9/1/09 - “Detroit” wants XP and Aptera Vehicles stopped! - myxpcar.com
“Detroit” wants XP Vehicles stopped!
Relative to the very high volume of customer, media and general interest comments on the DOE rejection, we are posting this blog to try to cover all of the discussion requests on this topic. The DOE reviewers, mostly from “Detroit”, have turned down XP’s loan application, Aptera and a number of other innovative companies in favor of “Detroit” players. Are we a nation where innovation and great ideas win support or where great influence buyers win the support? If you want an XP Vehicle, call Congress now and ask for action!
Attached you will find a Press Release sent out by XP Vehicles after we were contacted by the Department of Energy and informed that our application was being rejected. We have been told that most of the smaller, advanced technology electric car companies’ applications are being rejected in favor of Ford, Nissan and GM applicants.
As stated in our Press Release, we have no problem with the federal government supporting our traditional automotive industry, we do have a problem with absolutely no support for smaller companies who have not made the mistakes of the Detroit Three and are just trying to get new technology on the roads today and available to consumers. Americans deserve the opportunity and right to make the right choices and start reducing our energy consumption and air pollution TODAY.
If America, and the world, wants a car that goes an almost unlimited range via hot-swap cartridges, costs less than $20,000.00, uses no gasoline, is easy to repair, easy to build, saves your life better than any other car, is faster than competing solutions, does not require an extension cord, uses electricity and creates green jobs; then we hope they will let Congress hear their voices.
Of the billions and billions of dollars of recipients, and applicants, of funding for electric vehicle energy storage technologies, so far, only XP Vehicles has provided a vehicle power system which takes an electric car to a 300 mile computer modeled range at a total car metric under $20,000.00.
As supporters of our innovative design and product, we are asking for your help. Congress needs to hear about this blatant disregard for improving our nation’s environment, ending our dependence on foreign oil and moving ahead in the technology world. We are asking our supporters to start flooding Congress with letters (a sample follows) asking them to contact the Department of Energy to express their disappointment with this latest round of decisions about this important program.
It isn't over yet. After Aptera was rejected they were able to get the House of Representatives to write a bill requiring DOE to re-examine their application. XP has requested Congressional and Department review of the situation, also, and things are still unfolding. Other companies have been rejected, disputed, and are in re-review or have had investigations launched.
In a statistical analysis map of all of the funding for automobiles, automobile batteries and related funding, almost all of the funding has gone to one state and three companies or connections to those three companies. In a federal lobby disclosure study almost all of that funding is tied in nearly exact ratio to the amount of money spent by those parties as indicated in those filings. The amount of money already received and lost by those groups in TARP and other funding write-offs and defaults appears to exceed the total amount of money that XP already applied for.
Most all of the players involved have online resumes (Google, Linkedin, agency websites, etc.) indicating their current and past affiliations and relationships so anybody can check things out.
We were just waiting for the operational drill-down questions from DOE. Suddenly we got the rejection along about the time other people had started contacting us. Multiple major media outlets, elected official staffers, regulatory agencies, members of the public, past senior staff from "Detroit" (They probably shouldn't have thrown so many people out on the street without their 401K's or coverage - the ex-Detroiter's know a lot of pretty good info), current agency officials, and other rejected innovation start-ups have contacted XP and shared the information on this page with us. Boy, has that been eye-opening. We will keep adding notes on this page as they arrive.
Sorry we didn't just shut up and go away but, you know, we are kind of scrappy and determined and our customers really want one of these cars!
XP is not saying anybody did anything wrong. We are not saying the entire DOE is a "bad guy". We are saying a small group may have done some "sketchy things" in order to advantage some over others. Our customers and staff have submitted some questions for each of the DOE reviewers?
"What part of Autodesk or Microsoft did you think was not capable of delivering the process and design software?"
"What part of Deloitte & Touche did you think was not capable of auditing and reporting the financials?"
"What part of NEC, Intel or the other leading electronics companies in the world did you think could not build our controllers?"
[/font][FONT='Arial','sans-serif']"What part of the the largest, most successful automobile electronics group in the world did you think would not be able to build the electronics module?"
"What part of the US National Lab system did you think was incapable of soldering a box together?"
What part of the over 100 other major supplier companies that have been building parts for the auto, aerospace and industry for decades did you think could not deliver?"
"Have you ever received compensation, payroll, stock or assets-of-value or might you, in the future, receive any of those, or political resources from, any company with major offices located in, or near the city of Detroit or with ownership assets in, or associated with, said entity?"
"Can you clarify the thought process that was used to take funds from a program that was created by law to save American business and give it to a Japanese company to create profits that would return to Japan, while using the same program to take action to seek to put an American company out of business?"
Last edited by Matthijs : 09-03-2009 at 05:34 AM.