December, 2011

ExxonMobil Outlook projects hybrids and advanced vehicles to account for nearly 50% of cars globally by 2040; fuel demand for for personal vehicles to peak and decline, while commercial transportation demand rises 70%

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Light duty vehicle fleet by type and average fuel efficiency. Source: ExxonMobil Outlook. Click to enlarge. Exxon Mobil Corporation’s new The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040 , released last week, projects that global energy demand in 2040 will be about 30% higher than it was in 2010 as population grows to 9 billion and global GDP doubles. Growth is led by developing regions such as China, India, Africa and other emerging economies.

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Join the Greenius to Defeat Vile Vandals & Restore Hope & Trees

Creative Greenius

Let me tell you how pissed off I was the day after Thanksgiving when I read this headline in the Daily Breeze: “ Vandals Uproot Saplings Planted by Youngsters “ The story in a nutshell read, “ Forget the financial loss. Vandals crushed a lot more than that this week when they ripped out fledgling oak trees and smashed other plants being cultivated by dozens of young people from across the South Bay in Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park.

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International Hot Rod Association Welcomes Electric Cars

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"For your average drag race fan, this change opens a new and exciting chapter on the drag race scene, not seen since the likes of the inception of the electric vehicle itself." - Marketwire

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Chevy Volt Electric Car Owners Most Satisfied, Consumer Reports Says

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Despite the NHTSA inquiry into battery-pack fires following severe crash tests of the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, the car's 5,000 or so owners to date seem to be unworried. Comments on Volt owner forums largely dismiss worries about any risk of fire during accidents, and many owners still seem ecstatically happy with their cars.

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VW Build

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I collected the car last weekend and, having not seen it in the flesh, i was very pleased with what I'd bought. It's a MK2 golf with 9'' ADC motor fitted, battery tray up front and one sunk into the rear where the fuel tank was. It needs a reasonable amount of attention but is a greater starter project for my first EV. The lights, etc run from a dedicated 12V battery (missing) and all the wiring is there so it should just be a matter of sticking the battery in.

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Happy New Year! The DVD Release.

Revenge of the Electric Car

After opening a great theatrical run with so many great events, we're proud to announce that "Revenge of the Electric Car" releases on DVD on January 24th, 2012! We've jammed the DVD with all sorts of special features, including a 35-minute panel discussion after the premiere screening at the Tribeca Film Festival this year- with Chris Paine, Dan Neil, Carlos Ghosn, Elon Musk, and moderated by David Duchovny.

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WHO report urges greater attention to improved land use, rapid transit, cycling and walking to achieve health co-benefits from transport GHG emissions mitigation

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Urban density is one of the most important determinants of car use and transport-related energy consumption in cities. Source: WHO report. Click to enlarge. Among strategies to reduce CO 2 emissions in the transport sector, a shift to active transport (walking and cycling) and rapid transit/public transport combined with improved land use can yield much greater immediate health “co-benefits” than improving fuel and vehicle efficiencies, according to a new WHO (World Health Organization) report.

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Aptera Interview Today at Last!

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Steve Fambro, Aptera's founder, will be speaking today for the first time about Aptera. Specifically - hopefully - What Went Wrong Over at Aptera. Not to be ghoulish about an EV company that didn't make it, but.don't we all wanna know? The show airs live at 3pm Eastern on Transport Evolved

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2012 Fisker Karma Electric Car First Drive Impressions: Video

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After what feels like forever, the 2012 Fisker Karma electric car is finally about to go on sale. Last month, we showed you how to order a Fisker Karma. Now, we've been able to slide behind the wheel of a new 2012 Fisker Karma EcoSport to bring you some quick first-drive impressions of the car's performance, ride, interior, and controls. Our ride

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Honda Goldwing Conversion

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I am doing an electrical conversion of an 88 Honda Goldwing. I wll try to post here frequent enough to show progress and share useful information. Attached Thumbnails

Tesla reveals price and options for the 2012 Model S electric sedan

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While Tesla Motors is best known for the Roadster, an all electric super-sports-car, their eyes all along have been on a business plan to develop modest priced electric cars. The Tesla Model S, to go on sale

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Ford begins production of 2012 Focus Electric at Michigan Assembly, C-MAX models on deck

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Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant is starting production of the 2012 Focus Electric ( earlier post )—a five-passenger, battery-electric car Ford expects will achieve more than a 100 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) fuel economy rating. By comparison, the Nissan LEAF carries a 99 MPGe (combined) EPA rating, while the smaller i-MiEV carries a 112 MPGe (combined) rating. (1 1 gallon of gasoline=33.7 kWh).

