2015

This Is Why You Don’t Take Money From Oil Companies For Your Schools

Creative Greenius

When Chevron, or Phillips 66, or ExxonMobil or E&B oil companies give schools and nonprofits funding money they do it for one reason only. To pay them to shut up.

2015 246

Super Charger for Electric Motorcycles!

Electric Cars are for Girls

Oh, this is brilliant. Level 2.5 charging for electric motorcycles like the Zero, using the j-plug we're all so familiar with. You can charge your Zero in about an hour! I *want* this for my LEAF, sigh

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California providing incentives up to $12K to help low-income families afford the cleanest cars

Green Car Congress

In coordination with local air officials, the California Air Resources Board is initiating a retire-and-replace pilot program in the Greater Los Angeles area and San Joaquin Valley to help people of low income replace old, polluting cars with cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicles that also cut greenhouse gas emissions. The air district-administered program provides incentives on a sliding scale, with larger cash payments for the lowest-income families moving up to the cleanest cars. The lowest-income recipient purchasing the very cleanest car receives the highest incentive amounts. Under the program, it is possible for a family that meets income guidelines to receive as much as $12,000 toward the purchase of an electric car. Consumers can choose to replace their vehicle with a more fuel efficient conventional gasoline-powered car, a conventional hybrid, a plug-in hybrid or an electric car. Eligible consumers will receive between $2,500 and $12,000, depending on their income and the type of replacement vehicle they choose. The pilot program is available for three income levels: Low Income (≤ 225% of the federal poverty level, FPL). Buyers in this income level who replace a scrapped car with a conventional hybrid car (e.g.Toyota Prius) that is less than 8 years old that gets 20 mpg or greater, are eligible for $6,500 in incentives. If the replacement car gets 35 mpg or greater (Toyota Prius or Honda Insight), that goes up to $7,000. A plug-in hybrid (e.g. Chevy Volt), or an electric car (e.g. Nissan Leaf) receives $9,500. In addition, up to $2,000 for a charging unit at a single residence or multi-unit dwelling is available for the purchase of battery electric cars. In the case of either a brand new plug-in hybrid or electric car, buyers receive an additional $1,500 and $2,500, respectively, from a separate program, known as the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. Moderate Income (226% - 300% of FPL). Buyers who replace a scrapped car with a conventional hybrid model that gets 35 mpg or greater receive $5,000, rising to $7,500 for a plug-in hybrid or electric car. (In addition, buyers can receive up to $2,000 for a charging unit for battery electric cars, and if those are brand new cars, an additional $1,500 or $2,500, respectively.). Above Moderate Income (301% - 400% of federal poverty level). Buyers who replace a scrapped car with a plug-in hybrid or electric car receive $5,500—which includes an additional incentive of up to $2,000 for the charging unit for battery electric cars, and an additional $1,500 or $2,500, respectively, if they are brand new. Lower-income consumers who would like to replace their dirty cars with more fuel efficient conventional cars would still qualify to receive up to $4,500. Additional funding is available for low-income recipients who live in a ZIP code that contains a disadvantaged census tract for the purchase of a conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric replacement vehicle. (SB 535, introduced by State Senator Kevin de Leon, directs funds to provide economic and health benefits to the state’s disadvantaged communities—those that are most impacted by both poverty and pollution.). Finally, residents who scrap an old, dirty car but choose not to replace it are eligible for public transit passes valued at between $2,500 and $4,500, depending on their income. ARB worked for more than a year with the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in support of the development of the pilot projects. Each air district developed a program tailored to the individual needs of that district. The program (also known as the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program and Plus-Up Pilot Project) is partially funded by proceeds from cap-and-trade revenue under the California Climate Investments Initiative and AB 118. Besides SB 535, another bill helping to drive the program is SB 1275, the Charge Ahead California Initiative, also introduced by Senator de Leon, which aims to ensure that low-income Californians, who are disproportionately impacted by air pollution, benefit from California’s transition to a clean transportation sector. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-ins Policy

2015 163

Photos of progress

DIY Electric Car

A selection of shots of the progress so far. Attached Thumbnails

2015 141

Norwegian Electric-Car Club's Scenic Driving Video: Surprise Hit

Green Car Reports

Thanks to aggressive government incentives and substantial charging infrastructure, Norway has the highest number of electric cars per capita of any country in the world. Now, some of that enthusiasm for electric cars is going viral.

2015 114

What’s In It For Me?

Creative Greenius

I was in Carson California last month at their City Council meeting to speak on behalf of the resolution I asked them to pass to approve participating in a feasibility study on community choice aggregation (CCA). .

2015 246

Protected: Here Lies Hermosa Beach – Truth Takes a Holiday In The City’s Massive Honesty FAIL

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Here Lies Hermosa Beach – Truth Takes a Holiday In The City’s Massive Honesty FAIL

Creative Greenius

The Rabbi called and left voicemails urging me to call her back. She texted too. She’s a very persistent and impatient lady of religion. But she didn’t want to say what was up when I texted back. It didn’t matter. I already knew.

