February, 2012

Envia Systems hits 400 Wh/kg target with Li-ion cells; could lower Li-ion cost to $180/kWh

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Envia has developed Li-ion cells with an energy density of 400 Wh/kg using its proprietary HCMR cathode and Silicon-Carbon Composite anode. Credit: Envia Systems. Click to enlarge.

Are Electric Cars Really Bad For The Planet? Simple Math Says No

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We all know that electric cars charged from renewable sources of energy are much cleaner than gasoline-powered cars, but what about electric cars charged from electricity produced by a dirty coal-fired power plant? For some time, those against the uptake of electric cars have claimed driving an electric car powered by electricity from a coal-fired

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Electric Car Conversion Kit (for beginners)

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Which electric car conversion kit is best for beginners? Answer: These pre-made kits from Canadian Electric Vehicles are just about plug and play

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Environmental Charter High School Gets Solar; Greenius Goes EcoMedia

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Alison Diaz (with scissors) along with ECHS staff and supporters about to cut the ribbon in front of Environmental Charter High School's new solar-powered greenhouse. photo by Glenn Marzano).

Coda Automotive raising more another $150 million, moving to production soon

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Electric car manufacturer, Coda Automotive, is due to begin shipping their electric cars in a month or so, and is running another investment round to raise money required to get the company to the finishing line. The investment round

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I have bought my donor car. It's a 2002 Saturn SL1 with 220,000 miles and a rough engine, however it still runs. The price was $900 which was OK I think? I have been looking for ages on Craigslist for the right car and toyed with all sort of cars.

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Coda Automotive raising another $150 million, moving to production soon

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Electric car manufacturer, Coda Automotive, is due to begin shipping their electric cars in a month or so, and is running another investment round to raise money required to get the company to the finishing line. The investment round

Government announces £15m of extra funding for sustainable travel

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Sustainable travel projects designed to cut carbon and grow the British economy will benefit from £15m of Government funding. Although very much focussed towards benefitting cyclists, the extra cash highlights the Government’s positive attitude towards reducing Britain’s carbon footprint and comes on top of the £560m Local Sustainable Transport Fund announced at the start of [.]. Department for Transport

ICCT Senior Fellow projects incremental manufacturing cost of hybrids can drop to ~$1,200 by 2020; subsequent surge in adoption to ~70% of new vehicle sales by 2030

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New Battery Promises To Bring 300-Mile Electric Cars To The Masses

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Here at GreenCarReports, we’re fans of all-electric cars, but even we have to admit that most electric cars on the market today suffer from the same problem: limited range. But according to battery firm Envia Systems, the days of limited-range electric cars could soon be over, thanks to a new battery which almost triples the energy density

Nickel Cadmium Batteries

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Nickel cadmium batteries can be scavenged from used electric buses and vans for your electric car. Here's what you need to know

Cheapest MPG You Can Buy: What Cars Give Lowest-Cost Mileage?

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There are some pretty efficient cars on sale these days, but it's fair to say that to benefit from the technology, you often have to spend a little more to start with. What if you want to spend as little as possible on fuel, but spend as little as possible on the car itself too? That's where dollars per MPG comes in - a measure to show you how

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2014 Tesla Model X All-Electric Gullwing SUV: New Info, Photos

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“We’ve got a rocketship next door, and you know as Governor Moonbeam that I like rocketships,” quipped California Governor Jerry Brown, at the introduction of the upcoming 2014 Tesla Model S, gesturing toward the big SpaceX facility next door to Tesla’s Southern California Design Center. “But I also like electric

Welsh motorists facing ‘transport poverty’ debt

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A lack of public transport facilities in Wales is forcing half the country’s population into so-called ‘transport poverty’. According to sustainable transport charity, Sustrans, more than a million people in Wales would struggle to afford the cost of running a car, but a lack of alternatives is forcing many people to choose between getting into [.]. Green credentials Charity Sustrans transport UK Wales

BASF acquires Ovonic Battery Company; NiMH leader to be part of BASF Battery Materials business unit

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Ovonic has been researching MH-Air as a next-generation energy storage system. Source: Ovonic. Click to enlarge. BASF has acquired Ovonic Battery Company (OBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices Inc. Based in Rochester Hills, Mich.,

Gas Prices Rising, But Not For The Reasons You May Think

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Over the past week or so, we’ve seen the average price of gasoline hit $3.60 per gallon of regular, with some areas of the country -- like California -- reaching a heady $4 a gallon. But while the Syrian uprising and political tensions between Iran and the West over its nuclear program are playing a small part in increasing the price you pay

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Public Charging Stations and EV Conversions

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Can you get a battery charger for a conversion that will work with commercial EV car chargers currently being installed throughout the country? Hi, Jeff

Is Tesla 'Bricking' Story Just An Angry Owner's Warranty Claim?

