July, 2011

Coulomb Technologies releases OpenCharge Protocol for EV charging equipment

Green Car Congress

Coulomb Technologies published its open protocol for communicating with Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE). The OpenCharge Protocol is a proposed communication standard for charging station networks that defines the communications between a charging network and the charging station. The protocol definition supports applications that include billing, asset management, real-time mapping, EVSE reservations, fleet management, and energy management.

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Dude! What Part of Fires, Flood, Drought & Record Temps Didn’t You Understand?

Creative Greenius

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet. That’s What Happens When YOU’RE the Jackass driving 140 Miles An Hour Totally Toasted. Good old now dead Jackass, Ryan Dunn, never provided me with a single ounce of entertainment, but he has handily provided me with an apt metaphor for all his fellow Jackasses who keep talking smack and moron-level nonsense about global warming and climate change being a hoax. So he’s got that going for him now.

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Electric Golf Cart Community in the News Again!

Electric Cars are for Girls

Remember Peachtree City, Georgia , the land of a thousand golf carts ? Now Panasonic Automotive and AT&T are teaming up to test "connected car" technology, using that community as a model

2012 Fiat 500 Cabrios, Manuals More Popular Than Projected

Green Car Reports

Launching the 2012 Fiat 500 minicar in the U.S. market was a gamble to begin with. But it's one that is paying off in some unexpected ways. Fiat's top North American executive, Laura Soave, told trade journal Ward's Auto that the Cabrio model with the roll-back cloth roof is proving far more popular than the 10 percent of sales that the company

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Keepin' it simple

Plugs and Cars

Plug-in cars are being delivered at long last. Yet there remains confusion about the necessary infrastructure and its expense. Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE) home wall units are priced at between about $1000 and $2500. Plus installation. Need it cost this much? Is it as complex and time-consuming a process as has been experienced by many new owners of plug-in cars? All plug-in cars these days come with a 120-volt charge cord.

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Controller update

DIY Electric Car

Controller started turning off under heavy loads. Asked around and was told I needed to replace the filter board caps. $90 90 @ mouser, some heavy duty soldering, everything is still going strong two months later. Also, I did a measured 45mi and measured 9kwh (of 14kw). The entire trip was secondary roads (35 typical, 45mph max

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Study suggests arrays of closely-spaced counter-rotating vertical-axis wind turbines could enhance power density of wind farms by up to an order of magnitude

Green Car Congress

Dabiri suggests using optimized arrays of smaller vertical-axis wind turbines to increase the power density and reduce the cost, and visual, acoustic, radar and environmental impacts, of wind farms using giant horizontal-axis turbines. Source: Dabiri 2010. Click to enlarge. Research by Prof. John Dabiri at Caltech suggests that using counter-rotating vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWTs) arrayed in layouts that enable them to extract energy from adjacent wakes and from above the.

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Toyota Scion IQ Electric Car - 2012

Electric Cars are for Girls

Toyota's in the electric car game , if a little late. And no, it's not a hybrid, either! Have a look

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Ford Hybrids Prove Durability By Racking Up Most Taxi Miles

Green Car Reports

If you want to wring out your new car and test exactly how durable it is, never mind taking it to Death Valley or testing above the Arctic Circle. Just put it in service as a street taxi in any big city. New York City, maybe, or San Francisco. That's just what Ford has done with its hybrid vehicles, first the Escape Hybrid crossover and more

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Transmission Losses: Exxon-Mobil oil pipeline breaks, Yellowstone River fouled

Plugs and Cars

Tiny compared to the Gulf spill (remember that?,) it warrants only page A-9 of the SF Chronicle. An ExxonMobil pipeline that runs under the Yellowstone River ruptured and leaked hundreds of barrels of oil into the waterway, causing a 25-mile plume that fouled the riverbank and forced municipalities and irrigation districts downstream to close intakes, officials said Saturday.

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Walgreens Promises To Install 800 EV Chargers At Its Stores

All Cars Electric

Cracker Barrel did it at all its Tennessee stores, and Best Buy is doing it at stores all around the country. Now pharmaceuticals giant Walgreens is getting in on the action as well. If you hadn’t guessed, we’re talking about installing electric car charging stations, a trend that's getting more common among big businesses across the

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UN report finds world needs incremental $1.9 trillion invested in green technologies to avert planetary catastrophe; global per capita cap on primary energy consumption of 70 GJ/yr may be required

Green Car Congress

Humanity is close to breaching the sustainability of Earth, and needs a technological revolution greater and faster than the industrial revolution to avoid “ a major planetary catastrophe ,” according to a new United Nations report. The reports estimates that incremental green investment of about 3% of world gross product (WGP) (about $1.9

