University of Michigan team wins 2016 solar car race

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a team of students from the University of Michigan beat 23. Michigan Students solarOther than charging a battery-electric car using electricity harvested by photovoltaic panels, solar power isn't exactly practical for current production cars. But every year, dozens of solar-powered race cars compete in events around the world held for college students. In the U.S.,

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Michigan says selling Tesla electric cars in state is illegal, again

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Tesla Motors has, once again, been blocked from selling its electric cars directly to customers in Michigan. Over the past couple of years, Tesla has been engaged in a battle with Michigan's franchised car dealers who—like dealers in several other states—view Tesla's direct-sales model as a threat. dealers Michigan Tesla Motors New car sales plug-in cars dealerships

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Michigan utility cancels electric-car charging stations after opposition

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But plans for such a network in Michigan recently hit a roadblock. Michigan electric utilities plug-in cars charging charging infrastructure ChargePoint NetworkIn multiple states, electric utilities are beginning to establish networks of electric-car charging stations. Last week, local utility Consumers Energy withdrew its request to install public electric-car charging stations at an estimated cost of $15 million. DON'T MISS: California.

2017 23

Tesla takes it to Michigan, opens gallery in state that bans sales of its electric cars

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Tesla Motors is not legally allowed to sell its electric cars directly to customers in Michigan, thanks to subtle changes made two years ago to the state's franchise laws. dealers Michigan Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealershipsBut Tesla now has one store in the home state of the Detroit Three automakers. However, that location is only a "gallery" where consumers can look at cars, but can't buy. CHECK.

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Michigan socks hybrid owners with new fees—that don't apply to most hybrids

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The state of Michigan, to help pay for road repairs, decided more than a year ago to hit owners of hybrids and electric cars with additional fees starting this January 1—on top of higher registration rates for all cars. Michigan taxes Gas Tax registration state laws

FTC Calls Michigan's Tesla Ban 'Protectionism' For Dealers

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The electric-car maker lost a round in Michigan last fall, but now a government agency has weighed in on Michigan's revision to its franchise law. Politics sales dealers Michigan Tesla Motors New car sales plug-in cars dealerships state lawsTesla Motors has had varied success in its efforts to fight state laws making its direct online-sales model illegal.

Tesla sues Michigan over ban on direct sales of its electric cars

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Earlier this month, an application for a dealer license submitted by Tesla Motors was denied by the state of Michigan. sales dealers Michigan Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships state lawsIt was the final decision in a process that kicked off in October 2014. That was when a last-minute wording change in state franchise law foreclosed the electric-car maker's ability to sell cars directly to buyers, its business.

Tesla Owners Take Protest To Michigan; Dealer-Backed State Ban Targeted

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Green Michigan Politics Tesla Motors dealers plug-in cars sales state lawsTesla Motors' direct sales business model has met considerable opposition from auto-dealer associations in several states. Lobbying efforts have ensured that there are some states where it's illegal for the company to sell you a Tesla Model S electric car. Yet while Tesla has its detractors, often found among lobbyists for auto dealers, it also.

Michigan says Tesla sales ban not unconstitutional, responding to lawsuit

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Tesla Motors continues to fight for the ability to sell its electric cars directly to customers in Michigan, home of the rest of the U.S. Politics dealers Michigan Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships state lawsauto industry. The Silicon Vallery automaker has been banned from doing so for about two years, thanks to subtle changes made to the state's franchise laws to prevent direct sales. Having failed to overturn the.

Tesla Continues To Try To Sell Electric Cars In Michigan; State Ignores It

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Tesla is currently banned from selling its electric cars directly to customers in Michigan. Last year, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill requiring all new vehicles in the state to be sold exclusively through franchised third-party dealers. Politics sales dealers Michigan Tesla Motors state lawsBut the Silicon Valley startup automaker is continuing efforts to win over legislators, and the.

Tesla Vs Michigan Heats Up: Dealership Application, Conservative Coalition, Even A Ballot Push

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In Michigan, Tesla is banned by law from selling cars directly to buyers, and from opening Tesla Store retail locations. Politics sales dealers Michigan Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships state lawsElectric-car maker Tesla Motors is the fourth-largest U.S. car maker, but its home in California's Silicon Valley is far from the heartland Detroit base of GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler.

Tesla Doubles Down On Fight For Direct Sales In Michigan, Detroit Three's Home Turf

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Last October, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill prohibiting carmakers from selling vehicles directly to customers in the state. The legislation came after fierce campaigning by Michigan's franchised auto. Green Michigan Politics Tesla Motors dealers dealerships plug-in cars sales state lawsTesla Motors can't sell its electric cars in the home state of the Detroit Three automakers, but it's long wanted to change that.

Michigan Gov Snyder Signs Anti-Tesla Bill Called 'Corrupt Politics At Its Worst'

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As expected, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder yesterday signed a bill that bans Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to buyers online in the state.

