motor and controller from Electro Automotive (sent from Azure Dynamics) arrived on November 20th and are now sitting in my living room awaiting the remainder of the kit parts.

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Jumpstart Ford Startles Waggoner, Escorted Out

Plugs and Cars

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July/August '06 - Activists Promote the Film, Ford Retreats on Hybrids

Plugs and Cars

Who Killed the Electric Car opens across America EAA chapters turn out for openings Summer 2006 has been all about “Who Killed the Electric Car?” Reviews of the movie by the score have been fueled by $75 per barrel oil and the fear of $4 per gallon gas.

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September '06 - Tesla Roadster Unveiled, Electric Cars NOT DEAD YET!

Plugs and Cars

Who Killed the Electric Car? Since my last report, the success of the film “Who Killed the Electric Car?” set the stage for the dramatic unveiling of the Tesla Motors Roadster in Santa Monica on July 19th.

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RAVs to Keep Rolling in LA

Plugs and Cars

The efforts of LA EV activists to keep the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s fleet of RAV4 EVs on the road appears to have been a success. Nate Vandershaaf, who arrived at one meeting with a bank-certified offer to purchase all 74 RAVs for $1.85

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More Trending

GM to Launch?

Plug In Partners

GM Concept Car T here has been a rumor that General Motors might have a plug-in to show at the North American International Car Show in Detroit this coming January. Here is the first confirmation that it is no longer a rumor.

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GM's CEO Waggoner Announces Saturn Plug-in Hybrid; Bio-fuel Hummer

Plugs and Cars

LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- General Motors Corp. (GM) GM) Chief Executive Rick Wagoner said Wednesday that the U.S. needs to reduce dependence on foreign energy and insisted the No. 1 auto maker is accelerating its efforts to meet the challenge by being the first to offer a plug-in hybrid and by expanding its production of biofuel vehicles.

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June '06 - The Film Opens, CARB Ducks, PHEV Debut in DC

Plugs and Cars

Who Killed the Electric Car Opens Across the Nation Who Killed the Electric Car?, director Chris Paine’s long-awaited documentary, begins a nationwide theatrical release on June 28 in Los Angeles and New York. In July it will open in every major American market. Plug In America and other Electric Auto Association chapters have been actively promoting the film with a guerilla marketing campaign aimed at raising awareness.

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GM Series Plug-in Hybrid?

Plugs and Cars

In early November, an LA Times story heralding GM’s resurrection of the plug-in car was carried by newspapers worldwide. GM announced it will show some sort of plug-in car at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Speculation has focused on the possibility of a serial plug-in hybrid. GM made a prototype plug-in hybrid EV1 during the 90s. Rumors had already begun about GM’s electric intentions. In September, Chairman Lutz said that his worst decision was killing the EV1.

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California’s Proposition 87 - What went wrong?

Plugs and Cars

Proposition 87, the much ballyhooed California Initiative to levy a new oil extraction tax and use the revenue to support alternative fuels, went down to defeat in the recent election. One can’t overstate the impact of the $100 million oil-fueled campaign by opponents. Higher gas prices. More foreign oil.” The refrain still rings in my ears. Oil companies made a smart investment to keep $4 billion for themselves. But the Yes on 87 campaign squandered a great opportunity.

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