May, 2010

Greenius Says, Time’s Up Folks. Your Global Warming Goose Has Now Been Cooked…

Creative Greenius

The smartest scientists on the face of the planet, the ones studying climate change and global warming, are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it any more.

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MIT-Led Team Designs Two Airplanes That Would Use 70% Less Fuel Than Current Models

Green Car Congress

An MIT-led team has designed an airplane that is estimated to use 70% less fuel than current planes while also reducing noise and emission of NO x.

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Trending Sources

Why electric?

DIY Electric Car

The reason to get an electric vehicle is surely different to everybody who get flashed by the conversion virus. Our biggest personal reason is our first electric car, a swiss Solec Riva Junior. Solec Riva Junior. year of manufacture: 1990 (Switzerland). Motor: DC 6kW / 8,16PS / 8.046 hp.

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Electric VW due in 3 years

Plugs and Cars

VW has released some more information on its electric plans. Look for an e-Golf to be launched in 2013. 93 mile range from a 26.5 kWh lithium battery pack. Similar to the LEAF or RAV4-EV, the car weighs about 3400 pounds, a few hundred pounds heavier than the gas/diesel versions.

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Tesla + Toyota

Revenge of the Electric Car

Tesla has breathed new life into the recently shut down NUMMI plant in Fremont, announcing its plans last week to team up with Toyota to start making its $50,000 electric Model S at the NUMMI plant. That means they will be hiring 1,000 workers, and possibly creating 10 times that number of jobs down the road. Resurrection of NUMMI auto plant by Tesla and Toyota lifts spirits all over Fremont.

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AC Electric Car Motors Horsepower

Electric Cars are for Girls

What is the range in horsepower with an AC electric car motor? Hi, VonFeldt - Honestly, this is a difficult question. In the world of electric car

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Greenius on Patch.com: Fiesta Hermosa Bicycle Valet an Instant Hit

Creative Greenius

Hoping to encourage more Fiesta Hermosa attendees to go carbon-free in their transportation, the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau offered free valet parking for bicycles this Memorial Day weekend.

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More Trending

finished up plate-mounted

DIY Electric Car

Finished up the mounting plate today, cut down the shaft with a 4"cuttoff grinder and premounted the motor and tranny on the bench. It looks like a god fit! And my concentricity looks great.

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One more T/Thing: new EV before Model S

Plugs and Cars

"In an interview with The Chronicle, Musk said the new alliance would produce a joint Toyota-Tesla car that would be a Toyota vehicle powered by a Tesla drive-train, hitting the market before the Model S. The companies also plan to develop other electric vehicles together, he said." Source: San Francisco Chronicle ].

Leaf Gets iPhone Control

Revenge of the Electric Car

Another Leaf-note: It’ll be iPhone friendly. Read more in the article: Nissan Leaf electric car gets iPhone control. From the article: “All Nissan Leafs (Leaves?) will come with a cellular data radio built in. While the vehicle is at a charging station, it’ll be able to send updates to your phone, telling you when it’s finished suckling go-juice.&#. Here is the full text of the article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. Nissan Leaf electric car gets iPhone control.

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Why are Electric Car Motors so Expensive?

Electric Cars are for Girls

I was wondering why the electric motors and the conversion process is so expensive. Motors are like $2000 gas engines don't cost that much. I wanted to

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Greenius on Patch.com: The Message Is in the Bottle

Creative Greenius

If Hermosa Beach is ever truly going to become a carbon-neutral city it’s going to have to make some very big and very healthy changes, including cutting out the use of unsustainable fossil fuel-based plastic products.

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Study Finds Biodiesel Easily Susceptible to Anaerobic Biodegradation, With Resulting Accelerated Biocorrosion of Metal

Green Car Congress

Carbon steel coupons after 60 days of exposure to Key West seawater and biodiesel under anaerobic conditions. (b, b, c, and d) Coupons in biodiesel, at the biodiesel/seawater interface, and in seawater, respectively. Corresponding micrographs (e-g) indicate pitting after acid cleaning.

