April, 2011

CicLaVia is Back This Sunday & We’ll Be Rolling Against Coal!

Creative Greenius

How’d you like to enjoy 7-and-a-half miles of L.A. streets free of motorized vehicles and open only to bicyclists and pedestrians?

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FIRST-EVER plug-in prius! Really?

Plugs and Cars

A story on Toyota's announcement that an ordering system for the plug-in prius will be coming later this year prompted me to check out the site. I find it rather funny and rather sad. THE FIRST-EVER prius plug-in hybrid," it says. Really? Ask Felix Kramer of CalCars. Ask any of the hundreds of individuals and fleets driving around in prius converted to have plug-in capability. It's not even Toyota's first plug-in prius. They've been showing variants around for more than two years.

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New laser system for fuel ignition may lead to reduced auto emissions, greater fuel efficiency

Green Car Congress

Top : Schematics of ignition by (a) a spark plug and (b), (c) a laser. (c) c) shows multipoint ignition. Bottom : Schlieren photographs for early stage of ignition in a constant-volume chamber ignited by (a) spark plug and (b) micro-laser in a stoichiometric mixture. Click to enlarge.

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MG Midget Electric Car Conversion Kit?

Electric Cars are for Girls

I am ready to rip apart my MG Midget to convert it to electric. Which kit is recommended for this type of vehicle, and what would the cost/availability

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Miles-Per-Gallon Is Just Stupid. No, Really, It Is.

Green Car Reports

Americans aren't stupid. We're just badly informed. And occasionally, stubborn. Why else would we ignorantly cling to using miles per gallon as the way to measure how efficiently a car uses fuel? But maybe you don't quite see the problem. OK, so here's a little test: Which saves more gasoline, going from 10 to 20 mpg, or going from 33 to 50 mpg

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How Many Consumers Are Really Ready to Switch to Electric Cars?

All Cars Electric

A study conducted by the energy research and advisory firm E Source has revealed that as much as 85 percent of consumers could be ready to buy plug-in electric cars, provided the conditions were right. The data for the report was collected from the Nielsen Energy Survey, which asked 3,200 energy consumers across the U.S. their views on energy

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Free Earth Day Movie Friday, April 22, in Manhattan Beach

Creative Greenius

From my great friends, Carolyn Miller and Transition South Bay L.A. and Sona Kalapura and the green city of Manhattan Beach.

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More Trending

NREL study concludes aggressive action on vehicle miles travelled, fuel economy and fuel carbon intensity will all be required to meet US GHG reduction goals

Green Car Congress

Contribution of each metric to the FCI Success and VMT-FE Success scenarios. Credit: ACS, Melaina and Webster. Click to enlarge.

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NiMH Hybrid Batteries in an EV Conversion?

Electric Cars are for Girls

I am converting a 1999 Ford Probe into an electric car. I have found really really cheap 7.2v NIMH battery modules used in the Toyota Prius. My question

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BMW Hires Lead Electric-Car Engineer From Chevy Volt Team

Green Car Reports

Not so long ago, the notion of luxury German brand BMW hiring an engineer from General Motors might have been a stretch. The company prefers to promote engineers from within its Munich engineering headquarters. But reports that Frank Weber, the lead engineer of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt team, has been hired by BMW demonstrate how radically times

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Review: 'Revenge Of The Electric Car' Optimistic, Accurate, Lacks A Villain

All Cars Electric

From Michael Moore's Roger And Me in 1989 to Chris Paine's 2006 Who Killed The Electric Car?, there's no shortage of documentaries that portray auto-industry executives as incompetent, bumbling, short-sighted, arrogant fools. So it may be a surprise that merely five years later, two global automakers and one upstart new car company are the heroes

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Free Earth Day Movie Friday, April 22, in Manhattan Beach

Creative Greenius

From my great friends, Carolyn Miller and Transition South Bay L.A. and Sona Kalapura and the green city of Manhattan Beach. If you don’t know how damaging plastics are to our environment here are two free showings on Earth Day 2011 – Friday, April 22 – of the movie BAG IT that will enlighten you and make you angry. Angry is good when it comes to more petroleum based products that we have shoved down our throats until they choke our landfills and oceans.

