January, 2012

Volvo Trucks/Michelin study finds correct tires, pressure and wheel alignment can reduce truck fuel consumption up to 14.5%

Green Car Congress

A recent study by truck maker Volvo and tire manufacturer Michelin found that having the correct tires, tire pressure and wheel alignment can reduce truck fuel consumption by up to 14.5%. The two-week long, 1,000-km (621-mile) test conducted at Hällered, Volvo’s test circuit in Sweden, featured two Volvo FH 4x2 trucks, each equipped with a 500 hp 13-liter Euro 5 engine. Each hauled a fully loaded van-bodied trailer and weighed 40 tonnes gross.

Volvo Pulls Back Curtain on XC60 PHEV

Hybrid SUV Blog

Volvo showcased the XC60, its plug-in hybrid crossover of the future, at the recent Detroit Auto Show. The vehicle got a mixed review from the automotive press. Some dubbed it a “me, too” entry into the market.

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Chevrolet Volt: Range-Extended Electric Car Ultimate Guide

Green Car Reports

The Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car has been on sale for over a year now. You might have caught our previous guide to the Volt, but so much can happen in such a short space of time that there's always something new to add. Over the next few pages you'll find links to all sorts of information about the Volt. This page deals with the

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Obama rejects Keystone XL project while staying in bed with the oil industry

National Green Transportation

Today the Obama Administration released a statement rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline project citing obstructionist Republicans. The announcement was greeted by a chorus of approval from environmental organizations such as the NRDC, the Sierra

NEDRA: The National Electric Drag Racing Association

Electric Cars are for Girls

Interview with Mike Willmon, president of NEDRA - the National Electric Drag Racing Association. Not surprisingly, we're talking about driving really, really fast in electric cars

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Life After Death: What Happens When Your Prius Battery Dies

Green Car Reports

Believe it or not, the humble Toyota Prius has been on sale in the U.S. for 12 years. While many of these original 2000 Priuses are still giving their owners the same gas milage they did when new, traction battery packs inside early cars are reaching the end of their predicted 10 year, 300,000 mile life. If the battery pack in your Toyota Prius

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GM announces safety enhancing fix for Chevy Volt battery pack

National Green Transportation

We know that GM is intent on defusing the firestorm that erupted at the beginning of November with disclosure that a Chevy Volt battery pack had burst into fire last May. Today GM's Mary Barra and Mark

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Electric Powered Cars: Coal or ICE

Electric Cars are for Girls

How are electric powered cars fueled with electricity from coal power plants better than the gas-guzzler I'm already driving

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Ford EcoBoost experience draws the crowds

Green Cars News

With the Detroit Auto Show now open to the public, car fans of all ages have the chance to go sample what the show has to offer. One stand drawing the crowds this week is Ford’s, where the car maker has found a unique and interactive way to show of the performance and environmental credentials [.]. Ford ecoboost engine Fiesta

KSPG shows new compact two-cylinder range extender for EVs, variable valve system

Green Car Congress

The KSPG-FEV two-cylinder range extender. Click to enlarge. Automotive supplier KSPG Automotive (formerly Kolbenschmidt Pierburg), a subsidiary of Rheinmetall AG, and FEV have jointly developed a concept for a compact, 30 kW range extender for battery-electric vehicles.

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Greenius Plants Tree to Help Restore Hope

Creative Greenius

Man, I can’t believe it’s been over a month now since I wrote in this space about the villainous and vile vandals who destroyed the trees and native plants at Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park over Thanksgiving.

2012 Fisker Karma: Brief Drive Report

Green Car Reports

Well, after three years of asking, we've finally had a chance to drive the 2012 Fisker Karma. And we can confirm that the extended-range electric luxury sport sedan is, in fact, a real car. It's got drop-dead styling, unique interior furnishings, and a good ride that's aided by the fact that it's both low and very heavy. In "Stealth

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Zero Motorcycles begins production of their 2012 product line

National Green Transportation

Zero Motorcycles, a Santa Cruz based electric motorcycle manufacturer, began production of the full line of the company's 2012 model year motorcycles. Zero's 2012 model year includes game changing ("ground-breaking") range

Choosing Correct EV Motor Size

Electric Cars are for Girls

How do you choose an EV motor which will deliver high horse power and torque equivalent to a gas powered sports car? Hi - In an EV, the motor is basically

Drayson reveals Le Mans electric racing car

Green Cars News

A brand new electric racing car has been unveiled at the 2012 Low Carbon Racing Conference at the NEC in Birmingham this week. Developed by Drayson Racing Technologies, the new Lola-Drayson B12/69EV can lap as fast, if not faster than a conventionally powered car and has been demonstrating its 850 horsepower, and 200 mph plus [.]. Green credentials car Drayson electric International Low Carbon Racing Conference Lola MIA

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Bombardier selects Maxwell Technologies ultracapacitors for EnerGstor rail transit braking energy recuperation system

Green Car Congress

Bombardier EnerGstor wayside energy storage unit. Click to enlarge.

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A big week for electric vehicles

Revenge of the Electric Car

This week is HUGE for electric vehicle advocacy. REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR RELEASES ON DVD JANUARY 24TH! And on that very same day the town of Normal, IL will take delivery of 6 electric fleet vehicles from Mitsubishi, as part of the EVtown collaborative- an effort to make Bloomington-Normal, IL a model town for the future of electric cars.

