Fuel from emissions? Catalyst converts carbon dioxide to ethanol

Fuel from emissions? Catalyst converts carbon dioxide to ethanol

At least in North America, ethanol is a contentious fuel. A decade ago, it was seen as a homegrown and carbon-neutral way to use less gasoline—and federal legislation mandated that increasing volumes be blended into U.S. fuel supplies. Much debate followed over using "food for fuel," its... read more

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Technician secures cover on ithium-ion battery pack at Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee

DoE Reboots Advanced Auto-Tech Loan Program That Funded Ford, Nissan, Tesla, Fisker

It's baaaaaaaaaaaack. U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced yesterday that the DoE had revised and updated its Advanced-Technology Vehicle Manufacturing... read more April 3, 2014 by

2012 Fisker Karma during road test, Los Angeles, Feb 2012

Fisker Assets Sold For $149 Million To Wanxiang, Chinese Parts Maker

The assets of bankrupt Fisker Automotive were sold to Wanxiang America at the close of an auction in Delaware bankruptcy court that lasted more than two days and lasted 19... read more February 15, 2014 by

DOE Alternative Fueling Station Locator iPhone app screenshot

Finding Alternative Fueling Stations? DoE Has An App For That

Apparently there's an app for everything--including finding a place to fill up or recharge your alternative-fuel vehicle. The U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fueling... read more November 13, 2013 by

ECOtality DC fast charger  -  Portland, OR

Car Charging Group Buys Ecotality Electric-Car Charging Network For $3.3 Million

The assets of the long-struggling Ecotality electric-car charging network have a buyer. The Car Charging Group announced it has purchased Ecotality's Blink network of... read more October 11, 2013 by

2013 Nissan Leaf, Nashville area test drive, April 2013

U.S.-Made 2013 Nissan Leaf Has Only 15 Percent Local Content; Here's Why

The 2013 Nissan Leaf electric car is assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee, for North American sales. In fact, Nissan got a low-interest loan for $1.6 billion from the U.S... read more September 30, 2013 by

2009 Fisker Karma prototype

Energy Department To Sell Its Fisker Loan: Kickstarter, Anyone?

That sound you heard yesterday was the other shoe dropping. The U.S. Department of Energy is offering its loan to Fisker Automotive for sale to the highest bidder, with a... read more September 18, 2013 by


AM General Buys VPG, Defunct Natural-Gas Handicapped Van Maker

Less than a year ago, Vehicle Production Group seemed a success: The startup maker had built 2,500 MV-1 handicapped vans in a year, about one-quarter of them powered by... read more September 11, 2013 by

'Revenge of the Electric Car' premiere: Elon Musk arrives in a Tesla Roadster

Tesla Repays $465-Million DoE Loan, Chrysler Bites Back At Claim

Ah, politics. Yesterday, Tesla paid off the balance of its U.S. government loan, using proceeds from its $1 billion-plus offering of stock and warrants last week, as CEO Elon... read more May 23, 2013 by 19

Battery pack assembly at Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee

How Are Electric-Car Batteries Made? Photos From Nissan's New Plant

Making a battery for an electric car is more like assembling microelectronics than the kind of auto-plant scenes we think of, involving huge steel stamping presses and... read more May 20, 2013 by 1

Elon Musk signs new 2013 Tesla Model S at Tesla Store opening, Austin, Texas [photo: John Griswell]

Can Tesla Raise More Than $1 Billion On Soaring Stock Price?

Investors in startup electric-car maker Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] have had quite the wild ride lately. Following its first-ever profitable quarter, with its share price... read more May 19, 2013 by 15


DoE Fear After Fisker Fiasco Caused Death Of VPG, Ex-CEO Says

The ex-CEO of a now-defunct automaker that received a federal loan said his company would still be in business if the government were not afraid of backlash like that... read more May 15, 2013 by 1


VPG Shuts Down; Startup Van Maker Was Backed By DoE Loans

While Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] is on a roll--with a rave review from Consumer Reports and a profitable quarter--other startup automakers aren't faring so well. And now... read more May 9, 2013 by 5

Henrik Fisker

As Predicted, Fisker Execs & DoE Get Roasted In House Hearing

Fisker Automotive CEO Tony Posawatz didn't attend yesterday's House committee hearing on the company's loan from the U.S. Department of Energy. He's out desperately seeking... read more April 25, 2013 by 7

Henrik Fisker

Fisker Misses DoE Loan Payment; House Hearing Tomorrow

The fortunes of the two highest-profile electric-car startups couldn't be diverging more starkly today. Yesterday, Fisker Automotive failed to make a payment of $10 million... read more April 23, 2013 by 18

Henrik Fisker

Is Fisker The Most Tragic VC-Backed Debacle In Recent History?

In January 2005, legendary car designer Henrik Fisker founded a company to bring innovative new thinking to the automobile industry. Between that date and today, Fisker... read more April 18, 2013 by 10


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