February, 2009

Dacia Broadens Fuel Efficient and Low Emission Offerings With LPG and E85 Engines, new 1.2L Gasoline Unit

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The Sandero 1.4 Click to enlarge. Dacia, a member of the Renault group, is broadening its offerings of fuel-efficient and low-emissions engines. During 2009, Dacia will introduce the Sandero and Logan 1.4 LPG, Logan MCV 1.6 LPG, and the Sandero 1.6 E85 bioethanol. Sandero and Logan will also be available with a new gasoline engine, the 1.2 16V 75 hp, with CO 2 emissions of 139 g/km. The 1.4L LPG (75 hp / 56 kW) and 1.6L

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Why NPR Hates Electric Cars - A Greenius Expose

Creative Greenius

After hearing Frank Langfitt’s report on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition this morning I quickly realized two things. Frank doesn’t know too much about electric cars and didn’t do much research before doing his report. Frank doesn’t like electric cars very much and doesn’t want you to either. I immediately began to wonder why. Why was Frank hating on EVs? What’s behind Frank’s bete noir car thing with EV’s?

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EV Driven Launches Today

Electric Cars are for Girls

Wondering about that little blue gizmo up there on the right that says "EV Driven featured"? I put it there for you because - as much as I hate to admit it - you just can't get all your online EV news at "Electric Cars Are For Girls". There are some things I don't cover, don't emphasize, aren't interested in, whatever. "EV EV Driven" is a new online place where you can catch up on the new electric car info, from dozens of different sources (including "Electric Cars Are For Girls", of course; ).

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Nissan Promises EV for 2010

Revenge of the Electric Car

Nissan is a first tier OEM building a pure EV in the U.S. - for sale to regular folks. They’re going to hit the market next fall, but will target Tennessee (where they will be made) and Oregon and Sonoma County, initially. Carlos Ghosn must like the wine up that way or something.). Regardless, once the $7,500 tax credit is accounted for, and the much lower maintenance costs, these should be about the same as buying a gas car, only the fuel will be less than a dollar a gallon equivalent.

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Sit and Spin in a Th!nk City

Plugs and Cars

Electricaid.org was created when Th!nk nk looked to be on the ropes late last year. Now it seems only good news is coming in. They are reporting that thousands of charge points will be up and running by summer. And the Swedes are investing in the company and ordering cars, including the Royals, according to a Norwegian story translated by Autobloggreen. The ElectricAid folks were recently given a car for the weekend, and made a video of their experiences.

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Fixing the Charging System.Again

Open Source Civic EV Kit

After doing another fix to the Charge Detector box on Monday, I enclosed all the BatMon boxes to prevent them from shorting out due to grime and automotive fluids. Here are the plastic boxes I talked about in a prior post. They are held in place with velcro adhesive tape and the box lids are held together with red electrical tape. I don't seem to be having any trouble with overheating (yet.) and the clear plastic lets me see the OVP/LVP lights.

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Solar Roadways Named a Finalist for 2009 EE Times ACE Awards

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Solar Roadways , the developer of structurally engineered solar panels that are driven upon., has been nanmed one of five finalists for the Best Enabler Award for Green Engineering category in the 2009 EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards. Solar Roadway”s concept is to replace all current petroleum-based asphalt roads, parking lots, and driveways with Solar Road Panels that collect and store solar energy to be used by homes and businesses.

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Saying Goodbye to my 2007 Dream Project

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I contacted someone who expressed interest in purchasing the 914 a few months ago and that contact came through for me. Here's my parting shot with Dan, the new 914 EV owner. Dan has worked with a Bradley GT EV before, so he knows the ropes. I'm sad to see the car go, but I've got the Civic-EV and it does very well. I'm still active on the 914ev Google Group answering questions, so I'm not completely disconnected. Farewell 914EV. I learned more than I ever expected.

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ElectricAid.org test drives the Think City

Revenge of the Electric Car

Last week Norway’s ElectricAid.org uploaded a very entertaining and artistic video test drive review of the Think City electric car. Watch the video in High Definition by clicking here. If you enjoy Top Gear you’ll enjoy the humor and creative editing in this video short. ElectricAid.org video Test Drive of the Think City Electric Car. Source: ElectricAid.org , YouTube ].

Fisker hits the tube

Plugs and Cars

Fisker Automotive is running a TV ad in LA. Deliveries of the luxury plug-in hybrid Karma are set to begin this fall. Thanks Stefano for the heads up.

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Thoughts on the Kit and Belktronix System

Open Source Civic EV Kit

With 350 EV miles on the car, I'm ramping down on fixing things and ramping up on commuting. Before I forget all the stuff I've learned, I'd like to capture some thoughts about the Open-Source kit and my experience with the Belktronix system. Good points about the open-source Civic-Kit: I really appreciate keeping the clutch. It makes shifting much easier and makes the car feel like a regular vehicle Choosing AGM batteries was a great idea.

