Upstream Costs of Gasoline

Plugs and Cars

The United States uses 360 million gallons of gasoline each day. One tanker-truck load, a mere 8600 gallons of gasoline, exploded on a San Francisco Bay Area Freeway early Sunday morning, and the consequences will be felt for months. Tags: gasoline The effect of this one accident is being compared to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, which also caused the collapse of Bay Area freeways.

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Gasoline, Ethanol, Crude Oil Up in Price

Plugs and Cars

AP reports: Gasoline futures rose 3.31 Tags: ethanol crude oil gasoline cents to settle at $2.1918 per gallon on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Meanwhile, alternative fuel ethanol hit a 7-month high, corresponding to an overall rise in gas prices since last August. Ethanol futures rose 4.3 cents to settle at $2.280 on the Chicago Board of Trade. Light, sweet crude for May delivery rose $1.84 to close at $63.85 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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Filling up a Prius vs. Plugging In a RAV4 EV

Plugs and Cars

Tags: plug-in prius gasoline electricity RAV4 EV

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API reports record US petroleum production in April: 10.543 million b/d; strongest April demand since 2007

Green Car Congress

This was the strongest April monthly demand since 2007. Consumer gasoline demand, as measured by total motor gasoline deliveries, of 9.3 Reformulated-type gasoline, which is consumed primarily in urban areas, was flat with growth of 0.1% By contrast, conventional gasoline is used more in rural areas and rose by 1.5% April saw the US produce a record 10,543,000 barrels per day (MBD) of oil, according to data from the American Petroleum Institute.

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The 60,000 Volt Question

Plug In Partners

23, 2007 -- General Motors Corp. Toyota has sold more than 1 million gasoline-electric vehicles since 1997. The engine, powered by gasoline, diesel or a hydrogen fuel cell, only recharges the battery and doesn't drive the wheels.

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Tata Takes On Air

Plug In Partners

Air-Car Ready for Mass Production Bob Ewig Popular Mechanics May 31, 2007 The world's first commercial compressed air-powered vehicle is rolling towards the production line. Negre says that technology could easily squeeze a cross country trip out of one tank of gasoline. "

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DOE Funds PHEVs

Plug In Partners

By improving batteries for plug-in hybrids, we can help achieve the President’s goal of reducing gasoline usage by 20 percent within the decade. The submission deadline is Thursday, May 31, 2007. T he Department of Energy is moving forward to develop advanced batteries for PHEV s.

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Easy as A123

Plug In Partners

Since the average commuter travels under 30 miles per day, off peak nightly charging of this module both improves a utility's load factor and efficiencies while reducing total gasoline consumption and emissions dramatically.

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The Volvo Recharge

Plug In Partners

In the two-year test from this autumn, four plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid models will be tested on public roads with the use of recharging facilities around this French capital, to examine the usability of recharging and billing systems of the vehicles.

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Volt for Real?

Plug In Partners

F or those who think that GM is not serious about its new PHEV , the Volt , here is a piece that makes you think they are: The Volt To Be Lutz's Legacy May 21, 2007 So, I heard General Motors’ Bob Lutz on National Public Radio’s “Wait.

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Ford Edge Follows

Plug In Partners

Ford is now getting the word out that the Ford Edge crossover platform gives the company "the ultimate in flexibility in researching advanced propulsion technology" and thus could easily use a small gasoline or downsized diesel engine in lieu of the fuel cell.

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The Wall Street Journals

Plug In Partners

Fialka Wall Street Journal March 26, 2007 AUSTIN, Texas -- Of all the plans cooked up by cities to combat pollution and global warming, the one hatched here is among the most ambitious -- and, some say, one of the more quixotic. A few months back, a reporter from the WSJ came to our offices.

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GM Volts Ahead

Plug In Partners

Here is part of the story from the Flint Journal Detroit shocker: GM unveils plug-in hybrid - and plans to build it The Flint Journal Sunday, January 07, 2007 By Todd Seibttseibt DETROIT - General Motors unveils a shocking concept car today: the Chevrolet VOLT.

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We are Green for 12V Electrical!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I was also able to turn on the CD player and it started playing the CD I had left in there from when the car had a gasoline (yuck!) Whew! I spent the evening debugging the small sparking issue I ran into yesterday.

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Day 1

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Removing the Engine Cover Taking out the Battery Removing the starter wire from the positive battery terminal Uncovering the fuel pump for draining gasoline Taking out the "classic" WoooGaaa horn The next step will be to take off the front and rear hood lids, which I'll need an assistant

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Cables and CV Joints Attached

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Here's the final undercarriage which is much more sparse without the gasoline engine. The task for this evening was re-attaching all the cables and drive shafts back to the transmission that I re-installed last Friday.

