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DOE awards $17 million to small businesses for renewable energy and electromobility projects

The DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has awarded $17 million in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects to help small businesses develop prototype technologies in a wide range of renewable energy and transportation-related fields. These awards are for Phase II SBIR projects to further develop Phase I projects and produce a… Read more »

New York compromise allows Tesla to keep its company-owned stores

One state may have found a workable compromise in the war of Tesla versus the auto dealers. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the belligerents reached an agreement that allows the EV-maker to keep its five company-owned stores in the state. “Today’s agreement reaffirms New York’s long-standing commitment to the dealer franchise… Read more »

New fast charger network creates EV corridor in central England

The English city of Milton Keynes has launched a network of fast chargers, creating a corridor of charging points across the center of the country. The Milton Keynes Crosslink consists of 14 triplex rapid chargers, each capable of charging an EV in around 20 minutes, located in and around Cambridge, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Buckingham and… Read more »

Legislative update: California, Georgia, Utah and federal EV incentives

California clean vehicle rebate funds run out, waiting list openedOn March 28, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced that it has run out of available FY 2013-14 funding for the Clean Vehicle rebate, and it has opened a $5 million rebate waiting list.   CARB estimates that it will need a total of $30 million… Read more »

Panasonic to take a step by step approach to investment in Tesla Gigafactory

Pour the Champagne back into the bottle for now – reports that Panasonic had committed to investing a bundle in Tesla’s Gigafactory turn out to have been premature. President Kazuhiro Tsuga told reporters in Tokyo this week that the company plans to move cautiously to reduce its risk. “Our approach is to make investments step… Read more »

China’s best-selling plug-in: BYD’s QIN

China’s National Passenger Car Association has named BYD’s QIN plug-in hybrid sedan (pronounced “cheen”) the country’s best-selling electric vehicle. Since its launch in China in December, the BYD QIN has sold more than 6,000 vehicles, which represents over half of the Chinese new-energy vehicle market. Chinese buyers of plug-ins and other “new energy” vehicles receive… Read more »

Motiv Power Systems electrifies postal vans, garbage trucks and school buses

Kings Canyon Unified School District, in California, has ordered four buses from Trans Tech Bus, featuring electric powertrains from Foster City-based Motiv Power Systems. The SST-e, an electric version of Trans Tech’s popular SST model, uses a Ford E450 cutaway chassis equipped with Motiv’s electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS). The SST-e school bus is available… Read more »

Remy to supply motors for EchoDrive plug-in hybrid system

Echo Automotive (OTCQB: ECAU) has announced an agreement with Remy International to supply electric motors for Echo’s EchoDrive plug-in hybrid system, which is scheduled for production later this year. “Remy has over 100,000 electric motors on the road with over 2 billion miles and over 10 years of electric traction motor production,” said Echo President… Read more »

Jaguar Land Rover will eventually produce an EV

Luxury automakers are at the forefront of the electrification trend, and Jaguar Land Rover is no exception – it has unveiled a Range Rover Hybrid, and has an all-electric version of the famous Defender safari-mobile in real-world trials. At this week’s Geneva Auto Salon, Dr Wolfgang Epple, the company’s Director of Research and Technology, told… Read more »