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    Official: Bright Automotive gets dimmed, will shut down because of DOE loan program delays
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    Bright Automotive will shut down after the maker of the extended-range plug-in utility vehicles said the federal government took too long to make good on its planned loans to the Michigan-based company, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing a letter company executive sent to U.S. Energy ...

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    Official: Bright Automotive says it's ready to heed Obama's call for more jobs, just needs its loan approved
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    Bright Automotive Chief Operating Officer Mike Donoughe invoked President Barack Obama's recent call for U.S. companies to create American jobs while developing alternative energy sources for transportation by requesting that Congress speed up the company's federal loan process. The company, which ...

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    Video: RMI says clean cars are really "reinventing fire" [w/video]
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    The Rocky Mountain Institute has worked on transportation projects before – see the Hypercar and its evolved kin, the Bright IDEA van, or Project Get Ready – so two the new videos from RMI aren't a surprise. What they are, though, is a refinement of the Institute's longstanding ...

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    Report: Bright IDEA van coming in 2014
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    The van that Bright Automotive is building at AM General's former Hummer-producing plant has an arrival date. Government and fleet purchases of the curve-topped IDEA van are now slated to begin some time in 2014. The van will use a unique form of plug-in hybrid drive, with a gas engine ...

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    Bright Automotive to build van in former Hummer plant
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    The production lines at the AM General Corp factory in Mishawaka, Indiana used to crank out the Hummer H2. Now they're set to produce a vehicle that may not quite have the same intimidation factor, but does have a high degree of practicality. In the process, about 300 workers could find new ...

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    Great IDEA! Bright Automotive looking for 200 new employees
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    Bright IDEA PHEV - Click above for high-res image gallery
    It's not just upper-level execs that Bright Automotive is looking to bring on board. The Midwest company announced today it is hiring for 200 jobs in Southeast Michigan in 2011 to help make the Idea plug-in hybrid van a reality. What kind ...

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    Ex-Tesla, Chrysler exec Mike Donoughe joins Bright Automotive as COO
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    Ten months after leaving Tesla Motors as its executive VP of engineering, Mike Donoughe has resurfaced at Bright Automotive as its new chief operating officer. Donoughe has been in the auto industry for 28 years with stints at Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz before joining Tesla. Donoughe will run the ...

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    GM, Bright Automotive talk details about $5m investment, Idea van partnership
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    Bright Idea PHEV van – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Following today's announcement that GM Venture would invest money into Indiana-based start-up Bright Automotive, we got a few more details about the partnership and the vehicle from Bright Automotive chairman and CEO Reuben ...

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    GM Ventures invests in Bright Automotive for strategic partnership
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    Bright Idea PHEV – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Two months after establishing a new venture capital subsidiary, General Motors has made its first strategic investment with the announcement today that GM is hooking up with Bright Automotive. Bright has been showing a plug-in hybrid ...

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    Is there trouble at Bright Automotive? Yes and no, as job cuts and new hires could now lead to profitibility
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    Bright IDEA PHEV - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Bright Automotive has not been able to drive the Idea plug-in hybrid van on the easiest road to market. A new set-back – from one perspective – was a number of layoffs and executive shuffling at the company this week. CEO ...

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    Bright Automotive moves Chairman into CEO spot, readying more deals for plug-in van
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    Bright IDEA EV van – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Bright Automotive named a new CEO today, but the company is stressing that there is no behind-the-scenes upheaval. The new CEO was, until today, the chairman of the board, Reuben Munger. The old CEO, John Waters, will remain on the ...

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    Bright Automotive latest to get USPS contract for electric truck conversion
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    The one contract from the United States Postal Service (USPS) to start bringing electric trucks to the large national fleet of Long Life Vehicles (LLVs) that we knew about went to Zap. That contract was for a single truck, and it looks like Bright Automotive has been awarded a similar deal. ...

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    Chicago 2010: Bridgestone's new tires can improve fuel economy by four percent
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    Bridgestone Ecopia Tires – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Tires can really suck gas. Overcoming rolling resistance can account for anywhere between five and 15 percent of a light-duty vehicle's fuel consumption, and standard tires don't put a priority on reducing that resistance. ...

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    Bright Automotive gets a visit from Obama Administration official
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    Bright IDEA PHEV van – Click above for high-res gallery
    The chances that Bright Automotive will get $450 million from the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan program (ATVMLP) might have gone up a bit thanks to a recent visit from a representative of the Obama Administrative. ...

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    Electrification Coalition sees plug-ins making up 25 percent of market by 2020
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    A new Electrification Coalition was announced today with the backing of the CEOs from twelve companies. What's interesting about this group is that, among the leaders from electric vehicles companies and related start-ups – Coda Automotive, Coulomb Technolgies, A123 Systems, etc. – we ...

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    Bright Automotive announces eSolutions, army plug-in hybrid contract
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    Bright IDEA PHEV - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Bright Automotive is proud of the work they've done on the IDEA van, but the company has always intended to make the vehicle just one method of bringing greener transportation to the masses. As we learned from Bright's VP Corporate ...

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    Quick Spin: newly upgraded Bright IDEA delivers
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    Bright IDEA PHEV - Click above for high-res image gallery
    The concepts that went into the Bright IDEA – a lightweight plug-in hybrid that serves a specific and large population – look great on paper. The vehicle itself, though, has never really looked all that good in the pictures ...

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    Bright Automotive has an IDEA to put 150,000 PHEVs on the road by 2015
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    Bright IDEA EV van - click above for high-res gallery
    Bright Automotive unveiled the Bright IDEA plug-in hybrid van at the end of April in Washington, D.C. The van that was on display that day is still the only IDEA in existence, but Bright has big dreams to get their through-the-road hybrid ...

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    First Drive Report: Bright IDEA plug-in hybrid van gets a B+ for now
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    The IDEA plug-in hybrid van from Bright Automotive was unveiled earlier this year in Washington, D.C. and it's already time for the first test drives to start. Plug in vehicle advocate Paul Scott was recently given the opportunity to visit Bright's Indiana headquarters and see what moving the ...

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    Bright Automotive looking for ATVMLP money, too
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    Bright IDEA EV van - click above for high-res image gallery
    The amount of the money flowing from Washington, D.C. into green car companies these days is pretty astonishing (well, unless you're working on hydrogen cars). The DOE announced $8 billion in loans from the Advanced Technology Vehicles ...

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