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150 MPG with AFS Trinity’s PHEV Technology

January 24th, 2008 |
150 MPG with AFS Trinity’s PHEV Technology

Prior to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), one news story getting a lot of traction was the conversion of a Saturn Hybrid into a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) capable of 150 miles per gallon. So I ...
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Cadillac Provoq’s a Response at NAIAS

January 23rd, 2008 |
Cadillac Provoq’s a Response at NAIAS

During the North American International Auto Show, (NAIAS), I spoke with Clay Dean, global design director for Cadillac about the Provoq, the luxury SUV concept based on the Volt E-flex platform, unveiled at CES.

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NAIAS: Ford’s Explorer America with EcoBoost

January 22nd, 2008 |
NAIAS: Ford’s Explorer America with EcoBoost

Another exciting discovery at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) was Ford’s EcoBoost platform and the unveiling of their Explorer America concept. Dan Kapp, Ford‘s Director of Powertrain Research, introduces me to this next-gen SUV and it’s performance ...
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GM’s Chairman Rick Wagner Meets with Bloggers at NAIAS

January 18th, 2008 |
GM’s Chairman Rick Wagner Meets with Bloggers at NAIAS

In an hour sit down with online journalists during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), GM’s Chairman Rick Wagner answered questions on several topics from the joint partnership announcement the day before with Coskata, to Tata Motor’s Nano, recently ...
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GM Partners with Ethanol Producer Coskata

January 17th, 2008 |
GM Partners with Ethanol Producer Coskata

During the North American International Auto Show, (NAIAS) one of the most important announcements I heard was made by GM Chairman Rick Wagoner, who announced a partnership with Coskata, a Warrensville, IL, biology-based ethanol producer. The company uses proprietary ...
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GM’s Bob Lutz Holds Court at NAIAS

January 14th, 2008 |
GM’s Bob Lutz Holds Court at NAIAS

During the North American International Auto Show, (NAIAS) GM‘s Vice Chairman Bob Lutz joined a roundtable discussion with a group of online journalists including (but not limited to) Brian Dooley at HummerGuy.net, Lyle Dennis of GM-Volt.com, Joe LaMuraglia-Gaywheels.com, Vincent Nguyen ...
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GM’s Rick Wagoner at CES

January 11th, 2008 |
GM’s Rick Wagoner at CES

During CES, GM‘s Chairman Rick Wagoner spoke with a group of bloggers and journalists.

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GM Provoq’s Audience at CES

January 9th, 2008 |
GM Provoq’s Audience at CES

During the keynote address at CES, GM Chairman Rick Wagoner unveiled the company’s newest fuel-cell concept vehicle on the E-Flex platform and the first vehicle introduction ever at CES, the Cadillac Provoq. Featuring GM’s fifth generation fuel cell technology, the ...
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Biodiesel: Out of the FOG (Fat’s Oils, Greases)

January 3rd, 2008 |
Biodiesel: Out of the FOG (Fat’s Oils, Greases)

During the first annual Renewable LA, a day long “consumption-lite” eco fest celebrating renewable energy and transportation, Joe Gershen, Board Member, Green Depot sustainable energy organization, gave a presentation on the many benefits of Biodiesel.

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Hollywood Goes Green: Centron Energy

December 31st, 2007 |
Hollywood Goes Green: Centron Energy

Ron Likis heads up Centron Energy Corporation, a Wisconsin alternative energy company that has created a fuel additive that after 300 million of miles of testing, has been CARB approved and EPA recognized to decrease emissions and increase mileage in ...
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EVS 23: The Fuel Cell Store

December 28th, 2007 |
EVS 23: The Fuel Cell Store

One of the interesting folks I met at EVS 23, the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Anaheim, Calif., was Kathleen Larson, former math teacher and owner of the Fuel Cell Store. Concerned about reducing their carbon footprint, she and her ...
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EVS 23: The V3 by Vectrix

December 20th, 2007 |
EVS 23: The V3 by Vectrix

Another company making news during EVS 23, the Electric Vehicle Symposium, was Vectrix Corporation. Durng the show, Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Morrill introduced me to the V3, an all electric three-wheeler featuring twin front wheels that grasp the road ...
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EVS 23: Big Kid Toys

December 19th, 2007 |
EVS 23: Big Kid Toys

I met EJ Wessel, owner of Big Kid Toys in Napa, Calif., at the LA Auto Show, but sadly, I wasn’t able to go for a ride in his T-Rex then. So when we met at EVS 23, the ...
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EVS 23: Smart’s Pitt Moos

