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Fox News vs. the Chevy Volt

Political agenda trumps Volt facts on "fair and balanced" channel

Bob Stempel (ex-GM, ex-ECD Ovonics) talks about lithium batteries, and what will make EVs great

Robert "Bob" Stempel, semi-retired at an energetic 78, is one of the good guys. Armed with a mechanical engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, he joined General Motor's Oldsmobile Division in 1958 as a chassis detailer and 29 years later was GM president and chief operating officer under then-CEO Roger

GM confident Chevy Volt will lead company to be "best-in-segment in every area and every technology"

Following my session with General Motors North America President Mark Reuss at Detroit's January North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), I caught up with two technology leaders playing key roles in GM's vehicle electrification process: Volt chief engineer Andrew Farah – a hard-working, no-BS positive thinker whom I knew and worked with on GM's 1990

At Witz' End - Electric vehicle progress, prospects and challenges

2010 Plug-in Prius Prototypes – Click above for high-res image gallery

At Witz' End - Electric vehicles: past, present and future

Six months after the NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show), I finally found my notes from some very interesting sessions there. Okay, I didn't just find them. I just now found time to review them. It's been a busy year.

At Witz' End - It's the Battery, Stupid!

Research study says EVs have a tough road ahead

At Witz' End - Working vacation means testing a new Prius in Hawai'i, and more

Compared to a regular job, being self-employed has its advantages. You typically have more than one source of (modest) income and are unlikely to get fired by more than one boss at a time. If you work in your home, the commute is short and the dress code easy. And, because you're essentially always on the job, you get to combine work with play. So I nearly always work while on vacation... partly by choice, largely out of a need to get things done.

At Witz' End - The Business of Plugging In, Take 2

2011 Chevy Volt - Click above for high-res image gallery

At Witz' End: Notes from "The Business of Plugging In"

Bright IDEA PHEV at the Business of Plugging In conference - Click above for high-res image gallery

Ovonics' Bob Stempel talks about hydrogen-fueled Prius, batteries

Energy Conversion Devices (ECD Ovonics) is certainly one of the pioneers in green technology. From batteries to solar cells, the company takes a lead role in many automotive pursuits, including converting a Prius gas engine to run on hydrogen.