July, 2009

The REAL Climate Change Debate: Are All Deniers Evil or Are Some Merely Ignorant?

Creative Greenius

Either Way They Are More Dangerous To Your Future Than Any Terrorist. You wouldn’t know it from the mainstream media, your elected representatives or the folks at the US Chamber of Commerce, but we’re currently in the most threatening crisis our civilization has ever faced.

Forklift Salvage: Electric Car Under $1000

Electric Cars are for Girls

Want to build an electric car, but don't have 10K to spend on the project? Forklift salvage is the way to go

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EV Awareness Day, Synkro faults

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Yesterday was our local EV organization's big annual event called EV Awareness Day. We held it at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. I gave a press event with the Mayor Sam Adams and two VPs from local power companies (PGE and Pacific Power).

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Planning a 1995 Mazda b2300 conversion

DIY Electric Car

I have purchased a 1995 Mazda b 2300 small truck with the intent of converting it into an EV. Purchase price was $ 650.00

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Toyota's First Electric Car?

Plugs and Cars

Autocar.co.uk is reporting: "Toyota's iQ-based electric car, due to be launched in 2010, will get its own body style to create a stand-alone model which will become Toyota’s first all-electric car" (emphasis added.) I'm pretty sure I just stepped out of my 2002 Toyota RAV4 EV.

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Nissan’s Big Plans

Revenge of the Electric Car

I’m probably going to seem a little Nissan-centric this month, what with their imminent big announcement August 2nd. But also because I, along with a few other Plug In America members, spent the better part of the past three days meeting with about ten of Nissan’s advanced planning team.

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That Super Sexy Clean Tech Roundtable, Part II of a Greenius Exclusive

Creative Greenius

If you’re like me you would have found Tuesday’s gathering in Santa Monica a very sexy day at the beach.

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More Trending

Getting a new Synkromotive Controller

Open Source Civic EV Kit

After mentioning the motor controller temperature faults to Ives (the designer) at Synkromotive, he suggested we swap it out for a newer one. I went into the shop this evening and swapped out the controller. Ives looked at the old one and basically told me that I had beta test unit #2 with tiny heatsinks, bad ventilation and very little filtering on the temperature fault circuitry. Apparently other customers have had the same issues and the new controller should be far better.

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Electric Pedicabs - future for London's transport

DIY Electric Car

London belongs to one of the largest cities in the world. It's transport also belongs to the one of the most developed. London's undergrounds is one of the most developed in the world but also one of the oldest in the world counting over a 100 years. There is also an excellent network of overground trains and if we think of it all of these are powered by massive electric drives.

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What’s up with the BMW MINI E?

Plugs and Cars

The BMW Mini E has hit the streets. Barely one year ago, word surfaced that an electric Mini was in the works. In June about 500 cars were placed in consumer and fleet hands in Los Angeles and New York and New Jersey for what BMW calls a " field trial."

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Nissan’s Big Gamble

Revenge of the Electric Car

We’ll finally get to see the new Nissan August 2nd. That’s Tokyo time, it’ll still be the 1st here.) I assume they’ll have the name finalized by then, too. I’m kind of excited to see this car, having tested the drivetrain in the Nissan Cube. The drivability was similar to my RAV, but quicker. Since the Cube is 200 lbs heavier than the final body of the EV, it should be a bit quicker still. The best thing about the Nissan is the expected price range of $25K- $34K.

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Exxon/Mobil Guilty of Climate Change Coverup. Now Ordered Out of Torrance 3 Years Sooner.

Creative Greenius

I initially gave Exxon/Mobil till 2020 to get out of Torrance and clean up their toxic mess here in my town.

Electric Car with a Generator on a Trailer?

Electric Cars are for Girls

I'm considering getting a 98 Saturn SL1 (I can get the basic car for about $1000.) My idea is to put a small electric generator on a

Super FET working Comments on Sykro Controller

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Last week I was mostly on vacation, so I didn't get a chance to really charge the car at full amperage many times. This week was back to work, so I was able to give the charge detector a more reasonable test. In short, the three huge FETs with heat-sinks seem to work just fine (I should hope so.). I've charged the car seven times in the summer heat and the charger can dump a full 8 amps into the batteries every time without heating up the charge detector box.

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1 more @#$! bolt

DIY Electric Car

Buddy David came over again. We got all the bolts except for one off the tranny on the passenger side. That one bolt is the only thing keeping the engine in (except the engine mounts themselves). If anyone has tips, secrets etc for hard to remove bolts, now would be a good time to share. I would be most appreciative. We gave up on that bolt and went to the rear. We have to drop the rear axle assembly to remove the gas tank.

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Toyota whines about Ontario plug-in rebates

Plugs and Cars

Toyota has a go-slow policy on plug-in electrics. Despite having produced the RAV4 EV - the most useful, robust, and long-lived electric car - Toyota wants to milk its non-grid connected hybrid technology as long as possible before moving on to the next big thing. Ontario has announced a $10,000 rebate for plug-in electrics, and Toyota wouldn't benefit as they delay general release of their own plug-ins. Crying foul, they claim the rebate is back-door support for GM's Volt.

