August, 2012

Electric Car History

Electric Cars are for Girls

Ever wonder about electric car history, and how the gasmobile ate up the electric car's market in the US

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Survey of California plug-in vehicle owners highlights charging behavior

Green Car Congress

California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project rebates by vehicle type through July 2012. Source: CCSE. Click to enlarge. Californians own more than 12,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), roughly 35% of all plug-in vehicles in the United States.

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Creative Greenius and the Marine Exchange Transformation

Creative Greenius

For those of you wondering what your friendly neighborhood Greenius does when he’s not blogging or hanging out with 999 other climate activists at Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps training , the answer is he works for a living. And he works hard in his role as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Outreach for CBS EcoMedia.

Five Reasons Buying a Hybrid Prius Won't Save the Planet

Green Car Reports

The 2012 Toyota Prius gets the best EPA-rated gas mileage--50 miles per gallon combined--of any non-plug-in car sold in the U.S. But the Prius hybrid sometimes gets a bad rap. At least some of it is due to the notorious (and very funny) South Park episode in which a deadly attack of Smug afflicts the little mountain town whose residents all drive

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Two New Concept Hybrids

Hybrid SUV Blog

A Sneak Peak at New SUV Hybrids. SUVs continue to be popular even as the economy remains stagnant. And so, automakers are planning to introduce new models and many of them will be offered with a hybrid option.

2013 Nissan Leaf will be sold in Puerto Rico, first expansion into Latin America

National Green Transportation

Nissan today announced the 2013 Nissan Leaf will be available in Puerto Rico, making it the first Latin America market for Nissan's electric car. Nissan and Puerto Rico signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 14 months ago

Zero Electric Motorcycle

Electric Cars are for Girls

Interview with Brandon Nozaki Miller about his light, fast, Zero electric motorcycle

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Creative Greenius and the Marine Exchange Transformation

Creative Greenius

For those of you wondering what your friendly neighborhood Greenius does when he’s not blogging or hanging out with 999 other climate activists at Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps training , the answer is he works for a living. And he works hard in his role as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Outreach for CBS EcoMedia.

Toyota Hybrid Battery Replacement Cost Guide

Green Car Reports

"Sure, but what do the batteries cost to replace?" is a question frequently posed to hybrid and electric vehicle owners. It's true that batteries aren't cheap, and at some point down the line they'll have expended their useful life and require replacement. But what do these packs actually cost, if and when that replacement date comes? We've

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Plug-In Hybrids Charge Forward

Hybrid SUV Blog

Trending Up: Hybrid Sales on a Roll. The market for hybrid cars and SUVs perhaps has not taken off as fast as some had expected.

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In electric cars, what is a compliance car? (EV 101)

National Green Transportation

In the electric car market some of the cars are dismissed as a "compliance car" indicating a manufacturer that's apparently not fully on board with building electric or plug-in hybrid cars. The fans of

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2013 Ford Focus Electric Test Drive

Electric Cars are for Girls

"After a spin around FedExField in the new Focus EV, I think Ford has definitely upped their game." - Eric Caldwell

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Sapphire Energy’s commercial demonstration algae-to-energy facility now operational; 81 million tons of algal biomass harvested

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Aerial photo of Green Crude Farm in November 2011. Click to enlarge. Sapphire Energy, Inc. announced that the first phase of its Green Crude Farm, a commercial demonstration algae-to-energy facility, is now operational.

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Battery Failure

Honda S2000 EV Conversion

After about a month back on the road I lost a cell. I drove to work, put it on the charger and it failed to charge. After further investigation I saw the problem. I had lost a cell. It had expanded upwards! Here are some more pictures after I had removed it from the car. This is how the battery was.

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Convert Your Car To A Plug-in Hybrid? All You Need Is $3,000

Green Car Reports

Not everyone can afford a new hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric car, but those who still wish to drive such a vehicle can still take the conversion route. Electric car conversions have been around for many years, and many people have converted their regular hybrids to plug-ins too, but a team at Middle Tennessee State University has developed an

Review: 2013 Lexus RX 450h

Hybrid SUV Blog

2013 Lexus RX 450h. Dubbed by many industry sources the most fuel-efficient luxury SUV, the 2013 Lexus RX 450h certainly delivers. The RX 450h has an EPA estimated fuel economy of 32 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined.

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Obama Administration announces new 54.5 MPG CAFE standards

National Green Transportation

Today the Obama Administration announced the long-awaited new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard for cars and light-duty trucks, raising the standard to the equivalent of 54.5 miles/gallon, by 2025. The CAFE standards are regulations

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EV Fest 2012: Toronto, Ontario

Electric Cars are for Girls

Toronto's EV Fest 2012 is a place where the public, business owners, and fleet managers can come to learn about electric vehicles and green energy. Sept. 9 at Evergreen Brickworks, 10-5

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Battery-switchable electric Commodore breaks 24-hour world EV distance record

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EV Engineering fit the battery pack in the engine compartment of the Commodore to enable switching. Source: EV Engineering. Click to enlarge. The battery-switchable fully-electric Holden Commodore developed by.

