July, 2012

Panasonic develops highly efficient artificial photosynthesis system with gallium nitride semiconductor for conversion of CO2 to formic acid

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Schematic view of artificial photosynthesis system. Click to enlarge. Panasonic has developed an artificial photosynthesis system using a gallium nitride photoelectrode and a metal catalyst which uses sunlight to convert CO 2 mainly to formic acid (an important intermediate in chemical synthesis) at an efficiency (solar energy to chemical energy) of 0.2%—a —a comparable level to that of plants.

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Greenius Will Meet With Al Gore To Talk Climate Reality

Creative Greenius

Joe Galliani Selected As Climate Leader Just As Global Warming Reaches Tipping Points. After five years of studying, writing, advocating, volunteering, community organizing and now working professionally to try and make a positive difference on the issue of global warming – all in the face of relentlessly increasing world temperatures and rapidly rising greenhouse gas emissions – I have reached the point of one last stand. .

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Lithium Air Batteries for EVs?

Electric Cars are for Girls

Maybe there's something even better for EVs than lithium ion batteries. These have never been very robust, but maybe that's all changing now

Electric Car Batteries Could Get Lighter Thanks To New Material

Green Car Reports

Man-made carbon dioxide might be something we're trying to reduce, but on its own, carbon is an abundant and rather useful element. It's also been central to two of the most important scientific materials discoveries of recent years--graphene, and carbon nanotubes. The latter involves rolling the former--a one atom thick sheet of carbon

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Rebuilding the Powerglide for E.V. use.

DIY Electric Car

The rebuild of a transmission actually starts when it is still in the vehicle. It begins when you first get the idea that your trusty box is not well. Any drive-ability information adds to the rebuilding process by helping you decide what needs the most attention. In this case we know that reverse works but it slips in both forward gears. Since they use different pressure apply passages, it is safe to assume that it has damage in at least two separate spots.

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UK release this week

Revenge of the Electric Car

You've asked for it, and this week you've got it: the film releases in theatres in the UK on July 20th, and tickets are available now for screenings at the Empire Leicester Square. Grab your best mate and head to the cinema to take REVENGE for the electric car and see this film! The film will also be able to be streamed online at Dogwoof.tv for subscribers, and will be on DVD on August 6th. Pre-order the film now!

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Pike Research projects plug-in sales to fall short of US 2015 target; strong growth through 2020

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Plug-in vehicle (PEV) sales—comprising battery-electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV)—in the US by 2015 will fall far short of the 1-million unit target set by the Obama Administration, according to a new report from Pike Research. Pike now projects that some 410,000 PEVs will be sold between 2011 and 2015 in the United States, with cumulative US sales not reaching the 1 million mark until 2018.

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Military Veteran drives Electric Nissan LEAF

Electric Cars are for Girls

From Kelly R. Olsen, one of our FB friends

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2012 Tesla Model S: First Drive Of All-Electric Sport Sedan

Green Car Reports

After an hour in a 2012 Tesla Model S all-electric sport sedan, one thing became clear: It's a viable car. The Model S gives Tesla Motors a shot at turning into a real car company. That's a provisional judgment; as many journalists have noted, 10-minute drives or an hour driving and riding in limited New York City traffic hardly provides the time

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Aloha Friday

DIY Electric Car

Today was constructive - I cut the rear off the body, cleaned and painted the transmission, and painted the new front spindles and rear drums. I'm converting the front to disc. I also received the "unused" Curtis 1231C-8601 from a fellow Ebayer at a great price. Earlier this week the VW adapter from Rebirth Auto arrived, so I ordered a lightened flywheel and a clutch kit in order to keep the assembly moving along. I hope to order the motor in a couple of weeks. Robert

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Notes from the road: a guest post from Portland

Revenge of the Electric Car

As Portland, OR gears up for yet another screening of Revenge, local EV'er and filmmaker J Bills recounts the scene at the Portland premiere back in November: Here in Portland, we still talk about the last time Chris Paine rolled through town with a movie; an early screening of 2006’s seminal “Who Killed the Electric Car?” ” that rallied the local electric army and provided a slingshot of momentum as the film hit the circuit.

MTSU group seeking to commercialize new wheel motor plug-in hybrid retrofit kit

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A prototype plug-in hybrid retrofit kit is applied to a research vehicle’s rear wheels. After switching on the traction motors, the vehicle fuel economy increased from 50–100%. Click to enlarge. A group at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), led by Dr. Charles Perry, who holds the Russell Chair of Manufacturing Excellence, has developed and demonstrated a proof-of-concept for a wheel motor plug-in hybrid retrofit kit for almost any car.

