December, 2010

The Social Non Profit – Working Smarter with Social Tech

Green Car Congress

The Social Non Profit. I believe that non profits are more capable of fulfilling their Mission, meeting their business goals, empowering (liberating) their staff and engaging their stakeholders when they choose to work smarter using social technologies. As non profits embark on a working smarter path I see them incrementally evolving into a social non profit state (continuous dynamic process).

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Amazon.com Packaging FAIL – Hey Jeff Bezos, Who is the Airhead That Packed This?

Creative Greenius

I ordered my new 2011 wall calendar for my office from Amazon.com because they had the best price and free shipping. But I thought that free shipping meant “no cost&# not “brain free.&# Apparently that’s not the case because Amazon sent me my 2011 calendar in a box big enough to ship a flat screen TV.

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Paris To Test Banning Gas-Guzzlers (Yes, SUVs!) In City Core

Green Car Reports

Why are many European carmakers now planning to build electric vehicles? Because many European cities are widely expected to ban high-emissions vehicles from their city cores over the next decade--perhaps even vehicles with any emissions at all. Now, Paris may be the first city to experiment with such a policy. Next year, it will begin to test

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Lithium Batteries for an Electric Golf Cart

Electric Cars are for Girls

My golf cart has a 48volt system requiring 6 eight volt batteries. existing US batteries are on last legs and shopping for new ones. Trojan and US Batteries

The ?Automatic? Solution for EV Conversions

DIY Electric Car

Some time ago we were approached by a City Municipality that was in the process of doing a fleet conversion of their gas vehicles to electric. Their bottom line was to achieve vehicle performance and functionality that replicated that of the gas vehicle while of course providing long term energy cost savings. Their approach was to follow the lead of so many others by setting up the driveline with a ?stick? stick? type transmission.

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Help Plug In America renew the EV infrastructure tax credit

Plugs and Cars

From Plug In America: Last year, Plug In America, along with electric vehicle and EV infrastructure manufacturers from coast to coast, worked with members of the House and Senate to get a critical plug-in vehicle infrastructure tax credit into the stimulus bill. And then you helped us get it passed! These EV tax credits of 50% up to $2,000 for individuals, and 50% up to $50,000 for businesses have led to the beginning of early deployment of EV charging infrastructure all across the United States.

F1 specifies 4-cylinder 1.6L engines from 2013; energy recovery systems, high-pressure injection and energy management

Green Car Congress

The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) has approved the introduction of a new specification engine for Formula One racing from 2013, underlining the FIA’s stated commitment to improving sustainability and addressing the needs of the automotive industry. Following dialogue with the engine manufacturers and experts in this field, the power units will be four cylinders, 1.6 liter with high pressure gasoline injection up to 500 bar (7,252 psi) with a maximum of 12,000 rpm.

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GM Confirms, Yes, We're Losing Money on Every Volt We Build

Green Car Reports

Doug Parks, vehicle line executive for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, GM's range-extended electric vehicle, confirmed Tuesday that the company loses money on every Volt it sells. This should hardly be a surprise. It's called R&D, folks Every major automaker spends billions of dollars a year on research and development costs. And they know that when

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Help! Golf Cart Batteries Dying Young

Electric Cars are for Girls

I bought 6 golf cart batteries (Napa Specialty) only 1 3/4 year ago, had a charger on them that switched off when charged and since sometimes we would

Mission Motors reveals the Mission R race-ready electric superbike motorcycle

National Green Transportation

Do you like this story? Indications have been building all year that Mission Motors was preparing to unveil a new electric superbike, the most recent hint being a silhouette that's graced their website for a couple months. Yesterday that bike, the Mission R, was

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EV Ownership Shortcut?

Plugs and Cars

Here's an unexpected opportunity to purchase an EV, especially if you've had a hankering for a Th!nk nk City. According to the Seattle Clean Cities Newsletter, you've got three days to order a Th!nk nk City for $6000 off from the base price of $41,695 if you live in a ZEV state. nk is apparently looking to quickly sell 150 of the vehicles they are putting together in Elkhart, IN. Offer ends December 31. Add in the federal tax credit, and the electric two-seater is down to around $28,000.

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Mission Motors Unveils Mission R Electric Racing Superbike

Green Car Congress

Today at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show, Mission Motors unveiled the Mission R, the company’s new electric racing superbike. The Mission R features the latest components from MissionEVT, the EV powertrain technology arm of Mission Motors. The Mission R packs 14.4 kWh and 141 hp in a package smaller than a modern 600cc sportbike.

