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Nissan to Build Massive Electric Car Factory in US

[social_buttons] Nissan has announced plans to launch the large-scale production of electric cars and batteries in the United States, with a massive 50 billion Yen ($516 million) facility in Smyrna, Tennessee. The site will be capable of knocking-out an impressive 50,000 to 100,000 EVs by 2012, with investment possibly DOUBLING to 100 billion Yen (more […]

June 22nd

Scientists Seek Ways to Harvest Fossil Fuel Faster

Suggestions are floated in the current issue of Industrial Engineering & Chemical Research on the best way to farm living diatoms to turn their oil into a new oil field  containing “massive amounts of gasoline.” As previously fossilized fuel supplies dwindle,  pinhead-sized diatoms – at the bottom of the food chain – have become the […]

June 19th

Senate Passes Cash for Clunkers Program

[social_buttons] The Senate passed the Cash for Clunkers Program today, which gives consumers with cars that get less than 18 miles per gallon the ability to turn them in for a $3,500 or $4,500 cash voucher. The bill was nearly defeated by Republicans, but Democratic support saved the day in part due to Obama’s lobbying […]

June 18th

Update: GM May Hunt for Fuel Cell Development “Efficiencies”

The financial woes at General Motors could finally be catching up with its fuel cell vehicle development program. [social_buttons] In a Web-based interview with the media Tuesday, CEO Fritz Henderson said the company may take a close look at what it spends on fuel cell development. When asked by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle’s Matt […]

June 17th

Congress to Vote on Cash for Clunkers Program

For those of you driving clunkers, you may soon be able to turn that eyesore into cash. The House and Senate have agreed to designate $1 billion for the Cash for Clunkers program to be funded out of the significantly larger $106 billion wartime spending bill. Not yet law (Congress is expected to pass this […]

June 15th

Yardney Teams Up With Coda Automotive to Manufacture Lithium-Ion EV Batteries

[social_buttons] Pawcatuck, CT – Connecticut based Yardney Technical Products, Inc. – who supplied NASA with batteries for the Mars Exploration Rovers (an all-electric vehicle, operating under the most challenging conditions imaginable) – and California-based Coda Automotive announced on Monday, June 8 that the two companies have entered into a joint venture (Coda Battery Systems LLC). Coda Battery Systems […]

June 9th

First Major Auto Company Has Begun Electric Car Production

Yes! The Oil Age has officially ended: Autoblog green reports that Mitsubishi has just begun production of the first freeway speed EV from a big auto company. EV fans have suffered for years through stops and starts in the roll-out of the obvious and necessary vehicle to drive us into our glorious low carbon future: […]

June 5th

David Letterman Slams Chevy Volt, Tesla CEO Agrees

[social_buttons] Two interesting events took place last week in the electric vehicle industry: GM invited several journalists to take a ride in the Chevy Volt, and Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk appeared on David Letterman. Despite appearances, these two events are tied together. Why? Because as GM continues to tout the Volt’s ability to get […]