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Workplace Charging 101: Level 1

Plugs and Cars

The big EV news of the month was the first Tesla S deliveries. For luxury car buyers, the ground has shifted. Buying the best car now means buying the electric car. And given the range, workplace charging won’t be a big concern of Tesla S owners. But what about the rest of us? As we try to rev up plug-in vehicle sales, what sort of charging infrastructure should we be focusing on? Where should continuing government support for infrastructure be directed?

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Lithium Air Batteries for EVs?

Electric Cars are for Girls

Maybe there's something even better for EVs than lithium ion batteries. These have never been very robust, but maybe that's all changing now

Five Used Hybrid Cars To Consider Steering Clear Of

Green Car Reports

Some used cars are better bets than others. And just as there are new hybrids you may want to consider avoiding, some used hybrids may be a more conservative bet than others. A used Toyota Prius is by far the most familiar and most numerous hybrid, with a few million sold in the U.S. since 2000. But there are also orphan hybrids showing up on

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Wolfswagen '69 Baja Bug Project

DIY Electric Car

On July 1st, 2012, I started my latest (and first EV) project. The donor is a 1969 VW Beetle we've owned since 2001, but it's been in storage since 2003. The body is in great shape, and it even has the factory floorpans still. The car was stripped to just a shell before putting it in storage, so getting the body off the pan was easy. The pictures show where I am in the process, and I plan to add more photos each week.

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Ford gunning for Prius Plug-in with C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid electric car

National Green Transportation

Ford Motors today released partial specifications for the eagerly awaited C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid. The C-MAX Energi is the plug-in twin to the C-MAX Hybrid, both of which together are Ford's first

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MIT/UC Davis professors challenge claims that ethanol production decreased gasoline prices in 2010 and 2011

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Knittel/Smith results for implied gasoline price effects from elimination of ethanol for 2010 using Du/Hayes model and pooled-sample estimates. Results from Du/Hayes are indicated by the large square. Source: Knittel and Smith (2012). Click to enlarge. Two professors from MIT and UC Davis have released a paper challenging the recent claims by the Renewable Fuel Association (RFA) and US Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack that ethanol production decreased gasoline prices by $0.89 and $1.09

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Ford C-MAX Hybrid to beat Toyota Prius V for fuel economy

Green Cars News

The hybrid car market is becoming increasingly competitive – as is emphasised by Ford openly boasting that it’s new C-MAX Hybrid (pictured) will topple the Toyota Prius V in terms of fuel economy and will come with a lower price. The Ford C-MAX Hybrid is set to return 47mpg highway, compared to the Toyota Prius [.]. Ford Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news Ford C-MAX Ford C-MAX Hybrid green cars hybrid cars Toyota Prius V

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Neighborhood Electric Cars

Electric Cars are for Girls

Neighborhood electric cars like the Zenn, high-speed three-wheeled electric cars, and low-speed electric vehicles all fit here

Gas Station Staff Get Punk'd Electric Style With Nissan Leaf

Green Car Reports

If there's one comment we see more than any other from drivers of electric cars, it's the one about driving past gas stations with a smile, knowing they aren't using a drop. Maybe they'd get even more of a smile by driving in and filming the result--as that's exactly what Nissan has done during a sustainable development conference in Rio.

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I have been slacking

DIY Electric Car

OK I had some time off well quite a bit recently but I am now back in the saddle again. I am stuck on some problems. Had to make the clutch adapter plate. The gear box bell housing sit 20mm off the current adapter plate. So I have to fabicate a new one. On the positive side I think I have a great deal on my lead acid batteries. Fatboynotslim

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Lightning 1st, Brammo 2/3, in Laguna Seca e-Power/TTX electric motorcycle race

National Green Transportation

Last weekend marked the third return of the FIM's e-Power electric motorcycle racing series to Laguna Seca, and the second year in which e-Power and TTXGP jointly ran the race. This year it was the

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China publishes plan to boost fuel-efficient and new energy vehicles and domestic auto industry; targeting 500K PHEVs and EVs in 2015, rising to 2M by 2020

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China’s State Council has published a plan to develop the domestic energy-saving and new energy vehicle industry, which includes battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles and fuel cell vehicles. The central government’s plan, posted on its website, is targeting the production of 500,000 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles by 2015, with output to grow to 2 million units of those types by 2020.

