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  • Are We at the Electric Car’s Tipping Point?

    Are We at the Electric Car’s Tipping Point?

    by Daniel Gross The Daily Beast June 1, 2013 Tesla’s making money, sales have doubled, and prices for plug-ins and hybrids are coming down in a big way. Is this the green market’s Model T moment? Read more…

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  • Onshoring EV Components: Motors, Batteries for Advanced Vehicles Now Made in USA

    Onshoring EV Components: Motors, Batteries for Advanced Vehicles Now Made in USA

    by Roger Kerson, May 8, 2013 Two years ago, reports EV World, the land next to GM’s White Marsh transmission plant just north of Baltimore was an open, grassy field. Today, it’s the site of the first plant in the U.S. built specifically to supply electric motors for electric vehicles.  The new 110,000 square-foot facility will supply the motors to power the Chevy Spark, a low-volume model that will go on sale later this summer in California and Oregon. The [...]

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  • LG Chem to begin battery production in July

    LG Chem to begin battery production in July

    Associated Press, May 6 2013 HOLLAND — An advanced battery maker said it plans to launch commercial production of automotive lithium-ion battery cells in western Michigan in July. LG Chem Michigan, a subsidiary of South Korean company LG Chem, announced Sunday that test runs have begun at the facility in Holland and that it anticipates shipping products by the end of the summer. Read more…

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  • Better fuel economy matters to more US consumers, survey finds

    Better fuel economy matters to more US consumers, survey finds

    by Mark Clayton The Christian Science Monitor April 29, 2013 America’s transition is well under way to higher mileage standards and to vehicles that sip rather than slurp gasoline, with manufacturers and consumers both supporting the shift, according to new research by the Consumer Federation of America. •A large majority of Americans support the higher fuel-economy standards approved by Congress and amplified by the Obama administration. Today’s consumers say they expect the next vehicle they buy to get many more [...]

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  • ‚ÄòBattery University’ Aims to Train a Work Force for Next-Generation Energy Storage

    ‚ÄòBattery University’ Aims to Train a Work Force for Next-Generation Energy Storage

    by Brita Belli, New York Times, April 8 2013 This summer, San Jose State University is offering the first classes in what it calls “battery university,” a series in its professional development program intended to train a work force for the next generation of battery makers. The curriculum is being developed by more than 100 experts from the emerging battery storage sector ‚Äî mostly from the San Francisco Bay Area ‚Äî and will focus not only on developing the technology, [...]

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  • EPA Fuel Economy Report: Americans Vehicles Saw 1.4 MPG Jump Last Year

    EPA Fuel Economy Report: Americans Vehicles Saw 1.4 MPG Jump Last Year

    by Ryan Koronowski Climate Progress March 16, 2013 Yesterday, EPA released a new report that showed major fuel efficiency gains in American vehicles. EPA’s annual report that tracks the fuel economy of vehicles sold in the United States is signaling a significant 1.4 mile per gallon (mpg) increase for 2012 cars and trucks ‚Äì along with a continued decrease in carbon pollution. Read more…

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