October, 2010

Creative Greenius Loves Hermosa Beach Sharrows & You Should Too

Creative Greenius

Members of the newly formed South Bay Bicycle Coalition are happy with the Hermosa Beach "sharrows," which allow bicyclists to use a lane of traffic on Hermosa Avenue. The group hopes to see more South Bay cities install such bicycle-friendly facilities.

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Chevy Volt Delivers Novel Two-Motor, Four-Mode Extended Range Electric Drive System; Seamless Driver Experience Plus Efficiency

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by Mike Millikin and Jack Rosebro. The Volt drive unit combines two motors and three clutches to deliver four distinct operating modes to maximize efficiency and provide a seamless driving experience. Click to enlarge.

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Plugs and Cars

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1984 Pontiac Fiero Electric Vehicle Conversion / From Start To Finish With Ride Along

DIY Electric Car

1984 Pontiac Fiero Electric Vehicle Conversion / From start to finish with a ride along. 1984 Pontiac Fiero Electric Vehicle Conversion / From start to finish with a ride along.

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65' Volvo 544 Electric Car Conversion

Electric Cars are for Girls

I have a 65' 544 Volvo that I've loved, painted, moved 3x's, and want to convert it to electric. It has a 4 cyn, duel SU carb, and has all the looks

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Electric Car Drives 375 Miles at 55 mph, Recharges In 6 Minutes

All Cars Electric

We all know that battery packs are the weakest link in electric vehicles. Not only are they heavy and expensive, but they take a long time to recharge and on average can only provide around 100 miles per charge. A German-based company has changed all that with a new vehicle capable of driving up to 375 miles at moderate highway speeds

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Don’t Miss the RETHINK: GREEN Benefit for ECHS on Nov 6

Creative Greenius

If you dig Environmental Charter High School and the the Green Ambassadors as much as I do then you’re not going to want to miss this all star charity event on their behalf, especially if you’re also a fan of Ed Begley Jr. and his Living With Ed Show.

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More Trending

Driving iMiev

Plugs and Cars

I got to drive the Mitsubishi iMiev a couple of weeks ago for a mile or so at Green Drive Expo in Richmond. I was much impressed with the car. A four seater that defies space by seeming so small outside but so large inside. Like my beloved Th!nk nk City, only grown up.

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materials and a simple fan shroud.

DIY Electric Car

Materials are everything! As my parts have arrived in good condition, I have progressed from selecting, purchasing to installing the electronics for my conversion (phase 3). My next step was to create a shelf within the motor compartment.

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Electric Car Voltage and Power Requirements

Electric Cars are for Girls

Why do people us 6v batteries in their electric cars and not 12v or 24v? And what are the average power requirements for the average motor that is used

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GE's 'Largest Order in History' To Boost Electric-Car Market

Green Car Reports

General Electric, the conglomerate that produces everything from power-plant turbines to television shows, wants to jumpstart the electric-vehicle market. To do that, said CEO Jeffrey Immelt yesterday in London, it will place the "largest order in history" for electric vehicles, numbering in the tens of thousands. That order could come as soon as

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Will You Be Riding With Us At PedalPalooza on 10-10-10?

Creative Greenius

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MAHLE Turbulent Jet Ignition pre-chamber initiated combustion system supports high efficiency and near zero engine-out NOx in naturally aspirated PFI engine

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Computer-generated image of the Turbulent Jet Igniter, designed to replace the spark plug in a modern spark ignition combustion system. Click to enlarge.

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BP goes electric.a bit

Plugs and Cars

Ecotality has a new, unexpected partner in the rollout of public charging infrastructure for plug-in electric cars. Must have taken BP about three seconds to accept this partnership.

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fitting parts.

DIY Electric Car

Parts have arrived all in good shape. Today I mounted the switch box., connected the primary and secondary circuits to the controller , mounted shunt on the motor. And played around with the brake pump.

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Golf Cart Battery Charging

Electric Cars are for Girls

How many rounds of 18 holes of golf before the golf cart batteries need recharging? Is is best to discharge the batteries deeply or recharge after every

Toyota To Pay Tesla $60 Million For RAV4 Electric Components

Green Car Reports

What does it cost to develop an electric vehicle these days? In the case of the upcoming electric Toyota RAV4 crossover, $60 million. At least, that's the amount that Toyota will pay Tesla Motors under a contract to supply lithium-ion battery packs, electric motors, gearboxes, power electronics modules, software, and other components for the RAV4

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350! 10-10-10! South Bay PedalPalooza, Next Sunday!

Creative Greenius

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DOE releases Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Plan (2010 Draft) for public comment

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The roles for hydrogen and fuel cells in the energy mix. Source: DOE. Click to enlarge. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a draft version of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Plan, which outlines the strategy, activities, and plans of DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program.

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Strikes cause fuel shortages in France

Plugs and Cars

Airlines are being diverted from France as jet fuel supplies dwindle, and French motorists are panic-buying diesel and gasoline for their autos as strikes grip the country. France has already begun dipping into its 30-day strategic reserve of oil. Strikes at oil refineries have entered their second week, with a general strike called for Tuesday. Strikers are protesting the proposed rise in the retirement age from 60 to 62.

