June, 2011

Ricardo study finds electric and hybrid cars have a higher carbon footprint during production than conventional vehicles, but still offer a lower footprint over the full life cycle

Green Car Congress

Electric and hybrid cars generate more carbon emissions during their production than current conventional vehicles, but still have a lower carbon footprint overall, according to a new report prepared by Ricardo for, and in collaboration with, the expert membership of the UK’s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership that includes major vehicle manufacturers and oil companies.

2011 316

The Tesla Roadster is NOT Dead. Right??

Electric Cars are for Girls

Tesla is "discontinuing" the Roadster we've all come to love, and they're concentrating their attention on the new Model S. Click for more info" below to see photos of the Model S at Mashable. Don't worry, Roadster fans! It seems the Tesla Roadster is being revamped and a new 2.0 version will be coming out. Eventually. Quote: "In the next several years

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From Scooters to High Speed Rail, China is Electrifying

Plugs and Cars

I’m sure I’m not the first to say it. China is electrifying. When I was studying China and Mandarin Chinese 35 years ago, “Red” China was unrecognized by the US, literally, and dark in a way difficult to imagine now. Who knew what was going on over there? Was “reality” that the world’s oldes t civilization was throwing off the shackles of Western domination and its own past to offer a new vision of civilization, or was it bodies floating downriver to Hong Kong during the Cultural Revolution?

2011 122

Nissan Doubles Leaf Sales, Volt Stays Steady: Some Perspective, Please

Green Car Reports

Here we go again. It's the first of the month, which means that auto journalists are scrambling to put together their monthly sales reports. Sales in May weren't great, for a variety of reasons: higher prices and shortages of some Japanese models, among others. Unusual scrutiny But the most dismal part of the monthly process is watching the

2011 104

Theatrical release and an advance screening in New York

Revenge of the Electric Car

Theatrical distributor Area23a has just partnered with Revenge of the Electric Car to bring the film to major cities nationwide this fall. We're very excited to announce our partnership with Area23a for our theatrical release at Silverdocs," says director Chris Paine. Area23a has a strong team that understands the changing distribution model for documentaries.

2011 100

DIY Electric Car Wiki - A Tremendous Conversion Resource

DIY Electric Car

Some of the members here will find this obvious but I've spoken with several people recently who had no idea that we have such a fantastic resource built up. For those of you who don't know, we have an electric car conversion wiki which has tons of info for beginners and pros. It's the same one as the link on the top right of the page, but I admit, our site design is a little weak so I'm not terribly surprised that it gets overlooked. Hey, it's all about the content, right?

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Blue Marble Biomaterials launches first zero-waste chemical biorefinery

Green Car Congress

A general diagram of Blue Marble’s manufacturing system. A photobioreactor and algae perform the “water recycling”; the pelletized solid waste material will be used in the gasifier. Source: Blue Marble. Click to enlarge. Blue Marble Biomaterials, a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Marble Energy Corp., has launched the first zero-waste chemical biorefinery in the US in Missoula, Montana.

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Think in trouble as Norwegian EV market booms

Plugs and Cars

Think, maker of the Think City, is in trouble, Norwegian business newspaper E24 reports. It's not paid it's bills since February, according to Swedish parts supplier AQ Wiring Systems. At the same time, sales of electric cars are booming in Norway. The iMiev has become the fastest selling car in its segment, beating out gas vehicles. 764 new electric cars were registered in the first five months of the year. During the same period last year, the number was only 123. Source: E24 ].

2011 116

Why Buy Electric Cars? Iraq Vet Says: For National Security

Green Car Reports

Most Nissan Leaf owners are passionate about their electric cars, especially the earliest ones who've already taken delivery. But not all of them have served three tours of military duty, including service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tim Goodrich was posted to Afghanistan as an avionics technician, supporting the AWACS planes that feed aerial

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Tesla Electric Car Plus Solar Power Equals Zero-Cost Driving (Video)

All Cars Electric

Almost every Tesla Roadster owner is probably a car enthusiast, but Mike Koenigs is also a true clean-power activist. First, he set up a “Life with Tesla” website when he got his car. Now he's doing the final editing of an extended video meant to spread the word about the fun and freedom that comes with owning an all-electric car, in

2011 87

Brammo, Mission, and Zero go head-head at REFUEL in preview of TTXGP next month

National Green Transportation

Among the action at Sunday's REFUEL race was a match between Brammo and Mission Motors. see REFUEL brings Tesla's and more to Laguna Seca for 3rd year of electric racing) The race was significant in

2011 76

President Obama launches $500M Advanced Manufacturing Partnership; Ford involved as an initial partner

Green Car Congress

US President Barack Obama today launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort bringing together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in emerging technologies such as information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology. The President’s plan, which leverages existing programs and proposals, will invest more than $500 million to jumpstart this effort.

