August, 2010

Study Concludes Peak Coal Will Occur Close to 2011

Green Car Congress

A multi-Hubbert analysis of coal production by Tadeusz Patzek at The University of Texas at Austin and Gregory Croft at the University of California, Berkeley concludes that the global peak of coal production from existing coalfields will occur close to the year 2011. The HHV of global production is likely to peak in 2011 at 160 EJ/y, and the peak carbon emissions from coal burning will also peak in 2011 at 4.0 Gt C (15 Gt CO 2 ) per year, according to the study.

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Greenpeace Los Angeles Kicking Ass on Chemical Risks

Creative Greenius

While every elected official I know in the Los Angeles area has been silent and invisible on the issue of chemical plant security over the past year, our true heroes at Greenpeace Los Angeles have been kicking ass and taking names when it comes to keeping this issue on the front burner, informing the public and calling for the necessary action. Chemical plants using poison gases and other lethal toxic compounds surround our highest population areas here in So. Cal and put us all at risk.

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GM’s assembly line delivers bouncing baby Volt

Revenge of the Electric Car

Chris Paine and the Revenge crew (Sean, Craig, Jessie, and Jessica) are proud to say that they are among the first film crews ever to professionally film mass production of an EV. (Of Of course, this is mostly because no one has made them in so long.) Since GM will be one of the first to the EV market with its Volt in 2011, we came to film them being put together through the multiple stages of the car manufacturing process.

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Only One Hybrid Car Pays Back Its Owners; Know Which One?

Green Car Reports

One of the criticisms of hybrid cars has historically been that there's no payback, especially given the cheap gasoline prices in the U.S. The extra money you spend on a hybrid isn't returned in gas savings, say critics. Well, that may be true, especially when regular gasoline is averaging $2.77 a gallon this week. But as we often point out, most

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Making progess, two steps forward, one back

DIY Electric Car

Going at it step by step per instructions. Biggest advance has been to install new clutch and fit it to electric motor. The transmission is loosely connected to the motor. I have to figure out the right bolts since the adaptor plate now in place is considerably thicker than the sheet metal on the original car. I followed a video from the vendor of the kit I'm using to install the clutch. Felt very proud.

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Stop tinkering: Sierra Club Chief touts vehicle electrification

Plugs and Cars

After spending time in the Gulf, the Sierra Club's new executive director, Michael Brune, ponders getting off oil in "Create," his Sierra Magazine commentary. After extolling biking and transit, he concludes: "The single most effective thing we can do as a country to get off oil, however, is to electrify transportation. The days of tinkering around with tiny increases in fuel economy should be long gone.

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Study Finds Environmental Impact of Li-ion Battery for BEVs is Relatively Small; The Operation Phase is the Dominant Contributor to Environmental Burden

Green Car Congress

Environmental burden of a gasoline-fueled ICEV relative to that of a BEV (100%) assessed by four different methods: abiotic depletion potential (ADP), nonrenewable cumulated energy demand (CED), global warming potential (GWP), and Ecoindicator 99 H/A (EI99 H/A). Credit; ACS, Notter et al. Click to enlarge.

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Send us your EV REVENGE stories

Revenge of the Electric Car

Since the release of Who Killed the Electric Car? in 2006 and a steady stream of fan mail from all over the world, we can really sense a global community of electric car supporters who want to see all-electric vehicles replace the inefficient and costly gas-powered cars on the roads. And every now and then we hear about someone like Roque Haines and our electric hearts completely melt. Roque works as a contractor for Space Station Safety at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

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Corvette Could Go Hybrid, Says GM Head Engineer; World To End?

Green Car Reports

Last week, Karl-Friedrich Stracke, GM's vice president of global vehicle engineering, set to rest rumors of a mid-engine next-generation Chevrolet Corvette. That got a lot of attention among Corvette fans. But a footnote to the story was that Stracke said not only that a hybrid Corvette was possible, but that such a powertrain would be "an

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Back at it

DIY Electric Car

No good excuses for why I haven't worked on the car. I can blame the heat and spending my free time at lake. Real reason is that I've been frustrated by next steps. Today, I got back to it. My friend David M. and I set up a "workbench" using a couple of saw horses and pulled the motor out of the box. That alone was kind of motivating. We bolted the adaptor ring to the motor. Then we put on the clutch pressure assembly plate following the instructions from my kit provider.

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40 Percent Of U.S. Adults Want To Test Drive An EV

All Cars Electric

In news that will no doubt be music to the ears of any manufacturer planning to sell an electric vehicle, new research by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) finds that two fifths of US adults are interested in test driving an EV. The study reveals that consumers are interested in the improved environmental quality and potential cost

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General Motors Kicks Off National Electric Vehicle Training Tour For First Responders

Green Car Congress

by Jack Rosebro. A Chicago Fire Department firefighter using a hydraulic. cutter to remove the roof off of a pre-production Chevrolet Volt. during a demonstration at the 2010 Fire-Rescue Conference. International in Chicago. Click to enlarge. Using a pre-production example of the Chevrolet Volt as a teaching tool, General Motors launched a nationwide electric vehicle training tour and outreach project for emergency personnel this week at the 2010 Fire-Rescue International Conference in Chicago.

