January, 2012

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Volvo Trucks/Michelin study finds correct tires, pressure and wheel alignment can reduce truck fuel consumption up to 14.5%

Green Car Congress

A recent study by truck maker Volvo and tire manufacturer Michelin found that having the correct tires, tire pressure and wheel alignment can reduce truck fuel consumption by up to 14.5%. Each hauled a fully loaded van-bodied trailer and weighed 40 tonnes gross. All the conditions tested were realistic, and no exaggerations were allowed.

Chevrolet Volt: Range-Extended Electric Car Ultimate Guide

Green Car Reports

The Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car has been on sale for over a year now. You might have caught our previous guide to the Volt, but so much can happen in such a short space of time that there's always something new to add. Over the next few pages you'll find links to all sorts of information about the Volt. This page deals with the

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Volvo Pulls Back Curtain on XC60 PHEV

Hybrid SUV Blog

Volvo showcased the XC60, its plug-in hybrid crossover of the future, at the recent Detroit Auto Show. seconds, and has a top speed of 130 mph.

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Printing firm invests in EV fleet and fast charger

Green Cars News

A Nottingham-based printing firm is taking advantage of zero emission-and near zero cost-motoring thanks to a fleet of no less than six Nissan Leaf electric cars. With a huge solar panel array on the 43,000 square foot roof of RCS Printers Plc the cars can largely recharge using clean, renewable energy harvested for free. The [.].

GM announces safety enhancing fix for Chevy Volt battery pack

National Green Transportation

Today GM's Mary Barra and Mark

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Greenius Plants Tree to Help Restore Hope

Creative Greenius

The Greenius with his friend and fellow volunteer, Charles, getting ready to dig and plant. Very good news indeed. Charles working, Lilly supervising.

Ford EcoBoost experience draws the crowds

Green Cars News

With the Detroit Auto Show now open to the public, car fans of all ages have the chance to go sample what the show has to offer. One stand drawing the crowds this week is Ford’s, where the car maker has found a unique and interactive way to show of the performance and environmental credentials [.]. Ford ecoboost engine Fiesta

Obama rejects Keystone XL project while staying in bed with the oil industry

National Green Transportation

Today the Obama Administration released a statement rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline project citing obstructionist Republicans.

Electric Powered Cars: Coal or ICE

Electric Cars are for Girls

How are electric powered cars fueled with electricity from coal power plants better than the gas-guzzler I'm already driving

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KSPG shows new compact two-cylinder range extender for EVs, variable valve system

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The KSPG-FEV two-cylinder range extender. Click to enlarge. combined cooling circuit serves the inverter, generator and combustion engine.

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Life After Death: What Happens When Your Prius Battery Dies

Green Car Reports

Believe it or not, the humble Toyota Prius has been on sale in the U.S. for 12 years. While many of these original 2000 Priuses are still giving their owners the same gas milage they did when new, traction battery packs inside early cars are reaching the end of their predicted 10 year, 300,000 mile life. If the battery pack in your Toyota Prius

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Greenius Plants Tree to Help Restore Hope

Creative Greenius

But time has afterburners when the holidays roll around especially when your friendly neighborhood Greenius is in such demand locally.

Drayson reveals Le Mans electric racing car

Green Cars News

A brand new electric racing car has been unveiled at the 2012 Low Carbon Racing Conference at the NEC in Birmingham this week. Developed by Drayson Racing Technologies, the new Lola-Drayson B12/69EV can lap as fast, if not faster than a conventionally powered car and has been demonstrating its 850 horsepower, and 200 mph plus [.].

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Ener1 enters bankruptcy with cooperation of stakeholders, plans restructuring

National Green Transportation

Ever since the bankruptcy of Think last spring, Indiana based battery manufacturer Ener1 has been in trouble. Not only was Think a major customer of Ener1, Ener1's large stake in Think was a big bet on that

A big week for electric vehicles

Revenge of the Electric Car

This week is HUGE for electric vehicle advocacy. REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR RELEASES ON DVD JANUARY 24TH! And on that very same day the town of Normal, IL will take delivery of 6 electric fleet vehicles from Mitsubishi, as part of the EVtown collaborative- an effort to make Bloomington-Normal, IL a model town for the future of electric cars.

Bombardier selects Maxwell Technologies ultracapacitors for EnerGstor rail transit braking energy recuperation system

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Bombardier EnerGstor wayside energy storage unit. Click to enlarge. The power cells are monitored by a common supervisory controller. Click to enlarge.

