2014

Al Muratsuchi Votes To Kill Community Choice Then Finds Out He Was Duped & Calls Me To Apologize

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This political primary season just keeps getting weirder and weirder. Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, representing the 66th District in California explains as State Controller, John Chiang listens at the Lunquist Mansion on the Palos Verdes Peninsula during a recent fundraiser (photo by Joe Galliani).

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Used Electric Cars

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For the first time in around 80 years, it is possible in many parts of the world to buy a used electric car

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Toyota Central R&D developing free-piston engine linear generator; envisioning multi-FPEG units for electric drive vehicles

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Toyota’s FPEG features a hollow step-shaped piston, combustion chamber and gas spring chamber. Click to enlarge. A team at Toyota Central R&D Labs Inc.

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Electric Vehicle - Buyers Guide

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The Electric Vehicle market is full of new terminology and concepts. The charge2drive buyers guide tries to help newcomers to the market understand all the different options. Why go electric? Different types of Electric Vehicles. Pros and Cons of Electric Vehicles. - - - - - - - -.

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Bradford: Twelve Years A Failure – His Reason To Kill CCAs

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South Bay Gets More Done In 3 Months Than SCE’s Former Flack Got Done in a Dozen As A City Councilman in Gardena. What a unique concept. First admit what a failure you were in your own personal efforts of launching a Community Choice power program where you live.

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Al’s Bright Idea for Hermosa, Ted’s Tough Stance Against Oil & Why I’m Worried About It Mattering

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Sarah Sikich, Heal the Bay’s Science and Policy Director, Coastal Resources at the podium, California State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi and State Senator Ted Lieu behind her – Photo by Jose Bacallao (lifted from Facebook).

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Wendy Greuel Our Best Bet To Get To 100% Renewable Energy In Time

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Joe Galliani in Keep Hermosa Hermosa hat receiving his 2014 Environmental Hero Award from the City of Manhattan Beach and V.O.I.C.E. with Sona Kalapura, Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth, State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, Kaye Gagnon of V.O.I.C.E and Councilman Wayne Powell.

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A Few Words on Eco Terrorists, Cowards and Courage

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Last night at the Hermosa Beach City Council meeting I heard an ignorant little man reference my favorite Edward Abbey book, “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” which I read the year it came out – in 1975 as a senior in high school. It’s true. I am that young.

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Ted Lieu To The Rescue! Heroic Climate Champion Saves Community Choice Aggregation.

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My politically connected friends (who prefer to remain nameless) advise me to accept State Senator Ted Lieu as he is and be happy for his strong environmental record. .

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Let Us Now Murder AB 2145 Before It Kills Community Choice Power

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When we last wrote about AB 2145 it was after a trip to Sacramento to speak out against the bill at the Senate Energy Committee hearing on it.

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Wayne Powell, Duddly Do Right For All The Right Reasons

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Your Friendly Neighborhood Greenius (white shirt) talks to Manhattan Beach Councilman Wayne Powell (center) and Councilman Mark Burton at the 2014 Manhattan Beach Earth Day Celebration. A lot of my political friends are still suffering from election night hangovers this Throwback Thursday.

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The Curious Case of Buying A New State Senator From The South Bay

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Candidate Ben Allen, running as a democrat, gets $300,000 from the right wing guy who wanted Henry Waxman out of office – Bill Bloomfield – and then Ben tells me he feels “weird” about it.

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nanoFLOWCELL unveils flow cell battery prototype vehicle

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Powertrain of the QUANT. The two 200L (400L, 106 gallons US total) electrolyte tanks are packaged in the rear and central tunnel of the vehicle. Click to enlarge.

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Yard test

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After doing a bad job on the 35-pin ampseal connector to the motor controller, I couldn''t get it to start. So undid everything and recrimped it. Three hours of my time gone, hopefully painful enough to remind me to do it right the first time.

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What Does Henry Waxman Know About Climate That Made Him Quit?

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Congressman Henry Waxman receiving environmental award at 2013 Earth Day Celebration, Manhattan Beach (c) Joe Galliani.

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Audi in new e-fuels project: synthetic diesel from water, air-captured CO2 and green electricity; “Blue Crude”

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First public test flight of Airbus electric 2-seat E-Fan aircraft at E-Aircraft Day; precursor to 4-seat extended range version

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The successful first public flight of the electric E-Fan experimental aircraft took place during the E-Aircraft Day in Bordeaux. Click to enlarge. The Airbus Group’s electric E-Fan experimental aircraft made its first public test flight at E-Aircraft Day in Bordeaux, France.

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Honda opens Smart Home US in California; produces more energy than it consumes; direct DC-DC EV charging

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The Honda Smart Home US integrates a number of technologies, and is managed by Honda’s Home Energy Management System (HEMS). Click to enlarge.

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BMW reveals 3 Series Plug-in hybrid prototype with 117.5 mpg; next-gen Power eDrive: 2x current capacity, electric AWD

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BMW 3 Series Plug-in hybrid prototype. Click to enlarge. BMW has unveiled a 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype.

