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    Official: RFA tells DOE to get with the E85 program already
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    As is its job, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) continues to bang the drum of what it says is a stacked deck against alternative fuels like ethanol. Earlier this month it took on Big Oil. Now, it's the US Department of Energy (DOE). Go big or go home, huh? The RFA is accusing the DOE of ...

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    Official: DOE spending $20 million to get hydrogen costs down to $4/gallon
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    There is death. There are taxes. And there is the US Department of Energy (DOE) periodically funding millions of dollars worth of grants towards advancing hydrogen fuel-cell technology. This time, the DOE says it will write checks for $20 million, and the goal is pretty specific: bringing the ...

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    Official: SuperTruck program claws out huge fuel efficiency gains for semi trucks
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    Think 10 miles per gallon, and your mind may harken back to muscle cars along the line of the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard. Apply that figure to a semi-truck, though, and we're talking actual fuel-efficiency gains. That's what the four-year-old SuperTruck program shot for, and two of its ...

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    Official: DOE supports hydrogen cars with $7 million for longer driving ranges
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    Hydrogen fuel-cell technology, it's still a California thing. At least, it is according to the US Department of Energy. The DOE has announced the details of its latest round of funding for technology dedicated to advancing hydrogen fuel cell vehicle development, and almost all of the recipients ...

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    Official: Ford cuts F-150 fuel use through CNG-capable fleet sales, EcoBoost
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    The possibility of $1-a-gallon fuel would make a lot of US governmental entities sit up and take notice. The state of Oklahoma and the city of Dallas are making that happen. Those two entities are buying up a bunch of Ford F-150 pickups retrofitted to run on compressed natural gas (CNG), all in ...

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    Official: DOE offers $10M to advance biomass-to-biofuel efforts
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    The Department of Energy has made it clear that it favors a technology-somewhat-neutral, "all-of-the-above" strategy for developing energy alternatives for the US, as the new Strategic Plan 2014-2018 (PDF) states. What this looks like in the real world is another $10 million for "Technologies to ...

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    Official: DOE lays out 'all of the above' energy strategy for next five years
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    The US government really does have a plan for how advanced-drivetrain technology will help the country meet its goal of cutting petroleum imports in half by the end of the decade, which means US emissions will need to be 17 percent lower than they were in 2005. The plans involves, among other ...

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    Report: US to help China draft stricter emissions regulations
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    The US will soon work with China as the world's most populous nation works to draft stricter emissions standards. The two countries certainly know how to put pollution into the air – China is the world's biggest emitter polluter, followed by the US. The announcement was made during a visit ...

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    Official: EPA has $45m for all-of-the-above energy efficiency strategy
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    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a list of 38 new projects that will receive a share of $45 million to accelerate research and development of clean vehicle technologies. While John DeCicco, a prominent skeptic of federal funding for green cars, would likely give thumbs down to the ...

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    Report: Ready for alkaline EV batteries? Princeton is
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    Mention the term "alkaline battery" and folks of a certain generation will remember the old Eveready battery commercials with actor Robert Conrad daring the viewer to knock the battery off his shoulder. Very macho. Now, alkaline has moved from manliness to money-saving, as the fine folks at ...

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    Read This: Vehicle Production Group's bad DOE loan put up for auction
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    The US Department of Energy (DOE) is trying out a new solution to loans that have flopped – auctioning them off. A $50-million loan previously award to Vehicle Production Group LLC (VPG) through the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan program (ATVMP) has gone unpaid. VPG, a ...

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    Report: US House votes to keep $25b DOE loan program alive
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    In the "it may be broke, but we ain't fixing it" department, the US government has decided not to shutter the $25 billion Department of Energy loan program geared to accelerate advanced-powertrain technology development, the Detroit News reports. Given the opportunity to cut a mere $6 million in ...

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    Read This: Tesla loan payoff opens up takeover scenario, is Google interested? [w/video]
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    'Tesla needs to prove success is sustainable and that it is based on a solid financial foundation. If they do, they should be an appealing takeover target.' Buried in the loan agreement text between Tesla Motors and the US Department of Energy were restrictions on the automaker's ability to ...

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    Official: US DOE ready with $9m in grants for fuel-cell advances
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    Some might say $9 million is a drop in the zero-emission bucket when it comes to federal funding of hydrogen fuel-cell advancements, but it does beat a sharp stick in the eye. The US Department of Energy has announced a $9-million grant that will be directed towards speeding up hydrogen ...

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    Official: DOE eGallon proves plug-in vehicles can drive for just $1.14 a gallon
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    It's true that electric vehicles cost more than gas-powered ones (except, of course, when they don't), but the running costs are dramatically lower. How much lower? To answer that question, the Department of Energy would like to introduce you to the eGallon. Defined as "the cost of fueling a ...

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    Official: US added about 180 charging stations in May
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    US plug-in vehicle drivers have public access to about 180 more charging stations than they did a month ago, as the rate of additional station deployments appears to be settling at about 200 units a month. There were 6,048 publicly accessible stations as of May 28, up from 5,866 stations on ...

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    Report: LG Chem's Michigan battery plant starting production in July, will deliver Chevy Volt batteries by end of summer
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    It looks like the last hand's been played at those reputed card games that not-so-busy employees at LG Chem's lithium-ion battery factory in Michigan were playing. The South Korean company is planning to start production of batteries for the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in in July, with the ...

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    Official: ​US public charging station locations grew by almost 200 in April
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    Almost 200 publicly accessible plug-in vehicle charging stations were added in the US last month by public and private entities, reflecting a slight acceleration in station deployment as more Americans buy electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Drivers could choose from 5,865 charging stations ...

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    Study: Each Karma 'cost' Fisker $660,000 to produce
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    Looks like the $100,000 or so Leo and Bieber plunked down for their Fisker Karma extended-range plug-in vehicles may have been a bargain. The California-based automaker, which appears to be headed for bankruptcy, spent an estimated $660,000 for every one of fewer than 2,500 vehicles it made ...

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    Report: House Republicans will hold hearing on Fisker, Henrik asks for travel funds
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    House Republicans have been critical of the Obama Administration over new-energy loans to companies such as Tesla Motors, and will hold a hearing later this month to discuss struggling California-based Fisker Automotive, the Wall Street Journal says. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), of the ...

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