April, 2012

Your Greenius Earth Day Reality Check: Waiting For The Magic Bullet

Creative Greenius

Today is Earth Day 2012, a day filled with celebrations of the environment and all the things being done to try and improve it and make it more sustainable. You can go to events where you recycle your old paper tax records, your motor oil, your cellphone, computers and other electronics. .

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EV Fest 2012 Electric Vehicle Show in Toronto

Electric Cars are for Girls

Sunday, Sept. 9 2012 at The Pavilions in Toronto. Fall 2012 marks the fourth EV Fest, a show devoted to showing OEM and Personally converted Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, Plug-in Hybrids, eBikes, Electric Scooters, Trikes, EV components and supplies

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Hitachi develops 11 kW permanent magnet motor without rare earth materials

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Conventional industrial 11 kW induction motor (left) and Hitachi’s new 11kW motor (right). Source: Hitachi. Click to enlarge.

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I got the lead out!

DIY Electric Car

Hi, I have not posted for a while and have not worked on the car for a while. But I made up for it this weekend. Pulled out the drive shafts and finally after a lot of huffing and puffing got the engine and gearbox out. Also thanks for all the comments, very helpfull. Fatboynotslim.

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What's it gonna take?

Plugs and Cars

It just might be up to us. Sales of plug-in cars are steady, but not overwhelming. The Volt has had to contend with the overblown battery fire incident and the production hiatus. Fisker is delivering the Karma, but not without glitches and its DOE loan is being questioned. Aptera went under. Bright Automotive went under. The press has not been kind. Gas prices are at historically high levels, and have become a political football, but haven’t led to a surge in EV purchases.

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USA Broadcast Premiere, and DVDs in Whole Foods

Revenge of the Electric Car

This month, Revenge of the Electric Car celebrates Earth Day with some great new ways to see the film. Still available on DVD online, and streaming on multiple outlets over the internet, we're happy to announce our USA broadcast premiere of the film this month!

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While Fossil Fools Ignore Climate Crisis EcoMedia Acts Aggressively to Protect Environment

Creative Greenius

The latest news on global warming could not be worse. Climate scientists now agree that we won’t be able to restrict warming to just 2 degrees – which would have been bad enough.

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Tour Engine has Prototype II split-cycle engine running

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Prototype II Tour Engine—a novel split-cycle engine—on the bench. The hot side is on the right. Click to enlarge.

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IBM, Honda and PG&E testing electric car smart grid technology

National Green Transportation

Claiming electric cars might overstress the electric power grid, IBM, Honda and PG&E have begun a pilot project exploring integrating electric cars to the smart grid, allowing grid operators to manage the charge rate of all plugged-in

Reviewed: 2012 VW Touareg Hybrid

Hybrid SUV Blog

Delivering Luxury and Power: 2012 VW Touareg Hybrid. Introduced last year, the Touareg Hybrid is Volkswagen’s first production gas-electric hybrid SUV model. It complements the Touareg SUV line that includes a choice of a traditional gas V-6 or a turbocharged diesel V-6.

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Volvo Trucks to become ultra efficient

Green Cars News

It’s not just small and compact cars that are placing a clear emphasis on fuel efficiency – even the largest trucks are making efforts to go green. One of the clearest examples comes from Volvo Trucks, which is adding two drivetrain packages with exceptional efficiency to its line-up. The first is the XE16 package which [.]. Green cars Latest news Volvo fuel efficient green trucks volvo trucks

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Your Greenius Earth Day Reality Check: Waiting For The Magic Bullet

Creative Greenius

Today is Earth Day 2012, a day filled with celebrations of the environment and all the things being done to try and improve it and make it more sustainable. You can go to events where you recycle your old paper tax records, your motor oil, your cellphone, computers and other electronics. .