2015 215

Hot Tub Time Machine WayBack Wednesday – Reposted Word-for-Word from June 25 of 2008

Creative Greenius

Wednesday, June 25, 2008. There’s an old joke that most of us baby boomers first heard when we were kids.

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Hermosa Beach Sees The Light

Creative Greenius

As if from the heavens above, The Word, appeared immaculately and impeccably on some of Hermosa Beach’s signature buildings last night.

2015 185

E&B Oil Propaganda Goes Up in Flames, Burning Climate Wrecking, Oil-loving Sellouts & Sycophants

Creative Greenius

If you hate Hermosa Beach, its children, its history and its future then you’ll love the Barbarians’ plans to turn Hermosa into Bakersfield. Filed under: environment Tagged: climate wrecking oil loving sellouts & sycophants.

2015 172

Jeff U'Ren's Chevy Volt: Happily Ever After

Electric Cars are for Girls

Jeff U'Ren talks more about his Chevy Volt: ".luxury luxury everything, heated leather seats, great air conditioning." Oh, and it's got its own phone, too

2015 136

JRC report finds electric vehicles in Europe on the way to full-scale commercialization

Green Car Congress

The European Union appears to be undergoing a transition from the testing of and experimentation with electric vehicles to full-scale EV commercialization, according to a new report from the EU’s Joint Research Center (JRC).

2015 162

Riding Into A Better Future @ South Bay Bike Night

Creative Greenius

Your friendly neighborhood Greenius has been a proud member of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition ever since there was one, and I’ve been on the Board of Directors just as long.

2015 170

Elon Musk Hints At 50 Percent More Range For Tesla Model S: Video

Green Car Reports

The first deliveries of the Tesla Model X electric crossover are to take place next Thursday, September 29, and Tesla plans to unveil its less-expensive Model 3 sedan next year. The company also continues to test its "Autopilot" autonomous-driving technology.

2015 114

Plastic Propaganda Proven Phony, Oil Red Coats Still Willing To Sell Out Their Neighbors

Creative Greenius

Happily covering themselves in toxic waste, E&B Oil Drillers and their paid mercenaries in Hermosa Beach have been trying to float a b t story about a world made of plastic dependent on oil for its every need. .

2015 163

Guest post: Honda Introduces the EV-Cub; two-wheel-drive electric motorcycle

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by Alex Vanover. Honda isn’t a car company… it never really has been. When asked to define what kind of company Honda is, company representatives bill the multinational firm as an engineering company.

2015 158

PSA prototype travels 580km from Paris to Bordeaux in autonomous mode

Green Car Congress

On 2 October, one of PSA Peugeot Citroën’s four autonomous vehicles drove itself 580 km (360 miles) on the highway from Paris to Bordeaux entirely in autonomous mode to take part in the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress, which runs until 9 October.

2015 158

Nomadic Power receives €2M grant for “MobileBattery” project; trailer-mounted Li-ion pack for vehicle and home

Green Car Congress

Nomadic Power has received a €2-million (US$2.25-million) grant from the European Commission for their “MobileBattery” project—a trailer-mounted battery pack that can serve the function of intelligent and safe back-up power for a home when stationary, and boost EV range when attached to the owner’s vehicle. An 85 kWh Nomad is capable of taking a small electric car up to 600 kilometers (373 miles). Nomadic Power has developed a simple and efficient solution to extend the range of battery-powered electric vehicles. We see a strong future in electricity-powered mobility and an increasing use of renewable energy, photovoltaic power in particular. Our mobile batteries have great potential in these markets that recently got a significant shot in the arm by Tesla’s announcements. — Dr. Manfred Baumgaertner, CEO of Nomadic Power. The key elements of Nomadic Power’s technology are the Nomad battery (MES, Mobile Energy System) and the intelligence of the control electronics and software system. The intelligent energy management system (NEM, Nomad Energy Manager) is self-learning, predicting user behavior and energy production capabilities of the photovoltaic system, based on weather forecasts, when connected to the user’s home. All system components are connected to the Nomadic Power Secure Cloud Platform, a system of virtualized servers at distributed datacenters, interconnected by SSL-Backbone-Encryption. The Nomad Network connects the Secure Cloud Platform to the peripheral components as the MES and NEM. The Nomad Network is operated as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) with a proprietary, secure APN. Nomadic Power Secure Cloud not only connects the smart energy managers in the home and the Nomad, but also allows 4G/LTE access from the user and/or Nomadic Power’s service team for monitoring and control purposes. Range extension, fast charging options and functions for intelligent energy management of PV systems are incorporated in Nomads—the mobile batteries from Nomadic Power. Nomad capacities range from 40 up to 85 kWh. Nomadic Power is based in Darmstadt, Germany, with a development center in Stuttgart and a marketing team in Palo Alto, California. Brief

2015 157

IRENA report finds renewable power costs at parity or below fossil fuels in many parts of world

Green Car Congress

The cost of generating power from renewable energy sources has reached parity or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, according to a new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

2015 157

Cal State LA hydrogen station becomes first in state certified to sell to the public by the kilogram

Green Car Congress

The Cal State L.A. CSULA) Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility has become the first hydrogen station in California to be certified to sell fuel to the public by the kilogram measure.

