April, 2009

Ford Fusion Hybrid 1,000 Mile Challenge Car Sets Record with 1,445 Miles on Single Tank of Gas; Averages 81.5 mpg

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Drivers trained in mileage-maximizing techniques such as smooth acceleration and coasting to red lights were able to wring 1,445.7 miles out of a single tank of gas during a fund-raising effort in Washington, DC that concluded today. They did it by averaging 81.5 miles per gallon in an off-the-showroom floor, non-modified 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, nearly doubling its EPA rating.

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Greenius & Obama Celebrate Our First 100 Days!

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Answering the President’s Call To Serve A Higher Purpose. April 14, 2009 GRID Alternative solar install for Habitat for Humanity. That’s your Creative Greenius in the orange hardhat, and my buddy the Reverend Ron giving the Hang Loose salute, atop the roof of a Habitat for Humanity home we successfully installed a Solar PV system on.

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Electric Car Motors: Horsepower

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For electric car motors, the first question is usually "Horsepower

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Andrew’s High School Electric Hyundai

Revenge of the Electric Car

Say hello again to one of our guest bloggers, Andrew Grin. I just got my electric car back from the shop (for some minor work) and I decided to shoot some video because of the beautiful spring weather. Fully Electric Hyundai Tucson from Island Grin on Vimeo.

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Honda Kills CNG Home FuelMaker

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Honda has pulled the plug on its wholly owned subsidiary Fuelmaker, which made the device for home CNG (compressed natural gas) vehicle refueling, calling a loan, and throwing Fuelmaker into receivership. All Fuelmaker employees were abruptly fired without severance or warning, and given just a few hours to gather up their belongings and leave the premises. All Fuelmaker operations were suspended without notice to dealers, clients or suppliers.

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Taking a Vacation

Open Source Civic EV Kit

It's been over a month since I've blogged about the Civic and people have started to ask where I've been. I'm still commuting (even with a blown charge detector) and the car has 1500 miles on it. Several events have happened with the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association (of which I'm the Chair) and I also went on vacation. At the end of march, I went on an amazing backcountry adventure, skiing the Wapta Traverse with a 45 pound pack on with Randonee' skis. Here I am near the start of the trip.

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President Obama Outlines Vision and Plan for US High-Speed Passenger Rail System; $13B to Start

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The envisioned high-speed rail corridors. Source: DOT. Click to enlarge. President Barack Obama, along with Vice President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, released a strategic vision and plan for a high-speed passenger rail (HSR) system in the US. The plan identifies $8 billion provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ARRA and $1 billion a year for five years requested in the federal budget as the components of an initial %13 billion investment.

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Hypermiling: Drive Like a Girl

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Hypermiling is the trick to getting the maximum range out of your electric car's battery pack. Ready to play

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Driving Nissan’s Trial EV

Revenge of the Electric Car

Photo by Antuan Goodwin, from the CNET Article: Test-driving the Nissan EV-02 electric car. I got invited to go to Dodger Stadium this afternoon to test drive the Nissan EV. This wasn’t the final car, but the finished drivetrain in a Nissan Cube. I was assured it would be very close to the actual feel of the car though, and given the similarity of the Cube in weight to the final EV (the Cube was about 200 lbs heavier I was told), the ride should be comparable.

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Letterman slams GM and Hydrogen

Plugs and Cars

Tags: david letterman fuel cell vehicle hydrogen battery electric car elon musk.

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Planning to Replace the EV Components

Open Source Civic EV Kit

In a month or so, I'll be getting a beta-test motor controller from Synkromotive which will have a variety of programmable features as well as more power. Since I'm replacing the controller, I looked into replacing the other components with off-the-shelf items that might work better than the current Belktronix system I have.

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Electric Car Corporation Plc Launches the Citroën C1 ev’ie Electric Vehicle

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UK-based Electric Car Corporation Plc ( ECC ) has officially launched an all-electric version of the Citroën C1, the C1 ev’ie. The C1 ev’ie. Click to enlarge. The Citroën C1 ev’ie is assembled in the UK from the donor car. The 4-seater electric car offers a range of 60-70 miles when fully charged and a top speed of around 60 mph. Its Li-ion battery pack can be fully charged in 6-7 hours from a domestic 13 amp socket.

