DOE estimates that EV battery pack costs in 2021 are 87% lower than in 2008

Green Car Congress

Research by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office estimates the cost of an electric vehicle lithium-ion battery pack declined 87% between 2008 and 2021 (using 2021 constant dollars). That compares to $1,237/kWh on a usable-energy basis in 2008.

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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. July 22, 2008; The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) announced today a research and development collaboration with General Motors and 34 top utilities to facilitate integration of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles ( PHEVs ) into the grid, a key step in providing the nation’s drivers an alternative to petroleum fuels.

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Kick Gas 2008

Revenge of the Electric Car

“It’s gonna be Earth Day on STEROIDS !&# That’s how EV fan Paul Thomas lured us to the sun-scorched Barona Drag Strip to film this year’s Kick Gas Festival. Barona has seen many grudge matches over the years, but this was one we couldn’t miss; the first head to head between electric dragsters and old school gas guzzlers. Would Michael Kadie’s electric blue coupe kick gas in more ways than one?

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DOE Estimates That Electric Vehicle Battery Pack Costs in 2021 Are 87% Lower Than in 2008

EV Obssesion

Research by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office estimates the cost of an electric vehicle lithium-ion battery pack declined 87% between 2008 and 2021 (using 2021 constant dollars).

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New Karma in Detroit!

Electric Cars are for Girls

Fisker's Karma is a production-ready plug-in hybrid, - meaning TODAY, not 2010 - and it's coming to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 15th

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EV selection worldwide

Electric Cars are for Girls

This is the most comprehensive list of electric cars for sale I've seen yet! It's international, and covers past, present, future, American, European.awesome. Thank you, Jeroen

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Paris, you've got my vote!

Electric Cars are for Girls

Since John McCain recently mistook Barack Obama for Paris Hilton (hey, that could happen to anybody, not just the elderly), Paris assures America that she is "totally ready to lead.". Me, I'm totally ready to be your VP, girlfriend. Call me.) Okay, if you're asking yourself, what's that got to do with electric cars? it's in Candidate Hilton's energy policy; she advocates tax incentives to build hybrids and electrics, among other things. It's in the campaign video, check it out

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Annual petroleum production in the US more than doubled from 2008 to 2018

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million barrels per day (mmbd) in 2008 to 15.3 Annual petroleum production in the United States doubled from 6.8 mmbd in 2018, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). Record levels of production began when the 11.8 mmbd in 2014 topped the previous high of 11.3 mmbd from 1970.

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

DIY Electric Car

Tags: Editorials candidates senator barak obama john mccain ev electric vehicle phev hybrid range extended campaign race 2008 energy sustainable clean solar wind biofuels diesel hydrogen

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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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DOE: Battery Pack Costs Decreased 87% Since 2008

InsideEVs

We are now heading for $100 per kWh

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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.

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Study finds damage due to premature mortality from PM2.5 decreased >20% from 2008 to 2014

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related damages, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford have found that, US-economy-wide, gross external damage (GED) due to premature mortality has decreased by more than 20% from 2008 to 2014. GED was calculated for the 3 most recent NEI years: 2008, 2011, and 2014. Second, the analysis tracks damages by economic sector over 3 NEI years, 2008, 2011, and 2014. In a new study of PM 2.5

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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. I haven’t been breaking any hard news, I’ve just been spreading the news that doesn’t get enough attention and adding my take on top of it for the majority of my readers who don’t have the time to dig as deep as I do.

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Join Me For A Visit To Reality

Creative Greenius

Clean Coal is a shameless marketing scam designed to allow coal companies to keep raking in the bucks while they continue to destroy the environment. They know it’s a lie, but they’ll say and do anything to make their profits. I hope they’re saving those dollars to pay the carbon tax they have coming due. Tax what we burn, not what we earn, says the Creative Greenius - and Al Gore.

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Winterize your Electric Car

Electric Cars are for Girls

What does it take to winterize your electric car, and keep it running well (and far) in the cold

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First week with a Tesla

Revenge of the Electric Car

Even I was surprised. In my rear view mirror I watched a Los Angeles Sheriff’s car pull out of the Chevron and turn on both its blue and red flashing lights to pursue me down Ventura Boulevard. It had only been hours since I eased out of the Tesla dealership in West Los Angeles and already I had a date with the police. This was not the Burbank police who arrested Alexandra and Colette in 2005 for trying to stop EVs from being crushed.

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An Easy EV Conversion Kit For People

Open Source Civic EV Kit

After spending the past year and a half converting a Porsche 914 to an electric vehicle, I decided to expand my horizons by designing an open-source electric vehicle (EV) conversion kit for a commonly used car. The intention is to create detailed designs and directions so that anyone who has a garage and is moderately proficient with hand-tools can convert their car to an EV. This project started about a month ago when I became co-chair of the Oregon Electric Vehicles Association.

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Here comes the Electric White Zombie!

