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Carbon Motors … no federal loan crumbles purpose-built police vehicle effort

Press release from yesterday

Carbon Motors ATVM Loan Caught in DOE Political Crossfire

CONNERSVILLE, IN — Today Carbon Motors Corporation, a homeland security technology company, announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has indicated that it will not proceed with Carbon’s $310 million application for a direct loan under the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) program. The ATVM program was established during the Bush administration and continued under the Obama administration.

“We are outraged by the actions of the DOE and it is clear that this was a political decision in a highly-charged, election year environment. Since Solyndra became politicized last fall, the DOE has failed to make any other loans under the ATVM program, has pulled back one loan that it previously committed and, as of this month, the DOE has pushed aside the three remaining viable loans under active consideration,” said William Santana Li, chairman and chief executive officer, Carbon Motors Corporation.

“Each of these applicants has been caught for several years in a costly and extensive DOE due diligence process. Carbon Motors simply appears to be the last victim of this political gamesmanship. In failing to deploy the tax dollars that Congress allocated for the creation of advanced technology manufacturing jobs in the U.S., the DOE ATVM program represents a glaring failure of the Obama Administration to create jobs that are clearly within its power to create,”

full press release HERE
















We have been following Carbon Motors purpose-built police vehicle efforts as part of a larger obsession with law enforcement wheels:

October 05, 2008: Police Cruiser Designed by Cops









One result of Carbon Motors effort is far more work-specific vehicles from others:


October 05, 2009: New Caprice Police Car

Holden (Australian) import for General Motors.

June 03, 2011: LAPD 2011 Chevy Caprice PPV

Almost got a detective-package Caprice!

June 25, 2011: Contract loophole = Street Caprices








March 13, 2010: Ford 2012 “purpose-built” police cruiser








Last month, Chicago announced that were buying 500 Ford Police Interceptors and utility vehicles.  Ford press release HERE.


When Wake County EMS selected the police package, Hemi-powered Dodge Charger from the North Carolina state contract, the important information of the Advanced Practice Paramedics was overshadowed by the vehicle.








The 2012 version of the Dodge Charger Pursuit is getting praise for better sight-lines

Mike "FossilMedic" Ward

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