January, 2011

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

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LEAFs arriving by the truckload

Plugs and Cars

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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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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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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.

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

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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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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

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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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The Electric Car Will Have Her Revenge!

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Like you, I've been anxiously awaiting the "Who Killed the Electric Car?" sequel, and today CNN interviewed Chris Paine about the automaker-friendly tone of his new film called "Revenge of the Electric Car." I was surprised to learn that Greg Abbott (you may know him as Reverend Gadget ) will be featured in the movie. Follow the link to see the interview

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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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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.

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Chinese BYD SUV Aims for US Market

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Chinese automaker BYD (Build Your Dreams) used the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to show off a new plug-in SUV and a revamped version of a previously introduced all-electric crossover prototype. The new plug-in is the BYD S6DM SUV. The DM in the SUV’s name stands for dual-mode.

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

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BREAKING: 2012 Ford Focus Electric Unveiled by CEO at CES

All Cars Electric

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

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

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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

Porsche unveils flywheel-hybrid motor sports version of 918 Spyder

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The electric flywheel next to the driver seat. Click to enlarge. Porsche unveiled the 918 RSR at the North American International Auto Show, combining the flywheel technology of the 911 GT3 R hybrid ( earlier post ) and the design of the 918 Spyder.

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Will GM Amp Up Green SUVs?

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With the Chevy Volt finally launched, General Motors is expected to leverage the car’s electric motor and battery technology in other vehicles. The next potential target for this equipment is a five-seat crossover many believe will be called the Chevy Amp.

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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

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

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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

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Is Coda Automotive shifting to grid storage products?

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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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Cycling along Londons Barclays Cycle Superhighways showing significant increase

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The Barclays Cycle Superhighways are 12 radial routes aimed at making it safer and easier to commute by bike between outer and inner London on direct and continuous cycle routes. Source: TfL. Click to enlarge.

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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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Confirmed: Toyota Could Consider Prius-Based Pickup Truck

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Auto shows are a great place to get rumors--or even wild fantasies--confirmed. (Or, Or, occasionally, dismissed contemptuously--but that's a different story.) Following today's Toyota press conference that introduced the Prius V multipurpose vehicle that will go on sale as a 2012 model, and unveiled the Prius C concept for a compact hybrid to be

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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

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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

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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

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STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab spin-off seeking to develop and commercialize a novel solid-state hydrogen storage technology; transportation applications

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Example of micro fibers produced with 20 wt % AB (ammonia borane) in water as core solution, showing smooth (nonporous) and cylindrical (noncollapsed) fibers; from a 2010 paper by the scientific team. Credit: ACS, Kurban et al. Click to enlarge.

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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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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

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

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

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