500 Mile Electric Cars? New Lithium-Air Tech Has Potential

Green Car Reports

We'd be the first to point out that many of the electric car owners currently out on the roads have had absolutely no trouble with the 100 or so miles they get from a full charge. However, it'd be foolish to assume that some people really don't need more than that, and as a result there's always room for an EV with greater range. Improvements to

Ener1 enters bankruptcy with cooperation of stakeholders, plans restructuring

National Green Transportation

Ever since the bankruptcy of Think last spring, Indiana based battery manufacturer Ener1 has been in trouble. Not only was Think a major customer of Ener1, Ener1's large stake in Think was a big bet on that

Long Distance Electric Car Motor

Electric Cars are for Girls

I'm building an EV conversion that must travel long distances at a time. I have a car that weighs 2,000-2,200 lb (2,500 loaded), has sufficient aux

Toyota unveils new NS4 plug-in hybrid

Green Cars News

Earlier this week, Toyota teased us with a cropped picture of its latest plug-in hybrid concept. Now, at last, on the second day of press previews at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the Japanese car maker has given up the chase and revealed all. The new NS4 features a sweeping coupe-like profile and [.]. Toyota hybrid NAIAS NS4 plug-in

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Mazda begins production of Mazda CX-5 with SKYACTIV-D diesel engine; Japan and Europe first markets

Green Car Congress

The CX-5. Click to enlarge. Mazda Motor Corporation has begun production of the all-new Mazda CX-5 with its new-generation SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter diesel engine ( earlier post ) at its Ujina Plant near Mazda’s headquarters in Hiroshima.

Drayson Racing and Lola unveil battery-electric Le Mans prototype; application of structural composite batteries

Green Car Congress

The Lola-Drayson B12/69EV Click to enlarge. Drayson Racing Technologies and Lola Group unveiled the anticipated electric-powered Le Mans prototype racing car, the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV, at the 2012 Low Carbon Racing Conference at the NEC. Earlier post.)

Electric Car Sales For 2011: Modest First-Year Numbers Hardly A Surprise

Green Car Reports

Last year, the electric-car revolution became real. After a late-Nineties false start, much gnashing of teeth, and years of promises, carmakers delivered more than 17,000 plug-in vehicles in the U.S. market during 2011. December sales numbers are being announced today. The relevant figures: Nissan sold 954 Leafs, for a 2011 total of 9,674, and

Obama rejects Keystone XL project while staying in bed with the oil industry

National Green Transportation

Today the Obama Administration released a statement rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline project citing obstructionist Republicans. The announcement was greeted by a chorus of approval from environmental organizations such as the NRDC, the Sierra

Might-E Truck NEV

Electric Cars are for Girls

The Might-E Truck is a mid-sized electric work truck built by Canadian Electric Vehicles. Environmentally responsible and low maintenance

Behind the wheel of the Range Rover_e

Green Cars News

The prospect of driving a prototype vehicle is always an exciting affair – and an opportunity which doesn’t come around very often. It’s a chance to get into the mind-set of the company and get a fleeting glimpse into a carmaker’s future. Anticipation is further amplified when the prototype in question just happens to be [.]. Land Rover Land Rover Range_e UK

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GM makes modifications to Chevrolet Volt vehicle structure and battery coolant system to further protect from delayed electrical fire after severe crash

Green Car Congress

The structural enhancements more evenly distribute the load to further protect the battery and the coolant lines in the event of a severe side crash. Click to enlarge.

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Japan-based JNC completes bamboo-to-ethanol demonstration plant

Green Car Congress

Japan-based JNC Corporation and its partners have completed construction of a bamboo-to-ethanol demonstration plant and have begun test runs. Bamboo is of interest as a biofuel feedstock as it does not compete with food. The bamboo raw material is procured from the city of Minamata. The demo plant at Kumamoto University saccharifies the bamboo to produce sugar, which is then fermented using genetically modified yeast developed at Sojo University. Brief

BMW ActiveE Electric Car First Drive: What's It Really Like?

Green Car Reports

The first BMW ActiveE electric car in North America was just delivered last Friday. Now, with only 600 miles on that car, we've driven it. Our first impressions of BMW's final electric test car, converted from a standard BMW 1-Series two-door sedan, are favorable. It's solid, comfortable, performs well, and feels far more like a production car

GM announces safety enhancing fix for Chevy Volt battery pack

National Green Transportation

We know that GM is intent on defusing the firestorm that erupted at the beginning of November with disclosure that a Chevy Volt battery pack had burst into fire last May. Today GM's Mary Barra and Mark

Cost for Jeep Cherokee EV Conversion Kit

Electric Cars are for Girls

How much does the full conversion kit and batteries cost for a 1994 jeep cherokee? Hi, Greg - The answer is: it depends on the conversion kit components

Palm oil biofuels fail to make the grade

Green Cars News

Biodiesel and renewable diesel formed from palm oil may not make the grade as an alternative to petrol-based diesel fuel. That’s the verdict of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which has conducted a greenhouse gas analysis on both biodiesel and renewable diesel formed from palm oil and estimated greenhouse gas emission reductions at just [.]. Biofuels Green cars Latest news biodiesel EPA green cars palm oil US Environmental Protection Agency

Nissan to produce Mercedes-Benz 4-cylinder gasoline engines in North America; latest step in collaboration

Green Car Congress

In the latest advance in the collaboration of Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance ( earlier post ), Nissan’s Decherd, Tenn., powertrain assembly plant will build Mercedes-Benz 4-cylinder gasoline engines for Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz models. Production will begin in 2014, with installed capacity of 250,000 units per year once full ramp–up is achieved. The collaboration marks the first production of Mercedes-Benz engines in the North America Free Trade region.