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GM and Honda to establish industry-first $85M joint fuel cell system manufacturing operation in Michigan

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FCSM will operate within GM’s existing battery pack manufacturing facility site in Brownstown, Michigan, south of Detroit.

2017 36

Tesla wants to sell electric cars in Michigan; state couldn't care less

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You don't see a lot of Teslas in Michigan. dealers Michigan Tesla Motors Dealership plug-in cars state lawsIt's not because the three U.S. automakers headquartered there aren't interested in the electric cars produced by a Silicon Valley company founded just 12 years ago. It's because state laws bar the company from selling its cars online to state residents—and Tesla has no interest in using old-style.

Latest Popemobile is Opel Ampera-e electric car made in Michigan

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All sorts of vehicles have been pressed into service to carry Popes, from simple Fiats to giant Mercedes-Benz luxury landaulets. Francis, the current Pope, has a preference for small, simple, environmentally friendly cars—and largely does without the bulletproof glass enclosures found in some previous "Popemobiles." His latest vehicle is. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Popemobile Pope Francis Opel Ampera-e

2017 26

Michigan Car Dealers Slip One Over On Tesla, Ban Direct Sales

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Tesla Motors and its supporters have rallied numerous times against attacks on the electric-car maker''s company-owned stores, but a Michigan bill banning its online direct-sales model has made it into law--almost. HB 5606 was passed early this month by the state legislature, with late language added that prevents Tesla from selling cars directly

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India's Mahindra To Build Electric Two-Wheeler In Michigan

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A little slice of India will soon be moving into Michigan, with the announcement that Mahindra will produce an electric two-wheeler at a factory in Ann Arbor. India''s Mahindra Group is investing in a 37,000 square-foot facility to produce the GenZe electric scooter. A small step-through scooter with a large storage box above the rear wheel, GenZe

Test deployment of new on-demand hub & shuttle mobility system at U Michigan; connected & automated vehicles & big data

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A test deployment of a new hub-and-shuttle urban mobility system will take place on the University of Michigan’s North Campus. million grant from the Michigan Institute for Data Science.

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Michigan Anti-Tesla Law 'Unnecessary Protectionism': AutoNation CEO

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Never let it be said that AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson doesn''t speak his mind. His latest stunner came last week, when he deemed auto-dealer efforts to ban all direct sales by Tesla Motors state by state "unnecessary protectionism." In doing so, Jackson broke ranks with the vast array of auto-dealer organizations and lobbyists who have spent five

U-Michigan, IBM collaborate on data-centric high performance computing system

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The University of Michigan is collaborating with IBM to develop and deliver “ data-centric ” supercomputing systems designed to increase the pace of scientific discovery in fields as diverse as aircraft and rocket engine design, cardiovascular disease treatment, materials physics, climate modeling and cosmology.

2016 27

Tesla vs Bolt EV, first Clarity Fuel Cell, more electric-car charging, Michigan hybrid fees: The Week in Reverse

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Which new electric car did Woz end up getting after he praised the 238-mile Chevy Bolt EV? How much more will VW's diesel emission scandal cost it as of this week? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, December 23, 2016. Friday, we noted that Tesla electric cars. The Week In Reverse

Tesla Vs Michigan, Bosch Defends Diesels, Hyperloop Test Tracks: Today's Car News

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Today, Tesla continues its campaign to overturn a direct-sales ban in Michigan, supplier Bosch claims it had nothing to do with Volkswagen's diesel-emissions cheating, and the number of "Hyperloop" test tracks grows. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Learn about Ford plug-in hybrids, a Chevy Volt winter test, and more in our Week in Reverse. Today in Car News

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Wintry Michigan: Not The Best Place To Drive An Electric Car?

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Sale Details Similarly, Michigan in winter probably isn''t the best place to Not every car is ideally suited to every environment. A Mazda MX-5 Miata likely won''t get very far on a muddy off-road trail, and a gigantic Cadillac Escalade ESV isn''t much fun to drive in dense city traffic. DON''T MISS: 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf: Drive Report, First U.S.

Michigan hybrid fees, VW electric concept, CAFE penalties: Today's Car News

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Today, Michigan socks hybrid owners with new fees, Volkswagen teases a new electric concept car ahead of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration delays an increase in penalties for automakers that fall short of fuel-economy standards.

Chinese firm invests $27M with U of Michigan to advance autonomous vehicle research and development

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Frontt Capital Management Ltd, a Shenzhen-based investment firm focused on developing the intelligent vehicle industry in China, is making a $27-million investment to advance autonomous, connected vehicles and robotic technologies with the University of Michigan, along with industry and government partners. The relationship with Frontt grew out of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s effort to strengthen trade relations between Michigan and China.

