June, 2012

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First 2012 Tesla Model S Delivered To Earliest Depositor Steve Jurvetson

Green Car Reports

Deliveries of the 2012 Tesla Model S electric sedan will officially begin on June 22. But the very first production Model S off the line has already been handed over to its new owner. It went to none other than venture capitalist and Tesla board member Steve Jurvetson, who is now driving it around Silicon Valley--complete with a telltale

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Cobham, Jaguar Land Rover and Ricardo partnering to develop switched reluctance traction motor

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Cobham Technical Services is collaborating with Jaguar Land-Rover (JLR) and engineering consultancy Ricardo UK to develop a switched reluctance traction motor.

Apple's iOS 6 Maps application screws pedestrians and mass transit users

National Green Transportation

You may have heard that yesterday Apple made a few announcements relating to the upcoming versions of iOS, Mac OS X, and the laptops Apple sells. Among the announcements was a new Maps application for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad

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Mazda turns to hydrogen power

Green Cars News

There was a time when it appeared that it was either hydrogen or electric powered vehicles that would take over from the internal combustion engine. However, Mazda seems to believe that it isn’t a case of one or the other – because both technologies can work together. Reports in Japanese business daily The Nikkei suggest [.]. Green cars Hydrogen cars Latest news electric cars green cars hydrogen hydrogen cars Hydrogen fuel Mazda Mazda Premacy Hybrid

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Review: 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

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A No Compromise Hybrid SUV. As the demand for SUVs grows and remains strong, so too does the desire for larger hybrid models that can accommodate the needs of the whole family and still deliver some measure of fuel economy.

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Ford Focus Electric preview: It's a solid car, that's electric

National Green Transportation

The Ford Focus Electric will commence deliveries in the SF Bay Area within a week, and Ford brought the Focus Electric to a local electric car enthusiasts meeting to talk and give test rides.Ford's careful, measured, and

Does Toyota’s Prius+ MPV add up?

Green Cars News

Earlier this year, Toyota Motor Corporation announced that it had shifted four million hybrid models worldwide [link]. Fair enough, it’s only taken them fifteen years,” the cynics may well quip. What may be more impressive is that Toyota expects to hit the five million mark before the end of 2012. That’d require selling one million [.]. Toyota Prius+ UK

New Review: 2012 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid

Hybrid SUV Blog

A No Compromise Hybrid SUV. As the demand for SUVs grows and remains strong, so too does the desire for larger hybrid models that can accommodate the needs of the whole family and still deliver some measure of fuel economy.

Sparrow Electric Car

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The Sparrow electric car was featured in Austin Powers 'Goldmember'. Groovy, baby

What's The Real Cost of a Better Place Electric Car in Israel?

Green Car Reports

Since buying my Better Place Renault Fluence ZE in Israel, I'm frequently asked about the price. I bought the car because I liked the way it drove and thought it would save me money. I had been looking for a new car, but had no intention of buying a green model as such. I was quickly satisfied that the car's daily range wasn't an issue and that

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Federal Mogul develops advanced aluminum piston for high-performance light-duty diesel engines

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Federal-Mogul’s DuraBowl technology strengthens the crown of a piston, improving the aluminum’s strength where it is most needed. Click to enlarge. Federal-Mogul Corporation has. developed an aluminium piston that meets the higher strength and thermal performance.

First Tesla Model S delivered to Board Member Steve Jurvetson

National Green Transportation

As if it's proof that it pays to be an insider with privileged access, Tesla Motors has begun delivering Founder Series Model S electric sedans. Model S #001 was delivered yesterday to venture capitalist and Tesla board

New Zealand revs up for electric cars

Green Cars News

Widespread use of electric cars is just a matter of time: and according to industry experts in New Zealand, they could take over the roads within 10 years. Hong Kong University President CC Chan spoke at the APEC Workshop in Wellington and stated that electric cars had made a significant breakthrough by capturing the attention [.]. Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric cars green cars New Zealand Tesla Roadster

Sevcon PCpak to Millipak - getting the connection

DIY Electric Car

for the benefit of all. I purchased a SEVCON millipak controller and PCpak software. To get connected with it took some experimentation because the pdf documentation says very little. I got connected and this is the proceedure: 1) set your USB serial port to an open port and use 115.2K bps baud, 8 bits, 1 stop bit. 2) connect 2 12 volt batteries in series to make about 25VDC across terminals B- and B+ of the controller.

Zap Electric Cars

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My favorite of the Zap electric cars is a zebra-striped Xebra. Sure, they do other paint jobs.but WHY

2012 Tesla Model S: EPA Range Of 265 Miles, 89 MPGe Efficiency

Green Car Reports

Friday will be a big day for startup electric carmaker Tesla Motors. On that day, it will deliver its first 2012 Model S luxury sport sedans to retail customers in a big webcast event at its Fremont, California, assembly plant. But a couple of days beforehand, the EPA has issued the eagerly awaited range and efficiency numbers for the high-end

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Mazda to use hydrogen rotary engine for EV range extender

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Mazda Motor Corp. will use its hydrogen-fueled rotary engine technology ( earlier post ) as a range extender for an electric vehicle it plans to start leasing next year, according to Mazda President Takashi Yamanouchi as reported in The Nikkei. In 2009, Mazda began commercial leasing of the Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid ( earlier post ). The Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid featured a series-hybrid drivetrain, which combines Mazda’s hydrogen rotary engine with an electric motor.

