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From: da_cheif™12/30/2011 11:27:41 AM
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tax loss selling over ......watch the sky

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From: da_cheif™2/6/2012 9:18:12 AM
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finance.yahoo.com

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From: P. Ramamoorthy2/6/2012 12:08:58 PM
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A few questions for Kanode at the next Conf call:
From the Needham conference
1) Ford testing of VLNC batteries in Europe -
Since VLNC battery is said to have passed Ford's 18-month test in flying colors, Kanode asked a Ford official involved in the electrification of Ford whether he was familiar with the test result. He said he was. Kanode asked when they plan to order batteries. The Ford guy said the positive test result put VLNC on a list of potential suppliers and when their turn comes Ford will contact them - maybe in about 3-4 years. For that Kanode said in that time frame, he would not be able to sell Ford any batteries because the current batteries would have been obsolete.
(Most legacy auto manufacturers - GM, Ford, Chrysler - can not change their bureaucratic ways in adopting new technology.)
2) EVI delay Re. 100 UPS trucks -
The delay is due to UPS reconfiguring their battery charging station and as a result, EVI had to reconfigure the body. Timeline is not clear. VLNC shows $20Million in inventory last quarter.
3) Vanadium -
No questions on V. What is the status of V battery. Has anyone testing? When will they release?
4) Freightliner bid for 3000 trucks -
UPS recommended VLNC. Enova said in last month's conference they are expecting a final decision on the battery supplier in 2-4 weeks. 2 weeks are over. When will they know?

Ram

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To: P. Ramamoorthy who wrote (27285)2/16/2012 8:54:19 AM
From: da_cheif™
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at least v doesnt have the problems of a123.....over supply ...over everything.....burning thru cash like mad....CEB is on a slow calculated and very intelligent move of bring vlnc to success. If this was easy.....everybody could do it.....

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To: da_cheif™ who wrote (27286)2/25/2012 7:36:01 PM
From: larryjoe
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"2012 Planned Launch of Next Generation High Power Custom Systems"

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To: P. Ramamoorthy who wrote (27285)2/29/2012 7:20:03 PM
From: jean1057
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after 20 years VLNC ..the pipe dream still goes on?? is Berg still paying the bills..?? rather not looking at the balance sheet...is da-cheif still kicking the VLNC can down the street ?? guess this will be a deleted opinion anyhow...greetings to da cheif... :) anyhow...

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To: jean1057 who wrote (27288)3/9/2012 10:31:26 PM
From: da_cheif™
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STILL the pissant after all these years eh swissee?...lolol

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From: da_cheif™3/9/2012 10:31:54 PM
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whitehouse.gov


"Accelerating deployment of alternative-fuel trucks: The President is proposing a new tax incentive for commercial trucks that provides a credit for 50% of the incremental cost of a dedicated alternative-fuel truck, including trucks powered by natural gas or electricity, for a five-year period. This incentive – paired with support through programs like the Energy Department’s National Clean Fleets Partnership, which provides technical assistance to large company fleets interested in moving toward vehicles that rely on little or no oil – will not only drive down domestic demand for oil, but also drive up demand for the sorts of vehicles built at Freightliner’s Mt. Holly Plant and, in turn, spur job creation in the American manufacturing sector."

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To: da_cheif™ who wrote (27290)3/26/2012 3:12:15 PM
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A123 Replacing Batteries That Led to Fisker Karma Shutdown

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A123 Systems Inc. (AONE) said it’s replacing defective battery packs and modules it supplies to customers, including Fisker Automotive Inc., and that the flaw caused a Fisker Karma to shut down in a Consumer Reports test.

A123 has started building replacement modules and expects to begin shipping them to customers this week, the company said in a statement. Replacing the batteries and systems shipped globally from A123’s plant in Livonia, Michigan, will cost about $55 million and will be funded during the next several quarters, the company estimated.

Five customers are potentially affected by the defects, David Vieau, the company’s chief executive officer, told reporters today in a conference call. The root cause of a $107,000 Fisker Karma model shutting down in tests this month by Consumer Reports is associated with A123’s defective batteries, Vieau said, without naming other customers.

“While the initial rapid ramp-up of our Michigan operations to satisfy customer demand has resulted in near-term operational challenges, we are confident in our ability to overcome these issues,” he said on the call.

A123 expects that the cost of replacing the battery systems will “require us to adjust our fundraising strategy,” Vieau said, without elaborating. The company will provide an updated outlook during its next quarterly earnings call, he said.

A123 fell 11 percent to $1.51 at 11:24 a.m. New York time after earlier touching $1.48, its the lowest intraday price since its initial public offering in September 2009.

Fisker Tests Fisker’s plug-in luxury car that Consumer Reports purchased for evaluation shut down after only 180 miles (290 kilometers), the Yonkers, New York-based magazine said March 8.

Fisker will update its “VIP Customer Care Coverage” to include a free battery replacement for affected Karma owners, the Anaheim, California-based company said today in a statement. The program also will extend warranties for customers in North America by 10 months and 10,000 miles, to 60 months and 60,000 miles.

A123 is a Fisker shareholder. The carmaker in December recalled 239 Karmas to fix a hose clamp in the A123 battery pack at risk of leaking coolant, which it said could potentially cause a fire.

The cause of the defects described today was faulty calibration of one of four welding machines in the Michigan plant that caused misalignment of a component in some cells, Vieau said today. The flaw could cause an electrical short, which could result in premature failure of the battery or decrease performance and reduce battery life, he said.

‘Effectively Contaminated’ While the rate of total cells welded by the faulty machine is “a fraction” of the product A123 made in the Michigan plant, the probability is “very high” that a module or pack contains a defect because of the number of cells that go into them, Vieau said.

“We feel that virtually all the product that we produce in this facility has been effectively contaminated by this particular defect,” he said.

Fisker said this month it established a team of more than 50 engineers to address quality issues with the Karma. That group traced the cause of the shutdown of the car owned by Consumer Reports to the A123 battery pack, Fisker said in its statement today. Both companies established teams “to find the actual root cause,” the carmaker said.

The cylindrical cells A123 makes in China that are used by Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) and other customers are not affected by the defect, Vieau said. A123 also supplies batteries for General Motors Co. (GM) and Daimler AG.

To contact the reporters on this story: Craig Trudell in Southfield, Michigan at ctrudell1@bloomberg.net; Alan Ohnsman in Los Angeles at aohnsman@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jamie Butters at jbutters@bloomberg.net

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To: da_cheif™ who wrote (27290)5/10/2012 1:57:21 PM
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Teardown reveals Chevy Volt's electronic secrets
Beyond battery chemistry and electric propulsion and control, the Chevy Volt enhanced-range electric vehicle builds in flexibility, ruggedness, and diagnostics--with attention to quality construction.

http://www.edn.com/article/521722-Teardown_reveals_Chevy_Volt_s_electronic_secrets.php

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