• Nov 30, 2012
The US Department of Energy has been sued in US court by a company that it denied a loan to in its Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program. San Francisco-based XP Technology is charging the DOE with "corruption and negligence" for the way it handled the approval for loan process.

XP Technology is looking for funding to develop its battery and hydrogen fuel-cell powered car that has body panels made from expanded foam. The compact car would weight around 1,500 pounds, less than half the weight of similarly sized electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf. It's powered by small, removable cartridges that can be quickly swapped by owners or recharged at home. XP Technology has been granted several patents covering the technology inside the vehicle, but it's yet to build the car.

This is the fourth time the company has been turned down for DOE loans through the ATVM program. Two of the loan applications were for $25 million and two were for $45 million; two other applications are still pending. The company says that it was previously given a $1 million grant from a previous DOE program to help develop a hydrogen storage system used in its vehicle.

So far, funds from the $25 billion ATVM program have only gone to Ford, Nissan, Tesla and Fisker. XP is alleging that other startup electric vehicle makers such as Bright Automotive and Aptera Motors had their application reviews intentionally stalled to force them out of business and protect favored players. Bright Automotive and Aptera Motors have both filed for bankruptcy. Published reports are also cited in the lawsuit criticizing other DOE loans including the now-bankrupt solar energy company Solyndra. XP is soliciting other companies to join it in the lawsuit. In 2009, when the first DOE loan was rejected, XP was looking for support from the public.

XP's latest complaint was filed recently with the US Court of Federal Claims, and was denied. The company plans to have it re-filed through an attorney, and the suit will seek an injunction freezing all DOE loans programs until a new approval system has been established.


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      jhvfgjh
      raktmn
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't believe they actually included the Heritage Foundation website and a couple of blogspot anti-Solyndra/anti-Obama websites as "proof" in their legal filing. No wonder the Court denied their claims.
      Priyanka Shekhawat
      • 2 Years Ago
      San Francisco-based XP Technology is charging the DOE with corruption and negligence for the way "it handled the approval for loan process." - shouldn't it be handled process for loan approval" ..?
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now perhaps my claim that the USA is an absurdly litigious society, will be accepted !
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marcopolo
        I don't think any of us ever doubted that claim...
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      This seems stretched.
      winc06
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow. Solyndra? Shut down the program unless they get what they want. A Tea Bagger sues for his share of government money. That is ugly.
      raktmn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did they ever crash test any of their cars made of expanded foam? It would be interesting to see the video.
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Presumably, the guy will want all Federal Banks shut down when they won't give him a loan, either.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      • 1 Year Ago
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      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since I brought up Aptera here are two videos that illustrate how great that vehicle could have been: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwHm6aefGLQ&feature=fvwp&NR=1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c88-eLlSQzs
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Grendal
        That 1st video: The guy said the interior was surprisingly spacious... but he looked cramped. The steering wheel was at mid thigh. I think he was being generous to Aptera.
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Grendal
        And the statement about driving from New York to Los Angeles on a single 10 gallon tank... was VERY DISENGENUOUS! The Aptera never had a 10 gallon tank. That and 300 mpg is NOT confirmed by the EPA. 300 mpg is (like the Volts 230 mpg) is a claim based on recharging the batteries from a plug. ----------------------- Those videos are not really about how "great that vehicle could have been".... but is a great example of what happens to HYPE eventually. It dies a very quiet death. The Aptera was a nice car, but it was NOT what the news hyped it up to be. And in the end, people would not buy it.
          EVnerdGene
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          "And in the end, people would not buy it." Can't really say that cause it was never offered for sale beyond the deposits for the original (simple) concept. I had heartburn from even the simple rear drive that they could never sell it for $25K as touted. Exotic composite body, expensive electric drive components, expensive Li-batteries, limited production. As their designs evolved to FWD, fancy creature compforts and infotainment systems, excessive crash protection, etc. etc. I was going "cha-ching, cha-ching, cha-ching" every time I'd hear news. Then moved to 4-wheeler. Let's see; Tesla did a conversion that cost them ~$300M in development costs for a $109K+++ EV, and you guys are gonna do what for how much ?
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          You're right that it would not have had a ten gallon tank. The news just spoke it wrong and what should have been said that it would take 10 gallons (if the hybrid version got 300 MPG as estimated) to cross the USA. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aptera_Motors The wiki gives a reasonable account of the history of Aptera.
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Grendal
        2nd Video: Brian Williams says a couple hundred miles on a single "tank". He meant "gallon". Also, the claim of 300 miles per gallon is misleading since it was a plugin hybrid. The electricity from the outlet didn't get accounted for.
          Grendal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Actually I agree that the 300 MPG isn't useful. They never did build a hybrid and that was the designers estimate for its efficiency. They did build a gas version and it did get over 100 MPG when tested. The overweight final version was tested at the X-prize and got over 200 MPGe in final validation. The original versions got substantially better than that and 300 MPGe would not be too absurd.
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