September, 2010

Jaguar Introduces C-X75 Gas Micro-turbine Extended Range Electric Vehicle Concept

Green Car Congress

The C-X75. Click to enlarge. Jaguar has unveiled the C-X75 concept, an extended range electric vehicle that uses twin gas micro-turbines from Bladon Jets to power two switched reluctance generators from SR Drives. Earlier post.) Traction is provided by four 145 kW (195 bhp), 400 N·m (295 lb-ft) traction motors at each wheel for total drive power of 580 kW/780 bhp.

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Tony Hayward's New Electric Car!

Electric Cars are for Girls

What sort of going away present do you give a guy who's resigning from his post at BP after spilling all their shareholders' oil into the Gulf? Lemme think.Hey, I've got it! How about an electric car? It only takes 25,000 signatures to get him the keys

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Has the Green Idea City Invited YOU Yet?

Creative Greenius

My old pal, Michael DiVirgilio, the Mayor of Hermosa – until Pete Tucker takes over that ceremonial title later this month - is putting on a “Leadership Forum&# on Sept 10 in Hermosa Beach in the City Council chamber. I only know about it because the announcement was sent to me by accident with a request not to forward it to anyone. I’m honoring that request by reposting the invite here instead of forwarding it to anyone.

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BMW takes REVENGE

Revenge of the Electric Car

Last week Chris Paine moderated a panel on electric vehicles at the Opportunity Green business conference in Los Angeles. Among the panelists sat Richard Steinberg of BMW, where he leads battery electric vehicle programs in the US markets, including the MINI E and BMW ActiveE programs. “BMW ActiveE?&#

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Oh, Audi, How Could You? The French Like Electric Cars, But.

Green Car Reports

Marketing missteps in naming cars quickly become legendary. There's the urban myth that the Chevrolet Nova failed in South America because in Spanish, no va means "won't go." It's not true.) But now it turns out that Audi may have committed a blunder in naming its line of electric cars e-Tron. Especially since they're about to be shown at the

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Infiniti Electric in 2013

Plugs and Cars

I'm getting used to hearing electric car announcements. I usually take them with a grain of salt, as in the case of the Saab 9-3 ePower concept. Or the Toyesla RAV4 EV redux, for that matter. Putting together an electric car is not rocket science, and there are many reasons other than actual plans to commercialize to go ahead and build a few. But when Nissan's luxury brand Infiniti announces an EV for 2013, they get the benefit of any doubt.

Frito-Lay to Deploy 21 Electric Delivery Trucks in 2010, 155 More in 2011

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Frito-Lay will deploy 21 electric delivery trucks this year. The company projects it will roll out 155 additional trucks in 2011, making Frito-Lay the largest commercial fleet of all-electric trucks in North America. The trucks, designed by Smith Electric Vehicles, generate zero tailpipe emissions and operate for up to 100 miles on a single charge.

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South Bay 350 Getting to Work on 10-10-10!

Creative Greenius

South Bay 350 Climate Action Group Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden Enviroscape

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We Are Now Legal!!!

DIY Electric Car

EV Grinning, we have just completed our conversion from gas to electric, two weeks ago the Fiero passed it's safety test with no problems. We had the car licensed and plated the following week. We have had a few road tests, trying to find the actual range per charge. We are averaging about 25 km's (15.33 miles) per charge with a charging cost that has averaged about $0.67 and taking about 6 hours to charge @ 10amps per charger from a standard 115 volt ac plug rated at 15 amps.

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Icelanders get a sneak peek of REVENGE

Revenge of the Electric Car

Early yesterday morning in Los Angeles when it was around dinner time in Reykjavik, Iceland, Chris Paine appeared via Skype at Iceland’s annual Driving Sustainability conference. He was invited to appear through the magic of webcams and satellite communication to join a panel discussion on the benefits and challenges of the transformative technologies of electric automobiles.

Coda sets price on new EV

Plugs and Cars

Coda has set the price for its new electric car: $44,900. After the federal tax credit, the cost drops to $37,400. In California, the only place the car will be offered this year, the cost should drop to $32,400, presuming the car receives CARB certification as a 100 mile range EV. That's still a good $10,000 more than the Nissan LEAF. But Coda has an ace up its sleeve. Range. With a 33.8kWh lithium battery pack, nearly 10kWh larger than LEAF's, it could have significantly greater range.

