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Nissan’s Ghosn Seeks U.S. Government Support for Alternate Power

“There must be some kind of vision,” says CEO.

by on Nov.14, 2012

Government support for battery power and other alternatives is critical, says Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.

In the wake of the superstorm that swept through much of the Atlantic coast, there’s growing debate over the steps that must be taken to prevent similar disasters – with even some traditional skeptics now conceding their concerns about global warming.

For his part, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn believes “some kind of vision” about alternative vehicles must be included in any plans for the future.

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The continued dependence on oil for most of the world’s transportation needs “cannot continue,” Ghosn declared during a speech at the Wall Street Journal CEO forum in Washington, D.C.  “There are a lot of (alternative) technologies available,” he asserted.


Battery Car Makers See Hope in Obama Re-election

But budget crisis could stalemate efforts to boost incentives.

by on Nov.07, 2012

Pres. Obama's re-election is seen as a positive by many in the electric vehicle industry.

The day after the votes were counted, the Washingon-based Electric Drive Transportation Association basically hailed President Barack Obama’s re-election.

The organization was one of many electric vehicle and green energy proponents to see a positive outcome to an otherwise bitter and divisive campaign in which challenger Mitt Romney and senior Republican leaders frequently scoffed at the need for alternative energy – especially if the transition would require federal subsidies.

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“EDTA looks forward to continuing its work with President Obama and the newly-elected Congress to advance technology innovation that will diversify our transportation fuels,” the association said in a statement.


Obama Aims to Boost Battery Car Tax Credit

Proposal would raise figure to $10,000.

by on Feb.16, 2012

President Obama during the state-of-the-union address last month.

President Barack Obama wants to turn on the electric vehicle market and is proposing a significant increase in the already sizable tax credit available to buyers of battery cars and plug-in hybrids.

As part of his latest budget proposal, the President has proposed increasing the current $7,500 tax credit – available for vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt – to $10,000 with the goal of boosting demand for the high-mileage vehicles.

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The Obama Administration has strongly backed the push for electric propulsion – which many experts believe will be essential to meet the strict fuel economy mandates set to go into place in 2025.

But despite following through on a State-of-the-Union promise to also include $4 billion in new subsidies for the oil and gas industries, the overall budget proposal appears to have little chance of passage, at least without significant changes.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, denounced the Obama budget as little more than a “campaign document.”


White House Plugging In

Obama orders feds to buy battery cars, compacts.

by on May.25, 2011

Pres. Obama during a visit to the Chevy Volt plant.

The White House is going green.  President Obama is ordering his administration to make a high-mileage shift by replacing its current vehicle fleet with more fuel-efficient battery cars and compacts – and ruling out full-sized sedans unless absolutely necessary.

The list of new models includes 101 Detroit-made Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids, as well as 15 Nissan Leaf and Think City battery-electric vehicles.  Charging stations will be installed at government buildings in at least five cities.

The new directive supports the president’s goal of getting 1 million battery vehicles on the road by 2015 – while reducing oil import levels in 2025 by a third compared to 2008.

There are some exceptions in the new White House directive.  It will permit “optional equipment to what is essential to meet agency mission,” such as “vehicles used for law enforcement, protective, emergency response, or military tactical operations.”  That will include the truck-based, heavily-armored limousine used by the president and his Secret Service detail.

And full-sized sedans and SUVs can be maintained by government agencies as long as they can run on E85, a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.  Actually, a large percentage of today’s new vehicles can run on E85, though the number actually using the mostly renewable fuel is a small fraction.

But the Administration plans to continue pushing to adopt more high-mileage vehicles moving forward, with most of the cars in the 600,000-vehicle government fleet using advanced powertrain technologies by 2015.

The White House estimates it can save as much as 385,000 barrels of oil, or 7.7 million gallons of gas.

The battery car pilot program will see charging stations installed at federal buildings in Washington, D.C., California and Michigan, and the project, if successful, could then be expanded to other parts of the country.