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Meet Your Next Car At Plug-In 2009

Creative Greenius

Last year’s Plug-In 2008 gave attendees an insider’s advantage on the Plug-In technology that will quickly replace today’s obsolete, planet-killing fossil fuel centric cars. Creative Greenius readers were right there with me as I live blogged from the event: Top Ten Things I Learned At Plug In 2008. Day 3 At Plug In 2008. Electrifying Day At Plug-In 2008. Welcome To Plug In 2008. Greetings From Plugged In San Jose.

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Chevy Volt: I Feel So Much Better Now

Electric Cars are for Girls

Before I learned the Chevy Volt was designed to treat "range anxiety", I didn't know we had it. Thank goodness there's a cure

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Tesla Model S Launch

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The ‘Revenge’ team was out in strength recently to film the launch of Tesla’s Model S in Los Angeles. Check out the photos below to see the Model S — and our team in action. This SlideShowPro photo gallery requires the Flash Player plugin and a web browser with JavaScript enabled.

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FT: EV subsidies a waste

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Yesterday's Financial Times had a great companion piece to the idiocy in today Post. The UK announced a £5000 incentive for EV beginning in 2011. After recognizing that the intent of such a subsidy is to "encourage early adopters of the technology, helping electric car manufacturers achieve economies of scale," author Richard Pike suggests a reason to oppose it is that "it would cost more than £150bn to subsidize Britain’s entire car fleet," a proposal no one has made. Read it here

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Researching a Paint Job

Open Source Civic EV Kit

One of the downsides of a home-EV conversion is that most of them don't have air conditioning. The AC tends to suck precious power from the battery and adds extra weight to the car while taking up space that could be used for batteries. Thus, it's often best to get a white (or light colored) donor vehicle to repel the sun's rays during the summer. The conversion vehicle I purchased is dark metallic blue, which get's really hot inside, even on a mild day in the sun.

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Israeli Microturbine-Based Range-Extended Electric Vehicle Startup Lands $12M Series A Round

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Drawing of the proposed advanced microturbine. Source: ETVM Click to enlarge. ETV Motors Ltd. ETVM), an Israeli start-up developing a range-extended electric vehicle (REEV) technology combining a novel dual-power micro-turbine and a new high-voltage lithium-ion battery chemistry, has closed a US$12-million Series A investment round. The round was led by The Quercus Trust of Newport Beach, California. New York-based 21Ventures LLC co-invested.

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FUEL now playing in Long Beach

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Right Size AC Motor for an Electric Car

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Is there a simple way (formula) to estimate the correct size for a 3-phase AC induction motor for an EV conversion given the weight of

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The UK’s first 4 seater ‘all electric’ production car

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The Electric Car Corporation Plc (ECC) today announced the launch of the UK’s first 4 seater, ‘all electric’ production car. The launch coincides with the Government’s announcement to support and subsidise electric car use and their commitment to make the UK ‘a world leader’ in producing and exporting electric cars.

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WashPost: Volt Caused GM's woes

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Charles Lane is a member of the editorial page staff of the Washington Post. Here are some gems from his screed against the Volt, and electric cars in general, in today's paper: "GM wouldn't be in quite so deep a hole if it had not sunk a billion dollars, and much of its corporate reputation, into a not-very-realistic plug-in electric hybrid vehicle known as the Chevrolet Volt." Unless and until gas prices shoot up, you'd be crazy to buy one of these much-ballyhooed vehicles." "To

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Automakers agree on common plug to recharge electric vehicles

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Skip to Content Massively explains Warhammer Online to the dedicated WoW player AOL Tech Europe ↓ Polska Deutschland Asia ↓ ???? ???? ??? ???? Español HD Mobile Engadget Engadget Engadget Web Images Video News Local RSS Feed Contact us Tip us on news! Automakers agree on common plug to recharge electric vehicles by Darren Murph , posted Apr 19th 2009 at 4:24PM Just hours after General Motors put forth a proposal for a standardized plug for electric vehicles , in flies this.

