Despite Failures, DOE Green Loan Program Not Such A Flop

With recent high-profile failures of government-backed alt-fuel projects including Fisker Automotive and the Vehicle Production Group, one wouldn’t be blamed for thinking the green energy loan program was a flop. But a well-written analysis of the program finds that, despite incessant criticisms, the program did better than some people would have you think.

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Tesla Motors Repays $465 Million Government Loan

There have been plenty of doubters, haters, and detractors from Elon Musk’s electric car dream. For a while there his baby, Tesla Motors, was a political football punted between Democrats and Republicans. But with the full repayment of the $465 million Tesla borrowed from the U.S. government, Tesla has not just defied the odds, but proven the viability of a pure electric automaker.

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CNG Taxi Van Maker Suspends Operations, Will Be Sold

Call 2013 the Year of Reckoning for alternative fuel vehicles. There has been a seemingly endless parade of green car companies shutting down, and it isn’t over yet. The latest victim is natural gas taxi builder VPG, which has suspended operations and will soon be sold to the highest bidder. But VPG has the best chance of rising from the ashes as a bigger, better automaker.

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DOE Loan Rules Tightened After Fisker Failures

The Department of Energy’s loan program for the advancement of vehicle technology underwent some significant changes following Fisker Automotive’s financial problems. The Feds decided to tighten restrictions and hopefully mitigate wasteful spending, though that has done nothing to cull critics of the green energy loan program.

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Obama’s Hydrogen Push Coming Soon

We think it is fair to say that pure electric vehicles have not panned out as both government and auto industry bigwigs had hoped. This has both parties switching gears, and perhaps even getting on the same page for once. A new report says that the Department of Energy is planning to push hydrogen fuel cell technology, and some automakers are optimistic about this shift.

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