January, 2009

It’s Time To Go To The Mattresses

Creative Greenius

So let me get this straight - while those of us who are trying to lead greener lives, have been cutting our carbon footprints and working with our cities, states and the rest of the USA to help them do likewise, Killer Coal has been playing us for chumps and wiping out all our efforts every single second of every day. Can you believe the nerve of those dirty backstabbers? How long did they think we were gonna put up with that?

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First Apteras Rolled Out Today!

Electric Cars are for Girls

The moment we've all been waiting for - the first few shiny Apteras have poked their noses out from the factory door

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Turbine Truck Engines Enters Strategic Alliance With China Corporation; Two New Engine Designs to Result

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Turbine Truck Engines, Inc. TTE), the developer of the concept Detonation Cycle Gas Turbine (DCGT) for heavy-duty vehicle applications ( earlier post ), has signed a strategic alliance agreement with China-based Aerospace Machinery & Electric Equipment Company, Ltd. AMEC). Details of the agreement call for the two companies to collaborate on the development and commercialization of the DCGT specifically for application opportunities in China.

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Plug-in America’s Inaugural Parade

Revenge of the Electric Car

Guest Blogger Colby Trudeau takes us behind the scenes at Plug In America’s Inaugural Parade. All photos take by our Production Photographer, Todd Westphal. What an amazing day! Last Saturday, January 17th, 2009, 77 highway capable plug-in vehicles, their drivers, and spectators came together to celebrate the upcoming inauguration. Jordan Howard, member of the "Green Ambassadors" youth group.

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Rear Coil-Overs

Open Source Civic EV Kit

To finish up the suspension, I installed the rear coil-overs. The procedure is much the same as the front coil-overs. When the guys at Les Schwab swapped out the rear springs for the cut-down front ones awhile back ( see this post ), it looks like they chewed up the shock end pretty bad. I had to go to Auto-Adventure and buy a used shock. The whole assembly was only $30 and they have tons of used Honda and Subaru parts.

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Norway stimulates economy and electric cars with 5000 chargers

Plugs and Cars

As a part of the new government economic stimulus plan, Norway will be getting a "forest" of charging stations for electric vehicles. The Scandinavian nation, which is home to Th!nk, nk, today has about 2500 EVs on the road. The plan is to quickly install 5000 charge points, reports Richard, the founder of the website Electricaid. Electricaid was created late last year to explore ways to help save Th!nk. The site has quickly grown to hundreds of members worldwide.

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The Greenius Gets His Hands Dirty

Creative Greenius

The historic and still delicous Fosters Freeze of Old Town Torrance. Lest you think your Creative Greenius spends all his time at the keyboard ruminating about issues national and global, this morning I got up early so I would be awake enough to drive across town to Charles Payne’s house on the other side of Torrance, in Old Town.

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Washington Governor and Legislators Introduce Climate Action Plan; $419M for Transportation Projects

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Washington Governor Chris Gregoire and legislative leaders have introduced a Green Jobs and Climate Action legislative package that proposes investments totaling $455 million in the next biennium for energy-reducing transportation projects, energy efficiency projects, green buildings and clean-energy technology.

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Lotus Reportedly Planning Electric Car

Revenge of the Electric Car

Lotus Evora 2+2. Well, it had to happen. Lotus is making an EV. Actually, it’s a plug-in hybrid much like the Chevy Volt. After both Tesla and Chrysler chose the Elise and Europa, respectively, for their slot car-fast EVs, it only makes sense that the car company named after a flower would make its own “flower power&# speedster. GM is supplying the range-extending genset which makes sense as they they’ll be able to amortize it and drive the cost down.

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My First Week of Commuting

Open Source Civic EV Kit

This has definitely been an interesting week. With the front suspension coil-overs installed, I felt much more confident in driving the car around without bottoming out. The link-10 is pretty good at measuring state-of-charge with Peukert compensation, so I felt good about knowing how much juice I had left. I commuted to work three days this week (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday). It's 17 miles one-way with charging at work.

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Multi-nation survey reports consumers want electric cars. Now.

Plugs and Cars

A large survey, 4000 people in eight countries, has discovered what many of us have been saying all along. There is an existing market for electric vehicles, especially among those who can afford the extra cost of limited-production new technology vehicles. The only problem? There are no cars for sale. A Business Week blog reports on the survey by the Munich based consultants Bain & Co.

