March, 2012

ABB introducing new DC fast-charger in Europe for €9,988

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The Terra SC. Click to enlarge. ABB launched the Terra Smart Connect (SC), a low-cost DC fast-charger that the company says will significantly improve the business case for installing electric-vehicle (EV) fast chargers throughout Europe. The Terra SC will be available for delivery in Europe in the second quarter, starting at €9,988 (US$13,310) for small volume orders. The Terra SC is specifically designed for convenient fast charging in commercial and office areas.

2012 284

Electric Cars Facebook Photo Contest!

Electric Cars are for Girls

Do you have a favorite photo of your electric car? (.or or whatever other electric vehicle you happen to have!) Come on over to Facebook by Mar. 31 and enter it into the cover photo contest. Photo with the most likes gets to be April's Electric Cars are for Girls FB cover photo

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2013 Nissan Leaf: Better Heater, Leather Option, 6.6-kW Charger

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Nissan’s all-electric Leaf hatchback has only been on sale in the U.S. for the past 15 months, but Nissan has already confirmed it will get some much-needed upgrades for the 2013 model. Speaking to The Detroit News yesterday, Mark Perry, director of product and advanced planning for Nissan Americas confirmed that the 2013 Leaf will get an

2012 125

Better late than never

DIY Electric Car

I converted my 1992 Toyota pickup to all electric on Sept 2011. I have driven it to work and back 40 miles every day for the past 6 months. I have put over 6000 EV miles on it now. I have continuously been making efficiency tweaks to it. Check out the improvements: Initially 118Amp draw at 50mph. Added low rolling resistance tires, replaced wheel bearings, added aero mods, reduced extra weight by 150lbs. Now the current draw at 50mph is only 90 Amps. My max range is 64+ miles to a charge.

2012 100

Gearing up for the month of Earth Day, 2012

Revenge of the Electric Car

Next month the world will draw its attention to Earth Day on April 22nd, and over the next several weeks we're all guaranteed to see more environmental action and activism in the news. The filmmakers of "Revenge of the Electric Car" urge you to bring electric vehicles to the front of the conversation next month, so we can introduce alternative energy mobility to more people and free us from inefficient oil dependance.

2012 100

What's up with public charging?

Plugs and Cars

The car landscape of America is changing. Some places have plug-in cars. Some places have public charge stations. Some places are lucky enough to have both. The USDOE counts over 5500 public charge stations. Only ten states have none. Is there public charging where you as a EV driver want to find it? How will you find it? Will you be able to simply plug in and charge? Will you be charged money? How much? And how will you pay?

2012 100

Copper-coated silicon particles as an anode material for Li-ion batteries

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Long-term stability of specific discharge capacity for: (A) Cu-coated a-Si:H and (B) pristine a-Si:H.The theoretical charge storage capacity of graphite is given for comparison. Credit: ACS, Murugesan et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a scalable, chemical approach for synthesizing copper-coated hydrogenated amorphous silicon particles (Cu-coated a-Si:H) through a polyol reduction method for use as anode material in Li-ion batteries.

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Vote Today For GCR To Win 'Best Of Green' Award! (Reminder)

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We're coming down to the wire here, and our small but plucky group of supporters may be overwhelmed by the thundering hordes voting in favor of. well, you know, those people. We're talking about voting for the TreeHugger Best of Green Reader's Choice Award--and once more we turn to you, our valued readers, to remind you to vote for us to win

2012 116

I bought myself a hoist

DIY Electric Car

As I think I am getting close to pulling out the engine. I decided to buy myself a cherry picker. Cost me $175 secondhand off craigslist. Fatboynotslim. Attached Images

2012 100

Large private transit company lobbies Congress to gut public transit funding

National Green Transportation

Private transit company Veolia Transport has been accused of lobbying Congress over HR7, legislation currently making its way through Congress which would (among other things) weaken public transit agencies, according to a StreetsBlog post on

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Study finds that environmental impact of corn-ethanol E85 is 23% to 33% higher than that of gasoline; environmental problem-shifting

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Environmental impacts of gasoline and E85. Error bar shows regional variations for E85. GW = global warming; Eut. eutrophication; ET = ecological toxicity; FEC = fossil energy consumption; WU = water use; LO = land occupation; “The rest” includes acidification; smog formation; ozone layer depletion; and human health effects. Credit: ACS, Yang et al. Click to enlarge.

2012 279

Study finds automobile tires are a potential source of carcinogenic dibenzopyrenes to the environment

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A new study by researchers from Stockholm University concludes that automobile tires may be a potential previously unknown source of carcinogenic dibenzopyrenes—a type of high molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)—to the environment. Their findings are published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. Automobile tire rubber in general consists of approximately 40?60% 60% rubber polymers; 20?35%

2012 278

Plug in Prius

Electric Cars are for Girls

Waiting for Toyota to build you a plug in Prius? You don't have to wait! Canadian Andrew Bell had his Prius converted for about 4K, including all parts and labor

2012 140

Should Seuss’s Lorax Sell 2013 Mazda CX-5 Crossover To Kids?