2011 274

Mission Motors wins joint TTXGP/e-Power race at Laguna Seca

National Green Transportation

Today, the first joint TTXGP/e-Power electric motorcycle race was run, with Mission Motors winning in a spectacular show. They won convincingly over a field containing the who's-who of electric motorcycle racing including last years

2011 84

Electric Car Sharing

Electric Cars are for Girls

Marc Geller mentioned a few minutes ago on Twitter that he rented his electric vehicle to a Canadian through a peer-to-peer car sharing service called Getaround. I love this idea for getting people into electric cars! Might not be available for sale in your neighborhood, but if you happen to be visiting San Francisco you can rent one for a while, and see how you like it. They have gas-guzzlers too, of course, but.Tesla roadster, anyone? Only 50 bucks an hour, according to the article

2011 182

EPA Says Toyota Prius Hybrid No Longer 'Most Fuel-Efficient'

Green Car Reports

Ask Americans about fuel-efficient cars, and many will name the iconic Toyota Prius hybrid, with gas mileage rated by the EPA at a combined 50 miles per gallon. So you'd expect the EPA to rank the Prius as the best midsize car on its list of Most and Least Fuel Efficient Cars, right? It's not there. Instead, it's been displaced by the

2011 98

BMW forms electric car partnership

Green Cars News

BMW has announced a new electric car charging agreement with Coulomb Technologies for the Boston Metro area. More than 150 charging stations for electric vehicles are now being installed by Coulomb through its $37million ChargePoint America Department of Energy programme – with BMW ActiveE drivers able to take advantage of the network. ActiveE motorists will [.]. BMW Electric cars Green cars Latest news BMW ActiveE BMW electric cars ChargePoint Network Coulomb Technologies

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Ford Polls Facebook Fans For 2012 Focus Electric Noises (Video)

All Cars Electric

Whether you think they're needed or not, all electric and hybrid cars are going to be required to fit noisemakers so that they can't be missed at speeds of 15 mph or below. To involve its fans, Ford posted four possible sounds for the noise that its upcoming 2012 Ford Focus Electric will emit as YouTube videos, linked to them on its Ford Electric

2011 86

Daimler and Bosch form electric traction motors joint venture; motor to debut in new smart fortwo electric drive in 2012

Green Car Congress

Daimler AG and Robert Bosch GmbH have signed agreements on the establishment of a 50:50 joint venture for electric motors. These agreements are still subject to the approval of the antitrust authorities. The new company, which is to be set up under the name EM-motive GmbH, will develop and produce innovative traction motors for electric vehicles.

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Results and pictures for 2011 Laguna Seca TTXGP/e-Power electric motorcycle race

National Green Transportation

Yesterday during the Red Bull MotoGP weekend extravaganza at Laguna Seca, the FIM's e-Power and the TTXGP jointly held a quiet little electric motorcycle racing event that appears to be the harbinger of the coming age of

2011 83

6 Volt Golf Cart Battery: The Top Six

Electric Cars are for Girls

Which 6 volt golf cart battery is the best choice for electric car drivers? Here are the favorites

Nissan Leaf News: Electric-Car Updates Coming For 2012, 2013

Green Car Reports

The 2011 Nissan Leaf, the world's first modern battery-electric car built in volume by a major automaker, is starting to hit its stride. Now the evolution of the Leaf is getting clearer, as Nissan officials confirmed changes and updates to the car for the 2012 and 2013 model years. More than 4,000 Leafs have been sold in the U.S. the total at the

2011 98

Electric vehicle production to top 16 million by 2021

Green Cars News

Electric vehicle production is expected to increase 16 fold over the next ten years, according to new report from IMS Research. Just two per cent of all the vehicles manufactured in 2010 were a type of electric vehicle-either hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric or fuel cell vehicle-equating to less than a million vehicles. This is [.]. Electric cars electric car IMS Research one million production

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Start-Up Electric Car Company Green Vehicles Folds, Costs City $500,000

All Cars Electric

Consider today's collapse of electric car company Green Vehicles an object lesson in why it's a bad idea for cities to invest in the risky business of start-up car companies--perhaps especially start-up electric car companies. The city of Salinas, California learned that lesson today as Green Vehicles shut its doors, costing the city more than

2011 84

New York City adding 70 electric vehicles to fleet; launches EV educational push

Green Car Congress

Mayor Bloomberg announces the addition of 70 new electric vehicles. Chevy Volt and Navistar E-star are visible in the background. Click to enlarge. New York City is adding 70 electric vehicles to its fleet: 50 new Chevrolet Volts, 10 fully electric Ford Transit Connect cargo vans, and 10 new fully electric Navistar E-star utility trucks.

