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Why A123 Threw Down for Fisker & Who’s Next

by Josie Garthwaite on January 15, 2010

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Battery maker A123Systems and plug-in car startup Fisker Automotive, which announced a new partnership on Thursday, seem like natural dance partners. Each exists as an outsider in an entrenched industry, they’re both gearing up for a ramp up in 2011… Continue reading

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A123Systems Links With Fisker: $23M and Battery Deal

by Josie Garthwaite on January 14, 2010

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Fisker Automotive has traveled a winding road on the way to picking a battery supplier. At long last, here it is: Battery maker A123Systems will supply the battery systems for Fisker’s upcoming plug-in hybrid luxury vehicle, the Fisker Karma, under … Continue reading

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We bid farewell to Bob Lutz as the frontman for General Motors’ Chevy Volt nearly a year ago, when he announced plans to retire at the end of 2009 (it didn’t take too long for those plans to change). But the onetime climate change denier is like a … Continue reading

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What can General Motors do with five months, an empty warehouse and $43 million? We’re sure you’re ready with a witty answer, but what the automaker did with those ingredients is renovate and equip a plant to assemble battery packs for its upcoming… Continue reading

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As Green Car Loan Funds Dwindle, What’s Plan B for Startups?

by Josie Garthwaite on December 11, 2009

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The flood of funding from the Department of Energy’s $25 billion Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan program — $8 billion for Tesla Motors, Nissan and Ford in June — has slowed to a trickle in recent months, comprising just two awards… Continue reading

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For Norway-based electric car developer Think, 2009 has not been much of a glory year. But if the next few weeks go according to plan, the company — which restarted production of its compact Think City electric two-seater today — could end the year… Continue reading

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China’s BYD Eyes SoCal for Its U.S. Electric Car Ambitions

by Josie Garthwaite on December 10, 2009

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As far as China’s BYD Co. is concerned, Los Angeles has at least five markings of a prime launchpad for electric vehicles: high population density, air pollution problems, a large car market, affluent consumers, and a yen for new technologies. That Continue reading

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Automotive X Prize Scores $5.5M DOE Award for Green Car Contest

by Josie Garthwaite on November 2, 2009

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The $10 million in winnings for the Automotive X Prize competition can provide a welcome influx of cash for the DIY garage-based team, startup or even a more established automaker that builds the best 100 MPG car with a minimum 200-mile range, based on… Continue reading

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Less than a year ago, electric car startup Tesla Motors took a gamble that funding or loan guarantees from the Department of Energy would come through for the Model S sedan manufacturing plant, a project that would be key to the company’s future as s… Continue reading

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