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More SF Bay Area Charge Stations.some work

Plugs and Cars

Once again, charge station serendipity. I arrived a couple of days ago at the parking garage beneath One Montgomery Tower in the LEAF with Peter Van Deventer, Dutch EV guru, and a couple of professors from Holland.

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TU/e introduces converted VW Lupo electric research vehicle; lightweight and longer range

Green Car Congress

The donor Lupo, the old diesel powertrain, and the new electric powertrain. Click to enlarge. Over the past year the Dynamics and Control group of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) (The Netherlands) has developed a battery electric research vehicle based on a VW Lupo 3L 1.2

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GMC Delivers 8 Passengers And 21 MPG

Hybrid SUV Blog

2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid: Delivering power plus fuel economy. Which SUV hybrid is right for you? Naturally, the choice depends on your driving habits. If you are a city driver who needs high towing capacity, the 2011 GMC Yukon Hybrid might be the right choice.

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Revealed, Offers 40 MPG With Diesel Engine

Green Car Reports

It’s been more than a decade since Volkswagen’s new-generation ‘New Beetle’ first hit showrooms but a successor is finally here, making its debut this week at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show before reappearing just a couple of days later at the 2011 New York Auto Show. It won’t be on sale in the U.S. until the second half

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Myth Busting Electric Car Myths: Yes, You Can Use a Car Wash

All Cars Electric

We’ve talked before about how all major electric cars on the market today have to undergo just as rigorous a water testing as their gasoline counterparts. But just like the many people who ask us on a weekly basis what happens when electric cars meet water perhaps there’s a voice somewhere that says the automakers are wrong. After all

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CicLaVia is Back This Sunday & We’ll Be Rolling Against Coal!

Creative Greenius

How’d you like to enjoy 7-and-a-half miles of L.A. streets free of motorized vehicles and open only to bicyclists and pedestrians? Stroll, play, talk, celebrate -do whatever you want on the public street without sucking up gas fumes or fearing for your life from drunk drivers, texting drivers, drivers eating or putting on makeup or just plain dangerous behind the wheel lunatics.

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Who knew, part 2, 120V edition

Plugs and Cars

Some more places to plug in. SFO now has 120V plugs available in each of its public parking garages. You'll need to provide your own cable; of course every new EV comes with one. Airports are one of the places 12oV makes lots of sense. Most cars sit for many hours, some for days at long-term parking.

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Life cycle analysis of three battery chemistries for PHEVs and BEVs; environmental impacts higher than expected

Green Car Congress

Flow diagram of the battery system, defined by the functional unit of 50 MJ stored and delivered to the powertrain. Credit: ACS, Majeau-Bettez et al. Click to enlarge.

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Luxurious Hybrid Cadillac Lacks Nothing

Hybrid SUV Blog

2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Combines Utility and Luxury. Chic, powerful, fun to drive,” those are some of the descriptors given by reviewers who drove the 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid.

7 Ways To Save Gas And Go Green With The Cars You Own Today

Green Car Reports

Sure, it'd be nice to have a brand-new, more fuel-efficient vehicle. But not everyone is able to buy one of the growing number of new cars with at least 40 mpg highway mileage. So here are our tips for getting better mileage out of whatever vehicles are in your driveway right now, today, from hybrids to HUMMERs. (1) 1) Lighten up, leadfoot!

Electric-Car Charging Stations Pop Up All Over, Hotels Included

All Cars Electric

While AllCarsElectric posts are regularly written from at least three countries, occasionally we get to cover electric-car events in our own back yard--specifically, Palo Alto, California. On Friday, we attended a ceremony to inaugurate the first electric-car charger installed at any hotel in very own town. (We We also shot photos when the first 2011

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DoE Secretary Chu brings Sputnik Moment message to San Francisco

National Green Transportation

David Herron On Saturday (April 9) Energy Secretary Stephen Chu brought the "sputnik moment" message to the 7th Berkeley-Stanford Cleantech Conference in San Francisco, saying "The countries that lead the 21st century clean energy economy will. April 10, 2011

CHAdeMO DC Fast Charge network coming to Norway

Plugs and Cars

The Norwegian energy company Ishavskraft yesterday unveiled its plan to make the stunning vistas of Norway's isolated fjords accessible to vacationers in electric cars with a 2500 mile network of DC Fast Chargers using the CHAdeMO connector.

