November, 2011

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

Green Car Congress

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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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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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

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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! Thank you to everyone who who requested the film in your area- we're still adding more locations and more screenings and putting together some great events for people to meet the filmmakers, the electric cars, and each other. Check out this behind-the-scenes video from our October 21st premiere in Los Angeles: "Revenge of the Electric Car" Premier in Los Angeles. from Steve Payne on Vimeo.

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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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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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Toshiba’s SCiB battery for the Fit EV

Green Car Congress

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. In 2010, Toshiba announced that it was working with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation to bring the SCiB battery ( earlier post ) to electric vehicles (EVs). Earlier post.)

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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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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.

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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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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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Sumitomo considering marketing new lower-temperature molten-salt electrolyte battery to automakers for EVs and hybrids

Green Car Congress

Construction of the molten-salt electrolyte battery. Source: Sumitomo. Click to enlarge. Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. is considering targeting its lower-temperature molten-salt electrolyte battery, being developed in partnership with Kyoto University ( earlier post ), to makers of electric and hybrid passenger cars, according to Bloomberg.

Electric Car Batteries: Lithium!

Electric Cars are for Girls

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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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

2011 101

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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DOT, EPA unveil joint proposal for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards: 49.6 mpg CAFE, 163 g/mile GHG in 2025; flexibilities and incentives

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) formally unveiled their joint proposal to set stronger fuel economy and greenhouse gas pollution standards for Model Year 2017-2025 passenger cars and light trucks.

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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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Shell exec says biofuels are the most important alternative to fossil hydrocarbons in mobility for the next 20 years

Green Car Congress

In a keynote interview to open F.O. Licht’s World Ethanol & Biofuels in Barcelona on 8 November, Arthur Reijnhart, General Manager, Alternative Energies and Fuel Development Strategy for Shell, described a scenario of an increasingly diverse energy supply landscape against a backdrop of soaring demand between now and 2050, driven by population growth, increasing incomes and increasing urbanisation of the world’s population.

2011 272

Custom Electric Vehicles: Venus Motors

Electric Cars are for Girls

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

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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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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

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Tesla receives Letter of Intent from Daimler for full electric powertrain program for a Mercedes vehicle

Green Car Congress

In its letter to its shareholders reporting Q3 performance, Tesla Motors said that it had received a letter of intent from Daimler for a full powertrain program for a vehicle in the Mercedes line. Details of this deal remain confidential, Tesla said, but will be announced in the coming months. Tesla’s existing production agreements with Daimler and its development services agreement with Toyota produced combined revenue of.

2011 261

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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Volkswagen unveils eT! electric delivery van research vehicle with capability to drive semi-automatically on command

Green Car Congress

The eT! research vehicle. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen unveiled the eT! electric delivery van research vehicle at the Design Center in Potsdam. The all-electric eT!, which is equipped with wheel hub motors, can be operated semi-automatically in certain situations. The van can follow the delivery person from house to house (“Follow me”), or the van can return to the delivery person on command (“Come to me”).

2011 256

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

2011 129

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

Green Car Congress

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Yamaha Motor Co., are collaborating in the development of communications-linked next-generation vehicles. A part of this collaboration is their joint exhibition of a communications-linked electric commuter concept and an electrically power assisted bicycle concept at the 42 nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011. Electric commuter EC-Miu. Click to enlarge. Electrically power assisted bicycle PAS WITH. Click to enlarge.

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Honda's 2013 Fit EV unveiled at the 2011 LA Auto Show

National Green Transportation

As expected, Honda today debuted the 2013 model year Honda Fit EV. The all-electric car, which will have nearly exactly the dimensions of the gasoline Fit, was originally shown as a "concept car" at the 2010

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New nanoparticle copper compound cathode could enable low-cost, long-life and high-power potassium-ion batteries for grid storage

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A team at Stanford led by Prof. Yi Cui has developed nanoparticle copper hexacyanoferrate (CuHCF) battery cathode materials that demonstrate long cycle life and high power for use in grid storage applications. In a paper in Nature Communications , they report that after 40,000 deep discharge cycles at a 17?C C rate, 83% of the original capacity of copper hexacyanoferrate is retained. Even at a very high cycling rate of 83?C, C, two-thirds of its maximum discharge capacity is observed.

2011 253

Ford Transit Connect Electric

Electric Cars are for Girls

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

BREAKING: 2012 Ford Focus Electric, Order From $39,995

Green Car Reports

The 2012 Ford Focus Electric is a car we seem to have been waiting for forever, but today Ford has finally announced pricing and opened up the order books. We've seen the car develop over the past few years and now potential owners will now get to build and reserve their Focus Electric. The price was due to be announced later today, but it's

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Fisker Karma wins Design of the Year award

Green Cars News

Range-extended luxury car, the Fisker Karma has been named as the Automobile magazine’s 2012 ‘Design of the Year’. The US publication’s editor honoured the model for its sleek lines and sporty look, writing that the Karma: “stands to become an icon, even without mention of its range-extended electric powertrain”. The model is the brainchild of [.]. Fisker Automobile award design Karma Sedan

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SunLine Transit unveils 7th generation hydrogen-fueled bus

Green Car Congress

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. This marks the 7 th generation of hydrogen buses deployed by SunLine, which has pursued an aggressive strategy of implementing clean technologies into its fleet.

2011 253

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

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Toyota unveiling new hydrogen fuel cell concept vehicle indicative of 2015 production model at Tokyo Motor Show; Aqua hybrid and FT-EV III

Green Car Congress

The FCV-R concept. Click to enlarge. Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will stage the world premiere of the FCV-R, a practical sedan-type next-generation hydrogen fuel-cell concept vehicle, at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. Toyota calls this concept model “ a highly practical fuel-cell vehicle ” that is planned for launch in about 2015.

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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