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Here are the top cleantech stories we’re following today on the GreenBeat:
Smart grid communications company Trilliant announced it has inked a deal with British Gas to roll out one million smart meters by 2012. The deal could open up the door for more contracts with British Gas, which has 16 million customers. Earth2Tech points out that the British government has said it wants smart meters in every home by 2020.
NRG Energy has launched the country’s first privately funded electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Houston, called eVgo (pictured). The company plans to invest $10 million in the city’s charging infrastructure and will offer flat-rate monthly packages for access to the fast-charge stations that it will build out along major highways and shopping centers.
GM’s shares climbed 7.5 percent this morning to $35.46 after its $20 billion return to public trading, Bloomberg reports. But the U.S. government will have to sell its remaining shares at $53 apiece in order to earn back the $49.5 billion it invested in the company after bailing it out in the midst of the financial crisis. The Treasury looks to make about $13.6 billion from the shares it has sold so far.
Toyota unveiled its electric Rav4 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, a car that will be produced with technology that is part of a $60 million agreement with electric car maker Tesla. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk told the Los Angeles Times he’d like to see the Rav4 built in Tesla’s new $42 million Fremont, Calif. factory.
Toyota also plans to launch 11 new hybrid models by the end of 2012, Grist/AFP reports.
Honda has unveiled its electrified Fit at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Like Toyota’s Rav4, the Fit will have a 100-mile range, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Neste Oil has opened the largest biodiesel plant in the world in Singapore, the New York Times reports.
The Electrification Coalition predicts there will be 200,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids on the roads by 2015.