May, 2011

Audi unveils e-gas project: synthetic methane from the methanation of green hydrogen; series production of CNG models in 2013 powered by e-gas

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Audi A3 TCNG for e-gas project. Click to enlarge. Starting in 2013, Audi will begin series production of TCNG models whose engines—derived from TFSI units—will be powered by e-gas: synthetic methane produced via the methanation of hydrogen produced by electrolysis using renewable electricity. Audi’s newly unveiled e-gas project is a component of achieving its goal of “Audi balanced mobility”—i.e., achieving a neutral CO 2 balance across the entire mobility chain.

2011 291

Top Gear, Don't hate the Leaf.

Electric Cars are for Girls

The notorious Top Gear , aka the electric car hater show, (mostly) drained a Nissan Leaf's battery pack and limped it around a neighborhood in England known for having few public charging stations. The lead photo was a couple of people pushing the Leaf. What was the point

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Adding Urea To Clean Diesel Cars: Can I Just Pee In The Tank?

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We get punchy around High Gear Media occasionally, and sometimes we BS back and forth about topics less salubrious than, say, fuel efficiency and lowering our oil dependency. Which is how the following question came up: If the urea runs low in my new clean-diesel car, can I just pee in the tank to top it up? Urea to cut NOx First, a bit of

2011 118

Atomkraft? Nein, Danke.

Plugs and Cars

Germany calls it quits on nuclear power. Last plant to close in 2022. Today about 25% of Germany's electricity comes from nukes. The U.S. gets just under 20% of its electricity from nuclear. nuclear power germany

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More festivals

Revenge of the Electric Car

After an amazingly successful World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this past Earth Day, Revenge of the Electric Car will be making an appearance at a handful of other festivals across the country, as we gear up for a wider release. Check our " See the Film " page for links to showtimes, and keep checking back for new screening announcements and to request the film come to your city.

2011 100

No, Justin Bieber Didn't Run Out of Charge in an Electric Car

All Cars Electric

Oh no, not again. It’s only a few weeks since the Top Gear boys were spotted in Lincolnshire trying to find somewhere to charge two electric cars after forgetting failing to plug them in the night before. And now electric cars are in the firing line again. This time we’re hearing reports that claim sickly sweet teen pop/R&B prince

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New Lithium rechargeable semi-solid flow cell offers energy densities an order of magnitude greater than previous flow batteries; possible applications in transportation and grid-scale storage

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Scheme of the semi-solid flow cell (SSFC) system using flowing lithium-ion cathode and anode suspensions. The SSFC could enable new models such as transportation ‘fuels’ tuned for power versus range, or cold versus warm climates, with flexible refueling and recycling options. Source: Duduta et al. Click to enlarge.

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2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas: Video Of Alternative-Fuel Car

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OK, so gas prices are hovering around $4 a gallon, and dispensing with gasoline altogether is getting more and more attractive. But for whatever reasons, plug-in cars aren't for you. Maybe it's the limited range of battery electric vehicles, maybe it's the $41,000 cost before incentives of the 2011 Chevy Volt. Well, depending on where you live

2011 101

Fukushima oil spill and explosion

Plugs and Cars

A oil spill has been detected, and another explosion occurred, at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, here. How Japan uses public works projects, including gyms and swimming pools, to buy acquiescence for its nuclear projects, here

2011 100

Why the puzzling push for electric car road taxes?

National Green Transportation

Most of the talk about taxes and electric cars is the tax credits or rebates meant to incentivize electric vehicle purchases. Recently some proposals to levy taxes on electric vehicle owners has triggered confusion and even outrage.

2011 72

Better Place Battery Swap Stations Head to China

All Cars Electric

What’s the best way to ensure that your electric vehicle technology gets adopted by as many consumers as possible? Take it to China, of course. That’s exactly what electric car infrastructure firm Better Place has done, with the announcement that it has signed a strategic agreement with the world’s eighth largest utility to

2011 80

Bio-inspired molybdenum sulfide catalyst offers low-cost and efficient photo-electrochemical water splitting to produce hydrogen

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The optimized photo-electrochemical water splitting device uses light absorbers made of silicon arranged in closely packed pillars, dotted with tiny clusters of the new molybdenum sulfide catalyst. Image courtesy of Christian D. Damsgaard, Thomas Pedersen and Ole Hansen, Technical University of Denmark. Click to enlarge.