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11 Months, 36,000 Miles In A Nissan Leaf Electric Car? No Problem

Green Car Reports

In the minds of many consumers, electric cars like the 2012 Nissan Leaf are over-priced, second-cars that are only capable of short trips around town. We’ve proven that sentiment wrong ourselves, covering just over 15,000 miles in a year in our 2011 Nissan Leaf. Earlier this week however, we found out about a 2011 Nissan Leaf owner who has

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MIT study estimates ~7,500 early deaths per year in UK from PM2.5 from transport

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Annual average PM 2.5 concentration due to combustion emissions from (a) power generation; (b) commercial, institutional, residential, and agricultural sources; (c) industry; (d) road transport; (e) other transport; and (f) all UK combustion sources. Credit: ACS, Yim and Barrett. Click to enlarge.

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IBM, Honda and PG&E testing electric car smart grid technology

National Green Transportation

Claiming electric cars might overstress the electric power grid, IBM, Honda and PG&E have begun a pilot project exploring integrating electric cars to the smart grid, allowing grid operators to manage the charge rate of all plugged-in

Acura MDX Hybrid Coming

Hybrid SUV Blog

Acura To Add Hybrid Option to the 2013 MDX. The Acura MDX from Honda has a decade-long track record as a reliable mid-sized luxury SUV. A big plus has been the SUV’s ability to seat seven passengers thanks to a third row of seats, thus making it comparable to much larger SUVs.

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Electric car becomes first car, study shows

Green Cars News

A new study of 600 families running an electric car as a second car, shows that the EV quickly replaces their combustion car for the majority of car journeys. Based on the findings of a pilot study conducted by in Denmark by UK EV charging company POD Point and Danish EV leasing specialist ChoosEV, the [.]. Electric cars electric car Pod Point

While Fossil Fools Ignore Climate Crisis EcoMedia Acts Aggressively to Protect Environment

Creative Greenius

The latest news on global warming could not be worse. Climate scientists now agree that we won’t be able to restrict warming to just 2 degrees – which would have been bad enough.

Toyota Prius C: Hybrid Subcompact Ultimate Guide

Green Car Reports

Toyota's Prius has become such a significant figurehead for hybrids that Toyota has turned the Prius name into a burgeoning range of models. First to join the regular Prius was the 2012 Toyota Prius V, a hybrid wagon, and most recently we've got to know the 2012 Toyota Prius C, a Yaris-sized hybrid subcompact offering some impressive economy and

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Sandia researcher calculates likely discharge of 4.9-5.8 million barrels of oil from Deepwater Horizon well

Green Car Congress

Stewart K. Griffiths from Sandia National Laboratories reports in a paper accepted for publication in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology that the likely total discharge from the BP Macondo Prospect well (MC252) during the Deepwater Horizon accident was in the range of 4.9

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Coda Automotive teams up with Mr. Electric on electric car charging stations

National Green Transportation

Coda Automotive announced today the company had selected Mr. Electric to handle installation of electric car charging stations for Coda electric car purchasers. Mr. Electric isn't some speciality act playing clubs in Vegas, instead it is a

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Compare: Ford Escape

Hybrid SUV Blog

Ford Escape Still on Top. Few car or SUV models have the staying power to remain a best seller and top performer for several years. But how about a vehicle that keeps ahead of the market for a dozen years? That’s basically been the case with the compact SUV the Ford Escape.

Competition Time: We’re giving away a New Amazon Kindle Touch!

Green Cars News

We thought it was a about time we gave something away to our loyal band of readers. So when we heard that Amazon had launched a brand new version of their best-selling eReader, the Kindle. We knew that had to be it. The new Kindle Touch, as the name suggest, is a touchscreen version of [.]. Latest news Amazon competition Kindle

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Pinnacle 4-stroke opposed-piston SI engine shows fuel economy improvements of between 30-60% at light loads, 12-30% at medium loads over conventional

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Comparison of ISFC (@42.9 MJ/kg) (4000 RPM) between 250cc Pinnacle and 200cc poppet valve engine. Source: Pinnacle. Click to enlarge.

