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April 2013 News Clips


BY TGRIFFITH, Apr 6, 2013; Source: blog.cargurus.com

Drive behind an electric car and you'll notice there are no tailpipes. That's obvious, because electric vehicles don''t create any emissions and have no need for an exhaust system.

Since electric cars don't create any pollution, they are a great choice for people who want to contribute to a greener Earth by reducing their carbon footprint.

Thereís a caveat, though, to electric cars. They donít create any emissions while driving, but they consume a large amount of electricity that is often produced in ways harmful to the planet just like the emissions of a regular car. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculated that in 2009, on average, each kWh of electricity generated in the United States resulted in the direct emission of 1.22 lbs of CO2.

In my area, a 2013 Tesla Model S with a 60 kW battery pack will generate 160 grams per mile, compared with a national average for that car of 230 g/mile and an overall new car average of 440 g/mile. A 2013 Nissan Leaf in my area generates just 130 g/mile. A Porsche Cayenne S e-Hybrid, on the other hand, generates a national average of 480 g/mile.


Highest Efficiency in Black Solar Cells Ever: 18.7%...

Apr 4, 2013; Source: blogs.rgj.com

Scientists at Aalto University, Finland and Fraunhofer ISE, Germany report an efficiency of 18.7% for black silicon solar cells, the highest efficiency reported so far for a black silicon solar cell.

The researchers were able to apply a boron diffusion to create a pn-junction, maintaining the excellent optical properties of the black silicon structure. By applying atomic layer deposited Al203, an effective passivation of the nanostructured surfaces was achieved. The previous efficiency record of 18.2% was held by...


August 2012 News Clips

Tesla Model S Canadian Price starts @ $64,500

"Tesla Motors today announced pricing for Model S in Canada. Canadian customers can choose from one of three battery pack sizes, with the base 40 kWh battery pack Model S starting at $64,500 Canadian dollars (CAD) before provincial tax rebates, as may be available. Model S with the 60 kWh battery pack and 85 kWh battery pack will start at $75,200 and $85,900 CAD respectively."

"Pricing in foreign markets can be very complex, so we have taken a very straightforward, transparent approach to pricing Model S," said George Blankenship, vice president worldwide sales and ownership experience. "Canadian base prices start with U.S. pricing, plus 6.1 percent for import duties and an additional 1.5 to 2 percent, depending upon the model, for incremental transportation costs and country specific business expenses. The total is then adjusted using the current mid-term currency exchange rate."


October 2009 News Clips

AC versus DC electric car motors

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2009; Source: electric-vehiclenews.com

In the early days of EVs there were lead acid batteries, DC brush motors, and contactor controllers. Today, none of these remain. Lead has been replaced by lithium and DC by either DC brushless or induction. Contactors, meanwhile, have given way to modulating inverters.

So, will each of these elements also become obsolete in the near future or is it possible that some 'stability' may be at hand? Without a good crystal ball, it is hard to predict the future. My guess, however, is that we will see both induction and brushless machines 'duke it out' for many years to come. Each will have its loyal proponents and religious detractors.


August 2009 News Clips

Renault Introducing New Fluence Sedan Line...

31 August 2009; Source: GreenCarCongress.com

Renault will extend its vehicle line-up this autumn with a new sedan, the Fluence. The Fluence is the successor to the sedan version of the old Me'gane.

From launch, and depending on market, Renault Fluence will be available with a range of engines. All diesel models in the Fluence range have a CO2 emissions rating of 119g/km and qualify for the Renault eco' signature. Renault says it will introduce an all-electric version of the Fluence in 2011.


BMWs "CO2 Champion" is a Plug-in Diesel Hybrid...

30 August, 2009; Source: GreenCarCongress.com

BMW has provided more details on the concept car it will unveil at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show - a concept that Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, called a "CO2 champion" that will demonstrate "a whole new dimension of driving pleasure with regards to efficiency with performance" during a press conference late in July.

The plug-in full hybrid BMW Vision EfficientDynamics all-wheel drive concept car is powered by a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder turbodiesel; two electric motors, one on each axle; and a 10.8 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack. Overall system output is 262 kW (356 hp), with maximum torque of 800 Nm (590 lb-ft).

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is able to run completely under electric power for up to 50 km (31 miles), with the power of the turbodiesel engine alone, or through an infinite combination of the three power sources.


