Fisker Automotive says rumors of impending bankruptcy premature

Henrik Fisker says production of the Fisker Karma is not dependent on Dept of Energy loans, and that the company is pursuing a “plan B” to fund the company independently from private investors to prevent the company from being a political football. In early February, Fisker Automotive laid off a few workers following a suspension of…

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A123 Systems finds problems in batteries for the Fisker Karma

Fisker Karma

Problem found in coolant system for battery packs A123 Systems is supplying for the Fisker Karma. Battery manufacturer A123 Systems disclosed today flaws in the battery packs they’ve supplied to Fisker for the Karma plug-in hybrid luxury sedan. A123’s engineers have identified the nature of the flaw in the coolant…

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GM’s CEO Akerson wants to build 60,000 Volt’s in 2012

Confidence abounds that they can fix the problems, and getting back to production and sales. With the controversy brewing about battery pack safety in the Volt, the folks who are stirring the controversy might believe that GM would stop producing the Volt. Instead in a recent interview GM’s CEO Dan…

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ZAP, Cash for Clunkers, and up to $25 million in new financing

ZAP (whose name stands for Zero Air Pollution) has made a couple recent announcements of interest: Cash for Clunkers is available for the ZAP Xebra, and they have secured new financing for up to $25 million.  ZAP has over 15 years experience with selling electric vehicles, beginning in electric bicycles…

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Silicon Valley’s role in the electric vehicle revolution

A recent Scientific American article, San Jose’s Electric Car Revolution, was disappointing because it only covered the work of Coulomb Technologies. While they’re doing wonderful things, Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay area has so much more electric vehicle activity happening than just Coulomb Technologies and Tesla Motors (the…

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