September, 2011

DOE awards more than $145M for advanced solar technologies under SunShot Initiative

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding more than $145 million to 69 projects in 24 states to help shape the next generation of solar energy technologies. Funded through DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the projects will also improve materials, manufacturing processes, and supply chains for a wide range of photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and components of solar energy systems.

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Petition to Create Green Jobs From Coal

Electric Cars are for Girls

Here's an idea: 1. Decrease payroll taxes. Increase taxes on dirty carbon-based fuels at the source. Yeah, you know who I'm talking about; ) 3. Retrain coal miners and refinery workers into green jobs. Save the planet for future generations. Good idea? Follow the link to whitehouse dot gov to sign the petition

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Greenius Wins The SEED Award for Environmental Outreach & Education

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2011 174

Charge like you Volt-to: DIY J1772

DIY Electric Car

I have a dirty secret, I like free stuff and I think you do too. Lately I find myself charged on public charging. No, I technically rarely "have-to" use the thin boxes popping up all over town. I've had facility folks come over twice now to tell me, "Those spaces aren't open!" " I fluff my feathers and point to my charging cord and extort. "Oh

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Aug Electric-Car Sales: Nissan Leaf Rises, Chevy Volt Creeps Back

Green Car Reports

New-car sales overall weren't great in August. The economy continues to be shaky, consumer confidence is down, and Hurricane Irene kept buyers away from dealerships. But electric-car sales last month improved on July's numbers, although they were far from their spring heights due to continued constraints on the supply of Chevy Volts. Leaf and Volt

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Missing EV opportunity: Sell Cool

Plugs and Cars

Huffington Post blogger Carol Pierson Holding just got in her friend's LEAF. It's the coolness that impressed. Read it here. nissan leaf battery electric car

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Flywheel hybrid research vehicle delivers up to 22.4% fuel economy improvement in ARTEMIS cycles

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FHSPV flywheel CVT system layout. Click to enlarge. A research vehicle fitted with a flywheel hybrid system including stop-start has demonstrated improvements in fuel economy of up to 22.4% in the new European ARTEMIS test cycles.

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Arc 1 Conversion Journal 9/23/2011

DIY Electric Car

9/19/2011: Bought 1993 Plymouth Laser for $300. Then towed the vehicle back to our hometown at the cost of $200 in rental and gasoline. 10 hours of work, $500 spent, starting weight of vehicle: 2531 pounds. 9/20/2011: Cleaned car. Removed: radiators, exhaust manifold, upper cylinder head, alternator, camshaft, and assorted support bars. 6 hours of work, no money spent, 96 pounds removed from vehicle. 9/21/2011: Sold above components to recycling center.

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For Better Gas Mileage, Ram Shrinks The Van To European Size

Green Car Reports

If Dr. Seuss had styled the Ford Transit Connect van, it might look like the Fiat Doblo compact commercial van, which will soon be coming to these shores under Chrysler's Ram truck brand. While both passenger and cargo van variants of the Doblo are available in Europe, it looks like Fiat (or more accurately, Fiat’s Turkish joint venture

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Brammo buys up QuantyaParx, renaming them to BrammoParx

National Green Transportation

Brammo today announced the acquisition of Quantyaparx, a chain of dirt bike race tracks exclusively for electric dirt bikes. The existing tracks are successfully established in Germany, Austria, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The tracks

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Mercedes-Benz F125!: fuel cell plug-in hybrid with Li-sulfur battery and structure integrated hydrogen storage with MOFs

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Mercedes-Benz F 125! research vehicle. Click to enlarge. Mercedes-Benz presented the F125! research vehicle (the “125” marking 125 years of the automobile), a fuel-cell plug-in hybrid with a range of more than 1,000 km (621 miles) that anticipates more than two generations of vehicles to 2025 and beyond. The F125!,

2011 265

Elon Musk (Tesla Motors) is at Burning Man. With AC.

Electric Cars are for Girls

Yeah, Elon Musk has an RV compound at Burning Man this year, with air conditioning and catering and such. Show of hands, who's not surprised

2011 182

Dow Jones names BMW as most sustainable automotive company again

Green Cars News

German giants the BMW Group has once again come out as the top automotive company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI). It is the seventh consecutive year that BMW has been named most sustainable automotive company and it is also the only motoring company to feature in the indexes since they were established in [.]. BMW Dow Jones sustainability

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Heat anyone!?

