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    Report: Carbon Motors still awaiting Fed loan approval, hoping to have first patrols on streets in 2013

    Carbon Motors E7 - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Carbon Motors Corp. plans to deliver its first police car in 2013 – assuming the company's request for a $310 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy is approved. As we mentioned nearly three years ago, Carbon is diving into ...

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    GM awarded DOE money to research Shape Memory Alloy heat engines

    General Motors has been awarded $2.7 million by the Department of Energy to create a working prototype engine using Shape Memory Alloys (SMA). The idea is for the prototype to use SMA tech to capture heat energy from engine exhaust gasses via an electric generator and transfer that energy to ...

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    Congress approves three-wheelers for DOE funds

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    Following months of debate, Congress has approved a bill that will pave the way for three-wheeled vehicle manufacturers like Aptera to qualify for funding from the Department of Energy. Next step: President Obama's desk, and the ...

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    REPORT: Energy Secretary Chu - "I would put every cent into electric cars"

    U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has a penchant for making some straightforward statements about energy policy. He's said that electric vehicles are inevitable, for example, and that all American cars should be E85-capable. Recently, he apparently said that "if it were up to me, I would put ...

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    Obama trying to give biofuels a bump

    Currently, the United States isn't producing enough biofuels to satisfy the requirements set out by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and President Obama's administration is planning to do something about it. On Tuesday, Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a new ...

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    U.S. Department of Energy funding for Chevy Volt on hold

    Aside from the bridge loans supplied to GM by the federal government, GM had applied for $10.3 billion from the Energy Department. Of that amount, $2.6 billion was meant to be devoted to building the Chevy Volt and two derivatives of it, as well as a third hybrid model. May is when the Energy ...

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    GM asking Department of Energy for $2.6 billion to build hybrids?

    Click above for high-res image gallery of the 2011 Chevy Volt
    General Motors released an updated business plan to Congress on Wednesday, and one of the main points of interest surrounds the automaker's request of an additional $2.6 billion for the production of the Chevrolet Volt and two ...

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    Ask and you shall receive (a little): DOE giving automakers $30mil for PHEV development

    Click above for more shots of the Ford Escape PHEVIn what seems like a convenient answer to Mark Fields' request just yesterday for government assistance for the development of plug-in hybrids, the Department of Energy has just announced that it will be granting up to $30 million for just this type ...

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    Gas prices hit lowest mark since April

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that gasoline prices have hit their lowest average since April of this year. Although this is expected at the end of every summer driving season, forecasters are predicting that by November of this year, fuel will be closer to $2.00 per gallon, versus ...

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    Department of Energy says: 'A cool butt is a hot way to save gas'

    The Department of Energy says that having a hot booty isn't necessarily a good thing. In fact, it argues that ventilated seats (like those of the Cadillac STS that pull away warm air and moisture), could save as many as 522 million gallons of gas if all cars on the road were equipped with the ...


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