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Bright Automotive closed its doors in Feb. 2012, after failing to obtain a DOE loan.
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Bright Automotive is a symbol for change in the American automotive industry and a vital catalyst for our country's new economy. We are bringing tangible solutions to business in America, increasing our nation's energy independence and getting our economy back on the road to prosperity.
We are an American company comprised of automotive entrepreneurs, including some of the most experienced hybrid-electric vehicle and battery pack engineers in the industry. We created in less than 12 months what some automotive companies take years to achieve: an all-new, efficient, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that customers want to buy and can afford.
Our new concept vehicle is called the IDEA. Fleet leaders and industry experts were given a preview of the IDEA on April 8, 2009, at a customer reveal. The vehicle was in Washington, D.C., on April 21, 2009, for a special briefing with lawmakers, corporate leaders, energy industry experts and Bright Automotive executives. The IDEA and our battery pack solutions were then revealed to the world in May 2009 at the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS24) in Norway.
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Bright Automotive established a strategic relationship with GM Ventures in August 2010.