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E.ON launches electric car tariff for EV users

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Energy firm E.ON is the latest to launch a electric car tariff designed for those with their own electric car to recharge. A trial two year plan called ‘E.ON EV Miles’ will cover the cost of charging an electric car for as little as £236 a year, compared to the typical annual refuelling cost of [.]. Green credentials cost E-ON electric car ev EV Miles recharge

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Lithium Polymer Batteries

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New lithium polymer batteries for electric cars - cheaper, lighter, and.400 miles on a charge

Aptera Collapse: How & Why It Happened, A Complete Chronology

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It's not the best photo, but it means a lot to the 19 people in it. Posed in front of a mirrored glass office building under a colorful logo, they are the final employees of the now-defunct Aptera Motors on the last day of its existence: Friday, December 2. Now we can bring you the inside chronology of the events that led to the end of Aptera

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Stripped Bike

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This is after I stripped the bike and preparing for the EV. Attached Thumbnails

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EU looking to relax electric bicycle laws, says naysayers full of innacuracies

National Green Transportation

A large number of (gasoline powered) car trips are 3 miles or less, and could be avoided with adequate bicycles and bicycling infrastructure. Recognizing this fact the European TwoWheel Retailers Association is looking to relax EU rules governing

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DOE to award more than $7M to four projects to advance hydrogen storage

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The US Department of Energy is awarding more than $7 million to fund four 3-year projects in California, Washington and Oregon to advance hydrogen storage technologies to be used in fuel-cell-electric vehicles. The selected organizations will provide close to $2 million in cost share. The projects focus on lowering the cost of compressed hydrogen storage systems and on developing advanced materials for hydrogen storage.

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Just how green was 2011? A year in review. The Green Piece.

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Tuesday 20 December, 2011. The Green Piece Column. Proclaimed to be ‘the year of the electric car’, 2011 was expected to deliver a lot in terms of the development and uptake of lower emission cars. But did it deliver? We take a look back over the year. Year in review January-Plug-in Car Grants launch as [.]. Latest news The Green Piece 2011 electric car Green cars year in review

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Lithium Battery Management Systems

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Lithium battery management systems for your electric car: When you need it, and when you don't. Controversial interview included;

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Matt Drudge's Idiotic, Uninformed War Against The Chevy Volt

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Recently named by Gizmodo as the second most viral person on the Internet (ahead of Ashton Kutcher!), Matt Drudge is the go-to guy for headlines guaranteed to feed red meat to the right-hand side of the U.S. political spectrum. And he hates electric cars. Boy, does that man hate anything with a plug. And if it's the "failed" Chevy Volt, from the

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IBM and University of Guadalajara create Smarter Cities Exploration Center; transportation pilot seeks to reduce commuting time in city by 15%

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IBM and the University of Guadalajara (UdeG) in Mexico have created a Smarter Cities Exploration Center. Supported by technical and intellectual guidance of IBM’s global research lab experts, the Center will be the first of its kind in Latin America, tasked with the mission to design solutions to tackle infrastructure challenges faced by Guadalajara—Mexico’s second-largest city—and other cities around the world.

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Businesses combat obesity with healthier food choices, missing sedentarianism

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Today NPR reported that the Partnership for a Healthier America is calling on Businesses to provide us with healthier food choices. At the recently held the Building a Healthy Future Summit in Washington DC, leaders from Business, Government and

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Evatran plans trials of Plugless Power wireless charging technology with commercial partners for early 2012; outfitting Volts and LEAFs

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Plugless Power system components. Click to enlarge. Evatran, a developer of wireless charging systems for electric vehicles ( earlier post ), has signed contracts with six commercial participants to outfit their Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF models with pre-production Plugless Power wireless charging systems. Plugless Power is a Level 2 (240V at 30A, 3.3 kW rated power output) inductive charging system, with a transfer efficiency of 90%.

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Renault makes first UK delivery of electric van

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Renault is celebrating delivering its very first Kangoo Z.E electric van in the UK. Printer Patrick Chard is the first owner of one of the battery-powered van, after he picked up the keys from Milton Keynes dealership, Marshall Renault. Already a winner of two major industry awards; the International Van of the Year 2012 and [.]. Renault delivery electric car kangoo Z.E.