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Is There a Business Case for Electric-Car Battery Lease or Swap?

All Cars Electric

As 2010 draws to a close, we now have shipments of the 2011 Nissan LEAF and the 2011 Chevy Volt to customers around the United States. With the advent of these vehicles, is there still a business case for Better Place? To refresh your memory, Better Place is the venture between Shai Agassi and Renault-Nissan that proposes to sell electric cars

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Ding-Ding-Ding! Electric Cars Likely To Be Made Noisier By Law

Green Car Reports

In one particularly hilarious scene in the TV show Weeds, Mary-Louise Parker’s soccer mom/drug dealer character inspires a scary drug lord to buy several Toyota Priuses after he successfully carries out a drive-by shooting while riding in hers. The selling point? The quietness of the hybrid. “Good for sneaking up on

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Boiling Golf Cart Batteries

Electric Cars are for Girls

Why would our golf cart batteries start bubbling after about one half hour of charging? Hi, Maynard! Probably because your charger is delivering too

SWIGZ.COM Racing in WERA claiming exclusion by TTXGP and e-Power

National Green Transportation

Chip Yates of SWIGZ.COM Racing is back with yesterdays doozy of an announcement. In October he unveiled the electric race superbike motorcycle they've been working on for nearly a year. It's an awesome piece of technology, and

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Proud Papa

Plugs and Cars

Felix Kramer, indefatigable campaigner for plug-in cars, took possession today of his Chevrolet Volt. Here he is, with his son Josh in the driver's seat. Andy Frank, father of the plug-in hybrid, drove down from Davis, California in the Volt he received yesterday to join in the celebration. calcars.org Felix Kramer chevrolet volt

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Solar reactor for the two-step thermochemical production of fuels from water and carbon dioxide

Green Car Congress

Schematic of the solar reactor for the two-step, solar-driven thermochemical production of fuels. Click to enlarge. A team from Caltech, ETH Zürich and the Paul Scherrer Institute have devised a solar reactor for the two-step, solar-driven thermochemical production of fuels. In a paper published in the journal Science , they report stable and rapid generation of fuel over 500 cycles. They achieved solar-to-fuel efficiencies of 0.7

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Want Electrons With That? McDonald's To Charge Electric Cars

All Cars Electric

As many industry analysts will tell you, the switch to plug-in cars by the general public requires an increased support network of public charging stations. But while we’ve seen charging stations popping up at shopping malls, electronics retailers and even banks the fast food industry hasn’t shown much of an interest in supporting

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Needed Or Not, Electric Car Noisemakers Are Going To Be Law

Green Car Reports

Although the relative silence of electric cars and hybrids was originally touted as one of their key beneficial attributes, alarmists have been less than enamored with the perceived difficulty involved in hearing one coming, especially advocates of the blind and the seeing impaired. While critics have said time and time again that no actual data

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One Golf Cart Battery - the Weak Link!

Electric Cars are for Girls

I have one Trojan Battery that only shows 5-6 Volts on a hand held meter. The other 5 show 8.3 volts. Can I just replace the weak battery without

Chip Yates (SWIGZ.COM Racing) shows electric superbike motorcycle at Infineon

National Green Transportation

Last week we said many in the electric motorcycle racing scene want to see Chip Yates' "claims proved, on a track, with independant observers, and preferably in sanctioned racing conditions." " Yesterday, at the Infineon Raceway

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My Trial LEAF & the trials of public charging

Plugs and Cars

I've got a LEAF for a few days. Very exciting. I'll have a full report soon. But I've got to mention one frustration I've encountered. Restricted charge stations. In San Francisco at this moment there are, I believe, six deployed new J1772 charge stations. One, a ParkPod unit in the Hilton parking lot, was installed with private funds. Two are at a private parking garage on the Embarcadero, paid for with federal and state money via Coulomb's ChargePointAmerica grants.

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Catalytic cracking of vegetable oil sludge to produce biohydrocarbons

Green Car Congress

Researchers in Viet Nam and Belgium have developed a catalytic cracking process to convert vegetable oil sludge to renewable hydrocarbon fractions. Their paper, in which they compare the results of this process to a pyrolysis process, is in press in the journal Fuel. Vegetable oil sludge is a major byproduct of vegetable oil factories, and consists of triglycerides (61%), free fatty acid (37%) and impurities (2%).

