June, 2010

Steve Jobs orders LEAF at WDC

Plugs and Cars

Steve Jobs just showed off the Nissan LEAF on the new iPhone at Apple's Developer's Conference in San Francisco. He displayed the ad Nissan will be running for LEAF on Apple's new iAd platform. And then he ordered a car with via the ad. Check out a couple of images from Engadget.com.

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Greenius on Patch.com: Riviera Village Summer Festival Not So Green

Creative Greenius

I walked down from my Hollywood Riviera home to the Riviera Village Summer Festival Saturday on a mission to get something good to eat while I listened to the groovin’ music on this perfect June beach day for the first weekend of summer.

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Saying Goodbye to Electric Blue

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Well, as most of you have seen, there hasn't been a lot of activity for several months on this blog. I sold Electric Blue to my friend Murray (shown above) and he is taking good care of her. It's time to move on from this electric vehicle conversion hobby and see where life takes me.

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Chevy, Chevy, Chevy

Electric Cars are for Girls

Breaking new ground in hubris, even for GM, they now want to eliminate the term "Chevy" in favor of the original mouthful, "Chevrolet". Employees who use the wrong word now have to put a quarter in the corporate cuss jar. Really. Um, note to the two marketing and sales execs who came up with this stroke of "branding consistency" genius: when your paying customers pet-name your product, don't argue with them. When they write you songs, sing along. Wait, who am I talking to

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Special Guests at an LA Rally

Revenge of the Electric Car

Revenge of the Electric Car director Chris Paine attended the “LA Get Off Oil Day&# rally in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 2 2nd, where Chelsea Sexton from Who Killed the Electric Car?

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done with phase two

DIY Electric Car

I know that I?m m killing everyone with minute, but I?m m very proud of the work that I?ve ve done so far. The motor and transmission is now mounted in the truck, motor mounts have been fabricated, placed and are rock solid.

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Shanghai: Amidst the clamor, many glide by silently on two wheels

Plugs and Cars

Shanghai is a mind blower. Exuberant, flashy skyscrapers dot the landscape soaring above the city's overhead freeways, many claiming their place in the skyline with decorative, synchronized light shows.

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Sauter Carbon Offset Design Introduces Plug-in Hybrid Megayacht Design with a Top Speed of 25 Knots

Green Car Congress

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Electric Car Kit from Reverend Gadget

Electric Cars are for Girls

Reverend Gadget is back.with an amazing electric car kit. And an amazing electric kit car, too. And lithium

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Second Graders Take Revenge

Revenge of the Electric Car

Executive Producer Stefano Durdic made a visit to Chicago’s Academy for Global Citizenship today, to give the students at this public contract school a chance to tour the Tesla Roadster and learn about electric cars. The young students had the same questions about electric cars that most adults have: “How fast does it go?&#. “Does it make any noise?&#. “How long does it take to charge the battery?&#. “Is it expensive?&#.

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finally connected

DIY Electric Car

Finally, after cajoling the machinist for a month, I finally got my connector between the motor and trans. I do have to hand it to Jon at Portland Manufacturing, he did a great job fabricating this connector it fit like a glove, and after assembling the motor and trans. It ran like a dream.

Tesla IPO Raises More Than $226 Million

All Cars Electric

Tesla, or TSLA as it will trade under on Nasdaq, has been priced at $17 per share, allowing the electric car start-up to raise more than $226 million in its IPO. Investors were expecting the share price target range to be between $14 and $16 but the overflow of excitement saw Tesla increase the number of shares it plans to offer to 13.3 million

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Greenius on Patch.com: City Gets Boost in Carbon Neutral Goal

Creative Greenius

The Green Idea City of Hermosa Beach project has reached a major milestone in its goal to help the town become the first carbon-neutral city in the South Bay.

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Alliance Formed to Commercialize Solar Reforming Technologies to Convert Waste CO2 into Synthetic Fuel

Green Car Congress

Sandia has been working on “Sunshine to Petrol” technologies for a number of years. Source: Sandia. Click to enlarge.

