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Where Do The Biggest SUVs Go From Here?

Hybrid SUV Blog

How far will big hybrid SUVs go? This article from the San Mateo Daily Journal takes a closer look at the offenders and inspired this blog post.

2008 31

150-mile per gallon hybrid fights back at LA Auto Show

Hybrid SUV Blog

Like Milton from Office Space , did the LA Auto Show try to move Edward Furio to the basement? Furia makes an excellent point here.

2008 31

Peugeot reveals pricing for new 2008

Green Cars News

The new 2008, which is expected to launch in the UK in July, will[.]. Peugeot

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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid: 500K Miles, Still In Patrol Service

Green Car Reports

white base-model 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid has just crossed 500,000 miles, which possibly makes it the highest-mileage Escape Hybrid on the road. If you ever had any doubt that hybrids were durable--and many people do--here''s a case study to set your mind at ease.

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Plug In 2008

Plug In Partners

T he Plug in 2008 National PHEV Conference in San Jose by most accounts was a big success. Sacramento Municipal Util. ActaCell of Austin, Tex.,

Conference confirms plug-in fever

Plugs and Cars

Plug-in 2008 in San Jose, California witnessed a noon-time address by new heavy-weight convert, Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel. Attesting to consumer desire for plug-ins, hundreds of people flooded the Plug-in 2008 auditorium for the low-cost “public” event, which included Plug In America’s Chelsea Sexton participating in a panel discussion.

Fuel cell shipments double between 2008 and 2010

Green Cars News

A new report by Pike Research has revealed that global fuel cell shipments doubled between 2008 and 2010 – leaping by approximately 7,500 units to more than 15,000 units annually. Released at the annual member meeting of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, the figures also reveal that the stationary fuel cell market was [.].

U-M study finds substantial change in age composition of US drivers between 1983 and 2008; younger drivers represent smaller portions of their age groups

Green Car Congress

Changes in percentage of teenagers with driver’s licenses, 1983 to 2008. Data: Sivak and Schoettle. Click to enlarge. Resources.

Plug-in Manufacturers Grow

Plug In Partners

I t wasn't that long ago that I remember a Chrysler ad that bragged about how its new Charger, with the big V 8, was a hybrid.

The Further Adventures of The Solangelist

Creative Greenius

As we move into the final month of the year 2008 I keep looking up at my rooftop longingly. Where’s the credibility in that?  Great.

Goal!

Plug In Partners

But our goal was to see them manufacturered and in the show rooms. And it comes as GM reaches its 100th year. But don’t call them hybrids.

Christmas Presents

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Santa was good to me this year. received a Link-10 battery monitor from my parents. The items on the right came from Belktronix. We'll see how it goes.

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Frustrations with Zolox sensor mount

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I tried installing the Zolox sensor mounting ring for the Warp9 motor from EVsource today. It looks like the fabricator got the holes offset.

Mounting the Zolox Sensor

Open Source Civic EV Kit

After futzing around awhile, I was able to get the spacer ring for the Zolox tachometer sensor to line up. Here's the bottom of the mounting ring.

Add the Splash Guard

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I'd like to get the car off the jack-stands and back into a position where I can drive it while still adding things like the guages. Good Night

Snow falls, Tango plows in Spokane

Plugs and Cars

It's one thing to read about a Prius powering a home during a blackout.

Clean coal

Plugs and Cars

Tach Mount, Splash Guard and POR-15

Open Source Civic EV Kit

In the final directions, I'll probably list a smaller piece to acquire. This one cost me $22.25. The original donut was 1 1/2" thick.

Tachometer is Here!

Open Source Civic EV Kit

This is a cool day(And not just because it's freezing outside). The package with the custom tachometer from SpeedHut arrived.

Build My Dreams, BYD

Plugs and Cars

The announcement that BYD, the Chinese battery giant turned automaker, has actually begun selling its plug-in hybrid, is pretty big news.

Plastic Boxes and Speed Sensor

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I got some fun stuff today. The plastic boxes for the BatMons and the Zolox speed sensor with Warp9 mounting hardware came in.

Musk v. Fisker

Plugs and Cars

The Wall St Journal's new glossy mag, WSJ, reports on the rivalry between Tesla's Elon Musk, and Henrik Fisker. A bit of scratching and clawing.

Inside The Green Task Force

Creative Greenius

have to admit I’ve shared a pretty dire world view when it comes to the current and coming impacts of climate change. How cool a job is that?

Wiring up and Testing Batmon Boards

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Okay, it's time to get your wiring spaghetti on. In the process I blew the OVP channel on the IsoBatMon unit. fuses. How does it work? Kerplooey!

Featured EV Video: Living with an EV part 4

DIY Electric Car

Gav's EV Conversion - Living with an EV - IV from Gav on Vimeo. This video is the fourth in the series of lifestyle videos.

Fixing the Speedometer, Removing ECU

Open Source Civic EV Kit

During the test drive, I noticed that the speedometer wasn't working. It had worked fine before I removed the engine. Speaking of the ECU. volts).

DC 2

Fixing up the Rear Suspension

Open Source Civic EV Kit

finally got my internet connection back up at home. As you may remember, I swapped out the front springs with beefier ones. Many thanks to Rob C.

Mounting the Batmon Boards

Open Source Civic EV Kit

The next step involved preparing all the mounting hardware for the BatMon boards that sit on top of each battery.

Installing the Charging Outlet

Open Source Civic EV Kit

At some point, I guess we have to charge this thing. Most people like to be clever and put the charging outlet under the gas tank cover.

Crimping the Battery Cables

Open Source Civic EV Kit

One of the major tasks during construction of an EV is properly crimping all the heavy duty battery cables together. Here's the process that I used.

Installing the Batmon Resistors

Open Source Civic EV Kit

In order to shunt current around each fully charged battery, the BatMon boards use an external 3 ohm resistor. guess hindsight is 20/20.

Wiring up the Vacuum Pump

Open Source Civic EV Kit

One of my goals for this kit was to utilize as much of the existing infrastructure of the car as possible in terms of fuses, relays and wires.

Routing the Cables Underneath

Open Source Civic EV Kit

These lines are typically routed under the car in the trough left by the exhaust system. This is one of the neighborhood students named Joseph.

Wiring Things Up and Testing

Open Source Civic EV Kit

The Belktronix instructions come with a checklist of things to do before powering up the system. I had my handy Fluke meter out to find any problems.

DC 2

Routing the LVP/OVP Cables

Open Source Civic EV Kit

The instructions say to route these away from the high-current cables and away from each other to prevent noise.

Buttoning up the Exterior

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Even though all the BatMon boards are not wired up, I was itching for a quick test drive. As you can see, they just don't fit that well. What!??

Arranging the Electronics

Open Source Civic EV Kit

The next step was to figure out where to put all the control electronics under the front hood to minimize wiring. just like the alternator.)

DC 2

Hacking the Final Hold-downs

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I installed the remaining hold-downs for the 12V auxiliary battery and the extra battery in the rear trunk this evening.

Toyota Plug In

Plug In Partners

T oyota President Katsuaki Watanabe made his company's intentions clear yesterday about PHEVs. Event Summary Oil prices are at record highs. respond?

Charger, Controller and Contactor Mounting

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Today involved trying to mount the major electrical components to the car. The Honda Civic specifies 10w-30 oil for the transmission. Whoops!