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parts on Ebay great news!!

DIY Electric Car

Yipee, scored on the exact parts I wanted on Ebay. It was suspisiously like pre-ordained destiny the way I found my curtis 1231c controller listed on Ebay for a starting bid of $700.

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Golf Cart Batteries Not Charging

Electric Cars are for Girls

My Trojan T-105's were great until I found myself as far away from the house as I could get in my development. I used all available power to get back

PETA Proposes Ads Urging Electric-Car Drivers To Go Vegan

Green Car Reports

Ah, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the gift that just keeps on giving headline fodder to eager editors. Which is probably just what PETA intended. We learned last week that PETA proposed to Boston's chief of environmental and energy services, Jim Hunt, that it run ads promoting the green benefits of eating a vegan diet on the

Ready to Get to Work? Time to PedalPalooza on 10-10-10!

Creative Greenius

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Worldwide Prius Cumulative Sales Top 2M Mark; Toyota Reportedly Plans Two New Prius Variants for the US By End of 2012

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Annual worldwide sales of the Prius to September 2010. Data: TMC. Click to enlarge. Worldwide cumulative sales of the Toyota Prius have passed the 2-million mark, with approximately 2,012,000 units sold as of the end of September, according to Toyota.

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Transmission Losses: More Oil Supply Trucks Bombed in Pakistan

Plugs and Cars

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Dozens of tankers carrying fuel to Afghanistan for NATO troops were torched near Quetta in western Pakistan on Wednesday, the third major attack on supplies since Pakistan closed one border crossing to Afghanistan a week ago and the first at the only checkpoint that remained open. Source: NY Times

Motor positioned in engine compartment

DIY Electric Car

Started putting the motor/tranny into the engine compartment. Got it positioned and connected the driver sigde motor mount. Feels good. Kind of wondering if I should have tested the motor before I put it in. Not sure how I would have done that

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Fixing up a Old Electric Car Conversion

Electric Cars are for Girls

I have just bought a 72 pinto electric car conversion that was converted in the early 90's by an eastern Oregon college. I had lots of large ups batteries

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2011 Chevrolet Volt: Full Driving Impressions

Green Car Reports

Finally, after almost four years, we've driven the 2011 Chevrolet Volt in a variety of conditions, talked over our impressions, and reached a conclusion: Yes, the 2011 Volt electric car is a real car. It may be propelled by electricity. It may plug into a wall socket or a special garage recharger to "refuel." But the new and remarkable compact

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The 2011 Nissan Leaf May Have An iPhone App, But Runs Windows

All Cars Electric

We’ve already seen first-hand how the 2011 Nissan Leaf’s navigation system can predict just how far it will be able to travel before it needs a recharge, and even find you a nearby charger. But while parts of the navigation system and energy consumption software are proprietary to Nissan and smartphone-ready applications for the Leaf

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Audi Introduces e-tron Spyder Concept Plug-in Diesel Hybrid Sports Car

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Audi e-tron Spyder. Click to enlarge. Audi introduced the e-tron Spyder, a study of an open sports car with plug-in hybrid drive, at the Paris Motor Show.

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Chelsea Sexton has a Volt for a foster child

Revenge of the Electric Car

Our Consulting Producer Chelsea Sexton was recently chosen as one of a small group of EV enthusiasts to field test a Chevy Volt: living with it and driving it on a daily usage basis. Read about her cautious optimism for GM’s new electric car in her recent blog post: “I first learned of the Chevrolet Volt while standing on a Minneapolis street corner on June 23, 2006.

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‘11 Lexus 450h Remains Top Pick

Hybrid SUV Blog

Lexus used the Paris Auto Show to show off the 2011 Lexus RX 450h, the newest update in its RX hybrid SUV model line. Reviewers have given this hybrid SUV high marks for its power, luxury, and fuel economy.

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EV Battery Cycle Life

Electric Cars are for Girls

What does the term cycle life mean when you're talking about electric car or golf cart batteries? Hi, good question. It's the number of times a battery

2011 Volt "GM Lied" Debate: They Hate GM, They Really Hate GM

Green Car Reports

This will be our last word on the whole "GM Lied!" and "Is the Volt a hybrid?" controversy, which blew up yesterday at the first day of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt press launch. Late last night, GM issued a press release (largely reprised on its Voltage site) entitled "Clearing up confusion about the Chevy Volt." The company noted, "some confusion has

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Can Electric Cars Be Hurt By Bitter Electric-Car Advocates?

All Cars Electric

Every political or social movement has its cross to bear. Every trend has a stereotype from which to break free. So it seems time to ask, is the public image of electric cars and other plug-in vehicles being damaged by those who maintain that a huge and evil global conspiracy exists against the EV? We’re happy to see more and more interest

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Daimler Trucks North America and Walmart develop hybrid-electric Class 8 Cascadia; enter long-term advanced engineering partnership

Green Car Congress

Hybrid electric Cascadia. Click to enlarge. Daimler Trucks North America LLC (DTNA) and Walmart have collaborated to build the first hybrid electric Freightliner Cascadia.