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 |  May 03 2011, 11:05 AM

Wireless-induction charging of vehicles and plug-in hybrids is likely to become common within the automotive industry say EV experts. “We believe it’s not a matter of if but when wireless charging will be in all (electric) vehicles,” Laura Marino of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory stated during a recent Automotive Power Electronics conference.

Inductive charging will become very popular strictly because of convenience. With this type of charging, one would not have to remember to plug in the car after use. Inductive charging sends electricity wirelessly between two coils. One coil would remain inside the car while the other could be hidden under a garage floor or city street.

What makes induction charging so convenient is that charging points can be built into roads close to stop signs. Furthermore, the Logan Airport in Boston will implement the technology into shuttling travelers to and from car rental agencies. The induction chargers will be embedded into areas where buses wait for passengers. This allows the bus to charge while waiting for more passengers.

In Europe, the automotive industry has not yet agreed on a standard for plugs. The development of electronic vehicles relies on the cost of infrastructure meaning low cost production is of importance. Renault is arguing for a system based on alternating current. This will hopefully lower the cost of building charging points. Some estimates predict a direct- current fast charge point would cost $70,000.

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  • Sam Brown

    The Solyndra case proves that the DOE LOAN and ATVM funding was based on pure bribery and lobby manipulation. All of the failure points on Solyndra have been visible for ages so they would not have gotten the money if “real due diligence” had been performed instead of giving the money away to hard-wired campaign contributors.

    Kleiner Perkins put Chu in office as Secratary in order to get favored nations funding for their portfolio companies and keep competitors to those portfolio companies from getting funded. Steve Westly and Kholsa helped them along with Raj Gupta.

    Detroit’s lobbyists said,” we can’t get you any more taxpayer money because the public knows we are liars” “Tell them we need the money to build electric cars- and then we can BS them into coughing it up” said the lobbyists. The law said that the money was to go to any American car company but it only went to a Japanese company and Detroit. (Tesla is now controlled by Detroit no matter what crap Elon foists off so don’t say they are not part of it.) The Detroit News writes that Detroit & Telsa recipients used the money to pay bonuses to staff and other uses, have parties and other uses not intended for the funds.

    The DOE ATVM And Loan Gaurantee programs were conducted by criminals in order to commit crimes. The “Car Czar” Steve Rattner (Now a proven criminal by the State of NY), Lachland Seward, Matt Rogers and his partner Steve Spinner and most of Tesla’s friends at McKinsey Consulting from Silicon Valley (Who used Tax payer jets to fly back and forth to Silicon Valley to go bike riding), Steve Westley and a group who now left DOE, and some who are still there are criminals. They stole your tax money and put in their friends pockets. Federal investigations have already shown that Detroit embezzeled and misspent the first monies distributed. Every company that has so far gotten money has misspent it, did not have what they said they had at the time they applied, were tied to campaign contributions and rated lowest on the comparison reviews. If you google: “Unprofessional behavior plagues SRS” to read about the death threats, you can see the depths to which some of these people will sink. See the recent mass exodus from DOE of key staff in the last 9 months: They took the money and ran.

    The few applicants that did get money spent tens of millions of dollars on bribes and lobby “incentives” equal in ratio to the money they got. Now the White House says that $17B of the taxpayer money that Detroit got is a write-off and is lost forever. In other words Detroit has already embezzeled more money than all of the other applicants applied for put together.

    Google Tesla’s Siry on “DOE stifles innovation” to read what one of the highest level staff at one of the car companies said.

    The GAO, a federal crime busting agency, just released public reports saying that the DOE Loan programs were corrupt. All of the people under Seward were “connected” or “made men” in the Detroit cadre. Seward changed the section 136 first-come-first serve rule (Which appears to be illegal) in order to provide advantages to his friends in Detroit who didnt bother to apply in time and to cut out the smaller players who were already ahead in the application proces

    Subpeonas of Detroit and DOE Loan Departments will prove crime, corruption, favoritism and rigged contracts were the rule and not the exception.