DIY Electric Car

I finally finished the heater. about a year ago, I took apart the ceramic core of a space heater. Then created a replacement bracket for the ceramic that replaced the stock BMW hot-water heater core. I installed that and left the wires dangling. Finally I figured out the wiring for turning it on. I ran a tap off the fan reostat that went to 11v on the lowest setting.

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Leaf Drivers Publicly Shame Selfish Charging-Station User

Green Car Reports

Imagine the scenario: You’re heading to a meeting and leave your shiny 2011 Nissan Leaf electric car plugged in at the local charging station, confident that it will have enough charge to get you back home when you return in a few hours. Then you return to find another electric car owner has unplugged your car to charge their own vehicle

2011 116

Yates sets FIM land speed record while KillaJoule releases magic smoke

National Green Transportation

This week a pair of electric motorcycle racing teams were at the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials on the Bonneville Salt Flats. They hoped to establish new electric motorcycle land speed records (see More electric motorcycle land speed record action

Study findings suggest that switching from coal to natural gas would do little for global climate

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Although the burning of natural gas emits far less carbon dioxide than coal, a new study by Tom Wigley, a senior research associate at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and an adjunct professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia, concludes that a greater reliance on natural gas would fail to significantly slow down climate change. The study will appear next month in the peer-reviewed journal Climatic Change Letters.

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Build Your Own Electric Car

Electric Cars are for Girls

You can build your own electric car. It's not rocket science, and there are conversion kits available

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New Pepsi Co Coupons | Available Online

For the Mommas

The are coupons from Sunday’s Moments to Save Insert are now available to print online. You may want to print them now if you are interested, they will not last. Note: The coupons print with a Stater Brothers logo, but they are manufacturer coupons. You can print them here. Here are the coupons. Pepsi Max $0.55/1 2-liter dnd. Lipton/Tazo $1.00/4 Lipton Pure Leaf 16oz, 100% Natural Lipton Iced Tea 20oz or Tazo 13.8. SoBe/Propel $1.00/5 SoBe 20oz, Propel 24oz or Propel Zero 24oz.

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Top 10 green cars of the Frankfurt Motor Show 2011. The Green Piece.

Green Cars News

September 13, 2011. The Green Piece Column. Huge motoring events don’t occur quite as regularly as they used to since the industry’s slump during the global recession – so it’s no wonder then that this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, which opens its doors to the Press today (September 13) and to the public on Thursday [.]. The Green Piece Audi debut Fisker Ford Frankfurt Motor Show Jaguar Reanult Show smart Toyota Vauxhall Volkswagen

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Mazda's Skyactiv-G 1.3 Gets 70mpg, No Hybrid Tech Needed

Green Car Reports

The 2011 Mazda2 is already one of the most fun small cars on the market, sharing its platform with Ford's Fiesta. It's pretty economical too, but with Mazda's next generation of gasoline engine, it'll become very efficient indeed. The 1.3-liter Skyactiv-G unit soon to be found in the Mazda2 gets 30 kilometers per liter on Japan's 10-15 mode test

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MotoCzysz sizzles in TTXGP Finale, while Brammo wins the championship

National Green Transportation

In todays finale of the TTXGP 2011 North America electric motorcycle race series, MotoCzysz won by a large margin, and Brammo ended up winning with the North American championship title. The race featured a rematch between MotoCzysz and Lightning

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New 4-cylinder 2.5L Ecotec for Malibu marks debut of new Ecotec engine family; enhanced power, efficiency and refinement

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New 4-cylinder, 2.5L Ecotec. Click to enlarge. Chevrolet revealed more details about the new Ecotec 2.5L four-cylinder engine that will be the standard engine in the 2013 Malibu. The new 2.5L—which —which GM says is more efficient, refined and powerful than its 2.4L predecessor—will be available next summer, marking the debut of the all-new Ecotec engine family. GM expects the 2.5L

2011 259

Electric Car Conversion

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The electric car conversion is the world's best kept secret! You can buy them already done, or you can do it yourself

