March, 2011

NRC report: US Navy, Marines and Coast Guard need to begin now to prepare for effects of climate change in the Arctic

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The Arctic region, in this report, is defined as the area north of the Arctic Circle (highlighted on this map in red). Click to enlarge. In response to the measured and projected effects of climate change, US naval forces—i.e.,

Why You Shouldn’t Give A Shit About the Federal Budget Deficit

Creative Greenius

If you’re worried about leaving our kids and grand kids a great big fat bill they’re going to have to pay for because of our multi-trillion dollar federal budget deficit, then stop worrying. Those numbers don’t mean squat and they won’t be a problem for our future generations. During my 53 years on the planet we’ve had deficits and we’ve had surpluses and it hasn’t meant a damn bit of difference to the kids or their parents.

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They Wanna Tax us for Not Using Gas??

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Electric cars don't use any gas (except for the Chevy Volt), but now legislators in three states, including mine, are trying to figure out how to make up the money they're going to lose on the gas tax we're not paying. Their idea for figuring out how to tax you for miles driven? Put a device in your EV that tracks your miles, and delivers that information to your government. Good luck with that. The EV drivers I've known come from the less-trusting end of the gene pool

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2011 Nissan Leaf vs 2011 Chevy Volt: Strengths & Weaknesses, By The Man Who Owns Both

Green Car Reports

Many comments are appearing on the internet taking enthusiastic positions for either the new 2011 Chevy Volt or the 2011 Nissan Leaf. It seems most readers are in one "camp" or the other. In our household, after studying the technical strengths and features of both cars as they moved from concept to production, I ended up ordering.one of each

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Automakers continue to face challenges caused by quake

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Nissan may have to ship engines from Tennessee to Japan. Honda is extending the shut down at its shuttered plants. Worries about Prius supply has already increased the average price by the consumer by $1,800. GM and Nissan production in the US is being disrupted by lack of Japanese parts. Source: NYTimes ]. quake nissan prius

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Grape Ape's Projects

DIY Electric Car

Hey folks :). First blog entry on DIYec's site. I'm just a poor redneck living in Los Angeles, trying to continue the hobby of "shade tree mechanic" to the best of my abilities. My Current projects marked for electric conversion stand as this: '25 t-bucket. 1968 Datsun SPL311 "Fair Lady Roadster" 1966 Regatta speed boat (outboard). In the future i want to acquire a motor cycle to convert.

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3D self-assembling nanostructure for cathodes enables very rapid charge and discharge without sacrificing capacity; potential for EVs

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(a) Cross-sectional SEM image of an MnO 2 cathode. (b) b) Lithiated MnO 2 cathode. Zhang et al. Click to enlarge. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a self-assembling three-dimensional nanostructure for battery cathodes (Li-ion and NiMH) that allows for faster charging and discharging without sacrificing energy storage capacity. Their findings are published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

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Nissan Leaf's Get You Home Guarantee

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Nissan Leaf owners , worried about the possibility of getting stranded in an emergency? Never fear, Nissan will come and get you! Now, how user-friendly is that

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Can Urine Rescue Hydrogen-Powered Cars?

Green Car Reports

It's been a rough couple of years for cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells. As the drums beat louder for electric cars--the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, Nissan's upcoming EV, and more--the hydrogen chorus is waning. But perhaps there's hope. And perhaps it's as close as your nearest urinal. Or, more politely, your local sewage treatment facility. Let us

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Public Transit or Private Cars, It's All About the Fuel

Plugs and Cars

[The following is an article I wrote in Earth Island Journal last year to answer the question "Public Transit or Electric Car? " ] Greater support for mass transit and appropriate land use policies that make mass transit accessible are essential. They are essential for more livable communities and more efficient use of resources, including energy. However, we have created a nation that is dependent, for the foreseeable future, upon the automobile.

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Tesla Vs BBC: Top Gear Planned Dead Electric Car Shot Before Test

All Cars Electric

Believe it or not, most of what you watch on television is scripted. What you may not know is that some shows which appear unscripted, like the BBC’s infamous Top Gear, are also scripted word for word. Everything from the banter between its three middle-aged hosts to its madcap challenges and car reviews has been meticulously planned, before

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WWF-UK study finds UK needs at least 1.7M electric vehicles by 2020 to achieve climate targets; 15% of new car sales

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A newly released report by WWF-UK concludes that at least 1.7 million electric vehicles—plug-in hybrid and battery-electric—will be needed by 2020 and 6.4 million by 2030 if the UK is to achieve its climate change targets. EVs would then represent 6% of all UK cars in 2020 and 18% in 2030, and 15% and 20% of new car sales in 2020 and 2030, respectively.

