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The electricity in gasoline

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I just ran across the latest available data, from 2005, for the electricity consumption by petroleum refineries. Source: Energy Statistics Database | United Nations Statistics Division ) The US is, hoorah, #1. Almost 49,000,000,000 kWh. One electric car, roughly speaking, will use about 3000 kWh to go about 12,000 miles. That means the electricity alone we use to refine petroleum each year could drive over 16,000,o00 electric cars 12,000 miles each year.

FIRST-EVER plug-in prius! Really?

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A story on Toyota's announcement that an ordering system for the plug-in prius will be coming later this year prompted me to check out the site. I find it rather funny and rather sad. THE FIRST-EVER prius plug-in hybrid," it says. Really? Ask Felix Kramer of CalCars. Ask any of the hundreds of individuals and fleets driving around in prius converted to have plug-in capability. It's not even Toyota's first plug-in prius. They've been showing variants around for more than two years.

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Why One LEAF-Driving Cop Can't Drive Straight Home After Work Anymore

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Friday November 22, 2013 Today I met a San Francisco cop. He wasn’t in uniform, so I figured he was another of those early adopter techie types buying EVs. We chatted while he finished charging his LEAF at the recently installed Quick Charger at the new Market Street Whole Foods in San Francisco. I''ll call him Officer Bill. Officer Bill has had his LEAF since February 2013, about 9 months. His infectious smile alone communicates how much he likes his car.

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Coulomb, MasterCard, and the future of public charging

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Coulomb Technologies unveiled San Francisco's first ChargePoint America charge stations yesterday in a Priority Parking lot along the Embarcadero. The charge stations and installations were paid for with federal stimulus and California Energy Commission grants won by Coulomb. Mayor Newsom and many city employees were there, along with large signs and representatives of MasterCard. MC will enable one-off charging in Coulomb charge stations with their new touchless "paypass" credit card.

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The Workplace Charging Challenge

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It’s been one full year since first Tesla S deliveries began. In the luxury car market you can feel that the ground has begun to shift. After numerous awards and accolades, it seems fair to say that the best luxury car is an electric car. Given its range, and the rapidly growing free Supercharger network, the Tesla Model S works well for virtually everyone who can afford one. Without paid advertising, Tesla is selling all they can manufacture.

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Garage Lessons: Charging in The Real World

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I participated in the Governor''s Office Conference Coast-to-Coast Workshop on E-Mobility in Sacramento sponsored by the governments of California and the Netherlands on Wednesday. The biggest impression of the day regarding EVs was made upon me before I even made it to the hotel. For the past decade I''ve been driving the 91 miles to Sacramento without stopping to charge in a 2002 RAV4 EV. I suspected I wouldn''t find a nearby available old RAV charger.

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From Scooters to High Speed Rail, China is Electrifying

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I’m sure I’m not the first to say it. China is electrifying. When I was studying China and Mandarin Chinese 35 years ago, “Red” China was unrecognized by the US, literally, and dark in a way difficult to imagine now. Who knew what was going on over there? Was “reality” that the world’s oldes t civilization was throwing off the shackles of Western domination and its own past to offer a new vision of civilization, or was it bodies floating downriver to Hong Kong during the Cultural Revolution?

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LEAFs arriving by the truckload

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LEAFs are beginning to arrive by the truckload. Seven drove in to a SoCal dealership this morning. nissan leaf

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Workplace Charging 101: Level 1

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The big EV news of the month was the first Tesla S deliveries. For luxury car buyers, the ground has shifted. Buying the best car now means buying the electric car. And given the range, workplace charging won’t be a big concern of Tesla S owners. But what about the rest of us? As we try to rev up plug-in vehicle sales, what sort of charging infrastructure should we be focusing on? Where should continuing government support for infrastructure be directed?

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What's it gonna take?

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It just might be up to us. Sales of plug-in cars are steady, but not overwhelming. The Volt has had to contend with the overblown battery fire incident and the production hiatus. Fisker is delivering the Karma, but not without glitches and its DOE loan is being questioned. Aptera went under. Bright Automotive went under. The press has not been kind. Gas prices are at historically high levels, and have become a political football, but haven’t led to a surge in EV purchases.

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Keepin' it simple

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Plug-in cars are being delivered at long last. Yet there remains confusion about the necessary infrastructure and its expense. Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE) home wall units are priced at between about $1000 and $2500. Plus installation. Need it cost this much? Is it as complex and time-consuming a process as has been experienced by many new owners of plug-in cars? All plug-in cars these days come with a 120-volt charge cord.

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What's up with public charging?

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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 able to simply plug in and charge? Will you be charged money? How much? And how will you pay?

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Atomkraft? Nein, Danke.