Ultracaps and EV's, PHEV's

Sunday - August 30, 2009; Source: evworld.com

We all know that there is limited battery potential to develop a viable alternative to the internal combustion engine vehicles drivable distance. One of the potentials that is currently out there is ultracapacitors or super caps. Ultracapacitors store energy as electrical fields and physically separate the positive and negative charges with an insulator. Describe as 'mechanical batteries', because of their ability to deliver large bursts of power, charge and discharge quickly and efficiently and last through many more cycles than batteries. Ultracapacitors are able to tolerate changes in temperature, shocks and vibration. In addition, where a traditional battery lasts about 1,000 cycles (one charge and discharge), an ultra-capacitor could last 1 million cycles or more. However, low energy density, or the energy stored per kilogram, has long been a shortcoming of ultracapacitors compared to batteries.

Now is the time for all good energy manufacturers to come to the aid of the electric vehicles. Two names that come to the fore are EEStor and EnerG2. EEStor has had a lot of press lately about its ultra-capacitor, which it is said, would be longer lasting, lighter, more powerful, and more environmentally friendly than current battery technologies. EnerG2 founded in 2003, it has spent five years developing electrode materials that it claims can boost the performance of ultracapacitors has raised $8.5 million in its first round of financing. EnerG2 thinks it can help make ultracapacitors more attractive by boosting their performance and making them cheaper, both on a dollars-per-kilowatt and dollars-per-watt-hour basis.


Cargohopper Adds Solar Power

29 August 2009; Source: GreenCarCongress.com

Cargohopper, an electric vehicle distributing cargo in Utrecht city, has equipped its package compartments with two solar panels each. Under normal weather conditions, the six panels should be able to supply sufficient energy for the Cargohopper to make its daily round, according to Henk Harthold.

Cargohopper is a vehicle that is able to tow 3 metric tonnes in a linear line by means of a 48V, 28 hp (20 kW) electric motor. Its max speed is 20 km/h (12 mph) - sufficient as it only drives in the inner city of Utrecht and does not drive more than 60 km max daily. The three trailers are steered on both axles which gives it a great maneuverability.


Chinese Researchers Develop LFP Cathode Material...

20 August 2009; Source: GreenCarCongress.com

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Molecular Nanostructure and Nanotechnology successfully designed and synthesized a nanocomposite of LiFePO4 nanoparticles embedded in nanoporous carbon matrix (LFP-NP@NPCM) as a cathode material for high-power, high-energy lithium-ion batteries (LIB) and supercapacitors. A report on their work was published in a recent issue of the journal Advanced Materials.

The nano-LiFePO4/nanoporous carbon matrix nanocomposite offers a "reasonable compromise" between rate and capacity, according to the team. In other words, it enables an electrode that combines the high storage capacity typical of batteries with the high power output of ultracapacitors.


UC Davis Study Finds Ultracapacitors Can Deliver:

17 August 2009; Source: GreenCarCongress.com

Using a micro-hybrid system featuring carbon/carbon ultracapacitor units as energy storage can result in significant increases in fuel economy over a baseline conventional vehicle, according to a study by Dr. Andrew Burke at UC Davis.

In a series of simulations of mid-size passenger cars using ultracapacitors in micro-hybrid, charge-sustaining hybrid, and plug-in hybrid powertrain designs, the micro-hybrids delivered improvements of about 40% on the FUDS (Federal Urban Driving Schedule) and ECE-EUD (Economic Commission for Europe-Extra Urban Driving) cycles and 20% on the Federal Highway and US06 cycles


FEV, Inc. Partnering with EIG on Li-Ion Pack...

17 August 2009; Source: GreenCarCongress.com

FEV, Inc. is developing a 21 kWh Li-ion battery pack utilizing cells from Korea-based Energy Innovation Group (EIG Ltd.) for a Range-Extended Electric Vehicle (ReEV) project. The battery pack is expected to be demonstrated in a ReEV concept Dodge Caliber that was shown by FEV at the 2009 SAE World Congress.

The complementary cooperation combines the engineering and test core competencies of FEV with the lithium-ion battery core competencies of EIG. The cooperation will enable joint development of solutions to the automotive electrification challenges of both FEV and EIG customers, FEV said.


July 2009 News Clips

ZENN Motor Increases Stake in EEStor

Thursday July 22, 2009; Source: Greencarcongres.com

ZENN Motor Company Inc. (TSX-V: ZNN) announced today that through its wholly owned subsidiary ZENN Capital Inc., it has increased its equity investment in energy storage developer, EEStor, Inc. with an additional US $5.0 million investment.

