February, 2011

Obama FY 2012 budget proposes big boost for EVs and EV technology, cuts for hydrogen

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The President’s Budget proposes a 12% increase in funding for the Department of Energy. Click to enlarge. In support of President Obama’s goal of having 1 million advanced technology vehicles on US roads by 2015, the President’s Budget submitted today proposes a new effort to support electric vehicle manufacturing and adoption in the United States through new consumer. rebates, investments in R&D, and competitive programs to encourage communities.

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The electricity in gasoline

Plugs and Cars

I just ran across the latest available data, from 2005, for the electricity consumption by petroleum refineries. Source: Energy Statistics Database | United Nations Statistics Division ) The US is, hoorah, #1. Almost 49,000,000,000 kWh. One electric car, roughly speaking, will use about 3000 kWh to go about 12,000 miles. That means the electricity alone we use to refine petroleum each year could drive over 16,000,o00 electric cars 12,000 miles each year.

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Electric Police Car

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Opel has come out with a range-extended electric police car (a plug-in hybrid, like the Chevy Volt) for the European market. The advantage of electric police cars, according to the report, is that they can be silent and sneaky. I wish folks would make up their minds on whether the silent factor is a good thing or not, I'm getting whiplash. 36 thousand Euros after the VAT, though? Good luck with that

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Researchers: 100 Percent Green Energy Possible By 2050

Green Car Reports

We approach energy policy with care here, since GreenCarReports is largely about. well, cars. But a recent article claims it could take just 40 years to convert the bulk of the world's global energy usage from fossil fuels to renewable energy, primarily wind and solar power. That's not only vehicle fuel, but also electric-power generation, home

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Solar Energy - A Way To Cut Down On High Energy Costs

DIY Electric Car

Solar energy , the renewable energy source which has been in news for the last several years has made quiet inroads into many homes, factories, businesses, into our cars and appliances and much more. But, yet it is a rather misunderstood energy. It was expensive to commercially exploit solar energy few decades ago. But over time due to rapid advancements in solar technology and the corresponding increase in conventional fuels solar energy cost has become comparable to other energy sources.

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2011 Geneva Motor Show: Nissan ESFLOW Concept Live Photos

All Cars Electric

While its official world debut isn’t pegged until the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in just a few weeks, the Nissan ESFLOW electric sports car concept has been revealed in the flesh--or should we say aluminum and carbon fiber?--at at a special media event in Frankfurt, Germany today. The High Gear Media team was on hand to bring you these live shots

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BMW introduces new i sub-brand, first two vehicles i3 and i8; premium mobility services and new venture capital company

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Announcement of the i sub-brand in Germany. The final look of the i3 and i8 has yet to be shown. Click to enlarge. BMW introduced its new sub-brand, BMW i, along with announcement of production of the first two i models: the i3 (the battery-electric Megacity Vehicle, earlier post ) and the i8 (the production version of the plug-in hybrid Vision Efficient Dynamics concept, earlier post ).

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Army's Electric Vehicle

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I guess the Army's electric vehicle won't be needing the fake noisy gas engine sound track shown in the video, then? More about the Army's stealth EV after the jump

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First Drive Review: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Six-Speed Manual

Green Car Reports

The Chevrolet Cruze has been on sale for a few months at this point. Sales seem to be doing well, and the advertising is definitely aggressive. Chevrolet even calls out the competition by name in its advertising. The introduction of the Eco model was slightly behind that of the regular Cruze models, though we recently had the opportunity to drive

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Update: AO3 Trans to 11" Warp Motor

DIY Electric Car

UPDATE: We recently completed the retrofit of the AO3 transmission to the Net Gain Warp 11? DC Motor. link]. We were able to use all of the same Adapter components that we?ve ve been using for the 9? Warp motor. See photos attached to the opening post). This is because the larger motor uses a face plate which is very similar in design and the output shaft has the same diameter. This EV conversion is going to be used in a 1987 GM Panel truck with an estimated weight of 10,000lbs.

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Porsche Goes Electric with e-Boxster Test Mini Fleet

All Cars Electric

Ask most consumers to describe a Porsche and they’ll describe the classic Porsche Boxster: a rear-wheel drive, mid or rear-engined car designed for the driving enthusiast rather than the casual commuter. Large, noisy engines have always been a prerequisite. Until now. We heard last summer that Porsche had plans to test an electric

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Details of the Audi Q5 Hybrid Quattro Li-ion battery pack

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by Jack Rosebro. Components of the Q5 hybrid system. Click to enlarge. In a presentation at the 2011 Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) in Pasadena, California last week, Daniel Andree, a battery development engineer at Audi AG, outlined the implementation of a Sanyo lithium-ion battery pack in the upcoming 2012 Audi Q5 compact crossover hybrid. Earlier post.).

