Electric Vehicles

Ecotality says it filed for bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK (AP) — Ecotality, which makes charging systems for electric vehicles, says it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

China offers incentive program for fuel-efficient cars

The Wall Street Journal

China will give buyers subsidies to purchase fuel-efficient and electric vehicles, The Wall Street Journal reports.

GM working on 200-mile electric car, exec says

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — As automakers race to make cheaper electric cars with greater battery range, General Motors is working on one that can go 200 miles per charge at a cost of about $30,000, a top company executive said.

California dealer groups seeks probe of Tesla for ads


The California New Car Dealers Association called on the state Department of Motor Vehicles to investigate Tesla Motor Inc.'s advertisements, alleging the company made  "unsubstantiated" savings claims, Bloomberg reports.

German firm offers first bid for Fisker Automotive

The Christian Science Monitor

German investor group Fritz Nol offered the Energy Department the first formal bid for Fisker Automotive, a near-bankrupt electric car company that owes the federal government most of a $192 million loan, The Christian Science Monitor reports.

Automakers bet on alternative-fuel cars for future

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Judging by the slew of electric and hybrid vehicles being rolled out at the Frankfurt Auto Show, it might seem carmakers are tapping a large and eager market.

US gov't investigating electric Ford Focus

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is investigating allegations that the electric version of the Ford Focus can stall without warning.

Carmakers upbeat at Frankfurt as market steadies

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The dizzying decline in Europe's car market may have halted, but sales will remain at low levels for years, manufacturers at the Frankfurt Auto Show warned as they set out to wow customers with green vehicles and new technology.

Hybrids, concept cars generate auto show buzz

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Here are 10 of the most eagerly awaited new cars going on display at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The show opens to journalists on Tuesday, industry visitors on Thursday and the public on Saturday. It runs through Sept. 22.

Energy Department loses $42M on loan to van maker

WASHINGTON (AP) — Humvee manufacturer AM General has paid $3 million to buy an Energy Department loan for a now-shuttered Michigan company that made vans for the disabled.


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