2008

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Where Do The Biggest SUVs Go From Here?

Hybrid SUV Blog

How far will big hybrid SUVs go? In a previous post about AFS Trinity’s 150 mile per gallon vehicle, we highlighted one company’s rage about the popularity of hybrid SUVs that get only a few more miles to the gallon than their standard fuel counterparts.

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Winterize your Electric Car

Electric Cars are for Girls

What does it take to winterize your electric car, and keep it running well (and far) in the cold

Christmas Presents

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Santa was good to me this year. I received a Link-10 battery monitor from my parents. I don't think they understand what it does and why it costs so much, but okay, they got it for me anyway. The items on the right came from Belktronix. The wires on the upper left are the Link-10 voltage prescaler.

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Snow falls, Tango plows in Spokane

Plugs and Cars

It's one thing to read about a Prius powering a home during a blackout. Check out this video showing an unexpected benefit to the torc, power and design of the Tango electric car.

Inside The Green Task Force

Creative Greenius

For more than a year now in this blog I’ve been researching and reporting on climate change, energy and transportation issues and related environmental stories covering them on both a personal and a global perspective.

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Toyota To Show EV Concept Car At Detroit Auto Show

Revenge of the Electric Car

“Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said today that it will show a small electric concept vehicle at the Detroit auto show next month.&# - Toyota Division Communications. Considering the implication of those two short lines, they were barely whispered to the press.

Building the heater

Honda S2000 EV Conversion

Money has been tight after ordering the batteries and the holidays so progress has been rather slow lately. This is technically the second heater but I will only fully document the final design. I first built a water heater utilizing the existing heater core.

Electric Powered.Jerry Asher's Spirit of DC travels promote vehicles of the future

Spirit of DC - PHEV3A

Electric Powered Jerry Asher's Spirit of DC travels promote vehicles of the future By Gary Dickson -- Record-Bee Publisher LAKEPORT - Jerry Asher drove into Lakeport on Thursday, November 20. It’s doubtful anyone heard him pull into town, though. His car doesn’t make any noise. It’s electric. He is touring America with the Spirit of DC, a plug-in hybrid electric Toyota Prius. Asher said the DC on the car can be as in Washington, D.C.,

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150-mile per gallon hybrid fights back at LA Auto Show

Hybrid SUV Blog

Like Milton from Office Space , did the LA Auto Show try to move Edward Furio to the basement? Last June, we told you about the 150-mile per gallon hybrid developed by Washington state company, AFS Trinity Power Corporation.

2008 31

New Karma in Detroit!

Electric Cars are for Girls

Fisker's Karma is a production-ready plug-in hybrid, - meaning TODAY, not 2010 - and it's coming to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 15th

Frustrations with Zolox sensor mount

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I tried installing the Zolox sensor mounting ring for the Warp9 motor from EVsource today. It looks like the holes on the mounting ring don't line up properly. The holes for the Warp9 casing don't match, so I had to drill them a bit larger so the bolts would go in.

Clean coal

Plugs and Cars

Just a the coal companies go on the air with ads that could be Obama campaign commercials, down to the Yes We Can (make coal clean,) the real world intrudes.

The Further Adventures of The Solangelist

Creative Greenius

As we move into the final month of the year 2008 I keep looking up at my rooftop longingly.

200AH LiFePo4 Battery Test Results

DIY Electric Car

A DIY Electric Car Member, david85, has been testing a 200 Amp-Hour LiFePo4 Battery for a few weeks now and has been keeping a public journal of the results. If you're not familiar with LifePo4, it's a fairly new battery technology that promises greater safety than Lithium Ion or Lithium Polymer while still holding a good energy density and a decent discharge rate.

Goal!

Plug In Partners

W hen we started the Plug In Partner initiative, our primary objective was to create a nationwide campaign to urge automakers to accelerate development of plug-in hybrid vehicles. But our goal was to see them manufacturered and in the show rooms.

Going back to CAMP914

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Yesterday was fun. I drove the electric 914 back out to Camp914 where I originally purchased the car and drove it away as a gasoline vehicle. Craig was happy to see me and took several pictures.

U.S. Battery Makers Power Up

Revenge of the Electric Car

I wrote a few months ago about the Japanese and European carmakers teaming up with Asian and Euro battery manufacturers with $200-$400 million deals to build large production facilities that will soon be cranking out high volumes of LiIon batteries for plug-in cars. Since achieving cost parity with internal combustion requires batteries to cost less than $500 per kWh, this is a welcome sign that we’ll be seeing those prices in short order.

Installing the motor

Honda S2000 EV Conversion

After taking a nice vacation to Oregon for some quad riding in the dunes and getting over a nasty cold I was finally able to get back to the project. First I needed to hoist the motor and transmission down into the car so I could start measuring things and figuring out how to build the motor mount.

