February, 2010

Study Finds On-Road Transportation Sector the Greatest Net Contributor to Atmospheric Warming Now and in Mid-Term; Power Sector Takes the Lead by 2050

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Radiative forcing due to perpetual constant year 2000 emissions grouped by sector for 2020 (left) and 2100 (right) showing the contribution from each species. The net sum of total radiative forcing is indicated by the title of each bar. From Unger et al., Click to enlarge.

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BREAKING NEWS: Hermosa Beach To Become Carbon Neutral City! Acting Locally, Thinking Globally

Creative Greenius

Ever since the Copenhagen climate treaty talks ended in impotence two months ago there hasn’t been a single ounce of positive news on the international scene about our chances of cutting the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and getting CO2 levels back down to the safe 350 ppm zone.

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Tesla To Offer Auto Leases

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2010 Tesla Roadster. Tesla is hoping its new leasing strategy will help usher in a new round of early adopters into the mainstream. Read more in the article: Tesla to Offer Auto Leases. ‘Starting Wednesday, the 2010 Roadster, which competes against exotic sport cars like the Porsche 911, will be available on a three-year, 30,000-mile lease based on the manufacturer’s price of $111,005, Tesla said.

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Building An Electric Car

Electric Cars are for Girls

I've been considering for a while on building an all electric car. I live in an area where I have to drive to get pretty much anywhere, and decided the

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Cutting trunk

DIY Electric Car

Almost completed cutting the hole in the trunk for the rear battery box. There's something satisfying about watching the sparks fly when you cut metal. The conversion instructions I'm following are not great and the folks I got the kit from are not returning calls. Still I think it's ok. I'm a bit worried that I'm weakening a supporting cross-member. If I get this thing running I wonder how long before I have confidence it's going to work

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Analyzing PakTrakr Files with PrestoPlot

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I took the Civic out for a spin today with my neatly installed PakTrakr and captured some data while pulling some reasonably high currents. I programmed the Synkromotive controller to limit the battery amps to 250 to help prolong the life of the batteries. It takes a bit of the acceleration edge off while on the freeway at 60mph, but otherwise, the power is just fine for commuting. After loading the PakTrakr data into Excel 2000 (yeah, I know it's old.),

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Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid Using Williams Flywheel KERS

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Phantom diagram of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid. Click to enlarge. Dr. Ing. Porsche AG will introduce the 911 GT3 R hybrid for production-based GT racing at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. The hybrid is equipped with a flywheel energy recovery system (KERS) developed by Williams Hybrid Power initially for use in Formula One racing. Earlier post.).

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Tesla Tribute

Revenge of the Electric Car

Our Consulting Producer Chelsea Sexton has written a tribute to the three Tesla employees who lost their lives in Wednesday’s plane crash in Palo Alto: We lost a few of our own yesterday; there’s just no other, more elegant way to say it. The electric vehicle community is a close knit one and too small to begin with. To all of us, Doug Bourn, Brian Finn and Andrew Ingram were colleagues. To the employees of Tesla Motors, they were family and friends.

How many KW for my electric car motor?

Electric Cars are for Girls

Would a 3 kw electric car motor suffice, seeing that I am content with a speed of 30 kmph (about 18 mph), if my car weighs 650 kilos and with one passenger

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"DE-ICED" (Thanks rmacey)

DIY Electric Car

Today I removed the engine from the donor car. I had to pull it and the transmission together. I think in the long run it is better to have the tranny out to make the adapter plate and so forth. I took lots of photos and will happily share them. In order to disconnect the half shaft axels from the gearbox I had to disconnect the lower ball joints and steering tie rod ends (I think that would be necessary on any front wheel drive car).

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Mounting the PakTrakr

Open Source Civic EV Kit

It's time to mount the PakTrakr on the dashboard. Since I have a low-end model Civic, there are several unused accessory plates that I can tap into. Here's one that I popped out just to the left of the steering wheel. I drilled holes in the pop-out plate to match the mounting threads on the PakTrakr as well as a 1" hole to thread the wires through. After taking off two nuts on the back of the PakTrakr, I decided to disassemble the whole thing just to see what was inside.

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NREL/GM Project Finds Ultracaps Perform as Well or Better Than NiMH Pack for Energy Storage in Mild Hybrid Vehicle

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NREL simulation results showed similar fuel consumption vs. energy window trends for various drive cycles, with approximately half of the fuel savings being provided by a window ? Source: Gonder et al. Click to enlarge. A National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) project, funded by GM, found that an ultracapacitor-based energy storage system (ESS) in a Saturn VUE BAS (belt alternator starter) mild hybrid performed at least as well or better than the NiMH battery system in the production hybrid.