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Germany calls it quits on nuclear power. Last plant to close in 2022. Today about 25% of Germany's electricity comes from nukes. The U.S. gets just under 20% of its electricity from nuclear. nuclear power germany

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Automakers continue to face challenges caused by quake

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Nissan may have to ship engines from Tennessee to Japan. Honda is extending the shut down at its shuttered plants. Worries about Prius supply has already increased the average price by the consumer by $1,800. GM and Nissan production in the US is being disrupted by lack of Japanese parts. Source: NYTimes ]. quake nissan prius

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Dong slams the box in the Danish electric car adventure

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Google translate sure knows how write a headline. Seems the deal between Better Place and its Danish partner Dong Energy has gone south. BP Denmark has gone through the initial investment of 400 kroner, and Dong denies an obligation to loan more. There are eroded cooperation between DONG Energy and Better Place Group," according to the story in epn.dk Regarding additional funding of Better Place Denmark, "it is our choice. Not a promise, "says Torben V. Holm, Project Manager at Dong Energy.

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Missing EV opportunity: Sell Cool

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Huffington Post blogger Carol Pierson Holding just got in her friend's LEAF. It's the coolness that impressed. Read it here. nissan leaf battery electric car

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Steve Jobs orders LEAF at WDC

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Steve Jobs just showed off the Nissan LEAF on the new iPhone at Apple's Developer's Conference in San Francisco. He displayed the ad Nissan will be running for LEAF on Apple's new iAd platform. And then he ordered a car with via the ad. Check out a couple of images from Engadget.com.

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Help Plug In America renew the EV infrastructure tax credit

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From Plug In America: Last year, Plug In America, along with electric vehicle and EV infrastructure manufacturers from coast to coast, worked with members of the House and Senate to get a critical plug-in vehicle infrastructure tax credit into the stimulus bill. And then you helped us get it passed! These EV tax credits of 50% up to $2,000 for individuals, and 50% up to $50,000 for businesses have led to the beginning of early deployment of EV charging infrastructure all across the United States.

Transmission Losses: Shell tries to halt North Sea oil spill

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" An oil spill in the North Sea is estimated to amount to several hundred tonnes, making it the biggest such leak in more than a decade, according to UK Government figures." ". the energy firm is still trying to "completely halt" any further leakage." Source: The Independent ]. shell oil oil spill Big Oil

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What's the matter with Costco?

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Costco, the big box retailer, has for over a decade been the business with more electric vehicle charge stations in more places around California than any other. Put in service during California's Zero Emission Mandate between 1997 and 2003 when about 6000 EVs roamed the streets, these charge stations have continued supplying power to the RAV4 EVs and other electric vehicles saved by Plug In America when it was known as DontCrush.com, a struggle chronicled in the film Who Killed the Electric Car.

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BP Israel awaits first 13 Fluences

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Better Place has just received authorization from the Minister of Transport to import 13 Renault Fluence electric cars. The cars are expected to arrive in the next few weeks. Source: TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk ].

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Did you just say Mommy?

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Tags: tesla.

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Transmission Losses: Exxon-Mobil oil pipeline breaks, Yellowstone River fouled

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Tiny compared to the Gulf spill (remember that?,) it warrants only page A-9 of the SF Chronicle. An ExxonMobil pipeline that runs under the Yellowstone River ruptured and leaked hundreds of barrels of oil into the waterway, causing a 25-mile plume that fouled the riverbank and forced municipalities and irrigation districts downstream to close intakes, officials said Saturday.

Using leverage

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To ensure effective and tough federal CAFE standards for 2017-2025, enviro groups are holding on to the California card - the state's right to set its own auto emissions standards - according to Jim Motavalli in the NY Times. Read the full story here. Source: NY Times ]. emissions california air resources board jim motavalli

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Think goes down

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Think has declared bankruptcy in Norway. Source: ElectricAid , Indianapolis Business Journal ]. think global think city

Gearless in Great Britain: Fast charger in action

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Robert Llewellyn is a Brit with a keen interest in electric cars who is one of those leasing a Mitsubishi iMiev this year. He's got a great weekly video podcast, Gearless , chronicling his experiences. This week, Quick Charge. Using the same Japanese device I visited in Vacaville last week. He uses quaint British time-measurement terms. "A A cuppa and bacon bun" is how long it takes to fill up.

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Fast charger comes to Voltageville: Envisioning the Future

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In 2001 I began driving an electric car, obtaining the last of the ZEV mandate-required EVs. As I got turned on to the benefits and technological readiness of electric cars, the writing was on the wall and EVs began to disappear from California's roads. I got enthused just as the automakers, CARB, the feds, and major environmental organizations ended their various flirtations with EVs. The notion of the plug-in hybrid revived the hope of plugging in.

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The approaching Tesla dry spell

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Interesting piece by Katie Fehrenbacher about Tesla and the period of limited revenue that approaches. ". this latest funding underscores how Tesla will be transitioning into a period where the company will be generating a lot less revenue for several months — hence part of the reason it needs to raise more funds now." Fehrenbacher had thought components sales might provide a backstop until the Model S appears, but points to the recent S-1 filing.

