August, 2011

BMW provides an update on waste heat recovery projects; Turbosteamer and the Thermoelectric Generator

Green Car Congress

Research project Turbosteamer, Generation 2. Click to enlarge. Despite improvements in engine efficiency—e.g., with technologies such as direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, exhaust-driven turbochargers, brake energy regeneration and Auto Start Stop function—about 60% of the generated energy is still lost, half of it being exhaust heat, with the remaining half as heat absorbed by the engine cooling system.

2011 295

Moving Planet South Bay Shaping Up To Be Spectacular!

Creative Greenius

What, pray tell, has the Greenius been up to? No posts on Creative Greenius, no new columns on Patch. What gives with that? Did he go to DC to get arrested with the rest of the 350 gang? Fraid not, friends. I’ve been busy working to get the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan passed in the seven cities it covers and helping to get the Vitality City Livability Plan passed in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach.

2011 195
Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Trending Sources

Most Popular Electric Car Motors

Electric Cars are for Girls

There are a lot of electric motors out there, but just a few make up the majority of electric car motors being used today

2011 194

Our Guide To Every 2012 Clean Diesel Car On Sale In The U.S.

Green Car Reports

It was much easier to be suspicious of older diesels with their poor performance, noise and so-so economy figures, and images of diesel-powered trucks "rolling coal" did nothing for their green image either. The latest generation of diesels are significantly cleaner than their older brethren, with particulate filters and urea injection reducing

2011 130

Minor repairs

DIY Electric Car

Fixed: Front fender (fiberglass, fill, paint). Passenger side door interior handle. lit the speedometer. wired the heater element (already installed). Tapped the fan rheostat and an existing switch to control the heater

2011 100

Fall Preview and Theatrical Launch

Revenge of the Electric Car

This summer has been a wild ride of festivals, terrific opening press and special event screenings across the country. Now, after your votes and months of work by our amazing distributor Area23a, we've got Revenge premiering in LA and NY on October 21 and then rolling out nationally! Big thanks to all of you who voted for cities and who emailed our producers with theater suggestions, organizations to partner with, and individuals who can help bring audiences to "Revenge" in their towns.

2011 100

Mazda SKYACTIV transmission, body and chassis technology

Green Car Congress

The new SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission features full range direct drive. Click to enlarge. In addition to the new gasoline and diesel engines ( earlier post ), Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology portfolio includes new transmissions (automatic and manual), body and chassis technology. At a media workshop last week in Vancouver, Canada, Mazda engineers stepped through the highlights of the new SKYACTIV systems. Mazda hosted Green Car Congress at the event.).

2011 276

More Trending

Keystone XL Pipeline: "game over for the climate"

Electric Cars are for Girls

Heard about this gigantic pipeline project in the works yet? Keystone XL is a new pipeline designed to move oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Gulf of Mexico.hoping to destroy the boreal forests of Canada and the Gulf at the same time, I guess, because environmental devastation and climate change weren't moving fast enough already. We need to stop this

2011 182

2012 Ford Focus Electric: Ultimate Guide

Green Car Reports

We’re a few months away from the official launch of the 2012 Ford Focus Electric -- and to answer all your questions about Ford’s first mass-produced all-electric car here’s our ultimate guide to the Ford Focus Electric. For our guide, we’ve hand-picked the best information about the five-seat hatchback, detailing

2011 123

2001-2003 Prius as electric Car

DIY Electric Car

One can turn 2001-2003 Prius as Electric Car very easily and cheaply.All one has do is to remove the EFI fuse once ign. is no and you get "READY" indication. But now it well only go about 1.7 or less unit the HV battery down to far.So one well need to add Power to the HV Battery. It can be done by using, a 2nd gen Prius Boost converter. One needed about min of 160 volt.

2011 100

Transmission Losses: Shell tries to halt North Sea oil spill

Plugs and Cars

" An oil spill in the North Sea is estimated to amount to several hundred tonnes, making it the biggest such leak in more than a decade, according to UK Government figures." ". the energy firm is still trying to "completely halt" any further leakage." Source: The Independent ]. shell oil oil spill Big Oil

2011 100

Obama Administration announces first fuel economy and GHG standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles

Green Car Congress

The new HD National Program covers vehicle classes 2b through 8. Click to enlarge. US President Barack Obama announced fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

2011 272

Ford and SunPower offering you the solar electricity powered electric car dream

National Green Transportation

It's a kind of stereotyped dream isn't it, the electric car and wind turbines or solar panels in the background. It offers this zero emission "no more fuel" nirvana when your car is

2011 83

GM Plans to Build Electric Cadillacs?