Revenge of the Electric Car

Oregon Public Broadcasting recently aired a segment on John “ Plasma Boy &# Wayland’s White Zombie - an electric conversion of a 1972 Datsun 1200. Watch the embedded video below to see how quick this DC electric home conversion runs against the gasoline muscle car competition. Enthusiasts like John are showing the performance potential of electric vehicles and proving once again that “filling up&# on electrons is cool. Plasma Boy Racing. Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting ].

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Bring Back the EV1 Press Conference

Revenge of the Electric Car

Friday November 14th, 2008 - GM Training Center - Burbank, CA. At the very least, members of the electric car family demand that the conditions that were incorporated in the funding legislation of the $25 Billion loan package of September 2008 be adhered to. Nate Holden’s next press conference on the EV1 will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 10:00 AM at the LA Auto Show ( LA Convention Center - Pavilion adjacent to West Entrance).

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Turn My Big RV Into a Plug-In Hybrid?

Electric Cars are for Girls

I've got a 31 Ft RV that gets 8.5 Would an AC electric motor or 2 in conjunction with the 8.1 liter gas engine increase the gas mileage in an

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Battery Racks, Continued

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I did some more work on the battery racks over the past few days. The biggest challenge is getting everything to fit properly without hitting any blockages. At this point, I think I have all of the metal pieces cut, but I don't have the bolt holes drilled. Note: the following descriptions are a bit verbose because I'm trying to keep track of all the detailed measurements as I go. Here is a closeup of the front battery rack on the driver side.

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Tesla Roadster was a giant leap for EVs, Jay Leno’s 2008 drive reminds us

Green Car Reports

Given Tesla's later successes, it is easy to forget how surprising the first-generation Roadster was when it first went on sale in 2008. The original Tesla Roadster marked a milestone for electric cars.

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Rotating the Brushes on the Warp9 Motor

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Many people don't realize that the Honda crankshaft going into the transmission actually turns clockwise for the forward direction, as opposed to counter-clockwise for the vast majority of cars. As such, most EV motors have advanced timing on the brushes to optimize counter-clockwise rotation. Since we have a Honda Civic, we're going to rotate the brushes on the Netgain Warp9 motor so that they have optimal advanced timing for the clockwise direction.

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Rear Trunk Battery Rack

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Today was busy, so you should see a few posts. This first one is all the work I did installing the rear trunk battery rack base. As I mentioned before some of this will be verbose as I'm trying not to lose all the finer details. A few posts ago, I cut some 1.5"x1.5" square tubing 18" long (1/8" wall) and drilled a 3/8" hole in each end, 5/8" from the end. After laying these down in the trunk where I wanted to put them, I realized that there is a manufacturing "bump" on either side of the trunk.

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Filming Tesla - 2

Revenge of the Electric Car

Our co-producer continues her account of shooting behind the scenes at Tesla. As we captured key meetings with department heads, Elon stressed his commitment to ramping Tesla up - and the fact that his role was hands-on. He reminded person after person that no problem or detail was too small. The buck stopped with Elon. Elon Musk (left) inspects a Roadster. We pulled a marathon day, and our cameraman, Adam, worked valiantly to keep up. Filming meetings is actually difficult to do well.

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Filming Tesla - 1

Revenge of the Electric Car

Tesla Roadsters awaiting final prep and delivery to first owners. Let me just give it away now….the the first day we filmed this fall at Tesla, we got to see not one, not two, not three, but, and I counted—over 40 production Roadsters in the Menlo Park buildings. There is something about the sight of more than four million dollars of incredibly sleek, fast (they do look fast - even standing still) car flesh under one roof that really makes you tingle.

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Guest blogger: Andrew Grin - From Kansas to LA

Revenge of the Electric Car

This week we welcome Andrew Grin, a 16 year old sophomore from Kansas City who spent the day with us filming during the LA Auto Show. Andrew owns a converted pure EV Hyundai. My first sighting of smog-filled Los Angeles brought a sad thought to my mind. A few weeks back, I read a study which found that dirty air in Southern California’s coastal basin and the San Joaquin Valley kills more people than car accidents. But I came to LA to glimpse the future, not dwell on the past.

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We interrupt this blog for a musical number…

Revenge of the Electric Car

Electric Car’s Sing-a-long Musical Blog. We received this link and our first singalong musical blog posting from Bo Brown and the gang at Hogmolly. Hi folks, Heard you were gearing up for another documentary on the electric car. I saw the first one, it had enough impact on me that I wrote a song on the subject. The song came to me almost complete in a dream, (got up at 4 am to record it) my band Hogmolly recorded it in a live studio performance the day after we learned it.

