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  • U.S.-Built Electric Cars To Get U.S.-Made Battery Cells Too

    U.S.-Built Electric Cars To Get U.S.-Made Battery Cells Too

    by John Voelcker Green Car Reports April 23, 2013 While the number of plug-in electric cars built in the U.S. is steadily increasing, the lithium-ion cells in their batteries have mostly come from overseas… Now comes a report that Korean cell maker LG Chem will start producing cells at its Holland, Michigan, plant in the second half of this year. Read more…

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  • General Motors unveils its new electric motor in White Marsh

    General Motors unveils its new electric motor in White Marsh

    by Jamie Smith Hopkins The Baltimore Sun April 16, 2013 General Motors officially launched its new electric motor in White Marsh Tuesday, a milestone in U.S. manufacturing ‚ and a key part of the company’s bet that the electric-vehicle market is poised to grow. With production under way at the Baltimore County “eMotor” plant, GM says, the company is the first automaker to manufacture electric-drive motors domestically. Read more…

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  • Obama calls for big boost in electric vehicle research funding

    Obama calls for big boost in electric vehicle research funding

    by David Shepardson The Detroit News April 10, 2013 Washington ‚Äî President Barack Obama proposed a big boost in vehicle research funding in his 2014 budget proposal that he delivered to Congress on Wednesday. He also called for more money for high-speed rail, cellulosic ethanol and boosting manufacturing. Obama wants to hike the Energy Department’s vehicle research budget by 75 percent to $575 million and create a $2 billion trust fund to fund more research into getting the country off […]

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  • Analysis: Ford’s Wayne assembly plant pumps $1.8B into Michigan’s economy

    Analysis: Ford’s Wayne assembly plant pumps $1.8B into Michigan’s economy

    by Karl Henkel The Detroit News March 21, 2012 Dearborn ‚Äî Ford Motor Co.’s revamped Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne ‚Äî seen as a model for auto factories in the future ‚Äî supports 24,000 statewide jobs and injects $1.8 billion annually into Michigan’s economy, according to analysis from the Center for Automotive Research. The plant, dubbed by CAR as “the new global standard for flexible manufacturing” after a $770 million investment, produces five different Ford models ‚Äî including a hybrid, […]

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  • Big energy goals get a push: U.S. could cut vehicles’ fossil fuel use, emissions by 80% by 2050

    Big energy goals get a push: U.S. could cut vehicles’ fossil fuel use, emissions by 80% by 2050

    by Ronald D. White Tribune Newspapers March 19, 2013 A new National Research Council report says the U.S. may be able to reduce fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 in light-duty cars and trucks. The highly ambitious goal could be reached, the report says, through a combination of more efficient vehicles and the use of gasoline and diesel alternatives such as bio-fuels, electricity and hydrogen. Read more…

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  • Detroit Electric returns to build electric sports cars, create 180 jobs

    Detroit Electric returns to build electric sports cars, create 180 jobs

    by Karl Henkel The Detroit News March 19, 2013 An old name is returning to the Motor City to manufacturer a line of new electric sports cars. Detroit Electric, formerly an electric vehicle maker in the early 1900s, plans to bring 180 jobs to Metro Detroit by the end of the year and will produce a pure electric sports car beginning in August, the company said Tuesday. Read more…  

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