July 15, 2012

Google has the World’s Largest EV Charging Network


Google has the world’s largest EV Charging network with 200 already installed and 250 more on order.  Their goal: EV charging stations at 5% of their parking spaces “ … made available for free to Googlers.”

Having an EV infrastructure in place can help drive employees to by an EV as they can be sure to find a charger at work.

Between it fleet of Toyota Prius’ and Ford Escapes available for car-sharing and bio fueled diesel shuttle buses Google believes it avoids “ … 14 million vehicle miles, or 5,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year.”

Via:  Google  LINK

January 08, 2012

Sears and Plugless Power™ Partner on Home EV Chargers

Plugless Power and Sears have partnered to offer installation of wireless (hence the name Plugless) EV car chargers for homeowners.  “Aftermarket installations are available now for … Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt electric vehicles, with retrofits for other electric vehicle makes and models coming soon.”

Plugless charging greatly simplifies EV car charging … see video below … the car is driven to the charging “pod” on the garage floor and there is no plug needed!

Sears will install and provide ongoing support services and maintenance.  Sears will also provide these services commercial fleets.

“Sears installation network technicians will be trained and certified on the wireless charging systems … ”


Via:  Plugless Power™  LINK

October 10, 2011

King of Prussia Mall (PA) Gets EV Chargers

The King of Prussia Mall, in King of Prussia PA is getting EV charging statins.

The first 2 in front of Nordstrom and are expected to be available for use in October.  Two more are to follow in front of Bloomingdales.

“ … chargers will be installed and operated by 350Green, an electric vehicle service provider … initially will be free … will partially charge customers' vehicles in 60 to 120 minutes.”

The King of Prussia Mall is owned by Simon Properties Group – they have installed EV charges at some of their other malls.


Via:   LINK

September 27, 2011

Duane Reade (subsidiary of Walgreens) Gets EVs for NYC

Duane Reade – the NYC drugstore chain - is the 1st US Retail Pharmacy to use EVs.  The trucks, Newton models from Smith Electric Vehicles - “ … can travel up to 100 miles on a single overnight charge. … operating costs over one year are one-third to one-half those for a conventional diesel vehicle … Newton also uses regenerative braking … [to] charge to the truck’s battery …”

“ … is part of an extensive Duane Reade initiative to cut energy consumption. …” which includes LED lighting to reduce lighting costs and cooling costs.


Via:  SmartPlanet  LINK

September 08, 2011

EV Profiler

EV Profiler logoIf you are looking to by an EV – electric vehicle – you can use EV Profiles to see how far you can drive b y using your current driving habits to model what you might expect with an EV.

.  EV Profiler “ …  evaluates your driving conditions as they are today, in your existing car, and predicts your battery needs for the same travel in different models of electric vehicles. …”

EV Profiler uses a sensor called a DDR – digital data recorder.  After a week of typcial driving it can predict “ …  your electric vehicle battery needs from your … real world driving.”


Via:  EV Profiler LINK

August 08, 2011

Compact wall-mounted electric vehicle charging

Charge your electric vehicle battery

GE charging station can be installed in the garage and quickly charge your electric vehicle to be ready for the next day’s commute.  The NEMA rating enables the device to be installed outdoors, if your situation requires.  …GE  wall-mounted electric vehicle charger is the Wattstation

…   “The GE WattStation Wall Mount delivers a full-cycle charge to a 24kWh battery in only 4-8 hours, whereas plugging an EV into a standard electrical outlet would require 12-18 hours to provide the same level of charge. 

Suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations, the GE WattStation Wall Mount is NEMA 3R rated to resist rain, sleet and even ice.

The unit measures only 24 inches tall, 16 inches wide and 6 inches deep.”   …

GE WattStation.

Press release for the WattStation.

August 02, 2011

Lowes Partners with GE for EV Charging Stations

GE and Lowes are partnering to offer customers GE’s wall mounted EV car chargers.

GE’s WattStation “ … will help transform the future of personal transportation, making an electric vehicle easily adaptable for everyday use.”"

The GE WattStation will be offered in California in August 2011 starting with 5 stores and expanding to 60 by September and also available by web in September @



Via:  GE  LINK

July 31, 2011

Battery swap stations power Denmark electric vehicles

Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle

Changing stations will quickly swap battery packs into an electric vehicle in a few minutes.  Denmark begins to implement the EV infrastructure with the Better Place battery station.  …

…   “Better Place subscribers purchase their cars, but not the expensive battery packs. For a fixed fee of about $350 a month, they will lease access to the batteries, swap stations and charge points.”   …

Via New York Times: Better Place Stations.

July 29, 2011

Fuel economy standards will challenge and save

Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle

President Obama increases fuel economy by establishing challenging standards for the automotive industry.  The standard looks into the future to model years from 2017Trends showing US fuel economy standards through 2025.  Transportation efficiency targets the largest component of our annual oil consumption.  Light duty vehicles, trucks, and buses consume over sixty percent of U.S. petroleum requirements.  …

…   “These new standards will cover cars and light trucks for Model Years 2017-2025, requiring performance equivalent to 54.5 mpg in 2025 while reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 163 grams per mile.  Taken together, the standards established under this Administration span Model Years 2011 to 2025. They will save consumers money, reduce our dependence on oil, and protect the environment:”   …

Via The Whitehouse: Fuel Economy Standards.

Automotive fuel economy has become a key decision factor for owners.  While buyers of small vehicles are most likely to put fuel economy toward the top of their list of purchase considerations, fuel economy has jumped in importance in nearly all vehicle segments since 2001, recent research survey finds.

Driving Efficiency: Cutting Costs for Families at the Pump and Slashing Dependence on Oil (PDF) Report.

Fuel economy standards graphic

July 20, 2011

Tennessee electric vehicle motors

Nissan Tennessee plant will produce motors for the Leaf electric vehicle.  …

…   “The Decherd plant expansion is being funded with a loan from the U.S. Department of Energy to encourage advanced technology …”   …

Via AP: Nissan Plant.

The Nissan Leaf electric car.

Nissan Leaf zero emission vehicle.

June 29, 2011

Fisker and EVConnect Partner on Charging Infrastructure

EVConnecty logo 

 EV Connect, provider of EV charging solutions and Fisker Automotive, maker of EV cars are partnering to bring the EV infrastructure to Fisker owners.

" ... EV Connect will install and service electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) for Kar

Fisker logo

ma owners and 47 Fisker dealerships throughout the United States and Canada, ..."

EVConnect will start the process of installing a EVConnect charger for Fisker buyers ... at home or at work.  EV Connect is also will be " ... the turnkey infrastructure solution for Karma, ..." handling the logistics and permitting and being the point of contact for the EVSE - including maintenance of the charging equipment..


Via:  Fisker Automotive LINK

May 23, 2011

GE alternative vehicle fleet

GE Capital looks to boost the awareness of alternative vehicles for use in companyGE Fleet promotes awaress of electric vehicles fleets.  …

…   “The Fleet Manager Guide offers steps on developing a plan to reduce a fleet’s fuel consumption and carbon emissions, while the Eco Monitor is a quarterly update on current environmental topics and trends.

Fleet managers can stay informed about new and upcoming electric vehicles with features and launch dates through the website’s Electric Vehicle Summary.”   …

Via Yahoo: GE Capital Fleet Services.

April 28, 2011

Macy's to Offer EV Charging Stations in California

Macy's logo
Macy's is partnering with ECOtality to pilot self serve EV (electric vehicle) charging stations. " ... two electric vehicle charging stations this fall outside each of six Macy's stores in ... San Diego ..."

" ... will install ECOtality’s Blink Electric Vehicle (EV) Level 2 Commercial Pedestal Charging stations ..."

metropolitan area (locations are being identified). ..."

 ECOtality logo


Via:  Macy's  LINK and ECOtality  LINK

March 25, 2011

Beautiful Earth Group (BE) Donates EV Charging Station in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Beautiful Earth Solar Powered EV Charging Stations

85 acre Brooklyn Bridge Park was built with sustainability in mind ... from EV service vehicles to reused / recycled construction materials from prior buildings on the site.

" ...  Designed and built by BE, ... the first solar-powered charging station in New York City and one of only a few in the world. ..."

Over the projected 25 year life of the EV chargers will save "... more than $200,000 in gasoline costs ... More than 530 tons of CO2 ..."

The EV charging system has 24 PV panels with battery storage for 7 x 24 availability can produce 5.6 Kw. 


Via:  Beautiful Earth Group  LINK

March 03, 2011

All Electric VW Bulli (revamped microbus !)

VW Bulli - Electric Version of Bus

Google Translated from German ...

The VW microbus may come back as a 6 seat all-electric called "Bulli".   " ... maximum utilization of space ... driven ... by a powerful electric motor or alternatively efficient gasoline and diesel direct injection engines ..."

 See picture of concept car at left ...


Via:  Volkswagen  LINK

February 24, 2011

Volvo to Offer Diesel Plug In Hybrid V60 Wagon

Volvo Diesel Plug In HybridVovlo plans to introduce a V60 wagon that is the WORLD's FIRST Diesel Plug In Hybrid. 

" ... enables the driver to select from one of three modes of propulsion: Pure for electric drive, Hybrid for alternating propulsion and Power for an extra boost from both.”"

The car is to be launched in Europe in 2012 ... no timing was announced for US import.


Via:  US News  LINK

January 30, 2011

Chevy Volt charging up


January 29, 2011

Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle


January 07, 2011

Tesla Model S engineering perspective

Tesla Vehicle Engineering - Part 1 from Tesla Motors on Vimeo.

January 06, 2011

Cracker Barrel to Install EV charging Stations at 24 Tennessee Restaurants

One key infrastructure item slowing the acceptance of pure electric vehicles is a lack if EV charging stations.  Cracker Barrel is helping to build out the infrastructure using locations along highways

Cracker Barrel Restaurants will install EV chargers from ECOtality at 24 locations in Tennessee.  Many of the locations are identified … see map below.