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Comedy CAFE Clowns Crack Me Up

Creative Greenius

Car Makers Serve Up Funniest Fail Ever! Click on this pic to read the story behind this photo. As I get ready this morning to head over to the Lutheran Church in Gardena to participate in this national day of service by helping to prepare meals for my less fortunate neighbors, I want to thank the auto industry for giving me a great laugh at their expense.

2009 150

Electric Car Motor and Transmission All-In-One?

Electric Cars are for Girls

I have recently seen an electric car motor that claims to be an all-in-one unit, with motor/transmission all together in one package

2009 98

ATCO and Praxair Developing H2 Infrastructure for Oil Sands

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ATCO Energy Solutions and Praxair Canada Inc. are pursuing the development of hydrogen storage and pipeline infrastructure in Alberta, focusing on opportunities northeast of Edmonton where the growth in heavy-oil processing in Alberta has created an increased demand for hydrogen. Hydrogen is used to remove sulfur so that the end-product fuels are cleaner-burning and meet environmental standards.

Smart Meters and Electric Cars

Revenge of the Electric Car

This is a well written story in the Pasadena Star News about how the utilities are gearing up for the coming plug-in vehicles. While many people are wringing their hands over how the grid, old and cranky as it is, will be able to handle the millions of EVs that will be on our roads in the years to come, several forward-thinking utilities are beginning to implement the smart meters that will enable the grid to handle the added load by timing the charging to when the capacity is there to handle it.

2009 116

Frustrations with Springs

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Okay, I admit it. I'm an obsessed control freak. That said, let's move on. The drooping front suspension on the Civic is really getting me down (no pun intended) and I'm getting anxious with the coil-over kit sitting in my living room. So, I spent an hour and a half watching you-tube videos last night to see if I could install the coil-overs myself. My biggest frustration is that I can't find a spring compressor that will work with the springs on the Civic.

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Obama to grant California waiver Monday

Plugs and Cars

New York Times reports the expected change in federal policy will happen Monday.the centerpiece of Monday’s East Room announcement is Mr. Obama’s directive to the Environmental Protection Agency to immediately begin work on granting the so-called California waiver, which allows the state, a longtime leader in air quality matters, to set its own standards for automobile emissions.

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Electrified Blondes in Convertibles For Everyone!

Creative Greenius

I have seen the future my friends and it looks exactly like a 76 degree January day filled with beautiful people driving gorgeous plug-in hybrid and plug-in electric cars. Come with me now as I take you there… And do not let anyone tell you that you must wait for this tomorrow, because you don’t. It is already here today. Your Greenius was there and I have the photos. It looks like Mrs Greenius has found her next car!

2009 150

Electric Boat Conversion With Generator

Electric Cars are for Girls

I want to convert my 30 ft. boat's V8 gas-guzzlers to 2 DC electric motors that run with a 10KW generator. I'm going to have

2009 98

Biosyncrude Gasification Process Could Produce Motor Fuel at Cost of Around $3/gallon

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Overview of the Bioliq process. Source: Henrich et al. Click to enlarge. The Bioliq biosyncrude gasification process ( earlier post ) used in a large plant with a capacity of > 1 Mt/a can produce biosynfuel for about €1.04 per kg or €0.8 per liter (US$3.08/gallon US), according to an analysis by researchers at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany, which is co-developing the process with Lurgi. With ±30% estimate error, this is between €0.56 and €1.04

2009 150

Bright’s Plug-In Car: Aerodynamics Are Key

Revenge of the Electric Car

This new company, Bright Automotive , is founded by ex-GM EV1 people, and the super efficient Rocky Mountain Institute to make plug-in hybrids in Indiana. Like Paul MacCready’s original design for the Impact that established the world’s lowest drag coefficient of.195, Bright will be building cars that “do more with less&# , a philosophy MacCready was famous for (and the title of a wonderful biography on him).

2009 116

Installing the Front Coil-Over Suspension

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Here's the process I used to remove the existing Civic springs and install the front coil-overs. The first step is to jack up the front of the car and put it on jack-stands for stability. Since I don't have a spring compressor, I'm going to use the entire car as my spring compressor instead. I rolled a floor jack under the swing arm and raised it until the car just came off the jack stand.

2009 100

The Onion: Survivors Mourn Loss of Gas

Plugs and Cars

Survivors Of Gas Station Explosion Mourn Tragic Loss Of Gasoline.