ZENN Motor now owns approximately 10.7% of the equity of EEStor, Inc., an increase from the 3.8% previously held.


Seattle will be the Leader in Clean Energy and EV's

By Greg Nickels, Mayor of Seattle , July 10th 2009 ; Source: gas2.org

Editor's Note: This is the first contribution to gas2.org by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels. Mayor Nickels is President of the US Conference of Mayors and was awarded the E-Visionary Award by the World Electric Vehicle Association. For more, see

Our city-owned utility, Seattle City Light, was the first large electric utility in the country to become carbon-neutral using hydropower, innovative energy efficiency solutions, and carbon offsets. When you are driving on City Light electricity, you are truly driving a zero emission vehicle.

As a new generation of electric vehicles prepare to enter the market, cities along the West Coast from Vancouver B.C. to San Diego are taking steps to get plug-in ready. Because of Seattle's partnership with Nissan, we will be leading the way and expect to be one of the first markets in the country to see Nissan's highway-capable EV for sale in fall 2010.


Spain announces EV rebates of up to 7,000 Euro/car

By Sam Abuelsamid , July 10th 2009 ; Source: autobloggreen.com

Spain's Minister of Industry, Miguel SebastiŠn, has announced that Spain will subsidize purchases of electric vehicles up to 15 to 20 percent of its cost. For standard electric cars, Spaniards can get up to 7,000 Euro back; for vehicles such as motorbikes, buses or trucks, the aid ranges between 750 Euro and 20,000 Euro.

The program is funded with up to 8 million euros and is called Movele (Plan de Movilidad Electrica - Electric Mobility plan). Movele also includes money for the immediate purchase of 2,000 electric cars and charging points for the municipalities of Barcelona, Madrid and Seville.


Vancouver approves plans for mandatory EV plugs

By Sam Abuelsamid , July 10th 2009 ; Source: autobloggreen.com

We told you a few days ago that the city of Vancouver, British Columbia was considering mandating the installation of electrical vehicle charging ports in new parking garages. The city council has now voted unanimously to approve the plan.

Going forward, any property developers building parking facilities for apartments or condominiums will have to install charging ports in at least 20 percent of the stalls. Charging ports will also be installed in city-owned parking lots.


U.S. Postal Service - 6,500 new alternative vehicles

By Jeremy Korzeniewski, July 10th 2009 ; Source: autobloggreen.com

As part of the U.S. General Services Administration's recent $210 million purchase of new vehicles from Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, the U.S. Postal Service is set to replace some 6,500 vehicles from its current fleet with more fuel efficient models. Of that number, 1,000 of the new vehicles are E-85 ethanol-capable and 900 are hybrids.

In addition, the USPS is currently trialing two four-generation Chevrolet Equinox hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, 300 vehicles powered by biodiesel, 35 delivery vehicles in Florida using propane and a series of electric transporters from T3 Motion in Florida, California and Arizona. Sometime soon, the USPS should begin using a fleet of 250 battery-powered minivans from Chrysler.


Evonik-Daimler Li-Ion battery JV to build factory...

July 8th, 2009; Source: green.autoblog.com

The next stage of Daimler's efforts to electrify road vehicles will start moving ahead this fall when construction begins on a new battery plant.

The plant will be part of the joint venture announced last fall between Daimler and Evonik to develop and produce advanced lithium ion batteries. The first factory for German Accumotive will be located in Kamenz, northeast of Dresden.

Production at the new facility will start in early 2011 with the first production applications in Mercedes cars beginning a year later.


Ford, Nissan, Tesla's electric plans get $8B jolt

By Brent Snavely and Justin Hyde, June 24, 2009; Source: http://old.seattletimes.com/

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Cultivating the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles, the Obama administration said Tuesday it would lend $5.9 billion to Ford Motor Co. and about $2.1 billion to Nissan Motor Co. and Tesla Motors Inc. in a government-industry partnership to build green cars.

Nissan will receive loans of $1.6 billion to retool its plant in Smyrna, Tenn., to build electric vehicles and construct a battery manufacturing plant. Tesla will get $465 million in loans to build electric vehicles and electric-drive powertrains in California.