2011 263

Plug-in AND Solar Electric Car?

Electric Cars are for Girls

If I converted a car/truck to electric I would want it to be plug in and/or solar re-chargeable. Is that a major deal to do? It would seem not, since

2011 98

2012 Toyota Prius V Station Wagon/Minivan: Arrives This Fall

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There's nothing like a story translated from overseas media, concerning a related but not-quite-the-same model of a new hybrid car, to get people all in an uproar. So here's the real deal on the 2012 Toyota Prius V station wagon/minivan: It will still arrive in U.S. dealerships this fall. That's the official word from Toyota Motor Sales, which

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Re-introducing the TTXGP for the 2011 electric motorcycle racing season

National Green Transportation

Over the last two years a little known potentially revolutionary electric motorcycle race series has raced at tracks in the U.S. and Europe. It began in June 2009 with a historical electric motorcycle race held on the Isle

2011 63

Move Over Ford: Nissan Plans All-Electric Future For NY Taxis

All Cars Electric

From the iconic Ford Crown Victoria through to the Ford Escape Hybrids replacing many of them as part of air quality legislature coming into force in 2012, Ford’s relationship with the New York taxi is a long one. But Ford’s chance to electrify the humble New York City taxi with its 2011Transit EV minivan has been snatched away by a

2011 79

GM develops integrated exhaust manifold cylinder head for 3.6L V6 direct injection engine; improvement in performance, fuel economy, emissions and noise

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The reduced complexity of the design of the new integrated exhaust manifold cylinder head ( bottom ) compared to the old ( top ). Click to enlarge. GM has combined the exhaust manifold with the cylinder head into a single aluminum casting in the 2012 Camaro 3.6L direction injection V6, achieving both better fuel economy while reducing emissions.

2011 244

EV Battery Charging and Voltage Change

Electric Cars are for Girls

Can you charge a 8 volt battery with a 12 volt charger? Hi, Mark - Mike Collier from Lithium Storage Inc. will answer your question. He says: It is

2011 98

Michael Jackson Solves Energy Problems From Beyond The Grave

Green Car Reports

Reginald Garcia believes he's invented an engine that generates more power than it takes in. Perhaps more incredibly, to help turn his pet project into a reality, he's harnessing the star power of the late Michael Jackson. Garcia was a freelance shutterbug in 1978 when a friend asked him to take some photos of Jackson and his brothers at a

2011 99

War is Peace dept.

Plugs and Cars

It seems in Foxland if Obama didn't cause the problem, George Bush found the solution. Check out " George W. Bush -- Father of the Modern Electric Car?" Read more: [link]. George Bush battery electric car

2011 100

How do electric and gasoline powered cars compare in heavy city traffic?

National Green Transportation

As cool as electric vehicles are what will really prove their worth is what happens when they go into routine daily use. Most of us face heavy city traffic and gasoline vehicle familiarity versus the unfamiliarity of

2011 62

Ford Steps Closer to 2012 Focus Electric Launch With New Website

All Cars Electric

It might seem a long while since Ford unveiled its 2012 all-electric Ford Focus at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, but in reality we’ve only known about Ford’s five seat electric hatchback for four months. But with the car due to launch some time before the end of 2011 Ford has brought its Ford Focus Electric

Volvo Car Corporation developing flywheel kinetic energy recovery system; considering broad application

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Flywheel KERS component details. Click to enlarge. Volvo Car Corporation (VCC) has received a grant of 6.57 million Swedish kronor (US$1.05 million) from the Swedish Energy Agency to develop and test a flywheel kinetic energy recovery system in a joint project together with Volvo Powertrain and SKF. SKF is also a partner in the Ricardo-led KinerStor project to demonstrate the viability of low-cost flywheel hybrid systems ( earlier post ).

2011 241

Lithium Batteries for Sale?

Electric Cars are for Girls

Does your company offer lithium batteries? They seem much better for car applications. There is a company called AC Propulsion that has a long range-hi

2011 98

Could Higher Gas Prices Help Obese Americans Lose Weight?