“ … will become a major participant in The EV Project, an initiative to increase the adoption of electric vehicles by creating a solid charging infrastructure across the country. ….”

Dines and shoppers can get “ … an 80% charge … in just under a half hour at … locations which will have the DC Fast Charging stations. …”:

Plans are to start installation in the spring of ‘11 and be complete in several months.  Check the Cracker Barrel web site for updates.



Via:  Cracker Barrel  LINK

December 20, 2010

Chevy Volt integrates recycled materials into components

Oil soaked booms from BP’s Gulf oil spill are being recycled into Chevrolet’s electricchevy-volt-electric-vehicle vehicle polymer-based components for the Volt.  …

…   “The parts, which deflect air around the vehicle’s radiator, are comprised of 25 percent boom material and 25 percent recycled tires from GM’s Milford Proving Ground vehicle test facility.

The remaining is a mixture of post-consumer recycled plastics and other polymers. 

GM worked with several partners throughout the recovery and development processes.”   …

Via General Motors: Chevrolet Volt Components.

A view of the value chain for GM parts where recycled materials are integrated into the supply.  …


Lucent Polymers.

December 16, 2010

Electric Car Revenge

Inside look at industry manuevering to commercialize the electric car. Revenge. Producer Stefano Durdic and Director Chris Paine study key players driving the resurgence of electric vehicles (EV).

December 02, 2010

Zero Tailpipe Emission Hybrid Electric Bus Uses Dual Batteries

piloted by GE research team.  The team integrates a high-energy density sodium battery with a high-power lithium battery into a dual power system to optimize performance for acceleration and range.  …

…   “While significant advances in battery technology have been made, further reductions in the size and cost of batteries will be needed to enable the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

GE researchers believe a dual system with high power and energy storage capacity could achieve the optimal electric driving range and acceleration requirements at a more practical size scale and cost for larger vehicles.

The research is being done as part of a $13 million research project GE is engaged in with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium, funded under the National Fuel Cell Bus Program. ”   …

GE Hybrid Systems Team.

Research at GE.

National Fuel Cell Bus Program (PDF).

A view of fuel cell bus use in United States bus fleets (PDF).

GE hybrid electric bus

November 14, 2010

GE Makes Committment to Electric Cars - to Purchase 25,000 EVs

GE logo

General Electric announced that they would purchase 25,000 EV by 2015.  This is the largest EV purchase announced so far and will get GE closer towards their goal of having half their global fleet being EV by 2015.  

"“By electrifying our own fleet, we will accelerate the adoption curve, drive scale, and move electric vehicles from anticipation to action.”"

The plan is to buy 12,000 Chevy Volts (General Motors) starting in 2011 and then buy from other manufacturers as they are brfought to the market.

GE will initially purchase 12,000 GM vehicles, beginning with the Chevrolet Volt in 2011, and will add other vehicles as manufacturers bring them to market. By 2015 GE will convert at least half of its global fleet of 30,000 vehicles and will partner with its fleet customers to deploy a total of 25,000 EVs.

GE's Jeffery Immelt says ..." Wide-scale adoption of electric vehicles will also drive clean energy innovation, strengthen energy security and deliver economic value.”"


Via:  GE  LINK

November 11, 2010

LEED Green Housing in Phila, Pa offers Electric Car Chargers

Sheldon Crossing

Sheldon Crossing in Manayunk (Philadelphia) Pa offers the latest in GREEN LIVING.   In addition to being LEED certified they offer a Coulomb Technologies electric  car charging station.

" ... will earn a Platinum LEED certification ... homes will use less energy, water, and natural resources ... "  Features include " ... solar panels, vegetative green roofs, insulation, plumbing, HVAC, water purification and smart home automation ..."Coulomb Charing Station

The model home's Charging Station for electric vehicles is the first in the city of Philadelphia.  Picture >>>>>


Via:  Sheldon Crossing  LINK and Philadelphia Inquirer LINK

October 27, 2010

Smith Electric Trucks -The Value Proposition

Smith Electric Trucks has approx. 80 years (in the UK) building electric vehicles and has US Operations that have delivered electric trucks to companies such as Staples, Frito-Lay and AT&T.

Electric Vehicles produce no smog in operation and are very low cost to operate.  They have a range of up to 100 miles and are great for city use. 

Check out this video to see what it is like from the drivers side and the business owner’s perspective.  Smith Electric Vehicles on Fortune’s Web Site.



Via:  Smith Electric Smith Electric Vehicles

September 28, 2010

MIT Prototype Fold Up City Car

City Car

The CityCar is an EV designed to take up minimum space while parked.  This is achieved by "folding" the car.  Instead of the engine and drive train of a gas powered car the drive components are in each wheel eliminating the need for a long rigid structure for the exhaust pipe or drive train components.

" ... weighs less than a thousand pounds, get the equivalent of 150 to 200 miles per gallon of gasoline. ... no tailpipe emissions."

" .. powered by four in-wheel electric motors ... enables maneuvers like spinning on its own axis ... moving sideways ... "

" ... park nose-in to the curb in ... possible to park three or four CityCars in the length of a traditional parking bay."



September 27, 2010

Costco to Offer Updated / Upgraded Electric Car Charging Parking Spotse

Electric car charging stations at Costco

Costo was an early adapter of charging stations for electric vehicles ... they ere just a little ahead of the curve.  So Costco is updating / upgrading their charging stations.electtric cr chargers

California is going to be a leader in this as that is where experts expect to see the most electric cars.

" ... The EV Project and ChargePoint America are installing Department of Energy-supported free chargers in California ...  Best Buy, which operates a small fleet of Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars for the Geek Squad, and has pledged to install public charging, initially only in California."

With marketers targeting California with EVs this makes good business (and environmental) sense !



Via:  Mother Nature Network LINK

September 25, 2010

GE Better Place Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy

GE and Better Place will collaborate to advance the development of the electric vehicle infrastructure.  The partnership will leverage technology standards, create financing for batteries development, and expand into deployment into fleets.  …

…   “Standards-based technology: GE’s WattStation will be compatible with the Better Place network. Under the Better Place model, the ownership of the car and battery is separated, allowing EV drivers to avoid the heavy up-front cost of the battery and instead pay for miles and a more convenient, cleaner solution for personal transport.

This partnership will allow consumers that manage charging costs under Better Place’s network to easily charge their vehicles using GE’s WattStation.

Establishing charging uniformity for electric vehicle drivers, guarantees drivers can roam from one charge point to another under one seamless transaction for faster charging and a more convenient experience.

Battery Financing: GE and Better Place will develop a battery financing program that begins with a pilot project to finance 10,000 batteries in Israel and Denmark, which are the first two markets for Better Place.

This financing will further drive the early EV market in those countries, helping to bring the first 10,000 electric cars to consumers there.

Fleet Electrification: GE and Better Place are collaborating to target fleet owners for pilot projects to test a comprehensive fleet electrification offering model in major city centers and connecting highways.

The goal is to convert corporate fleet owners to electric fleets, so owners reap both the economic benefits of lower cost of ownership as well as reducing harmful carbon emissions. ”   …

Via Better Place: Collaboration with GE (Release).

Electric vehicle infrastructure

September 09, 2010

Smart electric vehicle infrastructure optimizes charging

Networked mobile charging integrated with electric vehicle intelligence will optimize the placement of recharge stations.  …

…   “To determine where the stations are needed, in-car sensors would monitor the level of charge in the battery and periodically report this to a central operations centre … ”   …

Via New Scientist: Mobile Chargers.

Electric vehicle researcher, Zafer Sahinoglu at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories.

September 01, 2010

New EPA MPG Stickers - May Be Simple as A, B, C

New EPA MGP Simplified Stickers

 EPA Fuel Economy stickers are on all new cars and light trucks and ahve been for decades. They list the city and highway mpg as well expected annual feul costs and some information about emissions.

The EPA is now looking to modify (again) the labels ... to allow meaningful comparisons between newer type vehicles ... such as hybrids where MPG does not really apply.  They might group cars by letters like A, B, and C.

" .. provide ... simple, straightforward energy and environmental comparisons across all vehicles types, including electric vehicles (EV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and conventional gasoline/diesel vehicles. ... information, such as ratings on fuel economy, greenhouse gas emissions, and other air pollutants ..."

Check out the labels and GIVE YOUR comments ... View / Comment on Proposed LABELS.


August 09, 2010

Hydrogen taxi deploys fuel cell for London Olympics

Lotus demonstrates hydrogen fuel cell powered taxi cab that will deliver zero-emissions and be ready to serve visitors at the London Olympic games.  …

…   “It is a hydrogen-powered London cab, developed to showcase zero exhaust emission vehicles during the 2012 London Olympics.”   …

Via BBC: Lotus Hydrogen Taxi.

August 08, 2010

Rapid charge for electric vehicle batteries

Rapid charging could be just the capability to make electric vehicles more appealing to consumers.  Level 3 battery charging could reduce charge time to the thirty minute target.  Technology exists to address barriers to developing the EV infrastructure.  …

…   “ECOtality, also a partner in the EV Project, will roll out a public fast charger in the fall, and Mr. Read predicts that it will be easy for consumers to operate.”   …

Via New York Times: 30 minute recharge.

Frog Design Blink Level 2 Ev Charger: "A crucial component in making this a reality and bringing the EV to consumers across the country is the cultivation and creation of electric-vehicle charging stations that are available for both residential and commercial use. "

August 06, 2010

Electric Vehicle Power Management Efficiency Solutions Wanted

Carnegie Mellon University researchers are seeking efficient methods for managing electric vehicle power through a project called ChargeCar.  They have created a contest to crowd-source solutions to the problem and will award an electric vehicle as the prize.  The contest challenge is to optimize the flow of current between the motor and the power storage system and is expected to run over a year in length.  …

…   “ChargeCar is a community-centered research project of the CREATE Lab  that seeks to revolutionize commuting with electric vehicles.

Working with Pittsburgh-area mechanics, researchers are developing methods for converting gas-powered cars into affordable electric vehicles practical for commuting.