Vancouver - Require Condos to Install EV Charging

By Joanna Schroeder, July 7th, 2009; Source: sgas2.org

In its self proclaimed quest to become "the world's greenest city" Vancouver is considering adopting legislation that would require any new multi-family dwellings (condos) to have electric vehicle charging stations.

Should this pass, Vancouver would be the first city in Canada to have such a policy. Vancouver already requires one and two dwelling homes to have plug-in infrastructure. Infrastructure Guidelines.


Wind power gathers speed

Monday, July 7th, 2009; Source: Greenergy News

More communities look at adopting rules for turbines.

West Bloomfield Township -- Michael Fogel is not a newcomer to the renewable energy initiative. In fact, his West Virginia home has been fitted with the green-friendly gadgets since the 1990s, with more on the way.

But the same cannot be said for his West Bloomfield Township home. Fogel, 67, is hoping township officials will soon implement a wind turbine ordinance so property owners can offset the increasing costs of electricity and heat supplied by fossil fuels.


Toyota will launch production PHEV Prius in 2012

by Sam Abuelsamid, Jul 5th 2009 ; Source: autobloggreen.com

According to Japan's Nikkei news agency, Toyota has decided to start series production of a plug-in version of the Prius hybrid in 2012. At launch, the automaker plans to build about 20,000-30,000 units a year of the plug-in hybrid.

The PHEV Prius will likely be the first product to use lithium ion batteries produced by Panasonic EV Energy Co. The battery is expected to provide about 12-18 miles of range, although it's not clear how much of that will be possible without running the engine.


Ready for the road

By Tim Rausch, Sunday, June 28, 2009; Source: chronicle.augusta.com

Anvil hopes to make mark in electric-vehicle market

It's not the car you'll drive to go on vacation, but it'll get you to the corner grocery and back without using a drop of gas.

After four years of development, Augusta electric vehicle maker Tomberlin Group is ready to produce the Anvil, a four-person, street-legal, low-speed electric car.


Mulally Prioritizes Ford's High-MPG Technologies

June 26, 2009; Source: hybridcars.com

Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford, pledged yesterday to form an alliance with the Edison Electric Institute to work on plug-in cars. Speaking at EEI's annual convention in San Francisco on Thursday, Mulallly outlined his company's path toward high fuel-efficiency, which included-but by no means was limited to-electric vehicle technology.

Mulally said improving the current internal combustion engine through technologies such as turbocharging and direct injection-the core of the Ford "EcoBoost" program-is Ford's top priority.


All-electric car-sharing debuts in Baltimore

Wednesday, June 24, 2009; Source: usnews.com

Baltimore -- The nation's first all-electric car-sharing program debuted Tuesday at the city's Inner Harbor, with manufacturer Electrovaya hoping urban residents seeking to go green and curious tourists will take the concept for a spin.

Electrovaya Inc. is offering its Maya 300 for rent at the Maryland Science Center. The car can go up to 120 miles on one charge of its lithium-ion battery system, and it gets its juice from a regular 110-volt outlet.


Hyundai Taking Pre-Launch Orders for LPI Hybrid

17 June 2009; Source: greencarcongress.com

Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea's largest automaker, has begun taking pre-launch orders for its Elantra LPI Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), its first hybrid vehicle for commercial sale.

Hyundai will accept pre-launch orders until 7 July, a day before it officially introduces the car in the Korea domestic market. The car, which is the world's first hybrid electric vehicle to be powered by a Liquefied Petroleum Injected (LPI) engine, was first unveiled at the 2009 Seoul Motor Show in April.


Madrid installs EV recharging points at public parking

By Xavier Navarro, June 17th 2009; Source: autobloggreen.com

Madrid City Hall, Spain, has decided to go big for electric cars and install EV recharging points at all public parking facilities in the city. This means that the city's 36 parking installations will have up to 58 recharging points where EVs can be charged for free.

What's more, City Hall has announced that all new parking lots will include these charging stations and the system will also be brought to municipal facilities that are used by residents. This isn't the last EV step for Madrid: City Hall said there is a soon-to-be-signed agreement with the Spanish Ministry of Industry to promote the use of electric cars even further.


3.4 kWh EIG Li-ion Pack for Plug-in Applications

13 June 2009; Source: greencarcongress.com

At the recent Advanced Automotive Battery Conference 2009 (AABC 2009), Korea-based EIG Ltd. described a prototype lithium-ion battery system targeted at a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) application. The system shows 58 kW discharge power output at 50% depth of discharge (DOD), with 3.4 kWh useable energy.

