September, 2009

Stop Climate Change Before It Changes YOU

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New Hyundai Electric Car

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This came from the GM-Volt website (thanks to Seth Leitman for tweeting it). Apparently Hyundai has abandoned their hydrogen delusions and decided that there might be a future in electric cars, after all. 99 mile range on lithium ion batteries, same supplier as the Volt, but 0-60 in 15 seconds? I had a pony when I was a kid that could move faster than that;

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Pike Survey: 48% of US Consumers Interested in Purchasing a PHEV40

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Expressed interest in PHEV40 purchases. Click to enlarge. According to a new survey from Pike Research, 48% of prospective US consumers would be “extremely” or “very” interested in purchasing a PHEV with a 40-mile range on a single charge (PHEV40), given electricity cost equivalent of $0.75

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Nissan's big number: 20,000

Plugs and Cars

Nissan will start taking orders for the upcoming all-electric LEAF next Spring. And they are building to meet expected initial orders for 20,000 cars, according to an Automotive News report picked up by AutoBlogGreen.

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So close, yet so far

DIY Electric Car

I got the tranny disconnected and started to lift but the engine is stuck. There's not enough room. Not sure what to do next.

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New Vacuum Pump and Fixed Wiper System

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Sorry folks, no pictures today. I'm taking this long weekend to just relax and get some things done around the house while avoiding the crazy Labor Day weekend traffic. One thing that's really been annoying me about the Civic is that the intermittent wiper setting doesn't work. After taking awhile to pry out the ICU (Integrated Control Unit) mounted on the back of the fuse box, I opened it up and tried some tests with a 12V battery to verify failure.

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Wakeup! The Sea Level is Rising & Another Island Nation’s People Are About To Become Climate Change Refugees

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Here is why I spend all of my time working on climate change issues and why we are gathering on the beach here in Southern California on October 24 in Manhattan Beach for 350.org International Day of Climate Action to demonstrate what sea level rise will do to us here on the West Coast.

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Study Finds that US Subsidies for Fossil Fuels Are Almost 2.5x Those for Renewables

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US subsidies for fuels and renewable energy, 2002-2008. Nuclear was not included in the analysis. Source: Adeyeye et al. Click to enlarge.

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BMW considers extending MINI-E leases

Plugs and Cars

The MINI-E program is going well enough that BMW is considering allowing leases extensions, Richard Steinberg the program manager said at CARB's ZEV Technology Symposium today.

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Lift-off (out) postponed

DIY Electric Car

I thought the engine/tranny was connected to the frame with three engine mounts, two bolts on the side and one connection in front. After removing these three connections I started to lift. Something didn't feel right. I looked under the car (again) and noticed that the tranny seems connected to the underside. Thanks to a post on a VWvortex forum, I now know that I need to remove 2 bolt connecting the tranny to the floor plan. Maybe tommorow

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Hybrid Kia Sorento SUV

Hybrid SUV Blog

It has been several months since we got to tell you about a new hybrid SUV, and even though this one is currently just a concept vehicle, it is still exciting news.

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The Summit On Clean Tech Law & The New Energy Policy

Creative Greenius

My friend, attorney Leslie Williams, of Shaub and Williams , has been busy for the past few months putting together a big Renewable Energy Law Summit at the Southwestern Law School in L.A. and it takes place next week, on Sept 18.

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The US Postal Service is All Charged Up!

Electric Cars are for Girls

Here's a (pdf) link to a USPS report outlining a grand plan, released this week, to electrify a LOT of postal vans, all across the country. Looks like it's a fiscally smart move, too, which the Post Office dearly needs. BTW, it looks like Ford and Chrysler haven't actually forgotten how to build electric cars after all, because they've been quietly building a small fleet of electric postal vans for California since the beginning of 2009

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Volkswagen and LichtBlick Partner on Home Combined Heat and Power Systems; LichtBlick Plans a SchwarmStrom for 2,000 MW of Decentralized Power

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An EcoBlue CHP unit. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen and German energy supplier LichtBlick have formed an exclusive world-wide energy partnership. Volkswagen will produce the high-efficiency EcoBlue CHP (combined heat and power) plant, which is to be driven by natural gas engines from Volkswagen.

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FoxNews called out on misinformation about plug-in cars

Plugs and Cars

Media Matters for America is watching FoxNews so you don't have to. The media watchdog is pointing out misleading reports about the government loans secured by Tesla and Fisker recently aired on the "fair and balanced" network.

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10-9-8.3-2-1 Lift off (almost)

DIY Electric Car

We (Stu and I) disconnected the axle from the outer CV joint (basically disconnected the axle from the wheel). The only thing left connecting the engine to the car were the engine bolts. We connected the lift, removed the engine bolts (holding the engine from the frame) and started to lift. The passenger side started coming up higher than the driver which didn't seem right. Also the intake manifold hit the frame. We ran out of time. But at least we're doing something interesting

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Recall Notice 2004-2009 Prius Owners, Toyota Urges You to Remove Floor Mats to Avoid Stuck Gas Pedal

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Toyota has issued a safety advisory which will be followed by a recall regarding the all weather floors mats of many models dating back to 2004. The company will begin sending formal safety campaign notices next week and is working to solve the problem, but strongly urges driver's of all affected models to remove their driver's side floor

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Greenius Salutes Greenpeace for Pittsburgh Climate Action – Demand Dramatic Action NOW

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It’s time – right now – to take dramatic action on climate change if you care about preserving a livable civilization for your children and their children.

