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The new A123 looks a lot like the old A123: Q&A with Jeff Kessen

Start-ups are tough. The majority of them do not succeed, particularly those built around new technologies in burgeoning industries. Nowhere is this more evident than in the EV industry. Even with political support and government grants, many companies have miscalculated the market and the capital required to make it into the black.  In October 2012,… Read more »

ARPA-E awards $27 million for power electronics research

The DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected 14 projects to receive $27 million in funding to support the development of next-generation power conversion devices. These devices, which convert electrical energy from high to low voltages, are critical to all electronic devices, and represent a key enabling technology for electric vehicles.  The DOE’s talent… Read more »

DOE to auction off Fisker loan

Got a plan to bring Fisker back to life? You’ve got a couple of weeks to put an offer together. The DOE has announced that it plans to conduct an auction for Fisker’s loan, which has a $168 million unpaid balance, on October 11. The deadline for submitting initial bids is October 7. “After exhausting… Read more »

German investors submit offer for Fisker

A pair of German investors has submitted a formal offer for Fisker Automotive, according to Green Car Reports. Last month, the German magazine AutoBild reported that Fritz Nol and Ingo Voigt group were interested in acquiring what remains of Fisker for $25 million. “I am proud to tell you that we just sent our detailed… Read more »

Plug-in fleets: small challenges, huge savings

Four plug-in truck companies talk to fleet managers about electrification opportunities Plug-in vehicles are different. Aside from the obvious changes in technology, they present a different financial model for corporate number crunchers. This means some challenges for those pitching EVs and PHEVs to fleet operators. Fortunately for the EV industry and the fleets of the… Read more »

Australian researchers announce supercapacitor breakthrough

Researchers at Australia’s Monash University have developed a compact graphene-based supercapacitor device that lasts as long as a conventional battery, an advance with the potential to bring next-generation energy storage a step closer. Professor Dan Li of the Department of Materials Engineering and his team published their work this week in Science. Supercapacitors (SCs) are… Read more »

GM offers a range of electrified vehicles – but don’t call them hybrids!

When is a hybrid not a hybrid? When it’s made by GM. In a recent blog post, Pam Fletcher, one of GM’s chief engineers, claims to be trying to clear up the confusion about the terms used to describe the various categories of electrified vehicles (and of course, to explain why you want to buy… Read more »

New US-Europe Interoperability Center will promote EV-smart grid cooperation

The interaction between smart grids and EVs is expected to be a key part of the transition to electric mobility. The grid of the future will provide two-way communication between suppliers and consumers, responding to the actions of all users and ensuring efficient, sustainable power systems with low losses and high security. Promoting common standards… Read more »

ANSI releases version 2.0 of EV Standardization Roadmap

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released version 2.0 of its Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles. This lengthy tome seems to address every conceivable standard that has to do with EVs, and it makes a dense but interesting read. The Roadmap tracks progress to implement recommendations made in version 1.0, released in April 2012,… Read more »