Green Car Reports

With gas prices above $4 a gallon (at least this week), we've entered a familiar cycle. Man-on-the-street interviews feature wailing and moaning about how politicians "should do something" about gas prices. Drivers start to combine their trips, and make sure to use their most fuel-efficient vehicle. And, as carmakers know, car buyers start to opt

2011 98

Missed Charge Station Opportunity in San Francisco

Plugs and Cars

ClipperCreek, an Auburn, CA based manufacturer of electric vehicle charging equipment, has just announced the shipment of its 5,000th unit. Some of those units are being paid for by a California Energy Commission grant to upgrade existing Avcon charging stations across California. Seventeen Avcons eligible for replacement are located at San Francisco city-owned parking lots.

Brammo, Volt wins in TTXGP season opener at Infineon Raceway

National Green Transportation

After a quiet race (in more ways that one) Brammo's Empulse showed us it's stuff in a victory over Team Electra in this weekends TTXGP 2011 season opener at the Infineon Raceway. In the TTX75

2011 60

2012 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid First Drive Report

All Cars Electric

When Volvo announced its plans to produce a plug-in hybrid station wagon capable of comfortably seating five, providing reasonable luggage space, a combined fuel economy of 150 miles per gallon, and the ability to tow just under 4,000lbs, many of you told us that you couldn’t wait to find out more. So when Volvo invited us to be among the

2011 78

Volvo Car participating in project to develop inductive charging for EVs; 20 kW system

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Inductive charging schema. Source: Volvo. Click to enlarge. Volvo Car Corporation is participating in an inductive charging project led by Belgian technological and development specialists Flanders’ Drive (owned by the Belgian state), along with bus manufacturer Van Hool, tram manufacturer Bombardier and others. Earlier post.). Volvo will deliver a C30 Electric to Flanders’ Drive on 19 May to be modified for inductive charging.

2011 236

Did I Damage My Golf Cart Battery Pack?

Electric Cars are for Girls

When purchasing new batteries, the company installed 6V batteries into our 8V golf cart. We noticed it instantly as it would not charge on our charger

Porsche Wants High-Performance Electric Cars, Testing Plug-In Panamera

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Porsche recently took the wraps off its second hybrid model, the new 2012 Panamera S Hybrid, as well as confirming development of an electric sports car and the announcement that a number of zero-emission ‘Boxster E’ prototypes are already running around Germany. Add to that the automaker’s launch of two generations of 911 GT3 R

2011 96

iMievs do their bit in Japan

Plugs and Cars

Mitsubishi iMievs have played a roll in the petroleum deprived region around Fukushima. New York Times Wheels blog has the story. The picture tells the story. mitsubishi imiev fukushima

2011 100

Motocross superstar Mark Blackwell to join Zero Motorcycles Board of Directors

National Green Transportation

Zero Motorcycles, Scotts Valley, CA based electric motorcycle manufacturer, announced today that Mark Blackwell has joined their Board of Directors. He was one of the very first American Motocross Superstars, was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle

2011 57

Tesla Fun For THINK Prices? The EV Mazda Miata Conversion

All Cars Electric

If we said you could own an electric car that offered four-fifths the fun of a 2012 Tesla Roadster 2.5 for less than a fifth the price, you might think we'd been illicitly inhaling gasoline fumes on the side. What you might not know is how close we are to the truth, and one that comes in the shape of a hugely popular sports car first revealed in

2011 77

Quantum receives fleet contract from Dow Chemical for 100+ plug-in hybrid F-150s; 20 kWh Dow Kokam Li-ion packs

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Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. has received a contract to deliver 100+ plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) pickup truck fleet vehicles ( earlier post ) powered by Dow Kokam lithium ion battery technology to The Dow Chemical Company. Quantum developed the new hybrid drive system Quantum F-Drive specifically for the Ford F-150 pickup truck, one of the highest volume selling fleet vehicles in America.

2011 231

Audi confirms production of first electric car

Green Cars News

Audi has confirmed it is to make a small production run of the R8 e-tron; the car maker’s first electric car. Renowned for its high performance vehicles, Audi will build the new R8 e-tron at its Neckarsulm site in Heilbronn, Germany, where specially qualified employees will borrow from the series production of the successful R8 [.]. Green credentials Audi E-Tron electric car Frankfurt production R8

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