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New Hyundai Electric Car

Electric Cars are for Girls

This came from the GM-Volt website (thanks to Seth Leitman for tweeting it). Apparently Hyundai has abandoned their hydrogen delusions and decided that there might be a future in electric cars, after all. 99 mile range on lithium ion batteries, same supplier as the Volt, but 0-60 in 15 seconds? I had a pony when I was a kid that could move faster than that;

Volkswagen to Premiere New Generation of Polo, Golf and Passat BlueMotion Models; Consumption As Low As 3.3 L/100km (71.3 mpg US)

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Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion, Polo BlueMotion and Golf BlueMotion. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen will introduce the new generation of the Polo BlueMotion, Golf BlueMotion and Passat BlueMotion at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in two weeks.

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Iceland Prez pops hydrogen bubble; Looking to electric cars

Plugs and Cars

The last, best hope of hydrogen and fuel cell for vehicles is down for the count. After grand ambitions and lofty rhetoric, reality has set in. Iceland was to be the test platform. But ten fuel cell cars and a Shell filling station do not a transformation make. EVs represent a faster way forward according to Iceland's President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.

My Conversion Journal - help me begin please

DIY Electric Car

Hi there. I am interested in using a forklift motor to convert to an EV. An owner of a forklift wreckers told me that a 24V electric palletjack motor would be good for a small car. He said that he would sell me a motor that can lift about 3.5 tonne, and a variable SCR, gearbox and accelerator, all from a pallet jack for $600-$1000 (AUS$). He said I shouldn't overvolt this motor.

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Can Condoms Curb Climate Change Cheaper Than Low-Carbon Cars?

Green Car Reports

The Frankfurt Auto Show just wound up today, and most of the concept cars focus on lowering carbon dioxide emissions. Volkswagen , for instance, launched a two-seat "1-Liter" concept car that gets a remarkable 170 miles per gallon. But suppose all the money we're investing in better gas mileage and auto emission controls could be used

Cisco DeVries’ AB 811 Baby Goes Nationwide: President Clinton Backs USA PACE Bond Program

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Sept 24, 2009, New York City ( Sourced from prnewswire ) - The Clinton Global Initiative announced this afternoon a breakthrough for the long overdue clean energy retrofitting of America’s homes, commercial and apartment buildings.

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Whiplash and Burning Rubber: EV Drag Racers on NPR

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We EV grinners are not all hypermiling Prius owners, apparently. Here's a great interview on NPR with a couple of electric drag racers at the Wayland Invitational in Portland last month. My favorite quotes: Mike Willmon (to the reporter riding next to him in the electric Pinto): "You've got the EV grin." Or a grimace of terror.hard to tell. John Wayland: "I like trees, but I don't hug them.I like to have fun." Cheers to that;

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Volkswagen Unveils New One-Liter Concept Car; Smallest Production-Intent Diesel Yet from Volkswagen Applied in A Full Hybrid Design

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Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Volkswagen Brand Technical Development, in front of the Volkswagen Concept Car L1 in Frankfurt. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen unveiled the L1, its second-generation one-liter class concept car, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Algae-fueled Hybrid Car Drives Coast To Coast On 25 Gallons Of Fuel

All Cars Electric

As part of his campaign to promote alternative fuels (and his movie Fuel which addresses the subject) documentary film maker Josh Ticknell has just finished a ten-day drive from L.A. to New York in the world's only algae fueled plug-in hybrid vehicle. This modified Toyota Prius , called the Algaeus mobile, was created with the help of

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Hybrid SUV | Two Year Anniversary

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Next week marks the two year anniversary of HybridSUV.com, our first hybrid vehicle blog launched under the Hybrid Kingdom.

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350 Climate Action – South Bay Style! The Whole World is Watching…

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That’s the banner that will be strung across Manhattan Ave in downtown Manhattan Beach next week to herald our South Bay 350 Climate Action Group event on the beach as our part of the International Day of Climate Action. We’ve got the entire South Bay fired up, ready to go!

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Electric Vehicle Conversion Manual: EV Secrets

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Interview with Gavin Shoebridge from NZ who did an electric vehicle conversion on YouTube.now revealing his EV Secrets. Oh, yes;

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Renault Unveils Four Concept EVs and Quickdrop Battery Switch System; Commits to 100,000 EVs with Better Place

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Aerial view of the four ZE Concepts: Twizy, Kangoo, Zoe, and Fluence. Click to enlarge.

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VIDEO: Electric 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster Replica

All Cars Electric

Sure, Porsche is planning an electric vehicle , but it won't be in showrooms for years, and it probably won't ever be as charming as this 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster. If a carbon neutral vintage Porsche replica turns you on, check out this eBay listing posted by Jack Rickard. Jack is an EV aficionado, who stars in a number of videos

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2010 Fisker Karma: 67 MPG AND 0-to-62-mph In Under 6 Seconds

Green Car Reports

The 2010 Fisker Karma will be the world's first production series hybrid , or extended-range electric vehicle, when it comes off the line late this year. Customer deliveries will start next May. Just prior to the Karma's German debut at next week's Frankfurt Auto Show , the company released emissions figures for the car. It will get

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test blog post

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test blog post.

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Cleaning Up The Coast – While It’s Still Here

Creative Greenius

Tomorrow morning I’m going to walk out my front door and the five minutes down the hill it takes to reach the Torrance beach where Heal the Bay has one of its 60 different clean up sites in the L.A.

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The US Postal Service is All Charged Up!

Electric Cars are for Girls

Here's a (pdf) link to a USPS report outlining a grand plan, released this week, to electrify a LOT of postal vans, all across the country. Looks like it's a fiscally smart move, too, which the Post Office dearly needs. BTW, it looks like Ford and Chrysler haven't actually forgotten how to build electric cars after all, because they've been quietly building a small fleet of electric postal vans for California since the beginning of 2009

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