October, 2012

Kenguru NEV for Wheelchairs

Electric Cars are for Girls

The Kenguru NEV is pretty much the PERFECT around-town vehicle for wheelchair users. It's more convenient and easier to use than its gas-guzzling counterpart, and it's a quarter of the price

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DOE to award up to $1M to evaluate technology pathways for cost-competitive hydrogen fuel

Green Car Congress

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $1 million for up to two projects for 3–4 years to evaluate the most promising technology paths toward achieving $2 to $4 per gallon gasoline equivalent (gge) of hydrogen fuel or less by 2020.

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Motor in

DIY Electric Car

Bought most of the bits for the conversion in December 2010. They shipped in and I took delivery in May 2011. July 2012: Embarrassing mess. Wasted $$ in battery connectors made of tinned steel and copper mesh.

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If You're Going To Attack Electric Cars, Do Your Homework

Green Car Reports

They pop up like weeds, these "Electric cars are failures" articles--and you just have to keep killing them. The latest is an opinion piece titled, "Why the Electric Car Failed," published last week in U.S. News & World Report. Author Michael Lynch identifies himself as a researcher for the petroleum industry. To judge by his confrontational

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2013 Ford Escape Review

Hybrid SUV Blog

2013 Ford Escape. Ford is increasing its commitment to fuel-efficient SUVs by discontinuing the production of the Ford Escape Hybrid, one of the most popular hybrid SUV’s on the market. Hybrids accounted for 22 percent of Escape sales at their peak, according to Ford.

Review of the Ford Focus Electric - Electric drive train

National Green Transportation

In this part of the Ford Focus Electric review, we will go over the electric drive train systems. This is part of a multi-part review of Ford's all-electric Focus, for an overview of the car

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Electric Bicycle Conversion

Electric Cars are for Girls

Interview with Don Otto about his electric bicycle conversion, how much it cost, and how long it took to put it together

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The Plan for the Waiheke EV

DIY Electric Car

[link]. I bought Gavin Shoebridge's EV Secret's book, Kia Ora mate! and am starting down the path. The first thing the ebook I bought said to do was plan. I don't have a donor vehicle yet, I am going to trawl trade me to see what I can find, and what I like, after I work out what my modifications will weigh! So the requirements for my Waiheke EV. Power. The highest speed limit on the island is 70km/h, and that's only on one 3km stretch of road. The rest of the island is 50km/h.

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Tesla Model S Service Contract: $600/Year, Or Warranty Voided

Green Car Reports

One big advantage of electric cars is reduced maintenance. With no internal combustion engine, there is no oil to change, no exhaust system, no transmission, no myriad of moving parts to break or wear out, and no air or fuel filters to clog up. With regenerative braking, brake pads last virtually forever. So it was a shock to learn that Tesla will

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21 Toyota Hybrids By 2015

Hybrid SUV Blog

Toyota to Vastly Expand Hybrid Lines. If there was any doubt about an automaker’s commitment to green technology for its line of vehicles, Toyota sent a clear message with its recent environmental technology development announcement.

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Drivers positively charged about electric cars

Green Cars News

Consumer range anxiety about electric cars is a myth and motorists are largely positive about electric cars, new research suggests.

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Ford C-MAX Energi has longest driving range of any utility or compact car

National Green Transportation

Have a long road trip to take but you don't want to spend much on gasoline and you can't afford a Tesla Model S? Ford announced on Tuesday that the Ford C-MAX Energi has

Cool Planet projects production of carbon-negative high-octane biogasoline for $1.50 per gallon

Green Car Congress

Cool Planet’s process relies on three core elements: novel biomass fractionation, advanced catalysis, and a char-to-soil enhancer. Source: Cool Planet. Click to enlarge.

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Opel presents new midsize gasoline engine at Aachen Colloquium; fuel consumption down 13%, torque and power up 33%

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New 1.6L SIDI engine. Click to enlarge. Opel revealed more details about its new mid-size gasoline engine family at the Aachen Colloquium in Germany. Earlier post.)

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2012 Nissan Leaf Gets Even Cheaper: Now, $139/Month Lease

Green Car Reports

Plug-in electric car sales are growing in the U.S., with the Chevy Volt in particular going from strength to strength. The 2012 Nissan Leaf, however, is not doing so well. Despite being one of the earliest electric cars on the market, it's been outsold three to two this year by the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid. What is it that carmakers do to boost

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ABB launches 22 kW AC & DC fast charging station

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Robert Llewellyn: The Numpty Factor

Green Cars News

Over the last week I have noticed a marked and almost unconscious shift in my car journeys. Up to about 3 weeks ago, a journey I did last week-230 miles in one afternoon- I would not have considered attempting in the Nissan LEAF. I would just have gone in the Prius and not given it [.].

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Ford C-MAX Energi beats Prius Plug-in and Volt on fuel efficiency and price

National Green Transportation

The Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid is shaping up as a big winner for Ford. On Thursday (today), Ford announced the C-MAX Energi fuel efficiency ratings, 108 MPGe city 100 MPGe combined, tops those of the

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Furtive eGT electric sports car hits 240 km/h on the Nordschleife; small production series for 2013

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On the Nordschleife. Click to enlarge.