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Michigan's Mock City: Where Robot Cars Will Drive (And, Ideally, Not Crash)

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Seven years ago, dozens of professional stunt drivers in identical Ford Tauruses drove for hours through a ghostly and abandoned suburban California subdivision of one-story stucco homes, curving roads, and cul-de-sacs. On the roads with them were 11 self-driving vehicles, from a battered 11-year-old Subaru wagon to a gigantic Oshkosh off-road

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Tesla Acquires Michigan Tool & Die Maker To Boost Electric-Car Production

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As it seeks to expand its electric-car production, Tesla Motors may also be attempting to bring more of that process in-house. Carmakers are backed by a complex chain of suppliers, and a recent move by Tesla will give it oversight over another link in that chain. This week, Tesla confirmed that it has acquired Riviera Tool, a tool-and-die. Manufacturing parts suppliers Production Tesla Motors plug-in cars gigafactory

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Michigan State partners with ExxonMobil to advance algae biofuels

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A new $1-million relationship between Michigan State University and ExxonMobil will expand research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels. We are looking forward to working with Michigan State University on this project.

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2017 Ford Fusion Energi: low electric range, no public charging frustrating

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Plug-In Hybrids Michigan plug-in cars range anxiety charging infrastructureElectric-car charging infrastructure in the United States is getting better, but still has a very long way to go. While anyone that's given even a passing glance to plug-in vehicles would likely tell you the same thing, I experienced the impact of a charging-free society first-hand while driving a Ford Fusion Energi. The plug-in hybrid Fusion.

2017 12

Ford begins production of 2012 Focus Electric at Michigan Assembly, C-MAX models on deck

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Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant is starting production of the 2012 Focus Electric ( earlier post )—a five-passenger, battery-electric car Ford expects will achieve more than a 100 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) fuel economy rating. Ford will also be introducing the C-MAX Hybrid and the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid—also to be built at Michigan Assembly— for sale in the second half of next year. Ford transformed Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich.,

Michigan vs electric cars, Bolt EV road trip, Honda Clarity pricing, C-Max efficiency: Today's Car News

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Today, we have another Bolt EV road trip, scratch our heads at Michigan, look at electric-car lease pricing, and consider a type of hybrid we may never see in North America. All this and more on Green Car Reports. You still can't buy a Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car in much of the Midwest, so one owner drove his new Bolt halfway across the country

Ford HQ To Have Michigan's Largest Solar Array, 30 Charging Stations Included

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Building electric cars and plug-in hybrids is great, but what if there''s no place to charge them? Ford is starting a project that will not only give employees a place to charge, but also reduce its corporate carbon emissions. The carmaker announced it is teaming with Detroit utility DTE Energy to build a solar canopy over hundreds of parking

Li-ion maker A123 Systems to build HQ complex in Michigan, shrink US cell manufacturing

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A123 Systems LLC, a developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and systems, plans to spend $40 million to build a new headquarters complex in Novi, Michigan. The new 150,000 square foot campus will replace A123’s leased space in Livonia and Romulus, Michigan. This will impact approximately 200 manufacturing jobs at the company’s current locations in Livonia and Romulus, Michigan.

Michigan governor signs legislation package allowing operation of autonomous vehicles on state roadways; enabling platooning

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a package of legislation putting autonomous vehicles onto Michigan’s roads. The core is Senate Bill 995 , which allows operation of autonomous vehicles on Michigan roads where before only testing of these vehicles by manufacturers was permitted. All safety requirements that pertain to the testing of autonomous vehicles will apply to autonomous vehicle operation.

Michigan Jumps On The 'Tax Electric Cars' Bandwagon, Too

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And just to make things interesting, this time the debate is happening in Michigan. Elected officials in yet another state have proposed levying taxes on electric cars. Similar initiatives have been discussed in states both red and blue, including Arizona, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. Why tax hybrids and electric cars? Because they

Ford To Partner With University Of Michigan On Electric-Car Battery Lab

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According to the Detroit News, it will partner with the University of Michigan by helping to fund a laboratory where car makers can test prototype battery cells for future To launch its Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, General Motors chose to build and expand its very own battery lab. Crosstown rival Ford is taking a different route.

U Michigan signs ~$1M research agreement with China ride-sharing leader DiDi Chuxing

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The University of Michigan (U-M) will collaborate with Chinese institutions to advance research, development and deployment of new transportation technologies and cutting-edge innovations. Jack Hu, U-M vice president for research, signed a research agreement with DiDi Chuxing, China’s largest rider-hailing company, to develop scholarships and innovations related to the share economy. U-M is the first university in the US to partner with DiDi.

Predicting Electric-Car Battery Life: GE, Ford, U of Michigan Team Up

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Because the gasoline car has been in continual production and development for over 100 years, automakers can use past experience to estimate how long cars -- and their engines -- will last. But because the development of the modern electric car is still in its infancy, automakers are still struggling to predict how long an electric car battery

U-Michigan, China enter two new automated and connected vehicle partnerships

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The University of Michigan is entering two separate agreements with Chinese institutions targeting automated and connected vehicles. Second, a $2.5-million research agreement with the Chongqing Sokon Industry Group establishes the University of Michigan-Sokon Research Center in the U-M Department of Mechanical Engineering. Sokon is also establishing an independent tech center in the state of Michigan.