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Wheego Whip: Now with Lithium!

Electric Cars are for Girls

The Wheego Whip has gone on a lithium diet, lost a little weight, and is now officially a hottie

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Smart Move

Revenge of the Electric Car

Smart will be launching a test fleet of 250 electric cars in selected areas, including: Portland, San Jose, Indianapolis, Orlando, and the Washington, D.C. – Boston Corridor. Read more in the article: Smart to Launch Test Fleet of Electric Cars. By Mike Ramsey for the Wall Street Journal. From the article: “The car would be leased for four years at $599 a month and would be under warranty during the full period. It would have a projected range of 82 miles and would be limited to 62.5

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Being a Pro Eco Recycler

DIY Electric Car

Here are a few strict guide lines that I follow to ensure a happy and productive partnership of parts. Remember most companies have to pay to get rid of some surplus. you don't ask you will not receive legally, I have received free things like: -73 used power packs (retail $200 ea. total $14,600). -1 1 3000 watt 12 volt inverter with 1 blown internal fuse. -1 1 1750 watt inverter. -20 20 Deka Ungly 45 ah deep cycle batteries (retail $3000). Free sheets of 4 x 4 cedar plywood (?). -3

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Tahoe: Hybrid vs. Flex Fuel

Hybrid SUV Blog

On my way to work this morning a pulled up to a stoplight directly behind what I thought was a hybrid Chevrolet Tahoe. Upon closer inspection, I discovered it was instead their flex fuel model.

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Greenius On Patch.com: Dumped the Pump, Beat the Bullies and Got Derailed

Creative Greenius

My wife, Debra, and I watched our beloved world champion Los Angeles Lakers banish the bullies from Boston back to Beantown at the Staples Center. Thursday night’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals was a magical experience we’ll never forget — for more reasons than you’d think.

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smart fortwo electric drive Debuts in the US

Green Car Congress

The smart electric drive. Click to enlarge. The smart fortwo electric drive has made its debut in the United States. smart USA Distributor LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc.

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Facing a Wrecked Electric Vehicle, What Must EMS Staff Know?

All Cars Electric

By the end of this year, several fully modern, highway-capable electric vehicles will go on sale. Sooner or later, one of them will get into an accident. What should emergency responders do when faced with a high-voltage battery pack that could kill them if mishandled? To prepare first responders to handle accidents involving EVs, General Motors

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REVENGE Director Gallivants Across Europe

Revenge of the Electric Car

Leaving the producers and editors to fend for themselves for a few days during post-production, Chris Paine is headed to Europe for some important events in the EV sphere. He’ll be participating in another electric car rally, then filming the grand opening of the new Danish Tesla dealership. After speaking in Copenhagen on June 30th about Revenge of the Electric Car and on the importance of confronting the oil disaster in the United States, he’s headed to the Roskilde Music Festival.

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AC Electric Car Motor and Generator for 4x4 Conversion

Electric Cars are for Girls

I have a 1989 Nissan 4x4 KingCab pickup, with a manual transmission. It weighs about 5500 lb. I'd like to convert to electric. I think I'd prefer

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First Look: 2012 Mini Cooper Countryman, A Much Maxier Mini

Green Car Reports

When it launched in the States in 2002, the Mini Cooper taught the auto industry that U.S. buyers will pay real money for very small cars. If, that is, they offer personality, charm, cheekiness, and good handling. But can you make a Mini into a crossover sport utility and still keep its "Mini-ness"? That's the question that buyers will decide

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Greenius On Patch.com: Bicycle Advocates Run Into Road Block At City Council Meeting

Creative Greenius

An ill-advised, last-minute attempt to add dedicated bicycle lanes to the Upper Pier Avenue project resulted in disappointment, tension and frustration that was expressed emotionally at times by three of the five Hermosa Beach City Council members at the panel’s meeting Tuesday night.

