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$55 million in new federal funding for vehicle R&D, 19 EV projects

The DOE has announced $55 million in new funding for 31 projects to accelerate R&D of vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs. 19 of the new projects are aimed at meeting the goals of the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, which seeks to make the US auto industry the first to produce plug-in… Read more »

White House response to pro-Tesla petition (a year later): We can’t pre-empt state law

Remember that petition that circulated a year ago, asking the White House to intervene in the War of the Car Lots, and allow Tesla to sell its vehicles directly to consumers? An answer finally came this week and, as expected, it merely states that the federal government has no authority in the matter. The official response,… Read more »

US Hybrid to deliver plug-in fuel cell shuttle bus to Hawaii Mass Transit Agency

The Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT) has awarded a contract to US Hybrid to deliver a plug-in fuel cell shuttle bus to the County of Hawaii Mass Transit Agency. US Hybrid’s H2Ride 25-passenger shuttle bus uses a 30 kW fuel cell fueled by a 20 kg hydrogen storage and delivery system. The fuel… Read more »

The Buckeye Bullet: A student-built EV that’s racing towards 400 mph

As it stands today, Ohio State’s Buckeye Bullet 1 holds the US record speed for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) at 314.958 mph, its Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2 holds the world record for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles at 302.877 mph, and the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2.5 holds the world record for BEVs at 307.666 mph. … Read more »

Alcoa applies for DOE loan to expand aluminum plant

The DOE has proposed lending money to aluminum giant Alcoa to increase production at a Tennessee factory, the first loan to a supplier under the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program, which was created by Congress in 2007 but hasn’t approved a loan since 2011. Alcoa spokeswoman Lori Lecker told Automotive News the company has applied… Read more »

Ideal Power’s battery converters to be used in DoD V2G project

Ideal Power Inc. (NASDAQ: IPWR) has received a purchase order for ten of its 30 kW battery converters from Coritech Services, a provider of custom engineering solutions for EV charging. Coritech intends to install the converters in its bi-directional charging system for use in Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) applications for the Department of Defense (DoD). The US… Read more »

CarCharging adds two public charging stations on the Pennsylvania Turnpike

Miami Beach-based Car Charging Group (OTCQB:CCGI) has added two Pennsylvania locations to its network of over 13,000 charging points. The new public chargers, located at the Bowmansville and King of Prussia service plazas along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, were made possible through a partnership between the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) and the Department of Environmental Protection… Read more »

Tom Gage on ZEV mandates, Tesla’s early days, BMW’s EV commitment and V2G tech

Q&A with the EV trailblazer Tom Gage Tom Gage is one of America’s true EV pioneers. He’s perhaps best known as one of the designers of the tzero electric sports car that provided the inspiration for the Tesla Roadster. However, that is far from his only contribution to the electric mobility field. Charged recently caught up… 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 »

DOE Inspector General criticizes agency’s oversight of Ecotality awards

The sad story of Ecotality’s demise entered another chapter, as the DOE’s internal investigator said that problems at the company should have been spotted sooner. The DOE’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a report concluding that the DOE “had not fully disclosed known concerns regarding Ecotality’s ability to meet its EV project obligations”… Read more »