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It’s Time To Hold Polluters-For-Profit Accountable For Their Greenhouse Gasbags

Creative Greenius

The clock is ticking and the earth is warming. I want Exxon and their huge carbon footprint out of Torrance , the town I live in, because I don’t want their climate crimes to continue overheating our planet, changing our climate and ruining the future of our children and their children after them. I salute and support Greenpeace for caring about the generations that Exxon has written off as collateral damage.

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Trainspotting

Revenge of the Electric Car

©Nikki Kahn - The Washington Post. One morning just over a year ago, I was surprised to see the above photo taken from President Obama’s Washington, DC-bound train appear in a Washington Post collection from the inauguration. It was still a novelty to see anything pro-EV in a major publication, but what struck me at the time was that I had no idea who these people in Delaware were.

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Guerrilla charging: theft or public service?

Plugs and Cars

So you've finally got your electric car. You're going out of town for a few days and recall a few spots at the airport parking lot that have a regular 110-volt electric outlet on the wall. Do you plug in your Tesla (or Nissan LEAF or Chevy Volt)? Are you "stealing" power? Solar Dave thinks you are. And he is taunting the authorities in Denver to fine the owner of the Tesla he found plugged in at the airport. He raises a question that should be settled quickly.

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More Deconstruction

DIY Electric Car

How do you eat an elephant???? One bite at a time!!! I decided to devote most of the day removing more components that will be unused. Keeping with my plan not to destroy the parts, I seperated the exaust pipe from the muffler at the flamge. I pulled out the bolts holding the top of the rubber hangers fom muffler and pipe. Between the maniflold flange and the catalytic converter is a flex pipe. rhere is a ridgid hanger on either side of the flex.

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BREAKING: GM Battery Czar Denise Gray Leaves Volt Team For California Startup

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A key member of the small team brought together four years ago to create the 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric car is unexpectedly leaving General Motors. Denise Gray, director of global battery systems engineering at General Motors, will leave the company on Friday, March 5, to take an unspecified position with an unidentified battery startup in

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Infiniti Introducing New Renault-Nissan Alliance 3.0L V6 Diesel in Europe

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The new 3.0L V9X diesel engine. Click to enlarge. Infiniti will introduce a newly-developed 3.0-liter V6 diesel for the European market. The engine, the first in the brand’s 20-year history, will initially be available in both the EX and FX crossovers and later in the Infiniti M luxury performance sedan. Designated V9X, Infiniti’s new V6 diesel develops 175 kW (238 hp) and 550 N·m (406 lb-ft) of torque.

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Protected: The Right Woman At The Right Time

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This post is password protected. To view it please enter your password below: Password: Tags: Environmental Politics Saving Energy Sustainability carbon producers citizen volunteer climate change environment fossil fuels green building recycling renewable energy solar power

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‘Revenge’ Hits Indiana

Revenge of the Electric Car

Director Chris Paine was in Indianapolis this week to film for ‘Revenge.’ ’ More details in this TV report: Filmmaker in Ind. for electric car doc. Here is the full text of the article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. Filmmaker in Ind. for electric car doc. Updated: Friday, 12 Feb 2010, 6:51 AM EST. Published : Friday, 12 Feb 2010, 6:02 AM EST. * By: Debby Knox. Indiana is slated to be the leading state in the development of electric cars.

DIY Hybrid Electric Car: Using an AC Generator Head with a Small Electric Motor

Electric Cars are for Girls

Well, this is more a suggestion, rather than a question, on how to build your own hybrid electric car. The average 4cyl car motor weighs about 700 lbs

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The work begins

DIY Electric Car

I woke up at five stoked about beginning the project. At six I started removing the interior. By seven I had it all out. Three seats two side pannels and floor matting. Not much too it. I didn't break any of those plastic blind connectors in the side panels. I put the seat hardware in zip bags and labeled them. I learned that from a friend that restored vintage Corvetts. I invited Duke, my friend and fellow Disel Mercedes owner over to help remove some of the unnessary components from the car.

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Adding Urea To Clean Diesel Cars: Can I Just Pee In The Tank?

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We get punchy around High Gear Media occasionally, and sometimes we BS back and forth about topics less salubrious than, say, fuel efficiency and lowering our oil dependency. Which is how the following question came up: If the urea runs low in my new clean-diesel car, can I just pee in the tank to top it up? Urea to cut NOx First, a bit of

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Improving Life Cycle Assessment of US Grid Electricity

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Results of GIS statistical analysis for CO 2 : (a) eGrid subregion emissions factors (kg CO 2 /kWh), (b) average emissions factor for each district (kg CO 2 /kWh), (c) coefficient of variation of CO 2. emissions factor by district, and (d) difference between eGrid subregion emissions factor and US average emissions factor, 0.65 kg CO 2 /kWh (kg CO2/kWh). Credit: ACS, Weber et al. Click to enlarge.