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Nissan LEAF charges into the record books at Goodwood…in reverse

Green Cars News

The Nissan LEAF raced into the record books at Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend as the fastest car to complete the hillclimb course in reverse. Professional stunt driver Terry Grant had three shots at the 1.6km course over the weekend, completing his first attempt on the Friday in a respectable 1m 37.02s, before smashing his [.]. Nissan electric cars green cars Nissan LEAF UK

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Golf Carts: Peachtree City, Georgia

Electric Cars are for Girls

There are golf carts all over Heaven. which turns out to be a suburb of Atlanta

Elon Musk Bets Half Of All Cars Built In 2032 Will Be Electric

Green Car Reports

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has an enthusiastic base of fans who consider him a visionary. And with Paypal in the past, and SpaceX as well as Tesla today, Musk has an impressive track record. So ears perked up when he recently predicted that in 20 years, half of all new cars sold would be plug-in electric cars. The problem is that knowledgeable

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Ford developing a strategy to address urban personal mobility globally; a mobility company, not just an auto company

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Rough map of Ford’s Blueprint for Mobility. Click to enlarge. Ford Motor Company is mapping out a strategy to address the requirements for personal mobility in the context of the megatrend of increasing global urbanization, both in mature economies as well as in emerging markets. If Ford thinks of itself as a mobility company, rather than just an auto company, said Ford Chairman Bill Ford at the recent, second annual “Go Further with Ford” trend conference, “ that really opens up possibilities.”.

2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid gives better fuel economy, at same MSRP as EcoBoost mode

National Green Transportation

Going against traditional pricing for hybrid cars, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers the advantages and fuel cost savings of the Hybrid, but without the higher price.Hybrid vehicles have long carried a premium price which meant we had to justify

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McKinsey analysis indicates Li-ion pack prices could fall to $160/kWh by 2025; EV TCO competitive with combustion engine vehicles

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The interaction of battery and fuel costs will determine the size of the market for electric vehicles. Source: McKinsey, Hensley et al. Click to enlarge. A new analysis by the consultancy McKinsey & Company indicates that the price of a complete automotive lithium-ion battery pack could fall from the current $500–$600/kWh to about $200/kWh by 2020 and to about $160/kWh by 2025 (in real dollars, indexed to 2011).

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Renault to trial wireless electric vehicle charging in London

Green Cars News

French carmaker Renault has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Qualcomm Incorporated to bring a wireless electric vehicle charging trial to London. They will conduct preliminary studies using Renault vehicles after Qualcomm acquired all of the technology and assets of HaloIPT last year – a company that provided wireless charging technology [.]. Electric cars Green cars Latest news Renault electric cars green cars London Qualcomm Renault Twizy wireless charging

German researchers develop aerographite; lightest material yet has potential application in electrodes

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Researchers from the Technical University of Hamburg and the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel have jointly developed an ultra-lightweight carbon microtube material called Aerographite. The material—currently the lightest known, features a hierarchical design enabling ”remarkable” mechanical, electrical, and optical properties, the authors said in a paper published in the journal Advanced Materials.

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Replacing A 2001 Toyota Prius Battery Pack: What It Cost

Green Car Reports

It's one of the most frequent questions asked about hybrids: What happens if I have to replace the high-voltage battery pack? While Toyota warrants its Prius batteries for 8 years/100,000 miles (or 10 years/150,000 miles in some states), cars more than a decade old won't be covered--and may still have plenty of life left in them. So what does it

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China’s CNOOC to acquire Canada-based Nexen for $15.1B; offshore oil and gas, oil sands, and shale gas

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CNOOC Limited—China’s largest producer of offshore crude oil and natural gas and one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in the world—is acquiring all of the Common Shares of Canada-based energy company Nexen Inc. for US$15.1 billion cash. The price represents a premium of. 61% relative to the closing price of the Common Shares on the NYSE on.

Lightning and Brammo wins Laguna Seca e-Power/TTX electric motorcycle race

National Green Transportation

Last weekend marked the third return of the FIM's e-Power electric motorcycle racing series to Laguna Seca, and the second year in which e-Power and TTXGP jointly ran the race. This year it was the

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Eaton to develop affordable home refueling station for natural gas vehicles; liquid piston technology

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Eaton Corporation will develop an affordable home refueling station for natural gas vehicles, utilizing existing natural gas sources in the home and innovative compressor technology. The effort is funded in part by a $3.4-million grant from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) MOVE project. Earlier post.). The refueling system will use liquid to act as a piston to compress natural gas. earlier post.)

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Mercedes meets Euro 6 emissions well ahead of time

Green Cars News

While some carmakers have only just met the Euro 5 emission standards, Mercedes-Benz is proudly boasting that it is ready for the new, stricter Euro 6 standard a good two years before its implemented. According to the German brand, all it petrol engine A-Class and B-Class have already been confirmed as compliant with the new [.]. Mercedes A-Class B-class emissions standard

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