August, 2012

Survey of California plug-in vehicle owners highlights charging behavior

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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. As of July 2012, approximately 1,000 new plug-in vehicles are being sold in the state every month. The more than 12,000 PEVs provide both consumer and environmental benefits, according to a new study by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE).

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2013 Ford Focus Electric Test Drive

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

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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

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"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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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

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

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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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Progress toward commercializing the GTI IH2 thermochemical process for drop-in hydrocarbon fuels

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Automated, continuous IH 2 pilot plant, 50 kg/day biomass feed. Source: GTI. Click to enlarge. At the 244 th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Gas Technology Institute (GTI) scientist Dr. Martin Linck provided an update on the progress toward commercializing the GTI Integrated Hydropyrolysis and Hydroconversion (IH 2 ) process, with a presentation of new data on IH 2 developed from a continuous 50 kg/day pilot plant. Earlier post.).

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Creative Greenius and the Marine Exchange Transformation

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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.

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

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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

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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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Infiniti’s concept EV wins design award

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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

Bosch increases commercial vehicle diesel injection pressure to 2,500 bar

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Bosch’s CRSN3-25 offers injection pressure of up to 2,500 bar. Click to enlarge. As it outlined in 2010, Bosch has increased the maximum injection pressure of its CRSN3-25 injection system for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles to 2,500 bar. The aim is to help meet more stringent emissions standards such as US 10 and Euro VI; higher injection pressures help lower fuel consumption and emissions. With the CRSN3-25, up to seven individual injections are possible.

2012 298

EV Fest 2012: Toronto, Ontario

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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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GM CEO optimistic on potential for Envia Li-ion batteries with silicon anodes

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The AP reports that GM CEO Dan Akerson told an employee meeting that Li-ion batteries developed by Envia Systems could take a car 100 miles on a single charge within a couple of years, and potentially double that with some luck. Envia Systems is developing large capacity pouch cells based on a novel high-voltage Manganese rich (HCMR) layered-layered Li 2 MnO 3 ·LiMO 2 composite cathode with a Si-carbon anode and proprietary electrolyte. Earlier post.).

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

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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

2012 117

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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Robert Llewellyn: Leafing It

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In May of 2011 I took possession of a new car. Since then my wife and I have travelled a total of 18,876 miles in the vehicle. In the developed world that is probably one of the most unremarkable claims anyone could make. You have a car and you drive it, big deal. The only [.]. Electric cars Nissan Robert Llewellyn electric car Nissan LEAF solar panels

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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. Construction of this first phase, which began on 1 June 2011, was completed on time and on budget. When completed, the facility will produce 1.5 million gallons per year of crude oil and consist of approximately 300 acres of algae cultivation ponds and processing facilities.

2012 288

Zero Electric Motorcycle

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

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. EV Engineering in Australia ( earlier post ) recently unofficially broke the distance record for a production electric car, achieving 1,886 (1,172 miles) kilometers of driving over a 24-hour period.

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CA’s Green HOV-Lane Access: Off To A Slow Start?

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Earlier this year, the State of California launched a new, green HOV-lane sticker, letting qualifying plug-in hybrids drive in the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, even if there is only a single occupant in the car. According to California's North County Times however, fewer than 4,000 stickers have been issued since the scheme was launched in

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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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Infiniti electric car to debut at Paris Motor Show

Green Cars News

Infiniti is to reveal its first fully electric car at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show this September. What’s even more exciting is that the luxury carmaker says that the new LE Concept is a ‘production intent’ model, meaning we could expect to see it away from the showground and on real roads before too long. [.]. Green credentials Infiniti Paris Motor Show

GM reporting Duramax Diesel powertrain issues caused by aftermarket software; non-GM software voids powertrain warranties

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General Motors has released Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) 08-06-04-006J, which provides updated information to dealership service departments on identifying non-GM engine control module (ECM) calibrations. The bulletin also extends the procedures to cover many Duramax-equipped vehicles built for model year 2013.

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Neighborhood Electric Vehicle: Dead or Alive?

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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

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. A team from Rutgers University and Stevens Institute of Technology have designed and tested a smart phone application that can pinpoint where in the car a cell phone user is sitting—i.e.,

2012 278

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

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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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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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New Toyota Auris Hybrid set for Paris debut

Green Cars News

Toyota is to unveil a new Auris model including a new Auris Hybrid at the Paris Motor Show ,which promises to deliver improved dynamics and styling, higher equipment levels while also being cheaper to run. The Japanese car brand expects that sales of the new model will be split evenly by powertrain choice; with the [.]. Toyota Paris Motor Show Toyota Auris

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India adopts National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020; 6-7M electrified vehicles by 2020, total investment up to $4.1B

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India’s National Council for Electric Mobility (NCEM) has adopted the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 (NEMMP 2020), which is the mission document for National Mission for Electric Mobility (NMEM). The NEMMP 2020 lays the vision, sets the targets and provides the roadmap for achieving significant penetration of electric vehicles (including hybrids) in India by 2020.

2012 275

Find an Electric Car for Sale

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

2012 118

Opel introduces LPG Zafira Tourer model

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Opel is extending its Zafira Tourer model portfolio with a new liquefied petroleum gas version equipped with a 103 kW/140 hp, 1.4 LPG ecoFLEX turbo engine. The seven-seater compact vans now offers gasoline, diesel, CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) ex works. The engine provides the same output and torque of 200 N·m (148 lb-ft) (1,850 – 4,900 rpm) in both LPG and gasoline operation modes. In the LPG mode the Zafira Tourer 1.4 LPG Turbo ecoFLEX engine consumes 8.6

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ECOtality Offering Free Electric Car Charging Stations: Is Your City Included?

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Wherever you charge your electric car, it's nice to have access to the latest equipment and a good network of charging sites. That's the aim of ECOtality, as it offers Blink chargers at an increasingly wide range of sites, with Philadelphia, Chicago and Atlanta the latest cities joining the list. Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt-owning residents and

2012 111

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

Electric cars: the cleaner choice. The Green Piece

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Tuesday 28 August, 2012. The Green Piece Column. One of the things that confuses me deeply (I confess there are many things that confuse me) in the apparent rejection of electric cars is the argument that they are not any greener than combustion cars because electricity is produced from fossil fuels. While it is largely [.]. Electric cars The Green Piece electric car power generation The Green Piece Column

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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. HF35 will be used in five electrified vehicles being introduced this year: C-MAX Hybrid; C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid; Fusion Hybrid; Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid; and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

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Golf Cart Batteries are Popular for Electric Cars

Electric Cars are for Girls

What kind of electric car batteries are people actually using now, and why? Golf cart batteries, actually.even on the freeway