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Ethanol support divided by geography and not politics

National Green Transportation

David Herron A vote in Congress last Friday on an ammendment demonstrated a widely recognized truism. Support for corn ethanol subsidies is strong in states that grow a lot of corn, and is weak elsewhere. This support crosses party lines and includes people. February 21, 2011

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New Electric Cars, Public Safety, and Emergencies

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if a high-voltage electric car got into a high-speed crash? Chevy and OnStar, in a joint project with the National Fire Protection Association, are touring the country talking to first responders about how to safely deal with an accident scene that involves an electric vehicle

2011 182

U.S. Drivers: Shut Up, Stop Whining, You Don't Pay $8/Gallon

Green Car Reports

Turmoil in Libya is making global oil markets nervous. That means higher gasoline prices. Cue the creeping unease and outright fear that Our American Way Of Life May Be In Peril. Well, it's Monday morning, and we have a brisk message for our U.S. readers: Shut up and stop whining. So gas is over $3 a gallon, maybe even edging close to $4

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First drive of the Volvo C30 electric

Green Cars News

Volvo invited us to its company headquarters this week to take its C30 electric car for a spin before the launch of Swedish trials of its first electric model later this year. Editor, Faye Sunderland, got behind the wheel to find out more about Volvo’s first steps towards realising its ‘DRIVe towards Zero’ mission. Driving [.]. Electric cars Volvo C3O DRIVe electric car Gothenburg trial visit

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2012 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid, 2011 Geneva Auto Show Exclusive Preview

All Cars Electric

In a little over a week, Volvo will be unveiling its latest plug-in electric vehicle to the world at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. But just like last week when we were given an exclusive pre-Geneva peek at Nissan’s ESFlow electric sportscar concept in Frankfurt, Volvo invited us a few weeks ago to its headquarters in a wintery Gothenburg

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Hyundai introduces Korea’s first CNG hybrid bus

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The Blue-City CNG hybrid bus. Click to enlarge. Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest automaker, unveiled the nation’s first CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) hybrid bus, “Blue-City” This is the first time a major automaker independently developed both the system and body for such a vehicle. The hybrid bus is equipped with a G-CNG Engine that offers 177 kW (237 hp) and a 6-speed automated manual transmission, plus a 60kW electric drive motor and 3.8 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack.

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Can Rolls-Royce produce a luxury electric car worthy of their name?

National Green Transportation

A month ago rumors were circulating that maybe, possibly, Rolls Royce was developing an all-electric limo. At the time their CEO, Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, suggested it might be a good idea and that "all options were on the table" but did. David Herron February 21, 2011

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Charging Stations Away from Home

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Coulomb Technologies is setting up charging stations in several American cities, including Austin, San Francisco, Detroit, and Orlando. If you had charging stations at work or near work, I can see this being useful. Especially for only 23 dollars for an unlimited 6 month subscription

2011 182

2013 Chevrolet Cruze To Offer 2.0-Liter Clean-Diesel Option

Green Car Reports

Last fall, GM executive Tom Stephens said the company would offer a passenger car with a clean-diesel engine in the U.S. market, its first since 1985. Now we know what that vehicle will be: a model of the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan. Workers at the Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant where the Cruze is built were told about the model last week

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Exclusive: First look at the Nissan ESFLOW

Green Cars News

It is hard not to get carried away with Nissan’s latest all electric concept, the ESFLOW. TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk has been invited to an exclusive viewing of the shiny, two-seater ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in two weeks time. So what do we know about the concept so far? Firstly, the Japanese [.]. Electric cars Nissan concept electric ESFLOW

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2012 Ford Focus Electric: All The Parts It Doesn't Have.

All Cars Electric

A few days ago we told you what you needed to know about Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt servicing. After all, an electric car doesn't have many of the serviceable components you associate with a fossil-fuelled vehicle. Not one to be left out, Ford are now extolling the virtues of simple servicing on their upcoming 2012 Focus Electric. Despite the

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California Dump Truck Owners Association sues ARB to overturn Truck Bus emissions rule

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The California Dump Truck Owners Association (CDTOA) is suing the California Air Resources Board (ARB), challenging the legality of ARB’s Truck and Bus Regulation. Earlier post.). The lawsuit, California Dump Truck Owners Association v. Air Resources Board, was filed in the US District Court, Eastern District of California, Sacramento Division, on 11 February 2011.