"Spirit" Doing the East Bay EAA Meeting, Saturday, 22 November 2008

Spirit of DC - PHEV3A

This space is reserved for Paul Cooper, Ed Thorpe and East Bay EAA'rs to blog and post pixs from the "Spirit" being there in Alameda, showing & shining

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Big Hybrid SUV Buying Opportunity?

Hybrid SUV Blog

Have you ever looked back at buying opportunities you missed and wondered if the signs to buy were right in front of you? Whether it was a new house, a mortgage refinance, a stock, or another type of investment - it all seems painfully clear only a short time after the window has closed.

Can I Build My Own Plug-In Hybrid?

Electric Cars are for Girls

I want to add electric motors to my Dodge pickup, to be able to plug in and charge for running errands, 15 mile round trip to work in

Mounting the Zolox Sensor

Open Source Civic EV Kit

After futzing around awhile, I was able to get the spacer ring for the Zolox tachometer sensor to line up. Here's the bottom of the mounting ring.

Build My Dreams, BYD

Plugs and Cars

The announcement that BYD, the Chinese battery giant turned automaker, has actually begun selling its plug-in hybrid, is pretty big news. Shares rose about 15% on the Hong Kong stock exchange Monday. Earlier this year Warren Buffet invested over $200 million in the company (10% share).

Join Me For A Visit To Reality

Creative Greenius

Clean Coal is a shameless marketing scam designed to allow coal companies to keep raking in the bucks while they continue to destroy the environment. They know it’s a lie, but they’ll say and do anything to make their profits. I hope they’re saving those dollars to pay the carbon tax they have coming due. Tax what we burn, not what we earn, says the Creative Greenius - and Al Gore.

Featured EV Video: Craig Dusing's Chevy S-10

DIY Electric Car

This weekend we filmed some footage of Craig's S10 EV. I thought it was a very nice conversion although he wants to make it even cleaner still. The truck had plenty of pep and good range. If you have questions about this conversion, this is the place to ask.

Plug-in Manufacturers Grow

Plug In Partners

I t wasn't that long ago that I remember a Chrysler ad that bragged about how its new Charger, with the big V 8, was a hybrid. it burned gas and rubber. Now, the very ungreen Chrysler is changing its tune.

Going to the Portland Better Living Show

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Yesterday was a long day. I spent over seven hours on my feet at the Portland Better Living Show displaying the 914. My throat was hoarse at the end of the day from answering the same questions many times.

Filming Tesla - 2

Revenge of the Electric Car

Our co-producer continues her account of shooting behind the scenes at Tesla. As we captured key meetings with department heads, Elon stressed his commitment to ramping Tesla up - and the fact that his role was hands-on. He reminded person after person that no problem or detail was too small. The buck stopped with Elon. Elon Musk (left) inspects a Roadster. We pulled a marathon day, and our cameraman, Adam, worked valiantly to keep up. Filming meetings is actually difficult to do well.

12 volt test

Honda S2000 EV Conversion

I started off by removing the bolt that holds the coupler and putting a drop of loctite to make sure it doesn't come out. Even if it did the coupler had to be pressed on and I can't imagine it will ever move again, at least not without using a puller.

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"Spirit" with the Tehachapi EAA, Sunday Noon, 23 November 2008

Spirit of DC - PHEV3A

Jerry's visit to our new chapter was a great way to start our group off! A splendid and informative time was had by all. We attracted a couple of new members, and the local paper with our luncheon. It was a pleasant but windy day, but wind is a good thing for those of us in Tehachapi. A large amount of the energy we use to charge our EV's comes from all the wind farms surrounding our town. Check out the TCEAA web site at [link

Could A “Perfect Hybrid” Save Detroit?

Hybrid SUV Blog

What could save the American auto industry? Now that Chrysler and GM got their Christmas wish in the form of a $17.4 billion low-interest loan from Congress, many are speculating what type of action is needed to make the best use of that money and save the American auto industry.

Choosing EV Batteries for Cold and Rainy Climates

Electric Cars are for Girls

I want to convert a car in Iceland and am having trouble selecting the right batteries. The car is to function in the capital with a

Add the Splash Guard

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I'd like to get the car off the jack-stands and back into a position where I can drive it while still adding things like the guages. After installing the speed sensor, the last thing needed under the car is the splash guard to protect water and grit from getting into the Warp9.

Musk v. Fisker

Plugs and Cars

The Wall St Journal's new glossy mag, WSJ, reports on the rivalry between Tesla's Elon Musk, and Henrik Fisker. A bit of scratching and clawing.