November, 2011

Electric Vehicles and the Northwest Power Pool

Electric Cars are for Girls

"In the long run, a fully electrified vehicle fleet would theoretically -- just do the math! -- provide enough balancing power for a 100 percent renewable electricity system." - John Farrell, Grist

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Toshiba’s SCiB battery for the Fit EV

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20Ah SCiB cell. Click to enlarge. Honda selected Toshiba Corporation’s SCiB rechargeable Li-ion battery to power the Fit EV. Earlier post.) Toshiba will supply battery modules for the new car, which Honda will launch in summer 2012 in Japan and the US.

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Trending Sources

Almost famous

DIY Electric Car

I'm a software engineer by trade, and I was recently on the a popular industry podcast.Net Rocks. About a month ago they hinted that they wanted to do an off-topic show on Electric Vehicles. So I wrote them an email and they wrote back and before I knew it, I was on the show. Anyway, we talked about all topics EV, and I am pretty proud that I got to introduce EV to a much broader audience.

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Revenge is Upon Us

Revenge of the Electric Car

REVENGE is growing strong, playing in theatres across the country, and the reviews have been glowing!

Fire Marshal Says NC Garage Fire Started Away From Chevy Volt: Exclusive

Green Car Reports

Preliminary conclusions from the investigation into a Mooresville, North Carolina, house fire that destroyed a Chevrolet Volt indicate the fire did not start in the vehicle, but elsewhere, and progressed to engulf the electric car. Iredell County chief deputy fire marshal Garland Cloer told GreenCarReports in an exclusive interview that, "the

Review of Chris Paine's new documentary, Revenge of the Electric Car

National Green Transportation

The long-awaited sequel to Chris Paine's ground-breaking documentary, Who Killed the Electric Car, is now being shown in selected theaters around the country. Revenge of the Electric Car starts with a brief recap of WKtEC

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Winter EV Conversion Workshop

Electric Cars are for Girls

If you're in the San Diego area, and would like to attend an EV conversion workshop. The Kick Gas Car Club is offering a series of evening classes, starting in January, on converting a small pickup to electric. Class size is limited to 8 people. Follow the link for more information or to grab a seat

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Converting a Formula SAE Car to Electric Power

DIY Electric Car

Greetings! I am mechanical engineering student at the University of Washington and I thought I share my senior design project that a couple of other students and I are working on for the UW Formula SAE Team. It is to convert the 2010 built car to electric power! The design phase has gone on for a while now and is nearly complete! Just now have we decided to write about it because it would be a real treat if we could actually build it! Here are some design specs.

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This weekend's screenings include many special events

Revenge of the Electric Car

JOIN US for premiere events at our new theaters the weekend of 11/11, including Q&A's with Director Chris Paine, Former GM Executive (and Revenge star) Bob Lutz and much more. Come out this weekend in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, San Diego, Houston and Sacramento! Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI. 11/12 - Director Chris Paine to participate in post-show Q&A after 7:00 pm screening.

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI: GreenCarReports Best Car To Buy 2012 Nominee

Green Car Reports

Hybrids and, more recently, plug-in cars seem to have gotten all the green ink lately, leaving fans of fuel-sipping clean diesels out in the cold. Four makers sell diesel passenger vehicles in the U.S. for 2012: Audi and BMW joined longtime stalwarts Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen a few years back. And there are more coming next year, a

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97 SUVs For 2012

Hybrid SUV Blog

Most visitors to HybridSUV.com are here for one of two reasons. Either they want to learn more about hybrid-electric SUVs, or they are looking for a sport utility vehicle that gets decent gas mileage.

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Electric Car Batteries: Lithium!

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Best electric car batteries for conversions are LiFePO4 prismatic cells. Interview with Lithium Storage and EVTV on the marriage of lithium and EVs

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Toyota and Yamaha Motor collaborate on communications-linked next-generation vehicles

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Yamaha Motor Co., are collaborating in the development of communications-linked next-generation vehicles.

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Does a third Chevy Volt fire mean the Volt is a fire hazard?

National Green Transportation

The 2011 and 2012 Chevy Volt's have five-star crash ratings from the NHTSA. A series of fires either directly or indirectly involving the Chevy Volt are causing some to cast doubt upon the Volt. Bloomberg

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Volvo makes diesel automatics as clean as manual models

Green Cars News

Volvo has made improvements to its automatic transmissions on its low emission DRIVe models which means that clutch-less cars now achieve the same low emission levels and strong fuel economy as manual models. The Swedish car maker, which prides itself on being among the leading manufacturers in Europe in tackling carbon emissions, announces two new [.]. Volvo automatic DRIVe emissions S60 transmissions V60

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GE Becomes Solar-Powered Electric Car Charging Station Champion

Green Car Reports

Yesterday, GE Industrial Solutions announced the latest in a line of solar-powered initiatives and partnerships designed to help electric car owners power their cars with solar power: a distribution agreement with photovoltaic solar power specialist REC Solar. The agreement, which will see REC Solar become an official distributor of the GE

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Are Hybrids Really 25% Safer?

Hybrid SUV Blog

Earlier this month, you may have read that hybrid vehicles are 25% safer (for drivers) than their non-hybrid counterparts.

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Custom Electric Vehicles: Venus Motors

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Venus Motors builds new custom electric vehicles using fiberglass kits, electric drive trains, and lithium batteries

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SunLine Transit unveils 7th generation hydrogen-fueled bus

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The new American Fuel Cell Bus. Click to enlarge. Canada-based Ballard Power Systems has, together with consortium partners BAE Systems and ElDorado National (California) Inc., successfully deployed a “Buy America”-compliant, fuel cell bus for SunLine Transit Agency in Palm Springs, CA.

