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Google.org has just made an important announcement:

http://blog.google.org/2007/09/drivers-start-your-batteries.html

http://google.org/recharge/rfp/index.html

Here's a little taste of what they had to say:

Overview
Google.org is committed to finding innovative transportation solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Earlier this summer, Google.org launched its RechargeIT Initiative to accelerate the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and vehicle-to-grid technology through technical demonstrations, grant-making, advocacy and investments. As part of this initiative, we are issuing a $10 million request for investment proposals (RFP). We plan to invest amounts ranging from $500,000 to $2,000,000 in selected for-profit companies whose innovative approach, team and technologies will enable widespread commercialization of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, electric vehicles and/or vehicle-to-grid solutions. This RFP is global in scope, and we encourage responses from companies anywhere in the world.

Who Should Respond?
Google.org is seeking companies with technologies, products and services that will accelerate widespread commercialization in the following fields:

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)
Electric vehicles (EVs)
Vehicle-to-grid solutions (V2G)
Some examples of companies or individuals that might want to apply:

An early stage technology venture coming out of a university or lab looking to develop and commercialize a product (a new type of battery, for example)
-- An innovative services business that can play a key role in the widespread adoption of PHEVs, EVs and/or V2G solutions
-- A company focused on one of these markets which can use additional investment capital to scale up adoption of its products
-- A company active in the automotive or power space that could modify an existing product that addresses a key need in one of these markets




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