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US Senate authorizes DOE green car loan program [UPDATE]

Politicos hope bill brings about more Teslas, not so many Fisker's.

The federal government last funded the green-vehicle technology program in 2007.

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Texas senator proposes end to federal auto loans

Back in 2007 Congress, created the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing federal loan program to allow the government to loan up to $25 billion to car manufacturers. The federal loans were created to help provide the money necessary to retool factories and build more fuel-efficient vehicles, but now some members of Congress are looking to end the program well short of the $25 billion mark.

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Republicans want to halve advanced technology loans, Chrysler's bid for funds in jeopardy

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives reportedly want to cut in half the balance of a U.S. government fund, the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program, that was set aside to help the automotive industry develop more fuel efficient vehicles.

Report: VP Joe Biden to announce stimulus battery grants in Detroit on Wednesday

Vice President Joe Biden will be delivering a speech on the economic recovery efforts that have been implemented thus far at the NextEnergy Center in Detroit on Wednesday. The Detroit News is reporting that Biden will be using the occasion to announce the first round of battery research grants from a Sam Abuelsamid

Mulally: Ford's path to profitability based on electrification

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House now considering doubling $25 billion DOE ATVM program

The other day, Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president of sustainability, environment and safety engineering, said, "If they (the DOE) raise the appropriations from the $25 billion to the $50 billion, we qualify." At the time, we hadn't heard about any plans to increase funding for the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program. Of course, as we wrote when Cischke made those rema