Electric Cars are for Girls

This sounds like an interesting new twist on the Chevy Volt saga. Electric luxury cars on the horizon. Count me in

2011 182

Scientists Discover Microbes That Turn Newspaper Into Biofuel

Green Car Reports

Wouldn’t it be great if old newspapers and junk mail could be used to generate biofuel, instead of taking up space in landfills? Tulane University scientists have discovered a strain of bacteria capable of turning old newspaper into butanol. Better yet, the newly-discovered bacteria is capable of doing so in the presence of oxygen, something

2011 121

Nissan: ?Leaf's Battery Pack Should Last As Long As The Car?

All Cars Electric

Nissan’s all-electric Leaf isn’t having a great time of it this week in the mainstream media. Firstly, Nissan had to defend itself against popular British motoring entertainment program Top Gear after it showed the electric hatchback in a less-than favorable light, quoting a battery expert who said the Leaf’s 24 kilowatt hour

2011 81

What's the matter with Costco?

Plugs and Cars

Costco, the big box retailer, has for over a decade been the business with more electric vehicle charge stations in more places around California than any other. Put in service during California's Zero Emission Mandate between 1997 and 2003 when about 6000 EVs roamed the streets, these charge stations have continued supplying power to the RAV4 EVs and other electric vehicles saved by Plug In America when it was known as DontCrush.com, a struggle chronicled in the film Who Killed the Electric Car.

2011 100

Virent’s biogasoline passes first test in European auto fleet trial

Green Car Congress

Virent’s BioForming platform can produce drop-in gasoline, diesel or jet fuels from plant sugars. Source: Virent. Click to enlarge. Virent has taken another step in the gasoline certification process, successfully completing its first road fleet test organized and executed by Virent collaborator and investor Royal Dutch Shell. Virent’s biogasoline was found to cause “no harm” to vehicles in comparison to Shell’s baseline fuel.

2011 269

Lightning Motors says electric motorcycles are the future, with 206 mph record

National Green Transportation

This week the Lightning Motorcycles team broke new ground with electric motorcycles at the Speed Week event on the Bonneville Salt Flats. During qualifications they shattered last years land speed record of 173 miles/hr with a stunning 33

2011 81

Mission Motors for Electric Car Motors

Electric Cars are for Girls

Mission Motors just secured $9m in its second round of funding. I hadn't heard of this stealthy manufacturer of electric car motors and drive train components until today, but I get the feeling we'll be seeing more of them in the future - under the hood of our electric car

2011 182

It's Official: We Now Have One Billion Vehicles On The Planet

Green Car Reports

How many vehicles are there on Earth? We'd ask you to guess, except the headline above gives away the answer. According to industry trade journal Ward's, which added up both reported vehicle registrations and historical trends, the total crossed 1 billion sometime last year. The vehicles include passenger cars, light-, medium-, and heavy-duty

2011 119

SUNY Binghamton researchers show Si/MgO/graphite composite as high-performance Li-ion anode material

Green Car Congress

Researchers at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, led by Stanley Whittingham, have developed a Si/MgO/graphite composite for use as a high-performance durable anode for lithium-ion batteries. They presented their work at the 219 th ECS Meeting in May 2011, and report on it in a paper in press in Electrochemistry Communications. Silicon-based anode materials have received much interest due to their high capacity and suitable working potential.

2011 259

Mazdas new SKYACTIV gasoline and diesel engines are steps on the road to its Ideal Engine; focus on compression ratio

Green Car Congress

Mazda’s roadmap to the ideal internal combustion engine. Click to enlarge. Mazda Motor Corporation’s SKYACTIV next-generation technologies—including engines, transmissions, vehicle bodies and chassis, launched in 2010 ( earlier post )—represent the first key building blocks for the company in achieving its “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom” strategy, which initially calls for a 30% increase in fuel efficiency (compared to 2008 levels) for all Mazda vehicles offered worldwide by 2015.

2011 257

Peugeot unveiling 508 RXH diesel-electric hybrid and concept HX1 plug-in diesel-electric hybrid at Frankfurt

Green Car Congress

The 508 RXH diesel-electric hybrid goes on sale in Spring 2012. Click to enlarge. Peugeot will introduce the 508 RXH diesel-electric hybrid, the third model in the 508 range and the second deployment of the HYbrid4 diesel-electric drivetrain following its release on the 3008 HYbrid4 ( earlier post ), at the upcoming Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) in September. The model is due to go on sale in Spring 2012.

