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GM’s 230 MPG Rating Is Unrealistic

Will wonders never cease in cleantech communication? GM announced today that the EPA has given the GM Volt a MPG rating on the city cycle of 230 miles. Sounds great, right? The problem is that anytime you try to get to “miles per gallon” using vehicles that don’t necessary use […]
GM’s 230 MPG Rating Is Unrealistic
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How Does The GM Volt Get Its 230 MPG Rating?

General Motor’s announcement that its Volt plug-in hybrid will get city fuel economy rating of 230 miles per gallon may leave some people scratching their heads. Here’s how they arrive at the number.
How Does The GM Volt Get Its 230 MPG Rating?
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New Battery Stimulus Spending Is Another GM Bailout

The President announced today $2.4 billion in stimulus spending on advanced battery technology spread across 48 different projects. The money, which is a grant (a.k.a., gift) will go to a variety of battery makers, tech companies, automakers and Universities.
New Battery Stimulus Spending Is Another GM Bailout
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Judge Lets Tesla Lawsuit Move Forward

Estranged Tesla “co-founder” Martin Eberhard won a small victory in court, when a judge ruled that his libal lawsuit against the company could move forward.
Judge Lets Tesla Lawsuit Move Forward
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How To Make Your Own Electric Car

Raul Atkinson, a software engineer, wanted an electric car, but couldn’t find one on the market that was affordable or good looking. So did what any reasonable person would do, he built his own.
How To Make Your Own Electric Car
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Inside Coda’s Electric Sedan

It’s not every day that the CEO of a car company takes you for a ride. Especially if it’s through the move-it-or-lose-it traffic of midtown Manhattan. In the rain. But Kevin Czinger seemed to enjoy it.
Inside Coda’s Electric Sedan
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Tesla Wins: DOE Will Grant It A Loan

The Department of Energy is prepared to award Tesla a loan, which it will announce in Michigan tomorrow, sources tell the Detroit Free Press. Ford and Nissan will also be approved for loans.
Tesla Wins: DOE Will Grant It A Loan
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The 10 Best Cars For The Environment

Start → The government is about to approve a cash for clunkers bill that offers a $4,500 rebate for switching into a fuel efficient car. So which gas-sipper are you going to buy?
The 10 Best Cars For The Environment
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Tesla Co-Founder Eberhard’s Whiny Lawsuit

The lawsuit against Tesla Motors and its CEO, Elon Musk, by Martin Eberhard makes for an entertaining read, but it essentially amounts to Silicon Valley equivalent of a McDonald’s coffee lawsuit.
Tesla Co-Founder Eberhard’s Whiny Lawsuit
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The 5 Companies That Will Survive The Electric Car Bust

Tesla’s Roadster is the only highway capable electric vehicle commercially available. Yet, J.D. Power and Associates Mike Omotoso, a powertrain analyst tells Earth2Tech, “There is a strong possibility of an EV glut” in the next 10 years.
The 5 Companies That Will Survive The Electric Car Bust
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Cool Tesla Model S Propaganda Film (CLIP)

OnCars.com managed a baby coup for itself, getting the chief designer of the Model S, Franz von Holzhausen, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk to sit down an explain why they love the sedan.
Cool Tesla Model S Propaganda Film (CLIP)
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How Electric Startup Coda Can Succeed

Coda Automotive has one year to nail its stated goal of producing an electric sedan for the masses. If it stumbles, it could get trampled by an onslaught of more popular brands entering the electric market.
How Electric Startup Coda Can Succeed
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Kleiner Invests In Another Electric Car Company

Kleiner Perkins partner Trae Vassallo said the legendary VC firm is investing in another electric car company, one that is at “the other end of the spectrum” from high end electrics like Fisker and Tesla.
Kleiner Invests In Another Electric Car Company
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Volkswagen Finds An Electric Partner In BYD

Last week Volkswagen told Autoexpress that it will unveil an electric car “that people could actually buy at a reasonable price” this September. Yesterday it may have revealed part of its plan for getting there.
Volkswagen Finds An Electric Partner In BYD
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The Next Cleantech IPOs

Hot on the heels of Open Table (OPEN) and SolarWinds going public (SWI) Steve Westly, cleantech investor and managing partner of The Westly Group, predicts the next three IPOs in cleantech for Earth2Tech.
The Next Cleantech IPOs
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Musk Makes Out In The Daimler Deal

If Elon Musk managed to nab a $550 million valuation for his capital-intensive, chronically plagued car company from Daimler, it’s a truly impressive feat.
Musk Makes Out In The Daimler Deal
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Tesla’s New Valuation Is $550 Million

Daimler was very careful not to specify how much it paid for its 10% of Tesla, only saying that it was “double-digit millions.” Luckily for those of us interested in the specifics, Elon Musk is not quite as careful.
Tesla’s New Valuation Is $550 Million
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Tesla Now Worth Less Than Twitter

With Daimler’s 10% stake in Tesla for “double digit millions,” it means that Tesla is valued at less than a billion dollars–and probably closer to $100 million.
Tesla Now Worth Less Than Twitter
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Fishy Tesla Video Surfaces About Getting New Financing (CLIP)

Below is a fishy video that’s making the rounds, where someone that might be an investor in Tesla says, “We’ve got a big announcement..that’s going to make people believers that the sedan’s going to be produced.” The announcement is supposed to come today or tomorrow and will be some sort […]
Fishy Tesla Video Surfaces About Getting New Financing (CLIP)
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Elon Musk: Chevy Volt Is A Lawnmower

Here’s a video from early April of Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, explaining why he isn’t doing plug-in hybrids (via Gas 2.0.) He hedges in a weak preamble saying he’s not trashing the Chevy Volt, and he hopes it’s successful. Then he proceeds to trash it.
Elon Musk: Chevy Volt Is A Lawnmower
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I Drove The Chevy Volt… And It Didn’t Suck!

