March, 2012

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

Green Car Congress

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.

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Trending Sources

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?

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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

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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.

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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

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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More Trending

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

Green Car Reports

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

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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.

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Audi e-tron Pilot Program

Hybrid SUV Blog

New cars are traditionally introduced at auto shows. Audi has taken a different route with the Audi A3 e-tron, an all-electric concept hatchback designed for the urban eco-friendly driver. The company used the recent TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference to introduce the A3 e-tron.

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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

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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2012 Lexus CT 200h Review

Hybrid SUV Blog

Review: 2012 Lexus CT 200h. The Lexus CT 200h is in a class by itself, literally. It is the only compact luxury hybrid hatchback on the market today and the only luxury hybrid sedan that gets over 40 mph, according to several reports.

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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

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

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

Green Car Congress

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).

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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

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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:

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Compare: Lexus RX 350

Hybrid SUV Blog

Fuel Efficient SUV is Not an Oxymoron. Typically larger and heavier, SUVs as a class are not known for their fuel economy. But there are exceptions. One is the Lexus RX 350, a four-door SUV, that is rated one of the most fuel efficient SUVs on the market today.

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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

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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

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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.

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How Much And How Fast Will Electric-Car Battery Costs Fall?

Green Car Reports

You hear both sides of the battery cost question a lot when you cover electric cars. One side says, "Electric-car batteries will be brutally expensive for many years to come, so electric cars will never be practical." The other side believes, "With wonderful new discoveries coming out of labs and the pace of progress in electronics, batteries will

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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.

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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

Coca-Cola invests in biomethane fleet after successful trial

Green Cars News

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has decided to invest £1.75m in a fleet of fourteen biomethane trucks and a refuelling station for one of its UK depots after taking part in a trial of the vehicles run by Cenex-the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon vehicle technologies. A new refuelling station for the biogas vehicles [.]. LowCVP biomethane cenex

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

Green Car Congress

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.)

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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.

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Volvo C30 Electric: Keeping Car And Occupants Warm In The Cold

Green Car Reports

As most electric car owners will tell you, electric cars don’t have the same range in winter as they do in summer. Not so, says Swedish automaker Volvo. Thanks to a carefully engineered heating system, its test fleet of C30 Electric cars can still give impressive range when the outside temperature plummets to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Earlier

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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].

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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.)

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Car2go car club coming to the UK

Green Cars News

Birmingham is to become home to the first Car2go scheme in the UK, after the Daimler-owned car club subsidiary won a tender from the city’s council to launch a car hire scheme. Car2go is one of the largest car club operators, with more than 70,000 people already using its services across in Europe, USA and [.]. Cars Green credentials car clubs Car2go smart fortwo UK

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Nissan backs DeltaWing experimental racer; competing at Le Mans with half the fuel

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Nissan DeltaWing. Click to enlarge.

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Ford begins production of new Fiesta ECOnetic with 71 mpg US

Green Car Congress

Fiesta ECOnetic Technology. Click to enlarge. Ford of Europe has begun production of the new Fiesta ECOnetic Technology, which offers fuel economy of 3.3l/100 km (71.2 mpg US) and CO 2 emissions of 87 g/km, at Ford’s Cologne Assembly plant in Germany.

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