The range of electric bicycle, scooter and motorcycle choices

National Green Transportation

There's a lot of concern about adopting electric cars, the high expense, the range limitations, and the recharging infrastructure. All those concerns are over-blown, because for example while todays electric cars have a higher up-front

Nissan holds jobs fair as LEAF heads to Sunderland

Green Cars News

Nissan is preparing for the production of four new vehicles-including its all-electric LEAF model- at its Sunderland plant by holding a Specialist Recruitment Day this weekend. Already the UK’s biggest car manufacturer by volume, the Nissan Sunderland plant is preparing for the for the busiest period in its 26-year history. As the plant prepares to [.]. Nissan manufacture plant Sunderland

2013 Ford Taurus EPA-certified at 32 mpg highway with new 2.0L EcoBoost engine

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The EPA has certified the 2013 Ford Taurus with the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine at 32 mpg (7.35 L/100km) highway. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost helps Taurus deliver a 26 mpg (9.05 L/100km) combined EPA rating. All three engine options for the 2013 model have now been certified at 25 mpg (9.41 L/100km) or higher in EPA highway estimates.

Electric Cars for Sale Now

Electric Cars are for Girls

A look at electric cars for sale in the US right now like the Nissan Leaf, the Chevy Volt, and the Tesla Roadster

BMW-Toyota Pact: Hybrids, Fuel Cells, Carbon Fiber--And A Sports Car Too

Green Car Reports

On Thursday, we brought you news that BMW was planning to ditch its partnership with GM to develop fuel cell vehicles, for Japanese rival Toyota. That news has now been confirmed, with a joint press conference on Friday heralding the start of BMW and Toyota's partnership. The automakers' Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) includes plans for joint

Why Is Tesla Scared To Release Its Electric-Car Sales Data?

Green Car Reports

Frankly, we understand why Fisker Automotive and Coda Automotive might not want to release their sales data. Both companies have struggled mightily with delayed rollouts of their first plug-in electric cars. But Tesla Motors just nailed its promised late-June first delivery date for the Model S electric luxury sedan, so we expected more. You would

Brammo and VA Tech win TTXGP at Portland Raceway, after MotoCzysz pulls out

National Green Transportation

This weekend the TTXGP electric motorcycle race series came to Portland International Raceway, for not only electric motorcycle racing action, but as a showcase for green technologies, and green transportation choices. As a first in the TTXGP

Lexus GS to get small capacity hybrid engine option

Green Cars News

The new Lexus GS range will receive a small capacity hybrid engine, chief engineer Yoshihiko Kanamori revealed to TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk. Already available with a 2.5 litre V6 petrol and 3.5 litre V6 petrol hybrid engine options, the all-new smaller hybrid option will allow the GS to compete on equal footing with the likes of the BMW [.]. Hybrid cars Lexus hybrid Lexus GS

New A-Class to offer radar-based collision prevention assist as standard along with array of other advanced safety options; fuel consumption down by up to 35%

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class, A 180 CDI Click to enlarge.

Grandma Power

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Grandma power is saving the planet

Novel opposed-piston free-piston linear generator for hybrids seeks to overcome drawbacks of earlier designs

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Design of opposed-cylinder free-piston linear generator from earlier works with single, centered linear generator. Click to enlarge.

Where Are Hybrids, Electric Cars Selling Fastest? Hawaii

Green Car Reports

Hawaii, the land of sun, sea, sand and surfing. Green transport, too, according to the latest sales figures emerging from the islands. In fact, hybrids and electric cars are selling so well in the state they almost matched 2011's figures in the first five months of this year. We've already speculated that islands could be the most likely homes for

MotoCsyzs breaks the ton in third TT ZERO electric motorcycle racing win

National Green Transportation

In a historic win in the 2012 TT ZERO, Mike Ritter (MotoCzysz) achieved a 104.056 miles/hr lap speed, the first electric motorcycle racer to break the ton during a TT Week race, winning the £10,000 prize

Greenest companies wanted as Fleet Hero Awards open

Green Cars News

The search is on for England’s greenest fleets as the Energy Saving Trust opens the 2012 Fleet Hero Awards. These highly sought-after awards aim to celebrate public and private organisations that have successfully reduced their fuel bills and lowered the carbon footprints through effective fleet management policies. Last year’s entries attracted over 100 entries, with [.]. Green credentials Energy Saving Trust Green Fleet

Independent testing shows 21.2% reduction in fuel consumption with XL Hybrids retrofit system

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The XL Hybrids system in place. Click to enlarge. Testing at Environmental Solutions Worldwide Americas (ESWA), an EPA-certified vehicle laboratory, showed a 21.2% reduction in fuel consumption achieved with XL Hybrids’ aftermarket hybrid electric powertrain ( earlier post ) on a light-duty cargo van on the UDDS cycle (urban conditions). The company had been targeting a 20% reduction.

Hazel Henderson: Clean Air Activist

Electric Cars are for Girls

Hazel Henderson went from housewife to clean air activist in one (smoggy!) New York year

Daimler starts production of new smart fortwo electric drive; buy or lease the vehicle, rent the battery

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Start of production for the new smart fortwo electric drive. Click to enlarge. Daimler AG has begun production of the new smart fortwo electric drive at the smart Hambach plant.