May, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Exxon/Mobil Ordered Out of Torrance, Guilty of Greenhouse Gas Pollution

Creative Greenius

“Pack Up Your Toxic, Fossil Fuel Factory With Its Climate-Changing Products & Get Out of Town By 2020!&# Greenius Rules. It’s true, I have declared it thus this very day, marking this date as the beginning of the end of the Exxon/Mobil era.

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Tom Hanks on his electric car

Plugs and Cars

Tom Hanks' letter to the editor of the New Yorker about his electric car, a Toyota RAV4 EV. RE: THE ROAD AHEAD A letter in response to Peter J. Boyer’s article (April 27, 2009) MAY 18, 2009 Peter J. Boyer, in his otherwise spot-on piece about the car industry, assumes that I once leased G.M.’s

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Trending Sources

Going to the Electrathon/HPV Event at PIR

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Last weekend, I took the Civic-EV to Portland International Raceway to show it off at the Electrathon/Human-Powered Vehicles event there. Memorial Day weekend is the one weekend that PIR can't make any loud noises, so they actively recruit electric vehicles and bicycles of all types to race.

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The Power of Electric

Revenge of the Electric Car

Cast and Crew: Stefano, Alexandra, and Gary. When Google asked for submissions of a 90 second video on the benefits of plug in cars to show at a 2008 Washington DC Brookings-Google Electric Car conference, Alexandra Paul and Stefano Paris decided to rise to the challenge! With Stefano’s friend Gary Winterboer, they shot this video at a local gas station using Alexandra’s RAV4-EV and Stefano’s EVO.

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UK Researchers Developing Rechargeable Lithium-Air Battery; Up to 10X the Capacity of Current Li-ion Cells

Green Car Congress

Diagram of the STAIR (St Andrews Air) cell. Oxygen drawn from the air reacts within the porous carbon to release the electrical charge in this lithium-air battery. Click to enlarge.

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EV University: Online Conversion Classes

Electric Cars are for Girls

There's a project in the works, and it's called EV University. You can help us decide which classes to offer

Solar Smackdown in Torrance – Installer Sues City on Behalf of the Sun

Creative Greenius

After a decade in the solar power installation business, Bradley Bartz is tired of being Mr. Nice Guy.

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More Trending

Moving the Instrumentaiton

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Since the Synkromotive controller has its own motor speed limiter based on input directly from the Zolox sensor, I decided to clean up the instrumentation by removing the RPM gauge and moving the Link-10 E-meter onto the dashboard.

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Elon - and the Model S - Appear On Letterman

Revenge of the Electric Car

Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared on the David Letterman show on Wednesday. Dave and Elon talk about the Roaster, the Model S and the future of electric cars. Watch out for the name check for ‘Who Killed the Electric Car’ around 3 minutes in … Tags: In the Media Tesla Model S

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GM Previews First Two-Mode, Front-Wheel-Drive Hybrid Transaxle

Green Car Congress

by Jack Rosebro. General Motors 2MT70 FWD two-mode hybrid transaxle, as seen from. engine side. Click to enlarge.

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Big AC Electric Car Motor, Small Car

Electric Cars are for Girls

Is an ac55 motor too heavy for a small car? Hi, Winfried! Just how small IS your car? That's not you in the photo up there, is it? Okay, I'm

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Greenius Goes All AB 811 Over Green Task Force

Creative Greenius

Creative Greenius talks AB 811 Financing to the Green Task Force / photo (c) Debra Bushweit Galliani. Last Thursday afternoon your Creative Greenius took yet another step on my journey to employ my professional skills, talents and resources for greater green good and not just to line my own pockets.

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First Electric Mini Delivered!

Plugs and Cars

Peter Trepp in Southern California is the first consumer to take delivery of their electric Mini. The USA Today story begins: "Peter Trepp just can't keep his foot off the accelerator of his new Mini E." Peter blogs about his electric Mini at www.petersminie.blogspot.com/.

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Installing the Synkromotive Controller

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I stopped by the Synkromotive shop this morning and picked up my beta-test controller that I've been wanting to try out. After running out and buying some more magna lugs and welding cable, I came home and removed the Belktronix controller and all the associated wiring.

Chelsea Test Drives The Volt

Revenge of the Electric Car

Chelsea Sexton with GM's Tony Posawatz. Our Consulting Producer Chelsea Sexton got to test drive the GM Volt recently. Here’s her verdict : From the first Volt unveiling over two years ago, I’ve wanted to drive one. At some point last year, Tony Posawatz’s first words upon seeing me ceased to be “Hey, chels”, and became “I know, I know”.

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ANL Project on Actively Coupled Ultracapacitor-Battery System for PHEVs Attracting OEM Interest

Green Car Congress

The actively coupled ultracapacitor-battery system has four primary components. Source: ANL. Click to enlarge.

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Electric Car Motors, Generators, and Perpetual Motion

Electric Cars are for Girls

Why can't a generator be added to the EV's system to keep the battery recharged.preferably one that draws from the energy that the battery is

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Greenius Weekend Update

Creative Greenius

Holiday greetings from teetering on the precipice of bankruptcy California, where we’ve had a couple of unnerving earthquakes, a historic election and a disappointing Lakers’ home loss in the NBA Western Conference Finals since last I posted.

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Toyota spokesman on PHEVs at EVS

Plugs and Cars

You can smell the PHEV procrastination. Asked by the reporter when the plug-in Prius on display will be available in Norway, he replies: "This is the first demonstration program.