(A 3.4 kWh capacity matches the USABC short-term goal for a 10-mile equivalent electric range PHEV.)


Mitsubishi Motors Begins Production of i-MiEV

5 June 2009; Source: greencarcongress.com

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) unveiled the production version of the i-MiEV electric vehicle on World Environment Day in Tokyo. 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.

Even when the CO2 emitted at power generating stations is taken into consideration, the i-MiEV generates approximately one-third of the CO2 produced by the gasoline "i" minicar, according to MMC. (Calculated in-house based on the average of electric energy frameworks in Japan).


Toyota to Lease 200 PHEVs in Japan at End of 2009

3 June 2009; Source: greencarcongress.com

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will begin leasing approximately 200 plug-in versions of its third-generation Prius (earlier post) equipped with lithium-ion battery packs in Japan starting at the end of this year. This will be the first time a lithium-ion battery is to be employed in a Toyota vehicle for propulsion.

The leases will be to designated users such as government ministries, local governments and corporations. This brings the initial planned global deployment of early plug-ins-primarily to fleet customers-to approximately 500 units.


CalMotors & Parker Hannifin - Electric Powertrains

2 June 2009; Source: greencarcongress.com

CalMotors, makers of high performance hybrid (series and parallel) and electric powertrains, has formed a strategic alliance with Parker Hannifin Corporation to produce fully integrated powertrain solutions for the automotive and marine industries. Parker can provide motors, inverters, systems design and manufacturing.

In addition to developing fully integrated powertrains, CalMotors has also designed, engineered, fabricated and tested several advanced technology vehicles for military, commercial, and consumer applications.


Volvo and Vattenfall Develop Plug-in Diesel Hybrids
Three V70 PHEV Demonstrators on the Road This Summer

1 June 2009; Source: greencarcongress.com

Swedish energy company Vattenfall and the Volvo Car Corporation are launching an industrial joint venture partnership to introduce plug-in hybrids on the market by 2012.

In January 2007, Volvo and Vattenfall launched a joint project with the aim of testing and developing plug-in technology. They are now extending that cooperation.


Sanyo a 'HIT' with 23% solar cell efficiency record

By Mark Osborne May 22, 2009; Source: pv-tech.org

Tokyo, Japan - Several key processing breakthroughs in the lab have seen conversion efficiencies of Sanyo's Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin layer 'HIT' solar cells raised from 22.3% to 23%. The new internal record results have been validated by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).

Sanyo said that it was able to reduce the recombination loss of the electrical element (charged carrier). Recombination loss occurs when the negative electron and positive hole (carriers) that are produced within the solar cell combine and disappear, causing a loss in the electrical current produced by the cell, resulting in a reduction in output of the solar cell. This was reduced by surrounding the energy generation layer of single thin crystalline silicon (c-Si) with high quality ultra-thin amorphous silicon (a-Si) layer, while not damaging the c-Si surface. The open circuit voltage (Voc) then increased from 0.725V to 0.729V.


A123Systems' Prismatic Cells: Up to 5,300 W/kg

19 May 2009; Source: greencarcongress.com

A123Systems, which began by manufacturing cylindrical format cells, is developing a portfolio of prismatic automotive cells funded through two USABC 50:50 cost share programs.

The emerging prismatic lineup includes a 20Ah energy cell for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, with a targeted start of production (SOP) of 2009/2010; and 4Ah, 6Ah and 8Ah power cells for hybrids, with vehicle SOP of 2011/2012.


Hitachi Develops Lithium-Ion Battery: 4,500 W/kg

19 May 2009; Source: greencarcongress.com

Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi Vehicle Energy, Ltd., which develops and manufactures lithium-ion batteries for automotive applications, have developed a lithium-ion battery having a power density of 4,500 W/kg - 1.7 times the output of the company's current generation of mass-produced, automotive lithium-ion batteries.

Sampling of the new battery by domestic and overseas car manufacturers will start in the fall.


Project Better Place Demo Battery Swap - Yokohama

by Domenick Yoney on May 13th 2009 Source: autobloggreen.com

One minute, 13 seconds. That's how long it took for the whiz-bang battery switcher engineered by Better Place to remove a battery from the undercarriage of its Nissan demonstration SUV and replace it with another. That's faster than either the fastest fast charge or filling it up with regular. You don't even get out of your car! Sweet!