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The Greenius Misplaces His Mojo… Momentarily

Creative Greenius

The entire 2nd half of 2010 found the Greenius in a Mystery Spot where the rules of nature no longer applied. Wow, March First already. Time do fly, don’t it? It has definitely been been awhile, hasn’t it? How you been? Your beloved Greenius has been M.I.A. from this URL for all of 2011 – until now. Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t. Either way, I’m back and I’m returning with a new attitude, recharged energy and a fresh direction.

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Plasma Boy's Silver Streak to Seattle

Electric Cars are for Girls

I get asked this question quite a bit: Why not take a light, aerodynamic hybrid - like a Prius - and convert it into an all-electric car?

Chevy Volt Production May Rise; It's Not As Simple As You Think

Green Car Reports

It all started when General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said the company wanted to "double" production of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, its range-extended electric car. Various media outlets reported the news with varying degrees of accuracy. So far, GM has not officially said it will make more Volts. Looming deadline Chevy expects to build and sell 10,000

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Transmission Losses: 100 mile oil slick in Gulf

Plugs and Cars

The Coast Guard is investigating reports of a potentially large oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico not far from the Deepwater Horizon site. According to a knowledgeable source, the slick was sighted by a helicopter pilot on Friday and is about 100 miles long. A fishing boat captain said he went through the slick yesterday and it was strong enough to make his eyes burn. Source: Huffington Post ]. gulf oil spill

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Batteries For Electric Cars Have Barely Begun To Get Better

All Cars Electric

Do you remember the shoe sized cell phones of the early 90s? Much of that size was due to the battery. Even with that large battery, you were lucky to get 30 minutes of talk time. Battery tech has made slow and steady progress since then and has been doing so for the last 40 years. There were advancements before then too, but this modern era of

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EPA places Parker Hannifin hydraulic hybrid technology on emerging technologies list

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RunWise features a cradle design for packaging mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical components to facilitate installation, testing, and servicing. Click to enlarge. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has placed the RunWise Advanced Series Hybrid Drive ( earlier post ) from Parker Hannifin Corporation on the National Clean Diesel Campaign’s Emerging Technologies List.

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Meet A Leader In Today’s Death Wish Congress

Creative Greenius

According to yesterday’s Environment and Energy Daily (subscription required): “ Senator John Barrasso continued his campaign yesterday to stop the Obama administration from incorporating climate change into federal plans and policies, taking aim at an interagency report released in October that proposed ways for the federal government to respond to increased frequency of severe weather events and other effects of global warming.&#.

"Hydrogen is the Fuel of the Future.

Electric Cars are for Girls

and it always will be." Did you think hydrogen cars had slipped right out from under the radar into oblivion, another Bush-era delusional fantasy? Right, me too.) Now you can lease a hydrogen Mercedes in California and all the hydrogen you can use is included in your lease. Even at 600 bucks a month, that might be a bargain these days

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2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In: By The Numbers, Would It Work For You?

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Over six days of driving—limited to around-town trips—we put about 103 miles on a fleet-test Toyota Prius Plug-In, averaging 90.8 miles per gallon. In that time, we gave the Prius Plug-In five full charges and two partial ones, and according to the trip computer, we covered 77.7 miles in EV mode. As we've reported in prior driving

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PlugShare creates guerilla network to charge electric cars

Plugs and Cars

For years we've been hearing there's a chicken/egg situation with EVs. Consumers, it's often suggested, have rejected plug-in cars because there is no charging infrastructure. No, I've always said, we have a chicken problem. No plug-in cars. The infrastructure, ubiquitous electricity, exists. Volts and LEAFs are being slowly delivered, but the public charge station rollout paid for by the feds is coming even more slowly, especially in places getting early vehicle allocations.

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Electric Car Tax for Washington Gets One Step Closer to Law

All Cars Electric

If you’re a regular reader of AllCarsElectric then you’ll know that electric cars are much cheaper to run than gasoline cars once you’ve actually purchased them, but electric cars in Washington state are just about to get a little more expensive to run thanks to a proposed law which has just passed from the state’s Senate

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Startup Siluria Technologies developing novel bio-templated catalysts for economic direct conversion of methane to ethylene; potential for transportation fuels

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Leveraging work done by MIT’s Dr. Angela Belcher on using genetically modified bacteriophages as scaffolds for constructing inorganic materials such as Li-ion cathodes ( earlier post ), startup Siluria Technologies is discovering and optimizing novel catalysts for the oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) reaction to produce ethylene (C 2 H 4 ) directly from methane (CH 4 ) with high performance at low temperatures. Dr. Belcher is a founder of Siluria, and is on the Board of Directors.

