Supplier Warned VW Of Illegal Diesel ‘Defeat Device’—In 2007

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It was in 2007—a full year before many of the “clean. German supplier Bosch, the longtime manufacturer of fuel-system and emissions components to Volkswagen, warned the automaker that using software that would circumvent emissions rules in normal, publicly sold vehicles was illegal. That wasn’t last week, or earlier this year.

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

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L/100km), according to data from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)—up 18% from the value in October 2007 (the first month of UMTRI monitoring). in December 2011 (an improvement of 13% from October 2007).

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Wiring and Rewiring - Getting Close!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Ugh, I'm dehydrated, exhausted and mad at this inanimate object. I must love doing this conversion. There's a fine line between a hobby and insanity) Tonight was spent attaching all the copper bars to the battery terminals.

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Volkswagen warned against Dieselgate practices as far back as 2007

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On Sunday two German newspapers claimed Volkswagen had been warned as far back as 2007 against cheating on emissions tests. A little over a week ago what's now called the Dieselgate scandal broke when the EPA and

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New inventory of black carbon emissions from China finds 2007 levels higher than previously reported

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for year 2007. A new black carbon (BC) emissions inventory from China found BC emissions levels in 2007 of 1,957 Gg BC—higher than reported in earlier studies. 2007); and predicted national data from the National Long-term Development Plan (NLDP) (2008?2050).

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Even In 2007, As VW Designed Dirty Diesels, It Said Electric Cars Were The Future

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Many journalists tend to have pack-rat tendencies, but sorting out old press kits, files, and magazines can have unexpected rewards. So it was for auto writer John Rettie, who recently uncovered an interesting tidbit in an issue of Driver, the in-house magazine sent out by Volkswagen of America to owners of its cars. Rettie had written a story for. Future Cars VW plug-in cars Volkswagen diesel scandal

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National Safety Council: US on pace for deadliest driving year since 2007

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million were seriously injured, putting the country on pace for its deadliest driving year since 2007. The National Safety Council estimates traffic deaths are 14% higher through the first six months of 2015 than they were during the same period in 2014, and serious injuries are 30% higher. From January to June, nearly 19,000 people died in traffic crashes across the US, and more than 2.2 Serious injuries” are classified as those requiring medical consultation. Costs are also up.

UMTRI: average fuel economy of new LDVs sold in US in March up 20% from Oct 2007

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mpg or 20% from the value in October 2007,, according to calculations by researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). October 2007 was the first month of their monitoring). L/100 km), an improvement of 20% since October 2007.

V2G Test Drive

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Xcel Energy announces six-month test drive of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles DENVER - Six plug-in hybrid electric vehicles ( PHEVs ) will be on the road by the end of 2007 as part of a demonstration test of vehicle-to-grid ( V2G ) technology by Xcel Energy.

The Cash Back Hybrid

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By John Voelcker First Published October 2007 Google , a former CIA director , the Natural Resources Defense Council , a U.S.

Ford, VW Ante Up

Plug In Partners

2007 Ford Motor Company has embarked on a bold mission to bring back the Escort name in a revolutionary new Plug-in Hybrid vehicle. M omentum for a Plug in Future continues. First, there is this story from Volkswagon. Apparently, VW is set to unveil an Up!-based

The 60,000 Volt Question

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23, 2007 -- General Motors Corp. I f there is any doubt that GM is serious about PHEVs, here is one more story that indicates that they are indeed very serious. GM Could Reportedly Produce 60,000 Plug-in Hybrids in 2010 Source: by Jeff Green at Bloomberg OAKLAND, Calif.,

The Plug In Scooter

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Piaggio launches hybrid scooter 02 Aug 2007 Italian manufacturer Piaggio , the maker of Vespa , has launched an environmentally friendly hybrid scooter by mechanically and electronically linking a traditional combustion engine with an electric motor.

Subaru to Begin EV Sales in Japan in 2009

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Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) has issued a press release, according to Green Car Congress , announcing that 2009 rather than 2010 will see the sales of the first 100 electric Subarus in Japan.

Electric Smart Car ForTwo Delivered by Mercedes

Plugs and Cars

Mercedes-Benz has delivered the first of 100 electric Smart ForTwos to fleet customers in the UK. Coventry City Council will be using the electric Smart in its fleet. Smart Car of America has the most complete report, straight from Daimler, with most of the relevant stats.

Popular Mechanics Takes Aptera for a Drive

Plugs and Cars

This wingless Jetsonian vehicle has seemed to me to be too much design, too much gadgetry, too much website, and not enough practical, buildable car. I thought I could smell the vapor. Well, Popular Mechanics asked and the Aptera folks let them in.

Electric Car Salute to Al Gore in Oslo

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Electric cars, including many Th!nk nk City cars and at least one RAV4 EV, turned out in large numbers to salute Al Gore, lining Oslo streets as he drove (in a gasser) to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Super Charge It

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T his has been a good week for new advanced battery announcements.

A123 & LG Chem Battery Packs for Chevy Volt Unveiled at EVS23

Plugs and Cars is reporting on battery announcements at EVS23. Both A123 and LG Chem/Compact Power have delivered packs to GM for testing in the Volt.