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Scuderi working on turbocharged variant of split-cycle engine; smaller, more powerful, and more fuel efficient

Green Car Congress

Cartoon of the proposed turbocharged split-cycle engine. Note the reduction in size of the intake/compression cylinder. Click to enlarge.

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2011 Hybrid Highlander Raises The Bar Again

Hybrid SUV Blog

Modest changes give the 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid a slightly different look, better fuel economy, more horsepower, and some additional standard features.

Electric Cars: How They Work, What You Need To Know (Video)

Green Car Reports

Driving the 2011 Chevrolet Volt leads all sorts of people to ask you questions: passers-by, the guy at the parking garage.and sometimes, even museums. A few weeks ago, we had a Chevy Volt for review. At the time, we were asked by the Forward Thinking Museum in Manhattan not only to show its staff the car, but to let them shoot a video that puts

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Nanostructure Research: Electric Car Charging In 5 Minutes?

All Cars Electric

No sooner do I discuss University of Illinois researchers who have created 3D antennas for mobile phones using nanotechnology than another group of researchers at the University of Illinois (this time at Urbana-Champaign) have developed 3D material for batteries that combines the qualities of supercapacitors with those of batteries and could

Mavizen signs battery distribution agreement with A123 Systems

National Green Transportation

David Herron Electric race motorcycle manufacturer Mavizen announced today they have signed a distribution agreement with A123 Systems. The exclusive agreement initially covers A123's Nanophosphate AMP20 prismatic lithium ion cells and may expand to their. April 21, 2011

Who knew?

Plugs and Cars

A few more J-plugs have appeared in the San Francisco Bay Area, tho I challenge you to find out where they are. They are not listed on the DOE funded charge station project sites. Not on ChargePoint America/Coulomb's c harge station map. Nor on The EV Project/Ecotality's m ap.

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BYD reports plug-in fleet test results; rapid charging not diminishing capacity

Green Car Congress

BYD all-electric e6 Taxi in service in Shenzhen. Click to enlarge.

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Luxurious Hybrid Cadillac Lacks Nothing

Hybrid SUV Blog

2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid Combines Utility and Luxury. Chic, powerful, fun to drive,” those are some of the descriptors given by reviewers who drove the 2011 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid.

2011 Hyundai Elantra Vs 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco (Video)

Green Car Reports

Two of the newest compact cars on the road today are the 2011 Hyundai Elantra and the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. Now we've driven both of them, testing each car with a six-speed manual transmission. In the case of the Chevy, we drove the 2011 Cruze Eco model, which gets the highest EPA gas mileage rating: 28 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, for a combined

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Five Things You Can Do While Fast Charging Your Electric Car

All Cars Electric

Level 3 fast charging is blisteringly fast. In fact, we got to try it out in the real world this week, recharging a 2011 Nissan Leaf from 30% full to 98% full in a little under 25 minutes. But while your electric car gets a quick refresh, here’s our list of five top things to keep you occupied. Grab a Coffee 25 minutes is just about enough

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JustShareIt wants to help you save the world with peer-peer car sharing

National Green Transportation

David Herron Maybe you've taken positive steps to reduce car travel to reduce the environmental impact of your lifestyle. Maybe you've reduced car usage to driving once a week, or even less. You can feel good. April 21, 2011

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"Transmission Losses" - The Cost of Bio-fuels

Plugs and Cars

The Times has story of the consequences of crop production for bio-fuels: higher food prices and tragic irony.last year, 98 percent of cassava chips exported from Thailand, the world’s largest cassava exporter , went to just one place and almost all for one purpose: to China to make biofuel.It can be tricky predicting how new demand from the biofuel sector will affect the supply and price of food.

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