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Greenland Launches Project to Store Renewable Energy with Hydrogen

Green Car Congress

The national energy company of Greenland, Nukissiorfiit , has launched the H2KT project to establish a demonstration hydrogen and fuel cell plant in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, for storage of renewable energy.

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California Goes To Hell In A Handbasket But Greenius Says AB 811 is Our Route To Green Heaven

Creative Greenius

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Electric Vehicle Conversion: 4x4

Electric Cars are for Girls

I have a VW SYNCRO 4x4 VAN and its a Standard Tranny with a 2.1 FI engine. Is there ANY way to convert this vehicle to electric

Diesel Hybride Elektrisch Autos Von Deutschland

Hybrid SUV Blog

BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and Porsche are hedging their pure diesel bets by adding hybrid-electric vehicles and pondering diesel-electric hybrids. . The debate over the superiority of diesel vehicles versus hybrid vehicles has been going on for some time.

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Hooray for Engineers.

DIY Electric Car

Working on this car has given me an appreciation for engineers. Given what we put our vehicles through, they are amazingly reliable and durable (that point came to me when I could not drill a hole in the gas tank). Why they need so many types and sizes of bolts is beyond me, but there must be a reason

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Twitter Updates for 2009-07-28

Green Cars News

@ Doc__Brown We’re still waiting for the Flux Capacitor to become affordable. Great Scott! in reply to Doc__Brown #.

Piaggio Introduces Li-ion Electric Version of Ape Calessino As Part of 2009 Refresh

Green Car Congress

Ape Calessino Electric Lithium. Click to enlarge. Piaggio has introduced the refreshed 2009 range of the Ape Calessino, including a new electric version powered by lithium-ion batteries.

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The Most Powerful Greenius In America

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FOLLOW ME IF YOU WANT TO LIVE. As our planet’s atmosphere overheats because the greenhouse gas firewall we’ve built by burning fossil fuels works so damn well, there is one secret weapon we can all still whip out if we want to fight back and try to save ourselves from frying.

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SUVs and electric vehicles

Electric Cars are for Girls

Can SUVs (i.e. Mazda Tribute '06) be fitted with an electric motor and what would be the approximate cost of such an overhaul

Cash For Clunkers & Guzzlers Falls Short

Hybrid SUV Blog

If news about “Cash For Clunkers&# or “Cash For Guzzlers&# has you excited about trading in your current ride for a hybrid SUV or green car, you may be disappointed to learn more of the details.

Near the point of no return.

DIY Electric Car

I've never been confident that I'd succeed with this project. However, until now, I could have the car (or what's left) towed away. I'm about to drop the rear axle. At that point, I'm not sure it can be moved. I suppose there are ways to move wrecks. Still I have the sense of getting in deeper and deeper

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Twitter Updates for 2009-07-28

Green Cars News

@ Doc__Brown We’re still waiting for the Flux Capacitor to become affordable. Great Scott! in reply to Doc__Brown #.

AIST Developing New Lithium-Air Battery; Lithium Fuel Cell

Green Car Congress

Long-term discharge curve of the newly developed lithium-air cell. Source: AIST. Click to enlarge.

Get Your Monkeywrenches Ready! Politicians Beg For Climate Change Wake Up Call

Creative Greenius

In this picture provided by the environmental group Greenpeace, Greenpeace climbers rappel down the face of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, S.D. on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 to unfurl a banner that challenges President Obama to show leadership on global warming.

Electric Car Motor: Duty Rating

Electric Cars are for Girls

Will a 3 phase electric motor from an older air compressor work for an electric car conversion? Hi, Patrick - There's a reason

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Worldwide Hybrid Views Changing

Hybrid SUV Blog

60% of people surveyed would buy a hybrid today. A recent study by Synovate, a marketing research company, polled 13,500 urban people around the world. The study looked at how preferences for hybrid cars and general eco-mindedness differed around the globe.

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Getting there.

DIY Electric Car

After breaking a bit last night, I got a new one today. All the bolts from the transmission to one axle (drivers side) came out. Now I have to do the other. I'd be more excited except it will be very difficult because the access is limited. If we had been able to remove the intake/exhaust manifold, I'd have access

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Green Cars News - Untitled Article

Green Cars News

There are a vast number of upstart car companies emerging on the West Coast of the USA at the moment, but Coda Automotive is determined to establish itself as more than just one of the pack. The company has completed an agreement with UQM Technologies which will see the latter supply its UQM PowerPhase 100 electric propulsion systems to the electric car company for a period of 10 years.

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UK Plans £1.1B Investment in Electrification of Rail Network

Green Car Congress

The UK is planning to invest £1.1 billion (US$1.8 billion) in first big electrification of its rail network since the late 1980s, involving the London to Swansea and Liverpool to Manchester lines. This will result in the first electric main line trains running in Wales.

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Michael Jackson Comes Back From Dead to Blast L.A. Times Climate Change Coverage

Creative Greenius

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, returned from the great hereafter this morning to condemn the Los Angeles Times for being a cause of global warming and then covering it up in the newspaper he mocked as, Already more lifeless and brain dead then I am now!

Hybrid SUV: Making the connection

Electric Cars are for Girls

I want to convert my Toyota SUV to be an electric assist hybrid. How do you make the connection between the motor and the new drive