March, 2012

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How Much And How Fast Will Electric-Car Battery Costs Fall?

Green Car Reports

You hear both sides of the battery cost question a lot when you cover electric cars. One side says, "Electric-car batteries will be brutally expensive for many years to come, so electric cars will never be practical." The other side believes, "With wonderful new discoveries coming out of labs and the pace of progress in electronics, batteries will

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Average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in Feb up 18% from October 2007

Green Car Congress

The average sales-weighted fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the US in February was 23.7 mpg US (9.93 Click to enlarge. Brief

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Obama Administration announces $14 million for lightweight vehicle materials

National Green Transportation

Reducing vehicle weight will reduce the energy required by vehicles, leading to less

Electric van cost of ownership ‘too high’

Green Cars News

The cost of electric vans is too high and the Government is going to have to provide long-term support for electric vans through consumer incentives if it wants to see the creation of a sustainable market for this type of van, warns the (British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association) BVRLA. The UK trade body for [.].

What's up with public charging?

Plugs and Cars

The car landscape of America is changing. Some places have plug-in cars. Some places have public charge stations. Some places are lucky enough to have both. The USDOE counts over 5500 public charge stations. Only ten states have none. Is there public charging where you as a EV driver want to find it? How will you find it? Will you be charged money?

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Large private transit company lobbies Congress to gut public transit funding

National Green Transportation

Ford plans make-to-order approach for electric car

Green Cars News

As Ford prepares for the full market launch of its first electric car, the Focus EV, over at BusinessGreen, they’ve discovered that the US carmaker is planning to make the model to order to reduce its risks in its first EV venture. Having already begun limited production to deliver models to corporate customers including Google [.].

Gearing up for the month of Earth Day, 2012

Revenge of the Electric Car

Grab a friend who knows nothing about electric cars and take him or her to see this film!

More gets done every day

DIY Electric Car

God bless Rich Pin he has put on You tube video on everything you need to do to remove to get the engine out of a Saturn SL1. Fatboynotslim.

All-Electric Monotracer, X-Prize Winner, Enters Production

Green Car Reports

Remember the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize -- the $10 million prize to find the next big thing in green transportation? While the X-Prize -- not to mention many of the companies who took part -- have long been forgotten, one of the competition winners wants you to know its revolutionary two-wheeler is entering production. Enter

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New “convection battery” could significantly increase performance of existing as well as new, improved battery chemistries

Green Car Congress

Schematic of the convection cell. Credit: Prof. Galen Suppes. Click to enlarge. Research is being performed under the guidance of Galen J. Resources.

Obama Administration announces $14 million for lightweight vehicle materials

National Green Transportation

During his trip to Columbus Ohio today, President Obama announced a $14 million program to support development of lightweight materials for advanced vehicles. Reducing vehicle weight will reduce the energy required by vehicles, leading to less

Mazda to unveil TAKERI Concept in New York

Green Cars News

We’re edging closer to another major motoring event – with the New York International Auto Show to take place from April 6 onwards – and it seems manufacturers are lining up to take their place in the spotlight. Japanese carmaker Mazda is the latest to announce that it will be taking part in the event [.].

Plug in Prius

Electric Cars are for Girls

Waiting for Toyota to build you a plug in Prius? You don't have to wait!

Little and often

DIY Electric Car

Hi, I found out where the battery tray bolt was, in the wheel arc? So I removed that, the serpentine belt and AC unit. but still have some charge.

2013 Acura RL To Feature NSX Hybrid All-Wheel Drive System

Green Car Reports

Remember the Acura NSX Concept from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show? Of course you do--it's one of the most striking concept cars in years, and its hybrid system is a statement of intent that performance and parsimony can go hand-in-hand. That same drivetrain will now feature in the 2013 Acural RL, reports Automotive News. Known as Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Naval Air Warfare Center awards contract to Albemarle for processing Cobalt Technologies’ bio n-butanol to renewable jet fuel using Alcohol-to-Jet process

Green Car Congress

Overview of the NAWCWD alcohol-to-jet process. Source: NAWCWD. Click to enlarge. processing facility. Earlier post.). Alcohol to Jet. Earlier post.).

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Large private transit company lobbies Congress to gut public transit funding

National Green Transportation

Private transit company Veolia Transport has been accused of lobbying Congress over HR7, legislation currently making its way through Congress which would (among other things) weaken public transit agencies, according to a StreetsBlog post on

Swatch tests hydrogen car prototype

Green Cars News

Watch maker Swatch is planning to produce a hydrogen-powered car, according to press reports from Germany. In an interview with newspaper NZZ am Sonntag, the company’s chief executive Nick Hayek said: "We already have a test-car with a fuel cell. Liquid hydrogen and oxygen are used as fuel, producing very efficient combustion.”