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MCE-5 Development to Show Vehicle Equipped with Prototype Variable Compression Ratio Engine

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VCRi engine with two-stage turbocharger. Click to enlarge. At the upcoming 79 th International Motor Show in Geneva, France-based MCE-5 Development will showcase its first vehicle application (a Peugeot 407) of a prototype 1.5-liter MCE-5 VCRi (variable compression ratio) gasoline engine. The four-cylinder 1.5L VCRi, equipped with a two-stage turbocharger, develops 220 hp (164 kW) of power (comparable to that of a 3.0L

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Greenius On The Green Scene - The South Bay Report

Creative Greenius

If you want to have your finger on the pulse of what’s happening on the South Bay green scene being on Dency Nelson’s Friends for A Green Hermosa Beach e-mail list is a pretty damn good place to start. Dency at the wheel of the all electric Tesla. The green story of Dency Nelson is worth an entire blog onto itself, but he’s far too busy and actively involved to ever have time for that. His green roots go back to the 1970s along with those of his friend, Ed Begley Jr.

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Time to sell the 914

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

It's time to sell the electric 914. It's been a fun road, but I have three cars now (as a single guy) and only a 1-car garage in the middle of the city. The car has been good to me and made the electric Civic project go so much faster. I've learned much and shared many experiences with other people converting 914s. The car has been a major hit at EV shows and with friends.

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Fisker Automotive Karma ad airs on KTLA

Revenge of the Electric Car

Last night I flipped on the KTLA 5 news around 10:30pm, while grabbing a late dinner, and caught a Fisker Automotive Karma ad…on TV! I was caught completely and pleasantly by surprise seeing this great ad, as I don’t think we’ve yet seen any other EV/PHEV specific ads from any of the smaller start-ups.

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Nissan Swear off Hybrids and Hydrogen

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Chief operating officer Patrick Pelata has confirmed Renault is diverting all research and development money away from hybrid and hydrogen technologies toward electric cars, according to Autocar.co.uk. Pelata's vision is that a third of Renault's line-up will be electric within a decade.

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Battery Imbalances

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I've been somewhat concerned with how imbalanced my pack has been lately. Given that the charging system has been blown for a few days, I'm not too surprised. Here are some observations. The front two batteries behind the radiator grille are the lowest voltage in the pack. They tend to be the coldest because they get lots of air while I'm driving. They also get more drain then other batteries because they supply 24V to the controller and to the contactor.

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MIT Students Develop Hydraulic Energy-Generating Shock Absorbers

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GenShock prototype. Click to enlarge. A team of MIT undergraduate students has invented a shock absorber that harnesses energy from small bumps in the road, generating electricity while it smoothes the ride more effectively than conventional shocks. MIT Senior Shakeel Avadhany and his teammates say they can produce up to a 10% improvement in overall vehicle fuel efficiency by using the regenerative shock absorbers.

2009 204

The Greenius Plan For General Motors

Creative Greenius

We Must Destroy GM In Order To Save GM. I’m afraid the time has come to pull the plug on GM’s life support so we can plug into a whole new kind of Motors much better than General. I’m talking about electric motors. And I’m talking about killing GM the way GM killed the electric car. With extreme prejudice. With a bullet to the brain. The brain of GM will never feel it. The brain of GM has been dead for a long time now.

Bypassing theCharger

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Since my battery voltage never gets above the cutoff point for the Zivan charger bulk phase, I made a special charging cord with a timer built into it. If I leave the Zivan in low-current mode, I only pull 12 amps, which is less than the 15 amp rating of the timer. Since I know how many amp-hours I pull from the batteries during my commute, I can generally pick a good timer setting to get the batteries close to full without "boiling" them too much.

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Photo Gallery Of Pictures From Inaugural Parade

Revenge of the Electric Car

These were all taken by our production photographer, Todd Westphal, during last month’s Plug-In America Inagural Parade. This SlideShowPro photo gallery requires the Flash Player plugin and a web browser with JavaScript enabled.

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Fuel cell merry-go-round

Plugs and Cars

Because there are are so few of them, to keep the dream alive fuel cell vehicles need to be schlepped around. CARB and the automakers need a "travel provision" that gives California ZEV credits to fuel cell vehicles even when they have relocated to other states. Now that Volkswagen's 16 FCVs have done their required duty at the Beijing Olympics, they have moved on to Sacramento.

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Aligning Suspension and Fixing Charging System

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Last Friday, I took the Civic into the suspension shop to replace the passenger-side axle (CV joint boot was broken), replace a brake line (those are important) and get a full alignment. The mechanic just couldn't get over how he could come to a full stop and not stall the motor without pushing in the clutch. The electrical specialist mechanic up the street took my card and vowed to come to the next OEVA meeting.

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Study Concludes That Smaller Capacity PHEVs Would Be a “Robust” Option for Minimizing Fuel Consumption, Cost and GHG Emissions

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Best vehicle choice for minimum fuel consumption, cost, or greenhouse gas emissions as a function of distance driven between charges across sensitivity scenarios. Shiau et al. 2009) Click to enlarge. A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University has analyzed the impact of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery pack size on fuel consumption, cost and greenhouse gas emissions over a range of charging frequencies (distance traveled between charges).