The electric cars will employ artificial intelligence to manage their power, thus improving efficiency and reducing wear-and-tear on batteries.

In addition to batteries, the ChargeCar project will use supercapacitors as part of each vehicle’s power system.

While batteries have trouble handling the surges of power associated with starting or stopping a vehicle, supercapacitors can rapidly discharge current for acceleration and can rapidly store current produced by regenerative braking.

Supercapacitors can thus improve vehicle performance, while reducing wear-and-tear that can dramatically shorten the life of expensive batteries.

The trick, Nourbakhsh says, is finding the best way to handle the flow of power between batteries, supercapacitors and motor.

When should power be transferred from battery to supercapacitor, or vice versa? When should the motor draw power from the battery?

When should it draw from the supercapacitor?

To make these decisions, the system can rely on knowledge of the driver’s normal routes, driving habits, traffic conditions, road conditions, geography, time of day and even weather conditions. “   …

Via Carnegie Mellon University: Electric Vehicle Efficient Power Management (Release).

The ChargeCar Project.

Illah Nourbakhsh, associate professor of robotics and director of the Robotics Institute’s CREATE Lab.

Carnegie Mellon Create Lab.

CMU professor Illah Nourbakhsh presents the CREATE Lab project ChargeCar, a community approach to electric cars.

August 05, 2010

Coulomb Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations

Coulomb logo

Electric vehicles and charging stations ... which comes first ?  Without a built out infrastructure people will not invest in electrics cars. 

Coulomb Technologies makes the " ... ChargePoint Nmap of charging stationsetwork, the most advanced, easy to use, electric vehicle ... charging infrastructure ... "

" ... make electric vehicle use a practical reality ... controlled power at convenient locations wherever EVs park. ... easy to use, and support international power and connector standards. "


Via:  Coulomb Technologies  LINK

July 30, 2010

Chevy Volt Pricing Released !!

Chevy Volt photo

The auto marketplace has been eagerly waiting official pricing for the Chevy Volt - an all electric auto.  Unlike hybrids with a gas engine that provides additional HP for motion the Volt engine does not directly drive the wheels but recharges the battery.

Pricing is approx. $41,000 before a federal tax credit of $7,500 resulting in $33,500 to the consumer.

" ... uses gas to create its own electricity. ... run on a pure electric charge for up to 40 miles ... gas and emissions free. ... uses a range-extending gas generator that produces enough energy to power it for hundreds of miles on a single tank of gas. "

Via:  Chevrolet  LINK

July 03, 2010

BMW MCV Megacity e-Mobility Vehicle

BMW shares its innovative transportation concepts of the near future.  The MCV, or Megacity Vehicle, is its design for electric mobility.  Its passenger cell is made from carbon.  …

…   “The Megacity Vehicle (MCV) demonstrates one way in which the BMW Group envisages future mobility in urban surroundings.

As an example of purpose design, the MCV is systematically designed with the needs and demands of e-mobility in mind.

For as shown by the earlier development work on the MINI E and BMW ActiveE concept vehicle, the adaptation of a vehicle originally designed to be driven by a combustion engine (conversion vehicle) does not exploit the full potential of electric mobility. ”   …

Via BMW: 2010 Innovation Concepts (PDF).


bmw mcv design

June 19, 2010

Hybrid solar building powers electric vehicles

Audi innovation green building concept.

June 17, 2010

ECOTality EV Project expands to LA and DC with additional electric vehicle chargers

US Department of Energy expands The EV Project with an additional grant that adds two new cities, LA and DC, and extends the free home charger offer to include new owners of the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF electric vehicles.  The EV Project started in October, 2009 to understand the use of electric vehicles and the effectiveness of the supporting infrastructure through technology trials.  …Electric vehicle infrastructure project

…   “The EV Project will deliver nearly 15,000 residential and commercial chargers to 13 cities in five states and the District of Columbia.

The mission of the Project is to evaluate the use of electric vehicles and charging systems in diverse geographies and climates, then to use that information to build a foundation that will optimize adoption of electric vehicles nationwide.

With this expansion, ECOtality's EV Project, already the largest electric vehicle infrastructure project ever undertaken, will provide:

  • an additional 2,600 home chargers for owners of the Chevrolet Volt;
  • another 1,000 chargers for the zero-emission Nissan LEAF electric vehicles; ”   …

Via EcoTality: EV Project (Release, PDF).

Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt.

June 03, 2010

Electric vehicle infrastructure will be enabled by deployment of charging stations in the US

ChargePoint America’s free home and public electric vehicle charging stations will be deployed by Coulomb Technologies as part of an accelerated project within a government initiative.  The project plan is targeting installation of over a thousand charging stations by year end and the balance by the third quarter of 2011.

…   “The ChargePoint America program will provide nearly 5000 charging stations to program participants in nine regions in the United States: Austin, Texas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Fla., Sacramento, Calif., the San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond, Wash., and Washington DC and is a strategic partnership with three leading automobile brands including, Ford, Chevrolet and smart USA.”   …

Via Coulomb Technologies: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (Link).

The electric vehicle charging infrastructure is being funded by the Dept of Energy’s Transportation Electrification Initiative .  The charging stations will be deployed in the nine targeted metropolitan areas of the US.

Businesses can apply for a public charging station here.

Individuals can apply for a home charging station here.

Charging Stations The general public can recommend a public charging station be installed at specific locations.

ChargePoint is ready for tracking by iPhone users (iPhone App).

Technology behind the charging stations is integrated to drive efficiency into the electric vehicle infrastructure.  RFID cards will support quick payments and processing.  SMS and email will notify owners when charge is complete through the Chargepoint Network.  Smart grid integration will optimize the charging load to get best pricing.

ChargePoint America will provide 4,600 public and private ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations by October 2011.  What do the levels mean?: The level of the charging refers to the voltage used by the charging station. In the US, standard outlets are at 110 – 120 volts. All Level I charging is done at this voltage.


ChargePoint Map

May 13, 2010

Solar membrane for trickle charging EV

Univ of Arkansas team develops electric vehicle to research new technology and educate students.  …

…   “Additional engineering tasks include implementation of a fast on-board charging system, integration of flexible solar membranes for trickle charging two maxillary batteries and integration of a new LCD instrument cluster for displaying speed, voltages, currents and battery conditions.”   …

Via University of Arkansas, Fort Smith: Electric Vehicle Project.

May 10, 2010

Ford Europe Electric Vehicles to be manufactured in Spain

Ford will deliver electric vehicles to the European market from its Valencia, Spain production facility.  …

…   “Ford Motor Company has significant experience with hybrid vehicles in North America, and will now extend this expertise to Europe as part of the company's aggressive global electrified vehicles strategy.  The reason for building both full Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle versions of the five-seat Ford C-MAX is to provide customers with greater choice to suit their specific driving and living environments.

Full HEVs charge their electric batteries through the use of the small displacement internal combustion engine along with energy recapture through the regenerative brake system, whereas PHEVs have the ability to also recharge their electric batteries through an external source, such as a conventional electric power socket. ”   …

Via Ford: Electric Vehicle Sourcing for Europe

April 13, 2010

Ford Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Ford collaborates with electric utilities on infrastructure to support its emerging EVs. ...
... "The comments underscore the intensifying pressure within the auto industry to attack the hurdles facing mass adoption of electric vehicles while the Obama administration continues to tighten emission standards. " ...
Via Wall Street Journal: Electric-Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

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March 31, 2010

Ford Microsoft energy management collaboration targets electric vehicles

Ford teams up with Microsoft to integrate the Hohm energy management system into its future electric vehicle products. Electric vehicle owners will benefit from information provided through Hohm and be enabled in their transition to this type of transportation. ...
... "The two companies are teaming up to implement the Microsoft Hohm energy management application for Ford’s electric vehicles. Ford is the first automaker announcing the use of Hohm, starting with the Focus Electric next year. Hohm will help owners determine when and how to most efficiently and affordably recharge battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles. It also should help utility companies manage the added demands of electric vehicles on the electric grid. " ...
Via Ford: Microsoft Hohm as platform for Ford’s electric vehicles

March 03, 2010

Tata Nano EV Electric Vehicle on display at Geneva Auto Show

Tata Motors shows its Nano Electric Vehicle to European audience at the Geneva Auto Show. ... "It will seat four individuals comfortably in its spacious interiors, which the Tata Nano is known for. It will have a predicted range of up to 160 km and an acceleration of 0-60 kmph in under 10 seconds. Tata Motors continues its innovative approach with the Tata Nano EV, using super polymer lithium ion batteries, as in the Tata Indica Vista EV, which provide superior energy density to conventional batteries. " Via Tata Motors:

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February 23, 2010

Univ Delaware V2G vehicle to grid system enables electric cars

to provide electricity balancing service onto the power grid and generate revenue for the power.

Continue reading "Univ Delaware V2G vehicle to grid system enables electric cars" »

University of Michigan Explores Vehicle to Grid (V2G)

Can your car - or your hybrid - help power the grid?electric grid

" ... exploring plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) that not only use grid electricity to meet their power needs, but also the car's potential to store electricity from the wind or sun, or even feed electricity back into the grid, earning money for the owner."

" ... vehicle-to-grid (V2G) integration ... improve the sustainability and resilience of the transportation and electric power infrastructures ... new era in which vehicles and electric "fuel" infrastructure become a system."

" electric cars become "distributed" storage, doubling as mobile holding tanks for electricity, ready to serve in their down time."


Via:  University of Michigan LINK

February 15, 2010

Volvo to Look at Car "Skin" as Additional Battery Source

Volvo hybrid

Volvo is looking at a possible new battery technology that can double as the car "skin".    The idea is to make new hybrids lighter and more efficient by having the car's "skin" serve a dual purpose.

"Researchers from Imperial College London ... and Volvo are developing a prototype material that’s strong and light enough to be used as a car’s skin but can store and discharge electrical energy."