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EMIS Hybrid Cars from Giant Gas Hogs

Electric Cars are for Girls

Gas Pain? The EMIS from NetGain converts giant gas guzzlers into parallel hybrid cars

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CNN namechecks ‘Revenge of the Electric Car’

Revenge of the Electric Car

Check out this CNN segment from Nov 20th 2008. What next for GM, the Volt, and the director of ‘Who Killed the Electric Car’ … Tags: EV News Inside Track Who Killed the Electric Car GM Chevy Volt Detroit

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Chris Paine on the Ron Reagan Show

Revenge of the Electric Car

Air America’s “The Ron Reagan Show&# aired an episode on November 24th, 2008 about what to do about “The Big Three&# automakers. Chris Paine joined Ron live with his views on the bailout for “The Big Three&# , along with thoughts on future innovations in the industry. You can listen to the entire half hour show below. Chris’s interview begins at minute 10.

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Director on CNN - Purchase Orders, Not Bailouts

Revenge of the Electric Car

From December 3, 2008 broadcast of “Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell&# on Headline News. Topic: Are Bailouts the Answer to Economic Woes? Chris Paine (director of “Who Killed the Electric Car?&# ) – …what the government should be doing is writing purchase orders and saying, “Hey, we want something for our money. So we’ll write you a purchase order for, you know, X billion worth of plug-in cars and hybrid trucks.&#

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Partying with Plug In America

Revenge of the Electric Car

Saturday September 27th, 2008 : Immediately after the Santa Monica 2008 AltCarExpo , “ Who Killed the Electric Car? &# Director Chris Paine graciously hosted Plug In America ’s very first fundraiser at his PV+EV residence in Culver City, CA.

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GM Detroit Shoot (2 of 2)

Revenge of the Electric Car

Early wakeup calls in Detroit continued as our grand tour picked up speed. We shoot at the Tech Center campus where engineers ran tests on Volt battery packs. To our surprise, some of the industrial battery testing equipment came from Aerovironment, the company who had built the SunRaycer and Impact EV prototypes back in the early 1990s. GM Tech Center, Designed by Eero Saairnen 1949. GM Vice-chairman, Bob Lutz invited us to their private test track about an hour outside of Detroit.

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Welcome to Revenge of the Electric Car!

Revenge of the Electric Car

Welcome to our blog and Chris Paine’s new film, “Revenge of the Electric Car.&# (slated for Spring, 2010)! Every week, we’ll be posting production stories, insider information, and late breaking news from the world of plug-in vehicles. We’ll be covering stories from around the world — from the auto giants to the converters to indy startups.

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U.S. Battery Makers Power Up

Revenge of the Electric Car

LA Times, December 20, 2008. December 20, 2008 U.S. I wrote a few months ago about the Japanese and European carmakers teaming up with Asian and Euro battery manufacturers with $200-$400 million deals to build large production facilities that will soon be cranking out high volumes of LiIon batteries for plug-in cars.

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How to Connect the Electric Car Motor to the Transmission

Electric Cars are for Girls

How do you connect the electric motor to the engine transmission? Is it welded? Do I need to have an adapter or an engineered

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AC Motors, NiMH batteries, and Wheel Motors

Electric Cars are for Girls

AC motor question: I'm looking for a less expensive, probably US-made AC motor. I'm aiming my design at 1400 lbs maximum. Ideas?

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Killacycle World Record

Revenge of the Electric Car

On Thursday October 23rd, 2008, Team KillaCycle set their latest drag racing world record at Bandimere Raceway. KillaCycle Pilot Scotty Pollacheck "lights 'em up" alongside Team Leader Bill Dube. One of our favorite guests from our shoot in Iceland, Bill Dube and his KillaCycle Team, made headlines this past week in Colorado with a new EV world speed record.

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Plug-in Manufacturers Grow

Plug In Partners

H ere's the Mazda story thanks to Autocar: Mazda plans Volt rival Autocar August 28, 2008 Autocar has learned that Mazda engineers are hard at work trying to develop a rival to the Chevrolet Volt – a car which uses a petrol engine to charge a battery pack which powers the wheels via an electric motor. I t wasn't that long ago that I remember a Chrysler ad that bragged about how its new Charger, with the big V 8, was a hybrid. it burned gas and rubber.

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BMW MINI E Powered by AC Propulsion?

Revenge of the Electric Car

The automotive and green electric vehicle blogosphere has been abuzz with talk of the BMW MINI E ever since July 9th, 2008, when AutoblogGreen published the rumor that 500 of the intriguing new electric cars would be released later this year in California. Amazing AC Propulsion eBoxes at AltCarExpo Saturday, September 27th, 2008. From the news that has been trickling in along with a BMW October 18th, 2008 press release , these MINI Es will be worthy electric vehicles.

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Hawaii opts for EVs and renewable energy

Revenge of the Electric Car

Published: December 2, 2008. My wife, Zan, and I were recently on the Big Island, Hawaii, and while there we toured the state’s only geothermal plant. It’s located close to the town of Hilo on the island’s east side and on the flank of Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano. Hawaii's 30 megawatt geothermal control room. This is the entire control room of the 30 megawatt facility. Two affable men explained how the whole plant worked inside of ten minutes.

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