  • Robert Gnorsen

    Sam, your glib lies belie your extreme right wing views. None of what you said about Solyndra is true. The Bush admin., after several years of due diligence,looked favorably on Solyndra’s loan guarantee (note: not a loan; the money had to be borrowed on the market), but did not formally approve it because the money Bush set aside for alternate energy went to the oil companies. No one involved with the founding of Solyndra gave money to the Obama campaign. There was no bribery or lobbying. All was done through the DOE program set up by Bush. These are all researchable facts. When you speak do so after doing due diligence yourself on the issues. Shame for spreading lies!

  • Brad Pratt

    Sam – Read below:

    Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Diana DeGette, Ranking Member of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, wrote a letter to Chairman Cliff Stearns in regard to his recent public comments about the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program for renewable energy projects.

    The text of the letter is below and can be downloaded here.

    April 11, 2011

    The Honorable Cliff Stearns
    Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
    House Committee on Energy and Commerce
    2125 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Dear Chairman Stearns:

    We are writing in regard to your recent public comments about the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program for renewable energy projects. You are quoted in a March 30, 2011, Center for Public Integrity article as saying: “A lot of these contracts are really being pushed out the door with no oversight. … I think what happens is, they give some of this money out to people who are either contributors or strong supporters.” [1] In an ABCNews.com story, you further stated: “I think in the long term we have to worry about the United States government guaranteeing loans for businesses based perhaps upon favoritism.”[2]

    The focus of your comments appears to be a loan guarantee provided to a solar energy company, Solyndra, Inc. On February 17, 2011, you and Chairman Upton sent a letter to the Department of Energy (DOE) requesting documents and information relating to DOE’s loan guarantee award to Solyndra, as well as a briefing on the loan guarantee program.

    In response to your request, the Committee has received extensive information from DOE. DOE has already produced approximately 10,000 pages of documents to the Committee and continues to produce documents on an on-going basis. Committee staff has also received two briefings from DOE relating to both the loan guarantee program and the Solyndra loan guarantee specifically, as well as one briefing from DOE’s Inspector General (DOE-IG) relating to its review of the program. Additional staff briefings relating to this inquiry are expected.

    Based on our review of the information provided to the Committee to date, we do not understand the factual basis for your disparaging public comments. We have not received any information or documents that suggest any impropriety, wrongdoing, or favoritism in the award of the Solyndra loan guarantee or any other DOE loan guarantee.

    DOE officials have described for the Committee the loan guarantees it has issued and the peer-reviewed, merit-based process by which they are awarded. In the case of Solyndra, DOE awarded a loan guarantee for the construction of a full-scale production plant that could build innovative photovoltaic solar panels capable of producing 210 megawatts of clean electricity each year. According to DOE, this manufacturing facility was constructed on time and under budget and has a greater production capacity than originally proposed (300 megawatts). Solyndra directly employs 300 more Americans today than it did when DOE agreed to provide the loan guarantee in March 2009. And, Solyndra has obtained additional equity investments from existing equity holders, an indication of investor confidence in the company’s prospects.

    A recent DOE-IG audit of the loan guarantee program does not support claims of waste, fraud, abuse, or political favoritism relating to any of DOE’s loan guarantees. The report focused on issues relating to document and records management. It did not cast any doubt on the propriety of any loan guarantee decisions.

    If you have additional information to support your claims of political favoritism relating to any of DOE’s loan guarantees, including the Solyndra loan guarantee, we request that you share this information with us.


    Henry A. Waxman Diana DeGette
    Ranking Member Ranking Member
    Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

    cc: The Honorable Fred Upton
    Committee on Energy and Commerce

  • ulrich lange

    Induction charging is a very lossy process compared to plug-in charging. A loss in efficiency of 25%-30% is normal. For a toothbush that’s OK because we are talking about a few micro watts. And the toothbrush is charged for 8 hours before you use it again for 2 minutes. For cars it’s a little different. We are taking real amperage. So even a 10% loss in efficiency would be unacceptable.