2015 157

Study finds EV deployment in China to increase Environmental Justice challenge there

Green Car Congress

A new study by a team from the University of Tennessee, Tsinghua University and the University of Minnesota has found that the wide-scale deployment of electric vehicles in China can increase the Environmental Justice (EJ) challenge in that country.

2015 155

Global Warming 101

Electric Cars are for Girls

Global warming, its causes and effects, and a little global warming controversy. Eyeroll:

2015 127

Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

Green Car Congress

by Professor Andrew Alfonso Frank. CTO Efficient Drivetrains Inc. and UC-Davis Emeritus and Catherine JJ DeMauro. Abstract. The alternative-fuel car evolved to reduce exhaust emissions and other problems derived from burning fossil fuels.

2015 156

Wrightspeed unveils new turbine range extender for medium- and heavy-duty electric powertrains; 30% more efficient than current microturbine generators

Green Car Congress

Wrightspeed Inc., a developer of range-extended electric vehicle powertrains for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles ( earlier post ), has unveiled the Fulcrum, a new proprietary turbine generator for use in its Route family of electric powertrains (Route for Class 3-6, Route HD for Class 7-8).

2015 154

Latest Toyota Prius C Dubbed IIHS Top Safety Pick After Updates

Green Car Reports

The 2015 Toyota Prius C hybrid subcompact has now become a "IIHS Top Safety Pick" among new cars, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The crash-test ratings of the smallest Toyota hybrid improved after updates were made during the 2015 model year.

2015 114

An Epic Battle Between Good & Evil in Hermosa Beach!

Creative Greenius

The Evil E&B Empire and their sellout storm troopers will be long be remembered for who they are and what they tried to do to Hermosa Beach. Their shame will live in infamy! Filed under: environment Tagged: Keep Hermosa Hermosa , No on O , Stop Hermosa Oil Drilling.

2015 153

Daimler enters stationary energy storage market with ACCUmotive battery systems; 500 kWh unit already on line for grid stabilization

Green Car Congress

Daimler is entering the commercial and residential stationary energy storage system (ESS) market with its wholly-owned subsidiary Deutsche ACCUmotive.

2015 153

A closer look at Audi’s new R8 e-tron EV and battery

Green Car Congress

The model line-up of the second generation of Audi’s high-performance R8 sports car, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, includes the new R8 e-tron battery-electric vehicle. Earlier post.) The new R8 e-tron delivers 340 kW (456 hp) of power; acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1

2015 152

Opinion: Why Buffett Bet A Billion On Solar: Miles Per Acre Per Year

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by Henry Hewitt for Oilprice.com. During the late innings of the ICE-age (as in the Internal Combustion Engine age) it has become clear that feeding gasoline and diesel to the next billion new cars is not going to be easy, or cheap.

2015 152

Daimler Trucks NA SuperTruck achieves 115% freight efficiency improvement over 2009 baseline; 50.2% engine BTE

Green Car Congress

DTNA’s SuperTruck was unveiled at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show. Click to enlarge.

2015 151

Toyota details powertrain advances in Gen4 Prius; available E-Four system for all-wheel drive

Green Car Congress

Toyota made significant improvements in its new generation full hybrid powertrain applied in the fourth generation Prius ( earlier post ), reducing losses, redesigning and relocating key components and reducing weight.

2015 150

U Toronto studies find traffic emissions spread farther than thought; 25% of cars causing 90% of pollution

Green Car Congress

A trio of recently published studies from a team of University of Toronto engineers has found that air pollution could be spreading up to three times farther than thought, contributing to varying levels of air quality across cities.

2015 150

Daimler and partners deploying world’s largest 2nd-life EV battery storage unit for grid support

Green Car Congress

The world’s largest 2nd-life battery storage unit will soon go into operation in the Westphalian town of Lünen.

2015 149

How a tire company is doing its part to recycle and reuse; Michelin’s TREC

Green Car Congress

by Derek Peterson. It’s fascinating how individuals and companies continue to find creative ways to recycle and reuse.

2015 148

Proterra extended range electric bus delivers 258 miles on one charge of 257 kWh pack

Green Car Congress

A Proterra 40-foot Catalyst XR (extended range) electric bus drove 258 miles (415 miles) on a single charge under test conditions at Michelin’s Laurens Proving Grounds (LPG).

2015 149

Ford Mustang Electric Drag Car Does 0 To 60 MPH Under 2 Seconds, Targets 200 MPH

Green Car Reports

The McLaren F1 supercar and Tesla Model S P85D sedan can both do 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. But they're not fast, not really. Not when there's an electric car that will do 0 to 60 in less than 2 seconds.

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