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  • Obama Seeks $2 Billion in Research on Cleaner Fuels

    Obama Seeks $2 Billion in Research on Cleaner Fuels

    by John M. Broder The New York Times March 15, 2013 WASHINGTON ‚Äî With few options available for financing his clean-energy ambitions, President Obama on Friday will propose diverting $2 billion in revenue from federal oil and gas leases over the next decade to pay for research on advanced vehicles, White House officials said. Mr. Obama will visit the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago to tour its state-of-the-art research facilities and to promote his idea, first proposed in last month’s […]

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  • Obama: Use Oil & Gas Lease Dollars To Fund Gasoline-Free Cars

    Obama: Use Oil & Gas Lease Dollars To Fund Gasoline-Free Cars

    by John Voelcker Green Car Reports March 15, 2013 …According to reports in The New York Times, Scientific American, and other sources, President Obama will announce the plan during a speech today at Argonne National Laboratory, outside Chicago. While he first floated the idea during his State of the Union address in January, the proposal will flesh out the details of the subjects to be funded. Those include additional research on advanced battery chemistries and materials technologies, a broad array […]

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  • Cadillac reveals new battery-powered ELR

    Cadillac reveals new battery-powered ELR

    by Tyrel Linkhorn, Toledo Blade, Jan. 16th, 2013 DETROIT ‚Äî Cadillac, a company that in its golden day put V-16 engines into exquisitely long cars, will soon build a plug-in electric that shares technology with the divisively green Chevrolet Volt. Cadillac revealed its 2014 ELR on Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show. The extended-range electric coupe can go about 35 miles using battery power only. Using its 1.4-liter gas engine, General Motors says the car can cover more […]

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  • Johnson Controls: New ‘micro hybrid’ two-battery system will boost mileage

    Johnson Controls: New ‘micro hybrid’ two-battery system will boost mileage

    by Thomas Content, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 10 2013 Johnson Controls Inc. is introducing a battery system that combines lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries inside a car to boost gas mileage and help reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The company said Thursday it will introduce a 48-volt micro hybrid demonstration module during the North American International Auto Show next week. Read more…

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  • Nissan Opens US Leaf Battery Plant

    Nissan Opens US Leaf Battery Plant

    by Bryan Laviolette The Detroit Bureau December 13, 2012 Nissan took a major step toward U.S. production of its Leaf electric vehicle with the beginning of lithium-ion battery production in at its plant in Smyrna, Tenn… Nissan has invested $1.7 billion in the battery plant and tooling to produce the Leaf in Smyrna. Nissan obtained a federally guaranteed $1.4 billion loan to help fund the project. So far, Nissan has added 300 jobs between battery production and setting up for […]

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  • More Satisfied Customers? DOE Battery Research Could Make Driving Easier for Me ‚Äì and Other Electric Vehicle Owners

    More Satisfied Customers? DOE Battery Research Could Make Driving Easier for Me – and Other Electric Vehicle Owners

    For two years in a row, the Chevy Volt has ranked #1 in the Consumer Reports customer satisfaction survey, with a whopping 92% of vehicle owners saying they’d buy the same car again.

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