January, 2011

Skeleton Technologies receives US patent for nanoporous carbon powder supercapacitor material; higher energy and power densities and lower cost

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Skeleton Technologies , an energy-storage start-up located in Tartu, Estonia, was recently awarded a US patent ( #7,803,345 ) on its nanoporous carbon powder supercapacitor material. The material possesses very high surface area and a high packing of nanopores, according to Skeleton, which aims to commercialize the carbon material and supercapacitor technology.

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State of the Electric Car Address

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"I don't know if you noticed, but (the oil companies) are doing just fine on their own." This is probably my favorite line from Pres. Obama's SOTU address tonight. A million electric cars on American roads by 2015

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LEAFs arriving by the truckload

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LEAFs are beginning to arrive by the truckload. Seven drove in to a SoCal dealership this morning. nissan leaf

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How Chrysler's Hydraulic Hybrid Works: Energy From Pressure

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Chrysler has come out of hibernation with a bang, as far as green and more fuel-efficient vehicles are concerned. The company announced Wednesday that it would partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to build and test prototypes of a different kind of hybrid vehicle, one that accumulates energy not in a battery pack but by

2011 102

Open Source Civic-EV documents moved

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Hi All, It's been a verrrrry long time since I posted here since I sold the Civic-EV. Due to Google removing the Files and Pages feature of Google Groups. All files and documentation at the civic-ev Google group has now been moved to the "civicevkit" Google Site: https://sites.google.com/site/civicevkit/ If you need to access the build instructions or Google Sketch-Up files, please go there now. Happy New Year for 2011! Cheers, Tim

2011 100

Tesla Fan Drives Epic Electric Car Trip To Prove BBC Wrong

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The British Broadcasting Corporation, considered to be the center-pin of television and radio in the U.K., has always had a cautious view of the benefits of electric vehicles, often choosing to illustrate the limited range of electric cars in articles rather than the positive benefits. In typical form the latest BBC feature, a four-day trek from

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Pew study finds that changes in technology, policy and consumer behavior could combine to deliver up to 65% reduction in US transport GHG by 2050

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US transportation GHG emissions under the Base Case and three Mitigation Scenarios. Source: Greene and Plotkin (2011). Click to enlarge. A new study published by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change finds that combined actions across three fronts—technology, policy, and consumer behavior—could deliver up to a 65% reduction in transportation emissions from current levels by 2050. The study was written by David L.

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"When money flows from the ocean floor"

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In January 2007 it was reported from Davos that Shimon Peres was in talks to bring an electric car factory to Israel. I wrote : It's about time. If there's one country that ought to have long ago developed a domestic electric car industry it is Israel. No oil of its own should be reason enough. Every drop purchased on the international markets propping up its sworn enemies should be reason enough. Not very far to drive in this very small country should be reason enough.

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Cars Connected To The Cloud: The All-Electric 2012 Nissan Leaf

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In a move that shows off the latest push among automakers to bring cars to the digital age, Airbiquity and Hitachi Automotive Systems showcased a connected services technology system for electric vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today. The system, which is debuting in Nissan’s all-electric Leaf, allows drivers to search

Chip Yates electric motorcycle takes podium finishes in WERA gas bike racing

National Green Transportation

Do you like this story? Yesterday (Jan 9) Chip Yates' electric motorcycle quest proved itself on a race track in a sanctioned race against gas powered motorcycles. He ran in two races, taking the podium both times, competing against racers on gas powered superbikes

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Tesla's Challenge: Build $30k Mainstream Electric Car by 2015

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Build a $30,000 electric car in under four years. That’s the promise made last night by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Speaking at the Cleantech Investor Summit in Palm Springs, California, the 39-year old businessman shared his plans for the venture-backed automaker. In addition to bringing the 2012 Model S sedan we saw moving under its own power

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Volkswagen to debut XL1 PHEV prototype at Qatar Motor Show; fuel consumption of 0.9 L/100 km (261 mpg US)

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The XL1 prototype PHEV. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen is staging the world debut of its XL1 diesel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) prototype at the Qatar Motor Show this week. The prototype, representing the third evolutionary stage of Volkswagen’s 1-liter car strategy ( earlier post ), features combined fuel consumption of 0.9 L/100 km (261 mpg US), according to VW.

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Have you heard about the Ford Focus Electric?