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Just Cleaning Up

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

This is the equivalent of the throttle on a gasoline engine. I spent the past two evenings getting the rest of life together. Tonight I just did some simple cleanup. I swept the garage and put away all the tools, wood pieces and garbage so that there would be space to work in.

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EIA expects gasoline consumption in US to remain below 2007 peak despite increase in travel

Green Car Congress

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects that motor gasoline consumption in the US will remain below the 2007 peak despite an increase in travel. STEO forecasts motor gasoline consumption to average 9.23 below its 2007 level.

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Wiring up the Controller Harness

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I'm thinking that if I can make a user-friendly system to tell people the state-of-charge for their battery packs that also monitors the health of each battery, that could be very useful knowledge as gasoline prices go up and more people get interested in electric vehicles.

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End of Day 2

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

There's no going back to gasoline now! Most of today was spent just taking the car apart. My friend Pete came over for lunch and we removed the front and rear trunk lids. We also drained the fuel tank by operating the fuel pump with a 12V gelpack battery and took out the fuel tank.

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Motor/Transmission Attached!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Since I don't have a transmission jack, I chose to put the motor back in the car the same way that I removed the gasoline engine. Well, today was quite productive. My friend Nicole came over for a few hours to help me finish the transmission and put the motor/transmission together.

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Getting Old Batteries and Fixing the VDO Clock

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

This will probably be my last weekend of joyriding in the car in its gasoline form since Alan at A & P will be swapping out the suspension next Thursday. Whew, today was a long day.

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$200,000 Google.org Grant to CalCars

Plugs and Cars

It is largely thanks to Felix that hybrid owners now desire something more than a gasoline-dependent car. Google.org is stepping up to the plate for electricity in cars. Calcars.org has received a $200,000 grant to continue its advocacy of plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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Hybrid Fans to Toyota: The Next Step is Plug-in Hybrids

Plugs and Cars

Toyota increasingly devotes precious energy contained in hybrid batteries charged with expensive gasoline to higher power output rather than efficiency. This year Toyota makes its SUVs and trucks even larger.

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Chevy Volt & Ford Airstream: The Plug-in that Could Be & the Plug-in that Couldn't Possibly

Plugs and Cars

GM's vehicle is eminently buildable today, as it relies on two energy sources that are available: grid electricity and gasoline. In place of a small gasoline generator, it relies on a hydrogen fuel cell to generate the electricity once the grid-charged Lithium batteries are depleted.

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BMW H2 BS

Plugs and Cars

Especially a super luxury car that switches to gasoline with the flick of a finger. The gasoline-only production version of this car, the 7 Series, is available today for between $75,800 and $122,600. With hydrogen as a fuel option, the car is so expensive and made in such limited numbers it has no MSRP and is not rated on the EPA Green Vehicle Guide for 2007 or 2008. Terry Tamminen, Arnold's green guru, showed up at the Santa Monica AltCar Show in a BMW Hydrogen 7.

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$98.62

Plugs and Cars

Stockpiles of gasoline also dropped, the government reported Wednesday. Demand for gasoline over the past four weeks was 0.8 Stockpiles of gasoline also dropped by 800,000 barrels, or 0.4 One 11am EST AP report in the NY Times •U.S. oil supplies fell last week for the third straight period. percent higher than a year earlier. •.prices prices had climbed as high as $98.62 in electronic trading. •At At the pump, gas prices rose nearly 2 cents overnight.

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Toyota Hot and Cold on Plug-in Hybrids

Plugs and Cars

According to Autos Insider of July 12, 2007 Toyota, which has sold 1 million hybrids worldwide, including 750,000 in the United States, over the last decade, said converting a hybrid risks vehicle fires, and actually increases greenhouse gas emissions. Asahi reports: "Electric vehicles that run only on electricity are said to be more environmentally friendly than hybrid vehicles because they have no emissions and do not use gasoline.

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Senate Strives for Palatable Energy Bill; Plug-in Credits In

Plugs and Cars

5000 could cover, certainly goes a long way, to make up the differential between a gasoline only hybrid and a plug-in. The Detroit News is reporting on the efforts in the Senate to craft a viable energy bill. As presently consitituted, the Senate bill drops the requirement of electricity generators to achieve 15% renewable sources, but includes higher CAFE standards and major provisions for plug-ins, including conversions.

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Two Week Commuting Report

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

However, if I start from a stoplight in the same way as a gasoline vehicle (rev the engine and slowly let out the clutch), I can start much more quickly than if I just leave the clutch out and floor the accelerator from a stopped motor. I haven't touched my gasoline car in two weeks now. Since I don't work Fridays, this is the end of my second week commuting to work fifteen miles each way. Two things have definitely made the car more fun to drive.