Marietta pedestrian convicted of vehicular manslaughter, while walking

National Green Transportation

How do you get convicted of vehicular manslaughter when you weren't even driving a car? By crossing a busy road in an unwalkable neighborhood of Marietta Georgia. Raquel Nelson, Marietta, was convicted today of vehicular manslaughter

2011 78

GM EN-V Concept Car - Small, Electric, and Networked

Electric Cars are for Girls

Have you heard of the GM EN-V? It's a concept electric vehicle, sort of a cross between a personal electric car and a cell phone. In a word? Inevitable

2011 137

First Fisker Karma To DiCaprio, 3,000 Orders Behind Him, CEO Says

Green Car Reports

Fisker Automotive says it will, finally, deliver its first 2011 Fisker Karma range-extended electric sports sedan later this month. The lucky recipient, it turns out, will be none other than actor Leonardo DiCaprio. He's the man who kicked off the whole hybrids-for-Hollywood-stars trend, by showing up at the Academy Awards red carpet several years

2011 97

Electric car batteries: Ripe for innovation. The Green Piece.

Green Cars News

Tuesday 19 July 2011. The Green Piece Column. Electric cars may be game changers in the automotive world, but they are being held back by one crucial aspect – namely, electric car batteries. It is widely believed that electric cars will never have mainstream acceptance until they are able to travel as far as a [.]. Electric cars The Green Piece batteries breakthrough clean electric car Electrovaya emissions innovation Wuhe

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IKEA Latest To Announce Electric Car Charging Points At Stores

All Cars Electric

Furniture and homewares giant IKEA has joined a grown list of retail firms announcing plans to install electric car charging points at their stores across the nation. Just this week we reported about Walgreens announcing plans for 800 charging points, and before that we saw Cracker Barrel and Best Buy do the same. Like the rest, IKEA is partnering

2011 82

President Obama announces 54.5 mpge, 163 gCO2/mile target for MY2025 light-duty vehicles; California on board

Green Car Congress

Light-duty vehicle fuel economy standards, 1978-2025. MY1978-2011 figures are NHTSA CAFE in mpg. MY2012-2025 standards are EPA GHG standards in miles per gallon equivalent, incorporating air conditioning improvements. Dashed lines denote that standards for MY2017-2025 reflect percentage increases in Notice of Intent. Source: “Driving Efficiency” Click to enlarge.

2011 244

Tesla beginning to produce Beta versions of Model S

National Green Transportation

Yesterday the Tesla Motors blog posted a Q&A, between Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen and Model S Program Director Jerome Guillen, about Tesla's next all-electric car, the Model S sedan. The discussion centered on

2011 77

Nissan Leaf With No Range Anxiety

Electric Cars are for Girls

Do electric car drivers have different views on the Nissan Leaf and range anxiety than the automotive magazine folks? Turns out they do

2011 135

Which Hybrids Improve Gas Mileage The Most? Lexus, Lincoln Win

Green Car Reports

The Union of Concerned Scientists thinks hybrid-electric vehicles are a good thing, because they use less gasoline. But the savings in gas cost from that improved gas mileage varies enormously, and now the group has quantified the results. In their annual Hybrid Scorecard this year, the UCS ranks hybrids on how much they reduce fuel consumption

2011 97

Is there still hope for hydrogen fuel cell cars? The Green Piece.

Green Cars News

July 25, 2011. The Green Piece Column Piece Column. More than 5,200 hydrogen fuelling stations will be operational worldwide by 2020 – that’s the verdict of a new report by Pike Research which suggests annual investment in hydrogen stations will reach $1.6billion (see article). However, with the majority of leading carmakers seemingly focusing on electric [.]. Fuel Cells Hydrogen fuel commercial fuel cell Honda hydrogen Nissan Toyota

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Lowe's: ?Let's Build An Electric Car Charging Station Together?

All Cars Electric

If you’re the kind of person who thinks that a fun weekend consists of redecorating your bathroom, landscaping your garden or perhaps making your own shelving units from scratch, you’re probably familiar with Lowe’s, the Home Improvement Store. But what you may not know is that as of August DIY Enthusiasts in selected areas will

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Virginia Clean Cities requests proposals from Southeastern fleets interested in converting to propane Autogas

Green Car Congress

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) at James Madison University (JMU) are requesting proposals from fleets in the southeastern US interested in converting eligible gasoline vehicles to run on propane autogas. The application deadline is Friday, 12 August 2011, at 5pm EDT. Funding to cover the parts and labor for vehicle conversions will be provided under the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program.

2011 243

Ford's social media experiment seeking opinions on noise for Focus Electric

National Green Transportation

Because of a recent law requiring the NHTSA study the need for adding noise to electric cars, Ford Motor has launched a social media experiment seeking input on noises they proposed will be on the 2012 Ford Focus Electric &nbsp

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