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Nissan trialing eNV200 in Portland

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Nissan is working in collaboration with Portland (Oregon) General Electric (PGE) on a six-week trial to help determine the viability of an electric commercial vehicle in the US market. Portland is one of the first markets to receive Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” promotion, which provides two years of no-cost public charging to customers who purchase or lease a new Nissan LEAF beginning 1 April 2014.

Chevrolet purchasing and retiring up to $5M in carbon credits to help 11 colleges pay for efficiency projects

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Chevrolet is purchasing carbon credits worth up to $5 million to help 11 colleges in the US pay for energy efficiency-based carbon reductions. This helps ensure campuses can continue to receive funding from companies’ carbon purchases long after Chevrolet completes its carbon-reduction initiative next year. The GM brand will retire the carbon credits to benefit the climate instead of using them to offset the emissions of Chevrolet vehicles or operations.

VW diesel buyback: Here's what it's like to be an owner, so far

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A Volkswagen TDI owner in Portland, Oregon, who's a good friend of this site is taking us along for the ride as he prepares to sell back his 2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI. The car, which only has 43,000 miles on it, was purchased new from a Portland-area dealer and maintained very well. Our owner, who we're not naming to avoid any. emissions TDI VW Volkswagen diesel scandal

Going to the Portland Better Living Show

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I spent over seven hours on my feet at the Portland Better Living Show displaying the 914. On a side note, I purchased a DVD from Bob Bath regarding his CivicWithACord project. Yesterday was a long day.

BMW i and EVgo expanding ChargeNow DC Fast program; 500 more fast chargers in US; no-cost DC and Level 2 for BMW i3 drivers

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Eligible BMW i3 customers in ChargeNow DC Fast markets, who purchase or lease the BMW i3 on or after 1 November 2015, from a BMW i Center can enroll in the program. By the end of 2015, EVgo expects to have nearly 50 of the additional chargers installed, with at least one such charger in each market (excluding Portland). Portland, OR. At the Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW of North America announced, in cooperation with NRG EVgo, the expansion of the ChargeNow DC Fast program.

Top 15 Nissan LEAF markets in US in 2013

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Another three are on the West Coast and in Hawaii: Seattle (4), Portland (5), and Honolulu (6). Portland. Illinois provides a $4,000 state tax incentive for purchases and reduced registration fees. Texas is planning to offer a $2,500 state rebate for EV purchases.

Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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Portland General Electric. The Office of Federal Sustainability is inviting State, county and municipal government fleets to join forces with Federal agencies to maximize their collective buying power, and aggregate their EV and charging infrastructure purchases. The Office of Federal Sustainability will partner with government and agency fleet purchasers to coordinate and aggregate the purchasing of EV fleets, with distinct acquisition procurement strategies to be determined.

Ford opens limited reservations for 2012 Focus Electric; starting at $39,995

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Portland, Ore.; Markets were chosen based on several criteria, including commuting patterns, existing hybrid purchase trends, utility company collaboration and local government commitment to electrification. Ford has opened reservations for the 2012 Focus Electric, with a starting price of $39,995, including $795 in destination charges but before state and federal incentives.

THINK Releases US EV-Ready Cities Index

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San Diego, Portland and Sacramento were rated fifth, sixth and seventh putting four cities in California in the top-15 index. THINK developed the EV-Ready Cities Index to measure which markets are most likely to begin and benefit from the transition to electric vehicles, providing an objective comparison of the EV purchase and usage incentives as well as the market fit for EVs. City Purchase/Usage. Portland.

Ford to offer new diesel engine option in new Transit van; new Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Cost Calculator

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Ford also has developed a specialized new tool to help optimize fleet purchases based on specific fuel types and operating locations. For example, the tool can demonstrate how operating an electric vehicle in Portland, Ore., Ford will bring the all-new Ford Transit commercial van to market with an option for an all-new diesel engine as well as the 3.5L EcoBoost V6. Earlier post.)

Getting a 914 platform

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This is a picture of the yellow 914 that I'm going to be purchasing from Camp914 near Portland as a base platform for the electric vehicle conversion.

Pike Research forecasts US plug-in vehicle penetration rates to be highest in smaller states

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Pike Research forecasts that the top 5 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) for cumulative electric vehicle purchases between 2011 and 2017 will be: New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA. The MSAs that most match the model demographics were: Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA. Pike Research forecasts that annual sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will reach 358,959 vehicles by 2017, representing a compound anual growth rate (CAGR) of 43% between 2011 and 2017.

