Midweek morsels

June 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

  • The UK government has confirmed that it’s going to stop bailing out the British auto industry, but Business Secretary Vince Cable is, as yet, refusing to be drawn on whether the subsidies and incentives for electric vehicle buyers, as planned by the previous goverment and due to come into effect next year, will be cut as well. It’s “actively under consideration”, Cable said today at an event held by the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders). Full lowdown from the BBC.
  • Sceptics out in full force at Detroit News: first up, columnist Manny Lopez, convinced that electric vehicles making an impact on the car market is “not very likely, ever.” Watching a demolition-derby between buses at a Michigan race circuit, he suggests that “it would be cool to see (Tesla CEO) Musk or one of his celebrity clients take a $109,000 ride (the Tesla Roadster) barrelling into an intersection as another heads into its path.” Nice. Secondly, Brit veteran Neil Winton, who started an op-ed piece earlier this month with an open mind: “I didn’t think I could come up with another reason why battery-electric cars make no sense for the forseeable future”… It’s all ideological (that ol’ greenie-liberal-commie global warming conspiracy), he thinks , grudgingly allowing the opposition to have its say in a new piece published today.  And people wonder why Detroit’s in the doldrums: with cheerleaders like these…
  • The sale of the defunct GM plant in Wilmington, Delaware to California’s Fisker Automotive has been approved; Fisker (aided by a US government loan) plans to build 100,000 plug-in hybrids there from 2012. Further to the above, looks like Michigan 0, California 1.  Oh, and Tesla shares rocketed 40% in value following this week’s IPO.
  • PSA Peugeot-Citroen and Mitsubishi are to collaborate on an electric commercial vehicle, probably based on the Peugeot Partner/Citroen Berlingo. PSA is to launch two city cars, the Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero, in Europe later this year; both are based on the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.
  • Hyundai Heavy Industries has signed a MOU with Raser Technologies Inc for the joint development of electric and renewable-energy vehicles, including extended-range EVs. Raser has an extended-range hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs under development with a 40-mile all-electric range.

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