Green Car Reports

Pester power, the advertising practice of using the nagging abilities of children to sell candy and toy is known and feared by most parents worldwide. But what happens when elementary school children are targeted by an automaker in order to pester their parents into taking a test drive? Enter Mazda, whose latest marketing campaign for the 2013

2012 113

More gets done every day

DIY Electric Car

God bless Rich Pin he has put on You tube video on everything you need to do to remove to get the engine out of a Saturn SL1. I would be lost without him. I have a Haynes manual but it like gobbledegook! So I just do what old Rich Pin say to do this. I have now removed the alternator and the starter motor. All the wire hareness is clear and just because I was in the mood I removed the exhaust.I also removed the intake manifold. Fatboynotslim. Attached Thumbnails

2012 100

Large private transit company lobbies Congress to gut public transit funding

National Green Transportation

Private transit company Veolia Transport has been accused of lobbying Congress over HR7, legislation currently making its way through Congress which would (among other things) weaken public transit agencies, according to a StreetsBlog post on

2012 74

Average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in Feb up 18% from October 2007

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The average sales-weighted fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the US in February was 23.7 mpg US (9.93 L/100km), according to data from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)—up 18% from the value in October 2007 (the first month of UMTRI monitoring). Click to enlarge. The Eco-Driving Index (EDI)—an index that estimates the average monthly emissions generated by an individual US driver—stood at 0.87

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Pike Research forecasts automotive Li-ion battery prices to drop by more than 1/3 by 2017

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According to a recent report examining batteries for electric vehicles from Pike Research, as manufacturing efficiencies improve and access to lithium expands, the installed cost of Li-ion batteries will fall by more than one-third by the end of 2017. In terms of revenue, the market for Li-ion batteries for transportation will grow from $2.0 billion annually in 2011 to more than $14.6 billion by 2017, the market intelligence firm forecasts.

2012 263

Gasoline Prices: Pinned to the Pump!

Electric Cars are for Girls

Gasoline prices affect EV drivers, too. A bit about oil addiction and how driving electric cars can free us from dependency

2012 130

Electric Cars ARE Coming, But It Will Be Slow: Why Is This So Hard To Grasp?

Green Car Reports

Major evolutionary change takes a long time. That's as true for electric cars as for opposable thumbs--though it will be measured in decades, not millennia. We frequently have to say that declaring plug-in cars a sales failure after 14 months (as certain commentators have done) is wildly premature. So let's do a bit of context setting, shall we

2012 106

Little and often

DIY Electric Car

Hi, I found out where the battery tray bolt was, in the wheel arc? So I removed that, the serpentine belt and AC unit. Also I scrouged from work some baby 12V sealed rechargable batteries which were going to be recycled. but still have some charge. I think I will be able to use them to test the system some way. confused: I am now reading up on building my own desulfator just for fun. I found some info on the web and it should be fun.:rolleyes: rolleyes: Attached Thumbnails

2012 100

Electric car industry predicts growth on back of rising fuel prices

Green Cars News

With the threat of further fuel price rises hanging over us, a leading charging infrastructure firm is predicting that the market for electric cars is about to grow. Bosses at Charging Solutions say that more motorists will look for viable alternatives as fuel prices reach record highs. James Jean-Louis is managing director of Charging Solutions, [.]. Green credentials charge point electric car fuel prices

2012 69

California Governor announces $120M settlement with NRG will fund electric car charging stations across California; new Executive Order to accelerate commercialization of ZEVs

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California Governor Edmund Brown Jr. and the California Public Utilities Commission to announced a $120-million settlement with NRG Energy Inc. stemming from claims reaching back to Dynegy and the California energy crisis in 2000 and 2001) that will mostly be applied to fund the construction of a statewide network of plug-in vehicle charging stations, including at least 200 public fast-charging stations and another 10,000 plug-in units at 1,000 locations across the state.

2012 261

CAP-XX introduces supercap modules to support batteries in stop-start applications

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CAP-XX stop-start system architecture. The company says that the cost of a 14V, 6-cell supercapacitor module for stop-start would be around US$60. Source: CAP-XX. Click to enlarge.