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Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTec Hybrid: the most intelligent hybrid car yet?

Green Cars News

Mercedes will roll out an amazing hybrid car later this year, one so impressive on paper, you wonder why no executive car maker has done it before. The E 300 BlueTec Hybrid is an electric-IC hybrid that, unlike most cars we’ve seen to date, pairs a diesel engine with the electric drive, rather than a [.]. Mercedes hybrid

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2012 Toyota RAV4 EV: First Drive Of Tesla-Powered Crossover

Green Car Reports

If the ideal electric car has a real-world range of 100 miles or more and the practical utility that American families buy crossovers for, the future may be arriving this year. The 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV has every bit of space that the gasoline versions do. Its Tesla-engineered battery pack and electric motor give it better performance than the

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Two New Concept Hybrids

Hybrid SUV Blog

A Sneak Peak at New SUV Hybrids. SUVs continue to be popular even as the economy remains stagnant. And so, automakers are planning to introduce new models and many of them will be offered with a hybrid option.

In electric cars, what is a compliance car? (EV 101)

National Green Transportation

In the electric car market some of the cars are dismissed as a "compliance car" indicating a manufacturer that's apparently not fully on board with building electric or plug-in hybrid cars. The fans of

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Find an Electric Car for Sale

Electric Cars are for Girls

Find an electric car for sale, new or used, at auction or 'buy it now

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New mobile phone app identifies driver phone use, enabling action to reduce distracted driving

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Illustration of the logical flow in the system. By measuring the amount of time that sound takes to travel from each speaker, the cell phone app can determine whether the phone is on the driver’s side or the passenger’s side of the car. Source: Yang et al. Click to enlarge.

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Back on the road. Take 3, or is it 4 now?

Honda S2000 EV Conversion

Not much to say other than I drove the EV into work again today. I put everything back together this weekend and made some small modifications to how the batteries were secured to the car in that area (where the gas tank use to be). It was a huge pain to get them out and remove that one cell, so I felt I should changes things a bit. Nobody wants to get in there and take this thing apart, but the day will come again. I've mounted my CellLogs further from the trunk lid.

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Lightning McQueen Electric Toy Car + Speed Shop Dad = Kid Heaven

Green Car Reports

If you’ve got children of a certain age, you’ll know how fond they are of the plastic ride-on electric cars you can buy at any toy store in the U.S. You’ll also know that as they grow, children quickly tire of the 5mph maximum top speed that most ride-on toys have. Not so for one five-year-old driver, whose father helped him

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Plug-In Hybrids Charge Forward

Hybrid SUV Blog

Trending Up: Hybrid Sales on a Roll. The market for hybrid cars and SUVs perhaps has not taken off as fast as some had expected.

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2013 Nissan Leaf will be sold in Puerto Rico, first expansion into Latin America

National Green Transportation

Nissan today announced the 2013 Nissan Leaf will be available in Puerto Rico, making it the first Latin America market for Nissan's electric car. Nissan and Puerto Rico signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 14 months ago

Neighborhood Electric Vehicle: Dead or Alive?

Electric Cars are for Girls

Does the neighborhood electric vehicle have a place in today's high-speed electric car world? I think it does, and even has the potential to save lives

Ford and suppliers investing $220M to produce new HF35 hybrid transmission and others at Van Dyke plant

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HF35 architecture. Click to enlarge. Ford and suppliers are investing $220 million to transform Van Dyke Transmission into a modern operation capable of producing Ford’s new hybrid transmission—HF35—as well as other fuel-efficient transmissions.

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Infiniti’s concept EV wins design award

Green Cars News

Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti has been recognised for the design of its first range-extended electric car with a new award. The Infiniti Emerg-e has won a prestigious award from the German Design Council. The concept car, first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year took the prize in the Concepts category. A prize [.]. Nissan award electric car Infiniti

Mechanic's Worry: Electric Car Brakes Will Ruin My Business

Green Car Reports

Talk to any independent auto-repair mechanic, and you'll learn that the single most important item that keeps a shop in business is brakes. But hybrids and electric cars use their friction brakes far less aggressively than regular cars. That's because when the driver presses the pedal, some or all of the slowing comes from engaging an electric

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Review: 2013 Lexus RX 450h

Hybrid SUV Blog

2013 Lexus RX 450h. Dubbed by many industry sources the most fuel-efficient luxury SUV, the 2013 Lexus RX 450h certainly delivers. The RX 450h has an EPA estimated fuel economy of 32 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined.

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Worldwatch: Fossil fuel subsidies continue to outweigh those for renewable energy; international pledges on reform unfulfilled

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Estimated consumption subsidies, industrial and developing countries, fossil fuels and renewables. Source: Worldwatch. Click to enlarge.

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Revenge of the Electric Car

Electric Cars are for Girls

There's not much revenge in Revenge of the Electric Car. Come meet the new heroes behind the EVolution

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Obama Administration announces new 54.5 MPG CAFE standards

National Green Transportation

Today the Obama Administration announced the long-awaited new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard for cars and light-duty trucks, raising the standard to the equivalent of 54.5 miles/gallon, by 2025. The CAFE standards are regulations