Remember XP Vehicles, the "pre-revenue start-up" that issued a statement 13 months ago saying it was "Extremely Disappointed in DOE Rejection of [its] ATVM Application" and asking people to petition the government to help the company? The rejection came after XP asked for money from the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program (ATVMP) to develop its electric inflatable car concept. XP was not happy with the result. It still isn't. In fact, XP Vehicles announced today it has filed a legal brief, "on behalf of the independent American alternative energy vehicle manufacturers," with the U.S. Justice Department because of "improprieties experienced first-hand" in the DOE's loan approval process. The company's press release says many of the independent manufacturers:
experienced the same blockades, misrepresentations, retractions, manipulated data, favoritism and other improprieties created to give advantage to very specific large entities at the cost of American small business ventures and innovation. Tesla Motors former executive Darryl Siry published a report in Wired touching on how these particular loan programs actually prevented American Independent car companies from getting non-government funding and the new legal brief goes even further to underscore that report.
You can read SIry's post here. XP might be on to something, since the U.S. Government Accountability Office is investigating claims of "favoritism" in the loan candidates and, according to Green Car Advisor:
... found that the Energy Department preferred to grant loans to larger or established automakers or wannabe automakers and tended to deny loans to smaller ones.
XP Vehicles was founded by Clever Industries LLC and designs its vehicles, "using parts of cars that have already come to market, creating parts and systems that cost far less to get to market."

[Source: XP Vehicles, Green Car Advisor]

PRESS RELEASE

XP Vehicles, Inc., an Electric Vehicle Company, Files Department of Justice Charges Regarding Auto Industry Loan Process

SAN FRANCISCO, Sep 23, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- XP Vehicles(TM) (http://www.myxpcar.com) today announced it had filed a legal brief with the United States Department of Justice via the office of Attorney General Eric Holder, with copies to the White House Press office, regarding improprieties experienced first-hand in the DOE Loan Guarantee Program and the Section 136 ATVM Loan Program on the heels of a federal investigation published by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO found "favoritism" and blockading of certain candidates. XP stated that the filed brief is presented on behalf of the independent American alternative energy vehicle manufacturers, a large number of whom experienced the same blockades, misrepresentations, retractions, manipulated data, favoritism and other improprieties created to give advantage to very specific large entities at the cost of American small business ventures and innovation. Tesla Motors former executive Darryl Siry published a report in Wired touching on how these particular loan programs actually prevented American Independent car companies from getting non-government funding and the new legal brief goes even further to underscore that report.

The brief names the names and connects the dots to parties who appear to have been involved in the deployment of taxpayer dollars in less than transparent ways and means.

XP and its industry associates applaud the GAO report but felt that it only covered the tip of the iceberg. Multiple CEO's from multiple American independent alternative energy vehicle companies have offered to testify on the matter at an open public hearing on CSPAN, and all other interested networks, at the time and place chosen by Congress. XP is seeking re-review of all small business applicants.

XP Vehicles is a Bay Area start-up formed by technology experts and a consortium of companies who are each expert in their component area. XP is known for developing the X-Panel(TM) composite structure, a new type of material to build cars with. While it has been referred to as "inflatable" the X-Panel material is actually a multicell micro-array that creates the most crash-proof, longest range, lowest cost electric vehicles on Earth
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