General Motors (GM) invited CNN’s Peter Valdes-Dapena to drive a “mule” powered by the Chevy Volt’s hybrid gas-electric engine and power train (the body of the car was actually a Chevy Cruze.  The Volt body hasn’t been built yet).  Here’s what he thought:
I Drove The Chevy Volt… And It Didn’t Suck!
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Jaguar To Join The Electric Bandwagon

Jaguar is going to join the electric car party now that it’s secured a £307 million ($450 million) loan from the European Investment Bank, reports Autocar.
Jaguar To Join The Electric Bandwagon
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Inside The Tesla Model S (VIDEO)

TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington got a quick spin in the Tesla Model S, along with fellow TechCrunch reporters Sarah Lacy and Leena Rao. The car isn’t street legal as it lacks backseat safety belts and air bags, so they only got to zip around Tesla’s parking lot.
Inside The Tesla Model S (VIDEO)
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Fisker’s $85 Million Round Raises Questions About Tesla

In flush times, the funding of a company is not necessarily indicative of the potential success of that company (witness the last dot-com boom.) One of interesting effects of a severe downturn in capital markets is that market forces have a tendency to mercilessly cull the herd. The money that […]
Fisker’s $85 Million Round Raises Questions About Tesla
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Tesla CEO On Rival Volt’s Pointless Feature

Here’s another way to cut back on costs for the Chevy Volt–get rid of unecessary parts. The Volt has a range extender built into it, which means that when the battery craps out, a gas engine kicks in to keep the car running.
Tesla CEO On Rival Volt’s Pointless Feature
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Why China Won’t Clobber The U.S. In Electric Autos

China tells the New York Times that it’s going to produce a half million electric and hybrid autos by the end of 2011. If you choose to believe that, then it sounds like bad news for the U.S. However, picking at the meat of the news, it really doesn’t look […]
Why China Won’t Clobber The U.S. In Electric Autos
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Tesla Sells 520 Model S’s

Tesla announced in a press release today that it received 520 reservations for its $57,400 sedan the Model S in the first week of the sedan’s existence.
Tesla Sells 520 Model S’s
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Friedman: Time For Mark To Mother Nature

Just as A.I.G. sold insurance derivatives at prices that did not reflect the real costs and the real risks of massive defaults (for which we the taxpayers ended up paying the difference), oil companies, coal companies and electric utilities today are selling energy products at prices that do not reflect […]
Friedman: Time For Mark To Mother Nature
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GE Nixed Tesla Investment

On Sunday we picked up on a leaked Car and Driver magazine interview with Telsa CEO, Elon Musk. In it he says, “a bit of news that hasn’t come out yet [is] General Electric is investing in Tesla.”
GE Nixed Tesla Investment
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AP Reviewer Wets Himself Over Driving A Tesla

While the decisions of Tesla’s management have been questionable, there is no doubt that their car is a solid product. In anticipation of the Model S being unveiled this week, the Associated Press took a whirl through New York in a Roadster. The reviewer is absolutely smitten with the car:
AP Reviewer Wets Himself Over Driving A Tesla
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Tesla Stumbles Again

Whoops! In January, Tesla told customers that it would be producing 30 Roadsters a week by spring. Well, spring is right around the corner and the company isn’t going to be able to make good on that promise, Earth2Tech reports.
Tesla Stumbles Again
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If The Big Three Die, So Do Electric Car Start-Ups

Much has been written about the potential impact of Big 3 bankruptcies on the hundreds of suppliers that sell parts and assemblies to them. Part of the logic of the auto bailout was that if any one of the Big 3 were to fail, it would bankrupt some of the […]
If The Big Three Die, So Do Electric Car Start-Ups
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The Real Auto Bailout: $26 Billion For Roads Is Released

While Obama hasn’t yet given automakers bailout money to ail their woeful financial prospects, he did help them out in the stimulus by allocating billions for highways, roads and bridges. Yesterday, $26 billion was released to states for transportation infrastructure projects.
The Real Auto Bailout: $26 Billion For Roads Is Released
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Tesla Opening Chicago Store

Tesla Motors announced it is opening its first retail location for the year in Chicago at 1053 W. Grand Ave., near the Kennedy Expressway in the River West neighbourhood. Seven additional retail locations are planned for the year, in Manhattan, Miami, Seattle, Washington, London and Munich.
Tesla Opening Chicago Store
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One In Five Europeans Would Buy An Apple Car (AAPL)

Good news for pricey electric car makers like Tesla: A new study by consultants Bain & Co. finds that the wealthy are interested in picking up electric cars as secondary vehicles. They don’t mind paying a premium, even nowadays, as it lets them drive around in a status symbol.
One In Five Europeans Would Buy An Apple Car (AAPL)
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Tesla Unveils New Model: Same Car, More Expensive!

Electric car start-up Tesla is stealing a page from the major automakers. No, it’s not getting a bailout, though it could use one. Rather it’s releasing a moderately upgraded version of its Roadster and slapping a 20% premium on it.
Tesla Unveils New Model: Same Car, More Expensive!
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