May, 2009

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

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“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. Consider this fair and legal warning, world’s largest and most polluting oil company - I’m giving you 10 years to pack up and hit the road. Otherwise I will have you evicted and we will seize your assets.

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

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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. Researchers in the UK are developing a rechargeable lithium-air battery that could deliver a ten-fold increase in energy capacity compared to that of currently available lithium-ion cells.

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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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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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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

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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. Here's Gary's Honda Insight EV with lithium ion batteries and an Siemens AC motor. This shows some of the velomobiles (encased recliner cycles) present at the event. They really fly.

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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. He’s tried the sugar and honey approach for ten years but instead of catching flies he’s caught hassles and obstructions from local Southern California city officials who haven’t kept up with modern technology and remain both ignorant and adversarial when it comes to helping their citizens go solar. “ Idiots !&#

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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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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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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

2009 98

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

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The actively coupled ultracapacitor-battery system has four primary components. Source: ANL. Click to enlarge. Work on a research project developing an actively coupled ultracapacitor-battery system targeted at plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) applications is attracting interest from a variety of OEMs both at a component and a system level, according to Argonne’s Ted Bohn, in his presentation at the Department of Energy Merit Review this week.

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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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Electric car agitation in Norway

Plugs and Cars

In Norway, the effort to find a means to get financing so Th!nk nk can fulfill existing orders for thousands of vehicles took to the streets on Tuesday. A 50-electric car parade took the issue right to the Trade and Industry Department in downtown Oslo. A concrete proposal for a Guarantee Institute for Electric Vehicles was presented to the government.

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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

2009 98

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. While this removes some of the "coolness" factor without a tach, I like the more simplistic look as I tend to be a minimalist. Here's the empty pillar pod with the gauges and wiring removed.

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Greenius Goes All AB 811 Over Green Task Force

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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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Testing Finds Proterra Electric Transit Bus Achieves More Than 20 mpg Diesel Equivalent

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Proterra battery-electric bus. Click to enlarge. An all-electric version of the 35-foot Proterra FCBE 35 transit bus, powered by a UQM PowerPhase 150 electric propulsion system and an Altairnano Li-ion battery pack ( earlier post ), achieved more than 20 miles per gallon diesel equivalent in fuel economy equivalency testing conducted by the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute at Pennsylvania State University.

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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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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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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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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. With the old controller gone, I had to figure out how to place the new contactor and controller. Here's my mock placement.

Cisco Devries President of Renewable Funding Talks AB 811 Type Programs

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Tags: climate change environment renewable energy AB 811 Renewable Funding.

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New MIT Analysis Finds Global Warming Could Be Double Previous Estimates

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A new comprehensive MIT study of the probabilistic projections of climate change in this century found that absent aggressive intervention, warming will likely be about twice as severe as previously estimated by the MIT model six years ago. The new projections, published this month in the American Meteorological Society’s Journal of Climate , indicate a median probability of surface warming of 5.2 °C C by 2100, with a 90% probability range of 3.5 degrees.

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Mini E Makes LA Debut

Revenge of the Electric Car

BMW’s just held an event for the lessees of their Mini E at the Science Center, next to the University of Southern California, a really stellar venue when you consider the product they were showing. I arrived at the same time as Stefano Paris, Plug In America’s documentarian, and as we walked from the parking lot, we went past an SR71 Blackbird on display to get to the party. This sleek, titanium marvel can travel at mach 3.2, orders of magnitude faster than the 95 mph Mini E.

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They broke it, we own it

Plugs and Cars

Looks like GM's imminent bankruptcy will result in the US government holding a 70% stake. NY Times.

2009 100

Generator, and AC to DC conversion

Electric Cars are for Girls

I want to power a small electric cart with a generator. I have a Honda 3000 watt generator that I take camping. It's very quiet and has electric

2009 89

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. This new system will require a different potbox, contactor and other wiring. I'm excited to install the controller, so I installed a new potbox to get ready.

Greenius Weekend Update

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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. Clearly it’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine – because the s-bomb hasn’t quite hit the fan yet, the sun is shining at 10am here at the beach and it’s Fiesta Hermosa Weekend!

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Polystyrene-Biodiesel Blends for Energy Recovery from Waste Plastics

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Comparisons of NO x , CO, soot, and engine brake power using different PS blends with the factory-set injection timings. Credit: ACS. Click to enlarge. Researchers at Iowa State University are proposing dissolving waste polystyrene (PS) in biodiesel for use as a diesel engine fuel as a mechanism for energy recovery from the waste plastic.

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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

2009 116

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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Is This AC Motor Right For an Electric Car?

Electric Cars are for Girls

Will this AC motor work for an electric car? I have: A U.S. Motors inverter duty motor; 60 hp 3-phase ac; rpm 1780 cont.

2009 89

Electric shock for government plans

Green Cars News

As many as a fifth of Britain’s 34 million motorists are planning to buy an electric car within the next five years or would consider doing so. A GfK NOP survey for the RAC Foundation suggests 6.75 million drivers are thinking about buying a vehicle powered solely by batteries.

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See You On the EPN Solar Homes Tour

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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. Dency’s house is just one of 7 houses you can tour on tomorrow’s EPN Solar Homes Tour which you can check out on the EPN’s fabulous new web site.

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

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

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