Obama Admin. Wants Battery Car Rebates

Could it help boost sluggish sales of current EVs, like Leaf, Volt?

by on May.18, 2011

The White House wants to make rebates for battery cars like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf available at the time of purchase.

Despite near-record fuel prices, Americans have yet to make a significant switch from gasoline to electric propulsion, whether in the form of conventional hybrids or battery-electric vehicles.

So far this year, in fact, advanced electric vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt, have generated barely 2,000 sales, barely two days production of a vehicle like the big Ford F-150 pickup.

The Obama Administration hopes to switch on demand, however, by offering dealer-based incentives — much like the givebacks automakers routinely use to boost sales – rather than the current tax credit system that can take a buyer as much as a year to receive.


“We’d like for people to get a $7,500 rebate on the day they buy the Leaf,” said U.S. Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood, during a visit to the Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee that is being retooled to start building the Nissan Leaf.

Traditional automotive incentives are provided up front so that buyers can use them to reduce their down-payments and monthly notes.  And by using the same approach for advanced battery vehicles, said LaHood, it would permit customers “to own a Leaf for what most average people can afford.”


Panel Claims U.S. Can’t Meet White House Goal of Putting 1 Million Battery Cars on the Road by 2015

President still intent on shift to clean power for cars.

by on Feb.03, 2011

The White House wants 1 million battery cars, like this Ford C-Max Energi, on the road by 2015.

President Barack Obama, during a visit to Penn State today,  laid out more of his broad plan for the nation to switch to clean energy, a move that would, among other things, place heavy emphasis on putting at least 1 million battery cars on the road by 2015.

But a blue-ribbon panel, put together by Indiana University, warns that the administration won’t be able to meet its goal of shifting motorists into hybrids and battery-electric vehicles that quickly.

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“The production intentions of automakers are currently insufficient to meet the 2015 goal,” argued the report, “and even the current plans for production volume may not be met.”

Pres. Obama has made energy a cornerstone of his policies, and has authorized billions of dollars in grants and low-interest loans to promote energy efficiency and a shift away from imported oil.  Much of that money has gone to the auto industry, where it is supporting efforts to set up lithium-ion production facilities, develop even more advanced batteries, and help manufacturers put on the road vehicles that can use the new technologies.


Obama to Visit Michigan Battery Plant That Will Now Supply Both GM and Ford EVs.

Ford signs up LG Chem’s Compact Power subsidiary as new battery supplier.

by on Jul.14, 2010

Power to the People? President Barack Obama will visit Michigan to press for more battery production.

President Obama will be charging through Michigan Thursday, stopping in Holland to mark the groundbreaking of the new LG Chem battery plant that will begin supplying lithium-ion packs to the nation’s two largest domestic automakers in 2012.

The Korean-owned plant, scheduled to be one of the first in this country to produce the basic lithium-ion cells for battery vehicles like the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will also produce batteries for Ford’s upcoming Focus Electric model, that automaker announced Tuesday.

Obama’s visit will be more than the classic political meet-and-greet session.  The president will use his visit to the site of the LG Chem plant to focus on his administration’s efforts to expand the production and sales of plug-in hybrids, pure battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and other battery-based cars, trucks and crossover.

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For his part, the president is calling for the auto industry to be selling 1 million plug-ins, extended-range electric vehicles (the proper description of the Volt) and battery-electric vehicles by 2015.

While skeptics warn the technology is likely to remain expensive and limited in application for more than a decade to come, proponents insist that costs will come down –while consumer demand should rise — as manufacturers ramp up production of both batteries and battery vehicles.  Though LG Chem’s facility is still two years from production, as many as four high-volume lithium-ion factories are expected to be operating by year’s end, including one in Indianapolis supplying the Norwegian-based Think!, which plans to produce its 2-seat City minicar in Elkhart, Indiana.