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Today’s Greenius Connects-the-Hot-Dots For You

Creative Greenius

I’ve been playing this new, fun, ultra exciting game on my Facebook page but it’s time to bring it here to Creative Greenius for everyone to enjoy. In “Greenius Connects-the-Dots-For You&# I’ll do the job your newspapers, TV and radio never do. I’ll bring you news each day that connects yet another Hot Dot. What’s a Hot Dot? Nothing but a little old tipping point on our way to the coming climate catastrophe everyone is so looking forward to.

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Do electric vehicle batteries harm the environment?

Green Cars News

Electric vehicles may be seen as a strong environmental solution, but what if their batteries have a negative effect on the environment? Well, a team from Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology decided to put this to the test. They compiled a detailed lifecycle inventory of a lithium-ion battery with a rough lifecycle [.].

2012 Ford Kuga Hybrid, or Will It Be 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid?

Green Car Reports

The 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid will likely be the last year for Ford's original hybrid vehicle, launched way back in October 2004. At the end of July, Ford had sold 98,500 Escape Hybrids, more than half its total sales of 139,700 hybrids of all types. But all good things must come to an end. For 2012, the Escape will be completely redesigned for the

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Remy and MotoCzysz to Start Production of a Revolutionary Electric Drive System- The D1g1tal Dr1ve

National Green Transportation

Yesterday MotoCzysz announced a partnership with their motor supplier, Remy International, to deliver an electric drive system to the market under the D1G1tal Dr1ve brand name. MotoCzysz is one of the handful of motorcycle race teams racing with electric motorcycles. They have raced twice on the Isle of Man, winning the 2010 TT Zero race, and more recently they raced at Laguna Seca, winning against the TTXGP champion Lightning Motors in a very close race.

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Electric Pot Car From Canada Creates Big Bong In EV World

All Cars Electric

As we're faced with an increasingly large world population and ever-dwindling resources the race is on to produce cars that not only produce zero tailpipe emissions, but ones that are green to manufacture too. But what is the ultimate material for cars? Steel is strong, but hardly light enough to make ultra-efficient vehicles. Many plastics are

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Survey Finds Many Americans Have a Very Poor Understanding of Energy Use and Savings

Green Car Congress

Mean perceptions of energy used or saved as a function of actual energy used or saved for 15 devices and activities. The diagonal dashed line represents perfect accuracy. Inset: Individual regression curves for 30 randomly selected participants. Source: Attari et al. Click to enlarge. A new survey by researchers from Columbia University, Ohio State University and Carnegie Mellon University finds that many Americans have a very poor understanding of energy use and savings.

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Greenius on Patch.com: Biking Our Way Toward a Carbon Neutral Fiesta

Creative Greenius

After the overwhelming success of the inaugural bicycle valet operation at the Memorial Day Fiesta Hermosa, filling our free parking lot to capacity for all three days , those of us who worked to make it happen set our sights even higher for the upcoming Labor Day Fiesta. Even though we took care of 800 to 1,000 bicycles per day over Memorial Day weekend, and made visiting the Fiesta a no-hassle, groovy good time for all those riders, we’re not satisfied.

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Survey says: Americans don’t understand energy use

Green Cars News

Americans have a “very poor understanding of energy use and savings” – that’s the damning verdict of a new survey by researchers from Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University and Ohio State University. They found that many of the participants in the survey believed they can save energy with small behavioural changes that actually achieve very [.].

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Why Are Luxury and Sports Brands Going Green? To Survive

Green Car Reports

It was so much easier just a few short years ago. Luxury cars wafted and sports machines roared, with nary a thought to gasoline consumed. Hybrids were for weenies, and everyone knew their place. But now? A hybrid Ferrari, a hybrid Porsche race car, an electric BMW. what is the world coming to? And, more seriously, why are the world's luxury

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TTXGP says arrivederci to TTXGP Italy and heads to Assen with TTXGP Euro in its place

National Green Transportation

The TTXGP 2010 race season has been in a constant state of flux the whole year, so we should not be surprised at the latest news. Last week a couple blog posts surfaced claiming that the often rescheduled TTXGP Italy races were being canceled. Over the following days the TTXGP Twitter account was sending updates like "New track and dates set.

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Lithium-Ion Batteries Get Green Kudos, Better Than Gasoline

All Cars Electric

In a week where many mainstream media outlets are claiming electric cars are prohibitively more expensive to own than gasoline counterparts, a team of Swiss researchers have released conclusive data showing that the environmental impact of the electric car is much less than most gas cars. As any EV advocate will tell you, electric vehicles are

Ford and Portland General Electric Partner to Prepare Region for EVs

Green Car Congress

Ford Motor Company and Portland General Electric will collaborate to help prepare the city of Portland and the Pacific Northwest for the operation of electric vehicles. Ford and PGE will work together to share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical grid can support the necessary demand for electric vehicles, as well as partner on consumer education outreach around electric vehicles.