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Zero Motorcycles unveils 2011 electric motorcycle line-up, now with quick charge

National Green Transportation

Zero Motorcycles today unveiled their 2011 electric motorcycle lineup. They've retained the same models (X, MX, S and DS), with what they call "sweeping technical improvements" and an upgraded new look. One really interesting feature

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Electric Car Charging in a Condo or Apartment

Electric Cars are for Girls

Electric car charging in a condo or apartment is WAY different from a house with a garage! Watch as Plug In America talks about this next generation issue. Warning: a little LONG. Seventeen minutes or so

2011 182

Could Chevy Volt Plug-In Displace Prius Hybrid On Red Carpets?

Green Car Reports

It all started with Leonardo DiCaprio, who showed up at the foot of the red carpet in his very own Toyota Prius. Within a couple of years, alighting from a Prius hybrid--or any other hybrid, including the hulking Cadillac Escalade Hybrid luxury full-size sport-utility vehicle--was de rigeur for any celeb who hoped to burnish his or her green

2011 95

Forget carbon dioxide – what about sulphur dioxide emissions?

Green Cars News

Much of the world’s focus is on reducing carbon dioxide emissions – but have we overlooked the emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2) in the process? According to a new analysis appearing in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, emissions peaked in the 1970s and then decreased until 2000 – only to increase again in recent [.]. Global warming Latest news carbon dioxide China developing countries sulfur dioxide emissions sulphur dioxide emissions

2011 51

Want an Electric Car Like the Nissan Leaf? Prepare to Wait

All Cars Electric

You’ve seen the adverts, been to the test-drive and placed down a $99 deposit for Nissan’s all-electric Leaf. Of course, there’s something you probably weren’t told about at the time of reserving a place in the queue. Patience. Save for a few hundred lucky individuals, the Nissan North America roll out of the 2011 Leaf has

2011 74

New simple, energy-efficient process for the direct production of renewable diesel from biomass waste

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Non-edible carbohydrates are converted to renewable diesel-range liquids via two consecutive catalytic steps. Credit: Wiley-VCH, Corma et al. Click to enlarge. A team at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain) has designed a new simple, energy-efficient process (that also does not require any organic solvents) for the production of renewable diesel from biomass waste. A paper on their work is published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

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Caltrain declares state of emergency, proposes drastic cuts, public hearings

National Green Transportation

Do you like this story? Following last weekends Friends of Caltrain meeting (see: Friends of Caltrain seeks to save Peninsula train service from death spiral) it will not be surprising to learn that in today Caltrain's Board declared a state of emergency. What was

2011 53

Electric Car Parts and Conversion Costs

Electric Cars are for Girls

A few years ago I picked up an early model 1971 911 T Targa. After stripping her down to the metal, prime, paint, restore the interior, rebuild the

2011 104

Which Is Selling Better: 2011 Chevy Volt Or 2011 Nissan Leaf?

Green Car Reports

The first business day of every month is when automakers release sales data for the previous month. Today, we got January's sales figures, which are an improvement over last January's. But the question that we keep hearing is: Which sells better, the 2011 Nissan Leaf or the 2011 Chevrolet Volt? They're the first two plug-in electric vehicles sold

2011 95

Honda launches new combined heat and power home system

Green Cars News

Japanese car maker Honda has turned its expertise in efficient engine technology to jointly develop a new micro-combined heat and power system (mCHP) for use in the home. Teaming up with heating and ventilation specialist Valiant, the new mCHP system is designed especially for the European market and will become available in Germany by the [.]. Honda combined heat and power home use Vaillant

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BREAKING Geneva Motor Show 2011: Nissan ESFLOW Concept Sneak Peak

All Cars Electric

Just weeks ahead of the 2011 Nissan Motor Show, Nissan has released pictures and videos of its latest all-electric car: The 2011 ESFLOW concept, something we’d heard was in development a while ago. Built from the ground up from scratch, the all-electric two-seat sport coupe concept car features dual motor rear-wheel drive and enough torque

2011 73

Diesels capture 70.7% of new vehicle market in France in January; hybrids and EVs account for 0.5%

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Diesel vehicles accounted for 70.7% of new vehicle registrations in France in January, up a point (131,230 units), while gasoline models fell by a point, to 26.3% (48,876 units). Registrations of vehicles running on LPG rose by 18.6% to 4,282 units, representing 2.3% market share. Hybrid sales dropped 3.3% to 889 units. The Auris was the best selling model (463 units), ahead of the Prius (171 units). Toyota dominates the hybrid segment (87% of sales).

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Study of emissions from CNG- and gasoline-fueled autorickshaws suggests measurements and data, not assumptions, should drive policy

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Fuel-based particulate matter emission factors (A: PM 2.5 mass, B: organic carbon fraction (OC/PM), C: elemental carbon fraction (EC/PM)), global warming commitment (D: GWC-Kyoto, E: GWC-All), and F: fuel consumption. Credit: ACS, Reynolds et al. Click to enlarge.

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