" ... material is made of carbon fibers and a polymer resin and can store and discharge large amounts of energy much more quickly than conventional batteries."

" ... does not use chemical processes, making it quicker to recharge than conventional batteries. Unlike conventional chemical batteries, the recharging process also causes little degradation in the composite material."

" ... could also be used as both battery and shell of consumer electronic devices such as mobile phones and computers. Without conventional batteries, the devices could be smaller and more lightweight."


Via:  SmartPlanet  LINK

February 09, 2010

Electric Vehicle Demo Center

Better Place brings real-world electric vehicle consumer experience to Israel through its demo center. ...
... "The demonstration center presents to the public the broadest Better Place consumer experience to date. In addition to EV test drives on a dedicated track and the opportunity to engage directly with Better Place staff, we provide a multimedia experience ... " ...
Via Better Place blog: Electric vehicle demonstration center in Israel

February 02, 2010

The Dow Chemical Company: Green and Getting Greener

Dow Chemical logo

Dow has products for many part of the green economy ... from solar cells to batteries for electric cars to materials for solar cells.

"Dow ... has embarked upon a multi-pronged strategy to capitalize on the demand for renewable energy and low-carbon alternatives to conventional products. ... "

" ... Dow's secret [is] ... Material science, i.e. membranes, coatings and other difficult-to-manufacture items that require a lot of chemical know-how. ... will have a huge impact on ... core green markets ..."

" ... Dow Corning ... brought a silicone sealant originally devised for outer space solar panels to the conventional solar panel market ... Dow signed a multimillion dollar, multi-year research alliance with Caltech to develop next generation solar technologies. ..."

" ... will sell copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar roofing tiles. Initial customers for the tiles, developed in conjunction with Global Solar, include mass market home builders Lennar and Pulte Homes."

" ... is sponsoring Electric Avenue, the electric car hall at the North American International Auto Show  .... Dow Kokam, a joint venture, will also discuss batteries for electric cars at the show."

" ... wants a larger part of the water purification and desalination market, buying Rohm & Haas to help it expand ..."

Via:  Greentechmedia  LINK

January 31, 2010

Up Close with Tesla Roadster Electric Vehicle at Philly Auto Show

Tesla Roadster sighting at the 2010 Philadelphia International Auto Show. ...

More Tesla Roadster pictures after the jump. ...

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January 23, 2010

Tesla Electric Vehicle Clean Energy Future

Department of Energy Secretary Chu announces a construction loan for Tesla Motors, enabling the company to build its assembly and power-train manufacturing facilities in California. The Energy Secretary sees this investment as establishing the nascent US electric vehicle industry. ...
... "This is an investment in our clean energy future that will create jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil, said Secretary Chu. It will help build a customer base and begin laying the foundation for American leadership in the growing electric vehicles industry. This is part of a sustained effort to develop and commercialize technologies that will be broadly deployed throughout the American auto industry. Tesla’s planned Model S will consume no gasoline and will not produce any tailpipe emissions. " ...
Via Dept of Energy: 465 Million Dollar Loan to Tesla Motors

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January 02, 2010

Nissan LEAF - Electric Car

Nissan Leafd

Nissan has announced the Nissan Leaf - a zero emission electric car that is designed for "the mass market".  In addition to the car, Nissan is working with partners to develop the required infrastructure to support an a all electric car.  The LEAF is expected to be priced similar to other family sedans.

" ...  Nissan LEAF zero-emission, all-electric car ... five-passenger, five-door, gasoline-free car ..."

"Nissan is the only automaker committed to making all-eZero Emission logolectric vehicles available to the mass market on a global scale. ... has partnered on the development of an electric-vehicle infrastructure through partnerships in the State of Tennessee, the State of Oregon, Sonoma County, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Washington D.C., Seattle, Raleigh, and Vancouver. Additionalpartnerships will be announced in the near future."

Via:  Nissan  LINK

December 23, 2009

NY Solar Charging Station for Electric Vehicles

Sustainable solar charging station is demonstrated in New York City. ...
... "The drive-in station was built by Beautiful Earth (using recycled shipping containers) on land it owns just blocks from company headquarters. " ...
Via New York Times: Solar Car-Charging

November 02, 2009

Electric Vehicle Integrated Transportation Modes

Better Place Denmark and DSB partner to enable sustainable transportation by integrating trains and electric cars. ...
... "The partnership will allow the high numbers of EV owners that are expected to emerge in the near future, the freedom to choose between the EV, the train or a combination of the two without worrying about ticket, seat reservation, parking, charging etc. All of those things will be addressed by the joint offering ... " ...
Via Project Better Place: Sustainable transportation alternative in Denmark

October 27, 2009

Fisker Plug-In Electric Vehicle Plant in Wilmington Delaware Will Build Family Hybrid Sedan

Fisker Automotive will build its plug-in electric family sedan in the idle Wilmington Assembly plant in Delaware. ...
... "The plant will support Fisker Automotive’s Project NINA, the development and build of an affordable, family-oriented plug-in hybrid sedan costing about $39,900 after federal tax credits. Production is scheduled to begin in late 2012 and create 2000 factory jobs and more than 3000 vendor / supplier jobs when production reaches full capacity in 2014. " ...
Via Fisker Automotive: Wilmington Assembly Plant

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October 25, 2009

GM Spark - Electric Car for Under $6000.

GM Spark

GM is planning to sell an all electric small car in India ...

Read on for more >>>

" ... all-electric Spark will go on sale next year in India ... GM parners with Reva Electric Car Co.  ... plug-in Spark can be re-chargedReva Logo at any standard socket in India, requiring no new infrastructure. That’s what’s limited sales of other alternative-energy cars in India so far...."


Via:  ZDNet  LINK






September 24, 2009

Green Fleet: Electric Vehicle Commitment by Utilities

FPL Group and Duke Energy commit to transforming their full vehicle fleet to electric, over the next decade, creating demand for vehicles (EVs) and the enabling infrastructure. ...
... "The joint commitment represents more than 10,000 vehicles and potential revenues of at least $600 million for manufacturers who can produce viable plug-in electric vehicles. The conversion has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 125,000 metric tons over the next 10 years. Duke Energy and FPL Group will begin this transition in the coming years - with the goal that 100 percent of all new fleet vehicles will be plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by 2020. " ...
Via FPL Group: Will Convert Vehicles to Plug-in Hybrid or Electric by 2020

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September 22, 2009

California Solar Charging Corridor for Electric Vehicles

Owners of electric vehicles, such as the Tesla, will be able to recharge their batteries at stations from San Francisco to Los Angeles, as Solar City and Rabobank collaborate to create a solar re-charging corridor. ...
... "Solar City, a Silicon Valley neighbor of Tesla, has installed a whole corridor full of charging stations between the Bay Area and LA. " ...
Via NBC Bay Area: Electric Car

SolarCity and Rabobank: Create Corridor of Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: "San Francisco and Los Angeles each support local infrastructure for EVs and many enterprising EV owners have successfully completed ambitious road trips throughout California and cross-country. Allowing drivers to plug in and charge up at multiple locations along well traveled corridors will dramatically increase the convenience and practicality of the growing number of EVs on American roads. Rabobank branches are positioned all along the high-traffic Highway 101 corridor, close to shops, restaurants and other commercial centers in Northern and Southern California, making them ideal locations for charging stations. "

Electric Vehicle Range Addressed by Better Place

You are in your electric car and the battery in nearing empty. What do you do? ... Your car informs you of the location of the nearest battery recharging / exchange station and you vector there as a fully-charged battery has been reserved for you. ...
... "Better Place designed the software with a single goal in mind, calming the fears of owners of EVs who believe drained batteries will leave them stranded in the middle of nowhere. " ...
Via All Cars Electric: Better Place Safety Net Software

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September 20, 2009

Leno Lays Down the Green Car Challenge

September 16, 2009

Tips for Renting a Hybrid

Toyotaq Prius
So you are going on a trip and want to be green and rent a hybrid.  Sounds easy enough ... except that only approximately 1% of the rental fleet consist of hybrids.Ford Escape Hybrid

"Booking a hybrid rental car can be a big hassle. To boost your chance of scoring one of these green rides, follow Budget Travel's advice in four easy steps ...".

For the Video "How to Rent a Hybrid" click the LINK ...


Via: BudgetTravel  Link


September 15, 2009

Audi "e-tron" electic car prototype

Audi e-tron

Audi's e-tron is no Prius (gas / electric hybrid) or Volt (electric with gas powered battery charging engine). 

Check out this prototype high performance electric car ... from Audi.

" ... e-tron, a high-performance sports car with a purely electric drive system. Four motors – two each at the front and rear axles – drive the wheels, making the concept car a true quattro. ... the two-seater accelerates from 0 to 100 km/hAudi logo (0 – 62.14 mph) in 4.8 seconds, ... The lithium-ion battery provides a truly useable energy content of 42.4 kilowatt hours to enable a range of approximately 248 kilometers, or 154 miles.


Via:  Audi LINK


September 14, 2009

American Chopper's Green Motorcycle

August 18, 2009

Chevy's Volt - All New Electric Car

The new Chevy Volt promises to be an interesting car. It is a hybrid that is battery powered with an engine to charge the batteries ... the engine DOES NOT power the wheels! Take a test drive and learn more about one of GM and the U.S. auto industry's most promising new cars. Via: LINK

Colorado State Univ Electric Vehicle Education

Colorado State will develop hybrid electric vehicle education to increase the knowledge of maintenance workers, emergency responders, and the public about the high voltage used in fuel cells.  ...Fuel Cell

...   "This grant will help create an innovative and integrated education program that ties community outreach with secondary school awareness, technician and first responder training, and college/post-graduate level education in sustainable transportation, namely electric vehicles and their support systems ... '   ... 

Via Colorado State University: $5 million stimulus DOE grant


August 13, 2009

Vail Colorado Mountain Haus Electric Vehicle and Charging Stations

A view of the not too distant future of electric vehicles will include charging stations like those described and as shown in the picture.   ...