2011 277

The Right Electric Motor for a Land Cruiser

Electric Cars are for Girls

I have a 1969 Toyota FJ40 that just recently seized up, so I'm going to convert it to electric. I live in Colorado, so its a little bit hilly, so I want

2011 104

Using leverage

Plugs and Cars

To ensure effective and tough federal CAFE standards for 2017-2025, enviro groups are holding on to the California card - the state's right to set its own auto emissions standards - according to Jim Motavalli in the NY Times. Read the full story here. Source: NY Times ]. emissions california air resources board jim motavalli

2011 100

Who Actually Buys 2011 Chevy Volt Electric Cars, And Why?

Green Car Reports

Despite media attempts to conjure a "sales battle" between the 2011 Chevy Volt and the 2011 Nissan Leaf, both companies are selling every car they can manage to get into the showrooms. Now Chevrolet has released its first look at who is actually buying its Volt range-extended electric cars. The $41,000 four-seat compact hatchback plug-in hybrid is

2011 97

780 Miles in a 2011 Nissan Leaf in One Day? Yes, But. (Video)

All Cars Electric

We love hearing about the weird and whacky things some electric vehicle enthusiasts and early adopters are doing with their cars, but the latest in a long-line of Nissan Leaf-based tests has left us feeling a little perplexed. 24 hours, one car In a recent YouTube video, a team of intrepid Dutch electric vehicle enthusiasts set themselves the task

2011 84

GM planning to boost Volt plug-in hybrid production in 2012, and reduce price

National Green Transportation

GM made a pair of announcements today that they will begin taking orders for the 2012 Volt today, that they will expand production of the 2012 Volt, and they will lower the price. Taken together these changes suggest they

2011 76

Audi takes plug-in diesel hybrid e-tron Spyder concept, Q5 hybrid to Le Mans

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Former Le Mans Winner Frank Biela driving the Audi e-tron Spyder. Click to enlarge. Audi is presenting the Audi e-tron Spyder concept plug-in diesel hybrid car ( earlier post ) against the backdrop of “Le Mans vers le futur,” an event held in Le Mans as a venue for manufacturers to showcase innovative drivetrain technologies. Along with the e-tron Spyder, Audi sent an Audi Q5 hybrid quattro ( earlier post , earlier post ). The production SUV will go on sale before the end of 2011.

2011 269

Nissan Electric Car

Electric Cars are for Girls

Well, I've done it. I'm on the reservation list for the Nissan electric car - the Nissan Leaf

2011 104

Think goes down

Plugs and Cars

Think has declared bankruptcy in Norway. Source: ElectricAid , Indianapolis Business Journal ]. think global think city

2011 Chevrolet Volt Vs 2011 Nissan Leaf: 7,000 Miles Later

Green Car Reports

After several months of using a 2011 Chevy Volt and a 2011 Nissan Leaf as our sole family transport, we have a better understanding of both cars than we did in March, when I first wrote about how they compared. First to arrive at our West Sacramento home was a beautiful crystal red 2011 Volt. We chose the neutral leather upgraded interior with

2011 96

Ford To Facebook Fans: ?How Should The 2012 Focus Electric Sound??

All Cars Electric

The days of the almost silent electric car are gone. Motivated by a severe case of liticaphobia - or the fear of lawsuits - the auto industry has already agreed that electric cars should have some form of audible warning system fitted as standard to alert pedestrians of their approach. But while noise generators are now an accepted part of any

2011 83

REFUEL brings Tesla's and more to Laguna Seca for 3rd year of electric racing

National Green Transportation

The REFUEL race returned Sunday to Laguna Seca Raceway for it's third year. This race, organized by Speed Ventures, features electric cars and motorcycles at one of the most famous race tracks in the world. Attending

2011 75

Nevada enacts law authorizing autonomous (driverless) vehicles

Green Car Congress

The Nevada legislature passed AB 511 , authorizing the use of autonomous (i.e., driverless) vehicles; the bill was approved by the Governor on 16 June and it enters into law. Ryan Calo, Director of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School observes that this appears to be the first law officially to sanction the technology.

