August, 2009

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. The University of Massachusetts Amherst recently granted a biofuels startup company, Anellotech , exclusive global rights to the university’s catalytic fast pyrolysis (CFP) technology developed by chemical engineer and UMass Amherst faculty member George Huber for producing renewable biogasoline and other biohydrocarbon fuels. Earlier post.).

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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. It’s a huge tragedy in such a small place and it has saddened all Tongans around the world.

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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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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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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. Read his full post here on his excellent website electricaid.org. If you want to get a sense of the international appeal of electric cars, check out the members. Sign up while your there.

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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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Perspective: US Needs to Transition to Hydrous Ethanol as the Primary Renewable Transportation Fuel

Green Car Congress

by Brian J. Donovan, CEO Renergie, Inc. This opinion piece originally appeared in the Field-to-Pump blog, published by Renergie, Inc. ]. Use of Hydrous Ethanol in Brazil. The oil price shocks of the 1970s led the Brazilian government to address the strain high prices were placing on its fragile economy. Brazil, the largest and most populous country in South America, was importing 80% of its oil and 40% of its foreign exchange was used to pay for that imported oil.

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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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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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Obama announces $2.4 billion for EV projects

Plugs and Cars

President Obama today announced $2.4 billion for battery and electric car manufacturing and deployment efforts. Green Car Congress has the full rundown of recipients. Congratulations to San Francisco City College for the $500,000 it will receive for educational programs for secondary students; service personnel, and technicians in partnership with Chabot College; Central Shops; Pat’s Garage; and Perfect Sky Inc.

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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

President Obama Announces 48 Projects to Receive $2.4B in Grants for Next-Generation of Batteries and Electric Vehicles; To be Combined with $2.4B in Industry Cost-Share

Green Car Congress

President Obama announced 48 new advanced battery and electric drive projects that will receive $2.4 billion in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These projects, selected through a highly competitive process by the Department of Energy (DOE), are intended to accelerate the development of US manufacturing capacity for batteries and electric drive components as well as the deployment of electric drive vehicles.

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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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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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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 #.

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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

GM's Plug-In Hybrid: Not a Saturn, Not a Buick, Will Try Again

Green Car Reports

Just two weeks ago, we reported that GM's first plug-in hybrid vehicle--originally meant to be a Saturn Vue before GM decided to sell Saturn to Pennske--would become a Buick crossover. My, how quickly things change in the new Internet world. As GM said Wednesday on its Fastlane blog, "not all the feedback was positive

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. In the US, producing one gallon of ethanol from switchgrass consumes approximately the same net amount of water as does producing a gallon of gasoline from conventional crude or oil sands oil, according to a study by Argonne National Laboratory researchers presented at the 238 th national meeting of the American Chemical Society last week.

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Greenius On The Scene: Plug-In 2009

Creative Greenius

Here’s a few shots from yesterday first full day of the Plug-In 2009 conference in Long Beach, California. I’ll be back there today for more Greenius coverage to be published later this week. The Creative Greenius with the new Nissan Leaf flat lithium ion battery. They’ll be making Leafs in Tennessee and they will be making many more batteries than cars. The Nissan spokesman told me they will be selling the battery as a standalone product too.

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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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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 #.

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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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Poetry In Motion? It's the 2010 Tesla Model S Electric Sedan

Green Car Reports

Back in April, GreenCarReports.com was lucky enough to get a ride in the world's only running version of the 2012 Tesla Model S electric sedan. It happened at the car's New York City preview , the first time since its unveiling in an LA rocket factory that it was seen in public. Now, a prototype of the all-electric luxury sports

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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. The Agile is the first model of the Viva family; Project Viva represents a US$400 million investment by GM un Brazil and Argentina. The Agile is targeted for emerging markets such as Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay (Mercosur). GM began doing business in Brazil in 1925.

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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. The dots that other folks were failing to even see, already looked pre-connected to me - like those incredibly real artificial Christmas trees with the lights already set in place and ready to plug-in.

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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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Tesla Motors reaches corporate profitability

Green Cars News

Big guns in the US auto industry like General Motors and Chrysler may still be reeling from the credit crunch, but upstart electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors has achieved overall corporate profitability in July. The company achieves $1million earnings on revenue of $20million with profitability rising largely due to an improved gross margin on the Roadster 2, which is the second iteration of the company’s award-winning sports car.

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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BREAKING: Cash-For-Clunkers May Be Over, Out Of Money, Kaput

Green Car Reports

As we enter the news day on Thursday, it appears that the "Cash For Clunkers" program could well be out of cash. The National Association of Auto Dealers (NADA) asked the US government to suspend the program as of midnight last night, and warned dealers they are at risk of not getting reimbursed if they make any further clunker deals

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. The new technology, which builds on Ford technologies such as SYNC, SmartGauge with EcoGuide and Ford Work Solutions—allows the vehicle operator to program when to recharge the vehicle, for how long and at what utility rate.

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The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be

Creative Greenius

While Exxon continues to spend millions of dollars every single day to defeat climate legislation and desperately avoid having to pay for the damage and destruction their product is responsible for, the souls they’ve bought and paid for in Congress continue to deny the reality of global warming.

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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

2009 89

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. Part of the swing in culture has been a downturn in new car sales.

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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

Preview: 2011 Volkswagen Polo

Green Car Reports

Back in March, VW confirmed it would sell the Polo in the US in 2011. The five-door hatchback model was unveiled earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show , and now Volkswagen has released details of the three-door hatch as well. US details to come It's like that VW will also offer a four-door sedan Polo model for the US market

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Prius Top-Seller Again in Japan in July; Up Almost 4x Year-on-Year

Green Car Congress

Toyota’s Prius was the top-seller in Japan in July, with 27,712 units sold—almost quadruple the 7,058 units sold in July 2008, according to data from the Japan Automotive Dealers Association. This marks the third month in a row that Prius was the top-selling car in Japan. For the first seven months of the year, Prius sales in Japan total 79,122 units. The Honda Fit is still the volume leader from January-July, with 82,592 units total.

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The View From Here Today

Creative Greenius

I contributed the following to the World Wildlife Climate Witness site last week and it was published this morning. I took the photos that now illustrate it here on my blog within the last hour: My name is Joe Galliani, I’m 52 years old and I’ve lived in Southern California for 33 years. (c) c) 2009 by Joe Galliani - This afternoon's view from my studio's patio.

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