First drive: Volvo V60 PHEV plug-in hybrid

Saving Cents With Sense

With a year to go until the launch of the car Volvo is calling the ‘world’s first plug-in diesel hybrid’ we got the chance to head over to the firm’s Gothenburg headquarters and try out one of the prototype V60 Plug-in Vehicles (PHEV). A ‘through the road’ hybrid with three driving modes including a very [.]. Hybrid cars Volvo diesel first drive hybrid plug-in test

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UK trials of electric cars bust range anxiety

Green Cars News

An amazing 95 per cent of participants involved in electric car trials run by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) said they didn’t find using an electric vehicle anymore difficult than their conventional combustion cars. What’s more is that while all participants reported that they were suffering with range anxiety at the start of the trial, [.]. Green credentials confidence electric car range TSB

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Want a Retro Electric Car? Firm Plans All-Electric VW Beetle

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When El Rey -- the final Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle to ever be made -- rolled off the Mexican production line on July 30, 2003, many Volkswagen fans around the world mourned the end of a 60-year production run. And with over 21.5 million original Volkswagen Beetles made, the VW Bug still holds the title as the longest-running and most-manufactured

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Casual carpooling enabler, Zimride, gets $6 million funding

National Green Transportation

Ride-sharing service Zimride announced today $6 million of series A funding through the Mayfield Fund, and are boasting their "innovative social transportation" model will revolutionize transportation systems. The service allows drivers

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Volkswagen to implement cylinder deactivation in 4-cylinder 1.4 TSI engines in 2012

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Cylinder deactivation (Zylinderabschaltung, ZAS) relies upon two different profiles on the cam pieces: a conventional full profile and a zero-lift cam that is activated (right) under cylinder shut-off. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen will debut cylinder deactivation (cylinder shut-off) technology in the new 1.4-liter TSI turbocharged, direct-injection engine beginning in 2012.

2011 259

Ford Electric Car: Ford Focus Electric 2012

Electric Cars are for Girls

The Ford electric car contender is based on their Focus, and I have to say, it seems to be doing its best to blend in. Not a bad thing

2011 125

Los Alamos researchers engineer magnetic algae to assist harvesting and lipid extraction

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The photos show wild type algae and magnetic algae placed in a test tube next to a permanent magnet. The wild type (left) settles to the bottom of the tube under the influence of gravity. The genetically transformed algae (right) stick to the wall due to magnetic attractions. Source: LANL. Click to enlarge. Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) have genetically [link] “magnetic” algae to investigate alternative, more efficient harvesting and lipid extraction methods for biofuels.

2011 256

Nissan makes Juke greener and more economical

Green Cars News

Nissan has updated its Juke crossover lowering emissions and boosting fuel economy. Both the 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre dCi diesel drivetrains have been given revised gear ratios, and both models have been fitted with manual transmissions to make them cleaner and more fuel-efficient. The 1.6-litre petrol variant now returns 47.1mpg on the combined cycle – [.]. Latest news Nissan C02 emissions fuel economy Nissan Juke

Upcoming Toyota Prius C '94-MPG' Compact Hybrid Now Has A Name: Aqua

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The Prius family of hybrid cars from Toyota is going to get a little bigger as of January when the Japanese automaker will launch a new compact hybrid car for the Japanese market: the 2012 Toyota Aqua. According to Reuters News Service, the Nikkei business daily reports that the compact gasoline electric hybrid will achieve a gas mileage of 94 mpg

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The finale of the TTXGP 2011 North American series at Miller Motorsports Park

National Green Transportation

An exciting lineup of electric motorcycle race teams is on hand for the TTXGP North American series finale this weekend at the Miller Motorsports Park outside Salt Lake City Utah (see Final race in TTXGP's 2011 North American

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New 3-cylinder, 1.0-liter Ford EcoBoost engine to debut in European Focus range

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Ford has confirmed that the first production applications for the new 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine ( earlier post ) will be three models in the European product range: first the Focus, followed by C-MAX and the all-new Ford B-MAX. The new 1.0-liter engine is the latest addition to Ford’s global family of EcoBoost engines, which currently range in capacity from 1.6 liters globally.

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Cheap Electric Car Conversion Possible?

Electric Cars are for Girls

What would it take to convert a Saturn SC2 to electric? The information on web sites is all over the place. Some want $5,000.00 for a kit while another

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