Where Do The Biggest SUVs Go From Here?

Hybrid SUV Blog

How far will big hybrid SUVs go? In a previous post about AFS Trinity’s 150 mile per gallon vehicle, we highlighted one company’s rage about the popularity of hybrid SUVs that get only a few more miles to the gallon than their standard fuel counterparts.

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150-mile per gallon hybrid fights back at LA Auto Show

Hybrid SUV Blog

Like Milton from Office Space , did the LA Auto Show try to move Edward Furio to the basement? Last June, we told you about the 150-mile per gallon hybrid developed by Washington state company, AFS Trinity Power Corporation.

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Peugeot reveals pricing for new 2008

Green Cars News

A late comer to the now hugely popular ''compact crossover'' market, Peugeot is still hoping that its new 2008 vehicle can make significant inroads into the sector, thanks to its combination of competitive pricing and low emissions.

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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid: 500K Miles, Still In Patrol Service

Green Car Reports

A white base-model 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid has just crossed 500,000 miles, which possibly makes it the highest-mileage Escape Hybrid on the road. If you ever had any doubt that hybrids were durable--and many people do--here''s a case study to set your mind at ease. That''s much higher than the Escape Hybrids with 300,000 miles of taxi service in San

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Plug In 2008

Plug In Partners

T he Plug in 2008 National PHEV Conference in San Jose by most accounts was a big success. The announcement, which follows Google's request for proposals from companies with electric car technologies, came Tuesday during the Plug-In 2008 conference in San Jose, Calif.

Barak Obama or John McCain - Which Candidate will Revive the Electric Car?

DIY Electric Car

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Conference confirms plug-in fever

Plugs and Cars

Plug-in 2008 in San Jose, California witnessed a noon-time address by new heavy-weight convert, Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel. Attesting to consumer desire for plug-ins, hundreds of people flooded the Plug-in 2008 auditorium for the low-cost “public” event, which included Plug In America’s Chelsea Sexton participating in a panel discussion. Once again, a conference on plug-in cars. Coming on the heels of the Google/Brookings event in Washington, D.C.,

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Plug-in Manufacturers Grow

Plug In Partners

more A nd here is the announcement from Hyundai as reported in Wired : Hyundai Going Electric With Hybrids and Plug-Ins By Keith Barry September 01, 2008 Hyundai's been making so many announcements about electric vehicles and hybrids lately you'd think it was ZAP.

U-M study finds substantial change in age composition of US drivers between 1983 and 2008; younger drivers represent smaller portions of their age groups

Green Car Congress

Changes in percentage of teenagers with driver’s licenses, 1983 to 2008. In contrast, in 2008, the largest group included those 70 years and older. Data: Sivak and Schoettle. Click to enlarge.

The Further Adventures of The Solangelist

Creative Greenius

As we move into the final month of the year 2008 I keep looking up at my rooftop longingly.

Goal!

Plug In Partners

GM Finally Unveils Production Chevy Volt Popular Mechanics By Larry Webster September 16, 2008 After 100 years of making cars, it's party time at the General's house.

Christmas Presents

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Santa was good to me this year. I received a Link-10 battery monitor from my parents. I don't think they understand what it does and why it costs so much, but okay, they got it for me anyway. The items on the right came from Belktronix. The wires on the upper left are the Link-10 voltage prescaler.

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Frustrations with Zolox sensor mount

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I tried installing the Zolox sensor mounting ring for the Warp9 motor from EVsource today. It looks like the holes on the mounting ring don't line up properly. The holes for the Warp9 casing don't match, so I had to drill them a bit larger so the bolts would go in.

Mounting the Zolox Sensor

Open Source Civic EV Kit

After futzing around awhile, I was able to get the spacer ring for the Zolox tachometer sensor to line up. Here's the bottom of the mounting ring.

Add the Splash Guard

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I'd like to get the car off the jack-stands and back into a position where I can drive it while still adding things like the guages. After installing the speed sensor, the last thing needed under the car is the splash guard to protect water and grit from getting into the Warp9.

Snow falls, Tango plows in Spokane

Plugs and Cars

It's one thing to read about a Prius powering a home during a blackout. Check out this video showing an unexpected benefit to the torc, power and design of the Tango electric car.

Clean coal

Plugs and Cars

Just a the coal companies go on the air with ads that could be Obama campaign commercials, down to the Yes We Can (make coal clean,) the real world intrudes.

Tach Mount, Splash Guard and POR-15

Open Source Civic EV Kit

It's still pretty cold in the garage, but I motivated myself to get out to TAP plastics (10 blocks away) and pick up some ABS plastic for the improved splash guard. Here's the 3/16" thick piece of ABS lying on top of the existing splash guard.

Tachometer is Here!

Open Source Civic EV Kit

This is a cool day(And not just because it's freezing outside). The package with the custom tachometer from SpeedHut arrived. Although I received the 2-hole pillar pod last Friday, I wanted to show it here since I ordered both items from Speedhut. The wiring harness is nice and long.