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Magneti Marelli and Flybrid Systems Collaborate on Flywheel Capacitor for KERS

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Italian motorsport electronics specialist Magneti Marelli and UK high-speed flywheel specialist Flybrid Systems are collaborating to develop a new energy storage solution for Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS). The new product is targeted to be a high-power electrical storage system for hybrid racing cars capable of deep depths of discharge with no performance degradation and a long service life.

Time for Earth Day Green Drinks

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Environmental Politics Yes We Can! citizen volunteer climate change environment green education Earth Day Green Drinks L.A.

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Need for Speed: AC vs. DC motors

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I'm considering converting a Mazda Miata to an electric car, and I've learned a lot reading your site. I really liked the page you

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Sussex eco-business takes on eco travel challenge

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We don’t often spend a lot of time thinking about how our other people get to work, but staff from Hove-based Nigel’s Eco Store - an online shop specialising in eco-friendly products - recently took part in a ‘travel challenge’ comparing the efficiency, eco friendliness and ‘enjoyability’ of their different ways of getting to work every morning, testing journeys made by car, by bus and on foot.

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Chu on higher gas prices

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From an exchange about gas prices between Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Florida Republican Cliff Stearns during a House hearing on the proposed climate bill: Stearns to Chu: Last September you made a statement that somehow we have to boost the price of gasoline to the levels of Europe, which at the time exceeded $8 per gallon. As Secretary of Energy would you speak for or against any measures to raise the price of gasoline?

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Nissan plans to start selling electric car in Seattle next year

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Total Invests in Series D Round of Butanol and Renewable Hydrocarbons Company Gevo

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Oil and gas major Total has invested an undisclosed amount in the series D round of advanced biofuels company Gevo. Gevo was founded in 2005 by Drs. Frances Arnold, Matthew Peters and Peter Meinhold of the California Institute of Technology. The company is focused on the development of advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals based on isobutanol and its derivatives.

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The Solangelist Up On The Roof

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Creative Greenius in yellow hardhat with fellow GRID Alt volunteers. On Monday and Tuesday of last week the Reverend Ron and I were in El Cajon, California working on our first volunteer solar install with our new friends from GRID Alternatives. It was even more fun and more enriching than I imagined it would be. And I learned more than I thought I could in just 48 hours. That’s thanks to the truly expert advice I got from our GRID team leaders.

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Electric Sports Car Motors

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What is the best electric motors to make a electric sports car? Hi, Faisal - Of course, this is a matter of some debate; ) Tesla

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IEA sees China lead the way in developing new cleaner coal technologies

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”China’s coal sector has made remarkable progress over the last decade, fuelling rapid economic growth and bringing a better quality of life for China’s citizens”, said Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), today in Beijing at the launch of the new publication, Cleaner Coal in China.

Goodbye GM, Hello Tianjin-Qingyuan Electric Vehicle Company?

Plugs and Cars

I write a monthly column for the Electric Auto Association newsletter, Current EVents. Here's my April column. As March came to a close, the Obama administration found GM and Chrysler’s restructuring plans “not viable.” GM CEO Rick Waggoner was pushed out and the company got sixty days to get its act together. Chrysler was told to consummate with Fiat quickly or else.

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Gordon wants more electric cars :: KTAR.com

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Tuesday April 21st, 2009 Top Talk Login | Sign Up KTAR LIVE Stream Stream TXT Twitter KTAR Rewards All Star Rewards Choose A Stream News Talk 92.3

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Automakers Still Targeting Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles for Long Term Sustainable Mobility

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Despite the current enthusiasm for electric vehicles (EVs), hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) will be an important component of the vehicle mix in 2050, according to panelists from Nissan, Toyota and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in a conference session at the SAE 2009 World Congress in Detroit.

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The Greenius Goes Into Overdrive

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The Greenius in Yosemite. As the climate change crisis goes from bad to worse (while the deniers get nuttier and more cult-like with each passing day) and Australia gives Californians an advanced sneak preview at what is without a doubt headed our way sooner than you expect , your Creative Greenius has only gotten more Fired Up, Ready to Go!

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