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EV Solutions WarP-Drive Installation

DIY Electric Car

Intro. Well I'm finally going to get around to installing a WarP-Drive 160/1000 motor controller package in our 97 S10 EV conversion. I've been meaning to get this project started for a few weeks but it seems one thing or another always kept popping up and delaying the project.

Toyota and Tesla make a deal; NUMMI back in business

Plugs and Cars

This is a big deal. Biggest EV news since Carlos Ghosn got religion. I just watched the press conference where Musk and Toyoda announced an agreement. Toyota's investing in Tesla. Tesla's buying the NUMMI factory. Model S and subsequent vehicles will be made at NUMMI. Tesla won't oppose any union activity. This is obviously great for Tesla and advocates of electric cars. It's great for the San Francisco Bay Area. It's also great for Toyota. They appear forward-looking.

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When Will EVs Hit Primetime?

Revenge of the Electric Car

This Christian Science Monitor article takes an in-depth look at an age. old question for electric cars – When will electric cars make a real. presence in the world’s two largest passenger car markets (China and the. U.S.). Read more in the article: Can electric cars break out of niche status in US, China market? By Jaeah Lee for the Christian Science Monitor. Quote from the article: “Investors, too, are excited. Electric-car ventures made up nearly 40. percent of $1.9

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Electric Car Motors, Components, and Rain.

Electric Cars are for Girls

I live on an island (Guam where we get a significant rainfall. There are some low spots in our roads that end up under water, about 8-10 inches.

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Greenius on Patch.com: “Green Idea” Attracts New Solar Business to Hermosa

Creative Greenius

Brad Bartz is big on Hermosa Beach. He’s betting that the city’s efforts to become carbon neutral will make it the “green beacon&# that brings in a new generation of green businesses just like his, ABC Solar.

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Tsinghua/Argonne Study Finds That Mass Use of EVs in China Could Result in Higher CO2 and Criteria Pollutant Emissions Than Conventional and Hybrid Gasoline Vehicles Due to Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity

Green Car Congress

Fuel-cycle SO 2 emissions of EVs compared to those of gasoline ICEVs and HEVs in China, current (left) and future (right). Credit: ACS, Huo et al. Click to enlarge.

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back to work

DIY Electric Car

Ok, Im getting excited now my AMD FB 4001 double shaft motor is coming tomarro. I have the tranny in the shop, replaced seals, fabricated plate and cut tranny shaft to make room for EM shaft, they will be a kissing 1/8" apart. THe hardest part to co-ordinate to this point has been to find a machinist to make the connector. My rig is going to be direct connection from the EM to tranny, no clutch, or flywheeel needed.

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Oil Spill Containment Attempt Fails

Plugs and Cars

“I wouldn’t say it has failed yet,” said Doug Suttles, the operating officer for exploration and production for BP, the company that was leasing the oil rig when it exploded April 20. What I would say is what we attempted to do last night didn’t work.”

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Germany launches EV plan

Revenge of the Electric Car

On May 3, the German government established several task forces to research a number of issues surrounding electric vehicles. These actions are part of the government’s ongoing commitment to putting 1 million vehicles on Germany’s roads by 2020. FOCUS: Germany Launches Electric-Car Initiative. By Christoph Rauwald, of Dow Jones Newswires.

VW Beetle EV Conversion

Electric Cars are for Girls

I am thinking of undertaking a VW Beetle electric car conversion. The mid 60's cars are not too expensive, and weigh around 1600 lbs. I figure the engine

Greenius on Patch.com: Bicyclists Deserve Praise, Not Punishment

Creative Greenius

Despite two unexpected days of May showers, the Bike to Work Week Challenge here in the South Bay had no shortage of participants from the cities of Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, El Segundo and Torrance. South Bay businesses Aerospace Corp.,

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CNG Hot Rod Debuts at AFV 2010

Green Car Congress

The “Gasser” CNG Hot Rod. Click to enlarge. The WJ Daytech/AFVTech CNG Hot Rod made its debut at the recent Alternative Fuels and Vehicles ( AF&V 2010 ) show in Las Vegas. Earlier post.)