2011 255

Lightning Motorcycles to launch the fastest production motorcycle in the world

National Green Transportation

Saturday morning Richard Hatfield began sending text messages to colleagues and followers, the first reading "Bonneville, 2nd run 205mph, first EBike over 200 mph ever!" " followed shortly by "Now we can launch The fastest production

2011 81

Today's Electric Cars and Battery Recycling

Electric Cars are for Girls

So you may have heard a little about the not-so-clean business of lead acid battery recycling.but hey, what about all the lithium ion batteries being used in today's electric cars? This NYT article connects the electric car manufacturers with their long-term battery recycling plans

2011 181

2012 Nissan Leaf: The Electric-Car Basics You Need To Know

Green Car Reports

The 2012 Nissan Leaf is the second generation of Nissan’s all-electric family hatchback, following on from the highly popular 2011 Nissan Leaf. But one year on from the original Leaf's launch, what's different in the 2012 model? Here's our list of things we think you need to know about the revised 2012 Nissan Leaf. Charging Like most other

2011 119

University of Michigan and Ford researchers see plentiful lithium resources for electric vehicles

Green Car Congress

Researchers from the University of Michigan and Ford Motor Co. report in Journal of Industrial Ecology that even with a rapid and widespread adoption of electric vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries, lithium resources are sufficient to support demand until at least the end of this century. For their study, they assessed the global availability of lithium and compared it to the potential demand from large-scale global use of electric vehicles.

2011 244

Enhanced i-DTEC diesel in Honda Civic delivers more power with lower fuel consumption

Green Car Congress

Power and torque in the enhanced i-DTEC engine. Click to enlarge. Honda will launch the new Civic at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Developed specifically for the European market, this Civic will be offered exclusively as a five-door hatchback and will compete in the C-segment. The new Civic will reach European showrooms in early 2012. The new 2012 Honda Civic will feature a cleaner, more powerful and fuel efficient diesel engine to deliver lower running costs for owners.

2011 240

Nissan North America Releases Android App for Leaf Electric Car

All Cars Electric

Ever since the launch of the 2011 Nissan Leaf, owners have been able to remotely access information about their car’s state of charge, estimated range and even pre-heat or cool the cabin using Nissan’s built-in telematics service - Carwings. But unless you happened to own an iPhone in addition to your Nissan Leaf, the only way you

BREAKING: Lightning Motors sets 205 miles/hr electric motorcycle speed record

National Green Transportation

This week is Speed Week on the Bonneville salt flats, and among the contenders for various land speed records are electric vehicle race teams. see 2011 Speed Week is here, electric motorcycle speed records at Bonneville) The Lightning

2011 78

Electric Car Motors: AC vs. DC

Electric Cars are for Girls

There are a lot of motors out there, but which are better electric car motors - AC or DC

2011 152

Diesel Land Speed Record: 171 MPH In A Ford F-250 Pickup!

Green Car Reports

There are lots of different Land Speed Record categories, and each year one or two of them fall to new challengers. So it's not surprising that new records for production diesel and biodiesel trucks were set this weekend at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. What is surprising is the vehicle that was used: a relatively stock 2011 Ford F-250

2011 116

ABS provides first approval in principle for floating Rankine cycle renewable energy plant

Green Car Congress

Marine classification society ABS has issued its first Approval in Principle (AIP) for a new concept renewable energy design in which a moored spar uses ammonia in a closed-cycle process to produce electrical power for a commercial utility grid. Unlike wind, tidal or solar power the advanced design for this Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) system can deliver constant output 24 hours a day. OTEC power cycle. Click to enlarge.

2011 240

WRI: global oil consumption hits all-time high

Green Car Congress

After falling 1.5% between 2008 and 2009 due to the global financial crisis, global oil consumption recovered by 3.1% in 2010 to reach an all-time high of 87.4 million barrels per day, according to a new Vital Signs Online report from the Worldwatch Institute. The 3.1% increase more than makes up for the brief decline in consumption caused by the economic crisis. About one third of this growth came from China, which now uses more than 10% of the world’s oil.

2011 237

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid: Five Things We Like

All Cars Electric

We’ve now had four chances to put the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid through its paces, covering everything from fast-moving freeways and inner city streets through to mountain passes and trips to the local Costco. In the end we concluded that for some drivers, Toyota’s 13 mile-per-charge plug-in hybrid could represent a better buy

2011 73

Tesla's new hires hint of manufacturing and retail expansion

National Green Transportation

Tesla Motors announced today four additions to their management team that go hand-in-hand with their expansion into retailing and manufacturing. On the one hand, Tesla is building a chain of retail stores, and on the other hand

2011 78