Electric Cars Facebook Photo Contest!

Electric Cars are for Girls

Do you have a favorite photo of your electric car? (.or whatever other electric vehicle you happen to have!) Come on over to Facebook by Mar. 31 and enter it into the cover photo contest. Photo with the most likes gets to be April's Electric Cars are for Girls FB cover photo

Started De-Icing

DIY Electric Car

Hi, today I managed to get some time on the Saturn EV. removed the bonnet,radiator, the air box and the battery. rolleyes: Attached Thumbnails

2013 Nissan Leaf: Better Heater, Leather Option, 6.6-kW Charger

Green Car Reports

Nissan’s all-electric Leaf hatchback has only been on sale in the U.S. for the past 15 months, but Nissan has already confirmed it will get some much-needed upgrades for the 2013 model. Speaking to The Detroit News yesterday, Mark Perry, director of product and advanced planning for Nissan Americas confirmed that the 2013 Leaf will get an

Way cleared for major Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline project

Green Car Congress

Proposed route for the Alaska Pipeline project. Click to enlarge. The North Slope holds more than 35 trillion cubic feet of discovered natural gas.

Connected vehicle technology takes a step forward

Green Cars News

A pilot programme will soon be launched focusing on connected vehicle technology. Supported by the US Department of Transportation, Parsons Brinckerhoff has been selected to launch the programme in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Green cars Latest news green cars US Department of Transportation vehicle to vehicle communications

Lexus adds sport mode to hybrid RX

Green Cars News

Currently on show at the Geneva Motor Show is the new Lexus RX 450h, the hybrid-powered SUV. In a bid to attract new customers to the model, the Japanese carmaker has added a new Sport mode to the Hybrid Drive system as well as introduce a new F Sport trim which is expected to account [.]. Lexus rx 450h UK

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Gasoline Prices: Pinned to the Pump!

Electric Cars are for Girls

Gasoline prices affect EV drivers, too. A bit about oil addiction and how driving electric cars can free us from dependency

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Better late than never

DIY Electric Car

I converted my 1992 Toyota pickup to all electric on Sept 2011. have driven it to work and back 40 miles every day for the past 6 months. have put over 6000 EV miles on it now. have continuously been making efficiency tweaks to it. Check out the improvements: Initially 118Amp draw at 50mph. Now the current draw at 50mph is only 90 Amps.

80 Million Vehicles Built Globally Last Year--A New Record

Green Car Reports

Well, the numbers are in. Despite the lingering effects of economic recession, the world's auto industry built more vehicles in 2011 than ever in history: 80 million, in fact. That's a new record, and the number is 3 percent higher than the 2010 total. The data comes from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, or OICA

Pew survey finds a 10 percentage point shift over past year in public opinion toward expanded production of fossil fuels; 78% favor fuel efficiency standards

Green Car Congress

The Pew survey found a 10 percentage point shift in favor of expanded fossil fuel production from March 2011 to March 2012. Data: Pew Research Center.

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World Green Car of the Year. Who deserves to win? The Green Piece

Green Cars News

Tuesday 13 March 2012. The Green Piece Column. Once again the finalists for the World Green Car of the Year have been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show ahead of the announcement of the final winner at the New York International Auto Show (NAIAS) on Thursday, April 21, 2012. Part of the World Car of [.]. The Green Piece prize world car of the year

Valmet shows off bizarre EV

Green Cars News

If there is an award for the strangest car on display at the Geneva Motor Show then undoubtedly the winner of this year’s award would be this bizarre creation on the Valmet stand. Known as the Automotive Dawn, the ‘car’ is said to be a test bed for the Finnish company’s EV technology. The single [.]. Electric cars Fisker EV Finland Geneva Valmet

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Electric Cars Facebook Photo Contest!

Electric Cars are for Girls

Do you have a favorite photo of your electric car? (.or whatever other electric vehicle you happen to have!) Come on over to Facebook by Mar. 31 and enter it into the cover photo contest. Photo with the most likes gets to be April's Electric Cars are for Girls FB cover photo

What are you waiting for?

DIY Electric Car

OK I posted a excited start but so far have not even touched the car? No real excuse except I have two other cars to fix at the moment. Had to replace the lower control arm on my Volvo V70xc. What a pain that is? Also have to replace outer tie rod end on my Volvo XC90. This a link as to how to do it. link]. If anyone has done this let me know how?

Dead Fisker Karmas: One May Be A Fluke, But Is Two A Trend?

Green Car Reports

First off, just to be clear, the photo above is NOT a dead Fisker. It shows the 2012 Fisker Karma we road-tested three weeks ago parked in front of a Tesla Motors dealer in Los Angeles. But while our Fisker was running fine that day, Consumer Reports was not so lucky this week. The magazine bought a Fisker Karma at a dealership to test it--we can