Build My Dreams, BYD

Plugs and Cars

The announcement that BYD, the Chinese battery giant turned automaker, has actually begun selling its plug-in hybrid, is pretty big news. Shares rose about 15% on the Hong Kong stock exchange Monday. Earlier this year Warren Buffet invested over $200 million in the company (10% share).

Plastic Boxes and Speed Sensor

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I got some fun stuff today. The plastic boxes for the BatMons and the Zolox speed sensor with Warp9 mounting hardware came in. Here's a pile of 2x2" plastic boxes 1/2" high that fit the BatMon boards quite well.

Musk v. Fisker

Plugs and Cars

The Wall St Journal's new glossy mag, WSJ, reports on the rivalry between Tesla's Elon Musk, and Henrik Fisker. A bit of scratching and clawing.

Inside The Green Task Force

Creative Greenius

For more than a year now in this blog I’ve been researching and reporting on climate change, energy and transportation issues and related environmental stories covering them on both a personal and a global perspective.

Wiring up and Testing Batmon Boards

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Okay, it's time to get your wiring spaghetti on. I spent part of last evening (after fixing the speedo) and all of this morning wiring up the Batmon boards. In the process I blew the OVP channel on the IsoBatMon unit.

Featured EV Video: Living with an EV part 4

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Gav's EV Conversion - Living with an EV - IV from Gav on Vimeo. If you aren't familiar with Gav, he's been a long time contributing member of DIYElectricCar under the name of "kiwiev."

Fixing the Speedometer, Removing ECU

Open Source Civic EV Kit

During the test drive, I noticed that the speedometer wasn't working. It had worked fine before I removed the engine. After researching the Helms manual, I needed to get at the speed-sensor on the transmission to figure out what was going wrong.

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Fixing up the Rear Suspension

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Whew! I finally got my internet connection back up at home. This is the first of ten entries that will attempt to show many of the tasks I performed over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend. First up, we need to beef up the rear suspension to handle the extra 420 pounds of batteries in the trunk.

Mounting the Batmon Boards

Open Source Civic EV Kit

The next step involved preparing all the mounting hardware for the BatMon boards that sit on top of each battery.

Installing the Charging Outlet

Open Source Civic EV Kit

At some point, I guess we have to charge this thing. Most people like to be clever and put the charging outlet under the gas tank cover. I don't like this because it's near the back of the car, away from most charging station outlets at parking spaces.

Crimping the Battery Cables

Open Source Civic EV Kit

One of the major tasks during construction of an EV is properly crimping all the heavy duty battery cables together. Here's the process that I used.

Installing the Batmon Resistors

Open Source Civic EV Kit

In order to shunt current around each fully charged battery, the BatMon boards use an external 3 ohm resistor. Since mounting these resistors involves drilling holes in metal, I wanted to mount them before mounting the BatMon boards to prevent metal shavings from sprinkling into the electronics.

Wiring up the Vacuum Pump

Open Source Civic EV Kit

One of my goals for this kit was to utilize as much of the existing infrastructure of the car as possible in terms of fuses, relays and wires. To properly wire up the Gast vacuum pump, I wanted a fuse for safety and ideally a relay to protect the pressure switch from arcing too much.

Routing the Cables Underneath

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Not surprisingly, we need to connect the batteries in back with the batteries in front and also include the main circuit breaker under the parking brake. These lines are typically routed under the car in the trough left by the exhaust system.

Wiring Things Up and Testing

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Much of my time was spent wiring up the controller, charger and integrator box from the Belktronix kit. I had to unbolt the charger in order to get access to the fast-on connectors on the side of the main motor controller.

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Routing the LVP/OVP Cables

Open Source Civic EV Kit

In addition to the thick, high-current battery cables, we need to route the OVP (over-voltage protection) and LVP (low-voltage protection) wires from the rear BatMon boards to the front BatMon boards.

Buttoning up the Exterior

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Even though all the BatMon boards are not wired up, I was itching for a quick test drive. It was time for me to get the wheels on the car and take it for a short spin. This is the picture of my front hallway closet.

Arranging the Electronics

Open Source Civic EV Kit

The next step was to figure out where to put all the control electronics under the front hood to minimize wiring. The Belktronix system comes with velcro attached to the underside of most of its components.

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Hacking the Final Hold-downs

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I installed the remaining hold-downs for the 12V auxiliary battery and the extra battery in the rear trunk this evening. I hadn't designed these hold-downs before I sent all the pieces off to powder-coat, so I'll have to paint them with POR-15 protectant before I finish.

Toyota Plug In

Plug In Partners

Japan and Europe by 2010 By Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press June 11, 2008 TOKYO -- Toyota is introducing a plug-in hybrid with next-generation lithium-ion batteries in the U.S., T oyota President Katsuaki Watanabe made his company's intentions clear yesterday about PHEVs.

Charger, Controller and Contactor Mounting

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Today involved trying to mount the major electrical components to the car. Before covering up the transmission, I thought it would be a good idea to fill it with transmission fluid. The Honda Civic specifies 10w-30 oil for the transmission.