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$100 Electric Vehicle Tax? State of Washington Should Think Again

All Cars Electric

The State of Washington is currently considering a new policy that would implement a new annual registration fee of $100 on electric vehicles. This new fee would be in addition to other registration fees currently assessed on all highway vehicles. Is this a fair policy for electric vehicle owners? Apparently, the Washigton State Senate is

Are You Plugged In?

Revenge of the Electric Car

The Wall Street Journal assesses your EV readiness. Are You Plugged In? By Mara Lemos Stein. Here is the full text of the entire article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. By MARA LEMOS STEIN. Some of the first plug-in electric passenger vehicles are slated to roll onto U.S. streets later this year. Are you ready? Test your knowledge with this Wall Street Journal quiz. The Journal Report. See the complete Energy report.

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Are There Electric Car Conversion Kits?

Electric Cars are for Girls

Is there an electric car conversion kit where a person can make their own electric car? Hi, Paul - Sure! It's what I would do myself if I were converting

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Advice to myself

DIY Electric Car

There are things I need to consider: I can save myself lots of headaches, frustration, money and tantrums if I seek and entertian knowledge from others. Secondly, what kind of EV do I want when I finish? I choose to make a medium range, street legal "Grocery Getter" Next make a buget! Or at least have an idea of how much I am willing to spend, and is this amount realisitc? Looking for bargians is time consuming and often I won't find exactly what I WANT!

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2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid: First Official Details

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Last week, Volkswagen unveiled the all-new 2011 Touareg sport utility vehicle, including its first-ever hybrid-electric powertrain. It has new and crisper styling that updates what had become a somewhat outmoded SUV. Volkswagen sold about half a million of the first-generation Touareg, launched in 2004, and the new model retains the off-road

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Velozzi Will Use Capstone Microturbines in Supercar and Crossover Extended Range Electric Vehicles

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Velozzi, a Los Angeles-based car designer and manufacturer, will integrate Capstone Turbine’s C65 and C30 microturbines into its electric supercar and a crossover vehicle, respectively. Capstone said that these would be the first production automotive applications of its microturbines, which have been used in buses, trolleys and shuttles. The Velozzi Supercar will be powered by a 770 hp (574 kW) AC-induction electric motor charged by an on-board Capstone C65 microturbine.

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G-Wiz! the Electric Car That Started a Revolution

All Cars Electric

In early 2004, a tiny new car appeared on the streets of London. It confused, surprised and confounded everyone who saw it. It was more compact than a Smart ForTwo, it had cheeky, quirky styling that demanded attention, it could turn around in the width of a narrow street, it squeezed into the tiniest parking space, and it traveled in silence.

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Coulomb Gets Charged Up

Revenge of the Electric Car

Coulomb Technologies are moving into EV charging. More details — and a nice namecheck for ‘Revenge’ – after the jump: Harris: Coulomb Technologies gets funding for electric car charging stations. “The director of the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?&# is now filming the sequel, “Revenge of the Electric Car.&#

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Lithium Ion Batteries for Electric Cars

Electric Cars are for Girls

Why aren't lithium ion batteries being used in electric cars instead of lead-acid? Hi, Drew - Several reasons. First, Li-ion batteries are more expensive

Dale's JUST-E Conversion Blog

DIY Electric Car

It is my intention to give a detailed account of the process of converting a 1988 Subaru Justy DL into an EV. I chose this site to share the process because I think it is the best and most informative site on the subject. My project goals are: 1: Do as much of the work myself as is pratical. (I I need a project!). 2: Keep the cost as low as I can. 3: Use as many parts that are salvaged from other uses. 4: Learn as much as I can. 5: Make friends that are interested in green sustainable living.

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Bogus Biofuels Blast Rebutted by Bentley Gent

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Almost a year ago, we called Bentley's much-touted biofuels strategy "bogus," in an alliterative headline to a piece that was much forwarded around the green-car world. Now we've had a chat with the very reasonable and polite David Reuter, Bentley's head of PR and communications. We still think almost zero Continental Supersports models will ever

Forecast: Electric Two-Wheelers Poised for Strong Global Growth; 9% CAGR Worldwide

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Pike global markets forecast of annual electric two-wheel vehicle sales, excluding Asia-Pacific, through 2016. Click to enlarge. A new report from Pike Research anticipates that the global market for electric two-wheeled vehicles—e-bikes, e-scooters, and e-motorcycles—will grow at a compound annual rate of 9% through 2016. China is currently the largest marketplace for electric two-wheel vehicles, commanding 98% of the global market in 2009. China’s compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.2%

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Honda CR-Z Type R Planned For 2012

All Cars Electric

How do you make a sporty hybrid product even sportier? Add more power, of course. According to AutoExpress, Honda is reportedly working on a high output version of the already sporty Honda CR-Z hybrid. The high output version is expected to carry the Type-R badge that symbolizes performance offerings from the Honda brand. If AutoExpress is

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