...   "The difference is that the Mountain Haus’ 2002 Toyota Rav4 is an all-electric vehicle, meaning that it runs completely on batteries, and recharges at three different charging sites around town. "   ... 

Via Vail Daily: Charging around

Vail Electric Vehicle Charging Station at the Mountain Haus

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August 06, 2009

2011 Buick Plug-In Electric Hybrid Crossover SUV Planned

Tom Stephens, GM vice chairman of product development, expects Buick to launch a new plug-in electric crossover sport utility vehicle in 2011. ...
... "The Buick plug-in hybrid is expected to be the first commercially available plug-in hybrid SUV produced by a major automaker. The Buick plug-in hybrid has the potential to achieve double the fuel economy of comparably-sized SUVs on short trips. This significant boost is achieved by combining a modified version of GM's proven 2-Mode Hybrid system with advanced lithium-ion battery cells and charging technology developed for GM's Voltec system, which will debut in the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle in late 2010. The Buick plug-in hybrid will use the same manganese-spinel based chemistry and polymer battery cells as the Volt. The 8 kwh battery - containing half the energy of the Volt battery pack - will be packaged in a rectangular-shaped box under the cargo floor. The lithium-ion battery can be fully recharged in four to five hours by simply connecting the vehicle to any standard 110V household electrical outlet. By recharging rather than refueling, the Buick plug-in hybrid significantly improves fuel economy and reduces petroleum use. In early testing, the plug-in hybrid is capable of electric-only propulsion for more than 10 miles at low speeds. " ...
Via GM: Plug-In Hybrid System

Lead-Acid Battery Chemistry Improvement

Exide Technologies with Axion Power International receive thirty-four million dollar grant to advance the performance of lead-acid batteries, using lead-carbon electrodes for micro and mild hybrid applications. This grant is a part of President Obama's investment in battery technology for electric vehicles. ...
... "Lead-acid batteries, which are used for transportation and stand-by applications, account for half of the rechargeable battery market. Although alternative battery chemistries are growing in popularity, such chemistries are not expected to diminish the demand for lead-acid. " ...
Via Exide Technologies: Collaboration to Advance Lead-Acid Battery Chemistry

Battery research grants award list (PDF).

Via The White House: Obama on Spurring Innovation, Creating Jobs: "The projects were selected through a highly competitive process by the Department of Energy, and these innovative ideas will help propel America forward as we work to establish the next generation of advanced vehicles. "

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August 02, 2009

Nissan Leaf Electric Car Designed for Hundred Mile Range of Commuters that Seek Zero Emission Vehicle

Nissan has designed its Leaf electric automobile to serve the needs of commuters with a range of one hundred miles and a smart mobility system that tracks remaining mileage and locally reachable charging stations. The car is expected to be available in markets by 2010. ...
... "ZERO-EMISSION MOBILITY: Nissan LEAF is powered by laminated compact lithium-ion batteries, which generate power output of over 90kW, while its electric motor delivers 80kW/280Nm. This ensures a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience that is in keeping with what consumers have come to expect from traditional, gasoline-powered automobiles. Unlike internal-combustion engine (ICE) equipped vehicles, Nissan LEAF's power train has no tail pipe, and thus no emission of CO2 or other greenhouse gases. A combination of Nissan LEAF's regenerative braking system and innovative lithium-ion battery packs enables the car to deliver a driving range of more than 160km (100 miles) on one full charge. (*US LA4 mode) ... " ...

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July 30, 2009

Minimize Your Off-Road Carbon Footprint with Zero DS Electric Motorcycle

The Zero DS supports your off-road experience with an electric powerpack that achieves a fifty mile range and recharges in under four hours. ...
... "Powered by the most advanced drive train in the industry, the Zero DS is a fully electric motorcycle that can handle any surface you can throw at it. Navigating obstacles and maintaining control is accomplished using a specially developed suspension system and a rugged wheel set. " ...
Via ZERO MOTORCYCLES: DS Electric Motorcycle

June 17, 2009

Exelon's ComEd is a Major Green Fleet (cars, trucks, etc.)

 com ed logo

ComEd, a Exelon company has bought 50 Toyota Prius to add toExelon 2020 Seal its already substantial GREEN fleet of cars and trucks. 

" ...One of Nation's Largest Green Fleets ... save utility 6,500 gallons of gas in 2009, ...  including 10 Priuses that have been specially converted into electric plug-in hybrids. ..."
" ... Compared to an average subcompact, the Prius hybrid and plug-in electric version consume about 30 and 65 percent less fuel, respectively. ... reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60 metric tons."

" ... 63 percent of the ComEd fleet uses a fuel source other than 100 percent gasoline.... 1,774 trucks that use biodiesel fuel ...250 E85 flex-fuel vehicles ... 91 hybrid Ford Escape SUVs; one biodiesel-electric hybrid bucket truck; one liquid petroleum gas (LPG) bucket truck; and the 50 new Prius vehicles. ..."


Via:  Exelon  LINK

June 05, 2009

Mitsubishi i-MiEV Innovative Electric Vehicle Accelerates to Market

Mitsubishi Motors will bring its i-MiEV new-generation electric vehicle, or EV, to market in 2009. It is expected to deliver over 150 km of driving on a single charge. The charging mechanism is flexible to accomodate recharging the battery at home or at distributed quick charging stations. ...
... "The i-MiEV represents the crystallization of some 40 years of electric vehicle development at Mitsubishi Motors. The company is presenting the production i-MiEV as the ultimate eco-car, a solution to the various challenges the automobile faces today including environmental pollution, global warming and the depletion of petroleum-based energy supplies. The company will continue its extensive collaboration with both private and public sectors in Japan and overseas in developing infrastructure to promote ownership of EVs. " ...
Via Mitsubishi Motors: Electric Vehicle i-MiEV

April 22, 2009

Project P.U.M.A. (Personal Urban Mobility & Accessibility)

P.U.M.A. (Personalized Urban Mobility & Accessibility) vehicl

What do you get when you take a Segway "scoote" and put a seat and "body" on it?  GM and Segway are prototyping this concept to develop a P.U.M.A. - personal urban mobility and access device.

Read on for more ... 

" ... Project P.U.M.A. (Personal Urban Mobility & Accessibility) prototype. ... working concept ... in collaboration with General Motors Corp. ..."

"... demonstrate a dramatically different approach to urban mobility ... Built off of the proven reliable and safe technology you find in Segway Personal Transporters (PTs), the prototype truly does expand upon the exhilarating riding experience…"

Via:  Segway  LINK

April 20, 2009

Wheego EV - to Ship in MAY 2009



"WHEEGO ELECTRIC CARS, a division of RTEV, Inc., ... a full line of recreational and street electric LSVs (Low Speed Vehicles), ... is taking reservations for its first car, the Wheego Whip, which will begin shipping in May."

" ... a fully loaded two-passenger automobile ... Remote keyless entry, air conditioning and an mp3 stereo system are standard equipment  ... retails for under $19,000, and it only costs about 3 cents per mile to operate.  ... a 10% Federal Tax credit on the purchase price of the car as a Low Speed Vehicle in 2009. When the Whip is eventually certified and sold as a full speed car, the Federal Tax credit will be $7,500."



April 03, 2009

San Francisco Green Initiatives

Gavin Newson, mayor of SF, shares his thoughts on how the city can reduce emissions and become more green and environmentally friendly ... maybe even be the electric car capital of ... the US? Video below ... At the Green: Net '09 Conference in San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom lays out the city's future plans for reducing emissions even further. He explains the city's current electric-car project, and the coming green initiatives of wave technology and tidal-flow generators--a steady stream of energy, he says, that will come right from San Francisco Bay. Via: ZDNet Link

March 26, 2009

Electric Vehicle Battery Testing

The President mentions specific companies to highlight their involvement in or connection to the clean tech industry as he discuss the country's investment in energy transformation. ...
... "And just last week I visited the Electric Vehicle Technical Center in Pomona, California, which is testing batteries to power a new generation of plug-in hybrids that will help end our dependence on foreign oil. I have to say, Susan, the battery I saw was bigger than that one that's on the desk -- (laughter) -- but that may be the direction we're moving. So innovators like you are creating the jobs that will foster our recovery –- and creating the technologies that will power our long-term prosperity. " ...
Via The White House: Investments in Clean Energy and New Technologies

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March 19, 2009

Electric Vehicle Battery Value Chain

General Motors' Volt will source electric vehicle battery cells from LG Chem in South Korea which is only one part of the value chain for this critical part. ...
... "That is GM’s role in the Volt’s battery value chain. We write the software and produce the electronic controls that operate the battery. We design the battery pack. We integrate the battery into the vehicle. We design the vehicle, and maximize the battery’s capabilities to meet the Volt’s unique performance expectations, such as up to 40 miles of electric-only driving. " ...
Via General Motors FastLane: Batteries Developed in the U.S.

February 27, 2009

GreenWheel Battery Powered Bike

MIT logoGreen Wheel is a cross between a regular bicycle and a motorcycle developed by scientists at MIT.

" ... GreenWheel ... will turn any pedal bicycle into an electric hog. ... has the radius of a small dinner plate and is about 2 inches thick. Inside the aluminum frame sits the three major GreenWheel components: an electric generator, batteries and an electric motor."

green wheel " ... a bike powered solely by a single GreenWheel ... has an estimated range of 25 miles. ... bike can be charged by pedaling or by plugging it into the electric grid.

" ... estimates its range at 40,000 miles, or about eight years work of travel at an estimated 20 miles per business day. ...

" ... getting people out of cars and onto bikes ... GreenWheel designers hope to reduce the use of fossil fuels and carbon emissions. ... GreenWheel is also made from environmentally friendly processes by companies like A123 Systems, which manufactures the lithium ion batteries used in the GreenWheel."