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Headless Body In Topless Bar

Creative Greenius

I’ve had a lifelong love affair with newspapers. I’ve been reading them every day since the 1960s and I’ve learned more from newspapers than I ever learned in school. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, I read the New York Daily News after my parents were done reading it.

2009 150

D Cell Batteries for EVs

Electric Cars are for Girls

Would a series of small battery cells (like D cell batteries) hooked up in series and in parallel provide more and longer lasting

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Report: Toyota’s Operating Loss Will Widen to US$4.5B

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The Nikkei reports that Toyota Motor Corp.’s ’s group operating loss for the year ending March 31 is likely to jump to ¥400 billion (US$4.5B) from the ¥150 billion it projected last month ( earlier post ). With the global economy quickly weakening, the automaker has been unable to halt the slide in auto sales and is heading into its first net loss since the year ended November 1963, when it started publishing net results.

2009 150

Electric Cars: Yes We Will

Revenge of the Electric Car

400,000 at the Lincoln Memorial concert. Dateline: Washington, DC. The buzz is everywhere and completely electric in Washington DC this week. And some of that energy is headed directly to plug-in cars. We’ve heard electric cars mentioned time and again in our two days here, and we haven’t even been to Live Earth’s Green Gala yet. It’s just remarkable to see what a few short years can do in terms of global consciousness and awareness.

2009 116

Over-Rev Protection, MTF and Labelling

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Today involved a bunch of miscellaneous items. Bryan at Belktronix sent me a little circuit that plugs into the back of the tachometer that triggers the LVP protection and shuts down the controller when the shift light goes on. I basically routed a two-conductor cable through the grommet next to the throttle cable (where the cruise control cable would go) and connected the system. This picture is crummy because it's difficult to see active LEDs when the flash goes off.

2009 100

Gore's group on board with plug-ins

Plugs and Cars

The Alliance for Climate Protection, Al Gore's group, has taken another step toward promoting plug-in cars (all electric cars and plug-in hybrids) with its RePower America campaign. They've got the budget to really move the national conversation about the future of cars away from the well-funded distractions of hydrogen, fuel cells, natural gas and ethanol. Let's hope Al Gore's been saying as much to President Obama (doesn't that sound great!).

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Manhattan Beach, The South Bay’s Greenest City

Creative Greenius

Happy New Year! I hope you’re as happy and energized as I am about Obama’s impending Presidency and his game-changing energy and environmental appointments. If you’re not, then you’re probably part of the problems we’ve been having and your unhappiness is something I can live with.

2009 150

Nano Battery

Electric Cars are for Girls

Is there a battery on the market that will last a long time, 10,000 cycles or more, like the Altair nano battery? Hi, Fernando!

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US Air Force Halts Coal-to-Liquids Plant Project

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After a thorough review of project requirements and information submitted by a team of functional experts, Air Force officials have determined proposals received for a coal-to-liquid synthetic fuel plant on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., are not viable. The Air Force will no longer pursue possible development of a plant at the installation.

2009 150

The Climate Change Caravan

Revenge of the Electric Car

Say Hello to Guest Blogger Alexis Ringwald - with this first dispatch from the Climate Change Caravan in India. On January 3, 2009, a group of passionate individuals launched the Climate Solutions Road Tour : an epic month-long 3,500 km journey from Chennai to New Delhi, India to demonstrate that clean transportation solutions do exist and call upon automakers globally to build them. Elephant and Reva in India.

Finishing the Guages, Link-10

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I worked all day to get the tach sensor fixed and the link-1o installed. Here's my solution to fixing the tach sensor. I'm using a stainless steel bolt to hold it in (which is just barely magnetic). I'm also using a salvaged plastic gear as a non-magnetic spacer to put the spinning magnet disk inside the sensor housing. At first the gear was too thick and the head of the bolt rubbed against the inside of the sensor housing.

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Electric Cars - Yes We Can!

Plugs and Cars

[©Nikki Kahn - The Washington Post] East Coast - Along the route President-elect Obama rode on his way to DC, electric car activists spell it out. West Coast - 75 electric vehicles paraded through the streets of Santa Monica in a pre-Inaugural Parade with a message for the President-elect.

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Happy New Year!

Creative Greenius

Tags: environment.

2009 150

Golf Cart Battery Question

Electric Cars are for Girls

For golf carts that are being used seasonally only 6 mos. each year and left to sit 6 mos. off and on, will this practice shorten life