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Study Suggests That Optimal Use of Bioenergy as Fuel or Electricity Depends on Market and Regulatory Policy Contexts; Higher-Level Assumptions Can Constrain Questions and Affect Results

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A new study by a team from UC Berkeley and Stanford University suggests that determining the optimal use of biomass to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—i.e, conversion to fuel molecules or to electrons—depends on market and regulatory contexts that are outside the scope of attributional life cycle assessments (LCA). A 2009 life cycle analysis by Campbell et al.

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Electric Car Motor Horsepower Ratings

Electric Cars are for Girls

What are the viable horsepower ratings of these electric motor? is DC potentially lower than AC? I'm trying to gather all the information I can to make

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Climate Criminal Carly Fiorona BUSTED by Greenpeace, Slinks Away In Shame

Creative Greenius

Disgraced former HP executive Carly Fiorona who is running as the bootlicking sycophant of dirty polluters and big oil for a US Senate seat in California was caught shoveling more cash into her pocketbook for her campaign last week by my heroes from Greenpeace. California and the nation lose if unaccomplished mercenaries and carbon collaborators like Fiorona win.

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waterproofing motor compartment. etc

DIY Electric Car

After much thought/consultation about waterproofing the motor compartment of the truck. I decided on a vinal underlayment for the motor compartment to act as a splash shield, ( here in the northwest we get serious puddles and undercarrage splashing 8-10 months a year and I would hate to short out my $1500 motor!!). I used a 12 ft. section of vinal carpit runer from wallmart ($9) and molly bolts with fender washers to tack it on the plastic fenders and thin steet metal in the compartment.

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California Wants 1 Million Electric Cars On Its Road By 2020

Green Car Reports

During his 2008 campaign for president, Barack Obama famously said that he wanted one million plug-in cars on U.S. roads by 2015. That's a goal that many experts continue to think will be extremely hard to attain. Now California has adopted the same goal for the state alone, but with a different and longer timeframe. For the Golden State, the

2010 97

GE WattStation get TV ad

Plugs and Cars

GE has taken to the airwaves with an ad for its electric car charging station.

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California ARB Adopts Regulation Implementing 33% Renewable Electricity Standard by 2020

Green Car Congress

The California Air Resources Board adopted unanimously a regulation establishing a 33% renewable electricity standard. Under the regulation, one-third of the electricity sold in the state in 2020 must come from renewable sources of energy. The regulation adopted is the product of coordination and cooperation by ARB, California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission and California Independent System Operator.

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Portable Generator Power for an EV

Electric Cars are for Girls

I am contemplating a conversion, and wanted to know if anyone has tried to hook up a generator to be run mechanically from the motion of the vehicle

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Sure, AB811 is Dead & Buried, But There’s Still Green Work for Contractors!

Creative Greenius

Tired of waiting for the green economy to start offering green jobs that pay real money? Wait no more if you’re a contractor here in the South Bay of California because the cavalry has finally arrived in the form of the L.A. County Energy program. We’ve got 30,000 homes to upgrade and contractors are needed for the before, during and after segments.

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Show Off Your Car At the Exploratorium in San Francisco

DIY Electric Car

Hello DIY'ers, The Exploratorium in the San Francisco is looking for someone who'd like to show off their DIY Electric Car for one night on October 7th as part of our monthly After Dark series. On the first Thursday of each month we keep the museum open a little bit later and invite adult audiences to enjoy the museum with a drink in hand and in a setting curated around an ever-changing monthly theme. Our October After Dark event is entitled Sol Systems: An Alternative Energy Exploration.

Exclusive: 2011 Coda Sedan Electric Car - Production Photos!

Green Car Reports

It doesn't get mentioned as much in the press as the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevrolet Volt, but there's a third compact electric car coming to market within the next six months. It's the 2011 Coda Sedan, and now Green Car Reports is happy to bring you the first published photos of the production version. A number of details have been changed

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Thomas Edison's 1912 Electric Car Gets A Chance To Shine

All Cars Electric

American-born Thomas Edison might be best known for coming up with one of history's most significant inventions, the lightbulb, but the inventor had other bright ideas too. Just over a decade into the 20th Century, Edison also turned his hand to electric cars, as part of his vision to make the longest lasting battery in the world, according to Bob

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Report Finds That Biomass-Derived Ethanol in Europe Could Replace Up to 62% of Gasoline Consumption

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Transforming agricultural residues into next-generation ethanol and biochemicals could create up to one million jobs in the EU27 by 2020, while theoretically replacing up to 62% of the EU’s forecast fossil-based gasoline consumption, according to a new study released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance with the support of Novozymes and DSM.