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Greenius on Patch.com: Eco-Minded Should Consider RUHS Alternative

Creative Greenius

With school starting up again it’s easy to remember what an exciting and terrifying time this is for high school freshmen making the giant leap from middle school to the intimidating and initially confusing big-time campus. They don’t get any more big-time than Redondo Union High School ‘s 56-acre campus, one of the largest in all of California.

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Is travelling by car more harmful than travelling by plane?

Green Cars News

It seems almost unthinkable that travelling by car could be deemed more harmful to the environment than travelling by plane – but a new study suggests that might just be the case. According to a study published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, driving a car increases global temperatures in the long run [.].

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Could Your Car's Tinted Windows Collect Solar Energy?

Green Car Reports

Back in the day, having a car with solar panels on it meant you were driving around in something that probably looked as weird as 2006's Venturi Eclectic concept. However, today, thanks to companies like Norway's EnSol, virtually any car could be fitted with solar panels and you wouldn't even notice them. That's because EnSol has patented new

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SWIGZ.COM Racing's Chip Yates to unveil electric superbike at The Battery Show in October

National Green Transportation

Last winter Chip Yates wowed the electric motorcycle scene with his plan for a powerful electric superbike, which would he would race in this years TTXGP season, declaring that "2010 is really the pioneering year for electric superbike racing." " While the 2010 TTXGP and e-Power season has been amazing, Chip Yates team was not there citing the need for more R&D to achieve their vision.

Tomorrow's Power Today? New Battery Is Most Powerful Ever

All Cars Electric

The electric motor is a great invention, but it's entirely limited by the power that the battery can feed to it, and that power is limited by the amount of energy the battery can store. Battery technology is in constant development behind the scenes, though, and the latest to emerge in research at Washington State University promises to be the

2010 74

EPA, DOT Propose New Fuel Economy Labels; Addressing GHG Emissions, Fuel Consumption and Advanced Technology Vehicles

Green Car Congress

Four samples of the first proposed label design with the letter grade. From left to right: EV, PHEV, gasoline/diesel, gasoline/diesel. Color is integral to the new schemes. Source: EPA. Click to enlarge. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are jointly proposing changes to the fuel economy labels consumers see on the window of new vehicles in dealer showrooms. The proposed rule seeks public comment on label design options and related issues.

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Redondo’s Most Important Vote Has Nothing to Do With Zoning

Creative Greenius

Although local temperatures have been unseasonably low most of this summer, much of the rest of our planet has been burning ( Russia’s historic fires ), melting ( Greenland glacier chunk breaks off , Arctic Sea Ice Loss ), overheating ( record heatwaves ), or experiencing the extreme weather conditions climate that scientists have been warning about for decades now.

2010 163

Bio-Bug becomes UK’s first sewage-powered car

Green Cars News

The UK’s first sewage powered car has taken to the streets of Bristol this week, after the Greenfuel Company converted a Volkswagen Beetle to run on biogas. Wessex Water-owned company, GENco imported special equipment to treat gas generated at its sewage treatment works in Avonmouth to power the car. A collaboration between the water works [.].

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Why The Cost of Insuring Your Hybrid Car Is Going To Rise

Green Car Reports

We already knew that the quintessential hybrid car, the Toyota Prius, costs a little more to repair than non-hybrid cars. Now, the news gets worse: Insurance rates for hybrids are going to rise, probably at a faster rate than auto insurance premiums overall, according to Mitchell International's Industry Trends Report. The culprit is an evolution

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Balqon expands into China with purchase order from China-based distributor, DynaProTech

National Green Transportation

Balqon, the maker of electric big trucks and drive systems, has received a purchase order for drive systems from a new dealer in China. The dealer, DynaProTech, plans to integrate the drive systems into electric buses, heavy duty trucks and commercial vehicles for use in China. The deal is part of what Balqon CEO Balwinder Samra says is their strategy to expand into international markets.

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So What Exactly DO You Have to Service On a 2011 Nissan Leaf?

All Cars Electric

Despite initial purchase prices higher than those for gasoline cars of equivalent performance (before incentives, anyway), electric cars undisputably cost less to run. Not only does the grid electricity to drive a mile cost just half to one-fifth the cost of the gasoline to go the same distance, but electric cars have far fewer maintenance items

2010 73

Americans Using Less Energy Overall and Using More Renewable Energy Resources

Green Car Congress

The United States used significantly less coal and petroleum in 2009 than in 2008, and significantly more wind power. There also was a decline in natural gas use and increases in solar, hydro and geothermal power according to the most recent energy flow charts released by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Energy use tends to follow the level of economic activity, and that level declined last year.

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Greenius on Patch.com: Lessons Learned on Carbon Neutral City Committee

Creative Greenius

After eight months of working directly with Mayor Michael DiVirgilio to introduce and launch the Carbon Neutral City initiative , I stepped aside two weeks ago to focus more on the surrounding South Bay communities and to play a different role in Hermosa.

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