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And now perhaps it all becomes clear. The Tesla battery 'bricking' post that was today's electric-car news story and generated reams of coverage may simply be an attempt by an unhappy owner to get Tesla Motors to replace the battery in his Roadster. At least, that would appear to be the logical conclusion from a letter we just received from a

GE Employees Get Chevy Volt Electric Cars, All-Gas Use OKed Sometimes

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Sixteen months ago, General Electric announced it would place the "largest order in history" for electric cars, to be used by its employees who are issued company cars. Now, those cars are starting to arrive and be placed with employees. And where changes are made, personnel policies are sure to follow. A person inside GE recently forwarded a memo

Nissan Leaf earns 2012 Euro NCAP five star safety rating

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The pin-up of the electric car world, the Nissan Leaf, has been reissued a five star safety rating from Euro NCAP after being tested to new, more stringent crash standards introduced for 2012. It is not the only model to successfully pass the retesting, with seven other models also re-earning their five star ratings in [.]. Nissan Euro NCAP Nissan LEAF

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Evonik presents electric Elise weighing less than 1,000 kg

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Evonik Industries is presenting the lightweight battery-electric Elise-E at the Car Symposium in Bochum. The vehicle weighs 950 kg (2,094 lb), has a power of 150 kW, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed limited to 200 km/h (124 mph).

Video Proves 2012 Nissan Leaf Can Tackle Even Tough Commutes

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According to recent research, 95 percent of all trips could be made by electric cars -- but that doesn’t stop the majority of consumers from suffering electric car range anxiety. So when automotive journalists Roman Mica and Nathan Adlen from TFLcar.com decided to put a 2012 Nissan Leaf through a series of daily driving tasks to see how it

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Bring your Green Vehicle to Brookline, MA - October 21!

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The Larz Anderson Auto Museum on Sunday October 21, 2012 will be hosting our second annual Green Day: Bringing Technology and People Together through Green Innovations - a family friendly event to promote green driving and living in Massachusetts. We welcome those with any green modes of transportation; grease cars, electric cars, hybrid cars, solar cars, motorized and regular bicycles, Segways, scooters, etc.

Hertz Rental Ditches Plug, Trials Wireless Electric Car Charging

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Over the past year we’ve seen car rental firms like Hertz and Enterprise launch new schemes designed to give customers a hassle-free way of renting a plug-in car instead of a gasoline one if they so wish. Now Hertz is helping Virginia-based Evatran test its wireless charging technology -- a scheme that could ultimately help do away with

Our Semi-Exclusive Interview With The Volt Gun-Rack Guy

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John McDole is the kind of a guy you want to have as a neighbor. A software engineer by trade, John is used to finding solutions to problems that leave others scratching their heads. One such problem was the lack of an available gun rack for the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car, a problem recently brought to light by none other than Newt

Are we underestimating black carbon emissions?

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Just how big a problem is black carbon from vehicle emissions? According to a new study appearing in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, it seems we may have significantly underestimated the black carbon pollution levels. The study finds that black carbon emissions from light duty petrol vehicles are at least two times higher [.]. Global warming Green cars Latest news black carbon emissions Environmental Science and Technology green cars greenhouse gas emissions

Ford’s 3rd generation powersplit hybrid system

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Output from Self-Organizing Map of attributes and component sizing. Each pixel in each 3d contour represents a design which plots an attribute against a design feature or a design feature against another design feature to identify optimum combinations to deliver desired effects. This is a very important tool for Ford, Gray said. Click to enlarge.

Bricking A Tesla Roadster Battery: Today's Electric Car Meme

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Heard of "bricking" yet? You will shortly. It's the phenomenon in which the lithium-ion battery pack of an electric car that's left unplugged for a long period goes completely, utterly dead--to the point where it cannot be recharged, and becomes a large, expensive "brick." A post on the Understatement blog that ricocheted around Silicon Valley

Bring your Green Vehicle to Brookline, MA - October 21!

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The Larz Anderson Auto Museum on Sunday October 21, 2012 will be hosting our second annual Green Day: Bringing Technology and People Together through Green Innovations - a family friendly event to promote green driving and living in Massachusetts. We welcome those with any green modes of transportation; grease cars, electric cars, hybrid cars, solar cars, motorized and regular bicycles, Segways, scooters, etc.

Chevy Volts And Gun Racks: A Right-Winger's Perspective

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Now that the recent hoopla concerning gun racks in the Chevy Volt has had a few days to die down, I’ve got a confession to make. I’m a Republican, and I love the Chevy Volt. I’m also level-headed enough to separate my politics from my passions. In regards to automobiles, I’ve spent the last 30 years driving everything I

A New Battery of Tools to Fight Patent Pollution

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Perspective by David K.S. Cornwell and Richard D. Coller, III. The America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011 is the most sweeping reform of the US patent laws since 1952. The new law seeks in part to harmonize the US with the rest of the world by converting the US from a “first to invent” country to a “first to file” a patent application country.

Green cars in action at Millbrook ride and drive event

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This year’s Company Car In Action event at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedford is set to give business car drivers and fleet managers one of the best chances around to try out the latest ‘green cars’. Some of the top attractions include the UK’s new smallest and ‘most affordable’ hybrid car, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid [.]. Green credentials event Millbrook

Tesla Battery 'Bricking': The Real Story Behind The Scare

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Late last night, a sensational blog post circulated through Silicon Valley. It claimed that several $100,000-plus Tesla Roadsters were now useless as the result of a "devastating design problem," with their battery packs "bricked" from being left too long without plugging in. Early this morning, we predicted that this would be today's electric-car