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Four Siemens 1200 kW electric motors power world’s largest truck; all-wheel drive

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The world’s biggest truck—the more than 800-ton GVW BelAZ 75710 mining truck—is powered by an electric drive system comprising four electric traction motors from Siemens, each with an output of 1,200 kilowatts (approximately 1,800 hp).

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Audi presents plug-in hybrid TT offroad concept car at Beijing; wireless charging

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Audi TT offroad concept. Click to enlarge. Audi is presenting an Audi TT offroad concept at the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition. Like many of the brand''s new production models, the Audi TT offroad concept is also based on the versatile modular transverse matrix (MQB).

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EIA: California home to almost half of US plug-in electric vehicles

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Total US sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs)—battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric—have increased in recent years, but still represent only about 0.7% of new vehicle sales in 2014 so far, up from 0.6% in 2013 and 0.4% in 2012.

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A closer look at the basics of Volkswagen Group’s important new 2.0L diesel MDB engine

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The EA288 2.0-liter diesel, prominently showing the closely attached exhaust aftertreatment system. Click to enlarge.

2014 159

LiquidPiston unveils 70cc rotary gasoline engine prototype embodying HEHC; power dense, low-vibration

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LiquidPiston X1 engine features three separate combustion chambers creating 3 power strokes per revolution for high power density. Source: LPI. Click to enlarge. LiquidPiston, Inc.

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DENSO to test wireless charging system using refrigerated truck

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DENSO Corporation will begin a ten-month field test of its wireless inductive battery charging system in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The field test is intended to identify any potential operational issues and also look at ways to enhance the convenience of wireless charging.

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Hey Ted, Here’s My Card

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My California State Senator, Ted Lieu, doesn’t know who I am because I have never made a strong enough impression on him during the many times we have talked over the 21 years I’ve lived in Torrance.

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ICCT study finds state EV incentives playing a significant role in driving sales

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A study by a team from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) shows that state electric vehicle incentives are playing a significant early role in reducing the effective cost of ownership and driving electric vehicle sales.

2014 155

Harvard team demonstrates new metal-free organic–inorganic aqueous flow battery; potential breakthrough for low-cost grid-scale storage

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Cell schematic. Discharge mode is shown; the arrows are reversed for electrolytic/charge mode. AQDSH 2 refers to the reduced form of AQDS. Huskinson et al. Click to enlarge.

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BMW shows prototype of streetlight with integrated EV charging

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During the Eurocities conference this week in Munich, the BMW Group presented the prototype of a highly energy efficient street light that is also a charging station for electric vehicles, called “Light and Charge”.

2014 153

Ongoing market rollout for SAE hydrogen fueling standards

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2014 153

Walmart showcases WAVE tractor-trailer at MATS; micro-turbine range extended electric vehicle with 45.5 kWh Li-ion pack

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Walmart showcased its Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE) at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky.

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Nissan 1.5L, 3-cylinder 400 hp engine to complement electric Le Mans ZEOD RC powerplant

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The 400 hp DIG-T R race engine. Click to enlarge. Nissan unveiled a 400 hp (298 kW) 1.5-liter, three-cylinder turbo gasoline engine weighing only 40 kg (88 lbs) as the companion internal combustion engine for its electric ZEOD RC which will debut at Le Mans this year. Earlier post.).

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Renault presents the 235 mpg EOLAB prototype; plug-in “Z.E. Hybrid”; targeting production

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EOLAB. Click to enlarge. Renault has presented EOLAB, a new prototype which explores ways to deliver ultra-low fuel consumption. EOLAB delivers NEDC combined cycle fuel consumption of 1 liter/100 km (235 mpg US), equivalent to 22g of CO 2 /km.

2014 152

Tour Engine receives $2M investment to further development of latest generation of split-cycle engine

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Tour Engine , the developer of a novel split-cycle engine ( earlier post ), has secured a $2-million investment from Joan and Irwin Jacobs to further the development of the latest generation of the engine, which features a new patent-pending crossover mechanism.

2014 152

Volkswagen launches the battery-electric e-Golf in Germany; “Das e-Auto”

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The e-Golf shown at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January. Click to enlarge. Volkswagen has launched the battery-electric version of the Golf, the e-Golf, in Germany with immediate availability. Earlier post.)

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Israeli company reports successful stage 1 testing of solar CO2-to-fuels technology

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Israel-based NewCO2Fuels (NCF), a subsidiary of GreenEarth Energy Limited in Australia, reported completion of stage 1 testing of its proof-of-concept system for the conversion of CO 2 into fuels using solar energy. NewCO2Fuels was founded in 2011 to commercialize a technology developed by Prof.

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Light Up Your Future At The Manhattan Beach Pier 8pm Saturday March 29

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Some cities just turn out the lights for an hour to celebrate Earth Hour.

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