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Electric Car Battery Comparison

Electric Cars are for Girls

How does the Energizer EGC2 battery compare to the Trojan T-105? Hi, James - It depends on what you value. I asked around a little bit, and the consensus

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Electric motorcycle pioneer Matt Dieckmann dies in traffic accident

National Green Transportation

Yesterday Matthew Dieckmann, 29, of Santa Rosa California died in a motorcycle accident. Matt was an entrepreneur in the electric motorcycle field, being the owner of ElectricRaceBikes.com, a small business selling parts for high performance electric motorcycles, and the owner of the Electric Race Bikes team. The Electric Race Bikes team, consisting of Matt and professional rider Mike Hannas, raced this year in the TTXGP and e-Power electric motorcycle races.

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And the winner of the X Prize is…

Green Cars News

Three teams will share $10million after successfully completing the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize. The X Prize winners are Edison2 of Lynchburg, Virginia; X-Tracer of Winterthur, Switzerland; and Li-ion Motors Corporation of Mooresville, North Carolina. The winners were chosen from an original field of 111 teams representing 136 vehicle entries from around the world. The [.].

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Will Old Chevy Volt Batteries (Eventually) Store Solar Energy From Your Roof?

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Pretty much everyone loves renewable energy. The problem is that wind usually blows at night--often sporadically, at that--and solar power is unpredictable. Suppose the secret to harnessing their potential was. used electric-car batteries? GM said today that it would work with ABB Group to develop and implement pilot projects that would test

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BP and Me: How The Oil Spill Changed My Mind on Electric Cars

All Cars Electric

As a writer for a group of car sites with 3 million readers each month, I don't think I need to explain how much gasoline has changed my life. I've seen the world from street level because of it. It's fueled my life. Oil has caused me agita this year, too. It's played havoc with a place I see myself someday, when I'm divorced from work. And it's

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Saab Automobile and AAM Form Joint Venture to Develop Electric All-Wheel Drive and Electric and Hybrid Driveline Systems

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Saab Automobile and American Axle Manufacturing (AAM) have formed a jointly-owned company for the engineering, development and marketing of electric all-wheel drive systems, as well as electric and hybrid driveline systems. The new company, called e-AAM Driveline Systems, will be based in Trollhattan. The joint venture will commence operations on 1 October. e-AAM will develop and market an electric all-wheel drive system in a full service package.

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Old Champion Juicer Motor for an Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars are for Girls

I have a 110v motor @ 6.7 amps, 1725 rpms. I don't have any idea what that means, but I am still excited! I really want an electric bike, or something

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A123 Systems opens largest lithium ion automotive battery plant in North America

National Green Transportation

Today A123 Systems, developer and manufacturer of their Nanophosphate lithium batteries, announced the grand opening of their manufacturing plant in Livonia Michigan. The plant will have a 600 megawatt-hour per year production capacity, and being located in a Detroit suburb makes it conveniently close to a major center of automobile manufacturing in the U.S. This factory is one (major) step in their expansion plans.

Emissions start to fall – but not everywhere

Green Cars News

Global CO2 emissions are finally on their way down – despite strong growth in developing countries. According to an addendum to an earlier study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, CO2 emissions fell by 1.3 per cent in 2009 – that’s the first decrease recorded this decade and this in spite of the fact [.].

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Could Your Car's Body Be Its Battery Too? Volvo Is Trying

Green Car Reports

The biggest challenge for battery electric vehicles is clearly the cost and the weight of today's lithium-ion battery packs. Now Volvo is experimenting with a new composite material that can store and release energy more quickly than a convention lithium-ion cell and, it says, might one day replace steel for making auto body panels. European

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Nissan Celebrates 20,000 Reservations For 2011 Leaf With U.S. Tour

All Cars Electric

Remember the Freedom Drive, where a solitary 2011 Chevy Volt made its way from Texas to New York to publicize the extended-range electric vehicle’s launch? Finishing on Independence Day with a massive fireworks display, the tour gave out T-Shirts and offered test-drives to potential customers en-route. Ever since then we’ve been

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Renault Introduces Kangoo Express ZE Electric LCV at 20,000

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Kangoo Express ZE. Click to enlarge. At the International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Renault is premiering the definitive version of Kangoo Express ZE (Zero Emission), the first all-electric van developed and built by a vehicle manufacturer. Earlier post.). Kangoo Express ZE will be sold in Europe at a price of €20,000 (US$26,800) excluding VAT, prior to any tax incentive that might be deductible.

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Regenerative Hybrid Electric Car Conversion

Electric Cars are for Girls

I want to convert my VW Cabrio (Rabbit/Golf) to a regenerative hybrid (just an onboard gasoline generator is fine) with plug-in and onboard solar charging

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