Road Funding Plan Would Raise Fees On Hybrid, Electric Cars In MichiganThe motive behind the increases is that owners of electric and hybrid vehicles don't pay as much as other drivers toward the state gas tax, which supports road repairs.
As Cheap Gas Shifts Car Buyers' Habits, Automakers Power OnThe plummeting pump prices - now pegged by AAA at $2.13 per gallon on average - have had an "immediate impact on consumer psyche."
Johnson Controls - LTU Partnership Starts With Upgraded Dyno For Hybrid, EV TestsA new partnership between Johnson Controls Inc. and Lawrence Technological University is starting with an advanced dynamometer to test advanced vehicle powertrain and energy storage concepts, and could lead to a whole lot more.
Johnson Controls To Establish Energy Storage Lab At LTUJohnson Controls Inc. has announced plans to add an energy storage laboratory and testing center at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield.
Ford Delivers Best August Hybrid Sales EverFord Motor Co. said it delivered its best August electrified vehicle sales ever with more than 8,292 sales, up 288 percent over the same period a year ago.
Michigan Green Fleets To Showcase Green Vehicles At HFCCThe Clean Energy Coalition’s Green Fleets Program, funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act -- better known as the federal stimulus -- has brought together a diverse cross-section of Michigan fleets to deploy alternative fuel and advanced vehicles and supporting infrastructure.
Long-term Cost Savings, Infrastructure Essential To EV Growth: PwC SurveyCharging stations and battery swap locations are the most crucial to developing a sustainable electric vehicle infrastructure, according to more than 40 percent of respondents to PwC's Electric Vehicle Survey 2012.
Ford Says New Hybrid Batteries Use Less Rare Earth MetalsFord's third-generation hybrid system, which replaces nickel-metal-hydride batteries with new lighter, more efficient lithium-ion batteries, could reduce the company's use of expensive, hard-to-get "rare earth" metals by up to 500,000 pounds a year.
GE, Ford, University of Michigan Working to Extend Battery Life for EVsIn what could propel electric vehicles miles down the road toward commercial viability, GE researchers, in partnership with Ford Motor Co. and the University of Michigan, will develop a smart, miniaturized sensing system that has the potential to significantly extend the life of car batteries over conventional battery systems used in electric vehicles today.
Chrysler PHEVs Take on Arizona DesertChrysler Group LLC, working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, Friday delivered three demonstration-fleet Chrysler Town & Country plug-in hybrid minivans to the City of Yuma, Ariz.
Tech Tour Day Nine: Kettering Is CoolKettering University still has plenty of automotive heritage, and boy, does it have a lot of other cool research going, as I learned Friday morning on the final tour stop of the Great Lakes IT Report Fall Tech Tour for 2011.
Obama Visits Michigan To Hail Advanced Battery ProductionThough the visit was partially overshadowed by partisan gridlock, President Barack Obama talked up the advanced battery industry in Holland Thursday, his second visit to the West Michigan city in 13 months.