The demonstration was part of the official opening of a Better Place exhibit in Yokohama, Japan, as part of a 6-month feasibility study being conducted by the Ministry of the Environment. The Land of the Rising Sun would like a full 50-percent of the cars sold there to be electric-powered by 2020. Besides the battery swapper, the exhibit also has four Better Place charging stations installed and an array of solar panels from Sharp to provide electricity.

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Why Chrysler Chose A123 Batteries
The automaker wanted U.S.-based manufacturing and a flexible battery design.

By Kevin Bullis on Friday, April 10, 2009 Source: technologyreview.com/

This week, Chrysler announced that it will use batteries from A123 Systems in its planned electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, the first of which will be available in small demonstration fleets by the end of the year. The automaker will use a modular battery system that the two companies developed together over the past three years.

Chrysler chose A123 in part because the company was looking for a supplier based in the United States, says Lou Rhodes, the vice president of advanced vehicle engineering at Chrysler. A123 is based in Watertown, MA, and is building factories in Michigan.

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Doing It His Way... Electrically

evworld 22-Apr-2009; Source: evworld.com

Nick Drouin wanted an electric car that could safely handle his commute from Baie d'Urfe to Ville St. Laurent, so he rebuilt a 1972 Karmann Ghia. Talking to somebody like Nick Drouin makes you feel like maybe, just maybe, we might not be headed for planetary disaster.

During Earth Hour 2008, Drouin and his wife, Cindy Giroux, were sitting in the dark in their Baie d'Urfe home, coming up with ideas about what they could do to green up their lifestyle. They were already doing some of the basics: recycling and composting and buying used stuff at garage sales whenever possible to reduce their consumption.


Little Chinese Electric Cars Have Big Hopes

By Chris Howell, Apr 06, 2009 12:05 PM EDT Source: NewsOn6.com

TULSA--When you first see one of the Chinese cars sold by Miles of Tulsa you are struck by its size. These cars are small. REALLY small! They are also quiet, REALLY quiet! But they have one amazing ability other cars don't. 'You pull it into the garage and plug it in just like you do a toaster,' said Miles dealer John Esche.

Esche has been selling Miles electric vehicles for two years now and realizes the current limitations of the (current) battery-driven cars.


Ree-V Green Pimp My Ride Converts Cars to Electric

Publish Date: Thu Mar 12, 2009 BY Ariel Schwartz; Source: fastcompany.com

If you want your car converted to run on biodiesel or vegetable oil, there are plenty of places to turn--conversion kits are available for the DIY crowd, and the less mechanically-inclined can have professionals give their car biodiesel capability. But what if you want an electric car?
A Colorado company called Ree-V has stepped in to fill that niche by providing full-service electric car conversions.


Colorado company converts ICE Cars to electric

Publish Date: March 8, 2009 Source: durangoherald.com

"LONGMONT - Luc Nadeau turned the ignition of his green 1995 Geo Metro. But instead of the roar of gas engine, only the sound of a buzzing electrical wires could be heard. He shifted the car into second gear, and off he went.

The Geo Metro is the first crack at an electric vehicle for Nadeau and his company, Ree-V."


BYD to Release More Electric Cars In 2009

Posted: December 24th, 2008 Source: gas2.org

"The F3DM sedan can be plugged into a regular outlet at home. Astonishingly, according to BYD, the sixty-mile range battery that powers the F3DM can be charged to half capacity in just ten minutes at a specialized charging station."


SeaGen Shatters Tidal Power Generation Record

Posted: December 18, 2008 Source: cleantechnica.com

"SeaGen has generated at its maximum capacity of 1.2MW for the first time. Thus far, this is the highest power produced by a tidal stream system anywhere in the world and exceeds the previous highest output of 300kW produced in 2004 by the companyís earlier SeaFlow system, off the north Devon coast."


Solar-Powered Eco Camper = Sustainable Roadtrips

Posted: November 18, 2008 Source: cleantechnica.com

"Camping season is coming to an end, but you might want to start thinking about saving up cash for the $129,000 Verdier Solar-Powered Camper. The RV is based on the classic VW camper style, and contains a 4 cylinder hybrid engine, a 170 watt solar system, and a GPS system to orient the solar panels. If you're stuck on a cloudy stretch of road, the RV can also use regular gasoline."


