Electric drive: Building the case for investment in innovation
At a time when all government funding is being carefully scrutinized, it is worth noting the importance of federal support for energy innovation. U.S. investments in advanced technology and manufacturing innovation are critical because they are helping to build our position in the growing global market for electric drive vehicles. This includes hybrids, plug-in hybrid, pure battery electric and fuel cell vehicles.
Industry investments demonstrate where transportation is headed. The hybrid market has grown from a few model offerings a decade ago to more than 30, with vehicles to meet diverse driving needs. More than 20 plug-in electric models will be available by the end of 2012. These private investments are growing employment throughout the supply chain: advanced component suppliers already employ an estimated 155,000 U.S. workers.
Federal support is reinforcing investment in electrification because of its potential to address a grave threat to our national security: oil dependence. U.S. transportation runs almost entirely on oil — nearly 60 percent of which is imported.
Oil dependence also has enormous economic costs. We spend about $1 billion a day on imported oil. Every $10 increase in the barrel price of oil costs our economy $75 billion. Electricity is a domestic, ample and affordable alternative. So, while projections of the speed at which we will electrify transportation vary, there is no doubt that we must.
Both private and public investments are advancing electric drive technologies and enhancing our competitiveness globally. They are also the key to energy security. No investment is without risk, but the greatest one is ignoring the true cost of oil to taxpayers and the nation.
Nissan aims to be world No. 1 in green vehicles
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Nissan Motor Co. is aiming to be the world's No. 1 in green cars, targeting cumulative sales of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles with alliance partner Renault SA of France. The Japanese maker of the Leaf electric car announced its six-year strategy, planning a plug-in hybrid by fiscal 2016 and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent per vehicle compared with 2005 levels. Nissan, based in Yokohama, also aims to improve fuel efficiency of its vehicles by 35 percent by fiscal 2016 compared with 2005. More
Honda to debut 2012 CR-V, 2013 fit EV at LA Auto Show
Honda has kept things simple and clear with their debuts at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show. At the event, the Japanese automaker has promised to bring not only the 2012 CR-V, but also a production version of the 2013 Fit EV, which also made its debut in concept form in LA last year. More
Toyota developing 600 plus mile battery; Nissan says long range EV's unnecessary
As the world's automakers slowly move to embrace electric vehicles, each brand or group is taking a decidedly different approach to EV's and hybrids. Just look at the vastly different approaches of Toyota and Nissan. While Toyota is working to develop a battery with 600 plus miles of range, Nissan says that 95 percent of Americans only need 100 miles of range a day. More
Nissan previewing EV light trucks
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Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. will exhibit models from its Light Commercial Vehicles lineup, including trucks equipped with electric-vehicle technologies at the 2011 Tokyo Truck Show. In July 2011, Nissan began efforts to widen its EV range into the LCV sector, with the launch of global proving tests for the NV200-based EV and the OEM is exploring the potential to expand the EV technologies that have been developed to date into the truck sector. More
Northeast aims to remedy EV 'range anxiety' with 11-state charging network
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Drivers of all-electric cars could soon zip across the U.S. Northeast without having to worry about running out of battery power mid-trip. At least that's the idea behind the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network, a regional effort that launched to add hundreds of public chargers in 11 northeastern states and the District of Columbia—and thereby lure more East Coast Americans to the electric car. More
GM develops mobile technology that watches road ahead
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New technology being developed by General Motors researchers could alert drivers of potentially dangerous driving situations in advance by using small, portable devices to create a wireless safety net. More
Nissan to host Taxi of Tomorrow 'Design Expo' in New York City
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New Yorkers will get their first peek inside the Nissan NV200 Taxi, New York City's exclusive Taxi of Tomorrow, at the Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow Design Expo, Nov. 1-5. The exhibit, featuring an interactive display showcasing the vehicle's planned interior, will be hosted on the pedestrian plaza across from the Flatiron building at Broadway and Fifth Avenue. More
The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center turns 20
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Clean Cities celebrated a major mile-stone in September with the 20th anniversary of the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center — the program's expansive online collection of information and tools. Developed in response to the Alternative Motor Fuels Act of 1988, the AFDC was launched in 1991 as a repository for alternative fuel vehicle performance data. More
GM announces $325 million plant investment in Michigan
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General Motors said it will invest $325 million in tools and equipment to support production of future electric vehicle components, creating or retaining 418 jobs. More
Nissan announces new mid-term environmental plan
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Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced its new six-year environmental plan, Nissan Green Program 2016. This new plan will focus on three areas: reduction of carbon footprint, shift to renewable energy and an increase in the diversity of resources used by Nissan. More
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