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Greenius Drinks L.A. Times’ Milkshake On Global Warming

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“ But some scientists say that weaning the world off coal is crucial to slowing the devastating effects of climate change. “ Really, Los Angeles Times? “ Some Scientists?&# That’s your report? You actually printed that? Is that the same thing as 99% of the world’s scientists? As in every major recognized science organization and association? Is that what you’re saying? Is that what “some&# is?

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Aptera: Mother Nature Meets the Electric Car

Electric Cars are for Girls

The Aptera is slightly behind schedule. Like a lot of us, at the last minute, she had to change her dress

Announcing EV Driven

Revenge of the Electric Car

We want you to know about a new website and community for people who are passionate about Electric Vehicles. We’re excited to be a part of: EV Driven. EV Driven aggregates the latest content from all these electric car blogs: * Creative Greenius. * DIY Electric Car. Electric Car Blog. Electric Cars are for Girls. Green Car Congress. Green Gearhead. * My Green Wheels. Open Source Civic EV Kit. Plug In Partners. Plugs and Cars. Porsche 914 EV Conversion. Revenge of the Electric Car.

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Volt guy drives a Tesla

Plugs and Cars

To Dr Lyle Dennis, a NY physician, the GM Volt seemed a good idea so he started a website, gm-volt.com. It's become a big deal, although I doubt he's quitting his day job. He has even come to be a citizen-envoy to GM. Tesla Motors seems to have decided he could use a day with a Tesla. They shipped a car to a mid-town Manhattan garage and when Dr Dennis showed up and spoke the secret password, he was given a set of keys and a partially charged Roadster.

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Fill it up!

Honda S2000 EV Conversion

Now that the charging is working correctly I was feeling good and decided to finish up the plug. Remember those two circles I cut out for the cooling fans on the controller heat sink ? Turns out they are just want I needed. I marked out the three bolt holes. Then I measured the thinner diameter of the plugged and plasma cut that out of the center. A nice and tight fit. The other side of the plug will come in from the other side and sandwich the plate. I used a 4 prong twist lock 220v 30 amp plug.

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ETH Zürich Developing Pneumatic Hybrid Engine; Approaches Hybrid-Electric Performance at Lower Cost

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Pneumatic hybrid engine on the test bench. Photo: P. Rüegg / ETH Zurich. Click to enlarge. Researchers at ETH Zürich are developing a pneumatic hybrid engine—an internal combustion engine connected to a compressed air tank instead of a battery system. A member of the ETH research team, which is led by Lino Guzzella, Professor of Thermotronics, will present a paper on their work at the upcoming SAE World Congress 2009 in Detroit in April—one of a number to be presented on the topic there.

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Dr. James Hansen Has Something To Tell You

Creative Greenius

This just in from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi , via her blog (thanks to Joe Romm of Climate Progress ). Today, Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent the following letter to the Acting Architect of the Capitol, Stephen T. Ayers, asking that the Capitol Power Plant (CPP) use 100 percent natural gas for its operations.

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Solar Powered Battery Charger

Electric Cars are for Girls

Have you heard of SunGo's solar-powered battery charger for golf carts? Here are some of the benefits of SunGo's solar battery charging systems

Video of Plug In America’s Inaugural EV Parade West

Revenge of the Electric Car

Plug In America's Inaugural EV Parade West rally - Photo courtesy of Dave Brown. Regular readers of this blog will know all about Plug in America’s triumphant Inaugural Parade in Santa Monica, CA a few weeks back. Now here’s a chance to enjoy some video from the event. . A final count of 77 electric vehicles and over 250 people participated in the rally and subsequent parade.

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Just Business

Plugs and Cars

Harper's Magazine has a profile of an oil fixer, the sort of middleman without whom we don't get our daily dose. It's not a pretty picture, but it's how the oil business works. The profiled fixer, Ely Calil, is a well-connected businessman. While he continues to be an operator in oil, he sees an new opportunity to make money on his connections to potentates and oil executives.

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Controller Temperature Sensor

Honda S2000 EV Conversion

I designed the new computer to monitor the temperature of the motor controller but being in a hurry to drive I didn't make and hookup this sensor until now. After each short drive I keep checking the controller and at least in the winter so far heat is no concern at all. I'm only seeing a few degrees increase in temperature. Either way it'll be nice to see this temperature while driving so I decided to finish that up. I used a hobby servo extension cable for the wiring.

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Study Concludes That Large-Scale Transport of Ethanol Could Negate Its Economic and Environmental Benefits Compared to Gasoline

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Emissions from ethanol transport in the CMU study applied to ethanol life cycle emissions from other studies. Emissions from transport are recalculated using the CMU results. Click to enlarge. A new study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) concludes that the emissions associated with the transport of ethanol could negate its potential economic and environmental benefits compared to gasoline.

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Creative Greenius is EV Driven

Creative Greenius

I am very excited to announce my participation in the launch of. We are an on-line community of people who are passionate about Electric Vehicles and we’re not shy about it. We have come together to find and organize the best content from blogs and other web sites. The goal is to create a place where it’s easy to find current and highly relevant content. And we intend to stimulate and grow new connections - a whole lot of them. Starting right now.

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