2012 257

Plug in Prius 2

Electric Cars are for Girls

Waiting for Toyota to build you a plug in Prius? Canadian Andrew Bell had his Prius converted for about 4K, including all parts and labor. Part 2 of interview

2012 98

2012 Subaru Impreza

Green Car Reports

The all-new 2012 Subaru Impreza carries the small, quirky Japanese company further into competition with mainstream makers of compact sedans and hatchbacks. But true to its roots, Subaru does things a little differently. The goal for this latest iteration of its smallest model line was to make the 2012 Impreza sedan and hatchback a closer match to

2012 105

Started De-Icing

DIY Electric Car

Hi, today I managed to get some time on the Saturn EV. I removed the bonnet,radiator, the air box and the battery. Got stock on the battery box but at least I can see where I am going now. Won't be long untill I yank out that ugly big engine lump.:mad: mad: Oh I also found out I have a leak in the boot which I will need to sort out before I put in any batteries etc.:rolleyes: rolleyes: Attached Thumbnails

2012 100

Mercedes-Benz introducing diesel E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID with fuel economy of 56 mpg US; gasoline-engined E 400 HYBRID model to follow

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E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID Click to enlarge. Mercedes-Benz is introducing the new E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID; the luxury-class diesel hybrid offers fuel consumption of 4.2 L of diesel/100 km (56 mpg US), with CO 2 emissions of 109 g/km. Earlier post.) The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is based on the E 250 CDI, yet has a higher output and approximately 15% lower fuel consumption. This diesel hybrid will be available in the European market as a Saloon and Estate from the third quarter 2012.

2012 256

U. Mich spinout Spider9 offering dynamic control systems for grid-scale batteries and solar arrays

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Spider9 , a cleantech company launched in 2011 at the University of Michigan, has finalized the license agreement for patented dynamic control systems and plans to launch its first commercial integration at the historic Henry Ford Valve Plant, known as the Water Wheel Center, in Northville, Michigan.

2012 254

Toyota introduces next-generation B-segment hybrid with 112 mpg US; CNG hybrid and plug-in variants

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FT-Bh. Click to enlarge. Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) unveiled the FT-Bh (Future Toyota B-segment Hybrid), a lightweight, next-generation small gasoline-electric hybrid concept car at the 82nd Geneva International Motor Show. TMC, expecting hybrid vehicle use to become widespread in the second half of the 2010s, developed the FT-Bh as a B-segment, ultra fuel-efficient concept car under the theme of “ecomotion” (eco + emotion).

2012 253

Obama Administration announces $14 million for lightweight vehicle materials

National Green Transportation

During his trip to Columbus Ohio today, President Obama announced a $14 million program to support development of lightweight materials for advanced vehicles. Reducing vehicle weight will reduce the energy required by vehicles, leading to less

Skeptical About The Chevy Volt? In CA, GM May Loan You One

Green Car Reports

There's a saying that the best way to convince someone he wants an electric car is to let him drive one. In light of lower-than-projected Chevrolet Volt sales and continued media misinformation about the car's capabilities, GM is taking that lesson to heart. In Southern California, members of the GM communications team are running an informal

2012 103

What are you waiting for?

DIY Electric Car

OK I posted a excited start but so far have not even touched the car? No real excuse except I have two other cars to fix at the moment. Had to replace the lower control arm on my Volvo V70xc. What a pain that is? Also have to replace outer tie rod end on my Volvo XC90. However I have been busy buying parts and I building myslef a lab power supply for a old computer ATX power supply which I had lying around. This a link as to how to do it. link].

2012 100

Savari announces the availability of V2X SDK for safety, mobility and environmental Connected Vehicle applications

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Savari, a provider of V2X solutions for connected vehicles, announced the availability of its next-generation SDK (software development kit), which can be used to implement a range of V2X (vehicle-to-X) solutions. The SDK functionality is compliant with the latest standards from 802.11p, SAE J2735, IEEE 1609.3 and IEEE 1609.2 security.

2012 249

Audi R18 e-tron quattro: diesel hybrid Le Mans racer with electric flywheel energy storage

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Major hybrid system elements in the R18 e-tron quattro: front-axle MGU, flywheel accumulator and power electronics. Click to enlarge. Audi Motorsport unveiled the R18 e-tron quattro: the first LMP1 car to combine a highly-efficient TDI diesel engine with a hybrid system. Earlier post.) The new Le Mans prototype will make its race debut on 5 May in the 6-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and will compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (France) on 16-17 June.

2012 247

3M investing in development and manufacturing of silicon anode technology for higher-capacity Li-ion batteries

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3M is investing in the research and manufacturing of novel silicon (Si)-based anode materials for Li-ion batteries. 3M was recently granted another US patent ( 8,071,238 ) for its silicon-based anode compositions that can increase cell capacity by more than 40% when matched with high-energy battery cathodes. Earlier post.).

2012 246

Obama Administration announces $14 million for lightweight vehicle materials

National Green Transportation

During his trip to Columbus Ohio today, President Obama announced a $14 million program to support development of lightweight materials for advanced vehicles. Reducing vehicle weight will reduce the energy required by vehicles, leading to less