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Transmission Losses: 4 killed in Chevron UK refinery blast

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The Independent reports four workers at the Chevron refinery in Wales were killed yesterday in what is being described as a "tragic industrial accident". Billowing black smoke gushed from the refinery and spread across the sky in what some have described as a "mushroom cloud

Fukushima oil spill and explosion

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A oil spill has been detected, and another explosion occurred, at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, here. How Japan uses public works projects, including gyms and swimming pools, to buy acquiescence for its nuclear projects, here

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War is Peace dept.

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It seems in Foxland if Obama didn't cause the problem, George Bush found the solution. Check out " George W. Bush -- Father of the Modern Electric Car?" Read more: [link]. George Bush battery electric car

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Missed Charge Station Opportunity in San Francisco

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ClipperCreek, an Auburn, CA based manufacturer of electric vehicle charging equipment, has just announced the shipment of its 5,000th unit. Some of those units are being paid for by a California Energy Commission grant to upgrade existing Avcon charging stations across California. Seventeen Avcons eligible for replacement are located at San Francisco city-owned parking lots.

iMievs do their bit in Japan

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Mitsubishi iMievs have played a roll in the petroleum deprived region around Fukushima. New York Times Wheels blog has the story. The picture tells the story. mitsubishi imiev fukushima

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Downtown South San Francisco electrified

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Four electric vehicle charging stations were unveiled today at a new parking structure in downtown South San Francisco. The Coulomb J-plug/120V units were installed under grants to ChargePoint America (DOE and CEC money). For the time being, there is no charge for either the parking or charging for vehicles that plug in. The opening of the new parking garage and office complex one block off Grand Avenue was a big deal.

More SF Bay Area Charge Stations.some work

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Once again, charge station serendipity. I arrived a couple of days ago at the parking garage beneath One Montgomery Tower in the LEAF with Peter Van Deventer, Dutch EV guru, and a couple of professors from Holland. Jay Friedland, Plug In America Legislative Director, followed in a RAV4 EV with some more profs, who had come to learn about California's EV efforts. Lo and behold, we spy two Coulomb J-plug/120V units, one with a plug-in Prius conversion plugged in.

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Who knew, part 2, 120V edition

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Some more places to plug in. SFO now has 120V plugs available in each of its public parking garages. You'll need to provide your own cable; of course every new EV comes with one. Airports are one of the places 12oV makes lots of sense. Most cars sit for many hours, some for days at long-term parking. And it's very cheap to install, probably less than 10% the cost of a Level 2 unit. A few Level 2 charge stations would be useful in short-term parking, as well.

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Wired blogger takes on Nissan LEAF

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Darryl Siry blogs over at Wired's Autopia. He's pretty plugged in, having worked at Tesla and consulted for CODA. He's a bit surprised, as are all of us, that Nissan has emerged as the first big automaker to manufacture a mass-produced electric car. In his recent post , "In Race to Market, Nissan’s Electric Car Takes Shortcuts," Siry makes the point that CEO Carlos Ghosn's enthusiasm and charisma alone couldn't be enough to get such a job done so quickly.

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CHAdeMO DC Fast Charge network coming to Norway

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The Norwegian energy company Ishavskraft yesterday unveiled its plan to make the stunning vistas of Norway's isolated fjords accessible to vacationers in electric cars with a 2500 mile network of DC Fast Chargers using the CHAdeMO connector. Displaying a stunningly Nordic prototype charger in downtown Oslo, Ishavskraft announced it is looking for partners, public and private, to make this electric highway a completed reality within two years.

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Who knew?

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A few more J-plugs have appeared in the San Francisco Bay Area, tho I challenge you to find out where they are. They are not listed on the DOE funded charge station project sites. Not on ChargePoint America/Coulomb's c harge station map. Nor on The EV Project/Ecotality's m ap. I did find one of the three on recargo.com , one of a number of outfits aggregating charge station locations. Good for them. And one on Google's map.

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"Transmission Losses" - The Cost of Bio-fuels

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The Times has story of the consequences of crop production for bio-fuels: higher food prices and tragic irony.last year, 98 percent of cassava chips exported from Thailand, the world’s largest cassava exporter , went to just one place and almost all for one purpose: to China to make biofuel.It can be tricky predicting how new demand from the biofuel sector will affect the supply and price of food.

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Public Transit or Private Cars, It's All About the Fuel

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[The following is an article I wrote in Earth Island Journal last year to answer the question "Public Transit or Electric Car? " ] Greater support for mass transit and appropriate land use policies that make mass transit accessible are essential. They are essential for more livable communities and more efficient use of resources, including energy. However, we have created a nation that is dependent, for the foreseeable future, upon the automobile.

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Transmission Losses: 100 mile oil slick in Gulf

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The Coast Guard is investigating reports of a potentially large oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico not far from the Deepwater Horizon site. According to a knowledgeable source, the slick was sighted by a helicopter pilot on Friday and is about 100 miles long. A fishing boat captain said he went through the slick yesterday and it was strong enough to make his eyes burn. Source: Huffington Post ]. gulf oil spill

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