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Ford is coming out with a 240 volt electric version of the Focus at the end of the year. It's got a portable charging system, fast charging (3-4 hours), and a "Value Charging" application from Microsoft so you can charge up when it's cheapest

2011 182

Obama rolls out EV strategy

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At EnerDel's Indiana battery plant today, VP Biden outlined the administration's EV strategy. The Obama administration is calling for raising the number of plug-ins that qualify for federal incentives from 200,000 to 500,000 cars per manufacturer. In addition, Obama is looking to convert the federal tax credit into a rebate available at the time of sale. More here. Source: Detroit News ]. Joe Biden barack obama enerdel battery electric car

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Forget Hydrogen: Here They Are, The Two Fuels of The Future

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Forget hydrogen. You can mostly ignore natural gas. Even diesel may not grow much. The two fuels that will largely power us for the next 20, maybe 30, years are already here. They are gasoline (with some ethanol in it), and electricity. That's it. That's all she wrote. First, gasoline Those hallowed green visions of a gasoline-free future in our

2011 99

Is Coda Automotive shifting to grid storage products?

National Green Transportation

Do you like this story? Last week Coda named a new CEO, Phil Murtaugh (see: Former GM executive takes CEO position at Coda Automotive). During the conference call announcing this news the Coda management team discussed the huge potential of the grid storage market. Today

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BREAKING: 2012 Ford Focus Electric Unveiled by CEO at CES

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Earlier this week Ford hinted on the social media network site Facebook that it had plans to unveil an all-electric car at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. From the shots it released, we guessed the announcement would include an all-electric Focus. As suspected, Ford CEO Allan Mulally has just pulled the veil off the first of five

Enterprise Rent-a-Car to offer Chevrolet Volt

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car will be the first to offer Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicles (EVs) for daily and weekly rentals later this month. The Volt vehicles will be available at the Mark Christopher Auto Center in Ontario, Calif., along with a new charging station. There are more than 5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car neighborhood and airport offices, including the Mark Christopher Auto Center site, located within 15 miles of 90% of the US population.

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Electric Volvo Crash Test

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Looks like the Electric Volvo C30 comes out great in the offset 40 mph crash test. Good thing, since it's packing 440 volts. Watch

2011 182

Mercedes Pleads for More Handouts for Hydrogen

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While governments scrape together money to roll out a public charging infrastructure for the plug-in cars that are already being delivered to customers, Mercedes is pleading for more money to enable hydrogen fuel cell vehicles they have failed to deliver for a decade. Source: AutoBlogGreen ]. mercedes fcv fuel cell hydrogen

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Question: How Do Electric Cars (Volt, Leaf) Heat Passengers?

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Another in our irregular series of answering questions from readers, this one from John Q of Eugene, Oregon: Question: I was wondering how an electric car provides heat and defrosting. Using batteries to generate the heat will drain them pretty fast. Maybe with the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, the internal combustion engine is run for heat? But what about

2011 96

What ideas are being floated to save Caltrain, and whether it is worth saving?

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Do you like this story? Yesterdays summit meeting to save Caltrain (organized by the Friends of Caltrain; see: Friends of Caltrain seeks to save Peninsula train service from death spiral) was a hubbub of ideas to save and restructure the service. The same few steps were

2011 61

Rent A Tesla For $25/Hour, Just Plan Your Charging Carefully

All Cars Electric

The all-electric Tesla Roadster is probably the world's best advertisement for electric cars. While crude, cramped, and expensive, its 0-to-60-mph time of 3.9 seconds will make a convert out of any electric skeptic. But thus far, Tesla Motors has built only 1,500 Roadsters, and the car was always meant to be a limited-production exercise. How to

2011 76

Mercedes-Benz launching round-the-world fuel cell car drive

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At the end of January, Mercedes-Benz will launch the F-CELL World Drive— a circumnavigation of the world with the series-produced fuel cell vehicle, the B-Class F-CELL. Mercedes-Benz intends to use the F-CELL World Drive is to demonstrate the efficiency and suitability for everyday use of fuel cell technology, and at the same time campaign for the development of a global hydrogen filling station network.

