February, 2011

Army's Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars are for Girls

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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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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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.

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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).

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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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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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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?

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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.

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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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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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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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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

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Ford Escape Hybrid Update For 2011

Hybrid SUV Blog

The 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid SUV continues to offer superior fuel economy as its past years’ models. The significant changes in the 2011 edition are all technological. The Ford Escape Hybrid has been available for about five years. And it continues to serve a market niche. “If

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.

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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

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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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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Electric Police Car

Electric Cars are for Girls

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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2011 BMW ActiveHybrid X6

Hybrid SUV Blog

An SUV with No Performance Compromises. Many hybrid SUVs deliver improved fuel economy, but their performance is limited in some way. After all, trade-offs need to be made. Well, that is definitely not the case with the 2011 BMX ActiveHybrid X6.

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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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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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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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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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Charging Stations Away from Home

Electric Cars are for Girls

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

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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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Study finds that switch to heavy and synthetic crude oils could double or triple refinery emissions

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Increasing crude processing intensity and energy intensity with worsening oil quality. OQ: Crude feed oil quality. PI: Crude processing intensity. EI: Refinery energy intensity. Observations are annual weighted averages for districts 1 (yellow), 2 (blue), 3 (orange), and 5 (black) in 1999-2008.

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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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Porsche Recreates The Original Hybrid Car, 111 Years Later

Green Car Reports

The name Porsche has traditionally been associated with fast, rear-engine sports cars, and more recently with fast heavy SUVs and fast heavy four-door luxury sedans. But it all goes back to pioneering engineer Ferdinand Porsche. He also designed the prototype for what became the Volkswagen Beetle, and would found Porsche AG after World War II

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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

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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

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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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Pike survey finds US consumers favor renewable energy, hybrids and EVs; disfavor cap and trade

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Survey results for favorable impressions of energy and environmental concepts. Source: Pike Research. Click to enlarge.

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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

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Cars That Last And Last: Driving The Same One For 77 Years

Green Car Reports

We've all heard the stories about people who hang onto their cars for decades. Irv Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800 is one; he's got more than 2.6 million miles on it now, after buying it new for $4,150. Then there's Rachel Veitch, who at 91 has logged 562,000 miles--and had no fewer than 18 batteries and seven mufflers under "lifetime warranty

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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

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EV Conversion: Why Keep The Transmission?

Electric Cars are for Girls

Everyone seems to be keeping the transmission in their electric car conversions. I don't get it. If I upscale the motor why can't I lose the transmission

Electric Land Rover to prove EV tech works for big cars too

Green Cars News

Clean tech firm Ricardo has announced a new electric car project that it hopes will take EV technology beyond the ‘city car’. According to the tech giant, the Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project (LCVTP) it run in collaboration with its partners, will demonstrate that EV technologies are capable of delivering ‘acceptable’ performance across all vehicle [.]. Electric cars Ricardo challenge city car electric car Freelander Jaguar Land Rover LCVTP