Via:  LINK

February 04, 2009

Ford Announces Hybrid Car Battery Partner

Ford Motor Company "Ford ... entered into a partnership with battery producer Johnson Controls-Saft to develop advanced lithium-ion battery system ...  seven regional electric utility partners are joining Ford and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to conduct real-world tests on an expanding fleet of Ford Escape PHEVs.Johnson Conmtrols Logo"

" ... partnerships will help Ford accelerate its electrification strategy, including bringing a full battery electric vehicle (BEV) van to market in 2010 for commercial use, a small BEV sedan developed jointly with Magna International by 2011 and a PHEV by 2012."

" ... battery system that Johnson Controls-Saft is designing and manufacturing ...  the cells will be produced at the supplier's production facility in France, but the system will be assembled in the United States. The five-year supply agreement includes delivery for committed production in 2012 with a target of at least 5,000 units per year."


Via:  Ford Motor Company  LINK

February 03, 2009

Greener Ice Resurfacing Machine

Olympia Ice BearResurfice now makes a battery operated ice resurfacing machines .  Ofter called "Zamboni's" after the first manufacturer of these products ...  Resurfice developed a battery operated model for those who are looking to be Greener on the ice ...

"In response to an industry demand for a pollution free, safe, efficient, cordless electric powered ice resurfacer, the Olympia IceBear sets a new standard in high performance and low operational costs while producing zero emissions."


Via:  LSK Enterprises    Link

December 15, 2008

Electrovaya Maya-300 Electric Car

electrovaya logo

 Toronto Canada based electovaya (Toronto Stock Exchange EFL) has announced its Maya-300, a ZERO emission elelectrovayaelectric car that will go up to 35 mph and have a range of up to 120 miles.  Using Lithium ion type batteries with film materials from ExxonMobil the Maya-300 might be your next city car ... or second car.

Read on for more ...

" ... Maya-300, a zero-emission ... transportation solution with sufficient range for many drivers. Its top speed is electronically regulated to either 25 or 35 mph ...  long electric range of up to 120 miles on a single charge and works very well in cold weather conditions ...on-board battery charger allows for convenient recharging with standard 110V outlets ..."


Via:  elecrovaya  LINK


December 07, 2008

Buddy Electric Car

Three-seater Buddy electric vehicle from Norway will support multiple battery technology as the industry solutions evolve. ...
... "The passengers’ safety is well taken care of by the frame and safety cabin made of steel tubes, the doors with crossbars and the deformation zones in the front and rear. The Buddy allows flexibility for varying battery technologies both where electronics and space are concerned. " ...
Via ElBil Norge AS: Buddy electric car from Norway

Buddy car ...

December 03, 2008

Hawaii Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan

Governor Linda Lingle and Better Place CEO Shai Agassi plan to create the infrastructure to enable a robust deployment of electric cars in Hawaii, positioning the state as a model for the nation. ...
... "Hawaii spends up to $7 billion a year on oil imports and drivers pay some of the highest gasoline prices in the nation -- accounting for nearly 20 percent of the state’s Green House Gases (GHG). Building the infrastructure for widespread adoption of electric vehicles will not only stimulate the local economy and reduce carbon emissions, but also provide a more affordable transportation option for Hawaii's drivers. Hawaii, with its ready access to renewable energy resources like solar, wind, wave and geothermal, is the ideal location to serve as a blue print for the rest of the U.S. in terms of reducing our dependence on foreign oil, growing our renewable energy portfolio and creating an infrastructure that will stabilize our economy, said Shai Agassi, Founder and CEO of Better Place. " ...

Hawaii Press Conference Video Hawaii Better Place Video

Better Place Hawaii: "Better Place said that it will be partnering with Hawaii to make mass adoption of electric vehicles powered by renewable energy a reality in the state by 2012. "

November 24, 2008

BMW MINI E (electric)

 e-mini plugs in 

The very popular Mini (by BMW) is set to come out in a plug in version.  Dubbed the Mini e ... the first 500 are planned for the greater LA area and NYC.

"introduced the MINI E electric vehicle at the 2008 Los ABMW -e-Miningeles Auto Show ... MINI E is a pure electric ... runs on lithium-ion batteries. ... "

" ... have set up a special website where you can put your name on the list. ... taking reservations until December 10, 2008 ..."

" ... the MINI E will be the first lithium-ion powered electric to hit the streets in any quantity. This is just the start of more electric happenings to come. "












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November 16, 2008

Electric Vehicle Performance Metric

EPA mileage ratings need to shift to accomodate hybrid and electric vehicles. ...
... "Because the Tesla never consumes petroleum while driving, the E.P.A.-required window sticker lists the energy consumed in kilowatt-hours of electricity. Translating the Roadster’s numbers --- 32 kilowatt hours per 100 miles in town and 33 on the highway ... " ...
Via New York Times: 100 miles per gallon

Hybrid fuel economy.

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October 24, 2008

MINI to offer Electric Car

MINI w/ plug in logo on roofThe BMW / MINI is a hot little car and pretty fuel efficient ... designed with lots of energy saving features like lightweight recyclable aluminum and some plastic parts coded for recycling.

The next step might be the electric / plug in MINI.  Read on for more >>

" ... readying an invasion fleet of 500 electric MINIs to launch on the shores of California, New York and New Jersey....will be used by a mixture of corporations and “private individuals”."

" ... electric MINIs are powered by a motor (with 220nM of torque) and by a lithium ion battery ... takes up the place where the rear two seats usually live in the MINI hatchback ... electric motor drives the front wheels and the top speed is just 95mph, ... the MINI E will do 0-62mph in 8.5sec."

" ... plugged into the domestic supply to recharge and all owners will be given a wall-mounted box that will recharge the MINI E in around 2.5 hours....a range of over 100 miles."


Via:  Mirror.CO.UK  LINK


October 16, 2008

Pininfarina B0 (as in B-zero)

Pininfarina B0

"Design house Pininfarina, ... B0, ...four-seat, four-door electric hatchback created in partnership with Bolloré ... B0 will be a mass production model, with the first units coming off the production line at the end of 2009, ... a range of 153 miles and a top speed of 80 MPH.

" ... production will be ramped up gradually based on the availability of the batteries. Built in Turin ... the B0 electric car will be powered by Bolloré’s proprietary LMP technology, using a combination of batteries and supercapacitors ... a fully-electric vehicle without any carbon dioxide production,


Via: jalopnik Link

September 18, 2008

Tesla Motors to build All Electric Sports Sedan

Tesla Motors Logo

Tesla Motors announced plans to build its second car model, the Moedl S (no doubt for Sedan)  in California.  Their first model, a two seat roadster, made headlines for amazing performance from an all electric car.

" ... Tesla ... plans to  build a $250 million facility to manufacture a zero-emission luxury sedan in the heart of Silicon Valley. ... The factory – expected to achieve gold certification from U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ..."

"Model S is Tesla’s zero-emission, five-passenger luxury sedan powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. ... expected to ... get about 240 miles per charge with exceptional performance. The first sedans will likely roll off the assembly line in late 2010."

Via:  Tesla Motors  Link

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July 22, 2008

Plug-in Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

GM and utilities plan collaboration to build the infrastructure to support electric plug-in vehicles. ...
... "General Motors will work with EPRI and the utility companies on everything from codes and standards to grid capability to ensure that when the Volt goes to market, the infrastructure is ready - and customers can realize the full potential of these revolutionary vehicles as soon as they leave the showroom. Details of the alliance, which is by far the largest and most-comprehensive between an automaker and the electric utility industry, were announced today in San Jose during the Plug-In 2008 Conference. Among the many things the coalition will address include ensuring safe and convenient vehicle charging, raising the public awareness and understanding of plug-in electric vehicles, and working with public policy leaders to enable a transition from petroleum to electricity as a fuel source. " ...
Via GM: Major Collaboration to Commercialize Plug-in Vehicles

July 01, 2008

Honda FCX Clarity - First Mass Production Fuel Cell Car

Honda LogoHonda's Clarity is slated to be the first hydrogen powered car to be mass produced.

Fuel cells are not new .... though they are relatively a new idea for cars ... one lingering problem is the INFRASTRUCTURE needed to make these cars viable.  Read on for more about this as well >>>

How do Fuel Cells work and what are their advantages ... Read on for more >>> 

" ...hydrogen fuel cell produces electricity ... electricity then powers the electric motor, which in turn drives the front wheels. Water vapor and heat are the only byproducts."
The fuel cell is in the purple circle in the car shown to the right >>
The more technical details ....
" ... Hydrogen fuel is fed into the anode of the fuel cell. ... hydrogen molecules are split into electrons and protons. ...Electrons are channeled through a circuit to produce electricity. ...Protons pass through the polymer electrolyte membrane. ...Oxygen ... enters the cathode and combines with the electrons and protons to form water. ...water vapor and heat are released as byproducts of this reaction."

Via:  Honda  Link

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June 15, 2008

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Investments

The Department of Energy will fund three plug-in hybrid electric vehicle projects through $30 million of government funding and cost-sharing investment from industry over the next three years. The projects will achieve demonstration of electric vehicles capable of 40 miles of travel before recharging and address cost barriers of electric vehicles. The announcement was made by Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Andy Karsner. ...
... "The projects selected will be developed between Fiscal Years 2008-11 and demonstrated in geographically diverse regions to identify performance, operation, and fuel economy in a real-world environment. The goal is to develop PHEVs that can be mass produced, compete effectively in the marketplace, and substantially reduce petroleum consumption by offering fuel flexibility to American consumers. DOE’s funding for these projects, which is subject to Congressional appropriations, will be combined with an industry cost share of 50 percent. " ...
Via Department of Energy: $30 Million for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Projects

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June 11, 2008

Lithium Battery Advancement

Second generation batteries and third generation electric vehicles are needed push the limits of usable driving range. ...
... "Mitsuhiko Yamashita, Nissan's executive vice president for research and development, said advances in lithium-ion battery technology will dramatically boost the operating range of electric vehicles, potentially broadening their appeal. " ...
Via Wall Street Journal: New Lithium Batteries

May 08, 2008

A123 Plug-In for Toyota Prius

Plug-In LogoA123 Systems has developed a Plug-In conversion kit for the Toyota Prius.  While not developed by Toyota - nor approved by Toyota - here are the details!