2011 241

Drive an Electric Car and You'll Never Go Back

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Last month, Carlos Ghosn, the Nissan Leaf's daddy, said that "people who buy electric cars will never ever buy another car again. " Hey, I thought that was OUR LITTLE SECRET. But get this: The Stig, former driver for Top Gear - the gearhead show that hates everything electric, even lamps - tumbled for that very same Nissan Leaf. And he fell so hard that he's driving one in the EV Cup this summer

2011 181

Top 10 green cars of the Detroit Motor Show 2011. Green Piece

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Monday 17 January 2011. The Green Piece Column. The North American International Auto Show 2011 (the Detroit Motor Show as it is colloquially known) opened its doors to the public last Saturday (Jan 15) with many anticipating one of the most spectacular line-ups in the show’s 104-year history. With the auto industry enjoying a resurgence, [.]. The Green Piece Detroit Motor Show 2011 Green cars

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Want To Waft In Eco-Friendly Fashion? Electric Rolls-Royce May Be On The Way

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If Bentley is all about seamless low-end torque from V-8 engines (or the odd W-12), then Rolls-Royce is about 'wafting'. That's the word used to describe the experience of riding in an utterly silent, totally effortless conveyance that sets one above the common man. Which might, if you think about it, be more suited to electric power than it would

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Ed Begley Jr shilling for Ford's EV program in online video

National Green Transportation

Do you like this story? A couple years ago I saw Ed Begley talk about his experience in running television programs with a 'green' image. The first green TV program he did was very dry, giving factual information and reviews about green products, and the show

2011 59

Chelsea Sexton Slams Bias On Both Sides Over Electric-Car Range (Guest Post)

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by Chelsea Sexton Slanted, anti-EV reporting is hardly a new thing, and I suspect we're in for a lot more of it in 2011 as plug-in vehicles hit showrooms. But the recent BBC "Mini Adventure," a 484-mile journey from London to Edinburgh in a Mini E, has caught fire like nothing I've seen in a while. Helen Keller could have predicted the outcome of

2011 75

13 Japanese automakers and energy companies join forces to support rollout of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in 2015

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Planned hydrogen infrastructure, with four major metro areas linked. Click to enlarge. A coalition of 13 major Japanese automakers and energy companies—including Toyota, Honda and Nissan—are joining together to expand the introduction of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) in 2015 and develop the hydrogen supply network throughout Japan.

2011 240

It's All About the Electricity!

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Electric is the new black, apparently, and the Chevy Volt is right in the center of the stage in Detroit. I.shh.like the Nissan Leaf better, and I'll be writing a little something about it very soon. Did you get on the list for a Leaf

2011 181

Mitsubishi lines up finance deals for electric model

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Mitsubishi has confirmed finance offers for its newly available electric car model, the i-MiEV, as Government grants for electric cars come available to UK buyers. The Japanese car maker, one of the first to retail a fully electric car in the UK, is offering the new electric car for £399 per month on 48 month [.]. Mitsubishi Contract Hire electric car ev finance residual

2011 Scion iQ Minicar Sales Delayed Until This Summer

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If you're eagerly waiting for the first 2011 Scion iQ minicar to show up at your dealer, sit down and have a nice cup of tea. You're going to have wait a bit longer. Scion's parent, Toyota, is delaying the U.S. launch of the iQ, originally scheduled to happen by March of this year, to sometime this summer. tC in the spotlight Spokesman Greg Thome

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Zero Motorcycles building new factory in Santa Cruz, sees growth in 2011

National Green Transportation

Do you like this story? Zero Motorcycles, the Santa Cruz County based electric motorcycle manufacturer, announced today plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Scotts Valley. They expect the new facility to begin production in Feb 2011.Sharp eyed readers will ask

2011 59

First Two 2011 Nissan LEAF Road Trips: Fontana To San Diego

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111 miles from a full charge. That's the impressive figure attained by not one but two MyNissanLeaf forum members, leafme and Randy on their first journey home having picked up their respective LEAFs from Fontana Nissan in California. Tackling the highways heading South to San Diego their only break in progress was for a 90-minute Level 2 charge

Mitsubishi to debut eight xEVs in next five years: hybrids, plug-in hybrids, EVs

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by Jack Rosebro. Mitsubishi will introduce 8 xEVs by FY 2015. Click to enlarge. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) plans to introduce eight hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and battery-powered (BEV) models by fiscal year 2015 in anticipation that demand for low-carbon, fuel-efficient automobiles will expand worldwide.

2011 239

Should I Discharge the Battery Completely?

Electric Cars are for Girls

How come my car's 12 volt battery is kept fully charged, yet I am told not to charge golf cart battery every night? I am told that I should only charge