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US and China Sign MOU On EVs, Energy

*UPDATE: Nissan has released a video of the Leaf in Puerto Rico, so we've embedded it below.

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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) – a research collaboration between Chrysler, Ford and General Motors – has awarded LG Chem Power a $9.62-million development contract to focus on reducing the cost of lithium-ion battery packs for plug-in hybrid vehicles with 40 miles of electric-only range (PHEV 40).

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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a research collaboration between Chrysler Group, Ford Motor and General Motors, has awarded A123 Systems an $8 million, 24-month contract, which the firm will use to continue its quest to develop its patented Nanophosphate lithium-ion battery systems. A123 Systems touts its Nanophosphate cell technology as a smaller, lighter, lower-cost alternative to more traditional li-ion battery cells. A123 Systems foresees a future where its Nanopho

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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a research collaboration between Chrysler Group, Ford Motor and General Motors, announced recently that it will award approximately $15.6 million for advanced battery development projects to three automotive supply firms:

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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), made up of Chrysler, Ford and GM, wants to hear proposals for new and better electric vehicle batteries. Through January 29th, the consortium will be accepting requests for proposal information (RFPIs) for four different projects:

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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) announced a $2.3 million grant to develop lithium battery technologies. USABC, which is under the umbrella of United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR), a research organization between Detroit's Big Three, awarded the grant, in collaboration with the Department of Energy, to Celgard, LLC. Celgard is a company that supplies materials for lithium-ion batteries. According to the press release (which you can find after the jump), Celg

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In a further sign that plug-in vehicles are on their way, two new companies - both utilities - have joined the USCAR partnership: DTE Energy and Southern California Edison. USCAR (the United States Council for Automotive Research, a joint project of the Big Three) announced yesterday that the new utility partners would take part in the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership. The U.S. DOE's Andy Karsner (Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) said in a statement that the new lin

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On Tuesday, ages after the major automakers had made all the glitzy announcements they wanted to make, USCAR (the United States Council for Automotive Research, a joint project of the Big Three) announced that - wait a minute. Announced is too strong a word here. Sure, USCAR representatives held a news conference, but there wasn't any news. Instead the chair and director of USCAR's Vehicle Recycling Partnership (VRP), David Mattis (who is also materials and corrosion engineering at General Motor

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Here's some automobile-in-the-environment numbers from USCAR, the United States Council for Automotive Research:

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The United States Automotive Materials Partnership (USAMP) today called for "increased development and application of nondestructive evaluation tools in the automotive industry" as part of its publicly issued a Strategic Plan for Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Development in the North American Automotive Industry report.

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