U.S. Department of Energy Posts

Fisker’s Government Loan Is Being Auctioned

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The Department of Energy gave bankrupt electric car company Fisker $192 million to build their cars and a factory.  The Energy Department will look at bids today to sell off the remainder of the loan to Fisker.  Bidders have offered at least $30 million with 10% down, according to Reuters.  Fisker was worth $2 billion at one point.

Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Pays Off Their $451 Million Federal Loan

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Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) announced today that they have paid off their entire federal loan.  The company took a $451.8 million loan with interest from the U.S. Energy Department in 2009.

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Department Of Energy Launches A $120 Million Battery Research Program

The U.S. Department of Energy wants to drastically improve battery technology in the next 5 years.  Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu conducted an interview with Computerworld with the goal to produce batteries that are five times more powerful than current technology with a fifth of the overall cost.

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A123 Systems Goes Bankrupt and Sells Automotive Assets To Johnson Controls

A123 Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:AONE) is a company that manufactures advanced lithium-ion battery systems for the automotive and electric grid sectors.  Today the company has announced that Johnson Controls Inc. (NYSE:JCI) will buy the company’s automotive assets in a transaction that is valued at $125 million.  Johnson Controls will gain ownership of A123’s  automotive technology, products, and customer contracts.  They will also gain ownership of A123’s facilities in Livonia and Romulus, Michigan along with the cathode powder manufacturing facilities in China and A123’s equity interest in Shanghai Advanced Traction Battery Systems Co., which is A123’s joint venture with Shanghai Automotive.

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Boston Gets 150 Electric Car Charging Stations from ChargePoint

Coulomb’s Department of Energy-funded ChargePoint America project is bringing 150 electric car charging stations to the Boston metro area. The ChargePoint stations are part of a $37 million project, which Coulomb Technologies has already established in other regions around the US. Boston’s stations will primarily be installed along Route 495. CNET reports that this expansion coincides with a partnership between BMW and Coulomb Technologies.

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Michigan Based A123 Systems Opens Largest Lithium Ion Automotive Battery Plant In America

A123 Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:AONE), a developer and producer or advanced Nanophosphate lithium ion batteries has announced today that they have opened the largest lithium ion automotive battery production facility in North America. The new plant is located in Livonia, Michigan and they are expecting to expand manufacturing capabilities by up to 600MW hours per day.
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Fisker Automotive Closes $529 Million Loan From U.S. Energy Dept.

Fisker Automotive has closed a $529 million loan from the U.S. Energy Department for building electric vehicles. Fisker will be building plug-in hybrid vehicles in a Wilmington, Delaware plant that was recently closed by General Motors. Development of the Karma sports sedan will create about 2,000 new jobs. Fisker expects to hit full production by about 2015. [Reuters]

Suniva Gets $141 Million Loan Guarantee From Energy Department

Silicon solar cell company Suniva has just received a $141 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy.  Suniva joins the likes of other solar companies such as Solyndra and Brightsource Energy, who received $535 million and $1.37 billion respectively.  Suniva will use the loan to build a solar cell manufacturing facility in Michigan according to VentureBeat.  The Michigan plant could employ about 500 full-time positions and 2,000 temporary jobs.  Suniva’s goal is to develop solar cells that require less pricey silicon.  Suniva raised a total of $375 million in venture capital from Warburg Pincus, HIG Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Advanced Equities, and Apex Ventures.. [VentureBeat]