Entourage Star Breaks Parking Law in BMW Hydrogen 7

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It's a shame the video on doesn't include the reporter's voiceover, because the narration I heard when the story aired on TV caught the reality of hydrogen hype better than most serious enviro journalism. Automakers using movie stars to greenwash was its essence.

London Calling: Congestion Charge Recharges Electric Cars

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London could soon replace California as the electric car capital of the world. Thanks in large part to Mayor "Red Ken" Livingstone, who enacted London's much criticized congestion charge policy in 2003.

Ford and Edison

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Ford, utility join to promote plug-in vehicles Reuters India Sat Jul 7, 2007 DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co and power utility Southern California Edison will announce an unusual alliance on Monday aimed at clearing the way for a new generation of rechargeable electric cars, the companies said.

Here Come the PHEVs

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Audi Metroproject Quattro T his has been a big week of announcements from car manufacturers. One is from the new auto start up Fisker. Fisker's high end-plug in CNET News Blog Posted by Michael Kanellos Fisker Automotive. Think of it as a marriage between the Chevy Volt and the Tesla Roadster.

Corn Belt Mayor Plugs In

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GreenOptions blog reports that Mayor RT Rybak of Minneapolis is now driving a plug-in hybrid. His daily drive, a Prius, has been converted. He's also moving the Minnesota city along a solar fast track.

The Chinese are Coming!

Plugs and Cars

Got2BeGreen reports BYD, a large Chinese firm that is jumping into cars, will be showing a plug-in hybrid, the F6DM, at the Detroit Auto Show. According to this report, it will begin selling next year in China for about $20,000.


Easy as A123

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P erhaps the most important milestone in developing Plug in Hybrids is the availability of an affordable, practical, and powerful battery pack. Here is a significant announcement by David Vieau , CEO of A123 Systems.

Mitsubishi Sees 2009 launch for iMiEV EV

Plugs and Cars

Thomson Financial is reporting that Mitsubishi aims to launch its i-MiEV city electric car one year earlier than expected. Techon blog from Japan gives more details. 16kWh of Lithium betteries. 160 kilometer range.

Plug-in hybrid by who?

Plugs and Cars

The Fisker Coachbuild name meant nothing to me, but I'm not really an auto geek. We recently read that this premium automobile design company intends to offer a luxury plug-in hybrid.

Hair Dryers Installed

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I took a few hours today to get the small hairdryers installed. In order to have a convenient switch to activate the hairdryers, I hijacked the defroster knob switch. I was lucky enough to have this option on my car.

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Serial Port and Hood Pin

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Today was a bit slow. I received some AMP pins in the mail that fit the special connectors on the DMOC445 controller. To make the serial port more robust, I crimped the pins onto the ends of the 16-gauge wires and inserted them into the 8-position connector that came with the DMOC.

Dedicated Charging Outlet and Hairdryer Coupling

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

After sleeping for 14 hours last night, I think I'm somewhat recovered from that nasty cold. I dropped by Parkrose hardware after work and picked up some stuff to install in the EV.

Initial Fuel Gauge Driver Schematic

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Since I'm stuck indoors today to recover from a sore throat, I put together the following schematic to drive the fuel gauge based on the pack voltage. Click to enlarge the image) With the exception of the 4N25 opto-isolator, which I salvaged from a dead UPS, all parts are available at Radio Shack.

Finishing the Rain Gutter for the Engine Compartment

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

The major project of the day was finishing the rain gutter under the engine compartment lid. The original gutter was too deep and interfered with the rear battery box. As described in a previous post, I purchased a piece of ABS plastic from TAP plastics and bent the edges to make a rain catch.

Finishing the Serial Cable and Testing the Fuel Gauge

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I had a bit more time today to work on some other small projects. Here's the 914 patiently waiting for its rebuilt transmission from Rennsport Systems. It'll be awhile since Rennsport won't start on the rebuild until November.

Chinese Electric Car in 2008?

Plugs and Cars

I've long heard rumors of Chinese auto makers developing an electric car. It makes lots of sense, given Chinese battery production. Now Autobloggreen has a report out of China involving BYD. I recalled hearing in 2005 that BYD acquired a license from Ovonics to manufacture NiMH batteries.

Subaru to Show EV in Tokyo

Plugs and Cars

Another auto maker is suggesting the future is with electric cars. CNet is reporting Subaru will be showing an electric car prototype at the Tokyo Auto Show later this month. Unlike many electric prototypes - Nissan's Pivo comes to mind - the G4e looks like it could appear in showrooms today.

Charging Cars in England, Fast Charging in Norway

Plugs and Cars

Business Green Blog in the UK reports on a plan to install 250 EV charging stations in England. Elektromotive is making a sleek charge point with a tiny footprint.

Getting the Tachometer and Lights Working

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

After receiving an updated.css file (ccShell config file) from Azure Dynamics for the DMOC445, I was able to access the EE1SpeedoDiv variable. After setting this to a non-zero value, I attached a scope to pin 25 of the main DMOC connector and (yay!)

Replacing the Pilot Bearing

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I purchased a new pilot bearing for the flywheel to see if replacing it would help with the rattles. Flywheel - it's what's for dinner!

Trying a Different Transmission

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Last week Craig at Camp914 offered to lend me another transmission to see if I had vibrational issues. I drove out to Camp914 this morning. I wish to express much gratitude to Craig for letting me borrow this spare tranny.