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Ethanol Boom Busting

Plugs and Cars

Hundreds of state fleet flex-fuel vehicles now use more gasoline and cause more emissions than the gasoline-only vehicles they replaced. (We And blending ethanol into gasoline is complicated, and ultimately merely perpetuates our petroleum addiction. Check out today's NY Times story Ethanol’s Boom Stalling as Glut Depresses Price.the ethanol market is suddenly plagued by a glut, in part because the means to distribute it have not kept pace.

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Dealing with petroleum addiction, Texas style

Plugs and Cars

The Texas House of Representatives votes in favor of increased gasoline consumption. I should add that Texas, in the form of Austin Energy's Plug-in Partners effort, shows us the right direction to head, promoting plug-in hybrids (and electric cars) to use the electrical grid to replace gasoline.

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Test Drive to Work

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

The RPM stays constant when I "coast" unlike a gasoline engine which tends to slowly drift back to "idle." Since traffic is really light on Sunday morning, I drove to work (15 miles away) and back to see how the 914 would handle. Shifting was a real pain on city streets since the electric motor changes RPM very quickly during acceleration or regeneration. This makes synchronization of the gears rather difficult. As expected, power was rather lacking on the freeway.

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Soot and Spin: Two Plug-in Paradoxes

Plugs and Cars

Third party converters have spent time and resources tweaking their plug-in hybrids to meet ARB testing written with gasoline-only hybrids in mind. The automakers, including Toyota, that are not interested in rushing to market with plug-in cars never tired of suggesting that conventional gasoline-only hybrids are cleaner than plug-ins. As in this NY Times story entitled Challenging Gasoline from a few days ago.

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IEEE: Will CARB Take Part in Plug-in Car Revival?

Plugs and Cars

So what" reply proponents of battery electric cars, citing battery improvements that surpass fuel cell advancements and existing infrastructure supplying domestically produced fuel at a fraction of the cost of gasoline. The IEEE Spectrum Magazine for November 07 touts on its cover "Battery or Fuel-Cell Cars? A California Cabal Will Decide." Interesting choice of headlines.

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Prius drops to 48mpg; How will 2008 Prius get 80mpg? Plug-in hybrid?

Plugs and Cars

Fuel-saving gasoline-electric hybrid cars don't save as much fuel as thought, according to new government fuel-economy ratings available to the public for the first time. But now it's possible to tell what rating 2007 and older models would get using the 2008 standards. The Ford Escape hybrid, which uses a gasoline-electric drive system similar to Toyota's, goes down about 12 percent. The National Center for Policy Analysis reports : CAR M.P.G. RATINGS GOING DOWN.

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Co-op America Really Gets It! - Plug-ins YES; Ethanol NO!

Plugs and Cars

In fact, some are nearly as bad as gasoline in their environmental impacts, and others can't be scaled up in a meaningful way without creating other problems. Co-op America has cut through the hype and hyperbole about "clean" cars. They did an excellent issue of their magazine analysing the pros and cons of hybrids, plug-ins, electrics, bio-fuels of all types and hydrogen with a Consumer Reports type objectivity. They found "the truth is, not all of the "new" fuels are created equal.

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Worst Cars Ever: TIME and Dan Neil Trash EV1

Plugs and Cars

If we are very lucky, some company will come out with a car with the decade-old EV1 specs considered unmarketable in this peculiar smackdown - 140 mile range without gasoline, miata-sized, fast. Along with a host of the filthy, the ugly and the dangerous, Time and Dan Neil declare the EV1 one of the 50 worst cars ever. Had they wanted to include a crappy electric car, they had plenty to choose from.

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Coal Into Cars: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Plugs and Cars

As a replacement for gasoline, there is probably no worse choice than coal-generated liquid fuel. As the Scientific American editorial "Worse Than Gasoline" states: ".the The Ugly Coal sucks, there's really no two ways about it. Extracting it is ruinous of the landscape and burning it has disastrous environmental consequences. It should be perhaps our last fuel of choice regardless of how it's used. But not all use of coal is alike.

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Bush Uses Alternative Fuels

Plugs and Cars

According to Milbank: [Bush's] role as uncompensated pitchman for gasoline alternatives makes perfect sense: If anybody needs a new fuel source, it is George W. Bush in 2007. An imperiled attorney general, an unpopular war, a hung-over housing market and a presidential approval level of 32 percent: White House officials took all that into consideration and made their decision. They would have President Bush do another event promoting cellulosic ethanol.

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