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Brian Wynne, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), was a busy man at the Washington Auto Show/EDTA Conference this week. Considering all of the attention being focused on the industry his association represents, this isn’t a big surprise. But, after almost six years with the EDTA, does he see the recent intensity change in plug-in vehicles as more of a revolution or an evolution? A little bit of both, and it’s playing out in a lot of ways. “There is a real accelerati
EVA/DC booth at EDTA 2010 Click above for a high-res image gallery
We heard from Ford CEO Alan Mulally yesterday about his company’s overall work with the U.S. government on energy policy. He’s not the only Ford representative at the show worth talking to at the Washington Auto Show, though, and we got to sit down with Nancy Gioia, Ford’s director of global electrification, for an update on the company’s plug-in vehicle projects.
During one of the sessions at the Electric Drive Transportation Association meeting here alongside the Washington Auto Show, our friend Felix Kramer from CalCars got an answer to a question that’s been on his mind for a while: just how much will large-format lithium-ion batteries cost in five or ten years?
Secretary Chu announced the closing of Nissan’s $1.4 billion Advanced Technology Vehicle Loan Program loan (originally, the amount was for $1.6 billion) today during the Washington Auto Show. As expected, this money will used to kick off production of the Leaf in the U.S.
Last year, BorgWarner and Robert Bosch LLC founded the U.S. Coalition for Advanced Diesel Cars. For the first anniversary party, the group is present in the EDTA advanced technology section of the Washington Auto Show to announce three new menbers Tenneco, Dow Automotive and Umicore and to explain that the latest diesel vehicles are clean, available today and need to stop being the ignored child in federal green vehicle policy.
Among the gleaming vehicles on the Washington Auto Show floor, there are some policy and discussion sessions happening as well as part of the EDTA Conference. We thought a quick run through a presentation by Roland Hwang, the transportation program director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), would be a good thing for our more detailed-oriented readers to delve into. Technically delivered as part of the EDTA/SAE Joint Opening Session, Hwang’s presentation gets into the numbers (as
Former governor of New York George Pataki visited the Washington Auto Show today and set an ambitious target during the morning’s opening plenary session. How ambitious? Um, he called for electric vehicles (EVs) to grow to 40 percent of the new vehicle market by 2020. Yes, 40 percent. In ten years. In other words, way, way higher than anyone else is seriously suggesting will happen. Pataki told AutoblogGreen that:
Columbia Crossline Click above for high-res image gallery
BMW Concept ActiveE Click above for high-res image gallery
Wheego Whip LiFe Click above for high-res image gallery
Think City Click above for high-res image gallery
Novozymes E85 vehicles Click above for high-res image gallery
Nissan Leaf Click above for high-res image gallery
Yesterday’s second annual Green Car Summit was not nearly as fiery as last year’s discussion, and maybe that’s a good thing.
Washington 2009: Riding in the Chrysler EVs [w/VIDEO]
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Washington 2009: ExerTrike Tri-Hybrids, including new Stealth model
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Washington 2009: picture fun with the Saturn Flextreme
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Washington 2009: modded Prius is part solar PHEV, part bed, part crazy
We usually use the main picture in a post to give you a straightforward idea of what vehicle or technology the post is about. More unusual images can live in the gallery. For a vehicle we discovered at the Washington Auto Show, though, we needed to use the main picture spot to show off just one of the many highlights that Bob Bruninga has made to his Prius: wood trim on the doors (see it from a distance here and here). This little homebrew addition is just one of a ridiculous number of modificat