DOE (Department of Energy)

Gov Jerry Brown won’t get dirty with Donald Trump

Global Clean Energy Ministerial Symposium The floor opened for questions immediately after West Coast Leaders, Alaska, British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington signed a Comprehensive Agreement at the Global Clean Energy Ministerial Symposium There was a cap-n-trade question, but the big question is how any of the clean energy initiatives will go forward if Donald [...]

Fisker Automotive doesn’t have to go bankrupt: there are options

Car companies make mistakes all the time: some of the hardware, some of the software and some on the design. The difference between an established company making a mistake and a start-up company making a mistake is the ability to bounce back financially. The issue of bankruptcy is not because the Fisker Karma is an [...]

If work had electricity would you buy an EV?

employers to provide chargers to their employees Washington, DC “ In what will probably be his last auto show as the Secretary for the Department of Energy (DOE), Dr. Steven Chu started his 2013 Washington Auto Show speech with an amazing fact, “We (the United States) spend roughly $1 billion dollars a day on foreign [...]

Jana Hartline, Toyota Motor Sales, on plug-ins and fuel cells on Driving the Nation

Jana Hartline is the passionate Environmental Communications Manager at Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Hartline took time to talk to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about Toyota's advanced technology vehicles coming to market. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) revealed the NS4 advanced plug-in hybrid concept vehicle at the 2012 North American International Auto Show [...]

How Chinese car companies will conquer the U.S. auto industry

Gordon Chang, Forbes.com & the daily, and John Batchelor, the host of the John Batchelor Radio show talk to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, drivingthenation.com I started writing about Brand new 2012 cars under $15,000, but The Forbes story turned into an article about why the Chinese car companies would not bring cheap cars into the [...]

NHTSA clears Volt, Honda is being sued for MPG certified by EPA

John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and how NHTSA wrecked Volt's reputation Chrysler, 58% owned by Italy's Fiat, is asking for a loan from the Department of Energy (DOE) Section 136. Should they get a federal loan [...]

Chrysler Politicians want money from DOE

Secretary Chu, FCA, DOE Will Secretary Steven Chu give Chrysler The Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) Loan Program out of Section 136? Solyndra has been in the news because, as Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu said, “there was no there, there.” $535 million from Sec 1705 down the drain. Every loan is scrutinized, as [...]

Fisker automotive answers questions about the DOE loan

There's a lot of chatter on the internet about Fisker automotive getting a Department of Energy (DOE) loan. We went to the source, Fisker Automotive itself. Russel Datz, spokesperson for Fisker Automotive, answered the questions for drivingthenation.com The Department of Energy (DOE) has granted Fisker, an American automobile manufacturer in Anaheim, California, $529,000 to build [...]

Dear Pres Obama, Sec Chu and 100 Senators

Dear President Obama, Secretary Chu, and all 100 Senators I suppose I should be applauding the fourteen Senators that signed the letter to Secretary Chu asking him to keep the funding for the fuel cell and hydrogen programs alive. I understand that having fourteen senators sign any initiative is a coup de grace.  But really, [...]

Charlie Freese, on the hydrogen budget, on John Batchelor radio show

The United States has no energy policy. Every administration budgets money for it's pet project, leaving the projects from the previous administrations in a lurch. Why? Charlie Freese is General Motor's executive director for fuel cell activities. He was also a keynote speaker at the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy 2011 in Washington DC. How [...]