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NOAA: May Global Temperature is Warmest on Record; Spring and January-May also Post Record-breaking Temps

Green Car Congress

The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for May, March-May (Northern Hemisphere spring-Southern Hemisphere autumn), and the period January-May, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Steve Jobs: How To Demo New iPhone? Reserve a Nissan Leaf EV!

All Cars Electric

The 2010 Tesla Roadster is seen by many as the ultimate boy's toy. But Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs added another car to his garage today by walking through the Nissan Leaf signup process live at the Apple WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2010 live on stage. In photos snapped by Apple website MacRumorslive.com live at the WWDC2010

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Feds Offer Free Chargers

Revenge of the Electric Car

The ChargePoint America program's Chargers are made by Coulomb Technologies. A new Federal Grant will enable many electric vehicle early adopters to get their chargers for free. (A A $2,000 value!). The first nine communities to participate are: Sacramento, Los Angeles the San Francisco Bay-San Jose area, New York City, Orlando, Austin, Detroit, Washington and Redmond, Wash. Read more in the article: Get in Line for 4,600 Free Electric Car Battery Chargers.

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The Great Golf Cart Battery Swap

Electric Cars are for Girls

I was told I have to replace all 6 batteries @95.00 each; that's a LOT of money.is it necessary? The man said if I didn't, the old ones would just

Are Hybrids Shockingly Risky?

Hybrid SUV Blog

For the past several weeks a leading headline in local and national news has been flooding. Flash floods in Nashville, Tennessee, northeast Nebraska, Arkansas, and most recently in France and China have reminded us of the dangers associated with rapidly rising waters.

IPO Or Not, Tesla Won't Survive As Independent, Analysts Say

Green Car Reports

Quick, name the last automaker to go public before yesterday's Tesla Motors IPO. Stumped? It was Ford Motor Company. The year was 1956. Perhaps buyers of Tesla Motors stock [NSDQ:TSLA] were optimistic because they had little context to assess the comapny. Tesla's stock soared from its offering price of $17 to close at $23.89 by the end of

Sanyo Supplying Li-ion Batteries for Suzuki Swift Plug-in Hybrid

Green Car Congress

Sanyo Electric recently announced an agreement with Suzuki Motor to supply lithium-ion battery systems for the Swift Plug-in Hybrid. Earlier post.) Suzuki has already announced its intention to start manufacturing the vehicles. The plug-in is powered by a 55 kW, 180 N·m AC synchronous motor and a 2.66 kWh Li-ion battery pack. The 0.66L engine is the K6A, earlier versions of which were used in the Cappuccino.

The 2011 Nissan Leaf is a Mac.The 2011 Chevy Volt is a PC.

All Cars Electric

Mac or PC? Leaf or Volt? The car you drive says a lot about your personality and your outlook on life, be it a big SUV or a Smart. With the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevrolet Volt both set to hit the roads this Fall, is one a PC and the other a Mac? And if so, which is which? Are Leaf owners more likely to own a Mac? Are Volt drivers PC users

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China’s EV Subsidy

Revenge of the Electric Car

China is starting a program to subsidize buyers of battery-powered and plug-in hybrids. The two year program will start in five major cities later this year, and it is expected that the subsidies will be made available to buyers in other cities in the near future. Read more in the Wall St. Journal article: China to Subsidize Electric Cars.

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Best Electric Car Motor

Electric Cars are for Girls

What's the best electric motor out there? Hi, Carlos! This isn't Consumer Reports, darlin', there's no 1-5 lightning bolts rating system for electric

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Hybrid SUV Future Looks Bright

Hybrid SUV Blog

Where do we go from here? If you read the article last week about 2010 hybrid sport utility vehicle prices , you know that your total number of hybrid SUV options has decreased over the past two years.

Gordon Murray's T25 Minicar Finally Revealed

Green Car Reports

News of Gordon Murray's decision to build a low-cost minicar created quite a stir when it was announced last year. That stir was in part because of the key driving force behind the project, Gordon Murray, ex-McLaren F1 designer and the pen behind the Caparo T1 supercar, but also because the car itself is an ambitious project. Designed to be tiny

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