March, 2009

The Solangelist Learns To Install Solar & Loves It

Creative Greenius

I have to admit that for the first few hours of day one in PV101: Introduction to Photovoltaics I was dazed and confused by all the foreign concepts I was trying to grasp at once. I wasn’t feeling very Creative or very Greenius. I was feeling mostly dumb ass.

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Electric Sports Car: Before Tesla, There Was Porsche!

Electric Cars are for Girls

Has the best electric sports car already been made? Interview with Paul Liddle, electric Porsche builder in Florida

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Trending Sources

Who wants a Th!nk City?

Plugs and Cars

Automakers the world over, large and small, are in the crapper. The financial crisis has hurt those that sell gas guzzlers and electric cars. Electricaid.org in Norway is trying to support its native EV company, Th!nk, nk, and the efforts to offer the Th!nk nk City in the U.S.

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Charge Detector Blown Again

Open Source Civic EV Kit

A few days ago, something funny happened to the vehicle. I drove home and my LVP light came on earlier than I expected. When I got home, the front battery was rather lower than the others in the pack. I attributed this to being just behind the front grille where a lot of cold air is blowing in. to remedy the problem a bit, I slide a large sheet of foam-core board between the batteries and the radiator grille which gives a bit of insulation and forces the air go around the side.

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Fiat Introduces Multiair Electro-Hydraulic Valve-Timing System

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Multiair system components. Click to enlarge. Fiat Group and Fiat Powertrain Technology introduced their new air management technology Multiair at the Geneva Motor Show.

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MINI E charge station initial site inspection

Revenge of the Electric Car

Stefano Paris at the November 19th, 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show unveiling of the MINI E. 200amp main electrical utility panel. If you’ve been following the BMW MINI E program unveiled officially on November 19th, 2008 at the Los Angeles Auto Show you’ll know the process for being selected as a potential MINI E driver is a multistep one. The window to apply for a lease of a MINI E was from November 19th to December 24th, 2008 via an hour long online questionnaire.

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Lillian Light Is No Lightweight - The Environmental Lioness of the South Bay is Fired Up, Ready To Go!

Creative Greenius

The more time I spend with Lillian Light the more I admire, respect and flat out like her. Our relationship started about a month ago when we spent an evening together carpooling to a UCLA workshop on communication climate change that we both participated in.

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More Trending

$49,900 after tax credit

Plugs and Cars

Elon Musk has disclosed the intended price of Model S, even if the car itself must spend another week under wraps. And another two years before production cars begin to roll off an assembly line. According to the Tesla newsletter "the Model S will have an anticipated base price of $57,400.

EV Driven Link

Open Source Civic EV Kit

A few weeks ago, I added an "EV Driven" link to the right menu bar of this blog. EV Driven is a group of folks trying to spread the word about EVs and are behind the upcoming movie Revenge of the Electric Car. It contains several searching features for this blog as well as many other blogs related to electric vehicles. Please check it out when you get the chance. Cheers, Tim

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New German High-Energy Li-ion Battery Consortium Headed by BASF; 21M Investment from German Government

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Embedded metal oxide compounds for Li-ion cathode material. Source: BASF. Click to enlarge.

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MINI E arrives in US

Revenge of the Electric Car

The first batch of MINI Es has arrived in the US. A sharp-eyed ‘Revenge’ fan sent us these exclusive pictures from a holding facility in Central California, where the cars are being prepped for delivery. BMW have promised 500 cars for the US market - and judging by what we saw, most of them are already here and ready for roll out. Watch this space for delivery news.

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Exxon/Mobil To Fund Solar Financing Bond For Torrance Homeowners

Creative Greenius

In a deal brokered by the city’s newly commissioned Citizens Environmental Task Force, Exxon/Mobil, owners of the Exxon/Mobil Refinery in the City of Torrance agreed today to fund a bond that will make low cost financing of solar energy systems for home and apartment owners.

Interstate Battery Review: Ask an EV driver!

Electric Cars are for Girls

Considering Interstate batteries for your electric car? I spoke with a few Interstate battery EV drivers to see which ones they chose, and how they're holding up

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Have no fear American oil is here

Plugs and Cars

photo credit and thanks to Stefano Paris

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1000 Miles and Still Going.

Open Source Civic EV Kit

There's not too much to report on the Civic. I just passed 1000 miles yesterday and it still seems to work fine. I've definitely noticed over the past several weeks of commuting that my range is highly dependent on my speed. Even driving at 55mph instead of 60mph on the freeway gives me a few extra percent of battery life on the Link-10 E-meter.

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California Headed Toward “Worst Drought Ever Recorded”; Governor Declares State Of Emergency

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by Jack Rosebro. Mountain snowpack in the Great basin and major water supply basins for California. Source: USDA. Click to enlarge.

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Obama gives $2.4bn Jump Start To Battery Makers

Revenge of the Electric Car

President Obama is making good on his promise to spearhead the EV revolution. During a visit to Southern California Edison’s Pomona EV test facility, he launched a $2.4 billion competitive grant program for US battery makers. It’s all part of the Obama administration’s plan get to 1 million plug in hybrids on the road by 2015. Obama At A Town Hall Meeting in Los Angeles, California - March 19, 2009. Photos: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.

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Torrance Enviro Commish - From Curious to CringeWorthy

Creative Greenius

The most recognizable symbol of Torrance Environmental Quality.