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CRP unveils the Energica, their "Next-Gen Electric Superbike" at EICMA in Milan

National Green Transportation

Italian race bike manufacturer, CRP, this week at the EICMA trade show in Milan has unveiled their long-awaited "Next Gen Superbike", called the Energica. The company has a long history in motorcycle racing, and beginning

Nissan gives away 400 quick chargers to boost EV network

Green Cars News

Four hundred quick chargers for electric cars are to be given away for free by Nissan as part of efforts to grow Europe’s recharging network. The Japanese car maker is giving European countries to chance to bid for the free charging points, with 65 quick chargers already secured for the UK. These new high tech [.]. Nissan Electric cars free leaf network quick charger

Your Electric Car Out Of Juice? AAA Tests Roadside Recharging

Green Car Reports

Everyone makes mistakes once in a while, and we’re sure most drivers have run out of gasoline at least once in their life. But as the saying goes, it's hard to carry a gallon of electricity back to your plug-in car if the battery is completely out of charge. Which is why AAA is now testing roadside assistance for rapid charging of electric

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2011 LA Auto Show Greenery

Hybrid SUV Blog

35 new Hybrid and Plug-in Models Will Showcase at the LA Show, November 16-27. The Los Angeles Auto Show will be open for the press on November 16 & 17 and for the public November 18 through 27. Over 50 vehicles will debut, and many more new models will be on exhibit.

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Electric Scooter, Anyone?

Electric Cars are for Girls

Sometimes two wheels are better than four. An electric scooter costs a fraction of the price of an electric car, and is a LOT of fun

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Fiat debuts first application of turbocharged 1.4-L MultiAir in 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

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The 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo. Click to enlarge. At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Fiat unveiled the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth—a performance variant of the 500—featuring the first application of the new 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine.

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GM calling for depowering procedure in the wake of Chevy Volt battery fires

National Green Transportation

GM is pushing for a "depowering" protocol after accidents involving electric vehicles, to ensure EV battery packs are in a "safe low-power state" This is occuring in the wake of a controversy arising from

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London taxis to run on hydrogen power

Green Cars News

With the 2012 London Olympic Games edging closer, a new project has introduced 15 hydrogen powered London black cabs and five hydrogen powered Suzuki Bergmann scooters into the city. The vehicles will be funded by the HyTEC project, which is partly funded by the Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, and will also see an [.].

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2012 Toyota Prius: GreenCarReports' Best Car To Buy 2012

Green Car Reports

The late-night arguments are over, the statistical comparisons and product specs are put away, and we've made our choice. The GreenCarReports Best Car To Buy Award for 2012 goes to a pair of cars: the 2012 Toyota Prius V wagon and the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. The two new 2012 entries together make up two-thirds of an expanded Prius hybrid

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Hybrid SUV Future? Beyond 2011

Hybrid SUV Blog

Despite Setbacks, Hybrid Future Looks Bright. Although the recent economic crises damaged the sales of hybrid vehicles, manufacturers expect the number of hybrid cars and SUVs sold within the next two decades to increase dramatically.

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Electric Hot Rod Conversion

Electric Cars are for Girls

Traditionally, street rods have been powered by fire breathing, and belching, large displacement V8's. Recently, Ford has supplied its Ecoboost engine

GM outlines further steps on battery safety, customer satisfaction initiatives for the Volt; the importance of de-powering the battery after a severe crash

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General Motors today announced initiatives for customer satisfaction and outlined its steps in battery safety research to ensure ongoing confidence in the safety of Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle. On Friday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a formal safety defect investigation to assess the risk of a battery-related fire in Chevy Volts that have been involved in a serious crash. Earlier post.)

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GM calling for depowering procedure in the wake of Chevy Volt battery fires

National Green Transportation

GM is pushing for a "depowering" protocol after accidents involving electric vehicles, to ensure EV battery packs are in a "safe low-power state" This is occuring in the wake of a controversy arising from

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Plastic bottles get new life in Ford Focus Electric

Green Cars News

If your car was full of waste plastic bottles you’d probably not be best pleased about it and would likely scream at the kids not to leave junk in the car. But not with the new Ford Focus Electric which is full of plastic bottles-but thankfully in a clean and environmentally friendly way. Ford has [.]. Ford electric focus material plastic bottles Repreve SEAT

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2012 Chevy Volt Owner Goes Head-To-Head With Fox News, Survives

Green Car Reports

If we could name one person who epitomized those who hate electric cars it would be Fox News’ Senior Vice President of Business News and presenter Neil Cavuto -- but in a recent segment on his show Cavuto met his match in the form of 2012 Chevrolet Volt Owner Eric Rotbard. Playing off the hype and shoddy reporting following the abysmal 20

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MIT study finds including non-CO2 emissions from synthetic aviation fuel in lifecycle analysis of climate impact can lead to decrease in relative environmental merit; need for a holistic analysis framework

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Aviation climate change impacts pathway. Credit: ACS, Stratton et al. Click to enlarge.

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Ford Transit Connect Electric

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Ford Transit Connect Electric: Interview with Chris Abarca from Azure Dynamics about the TCE

Mazda to begin deployment of i-ELOOP ultracapacitor-based regenerative braking system for passenger vehicles in 2012

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Mazda’s ‘i-ELOOP’ regenerative braking system. Click to enlarge. Mazda Motor Corporation has developed the first production passenger vehicle regenerative braking system that uses an ultracapacitor. The system, which Mazda calls ‘i-ELOOP’, will begin to appear in Mazda’s vehicles in 2012.

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