June, 2009

Volkswagen 1.4-Liter TSI TwinCharger Named International Engine of the Year, Green Engine of Year

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Volkswagen won the overall 2009 International Engine of the Year Award—the first time the company took the top award—with its 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger engine. Earlier post.). The unit is offered across much of the VW model range, including the Golf, Scirocco and Eos, and is used by Seat in the Ibiza Cupra.

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Ted Lieu Wants My Money, Wants My Vote, But Doesn’t Want To Talk About AB 920

Creative Greenius

I’m beginning to think that Ted Lieu only co-authored AB 920, the Feed-In Tariff bill as window dressing in order to try to pad his environmental resume. Ted doesn’t talk about the bill in public, won’t put anything about it on his own web site, and looks down at his shoes and changes the subject if you ask him about the bill personally.

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Build An Electric Car for about $2200

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Paul Holmes discovered he could build an electric car for about $2000. In this interview, we'll talk about how he built his electric car.and why

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Tesla, Ford and Nissan win big with DOE grants

Revenge of the Electric Car

We’ve been waiting for several months to hear this good news. Three EV pioneers, Tesla, Nissan and Ford, are receiving loans from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program. Totaling $8 billion, the funds will be used to manufacture efficient vehicles and electric drive components. In Tesla’s case, they’ll receive a total of $465 million to set up their factory in Southern California for the production of their hot Model S.

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Time to Get a Larger Hammer

Open Source Civic EV Kit

After two days of running perfectly, I found yesterday morning that the amps were down and the FET had blown again. This really stumped me because I thought I had done everything to keep it cool and out of the switching region. After showing the system to the power supply EEs at work, they told me that any FET in a TO-220 case like the one I had would not handle a constant 8-amps for a long time.

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Oregon incentives to shift from hybrids to plug-ins

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Oregon's House has passed a bill to end the $1500 tax credit for conventional hybrid vehicles on the last day of 2009. After that point only plug-in vehicles qualify. House Bill 2180 , which passed overwhelmingly, Creates specific tax credit for purchasers of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and related equipment. Limits tax credits for gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles that are not designed for electric plug-in charging to vehicles purchased before January 1, 2010. Source: StatesmanJournal.com.

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UC Davis Begins $2.8M Studies on Impacts of Escaped Nitrogen

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University of California, Davis researchers will receive $2.8 million in new grants to study the use and impacts of escaped nitrogen from agricultural production. Nitrogen-based fertilizers help California farmers produce more than 400 agricultural commodities—vegetables, fruits, meats and dairy products—worth $36 billion a year. But excess nitrogen is emitted from soils, seeps into groundwater and runs off into surface waters. Wastes from cattle, chickens and other livestock include nitrogen.

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DIY DC Motor Controller

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Paul Holmes' DC Motor Controller: open source and do-it-yourself saves a lot of money

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It’s Happening

Revenge of the Electric Car

It’s happening. New production electric cars are being delivered at a rate of 100 per month. Teslas mostly, but the first BMW MINI E was also delivered last week, and we’ll have about 500 more of them on the road within the month. Back in 1999, when we were all a twitter about Y2K, there were about 5,000 production EVs on California roads with a few dozen more in both Arizona and Georgia. Then they were gone.

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Cautious Optimism

Open Source Civic EV Kit

After talking with the power supply EEs at work, I came home and tried a few experiments to see if I could fix the alternative charge detector circuit. First, I used an external 12V UPS battery instead of the AUX power output on the Belktronix charger to see if noise on the power supply was causing my problem. Nope: The circuit still behaved as if the opto-coupler latched closed. Next step was to pull out my oscilloscope and start probing around the system.

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More pooh from Toyota

Plugs and Cars

Toyota pushed its innovative "21st century" car development into full gear in the early 1990s under company chairman Eiji Toyoda. Developing a commercial electric vehicle at that time posed a slew of challenges," the official said. That is the case even today.".a a battery pack's ability to hold a charge and its durability vary by temperature and driving conditions, the automaker points out.

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Australian Cam-Drive Gasoline Engine Reaches 39.5% Efficiency in Independent Testing; Potential for Production Engine in China

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The 2.4-liter X4V2 prototype was originally designed for an aviation application. Click to enlarge. Australia-based Revetec is designing what it calls the Controlled Combustion Engine (CCE)—a cam-drive gasoline spark-ignited internal combustion engine that is smaller, lighter, cleaner, less expensive to manufacture and that produces higher torque due to higher mechanical transfer than equivalent conventional engines.