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Tesla Roadsters On Ebay

Electric Cars are for Girls

If you don't have the time to wait around on a list for your Tesla Roadster, there are a couple of them for sale on Ebay today. Got cash

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Saab Story

Plugs and Cars

Unlike other countries, including the US, the conservative government in Sweden is opting to let Saab sink or swim without government aid. GM took the distinctive Swedish brand into the toilet, and is now preparing to cut it loose. The people of Trollhatten are now surprised to find their main source of employment abandoned by both its corporate parent and national representatives. Read Sweden Says No to Saving Saab in the NY Times.

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Car Giveaways. Who Likes ‘em Green?

Hybrid SUV Blog

Want to win a new car or sport utility? Seems everyone would like a free car, but they are so hard to find. Over the past couple of years, some of our most popular articles and posts have been those that directed our visitors to car sweepstakes and vehicle giveaways.

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Daimler Extending car2go Car-Sharing Program to Austin, Texas; Ramping Up in Germany

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Two smart2go units in Austin. Click to enlarge. Daimler will bring its car2go mobility concept ( earlier post ) to the US in a pilot phase to start this fall in Austin, Texas with an initial fleet of about 200 smart fortwo mhd vehicles with start/stop functionality.

Hasner’s Florida State Electric Car Tax Break Gets Boost

Revenge of the Electric Car

Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner. Josh Hafenbrack posts this informative entry covering the status of Hasner’s Florida State electric car tax break on the SunSentinel.com. Florida State Representative (and House Majority Leader) Adam Hasner (R) has just introduced the bill HB 879 - Financial Incentives for Electric Vehicles.

Welcome To The Age of Stupid

Creative Greenius

The Greenius says, it’s never too late to wise up. The Age of Stupid is a 90-minute film about climate change, set in the future, which will have its world premiere in London on March 15th 2009 and then be released in UK cinemas on March 20th 2009, followed by other countries.

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Electric Car Motor for Nissan Sentra

Electric Cars are for Girls

I want to convert my 1993 Nissan Sentra to an electric car. What is the right motor size? My driving conditions are: no hills

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Tata says Norway first; Th!nk says tata to Norway?

Plugs and Cars

Tata says Norway first for electric Indica, later this year, as Th!nk nk ponders leaving Norway for lack of gov't support. What's up with that?

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Hybrid Honda SUV? We Keep Hoping!

Hybrid SUV Blog

Does Honda know that many thousands of people are patiently waiting for them to announce their first hybrid SUV?

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Tesla Unveils Model S Electric Sedan

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Tesla Motors Inc. unveiled its long-anticipated second model, the four-door Model S battery-electric sedan. The Model S will carry an initial price of $57,400; applying the new $7,500 Federal tax credit for plug-ins will drop the effective price to $49,900.

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Bring on the EV Trucks

Revenge of the Electric Car

More electric trucks! I love that this market is blooming. Fleet vehicles are perfect for EVs, since the routes are very predictable and tend to be within 100 miles per day. It’s easy to spec out a battery pack with enough kWh for a given size of truck to hit 60-80-100 miles, whatever the given fleet buyer needs. The longer the range, the more expensive, so you get only what you need.

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Frankly, I’d Rather Be Getting Arrested with Bill McKibben Today

Creative Greenius

I just got the email below from author/activist/environmentalist, Bill McKibben of 350.org He’s in Washington DC with thousands, protesting the coal-fired Capitol Power plant–a dirty symbol of our dirty energy history.

Hyundai to Hybrid Vehicle?

Electric Cars are for Girls

Is it possible to add an electric motor to the Hyundai XG350 to extend gas mileage? Hi, Glenn - The good news? NetGain makes the

Think Again

Plugs and Cars

It's on. The press release announces ".a a team of Think personnel are meeting with representatives from the state of Michigan and seven other states to discuss options to bring electric vehicle manufacturing jobs to the U.S." tomorrow. According to the communication "U.S. sales of the TH!NK NK city will commence in mid-2010.".

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Hybrid Chevrolet Tahoe Updates For ‘09

Hybrid SUV Blog

The Chevrolet Tahoe is available in four models (LS, LT, LTZ, and hybrid) for 2009, ranging in price from $37,915 to $51,405. Now in its second year of production, the 2009 Chevy Tahoe hybrid is mainly unchanged from 2008 with the following exceptions.

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Tata Motors Launches the Nano in India, Details Booking Process

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The Tata Nano. Click to enlarge. Tata Motors held the commercial launch of the low-priced Tata Nano—the much-anticipated Rs 1-Lakh (about US$2,000) “People’s Car”. Earlier post.)

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Exclusive: MINI E arrives in US

Revenge of the Electric Car

The first batch of Mini Es has arrived in the US. A sharp-eyed ‘Revenge’ fan sent us these exclusive pictures from a holding facility in Central California, where the cars are being prepped for delivery. BMW have promised 500 cars for the US market - and judging by what we saw, most of them are already here and ready for roll out. Watch this space for delivery news.

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The Solangelist’s Vision Shines Brighter

Creative Greenius

The Greenius Plan To Spread Rooftop Solar Faster Then The Common Cold. If you’ve followed The Adventures of the Solagnelist thus far you know that I am seriously jonesing to generate all my electricity from my own rooftop solar power. The only thing stopping me - a even more serious lack of the do-ray-mi. As the late great Woody Guthrie put it, California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see; But believe it or not, you won’t find it so hot.

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Will These Deep Cycle Batteries Work for my EV?

Electric Cars are for Girls

Can you tell me if this battery will work for my EV? Exide Marathon M12V90F 12V 90Ah Sealed Lead-Acid Battery Applications include