August, 2009

We Are ALL Tongan

Creative Greenius

The idyllic island kingdom of Tonga. My friend Elizabeth is from the South Pacific Island Kingdom of Tonga, an exotic locale long fixed in my memory with images of Polynesian paradise. Tonga has sadly been in the news lately after an inter-island ferry sank on August 5 drowning over 70 people.

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Coolest charging station in the world

Plugs and Cars

Norwegian EV activist Leif Egge has become the inaugural user of the first floating recharge station I've heard about. Stena Line is now offering car charging on its Scandanavian ferries. Leif got wine, a good night's sleep and a full charge.

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Trending Sources

Controller Overheating and Vacuum Pump Issues

Open Source Civic EV Kit

It's been awhile since I've posted because, well, things are just kinda boring and working well on the Civic-EV. I passed 4,000 EV miles a few weeks ago and things are still moving along. For those of you who have been keeping track of weather in the NorthWest lately, we had a hot spell at the end of July. One day of that week got up to 107F. I had a bit of a scare coming out of work when I found that the Civic-EV wouldn't start at all.

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Used Forklift Parts for a Cheap Electric Car

Electric Cars are for Girls

Ever thought of scrounging used forklift parts to build an electric car? In this interview, Darin Cosgrove talks about the successful marriage of a Geo Metro and a Baker Forklift

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UMass Amherst Licenses Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis Technology to Startup Anellotech to Produce Renewable Biogasoline

Green Car Congress

Huber’s process rapidly pyrolizes biomass in the presence of a zeolite (ZSM-5) catalyst. Click to enlarge.

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At Home with Bob Lutz

Revenge of the Electric Car

We went to Detroit recently to see Bob Lutz. In these turbulent times, we wanted to know how the Vice Chair of GM was getting along. We found Bob smoking a cigar on his Segway. Which was definitely my favorite visual of the trip. Lutz lives in a spread that can best be described as “bucolic,” in a quietly lovely suburb outside of Detroit. This was not the land of the $7,500 homes we’d been reading about.

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Your AB 920 Greenius Update & A Call For Three Times The Sun!

Creative Greenius

One of the groups I support and learn from is Environment California who have been great advocates of AB 811 and AB 920, the one-two punch for solar we absolutely need to drive solar sales at the rate demanded by today’s CO2 levels.

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More Trending

Out of gas (tank)

DIY Electric Car

Stu and David came over today. Make progress. We got the gas tank out. Apparently, did not get all gas out of tank. No smoking at our house for a while please. Postponed trying to disconnect transmission from cv joint due to one lousy stinking bolt/screw (see previous post). Instead we're going to disconnect axle from wheel, lift the engine and then try to disconnect transmission from axle. For photos see: [link]. link].

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Miles Electric Car

Electric Cars are for Girls

Heard of the Miles electric car? From Miles Automotive, it's an electrified Daihatsu Kei car that will give Zenn a run for its money

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Study Finds Water Use for Switchgrass Ethanol Production Approximately the Same as for Gasoline

Green Car Congress

Consumptive freshwater use for ethanol and petroleum gasoline production. Data: Wu, ANL/ESD/09-1. Click to enlarge.

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2010 Equinox | Direct Injection vs. Hybrid

Hybrid SUV Blog

The 2010 Chevy Equinox is starting to show its face in the media and on dealer lots, and so far we like what we see.

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Nissan’s Killer EV App, the Plug-In Car That Puts the Nail in GM’s Coffin

Creative Greenius

I have seen the future and it is a new car electric car from Nissan. Nissan is about to drink GM’s milkshake with a breakthrough, affordable, next generation electric car that will be beat the Chevy Volt to market, cost half as much and work twice as well. Plus it looks ten times cooler.

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In the name of science

Honda S2000 EV Conversion

Today was a fun day with the EV. It's not often you have multiple components laying around to get to really test things. You do your research and buy components, then just hope for the best. Not today!

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Al Gore Versus the Rare Earth Metals

All Cars Electric

Let's imagine for a moment that Al Gore's wish is granted and we all gave up our fossil-fuel guzzling, carbon-dioxide spewing cars in favor of efficient, gas-electric hybrids , like the Toyota Prius. While endangered penguins celebrate the re-growth of the polar ice caps, and we all enjoy watching the executives at Exxon Mobil trade in

UQM PowerPhase125 Electric Car Motors

Electric Cars are for Girls

I'm interested in investing in UQM and would like to hear your opinion on their new product the PowerPhase125. In quantities of over 200,000/year

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Ford Testing Intelligent System for Plug-in Vehicle to Grid Communication to Manage Charging

Green Car Congress

The Ford PHEV charge settings user interface. Click to enlarge. Ford Motor Company has developed an intelligent vehicle-to-grid communications and control system for its plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that communicates directly with the electric grid.

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Hybrids Just One Of Many Auto Niches

Hybrid SUV Blog

When you spend a lot of time concentrating on just one segment of the auto industry, it is easy to lose track of the fact that there are many niche auto-related markets and corresponding websites.