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Installing a New Potbox

Open Source Civic EV Kit

As with many EV projects, much time is spent waiting for parts. The replacement Soneil chargers haven't shown up yet. On a more positive note, Synkromotive figured out some of the glitches in their new beta controller, so one should be available this coming Friday.

Tom Hanks, The New Yorker — and Electric Cars

Revenge of the Electric Car

Tom Hanks in His Rav 4. We were delighted to see Tom Hanks’s letter in this week’s ‘New Yorker’ — singing the praises of electric vehicles and name checking ‘Who Killed the Electric Car ?’ ’ Read the full letter here : RE: THE ROAD AHEAD. A letter in response to Peter J. Boyer’s article (April 27, 2009). MAY 18, 2009. Peter J. Boyer, in his otherwise spot-on piece about the car industry, assumes that I once leased G.M.’s

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Rav4 Hybrid From Toyota Next?

Hybrid SUV Blog

Call it a cute-ute or a small crossover, the Rav4 (rav four) from Toyota remains one the the most popular SUVs on the road today.

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Study Finds Bioelectricity Better Option Than Liquid Biofuels for Transportation Output and GHG Emissions

Green Car Congress

Kilometers per crop hectare for switchgrass feedstock with a small SUV. Campbell et al. 2009) Click to enlarge.

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See You On the EPN Solar Homes Tour

Creative Greenius

That’s my friend, Dency Nelson, with his EV RAV4 at last year’s EPN Energy Fair. Dency charges his plug-in electric car using the clean, renewable energy he produces from the solar panels on the roof of his Hermosa Beach house.

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Report shows bioelectricity yields more miles per acre than ethanol

Plugs and Cars

It has been suggested before that it just might be more efficient to turn crops into electricity than biofuel, and here's a study that proves that to be the case.

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Synkromotive Potbox Issues and Temperature Faults

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Over the past week, I've been able to give the Synkromotive controller some good real-world experience during my commute. The controller is very smooth and has several parameters to keep the battery pack healthy. I also like that the Synkro controller doesn't tap off the main pack for part of its power supply which has led to pack imbalances in the past. You can see several voltage-current graphs on the Synkromotive website here. Click on SynkView at the bottom.

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Wally Rippel drives the Mini E

Revenge of the Electric Car

This SlideShowPro photo gallery requires the Flash Player plugin and a web browser with JavaScript enabled. AC Propulsion, the San Dimas, CA, company that birthed the modern-day EV with its AC-150 drive train, was tapped by BMW last year to provide drivetrains for an initial run of 500 Minis. Dubbed the “Mini E,&# these fully-electric cars are just weeks from being deployed on the streets of Southern Californai, New York, and New Jersey.

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Daimler buys stake in Tesla

Green Cars News

Daimler has acquired an equity stake of nearly 10 per cent of Tesla Motors Inc, the American electric sports car manufacturer. The German carmaker, which owns brands including Mercedes Benz, already collaborates with Telsa over an electric version of their smart car model.

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GE to Open Sodium-Metal Halide Battery Plant in New York

Green Car Congress

GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt shows a sodium-metal halide battery cell at the press conference announcing the battery plant. Click to enlarge.

Green Manhattan Beach Going Plug-In. Here Comes BMW’s Mini E!

Creative Greenius

And we’ll have fun, fun, fun, till daddy takes the Min-E Away. Reliable sources inform your Creative Greenius that Manhattan Beach is about to be named the first Southern California city to be part of BMW’s test of the new plug-in Mini E, the EV version of the popular Mini Cooper.

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Snarky CNBC report on "obsessed" Mini E driver

Plugs and Cars

The first consumer with a Mini E lease, Peter Trepp, was interviewed on CNBC. The vroom- obsessed anchor concludes with an erroneous and unprofessional "gotcha" about coal. The report exudes such bias, you may want to let CNBC know how you feel here.

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Question about AC Motors

Electric Cars are for Girls

all AC Motors have regenerative braking? a 1800 rpm 100 hp 3-phase 208-230/460V TEFC cast iron 405TC frame Class F insulation NEMA

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A Bright Day in DC

Revenge of the Electric Car

YOU KNOW THE times are a changin’ when you see Republican senators like Richard Lugar turning out for the launch of an electric vehicle. We interviewed Senator Lugar in DC recently — as we caught the Capitol Hill debut of Bright Automotive’s Idea — a plug-in hybrid electric delivery vehicle.

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Hybrid Hummer H3 | Truth or Myth?

Hybrid SUV Blog

Quick! What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a Hummer sport utility? For me it is “gas hog&# but undoubtedly there are many others such as “environmental nightmare&# - and few are positive.

Ford Begins EcoBoost Engine Production

Green Car Congress

Ford Motor Company began production of its EcoBoost engines ( earlier post ) at Cleveland Engine Plant No. Ford invested $55 million to retool and reopen the plant, which had been idled in 2007. Approximately 250 employees are returning to the plant to build the new engines.

Real Men of Greenius

Creative Greenius

Thanks to my creative and green friend Sam Novey, Class of 2011 at a little place back east they like to call Harvard University, I now offer up the following video with an important message for you always thirsty college kids: As my Ivy League bro Sam likes to say: Because Reusing A Solo Cup Doesn’t Mean Going Home Solo.

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Still pimping for hydrogen

Plugs and Cars

Secretary Chu may have acted on the science, but the Terminator hasn't gotten the termination memo. Reporter: Are you satisfied with the number of hydrogen stations and vehicles we have today? Schwarzenegger: I wouldn't be here if I was. I'm hungry! I want more cars, more stations, and not just in California. I think Washington has to get with it. We will find the partners and we will build the stations. We always march forwards.

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