By inserting another battery between the normal (small) battery and the coToyota Priusmputer control systems the Prius is tricked to keep running on battery as there is more battery power.  This additional battery boost can carry many people through their daily commute ... allowing them to power the car mostly by electric from their home.

A123 Plug-in Battery for Prius " ... ... half of the cars in the U.S. are driven just 25 miles a day or less....Plug-in Conversion Modules enable your vehicle to achieve outstanding fuel economy by electrically supplementing the hybrid drive train for up to 40 miles. When the Hymotion L5 module is fully depleted, your vehicle will function as a standard hybrid until you recharge."

" ... plug your car into your house using an extension cord and a standard 120V outlet. Your L5 module will be fully charged when you are ready to go in the morning. ..."


Via:  A123 Systems   Link

April 10, 2008

Th!nk Electric Cars from Norway

Th!nk Car

Once part of the Ford Motor Company, Th!nk is now an electric car manufacturer. Th!nk car

The Parent Company is called Th!nk Global " ... as its owners want to explore new forms of a global technology partnership for local manufacturing of the Th!nk City ...."


" ... become even more modular, allowing different options and energy sources,"

" ... a hybrid with a supplementary fuel cell, and a module that runs on biofuels."

" ... manufacturing that is modular and decentralized, ... The THINK can be built in an efficient way even in small assembly plants, as 80% of the car’s cost are supplier linked: Coordinating the purchase on behalf of many locally owned plants can drastically reduce the cost of all."
Via:  Th!nk Global   Link 


April 08, 2008

FMC Positioned for Electric Vehicle Battery Future

FMC Corporation is profiled as a good investment for the future based on its market position in battery technology. ...
... "Lithium Ion batteries make it the de-facto battery of choice for next generation battery electric vehicles [BEV], fuel-cell vehicles [FCV], and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles [PHEV]. " ...
Via Seeking Alpha: Future of Battery Technology

March 26, 2008

Electric Cars and Wind are like Peas and Carrots

Shai's picture unites electric car with wind power to make a perfect match for electrons. ...
... "Electric cars and windmills are the most complementary products in the green world. Windmills generate a lot more energy at night, as wind picks up when the air cools down. " ...
Via Shai Agassi's Long Tailpipe: The Virtual Oil Field

March 13, 2008

Electric Car Infrastructure

Shai Agassi on the infrastructure for electric vehicles ...

February 12, 2008

Israel Promoting Electric Cars


 Israel embraces electric cars!

"The Israeli government announced a major initiative to push the nation’s drivers toward electric cars ... the Israeli attempt ... aligns policy makers and a major car company with an outfit prepared to build hundreds of thousands of electric charging stations across the country. ..."I

" ... Renault-Nissan will manufacture the cars and Better Place, a California start-up founded by former SAP executive Shai Agassi, will build the infrastructure, ...A few hundred vehicles are expected to be on the road by 2009, with production scaled to the mass market by 2011. On Jan. 13, Israel slashed the tax rate on cars powered by electricity to 10% in order to encourage consumers to buy the vehicles once they are available."


Via:  IsRealli - The State of Israel Official Blog  Link

January 24, 2008

Simple Explanation of Electric Car Infrastructure

Not sure how electric vehicles can replace gas-powered cars and lower greenhouse gas emissions? Check out this simple explanation of Project Better Place, a novel idea for an electric car infrastructure. ...

January 22, 2008

Renault Nissan Commits to Pure Electric Vehicles

Renault-Nissan commits to Project Better Place and the delivery of an electric vehicle with volume production within three years. ...
... "We had a car-maker, the fourth largest one in the world, that committed to Pure Electric Vehicles (EV) as a mass-market product. Not only are they committed, they have allocated the funds required to develop such vehicle, for the needs of the country where we will start. " ...
Via Shai Agassi's Long Tailpipe: Transformation

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January 03, 2008

Diesel-Electric Hybrid Bus Uses Regenerative Brakes to Increase Efficiency and Economy

Daimler receives additional orders for its hybrid diesel-electric buses from New York City's transit authority. The hybrid vehicles have a number of technological advancements, from its propulsion system to the brake system. ...
... "To further boost efficiency, the vehicle has a regenerative braking system that uses the drive motor to slow the bus, effectively turning the motor into a generator that produces additional current to charge the energy storage system. The feature also reduces brake wear, reducing the need for brake maintenance. Compared to standard diesel propulsion, these hybrid buses deliver up to 30 percent better fuel economy while greatly reducing emissions: 90 percent less particulate matter, 40 percent less NOx and 30 percent fewer greenhouse gases. Drivers and riders enjoy a quieter, cleaner and smoother ride. " ...
Via Daimler: Orders for Next Generation Diesel-Electric Hybrid Buses

December 30, 2007

Think Electric Car Vid

Here's video of the Think electric car ...

Think Electric Vehicle Starts Production

The Think electric vehicle starts production. The company leadership has deep bench strength. And, there has been a fair amount of investment in the research and development of the electric car by previous owners. The battery powered vehicle has a range of 180 kilometers, or over 100 miles. ...
... "We believe that electric cars are a macro trend, and their use will grow very fast, and for a long time," says Mr Bjorseth. " ...
Via Financial Times Deutschland: Race for Electric Cars

November 14, 2007

New York Governor's Mansion Goes Green

 New York Governor's Mansion

"Silda Wall Spitzer, ... wants to turn the governor's mansion ... into a modern model of energy efficiency ... “Greening the Mansion” will cut its electrical energy consumption by 50% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by panels

Highlights include:

* solar panels
* a fuel cell to  replace back up dielsel powered generator
* energy efficient appliances

Via:   Link


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November 06, 2007

Tesla Roadster Electric Car Closeup

Here's closeup of the Tesla Roadster by Veronica Belmont, a stylish electric vehicle. It achieves 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds. The video shows the car, its charging mechanism (charging occurs in three to four hours), and a test drive. ...

Via Mahalo Daily: Tesla

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October 29, 2007

Creating the Electric Vehicle Foundation

Shai Agassi creates company that will build the foundation, or recharging infrastructure, for electric vehicles. Recharging can be accomplished by plugging-into the grid or through battery exchange. Pilots are planned as early as 2008 with initial focus on taxis and delivery vehicles. A subscription model is envisioned for payment. ...
... "The company will deploy the regional and global infrastructure to support electric vehicles on a country by country basis. Project Better Place will establish a widespread grid of electric charging spots at current parking locations as well as battery exchange stations through software systems integration. These capabilities will provide consumers with the energy to keep their cars charged and driving without the need to wait for electricity at any point. The new grid presents a practical solution to address barriers to electric vehicle adoption. " ...
Project Better Place

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September 30, 2007

Solar Fox Test

Team SolarFox ...

June 06, 2007

GM Pursues Battery Development For Chevy Volt

GM awards contracts for battery development to CPI and Continental Auto Systems to power its Chevy Volt, electric car.  CPI was formed in 2000 to become the supplier of choice for state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery technology for automotive and industrial applications.  The Automotive Systems Division of Continental AG covers the full range of systems and specializes in the GM Battery Contracts Awardeddevelopment of innovative technologies for vehicles.  ...

... "GM selected two companies out of the 13 technical proposals it considered to provide advanced lithium batteries for both range-extender electric and fuel cell variants of the E-Flex architecture. The E-Flex electric vehicle architecture underpins the Chevy Volt concept car shown earlier this year and is being developed as part of GM's strategy to diversify transportation away from petroleum. One contract will go to lithium-ion battery supplier Compact Power, Inc., based in Troy, Mich. CPI is a subsidiary of Korean battery manufacturer LG Chem. A second contract has been awarded to Frankfurt, Germany-based Continental Automotive Systems, a division of Continental A.G., a tier one automotive supplier that will develop lithium-ion battery packs. GM continues to assess other solutions to quickly bring lithium-ion batteries to production.

These suppliers demonstrated solutions that best met the specific energy, power, mass and durability requirements for the battery in the E-Flex range-extender variant. The battery for the fuel-cell variant requires half the energy and power, but must be integrated and connected to the vehicle in a similar way. " ...

Via GM: Advanced Development Battery Contracts For Chevrolet Volt E-Flex System


April 10, 2007

Battery Research For PHEVs

DOE funds research on batteries for PHEVs. ...
... "DOE and USABC seek to identify electrochemical storage technologies capable of meeting or approaching USABC's criteria for performance, weight, life-cycle, and cost. Other considerations include the potential to commercialize proposed battery technologies and bring them to market quickly. DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program leads the Department’s efforts to bring PHEVs to market and works with industry to develop advanced transportation technologies that will reduce the nation’s use of imported oil. The development of a lower cost, high-energy battery has been identified as a critical pathway toward commercialization of PHEVs. " ...

Via Department of Energy: $14 Million to Develop Advanced Batteries for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Goals for Advanced Battery Development for Plug-in Electric Vehicles: "In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), USABC will award contracts to developers selected that have electrochemical energy storage technologies capable of meeting or approaching USABC's performance, weight, life-cycle and price criteria, plus near- and long-term technical readiness goals for high power-to-energy-ratio and high energy-to-power-ratio batteries, respectively. "


March 26, 2007

GM Committed to Chevy Volt Concept

Bob Lutz expresses his committment to the Chevy Volt concept and maintaining a open dialogue on the challenges of development. ...
... "We are 100 percent committed to making this happen. We are invigorated by the Chevy Volt Concept Carchallenge. We are going to continue to be as transparent as we can in this process, knowing that there are some proprietary technology issues we will have to keep veiled. " ...

Via GM FastLane Blog: GM Charging Ahead with Volt


January 27, 2007

Hybrid Electric Plug-In: Chevy Volt Video

Chevrolet Volt Concept Demonstration. This video is meant to show how the Volt can be plugged in/out from a standard electrical outlet in a home. ...

