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    Official: DOE ready for more AVTMP loans, now focusing on suppliers

    The Department of Energy handed out four big loans in the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program (ATVM): Fisker got $528.7 million (then went bankrupt) Nissan got $1.4 billion, Ford got $5.9 billion (both are repaying on schedule, as far as anyone knows) and Tesla got $465 milion, ...

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    Frost & Sullivan: EV production could be hindered by shortage of battery parts

    Nissan Leaf battery pack – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) can be derived from one of the many existing chemistries, including lithium-ion, nickel metal hydride and lead acid. Despite the chemical choices, most all of the available battery ...

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    Suppliers fuming over shift towards in-house production of hybrid and EV parts

    Not too long ago, most automakers saw no reason to produce components like electric motors for hybrids or electric vehicle batteries in-house. That's what outside suppliers were for. This decision was largely based on cost. For major automakers, producing parts for hybrids and EVs on a small scale ...

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    Valeo to focus on new products that improve fuel efficiency, reduce emissions

    2010 Citroen C3 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Automotive supplier Valeo SA has struggled to gain market share over the past decade. Attempting to turn things around, the company will focus its efforts on fuel efficiency. Valeo has made carbon dioxide reduction its primary ...

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    Electric cars a challenge for Japanese parts suppliers

    2010 Nissan Leaf EV - Click above for high-res image gallery
    One thing David Cole said when we talked to him at the Business of Plugging In expo was that parts suppliers need to change in order to keep up with the demand for new parts in electric vehicles. In Japan, the Nissan Leaf has become a ...

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    Suppliers bear heavy environmental responsibility

    As vehicles get more and more complex, auto suppliers will need everything in their arsenal to win major contracts from automakers. According to an article on Just-Auto (sub. req'd), by the year 2012, automotive suppliers will bear more than half of the total research and development of a given ...

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    Nissan requests environmental reports from all global suppliers

    As part of Nissan's Green Program 2010, Nissan hopes to reduce 2010 carbon dioxide emissions from global manufacturing to 7 percent below 2005 levels. In order to make this goal a reality, Nissan is requesting environmental reports from every one of their Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers which must ...

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    Parts suppliers could benefit from move to cleaner cars

    The business of supplying components to automakers for their cars has been a notoriously difficult one to survive in for the past two decades. This has been particularly true for companies that make commodity parts like fasteners, batteries and exhaust systems but even manufacturers of more complex ...


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