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Nissan boosts fuel economy of 2013 Pathfinder SUV by 30%, drops weight by 500 lbs

Green Car Congress

2013 Pathfinder. Click to enlarge.

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Saudi Arabia Uses Your Gas Dollars To Fund.Solar Energy

Green Car Reports

Renewable energy, especially solar, is making inroads into the U.S. power grid, but it's a very slow process. And especially in the wake of the Solyndra collapse, it's one fraught with political wrangling. But there's another country that plans to invest heavily in solar power, hoping to provide fully 30 percent of its energy needs from the sun in

LiquidPiston introduces latest X-series version of HEHC rotary engine; targeting 58% peak BTE, 2 hp/lb power density

Green Car Congress

Isuzu D201 35 hp diesel engine (left) and the LiquidPiston 40 hp X2 Prototype (right). Click to enlarge. LiquidPiston, Inc.

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Clothes that clean the air as you walk

Green Cars News

Jeans that act as catalytic converters, actively cutting pollution as you walk down the street, are one of the star attractions at the Manchester Science Festival this week.

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Ford C-MAX Energi has longest driving range of any utility or compact car

National Green Transportation

Have a long road trip to take but you don't want to spend much on gasoline and you can't afford a Tesla Model S? Ford announced on Tuesday that the Ford C-MAX Energi has

Simulation study suggests ORC waste heat recovery system could deliver potential 7% improvement in fuel consumption in a PHEV on highway

Green Car Congress

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New full LCA highlights complexity of environmental advantages and disadvantages of EVs relative to ICE vehicles; the importance of life cycle thinking

Green Car Congress

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have compared the emissions resulting from the production, use, and end-of-life of electric and internal combustion engine vehicles (EVs and ICEVs) in a full life-cycle analysis (LCA).

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Why I Drive A Nissan Leaf Electric Car: One Owner's Story

Green Car Reports

Every day I get in my car and drive to work, I'm saving money. That's because last summer I bought an all-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf, and my gas station stops are a thing of the past. I figure I'm saving about $3,300 in annual gas and oil change bills, compared to the average Ford Expedition driver. The average electricity cost to power my Leaf is

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CMU study finds small battery PHEVs and gasoline hybrids the least-cost policy solution to reducing gasoline consumption

Green Car Congress

Comparison of current federal subsidy to base case assumptions showing lifetime fuel savings (HomeEve charging scenario). An EPA estimate based on the Chevy Volt’s reported efficiency is also included for comparison.

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Could liquid air be the fuel of the future? The Green Piece.

Green Cars News

Tuesday 30 October, 2012. The Green Piece. When we talk of ‘alternative fuel’ vehicles, we usually mean battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell or maybe biofuel-powered, but there is one alternative that might prove to be a more practical alternative-liquid air.

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Ford C-MAX Energi beats Prius Plug-in and Volt on fuel efficiency and price

National Green Transportation

The Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid is shaping up as a big winner for Ford. On Thursday (today), Ford announced the C-MAX Energi fuel efficiency ratings, 108 MPGe city 100 MPGe combined, tops those of the

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SAE International releases new fast-charging combo coupler standard (SAE J1772) for plug-in electric and electric vehicles

Green Car Congress

SAE International’s anticipated new revised technical standard for the combo coupler for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and electric vehicles (EV) has been approved and published. Earlier post.).

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Pike report ranks Chevrolet as current leader in the plug-in vehicle market

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Pike Pulse grid of the PEV market. Click to enlarge.

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2012 Tesla Model S Beats 2013 BMW M5 In Straight-Line Drag Race

Green Car Reports

There’s no denying that electric cars have lots of torque from standstill, meaning they can out-accelerate most cars in the stop-light derby to 30 mph. But what happens beyond that? Could a car like the 2012 Tesla [NASDAQ:TSLA] Model S Performance beat a BMW M5 in a 0-100 mph drag race, for example? Automobile Magazine’s Ezra Dyer

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Nissan introducing independent control electric steering technology; to be deployed on select Infiniti models within a year

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Components of the next-generation steering system. Click to enlarge. Nissan Motor Co., unveiled the first steering technology that allows independent control of a vehicle’s tire angle and steering inputs.

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Electric vans join the battery-swap craze

Green Cars News

The very first battery swap station dedicated to serving electric vans has opened in Slovakia. Opening last week in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava and run by GreenWay, the new station will be able to swap the batteries of vehicles up to 3.5

Berkeley study identifies diesel as main source of vehicular secondary organic aerosols

Green Car Congress

Contribution of gasoline and diesel exhaust to SOA over 0% to 50% diesel fuel use. SOA contributions from the two sources are equivalent at 6% diesel fuel use. The United States and California state averages shown are based on total on- and off-road use.

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Fujitsu Ten developing compact 3D electronic scan mm-wave radar for automotive applications; delivery in 2014

Green Car Congress

2D vs. 3D scanning. Click to enlarge. Fujitsu Ten Ltd.

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