October, 2009

Michigan State University Receives $2.5M ARPA-E Award to Build Wave Disc Engine/Generator for Series Hybrid Applications

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Schematic model of a wave disk engine, showing combustion and shockwaves within the channels. Source: MSU. Click to enlarge. Researchers from Michigan State University have been awarded $2.5

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Outstanding Video of Today’s South Bay Los Angeles 350 Climate Action In Manhattan Beach

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Huge thanks to Ryan Christensen and his USC film school students who produced this video and got it uploaded so quickly. Check out some photos Mrs. Greenius took at the event by clicking HERE. And here’s a link to some great shots Greenpeace has put up too – like this one.

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Chris Paine in the ‘Daily Beast’

Revenge of the Electric Car

Chris gives his views on the EV revolution — and our new film — to The Daily Beast. For full interview, follow this link. What can we expect to see in Revenge of the Electric Car? We’re tracking the fortunes of GM with the Volt and Tesla, initially with their Roadster and now the Model S, and the electric Smart Car. And then we’re tracking a whole group of other manufacturers and related stories like Better Place in Israel and what the Chinese are up to.

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Conservatives pledge on electric car plugs

Plugs and Cars

Tom McGhie, Financial Mail reports: The political battle for the electric car vote stepped up a gear last week when the Conservative Party pledged that owners of battery-powered cars would be guaranteed an overnight charging point. Source: thisismoney.co.uk

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Range Anxiety

Open Source Civic EV Kit

As you've probably noticed, things have been a bit quiet here. The new vacuum pump is working well and is nicely quiet. As the temperatures drop, the capacity of my batteries drop as well. After almost a year of hard driving, I suspect the batteries are also losing capacity. Over the past week, I've been driving a gas car because I had long errands after work that would have exceeded the maximum range of the Civic-EV.

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My Conversion status as of 2009-10-09

DIY Electric Car

Have removed exhaust. Fuel system, found centricity for shaft, and done general maintenance of rig. Next will buy motor, and mount. getting excited

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Toyota Aims to Reduce Fuel Cell Vehicle Cost to 1/10 of Current By Commercialization in 2015; Reduction to Another 1/10 With Scale

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Toyota’s targeted cost reductions in fuel cell vehicles. Source: Toyota. Click to enlarge. In a news conference at the Japan National Press Club on Friday, Toyota Motor President Akio Toyoda said that the company plans to begin mass production of electric vehicles in the US in 2012, followed by US production of fuel cell vehicles in 2015. Toyoda positioned EVs for short-distance travel and fuel cell cars for longer ranges.

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Stan Ovshinsky’s New Project

Revenge of the Electric Car

Bob Stempel and Stan Ovshinsky. Stan Ovshinsky — one of the stars of ‘Who Killed the Electric Car ?’ ’ – is out of retirement and working with former business partner (and ex-GM head) Bob Stempel to develop solar panels. More details in the Detroit Free Press article: Panels may brighten job market. by Carol Cain. In another bit of coincidence, Stempel headed GM’s EV1 electric car program in the early 1990s.

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Toyota/Fuji Heavy EV Rumors

Plugs and Cars

Toyota is knocking plug-in cars at CARB and in the press and touting impossible to deliver near-term hydrogen fuel cell commercialization. But it may have a Plan B. Toyota Motor Corp is considering working with affiliate Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd to develop its electric vehicles," according to Mainichi newspaper as reported by Reuters. Fuji Heavy makes Subaru, which began limited sales of the Plug-in Stella in Japan in June. Toyota owns 16 of Fuji.

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John's PakTrakr Display

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I shipped the PakTrakr modules back to the owner (Ken Hall) for calibration. Ken mentioned that they were rebuilding their calibration unit and would send the modules back as soon as it was finished. I also received an e-mail from John Barton who used the open-source Civic battery rack design as a starting point for his own lithium-ion battery racks for his Civic DelSol: Hi Tim, I'm finishing up my second ev conversion, this time its a '93 Honda del Sol. My blog is [link].

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EV Transmission, or CVT?

Electric Cars are for Girls

Is a transmission required on EVs? If so would a CVT from a snowmobile offer an advantage? Hi, Jim - No, you don't actually need a transmission

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Secretary of the Navy Sets Target for 50% of Total Energy Consumption from Alternative Sources by 2020; Role for Biofuels and EVs

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In a speech at the Naval Energy Forum, US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus set out five energy targets for the department to meet over the course of the next decade, including the overall goal of half of the total energy consumption for ships, aircraft, tanks, vehicles, and shore installations coming from alternative sources by 2020. Another of the five goals is for the Department of the Navy to reduce petroleum use in its 50,000 strong commercial fleet by half by 2015.