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Superstars of AB 811 Rock Palm Desert @ EcoMotion Conference

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Part I – Burning Man’s Got Nothing On This “ World Changing Revolutionary Movement “ You know you’re at some kind of special conference when all the sessions seem to end way too soon and the eight hour agenda blasts by like the all star jam session at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame dinner.

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Electric Vehicle Parts

Electric Cars are for Girls

List of electric vehicle parts, with explanations, that Paul used in his $2200 VW Bug conversion

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And now…the Plug In Tanker

Revenge of the Electric Car

The Alaskan Navigator, one of two British Petroleum oil tankers retrofitted to be electrically operated dockside. Diandra Jay/Press-Telegram). It’s been a long time coming, but we have finally achieved the first “cold ironing&# of a tanker in the Port of Long Beach. Cold Ironing is the term for plugging a ship’s electrical system into the on-shore grid to supply power so that the ship’s giant diesel engine can be turned off while it’s docked.

2009 116

Failure Again!

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I came home this evening after a 20 mile drive with excitement to see the new charge detector circuit work. I plugged in the car and the circuit had an interaction with the optocoupler on the BatMon board and didn't see the correct signal. Nothing is burning up, but the FET is stuck in the off state for now, leaving the system to charge slowly with a really hot 3-ohm resistor. I'm so angry at this charging system!

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Toyota pooh-poohs the plug

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In the wake of Secretary Chu's defunding hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles, Toyota continues its assault on the inevitable plug. They don't want to be rushed into it. Automakers the world round have had 100 years to suck every ounce of profit possible from the internal combustion engine, and Toyota intends to get at least a few decades out of its lead in gasoline-only hybrid vehicles.

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Tsinghua Researchers Find that Sugarcane Juice is a Good Fermentation Feedstock for Algal Biodiesel

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Researchers at Tsinghua University in China have shown that sugarcane juice is a good feedstock for biodiesel production, when used to support the growth of the alga Chlorella protothecoides by heterotrophic fermentation. In fermentation in a 5-liter bioreactor, algae using sugarcane juice hydrolysate (SCH) grew faster than algae using glucose. Conversion ratios of sugar/biomass and sugar/oil using SCH were 15.2 and 8.8% higher than that using glucose, respectively.

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Solar Powered Greenius Producing Massive South Bay Energy

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Marilyn Lyon of the SBESC with your Creative Greenius at the PV Street Fair June 7. As our climate change crisis worsens and spins out of control with each passing day there’s no time to spare for those of us whose job it is to educate and motivate our fellow citizens to actions that cut our greenhouse gas emissions.

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Electric Car Motor (for AC Conversion)

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Interview: Why an OEM electric car motor works better for an AC conversion than an industrial motor

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Chu Declares Electric Transportation “Inevitable”

Revenge of the Electric Car

I heard that Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, was giving the commencement address at CalTech recently, so I jumped in our solar-powered RAV and drove over to Pasadena to hear what he had to say. Pasadena is a beautiful city, and the section of town where CalTech is located is old and very wealthy.

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A New Hope

Open Source Civic EV Kit

After the utter failure of the Soneil and the Joule chargers, I did some more research on individual battery chargers.

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Plug-in cars: Moving Forward

Plugs and Cars

I write a column for the Electric Auto Association newsletter, Current EVents. Here's my June column. The trajectory remains clear, and the pace has quickened. Plug-in cars are inevitable. Nissan appears intent on opening up a market for mid-price range electric cars within two years. Mitsubishi has begun to manufacture the iMiev in the thousands for the Japanese market. GM may be in bankruptcy but remains unwavering in its commitment to have the Volt in some showrooms by November 2010.

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DOE to Award Up to $5M in Grants for RD on Hydrogen Production from Coal

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The US Department of Energy has issued up to a $5-million Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0000103) to solicit laboratory-level R&D projects to develop novel technologies for producing hydrogen from coal.