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The Greenius Solution To All California’s Problems: AB 920 + AB 811

Creative Greenius

AB 920 + AB 811 = Solar Powered Electric Cars & PV Powered Charging Stations. I used to get frustrated with people when they couldn’t grok what was so blatantly obvious to me.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-03

Green Cars News

@ Doc__Brown We’re still waiting for the Flux Capacitor to become affordable. Great Scott! in reply to Doc__Brown #.

Testing Shows Raser Electric Hummer Exceeds 50 Miles On Batteries Alone

All Cars Electric

Provo, Utah based Raser Technologies, Inc. has announced results from a recent test drive which demonstrated over 50 miles of all-electric range for its plug-in electric Hummer H3E. According to Vice President of Business Development Jim Spellman, the H3E used only about 60% of the battery pack while covering the distance, which should

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Which AC Electric Motor is Best for EV Conversions?

Electric Cars are for Girls

Can any type of 3 phase AC induction motor be used for a conversion, or should a specific type, such as the type of housing, be used? Hi, David

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GM Shows Picture of New Chevrolet Agile for Mercosur Market

Green Car Congress

General Motors provided an image of the new Chevrolet Agile, a small car designed in Brazil and due to launch in that market in October. The 2010 Agile. Click to enlarge.

Buick Going Green With Plug-In SUV

Hybrid SUV Blog

Can this really be true? From a brand that once owned the older car buyer market, that tried so hard to reinvent itself by latching on to Tiger Woods, will come Detroit’s first plug-in hybrid SUV?

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The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be

Creative Greenius

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-03

Green Cars News

@ Doc__Brown We’re still waiting for the Flux Capacitor to become affordable. Great Scott! in reply to Doc__Brown #.

Korean EV Runs Without batteries By Induction Charging

All Cars Electric

The Korea Advanced Institute of Technology ( KAIST ) has developed a revolutionary electric vehicle that neatly side-steps the looming political/economic issue of scarcity of advanced battery materials, as well as the practical limitations imposed by battery weight and life, by dispensing with batteries altogether! The OLEV (On Line

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How Difficult is AC Electric Car Conversion?

Electric Cars are for Girls

How hard is it to do an AC electric car conversion? I am not a stranger to working on cars but I have never done anything with

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BMW’s “CO2 Champion” Performance Concept is a Plug-in Diesel Hybrid; 50 km/31 mile All-Electric Range; Thermo-electric Generator for Waste Heat Recovery

Green Car Congress

The powertrain of the plug-in hybrid BMW Vision EfficientDynamics. Click to enlarge.

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Want a Cash-For-Clunkers Rebate? Do It RIGHT NOW. Today!

Green Car Reports

OK, kids, this is it. If you have a clunker and you want to trade it in and get a $3,500 or $4,500 rebate for a new vehicle under the Car Allowance Rebate Systems (CARS) program. STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING. Do it right now, today, and get to your dealer no later than 4 pm. Today. But call first , to make sure the dealer is still doing

Greenius Gets Groove On with Greenpeace & GRID Alternatives

Creative Greenius

Backstage at the 2009 Warped Tour, Home Depot Stadium, Carson Calif. This is the summer I totally got my groove on. And I have never been more all now or totally happening.

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Can green cars solve automotive crisis? The Green Piece

Green Cars News

Since the onset of the global economic crisis most of us have been cutting back to save cash wherever we can. Out have gone the coffee before work each morning, the weekend nights out, and the rush to buy the hot new DVD releases; in has been a new, thrifty way of living.

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Test Drive: 2010 Lexus RX450h All-Wheel Drive Hybrid

All Cars Electric

The Lexus RX450h is newly redesigned and engineered for the 2010 model year, and is the hybrid version of the popular RX350. It replaces the previous RX400h hybrid. The new vehicle uses a second generation hybrid powertrain. Car and Driver had the chance to take the vehicle out for a short 25 mile test drive. They noted the 6

Why no Diesel Hybrid Electric Cars?

Electric Cars are for Girls

I want to know why a car can't be designed like a locomotive. Have a diesel generator and electric motor without batteries. I read

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Perspective: A View Into the New GM

Green Car Congress

by Bill Cooke. The Saturn version of the two-mode plug-in hybrid at the Milford Proving Grounds. Click to enlarge. On 11 August, GM invited approximately 75 journalists and auto analysts to spend a day learning about the new GM.

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5000+ miles

Honda S2000 EV Conversion

I've been meaning to get a post in when I crossed the 5k mark but I've been busy with other things and haven't found the time. I was going to post a picture of me drinking a beer in a lounge chair to demonstrate the work that went into my 5000 mile maintenance, but again, I just haven't had time. In short, that's pretty much what needed to be done to the car, nothing. I did raise the vehicle and get under there for an inspection. I wanted to make sure no bolts were missing or coming loose.

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Greenius Chairing New South Bay 350 Climate Action Group

Creative Greenius

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Will Obama’s billions jumpstart the electric car? The Green Piece

Green Cars News

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