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“Greenius Was Right!” says US Congressman Inslee from Washington State

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In one of the Creative Greenius’ most highly read posts, written on July 29 of this year, I said there was no difference between today’s global warming deniers and the heads of the tobacco industry a few years back. Yesterday my position was correctly stated by Rep. Jay Inslee a democrat from the great Pacific Northwest state of Washington who tore the authors of SuperWeakEconomics a new one for all their lies and hack writing in their new, already discredited book.

Greenest Car Company, Honda, Goes Greener Yet, Harder and Faster

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Honda has the highest average fleet mileage of any volume carmaker selling in the U.S. market today. And it's had that distinction for many years. But in the face of the car-market meltdown, oil prices that have risen from $30 to $80 a barrel within months, and growing global environmental concerns, rules, and regulations, Honda has

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GM CEO: FCVs 10X more expensive than electric

Plugs and Cars

GM CEO Fritz Henderson sat down with reporters and editors from the Washington Post yesterday. No real news on the Volt, but his comments on Fuel Cell Vehicles should cause a stir. Anyone at CARB in Sacramento paying attention? Post: Is GM pulling back on its hydrogen car? Henderson: "Are we putting resources into it? Not as much. We spent through the mid part of this decade a reasonably high portion of our research and our development money on hydrogen fuel cells.

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Installing the PakTrakr

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I took some time to install the PakTrakr modules today. I was a bit disappointed in the voltage measurements from the PakTrakr remotes, so I'll probably send them back for recalibration. Here are the voltages I measured: Unit #1 Battery # Battery(V) PakTrakr(V) Difference(mV) 1 13.43 70 2 13.49 210 3 13.48 13.4 -80 80 4 13.49 410 5 13.52 380 6 13.28 12.9 -380 380 Unit #2 Battery # Battery(V) PakTrakr(V) Difference(mV) 1 13.41 90 2 13.46 240 3 13.47 13.4 -70 70 4 13.46 240 5 13.5 200 6 13.29

AC or DC Electric Car Motor?

Electric Cars are for Girls

Either an ac or dc electric car motor has its good and bad, so how can I have the best of both worlds? I am currently building a Cobra replica with

2009 89

US Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $8 Million Contract to Advance Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Technology (OTEC)

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The US Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) recently awarded Lockheed Martin an $8.12 million contract to further develop Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) technology, which the leverages ocean’s natural thermal gradient between warmer water at the ocean’s surface and colder water below to produce renewable and reliable power.

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Greenius Sez, “We Have The People, We Have the Power and There is Nothing That Can Stop Us.”

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From our friends at GreenObservers.org who out hustled and outproduced every TV news station in the L.A. market. campaign citizen volunteer climate change environment politics renewable energy sea-level rise 350.org Greenpeace South Bay Los Angeles 350 Climate Action Group GreenObservers.org.

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It's Official: Aptera 2e And Other Three-Wheelers Are Cars Now

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By voting 80 to 17 to approve a compromise bill allocating $33.5 billion to fund energy and water projects, the U.S. Senate yesterday also redefined what qualifies as an "automobile". Once President Barack Obama signs the measure, a vehicle with only three wheels can--for the purpose of allocating Department of Energy funds for its Advanced

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GM reveals electric car production number in 2010.in India

Plugs and Cars

GM recently entered into a 50/50 partnership with Reva, the Indian electric car company, to produce an electric version of the Chevrolet Spark. Reva has been selling small EVs in India and England for the past few years. According to a report in the Business Standard of India, GM plans to sell 4000 electric Sparks in India in 2010. That's about 10% of the total number of gas-powered Sparks GM will sell this year in India.

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Tesla Roadster, Toyota Prius, VW Touareg Crash in Denmark

All Cars Electric

Here's a frightening scene from the streets of Denmark submitted to Autopia by reader, Lars H. A Tesla Roadster was involved in a three-way crash with a Volkswagen Touareg and a Toyota Prius earlier this week. Apparently the Roadster was stopped behind the Touareg when the Prius rear-ended the Roadster, pushing it under the SUV

Toyota Prius is top choice with renewable energy firm

Green Cars News

A leading supplier of renewable-energy heating products is encouraging its drivers to choose Toyota Prius hybrid cars to help reflect the environmentally friendly nature of its business. Hoval Ltd has been impressed by the four Prius 1.5-litre cars it has been running in recent years as part of its 30-strong, multi-badge, user-chooser fleet. The Toyotas are driven by regional sales engineers.

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EU SARTRE Project Targets Autonomous Road Trains; Enhanced Safety and Lower Fuel Consumption

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An autonomous road train as envisioned by SARTRE. Click to enlarge. The new EU project SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) project will develop and test technology for vehicles that can drive themselves in long road trains on motorways. This technology has the potential to improve traffic flow and journey times, offer greater comfort to drivers, reduce accidents, and improve fuel consumption and hence lower CO 2 emissions.

