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  "We are always searching for catalyst for particular investment idea. We have our big picture Macro Catalyst in action now with S&P putting US on Negative outlook and Bill Gross selling all US Treasuries. Powerful Macro trend of Peak Oil multiplied by Inflation will make Electric Cars the reality in the nearest future. Gas prices here will be the very good incentive for keeping the topic in the headlines.
  We have an industry catalyst in Electric Cars now: China has announced that Electric cars will be strategic industry in its 12th Five Year Plan, IMF talks about Peak Oil and higher Oil prices and new Electric Cars are hitting the roads and showrooms.

  On the company level catalyst comes when strategic investors are buying stakes in the new players after few months spent on full due diligence of the company and its properties. TNR Gold is already a part of Byron Lithium index and we think that International Lithium will get on the radar screens now after its IPO." 

   Electric Cars investment space is getting hotter and big names are piling in now. 5 million investment from U.S. Department Of Energy could sound like a joke compare to China investing billions in Electric Cars or personal investments of some entrepreneurs in Lithium space, but it is one step at a time and names in this initiatives are more important this amount. Once guys from Google, Facebook and Twitter will move into Green Revolution our Lithium story will take off into parabolic rise, they have knowledge, technology and understanding that Electric Cars are the way forward. They will need to drive their kids to the soccer games after all, even after Peak Oil happening now. We do not know who of them will make the next Coca Cole in Electric Cars space, but we will be ready with our Sugar business - Lithium will be needed for all of them.
  Google guys by the way are driving Teslas already, were behind Aptera and now Google is investing in the Wind Farm.
  In Germany other ambitious young guys are driving the Lithium dreams with new Lithium Metal Polymer battery, DBM Energy has announced this months new breaking developments and very impressive test results.
"We have the breaking news from Germany and DBM Energy. Information is very scarce at best and only in German so far. Revelations from this hidden in the heart of Germany company are groundbreaking: KOLIBRI Lithium Metal Polymer Batteries (Lithium-Polymer-based technology) have passed extensive independent safety tests and demonstrated endurance of 5000 charging cycles. New independent test confirms 454.82 km driving range on one charge! But company claims that the battery in this case was smaller: KOLIBRI 62.928 kWh and that it translates in 714 km range in case of previously used 98.8 kWn battery in the DBM World Record Electric Car Drive in October 2010! To put things into perspective, in case when you drive 225 km every day you will need to recharge the car equipped with this battery every other day and this battery will last 27 years."


April 19, 2011
Secretary Chu Announces New Funding and Partnership with Google to Promote Electric VehiclesSINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1993, DOE'S CLEAN CITIES PROGRAM HELPED SAVE NEARLY 3 BILLION GALLONS OF GASOLINE
Washington, DC - As part of the Obama Administration's efforts to reduce U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025, Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced new steps underway at the Department of Energy to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles.  This includes the availability of $5 million in new funding for community-based efforts to deploy electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and charging stations. He also outlined a partnership with Google Inc. and more than 80 EV stakeholders to help consumers find charging stations nationwide. Secretary Chu and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made the announcement on a conference call with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup, and St. Paul Mayor Christopher Coleman - leaders of three of the nation's nearly 100 Clean Cities Coalitions.
"The Department of Energy's Clean Cities initiative is bringing together local governments and industry to demonstrate the benefits of advanced technology vehicles and help communities use less oil and gasoline to power their vehicles," said Secretary Chu. "The initiatives announced today are just the latest steps in our broader efforts to reduce America's dependence on oil, improve our energy security, and save families and businesses money."
Under the $5 million in electric vehicle funding announced today, local governments and private companies will partner to apply for funding to help accelerate installation of electric vehicle charging stations and infrastructure. Communities will work to develop plans and strategies for EV deployment, update their EV permitting processes, develop incentive programs, or launch other local or regional initiatives that improve the experience of EV users and help bring these highly energy-efficient vehicles in the marketplace. More information on the Funding Opportunity Announcement, including application instructions and deadlines, is available FedConnect.net under the title "DE-FOA-0000451 Clean Cities FY 2011 FOA."
In a related effort, DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is joining with Google Inc. and various industry leaders to provide consumers with consistent, up-to-date information about the EV charging stations in communities nationwide.  Drawing on Google Maps, this new collaboration will coordinate an online network of all U.S. charging stations and will serve as the primary data source for GPS and mapping services tracking electric vehicle charging locations. More information is available on the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center(AFDC).
The Clean Cities Program is a public-private partnership that brings together federal, state and local governments, the auto industry, private sector fleet operators, and community leaders to help communities make their vehicle fleets more energy efficient. Since its inception in 1993, Clean Cities Coalitions and its stakeholders have saved nearly 3 billion gallons of gasoline. The Clean Cities Program supports a broad portfolio of technologies, including alternative and renewable fuels, fuel economy measures, idle reduction technologies, and emerging technologies like electric vehicles.  Read more information on the Clean Cities program.
Tucson, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; and St. Paul, Minnesota have been three of the leaders nationally in developing policies to reduce the dependence on oil and gasoline locally.  Projects underway include the deployment of electric vehicles and chargers, E85 flex fuel vehicles and infrastructure, biodiesel facilities that turn used cooking oil into vehicle fuel, natural gas vehicles, and consumer education efforts.
Below is a chart of top 25 Clean Cities Coalitions and amount of gasoline their efforts have helped displace from 2005-2009:
Rank State Coalition Cumulative Displacement 2005-2009 (Gallons of Gasoline)
1 MN Twin Cities Clean Cities 135,175,133
2 AZ Valley of the Sun Clean Cities (Phoenix) 86,739,806
3 OH Clean Fuels Ohio 84,137,431
4 IN Greater Indiana Clean Cities 67,576,029
5 NY New York City and Lower Hudson Valley Clean Communities 63,728,157
6 MD State of Maryland Clean Cities 53,849,126
7 IL Chicago Clean Cities 47,758,243
8 CA Los Angeles Clean Cities 47,524,841
9 TX Dallas-Ft. Worth Clean Cities 44,525,015
10 CA Southern California Clean Cities 42,295,552
11 KY Commonwealth Clean Cities Partnership 38,495,681
12 AZ Tucson Clean Cities 37,138,418
13 NY Greater Long Island Clean Cities 32,865,885
14 CA Western Riverside County Clean Cities 31,734,027
15 WA Puget Sound Clean Cities (Seattle) 29,387,885
16 MO St. Louis Clean Cities 29,269,485
17 KS Kansas City Regional Clean Cities 27,409,150
18 CA San Joaquin Valley Clean Cities 26,569,597
19 CO Denver Clean Cities 24,030,743
20 UT Utah Clean Cities 23,577,151
21 OR Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities 22,495,293
22 CA San Diego Clean Fuels Coalition 21,765,744
23 GA Clean Cities-Atlanta 21,172,066
24 TX Central Texas Clean Cities (Austin) 20,218,686
25 NV Las Vegas Clean Cities 19,687,387
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