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3 More Reasons I’m Happy I Dumped the Democrats

Creative Greenius

When I quit the Democratic party last summer the last straw for me was their total FAIL to take a stand and do anything about climate change. Watching their spineless jellyfish routine in the face of the unified madman approach the Republicans employed was cringe worthy to say the least. The piss poor performance of California’s Assembly and Senate Democrats to deal with our state’s budget issues only made me feel more certain of my decision.

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Chevy Volt vs. Nissan Leaf

Electric Cars are for Girls

Which new electric car do you like best - Volt or Leaf? The only fair way to decide is to order one of each, obviously. Here's the review

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High Gas Prices May Soon Turn Your Lovely Suburb Into A Slum

Green Car Reports

Americans rarely think much about zoning, but it governs almost every facet of how we live our lives. And unintended consequences of 50-year-old zoning codes may be about to turn some of our loveliest and quietest suburbs into the next slums. Simply because they've been built too far away from everything else, and we won't be able to afford

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The trials of public charging, part 2 (of many to come)

Plugs and Cars

I wrote back in December about my unhappy experience attempting to charge my loaner LEAF at San Francisco City Hall's electric car charging stations. Parking in these Coulomb charge stations is restricted to city-owned vehicles and Car Share companies under threat of towing. A threat taken seriously in San Francisco. I wrangled a few hours of charging back in December from Bob Hayden, the SF Department of the Environment's EV Czar.

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2011 Nissan Leaf: Your Ultimate Reference Guide (Updated)

All Cars Electric

Here at AllCarsElectric.com we've covered a lot of news featuring the 2011 Nissan Leaf. So much, in fact, that it may be difficult keeping track of them all. What we thought may help is an index page of all of our favorite articles featuring the 2011 Nissan Leaf. Bookmark it in your browser or rss reader, as we'll be updating it every time a new

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A123Systems targeting stop-start/micro-hybrid market with 12V Li-ion Nanophosphate Engine Start Battery

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Nanophosphate Engine Start Battery (12V): Click to enlarge. A123 Systems is targeting the emerging stop-start/microhybrid market with a 12V Li-ion battery solution based on its automotive class lithium ion AMP20 20 Ah prismatic pouch cells. The system comes equipped with battery management electronics for cell balancing and protection.

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Why You Shouldn’t Give A Shit About the Federal Budget Deficit

Creative Greenius

If you’re worried about leaving our kids and grand kids a great big fat bill they’re going to have to pay for because of our multi-trillion dollar federal budget deficit, then stop worrying. Those numbers don’t mean squat and they won’t be a problem for our future generations. During my 53 years on the planet we’ve had deficits and we’ve had surpluses and it hasn’t meant a damn bit of difference to the kids or their parents.

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Saturn SL2 Electric Car Conversion

Electric Cars are for Girls

I have been considering converting my 1999 Saturn SL2 to electric. This has an automatic transmission. I only drive 12Km to work every day and believe

New A5 e-tron quattro Plug-In Packs Audi's Latest Hybrid Tech

Green Car Reports

Audi has taken the wraps off a sophisticated plug-in hybrid prototype that combines a number of leading green car technologies all in a single platform. Utilizing the shell of the luxurious A5 Coupe, Audi’s new A5 e-tron quattro prototype not only features a conventional power-split hybrid system but also a newer

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"Transmission" Losses: Billion Dollar Fuel Theft

Plugs and Cars

After nearly a decade of mismanagement, theft and fraud, the U.S. military still hasn't found a way to staunch the flow of what is likely hundreds of millions -- if not billions -- of dollars in lost fuel in Afghanistan, some of which is sold on the black market and winds up in Taliban hands, a TPM investigation has found. Source: TalkingPointsMemo.com

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Five Tips to Save You Money on Home Electric Car Charging

All Cars Electric

We all know that once purchased, electric cars are much cheaper to run than their gasoline counterparts, but how do you make sure you’re not paying more than you need to for the privilege of charging up at home? We’ve given it some thought and come up with five top tips to help you pay keep your domestic electricity bill low and

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Researchers demonstrate production of C3 hydrocarbons from biomass with no external H2 required

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Researchers have demonstrated a route for the production of major commercial C 3. hydrocarbons (propane and propylene) from renewable biomass via the hydrothermal conversion of well-known fermentation end-products (butyric acid and 3-hydroxybutyrate) without the use of exogenous hydrogen. The process can potentially have high thermal efficiencies. The two-step process first uses fermentation to produce partially deoxygenated intermediate chemicals.

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Renault apology over electric car leaks accusations

Green Cars News

Renault has offered its sincere ‘apologies and regrets’ to the three executives it fired over allegations of industrial espionage relating to electric vehicle secrets. An investigation into allegations of ‘theft, industrial espionage and breach of trust’ has collapsed due to a lack of evidence that the three ex-employees leaked details of its electric car developments. [.]. Latest news Renault accused electric car employees industrial espionage secrets

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