2009 253

Greenius on KPCC with Patt Morrison Talking About the Pew Poll on Global Warming

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I’ve been a proud member-supporter of KPCC FM 89.3 for many years and they are my NPR station of choice here in Los Angeles. I listen to them every single morning and have since 1993. I love Airtalk with Larry Mantle, I love the Patt Morrision show, I love Off Ramp with John Rabe on the weekends, I love Steve Julian with the local news and I love Kitty Felde reporting from Washington DC.

2009 177

Here It Is: New 2012 Ford Escape, But Will There Be a Hybrid?

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The Ford Escape compact sport utility, including its hybrid model, is now long in the tooth or beyond. It was first introduced as a 2001 model, and has been restyled twice. It still sells well, though, and Ford continues to update the hybrid model. Nonetheless, it's overdue for replacement. Now, word has leaked out that Ford will

2009 69

Self-fulfilled prophesy: Toyota FT-EV II concept

Plugs and Cars

Toyota is always saying consumers just don't want an electric car. Range is too short and too much is different about EVs, Toyota contends. If merely plugging in is too much change, do they expect people to take seriously an EV that requires an entirely different way of piloting the vehicle? Why, really, are they showing a concept electric car with less than half the range of Toyota's own decade-old RAV4 EV?

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Energy Secretary Chu Says; I Would Put Every Cent Into Electric Cars

All Cars Electric

The U.S Secretary of Energy is widely known for his straightforward comments. Many of which make headlines from time to time. Recent comments from Chu included asserting that electric vehicles are inevitable and even wildly stating that all cars should be E85 capable. Additional ramblings have centered around the importance of hydrogen

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US Army commits to a Bright future

Green Cars News

When most people think of US Army vehicles, they naturally picture gas guzzling tanks or far from fuel efficient patrol vehicles. However, that may be about to change.

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ALTe Developing Series Plug-in Hybrid Powertrains for Conversion and OEM Applications

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Rendering of the Gen 2 series plug-in hybrid powertrain under development. Source: ALTe. Click to enlarge. A Bloomfield, Michigan startup is developing light- and medium-duty series plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powertrain systems—initially as conversions, but ultimately extending to an OEM basis.

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Bill McKibben’s Comment

Creative Greenius

Bill McKibben says: October 22, 2009 at 8:48 am. “Can I just say–Joe’s amazing work is a prime example of what’s going on in every corner of the world. Not everyone is as sophisticated, but in 171 nations and across (currently) 4,400 events people are coming together around a scientific data point. We’re driving the debate, for once, and I wish you could all be in our temporary HQ in NYC just to watch the pictures pour in from every direction.

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Preview: 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6

Green Car Reports

We've known for a while that BMW would launch its first hybrid this year, and now we know when: The 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 will reach dealers this December. We'll be driving the hybrid X6 in a couple of weeks, but meanwhile, here's our advance preview of BMW's hybrid-electric sport-activity vehicle, unveiled last month at the

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Toyota reveals all you need to know about fuel cell cars

Plugs and Cars

Much has been made of late of Toyota and other automakers claims they will commercialize hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in 2015. Of course, we've heard these promises/predictions before. An SAE Research Report in 2001 stated that "several automakers have pledged the introduction of fuel cell vehicles, including buses, by 2003-2005." DaimlerChrysler, for example, predicted the industry would be selling 100,000 fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) by 2004.

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German Firm Says Inductive Road Charging Of Vehicles Only 2-3 Years Away

All Cars Electric

German firm Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr (IAV) is working on technology to fit roads with embedded induction-loops that will remotely "refuel" electric cars while they are driving or parked, without the need for connectors or cords. The technology is similar to that being developed by researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of

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Australia begins plug-in hybrid vehicle trials

Green Cars News

Add Australia to the list of countries keen to be at the forefront of plug-in hybrid technology. The country’s CSIRO and Victorian energy distributor SP AusNet have begun a three-month road trial of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with staff from SP AusNet to use the vehicles for their daily drive to work and for leisure purposes.

New Study Finds Flaw in Carbon Accounting for Bioenergy, Another Contends That Indirect Land Use Change Emissions for Biofuels Will Be Up To Twice Direct Land Use Change Emissions

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Thirteen scientists and land use experts conclude in a new paper that an important but fixable error in legal accounting rules used to measure compliance with carbon limits for bioenergy could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging deforestation. Their paper is published in the 23 Oct. issue of the journal Science.

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Greenius Rocks South Bay L.A. with Greenpeace! Global Warming Doesn’t Stand A Chance

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Tags: environment 350.org Greenius Greenpeace South Bay 350 Climate Action Group.

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