June, 2010

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

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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.

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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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Second Graders Take Revenge

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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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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. I also wanted to see how my own hometown street fair stacks up against neighboring events in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Palos Verdes.

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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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Steve Jobs orders LEAF at WDC

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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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California Study to Explore Repurposing EV Batteries for Household Energy Storage

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The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) will lead a joint research study of how the useful lifespan of electric vehicle batteries could be extended by repurposing them as household electric storage devices with a $992,000 grant from the University of California. The grant was awarded by the Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Center, a division of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis.

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More Trending

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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Greenius on Patch.com: Hands Across the Hermosa Sand

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A typical June gloom morning on the beach at 26th Street couldn’t put a damper on the determined group of 50 to 60 concerned residents who participated in a Surfrider Foundation beach cleanup Saturday. The trash pickup work, which I was happy to participate in, was the prelude to our part in the nationwide Hands Across the Sand action, designed to bring people from all walks of life and political persuasions together to say no to offshore drilling and yes to switching to clean energy.

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Saying Goodbye to Electric Blue

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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. I have a reservation for a silver Nissan Leaf coming in December, so maybe I'll post my experience with it. Maybe I'll even reverse engineer some of the guts and share it with y'all.

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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. Tomorrow I will raise the drive wheels and give her a good testing of the drive train. This will conclude what I term phase 2, the mechanical refit of the EV. Next will be the design and implementation of the electronics?

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Canada Launches Algal Biofuels Project

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The government of Canada is awarding approximately C$5 million (US$4.7 million) to a project to produce fuels on a large scale from algae grown in Nova Scotia. Speaking in Halifax, the Honorable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), made the announcement at the launch of the algal biofuel project at the National Research Council Institute for Marine Biosciences (NRC-IMB). The project received its funding through the National Bioproducts Program and NRC-IMB.

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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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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? was also spotted, along with author and radio personality Richard Greene, LA’s mayor, members of NRDC, The Sierra Club, Heal the Bay, and more.

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

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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. The City Council voted 5-0 on Tuesday to agree to a memorandum of understanding between Hermosa Beach and AECOM , an international provider of environmental and energy-related technical and management support services.

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

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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. Immense shopping malls with every major international brand represented are packed with locals out merely for a stroll, the newly rich dressed to the nines toting Cartier bags, and tourists alike. Down at street level, boulevards and alleys are stuffed to the gills.

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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. The bench test was 100% successful, I could discern no grinding bearing noises, or binding in the coupling. Now I?m

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

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Sauter Carbon Offset Design has introduced the design of Transcendence, a 49-meter plug-in hybrid megayacht featuring Mercedes Benz / MTU Bluetec diesel electric power generation, solar cells, and a grid-chargeable Li-ion storage system to achieve a 50 to 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to other high-performance megayachts. Transcendence. Click to enlarge. With a top speed of 25 knots, Transcendence also features: Azimuth counter rotating CLT high torque propeller systems.

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

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

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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. Thursday was “Dump the Pump Day,&# which encouraged residents to take public transportation for travel instead of driving.

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AC Electric Car Motor and Generator for 4x4 Conversion

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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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Tesla IPO Raises More Than $226 Million

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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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EADS Concept Diesel-Electric Hybrid Helicopter Features EcoMotors OPOC Engines; Up to 50% Less Fuel Consumption Than Conventional Twin-Turbine Helicopter

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The hybrid helicopter concept. Click to enlarge. EADS Innovation Works is presenting a concept helicopter with a diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system at the ILA Berlin Airshow 2010, 8-13 June. The diesel-electric hybrid concept is one of the projects grouped under the name of eCO2avia by EADS Innovation Works.

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Cheaper Than A Prius?

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If you're shopping for a hybrid vehicle, time is drawing to a close to take advantage of the Federal government's hybrid tax credits. But before those credits expire at the end of 2010, there's one new hybrid you'll want to add to your shopping list: the upcoming 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. It's expected to go on sale sometime in October or

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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.

2010 118

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. Councilman Jeff Duclos had spearheaded a push to reevaluate the bike lane project, and I was one of the local environmental leaders he contacted about that last week.

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The Great Golf Cart Battery Swap

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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

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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Report: Toyota, Tesla To Create Prototype Electric Car This Year

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The Nikkei reports that Toyota Motor Corp. indicated that it plans to develop an electric-car prototype jointly with Tesla Motors Inc. for testing as early as this year. Upon forming capital and business ties last month [ earlier post ], Toyota and Tesla said that they will jointly develop electric vehicles and share expertise, such as Tesla’s electric-vehicle technologies and Toyota’s production know-how.

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Report: Hybrids To Make Up 10 Percent Of Market By 2015

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A recent J.D. Power study is suggesting that by 2015, three million vehicles that use some sort of battery power will be on the road, and 1.4 million of those will be hybrids. If that number turns out to be correct, that would be darn close to 10 percent of the market for hybrids. However, there's no guarantee that hybrid sales will reach that

2010 88

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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New BMW hybrid car given tax credit boost

Green Cars News

Anyone planning to drive the new BMW ActiveHybrid 7 has been boosted by news that the vehicle will qualify for a substantial tax credit. The US Internal Revenue Service has determined that the car will earn a $900 credit under the Alternative Motor Vehicle provision. The vehicle, which combines an electric motor with BMW’s 4.4litre twin-turbo V8 [.].

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

2010 89

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

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Sandia has been working on “Sunshine to Petrol” technologies for a number of years. Source: Sandia. Click to enlarge. An alliance of industry, academic and government organizations has formed to commercialize technologies that will utilize concentrated solar energy to convert waste CO 2 into synthetic fuels. Earlier post.).

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

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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

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