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Five Tips to Save Money on Your Home Electric Car Charge Point

All Cars Electric

Let’s face it: the end of the holiday season is financially tough. After spending what may seem like a small fortune on gifts for your family and friends the last thing you want to do is spend money on a costly electric charging point for your plug-in car. Of course, it is technically possible to charge an electric car from a standard 110V

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GM Doubles Down on Electric Cars, Will Hire 1,000 Engineers For Them

Green Car Reports

It doesn't really matter whether GM sells the first Chevrolet Volt electric cars at a loss or not. The company announced yesterday that it plans to hire 1,000 new engineers over the next two years to focus exclusively on developing and expanding its work in electric-drive vehicles, everything from additional vehicles that use the Volt's Voltec

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Golf Cart Battery Decision

Electric Cars are for Girls

We're considering the purchase of a used golf cart, primarily for getting around our gated community. Is there an advantage to a T-125, over the T-105

Computerized car convoy hopes for cleaner and safer driving

National Green Transportation

Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and pay attention to your driving. That key to safe driving may become irrelevant if the SARTRE system, now entering testing in Europe, works out. It's a "road train"

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First LEAF delivered in Petaluma California

Plugs and Cars

Olivier Chalouhi, owner of the first LEAF sold in the world with Carlos Tavares, Nissan Executive Vice President for the America. Olivier at the wheel driving off to the Nissan event in San Francisco Civic Center. Caravan of LEAFs headed to SF as seen from my RAV4 EV. Olivier surrounded by the media outside SF City Hall. Crowd gathered in SF Civic Center. Check out Nick Chambers' report in plugincars.com. Olivier Chalouhi nissan leaf Carlos Tavares

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GM sourcing components for the Chevy Volt produced from recycled oil-soaked plastic booms from BP spill

Green Car Congress

Steps in recycling the booms to auto parts. Click to enlarge. General Motors has developed a method to convert an estimated 100 miles of the oil-laden plastic boom material used to soak up oil from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year into parts for the Chevy Volt. The booms are made out of polypropylene material, and are virtually entirely recyclable once the waste oil and water are removed.

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Waiting for Your 2011 Nissan Leaf? Here, Have an iPhone App

All Cars Electric

We know. You’ve put the deposit down, agonized over the charge station installation and felt a pang of jealousy when you discovered your 2011 Nissan LEAF won’t arrive for another four months. But while all hopes that Santa is bringing that new electric car may be lost you can at least pass the time with the LEAF iPhone app. That is of

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U.S. Gasoline Usage Peaked In 2006, Will Plummet In Future

Green Car Reports

Even if you may not have heard of the Peak Oil theory, everyone knows that we'll continue to use more and more gasoline in years to come. Right? Well, errrrr, no. Maybe not. At least, that's the conclusion of both industry analysts and the oil companies themselves. The peak year for U.S. gasoline consumption to date was 2006, when we collectively

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Battery Capacity and Amp Hours

Electric Cars are for Girls

With every thing being equal: the more amp hours a battery has, the more range? Hi, Tim - All else being equal, yes. That's all the additional AH

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How does the Mission R electric superbike stack up against the others

National Green Transportation

Do you like this story? The newly unveiled Mission R high performance electric motorcycle is not the only electric superbike in existence. Enough of them have been seen in public to let us do some comparisons. For details of the Mission R see: Mission Motors reveals the

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Manufacturer Spotlight: Kia

Green Cars News

Where we stand: December 2010 The second largest automobile manufacturer in South Korea, Kia has been taking significant steps forward in recent months as it bids to be among the frontrunners in the green car race. The Paris Motor Show 2010 was particularly important for the company as it took the opportunity to unveil a [.]. Manufacturer Spotlight Kia manufacturers

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Report: Toyota to make plug-in hybrids in China

Green Car Congress

The Nikkei reports that Toyota Motor Corp. plans to begin assembling plug-in hybrids in China by 2012. The joint venture with China FAW Group Corp. will make the hybrids, with output likely starting at a few thousand units a year. The joint venture already has a track record for producing the Prius, the Japanese carmaker’s mainstay hybrid.

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1985 Electric Volkswagen Golf To Return To Factory of its Birth

All Cars Electric

When I met last month with Volkswagen to ride inside a prototype 2012 Golf Blue e-motion, I was eager to experience this all-electric version of its popular 2011 Golf hatchback. It will go into production as a 2013 model. But I also knew something the VW public relations corps didn't: the location of an electric car that VW had built some 25 years

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