Xfuels and Converde forming gas-to-liquids JV

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The JV, named Area 2 Energy, holds producing natural gas assets in Southern Alberta currently has 300 producing Natural Gas Wells connected to the pipeline with purchase and significant established operator contracts already in place. Converde (51% share) purchased the wells early May with the intent to build a pilot Gas To Liquids (GTL) plant on the site. Xfuels Inc. and Canada-based Converde Inc. have signed a joint venture agreement with Converde Inc.

Nissan expanding “No Charge to Charge” program; all-access EZ-Charge card

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Nissan is expanding its successful “No Charge to Charge” promotion, which will provide two years of no-cost public charging with the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF. No Charge to Charge” will launch using the EZ-Charge card on 1 July 2014, in 10 of the top markets for Nissan LEAF sales, including San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Ore.,

My 2007 Dream Project

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After seeing the movie Who Killed The Electric Car , I got the nutty idea earlier this year to purchase an all-electric vehicle to commute to work. I was going to purchase an NmG from Myers Motors , but found the driver compartment a bit crowded and the driving range limited (only about 40 miles). I'm currently working with Craig Loughlin out at Camp914 to purchase a 1976 Porsche 914 for the conversion.

NMG 2

Balancing the Flywheel/Clutch

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I took the flywheel and clutch pressure plate to Portland Engine Rebuilders. Back at home, I purchased new 10-24 x 1" allen head bolts to re-attach the adapter hub to the AC motor shaft.

DOE to award $11M to 20 new Clean Cities projects for alt fuel cars and trucks

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Natural Gas Credit Purchase system; deliver technical and safety workshops. Purchasing Agreements; train and deploy Energy Coaches who will work. Greater Portland. model codes, ordinances, purchasing guidelines and incentives; conduct.

Alaska Airlines to be Gevo’s commercial launch partner for renewable alcohol-based jet fuel

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Gevo has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Alaska Airlines to purchase Gevo’s renewable jet fuel and fly the first commercial flight on alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ). and Seattle and Portland in November 2011. Earlier post.). The single demonstration flight is expected to occur after Gevo receives ASTM International certification for its fuel, sometime in mid- to late-2015.

materials and a simple fan shroud.

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As my parts have arrived in good condition, I have progressed from selecting, purchasing to installing the electronics for my conversion (phase 3). Materials are everything!

Buying Heavy Battery Cable

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I already have 13 feet, so I purchased 33 more feet to have a little extra. For those in the Portland, OR area, I highly recommend United Welding Supply up on MLK for 2/0 cable. I spent last night visualizing how I could most effectively connect all the traction batteries with the least amount of welding cable and the shortest distance to the controller and motor.

Ford names first markets for the Focus Electric

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Portland, Ore.; The Focus Electric initial markets were chosen based on several different criteria including existing hybrid purchase trends, utility company collaboration and local government commitment to electrification. Ford Motor Company has named the first markets that will sell the Focus Electric, Ford’s all-electric passenger car: Atlanta; Austin and Houston, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Los Angeles; San Francisco; San Diego; New York; Orlando, Fla.;

Taking a Break

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In the process, I've found several folks in the Portland area who are willing to help out with a variety of skills and talents. A few things that are in the works: getting the Civic S20 transmission to a precision measurement person to get an accurate diagram of all the holes and outline for repetitive fabrication of adapter plates ordering a clutch plate and sending it off to EV-America for a motor shaft adapter purchasing relevant EV kit parts (9" motor, etc.)

Lithium-Ion Battery Maker Ener1 Receives $20M Strategic Equity Investment from ITOCHU

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ITOCHU, which began its strategic relationship with Ener1 in 2003, purchased 3.2 Last month, the company was chosen to supply the batteries that will power a DOE-funded smart grid energy storage project by Portland General Electric (PGE) that will help manage peak demand and smooth the variations in power from renewable sources like wind and solar. Large-format lithium-ion battery maker Ener1, Inc.

Motor Cables and High Current Posts

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I purchased these high-current post connectors from West Marine in Portland for about $9.00. The instructions for the AC kit tell you to slide the motor speed control box through the two-inch hole that was cut in the wall between the engine compartment and the rear luggage compartment.

Battery Boxes Have Shipped!