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After Record Sales, Chevy Volt Production To Resume A Week Early

Green Car Reports

Buoyed by record monthly sales of its Chevy Volt hybrid electric plug-in car in March, General Motors will resume production of the Volt at the Detroit Hamtramck plant one week early, the United Auto Workers told Talking Points Memo on Tuesday night. “They’re adding a week of production back in,” said Don LaForest, the chairman

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BMW unveils third i concept model: i8 Concept Spyder plug-in hybrid

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BMW i8 Concept Spyder. Click to enlarge. Following on the presentation of the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept coupé at the Frankfurt show in 2011 ( earlier post ), the BMW Group has introduced a third i Model: the BMW i8 Concept Spyder.

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2013 Ford Fusion to offer Auto Start-Stop option to save on gasoline costs

National Green Transportation

Ford announced today the Ford Fusion would a new way to save on high gasoline prices while reducing the environmental impact of driving a gasoline powered car. A new option, Auto Start-Stop, will be available on the Ford

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Fallbrook Technologies Inc. developing variable speed supercharger drive using its CVP technology

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Performance of supercharged Mustang with and without NuVinci CVP; variable ratio vs. 1:1. Source: Fallbrook. Click to enlarge. Fallbrook Technologies Inc. is developing a variable speed supercharger utilizing its NuVinci continuously variable planetary (CVP) technology. Earlier post.)

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Mazda SKYACTIV engines scoop industry award

Green Cars News

The impressive fuel efficiency of Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology has earned recognition in high quarters – after five Mazda engineers received the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Medal. The medals are handed out each year as recognition for the best research papers in various fields. They are presented in the hope of encouraging research activities and [.]. Green cars Latest news Mazda green cars Mazda SkyActiv SKYACTIV

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ANSI releases Standardization Roadmap for EV deployment

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Domains and topical areas for the standardization roadmap for electric vehicles. Source: ANSI. Click to enlarge.

Plug-In Car Sales Soar In March, Led By Chevrolet Volt

Green Car Reports

Car sales overall continued their upward trend last month, but sales of plug-in cars soared in March to about 3,000 units. The bulk of those sales came from a resurging Chevy Volt, which logged its highest-ever single-month sales figure. More plug-ins in total were sold last month than in any month since December 2010, when the Nissan Leaf and the

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Study finds biomass-to-liquids fuels could be economically competitive at current price levels; pyrolyzer and biorefinery collectives

Green Car Congress

The biorefinery collective encompasses multiple pyrolyzer collectives. Credit: ACS, Manganaro and Lawal. Click to enlarge.

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IBM, Honda and PG&E testing electric car smart grid technology

National Green Transportation

Claiming electric cars might overstress the electric power grid, IBM, Honda and PG&E have begun a pilot project exploring integrating electric cars to the smart grid, allowing grid operators to manage the charge rate of all plugged-in

GWU team develops cost-effective solar process to produce lime for cement without CO2 emission

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Conventional thermal decomposition production of lime (left) versus STEP direct solar conversion of calcium carbonate to calcium oxide (right). Click to enlarge.

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Is the Toyota Prius Plug-in a game changer?

Green Cars News

So, it’s finally here: the hybrid Toyota Prius that will now do what people have expected the Prius to do all along. Available to order now, the Prius Plug-in arrive in showrooms on 9 July, to give extended electric running of nearly 15 miles instead of 15 seconds without the whining petrol engine kicking in [.]. Toyota Weekly Column plug-in Prius

Ford begins roll-out of Focus Electric; electrifying the platform efficiently

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The Ford Focus Electric. Click to enlarge. Ford has begun the consumer roll-out of the Focus Electric, the battery-electric version of its new Focus; production of the vehicles began in December 2011 at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant. Earlier post.)

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Need (Or Want) A V-8? These Five Have The Highest MPG

Green Car Reports

If you haven't already clicked off the page in disgust, or headed straight to the comment section to voice your displeasure, then thanks for sticking with us on this one. No, judged against vehicles that are purpose-designed to be green, there's nothing particularly eco-friendly nor fuel-sipping about a V-8 engine. However, given the luxury and

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