December 18th, 2007 |
EVS 23: Smart’s Pitt Moos

Durng EVS 23, the Electric Vehicle Symposium, I spoke with Pitt Moos, Product Manager for the smart ev, a prototype and research electric vehicle being developed by http://www.daimler.com/ Daimler. Currently 100 of them are being built and delivered to ...
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Hollywood Goes Green

December 17th, 2007 |
Hollywood Goes Green

During iHollywood Forum’s Hollywood Goes Green conference, Chris Paine, director of Who Killed the Electric Car joined Greg “Gadget” Abbott, founder of Electric Motors, Dave Barthmuss, GM‘s Group Manager for Western Region Environment & Energy Communications and Dale ...
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EVS 23: Brammo’s Electric Motorcycle Enertia

December 14th, 2007 |
EVS 23: Brammo’s Electric Motorcycle Enertia

During EVS 23, the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Anaheim, CA, I met Brian Wismann, director of design for Brammo Motorsports of Ashland, OR., a manufacturer of ultra-efficient, lightweight vehicles. During the event they unveiled the Enertia, an electric motorcycle ...
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EVS 23: ExxonMobil Chemical’s Separator Film

December 12th, 2007 |
EVS 23: ExxonMobil Chemical’s Separator Film

During EVS 23, Jm Harris, SVP for ExxonMobil Chemical Co., gave a presentation about the company’s new battery separator film that can reduce heat issues with lithium-ion batteries. I had a few questions for Jim after his presentation, during ...
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EVS 23: Chelsea Sexton and the Volt

December 11th, 2007 |
EVS 23: Chelsea Sexton and the Volt

I’ve never been this close to the Chevy Volt, so during EVS 23, the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Anaheim, CA, I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition to speak with Chelsea Sexton of Who Killed the Electric Car and Plug-In ...
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The EV1 Electrifies Audience at Renewable L.A.

December 10th, 2007 |
The EV1 Electrifies Audience at Renewable L.A.

American Hi Definition and Sweetwater Digital of Van Nuys, CA, hosted the first annual Renewable L.A., a day long “consumption-lite” eco fest, celebrating renewable energy and transportation. The first annual solar open house and green holiday gift event put ...
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EVS 23: eGO Vehicles

December 7th, 2007 |
EVS 23: eGO Vehicles

During EVS 23, the Electric Vehicle Symposium, Kris Sorensen, VP, sales & marketing for eGo Vehicles, took to the podium to introduce the audience to his company which offers eco-friendly personal transportation for business, commuting, errands or recreation. At ...
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EVS 23: GM’s Jonathan Lauckner

December 6th, 2007 |
EVS 23: GM’s Jonathan Lauckner

At EVS 23, the Electrical Vehicle Symposium held this year in Anaheim, CA, Jonathan Lauckner, General Motor‘s VP for Global Program Management, addressed the audience during the opening plenary session, detailing GM’s plans and goals regarding sustainable transportation and specificially ...
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LA Auto Show: Chrysler Designer Ryan Nagode

December 5th, 2007 |
LA Auto Show: Chrysler Designer Ryan Nagode

Ryan Nagode is only 27 years old, but don’t let his youth fool you. He is Senior Designer and Car Stylist for Chrysler, and was the Exterior Designer for the 2009 Dodge Journey, unveiled at the LA Auto Show.

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LA Auto Show: GEM Celebrates 10 Years

December 3rd, 2007 |
LA Auto Show: GEM Celebrates 10 Years

It’s been 10 years in business for GEM or Global Electric Motorcars, a division of Chrysler and one of the first manufacturers of Low Speed Neighborhood Electric Vehicles. During the LA Auto Show, Larry Oswald, GEM Chief Executive Officer and ...
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LA Auto Show: T-Rex

December 2nd, 2007 |
LA Auto Show: T-Rex

EJ Wessel owns Big Kid Toys in Napa, CA, a company that sells electric cars and trucks, including the T-Rex, a gas or electric, three-wheeled performance vehicle. With its’ triangular wheel configuration, low center of gravity and open cockpit and ...
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LA Auto Show: Kia Unveils the KND4

November 30th, 2007 |
LA Auto Show: Kia Unveils the KND4

Another auto show and another concept car from Kia, following in the design style of the concepts Kia Kue and Kia Soul. After the KND4’s unveiling, I spoke with Kia’s public relations manager Alex Fedorak at the LA Auto ...
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