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I ran out and purchased several 1-guage pre-constructed battery cables from Napa today to wire the batteries together, but they were very expensive (16 of them at $12.95 I ran out to United Welding Supply today in Portland (on NE MLK) and picked up 20 feet of 2/0 welding cable. a foot, that's the best price I've seen in the Portland area by far. Electro Auto e-mailed me again today to say that the battery racks and boxes have shipped and should arrive on Tuesday!

A Very Dark Day with the Joule Chargers

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I purchased thirteen of them, assuming that one would be bad. EV Awareness Day here in Portland is only three weeks away and I've got to get this beast charging correctly. This whole experiment with the individual chargers has been a very humbling experience.

Visiting Synkromotive and Learning about Deka 9A31s

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Northwest Battery here in portland highly recommended Discover EV31a-a and FullRiver group 31 batteries over the Dekas as well, but they also cost more. On a brighter note, I attended the Meeting of the Minds conference over the past two days and Oregon Governor Kulongowski announced a long term plan for supporting plug-in vehicles through a charging infrastructure and fleet purchases.

EEI encourages utilities to spend at least 5% of fleet acquisition budgets on plug-ins

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of the vehicles purchased by electric utilities in the last five years were equipped with plug-in technology.

New Vacuum Pump and Fixed Wiper System

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I'm all ready for the long rainy winter here in Portland. I think the next major project (If I don't go out and purchase a Nissan "Leaf" outright) is to upgrade the batteries to lithium-ion types when the AGM lead-acid batteries die. Sorry folks, no pictures today. I'm taking this long weekend to just relax and get some things done around the house while avoiding the crazy Labor Day weekend traffic.

CALSTART Small Hybrid Bus Working Group Selects StarTrans-Azure Dynamics for National Hybrid Bus Deployment

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The bus performance requirements were developed jointly by fleets in the HTUF Small Hybrid Bus Working Group, who committed to purchasing and using vehicles meeting their requirements. The Azure Dynamics Balance chassis. Click to enlarge.

RMI Launches Project Get Ready to Help Communities Prepare for Plug-ins

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Community members in Portland, Oregon; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Raleigh, North Carolina soon expanding to the Triangle region have already agreed to work with RMI’s Project Get Ready. I think this approach will lead to a faster and better arrival for plug-in vehicles and I am thrilled to have Portland, Indianapolis, and Raleigh in the conversation. Corporate/city/state fleets commit to buy a certain number of plug-ins (RFPs for major purchases or conversions).

Electric Car Manufacturers Inspire New Paradigms -- Seeking Alpha

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Kulongoski, Oregon as the electric-car manufacturer may be eyeing the “green” city of Portland. market for sustainable “green” energy purchases. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is building fleet charging stations in Portland and Phoenix.

President Obama Announces 48 Projects to Receive $2.4B in Grants for Next-Generation of Batteries and Electric Vehicles; To be Combined with $2.4B in Industry Cost-Share

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400 million in grants to purchase thousands of plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles for test demonstrations in several dozen locations; to deploy them and evaluate their performance; to install electric charging infrastructure; and to provide education and workforce training to support the transition to advanced electric transportation systems. Manufacturing: Elkhart County, IN; Deployment: Portland, Chicago, and Sacramento.

Electric Car Makers: Oregon Wants You - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

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Not to be outdone, on Tuesday the Norwegian electric car startup, Think, was in Portland being wooed by the state as one of 8 potential places to site their first car manufacturing facility in the United States. Portland is already an EV center and has been for 15 yrs.

Profile: Farmers Ethanol: Focusing on Sustainable Corn Ethanol Production and a Triple Bottom Line

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On 18 March, Marketwatch reported that Valero purchased selected assets of corn ethanol suppliers for $477 million. It is believed Valero purchased the plants at 30% of their original construction cost. (In The beef cattle will be purchased from local suppliers and arrive at 600 lbs.—they’ll

Why Warren Buffett is investing in electric car company BYD - Apr. 13, 2009

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Department of Energy has purchased an F3DM to take the battery apart. Ted Kulongoski arrived to test-drive an electric car and urge the company to import through the port of Portland. News | Markets | Technology | Personal Finance | Small Business | CNN.com RSS Newsletters Video Home Fortune 500 Technology Investing Management Rankings Warren Buffett takes charge Warren Buffett hasnt just seen the car of the future, hes sitting in the drivers seat.