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New Beetle - translation and aggregation

DIY Electric Car

Hi, I will try to translate the important points to my New Beetle conversion in this blog. I got some questions about it, because my "original" blog is written in german language. My english is surly not the best, so please feel free to correct me, ask me questions, comment and be patient to me :). Michael

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2011 Ford Fiesta Gets 40 MPG Rating

Green Car Reports

The 2011 Ford Fiesta is officially the most fuel efficient model in its class, with the EPA announcing today that the ultra-funky hatchback and sedan rates in at 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway when equipped with the smooth shifting six-speed PowerShift dual clutch transmission. To put that into perspective, the Fiesta's highway fuel

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GM Confirms Lithium-Air Battery Research to Revolutionize EV

All Cars Electric

General Motors is quietly conducting research into Lithium-Air batteries, the next Holy Grail of electric vehicle technology, according to a Friday article in The New York Times. GM acknowledges that while the battery technology has some way to go before it is used in commercial electric cars, the leap in capacity these batteries could offer could

Great Gas-Guzzling Suburban EV Conversion

Electric Cars are for Girls

I have a gas hogging Chevy Suburban. I love it, and would like to convert it. Is it possible? How much would it cost.approximately.how much would

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Greenius on Patch.com: Bike to Work Week: Are You Up to the Challenge?

Creative Greenius

Despite the South Bay’s reputation as being a laid-back area, those of us who live here know that getting to and from work each day can be stressful.

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The Net-Zero Neighborhood: Advanced Energy Storage and Highly Efficient Photovoltaics Take Transportation Off the Gasoline Grid and Residential Off the Electric Grid

Green Car Congress

The NZN concept relies on high energy density storage systems incorporated into the local grid, as well as efficient photovoltaic generation. NZN can integrate with the centralized grid. Source: Gil Weigand. Click to enlarge.

A Land Rover PHESUV?

Hybrid SUV Blog

In news and blog discussions last week were claims and denouncements of a possible plug-in hybrid electric sport utility vehicle (PHESUV) being developed by Land Rover. It has been a while since Land Rover and “hybrid&# were side-by-side an any credible news stories.

More Ethanol in Gasoline Bad For Existing Cars, Say Automakers

Green Car Reports

Adding more ethanol to gasoline may help the U.S. meet a Congressional mandate to use more of the renewable fuel, but it could damage many of the cars now on the road, say automakers. Last year, U.S. vehicle manufacturers went public with their alarm that the EPA might increase the permissible ethanol in standard "gasoline" to 12 or even 15

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Confirmed: Tesla to Build Electric Vehicles with Toyota at NUMMI Plant

All Cars Electric

Governor Arnold Scharzenegger leaked earlier today that Tesla Motors will be partnering with Toyota to build a new electric vehicle. Now, a reliable source close to the deal confirms that this is true — but that Tesla will also be acquiring the recently-closed NUMMI automotive manufacturing plant in Fremont, Calif., potentially bringing back

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Ferrari Electric Car Conversion

Electric Cars are for Girls

What's the best electric motor I can use to get the same acceleration out of my Ferrari when I convert it to electric? And which batteries? Sigh, Madi

Greenius on Patch.com: Refineries Are Too Close for Comfort

Creative Greenius

If you live in Hermosa Beach, you are the envy of people all over this planet. It’s easy to get jaded and take it for granted if you’re a local, or to lose sight of 99 percent of the world’s population who would gladly swap places with you if given the chance.

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Torotrak and Rotrex Establish Joint Venture to Speed Introduction of Variable Drive Compressor Technology for Boosting

Green Car Congress

A Rotrex supercharger. Source: Rotrex. Click to enlarge. UK-based variable drive specialist Torotrak has formed a 50-50 joint venture with Denmark-based centrifugal supercharger firm Rotrex.

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