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How Many Volts to Run an Electric Car on a Generator?

Electric Cars are for Girls

If I can come up with something that produces electric power for a car motor, how many volts would I need to keep it running? Hi, William - You're

2011 104

The approaching Tesla dry spell

Plugs and Cars

Interesting piece by Katie Fehrenbacher about Tesla and the period of limited revenue that approaches. ". this latest funding underscores how Tesla will be transitioning into a period where the company will be generating a lot less revenue for several months — hence part of the reason it needs to raise more funds now." Fehrenbacher had thought components sales might provide a backstop until the Model S appears, but points to the recent S-1 filing.

2011 100

Mercedes-Benz Buddies Up To Build More Hydrogen Fuel Stations

Green Car Reports

There was a time when hydrogen powered cars were all the rage in green car circles. They either came with advanced fuel cell electric drivetrains, the most notable being the Honda FCX Clarity and more recent Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell, two models which regular customers could actually lease, or with regular internal combustion engines converted

2011 95

Electric Car Fan Takes 2011 Leaf on 480 Mile Road Trip

All Cars Electric

You have to go from San Diego, CA to Tucson, AZ, a distance of around 480 miles. With a variety of options available to you, which do you choose? Most people wouldn’t hesitate to book a flight, and some would even consider the train. But one electric car fan decided to make the trip in his 2011 Nissan Leaf, turning it into his own week-long

2011 83

Dept of Energy announces $36 million for biofuels and bioproducts development

National Green Transportation

Yesterday U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced up to $36 million to fund six small-scale projects in California, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. The new program is meant to advance technology improvements and

Rasmussen survey finds 45% of Americans likely yo purchase alternative fuel car during next decade

Green Car Congress

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 45% of American Adults think it is at least somewhat likely they will purchase a car that runs on something other than gasoline in the next 10 years. Forty-eight percent (48%) say they are not likely to do so. These findings include 21% who are Very Likely to purchase an alternative fuel car during the next decade and 18% who are Not At All Likely to do so.

2011 253

Opportunity Charging

Electric Cars are for Girls

I recently purchased a fully original operational GMC electric G Van. They produced over 600 of them. It is powered by a 60 Hp Nelco motor. Has two

2011 98

Transmission Losses: 4 killed in Chevron UK refinery blast

Plugs and Cars

The Independent reports four workers at the Chevron refinery in Wales were killed yesterday in what is being described as a "tragic industrial accident". Billowing black smoke gushed from the refinery and spread across the sky in what some have described as a "mushroom cloud

How To Send Hybrid Cars From Japan? Diesel-Hybrid Cargo Ship, Of Course

Green Car Reports

In this day and age, when it comes to being green, looking at the end result is never enough. You have to take a life cycle approach to assessing how green something is, which in the case of cars, means looking at how they are manufactured and delivered to your driveway. Unfortunately, most cars produced overseas, including top selling hybrids

2011 94

'Flow Cells' May Let Electric Cars Recharge With Liquid Refills

All Cars Electric

Just two months ago, we published an April Fool's piece about a fictional new BP cell research project that would allow battery packs to be refilled at fuel station pumps. Truth is stranger than fiction, truly. Yesterday, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology described a nascent research project--a real one--involving a battery that could

2011 77

MotoCzysz wins 2011 TTZERO electric motorcycle race on the Isle of Man

National Green Transportation

For the third year electric motorcycles returned to the TT Week on the Isle of Man, and for the second year running MotoCzysz is the winner in todays 2011 TT Zero race. Their two bikes came in 1st and

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FedEx Express doubles and diversifies all-electric fleet with 24 new units; adding more than 4,000 new, fuel-efficient vehicles in total

Green Car Congress

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. is adding more than 4,000 new, fuel efficient vehicle. As part of that, within the next two months FedEx Express will place 24 new all-electric vehicles into service, expanding to three new cities and more than doubling its fleet to 43 all-electric vehicles while growing the diversity of suppliers it uses for electric vehicles.

2011 253

Golf Cart Battery Overflow

Electric Cars are for Girls

I have a EZ-go golf cart that is powered by 6 six volt batteries. When it not being used it's left on the charger. Sometimes I find that the batteries