January 25, 2007

Ford Escape Hybrid Electric Video

Ford Unveils World's First Drivable Fuel Cell Hybrid on Video ...

January 08, 2007

Ford Airstream Concept Car: Plug-In Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Ford and Airstream join forces to present a concept crossover car that operates in pure electric mode with the Ballard hydrogen fuel cell recharging its lithium-ion batteries to enable a total range of approximately 300 miles.  ...

... "The concept is powered by a plug-in hydrogen hybrid fuel cell drivetrain - called HySeries Drive - that operates under electric power at all times. This advanced fuel cell system is half the weight and cost of today’s fuel cells and can operate in the dead of winter. That's a major step forward because today's fuel cells don’t do well when the mercury dips below freezing. Ford Airstream Concept

The concept's bold, futuristic front-end explores a new look for Ford, encapsulating the single-surface grille and headlamps into the same graphic. Each of the concept's bold orange-trimmed window graphics is a unique shape.

The Ford Airstream Concept features a floating instrument panel with flush-mounted, touch-sensitive controls and a multi-function single gauge display provides the driver all primary information.  A Sharp dual-view screen centrally mounted on the instrument panel provides a camera view and secondary driver-oriented information, while allowing the front-seat passenger to view DVDs and post mobile blogs. The driver and front-seat passenger will navigate in style in modern, pod-shaped swiveling captain’s chairs that also rotate so they can easily socialize.

Tucked inside the cocoon-like lounge in the rear of the Ford Airstream Concept is the ultimate entertainment source – a 360-degree viewing screen. The focal point of the passenger area, this innovative screen can be viewed from every seating position in the car – even the front seats, when they swivel around toward the conversation pit.

The new HySeries Drive plug-in hydrogen fuel cell featured in the Ford Airstream Concept is more than a concept.  This powertrain is already on the road and driving in a Ford Edge prototype. Ford scientists and engineers created this vehicle with partial funding from the United States Department of Energy. The HySeries Drive delivers the combined city / highway equivalent fuel economy of 41 miles per gallon.  In this application, the fuel cell's sole function is to recharge the vehicle's lithium-ion battery pack as needed. This allows it to work like a portable generator, instead of an engine, as had been the case in previous Ford fuel cell vehicles. " ...


The Ford Airstream Concept was developed by the following team members, led by J Mays, group vice president – Design, and chief creative officer.  Peter Horbury, executive director - Design, The Americas,  Freeman Thomas, director - North America Strategic Design,  David Woodhouse - chief designer,  Kris Tomasson - chief designer,  Jordan Bennett - exterior design manager,  Matt Edwards - interior design manager


January 07, 2007

Electric Car: Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt uses range extending technology to recharge the batteries as its goes. The concept extends to any type of hybrid vehicle.  The Chevrolet Volt is charged by plugging it into a 110-volt outlet for six hours per day. A fully charged battery will enable the Volt to deliver 40 city miles of electric-only vehicle range. When the battery is fully depleted, a 1-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine creates electricity and replenishes the battery. This increases the fuel economy and range.
... "For instance, we've added a range extender using a system we call E-Flex. General Motors Chevy VoltBasically, it works by using the onboard engine to generate additional energy for the battery. On a long trip, this system would continually charge the batteries, even after the initial battery range is passed. The range extender can be used with any type of onboard engine, whether it is powered by gasoline, ethanol, electricity or hydrogen — hence the Flex in E-Flex. This system will make the Volt the most versatile electric car when it comes out, virtually eliminating gasoline use for those who only take their cars for short distances ... " ...

Via GM FastLane Blog: GM Presents Chevy Volt Concept: A New Kind of Electric Car


December 09, 2006

Electric Vehicle Launch: Electrum Spyder

Universal Electric Vehicle will launch their Electrum Spyder vehicle today. Universal Electric Vehicle Corporation (U.E.V.) mission is to design, engineer, and manufacture alternative fuel vehicles (AFV's). See video interview of UEV's CEO ...


Via Netscape and AutoblogGreen ...

December 06, 2006

Reva Electric Car Investment

Reva, India's electric car company based in Bangalore, receives $20M investment from Draper Fisher ventural capital and the Global Environment Fund to support its strategy for global growth and expansion.  Reva differentiates itself as a city car and has cultivated a recognized brand in the automotive market segment for electric vehicles.  ... Reva Eletric Car
... "Reva is beginning to get global recognition and is among the pioneers in the electric car market. It will use this investment to expand its business by increasing its production capacity, developing newer models and further enhancing its international and domestic distribution. " ...
Via India Times: Read

October 24, 2006

Hybrid Diesel-Electric Commercial Bus

Another hybrid electric bus announcement ...
... "IC Corporation announced today at the BusCon Expo at Navy Pier in Chicago that it is launching a new line of hybrid commercial buses. The innovative new buses can be powered by hybrid diesel-electric engines that provide significant improvement in fuel efficiency. " ...

October 06, 2006

Hybrid Electric Powertrain: Ford E-Series ...

Azure Dynamics partners with Ford Motor to develop hybrid electric powertrain for Ford's E-series commercial vehicles.  ...Ford E-Series

...   "Azure is responsible for the development of the parallel hybrid electric gasoline system that will be applied to Ford's E-series commercial vehicles. Azure will be the Azure Hybrid Electric PowertrainsVehicle Modifier and will complete the hybrid modification on the E-350 and E-450 commercial chassis. Ford, as the OEM of the incomplete commercial vehicles, will provide Azure with assistance to facilitate the development of the hybrid electric powertrain. "   ...

Via Azure Dynamics: Azure Dynamics Announces Agreement with Ford Motor Company ...

Eaton Trucks has experience with development of hybrid electric powertrains ...

Eaton Trucks: Hybrid Electric Powertrain Systems: "Because hybrid systems comply with emissions regulations while reducing fuel consumption and improving drivability, they possess great appeal for both the light- and medium-duty market segments. "

Eaton supplied Fedex with hybrid powertrain system to create a more efficient delivery truck ...

Fedex: Innovative Technology Produces Hybrid Electric Powertrain: "Eaton's hybrid-electric powertrain effectively combines a diesel engine and electric motor to drive the vehicle. A computer determines the most efficient combination, depending on current operating conditions and driver demand. A four-cylinder engine replaces the six-cylinder version currently used in the FedEx Express W700 delivery vehicle. The engine size is reduced because of the added power provided by the electric motor. A particulate trap has been added to the truck to further reduce emissions. "

GM's hybrid-electric systems are driving emissions reduction in mass transit ...

General Motors: Hybrid Buses: "GM is also applying hybrid technology to mass transit operations across North America.  The state-of-the-art buses, powered by an advanced hybrid-electric powertrain developed by our Allison Transmission division, dramatically reduce emissions from the diesel engine – an environmental plus in Southern California and other metropolitan locations across the United States. Referred to as the EP System, the hybrid-electric powertrain is a strong parallel hybrid architecture that is scaleable for various medium- to heavy-duty vehicle platforms. "


September 24, 2006

Electric Hybrid Vehicles: Plug-In Outlook ...

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy releases report on plug-in hybrid vehicles and their role in making America energy efficient.  ...

...   "Plug-in hybrid vehicles could contribute greatly to reducing automobile oil consumption and emissions, but reaching those goals requires major progress in key areas. According to a report released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the environmental and economic appeal of plug-in hybrid vehicles will Plug-in Partnersdepend heavily upon cleaner power sources and further battery advances. The report, Plug-In Hybrids: An Environmental and Economic Outlook, examines the benefits of plug-ins relative to today's hybrids.  It finds that greenhouse gas emissions reductions associated with a plug-in powered by today's electric grid would be about 15% on average across the nation, ranging from 32% using California electricity to zero using Upper Midwest electricity. "   ...

Via ACEEE: Plug-Ins Promising - But Better Batteries, Cleaner Power Plants Essential ...

July 26, 2006

Stylish Electric Vehicle: Tesla Motors Roadster ...

Electric vehicle combines style and technology to deliver efficiency ...

...   "Using a unique two-speed electrically actuated manual transmission, the Tesla Roadster's power comes from a 3-phase, 4-pole AC induction motor. The motor is controlled by the Power Electronics Module (PEM) which also controls the inverting direct current to 3-phase alternating current, charging and braking systems.  The Roadster's Energy Storage System (ESS) provides power to the entire vehicle, including the motor. Its durable, tamper-resistant enclosure includes: 6,831 lithium-ion cells, a network of microprocessors for maintaining charge balance and battery temperature, a cooling system, and an independent safety system designed to disconnect power outside the enclosure under a variety of detectable safety situations.  Tesla Roadster Electric Vehicle

The Tesla Roadster comes complete with its Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE), a home-based charging system, which features an automatic safety disconnect system and can charge the Tesla Roadster in approximately 3.5 hours. An optional mobile charging kit is also available.  The Tesla Roadster has a range of up to 250 miles (EPA Highway) on a single charge, roughly triple the range of previous mass-produced electric vehicles. "   ...

Stylish Electric Vehicle: Tesla Motors Roadster: Via Tesla Motors: Tesla Motors Hosts World Debut Of Tesla Roadster: Offering Performance, Style & Efficiency — With A Conscience  ...

July 24, 2006

Electric Vehicle Battery Technology ...

The Deputy First Minister, Nicol Stephen, recognizes Axeon Power's innovative battery technology that contributes to the development of electric vehicles.  ...   Electric Smart Car will be produced ...

...   "The Dundee-based company is working with ITI Energy and Aberdeen-based Axeon Technologies to develop a novel battery management system that will substantially help to improve the efficiency and performance of electric vehicles.  Globally new clean energy technologies are considered to be a vital part of environmental sustainability and electric cars have a large part to play in reducing carbon emissions. Last week Ford announced a commitment to invest GBP1bn to explore alternative engine technologies and at the London Motor Show, Daimler Chrysler launched an electric version of its Smart car. "   ...

Electric Vehicle Battery Technology: Via Axeon Ltd: Dundee company on the road to a greener future ...