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The ZENN Test Drive

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I can't believe the electric car dealer let me take their ZENN out by MYSELF. What were they thinking

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2014 Nissan Leaf Will Cost Less, Go Wireless, Travel Further, Be Smarter

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Last week we told you that Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury brand, would be including wireless inductive charging on the option list for its first electric car. Now Nissan has confirmed that the 2014 Leaf will also be able to wirelessly recharge itself using a suitable inductive charging station, doing away with those pesky power cables for good

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Fjord1 launches world’s largest gas ferry on Boknafjord

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Norwegian transportation company Fjord1 launched the MF Boknafjord , the world’s largest gas ferry. The new ferry, delivered by Fiskerstrand BLRT AS, will serve the Arsvågen-Mortavika route on the Boknafjord in Rogaland County. MF Boknafjord. Click to enlarge. The new gas-operated ferry is designed by Multi Maritime AS in Førde, Western Norway and has a total length of 129.9m, a maximum width of 19.2m

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EU looking to relax electric bicycle laws, says naysayers full of innacuracies

National Green Transportation

A large number of (gasoline powered) car trips are 3 miles or less, and could be avoided with adequate bicycles and bicycling infrastructure. Recognizing this fact the European TwoWheel Retailers Association is looking to relax EU rules governing

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Valeo acquires electric supercharger business from Controlled Power

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As part of its strategy of developing solutions to reduce CO 2 emissions, Valeo has acquired the Variable Torque Enhancement System (VTES) ( earlier post ) business of UK automotive technology development company Controlled Power Technologies (CPT). VTES will be integrated into Valeo’s Powertrain Systems Business Group with immediate effect. With this move, Valeo becomes the first automotive supplier to offer its customers a range of electric superchargers.

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Easyjet founder to launch car club

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EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou is launching a new car sharing service which will see customers able to rent out their cars for an agreed rate. The new service simply called ‘Car Club’ will be run as a subsidiary of Stelio’s easyCar online car rental firm and will launch in London in 2012. Under the scheme [.]. Green credentials Brent Hoberman car club EasyCar EasyJet LastMinute.com rental short term Sire Stelios

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Nikkei reports Mitsubishi Motors to release electric light truck in FY12

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The Nikkei reported that Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has started developing an electric light truck—its third electric vehicle—with a fiscal 2012 launch in mind. The new EV reportedly will be targeted at farmers, contractors and others who use light trucks for their work—applications in which limited range is less of an issue. The electric light truck will allow users to recharge its battery off normal household power outlets.

2011 263

Congress Actually Ends Taxpayer Funding Of Ethanol Subsidies

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When the U.S. Congress adjourned for the holidays on Friday, December 23, its departure sealed the fate of subsidized ethanol production. During its session, the Congress did not renew a tax break for U.S. production of corn-based ethanol that had become increasingly unpopular across a wide area of the political spectrum. The tax credit amounted

California ARB releases three studies showing fine particle pollution a threat to cardiovascular health

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ARB regulates two size classes of particles: up to 10 microns (PM 10 ) and up to 2.5 microns in size (PM 2.5 ). particles are a subset of PM 10. Source: ARB. Click to enlarge. Three new studies released by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) show that exposure to airborne fine-particulate matter significantly elevates the risk for premature deaths from heart disease in older adults and elevates incidence of strokes among post-menopausal women.

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Cincinnati asking cyclists to grade its bicycle infrastructure and policies

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According to a blog post today by the UrbanCincy blog, Cincinatti is asking bicyclists to grade the cities efforts to improve the local bicycling infrastructure. From now until December 31, 2011, the Department of Transportation & Engineering

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U-M study finds substantial change in age composition of US drivers between 1983 and 2008; younger drivers represent smaller portions of their age groups

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Changes in percentage of teenagers with driver’s licenses, 1983 to 2008. Data: Sivak and Schoettle. Click to enlarge. The age composition of US drivers has changed substantially between 1983 and 2008, according to a new study by University of Michigan researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle, published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention. In 1983, the largest group of drivers included those between 25 and 29 years of age.

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Toyota looking at electric car charging in China

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Japanese carmaker Toyota is continuing to eye up the Chinese market with all sectors of its business. Now it is the turn of Toyota Tsusho Corporation, a Toyota group company, which is looking to build a strategic partnership for promoting electric car charging infrastructure in the country. Its potential partners include automotive parts manufacturer Chongqing [.]. Electric cars Green cars Latest news Toyota China electric car charging electric vehicle charging Toyota Tsusho Corporation

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