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500 Mile Electric Cars? New Lithium-Air Tech Has Potential

Green Car Reports

We'd be the first to point out that many of the electric car owners currently out on the roads have had absolutely no trouble with the 100 or so miles they get from a full charge. However, it'd be foolish to assume that some people really don't need more than that, and as a result there's always room for an EV with greater range. Improvements to

Choosing Correct EV Motor Size

Electric Cars are for Girls

How do you choose an EV motor which will deliver high horse power and torque equivalent to a gas powered sports car? Hi - In an EV, the motor is basically

Toyota unveils new NS4 plug-in hybrid

Green Cars News

Earlier this week, Toyota teased us with a cropped picture of its latest plug-in hybrid concept. Now, at last, on the second day of press previews at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the Japanese car maker has given up the chase and revealed all. The new NS4 features a sweeping coupe-like profile and [.].

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Obama rejects Keystone XL project while staying in bed with the oil industry

National Green Transportation

Today the Obama Administration released a statement rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline project citing obstructionist Republicans. The announcement was greeted by a chorus of approval from environmental organizations such as the NRDC, the Sierra

Electric Car Sales For 2011: Modest First-Year Numbers Hardly A Surprise

Green Car Reports

Last year, the electric-car revolution became real. After a late-Nineties false start, much gnashing of teeth, and years of promises, carmakers delivered more than 17,000 plug-in vehicles in the U.S. market during 2011. December sales numbers are being announced today. The relevant figures: Nissan sold 954 Leafs, for a 2011 total of 9,674, and

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Mazda begins production of Mazda CX-5 with SKYACTIV-D diesel engine; Japan and Europe first markets

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The CX-5. Click to enlarge. Mazda will start introducing the Mazda CX-5 this spring in Japan and Europe, followed by other markets around the world.

2012 Nissan Leaf Proves Itself On Snowy Japanese Test Course

Green Car Reports

Prior to this winter, Nissan has only sold its all-electric Leaf hatchback to customers in moderate climates. But just as Nissan North America was celebrating selling its 10,000th Leaf, Nissan Japan was proving that the Leaf wasn’t scared of winter weather with a special press event held near the northern city of Shibetsu, Hokkaido.

Long Distance Electric Car Motor

Electric Cars are for Girls

I'm building an EV conversion that must travel long distances at a time. have a car that weighs 2,000-2,200 lb (2,500 loaded), has sufficient aux

Behind the wheel of the Range Rover_e

Green Cars News

The prospect of driving a prototype vehicle is always an exciting affair – and an opportunity which doesn’t come around very often. It’s a chance to get into the mind-set of the company and get a fleeting glimpse into a carmaker’s future. Anticipation is further amplified when the prototype in question just happens to be [.].

GM announces safety enhancing fix for Chevy Volt battery pack

National Green Transportation

We know that GM is intent on defusing the firestorm that erupted at the beginning of November with disclosure that a Chevy Volt battery pack had burst into fire last May. Today GM's Mary Barra and Mark

Waterless Coolant Improves Engine Life, Boosts MPG 10 Percent

Green Car Reports

Engine coolant isn't something you often think about when considering the running costs of your car. Beyond regularly filling up the gas tank and changing the oil every so often, that other liquid doesn't really get a look in. If we told you that a special waterless coolant would improve your fuel efficiency ten percent, extend your engine's life

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Drayson Racing and Lola unveil battery-electric Le Mans prototype; application of structural composite batteries

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The Lola-Drayson B12/69EV Click to enlarge. Earlier post.) BAE Systems has been investigating and demonstrating structural batteries and. media.

BMW ActiveE Electric Car First Drive: What's It Really Like?

Green Car Reports

The first BMW ActiveE electric car in North America was just delivered last Friday. Now, with only 600 miles on that car, we've driven it. Our first impressions of BMW's final electric test car, converted from a standard BMW 1-Series two-door sedan, are favorable. It's solid, comfortable, performs well, and feels far more like a production car

Might-E Truck NEV

Electric Cars are for Girls

The Might-E Truck is a mid-sized electric work truck built by Canadian Electric Vehicles. Environmentally responsible and low maintenance

Palm oil biofuels fail to make the grade

Green Cars News

Biodiesel and renewable diesel formed from palm oil may not make the grade as an alternative to petrol-based diesel fuel. Biofuels Green cars Latest news biodiesel EPA green cars palm oil US Environmental Protection Agency

Zero Motorcycles begins production of their 2012 product line

National Green Transportation

Zero's 2012 model year includes game changing ("ground-breaking") range

GM makes modifications to Chevrolet Volt vehicle structure and battery coolant system to further protect from delayed electrical fire after severe crash

Green Car Congress

The structural enhancements more evenly distribute the load to further protect the battery and the coolant lines in the event of a severe side crash.

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Tesla Model S Electric Sport Sedan: Video From Detroit Auto Show

Green Car Reports

With production of its ground-breaking electric Roadster now complete--despite a recent offering of some 2012 models--Tesla Motors is fully focused on bringing its Model S electric sport sedan to market and delivering the first cars to paying customers. At this year's Detroit Auto Show, the company showed a prototype 2012 Model S sedan, along with