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Jane Harman Will Vote Yes on Climate Change Bill While Holding Her Nose

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I’ve been getting email after email from my friends at RePower America, MoveOn, League of Conservation Voters, the Apollo Alliance, Green Jobs for All and other smart, Green groups urging me to call my Congresswoman, Jane Harman to lobby her to vote for the historic climate change bill today in the House. RePower America tells me Harman is wavering – but that’s not true. Jane Harman feels exactly as I do. This climate bill is an essential first step.

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AC Conversion: Home-built and fast!

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Eric Tischer's AC conversion: he used a motor out of an old Ford Ranger EV, built his own inverter, and saved himself a lot of money

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Lexus 450h video footage

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Welcome to forward living? The new full hybrid RX 450h featuring 299 DIN hp and only 148g/km CO2. As Lexus themselves say: “Take the same route but a different journey. Experience the new RX 450h, the most advanced hybrid.&#.

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A Very Dark Day with the Joule Chargers

Open Source Civic EV Kit

This whole experiment with the individual chargers has been a very humbling experience. After the whole set of failures with the Soneil chargers, I learned from the distributor that the 1214S model doesn't support series strings of battery packs: Tim, Well, based on this email I sent an email to Soneil. Apparently there has a been a design change in some of their chargers (these included) which prevents you from being able to charge while in a "series" configuration.

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Volvo PHEV in 2012

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The web is filled with news of Volvo's partnership with Swedish energy company Vattenfall to bring a plug-in hybrid to market in 2012. Big news: it's a diesel plug-in hybrid. Left Lane Jalopnik Wall St Journal (subscription required.).

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Madison Gas and Electric Plans Electric Vehicle Charging Network

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As part of several technology demonstration projects under study, Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) has purchased six Coulomb Technologies electric vehicle charging stations from Carbon Day Automotive, Chicago, Ill. Electric cars and trucks charged at the stations will have their emissions offset through renewable energy. The project is the first of its kind in the United States. MGE plans to install the first charging unit this summer and have the network up and operating by early next year.

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Electric Company Too Scared To Tell Truth About Climate Change

Creative Greenius

If SCE Won’t Tell The Truth About Climate Change Why Should We Trust Them About Anything? I attended the Southern California Edison’s free Solar session for homeowners last night. I was there as a volunteer for the South Bay Environmental Services Center. After my volunteer stint was over I stayed for the presentation and workshop.

Big Electric Car Motor, Small Conversion

Electric Cars are for Girls

I started an EV conversion project with an old Lincoln SA-200 DC generator from a welding machine. Before investing more money into it, do you think

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Toyota solar power plans begin to shine

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Reports have once again emerged that Japanese car manufacturer Toyota is to develop a car that will be charged solely by solar power. According to the Associated Press, the futuristic car is years away from reaching the market but is expected to get some of its power from solar cells placed on the vehicle and the rest from solar panels on the rooftop of the home where the car is parked.

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Sleuthing the Soneils

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Against my better judgment, I took apart one of the failed Soneil chargers yesterday afternoon to see if I could find out anything about the failures. There weren't any burned components or obvious damage. After powering up the unit with the cover off, I could verify that the isolation transformer between the AC side and battery side wasn't getting pulsed, and thus passing no power to the battery (or the LED).

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EV Bling

Honda S2000 EV Conversion

We'll the car has been up and running since mid February and I've been driving to work for probably a month and a half or so without any issues (other than the BMS glitches). I don't see any reason it won't keep running fine so I figured it was time to make things a little more official and add my EV Bling. OK I had way too much crap bought that I was going to add to the car but the more thought about it and placed items it just seemed a bit too nerded out.

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Material Derived From Carbonized Chicken Feathers Could Meet DOE Hydrogen Storage Targets

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Scientists at the University of Delaware are developing a new low-cost material for hydrogen storage—carbonized chicken feathers (CCFF)—that they say could meet the DOE requirements for hydrogen storage and are competitive with carbon nanotubes and metal hydrates at a tiny fraction of their cost. Their research was presented at ACS Green Chemistry Institute’s 13 th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference on 23 June.

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BREAKING NEWS: US Science Report Proves All Out Effort To Fight Climate Change Needed Right Now Or Everyone Is Screwed. Get It?

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This is the cover of the report that was released by the The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) on Tuesday. If you click on the cover you can get the report. You should have read a headline in your newspaper that was as strong and provocative as my headline above because that’s how strong and provocative this news is. But your dying legacy newspaper didn’t get it.