Solar-Powered Plane to Perform Test Flight

Posted: November 17, 2008 Source: cleantechnica.com

"It's hard enough to construct viable solar-powered vehicles, let alone airplanes. Nevertheless, the first solar-powered plane trip around the world is now one step closer to reality. A 1500 kilogram solar plane dubbed 'Solar Impulse' will complete its first test flight next April. The plane, which has a 61 meter wingspan, will attempt to travel around the world in May 2011. It will go into commercial production the same year."


Lithium-Ion Batteries for Less

Posted: By Kevin Bullis Tuesday, July 29, 2008 Source: technologyreview.com

"Researchers show a low-cost route to making materials for advanced batteries in electric cars and hybrids.

Arumugam Manthiram, a professor of materials engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, has demonstrated that a microwave-based method for making lithium iron phosphate takes less time and uses lower temperatures than conventional methods, which could translate into lower costs. "


The World's Most Fuel Efficient Car: 285 MPG, not A Hybrid

Posted: March 12th, 2008 Source: gas2.org

"This is what a team of engineers can do when challenged to push the limits of fuel efficiency and technology." You may have already heard of VW's 1-liter car, but take a closer look.


A New Deal for EEStor

Posted: January 22, 2008 Source: technologyreview.com

"A delayed battery technology may indeed be on the way.

Earlier this month, a stealthy startup that says its ultracapacitor-based energy storage system could make conventional batteries obsolete took a small step toward proving its many skeptics wrong."


GM, Toyota battle turns electric

Posted: January 15, 2008 Source: baselinemag.com

"We welcome competition because that is how new technology is developed for consumers," Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe told reporters at the Detroit Auto Show Monday. "But we don't want to lose."

"Watanabe announced that Toyota will market a test fleet of rechargeable hybrid vehicles to companies or government agencies by the end of 2010"


Car show exhibitors plugin to buzz on electric models

Posted: January 15, 2008 Source: Los Angeles Times

"The plug-in announcements generated a rush of excitement among attendees of the show, where green technology has taken center stage this year." Irvine-based Fisker Automotive unveiled a luxury sports car here Monday that it says can travel 50 miles on a battery charged by plugging it into standard, 120-volt current. Sunday night, Toyota Motor Corp. said it would market a plug-in version of its popular Prius hybrid by 2010. Chrysler rolled out three concept plug-in cars, and even a Chinese automaker, BYD Auto, announced what it called a "dual mode" hybrid that has not one but two power plugs -- one for standard, eight-hour recharging, and another for quicker repowering.


Johnson Controls to Provide Chery's Hybrid Battery

Posted: January 15, 2008 Source: theautochannel.com

"Energy-conscious consumers in China will have a new hybrid option when Chery Automobile launches its new A5 ISG sedan in the latter half of 2008.

Combining the advantages of fuel and electric vehicles, the new car is low in emission and fuel-consumption together with high performance. The new car will be powered by a hybrid battery system developed by Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions."


Novel Batteries Get a Boost

Posted: August 13, 2007 Source: technologyreview.com

General Motors has announced it will work directly with A123 Systems, a start-up based in Watertown, MA, to develop batteries that are fine-tuned for the Chevrolet Volt, an electric vehicle scheduled for production in 2010 or 2011.

"GM plans to develop batteries with A123 Systems for its new electric vehicle."

The co-development deal is the latest in a series of announcements by the automaker indicating it is moving forward with plans for the Volt, an extremely fuel efficient hybrid. The Volt, first announced in January, will use batteries that can be recharged from a standard electrical outlet and is expected to get 40 miles on a single charge, eliminating trips to the gas station for average daily driving.


Lithium-Ion Motorcycles

Posted: July 19, 2007 Source: technologyreview.com

"Better batteries are making electric motorcycles possible, providing a cleaner alternative to pollution-spewing gas-powered bikes.

Yesterday, an electric scooter with motorcycle-like performance made by Vectrix, based in Newport, RI, was delivered to its first customer."

Although conventional motorcycles get extraordinary gas mileage, with many getting more than 50 miles per gallon, they emit more pollution than even large SUVs because they aren't equipped with equivalent emissions-control technology. Indeed, with new emissions standards, SUVs are 95 percent cleaner than motorcycles, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.


Sion Power: Lithium Sulphur Batteries

Posted: April 5, 2007 Source: sionpower.com

Sion Power Corporation (Sion) is a battery manufacture company. The company develops energy and rechargeable lithium batteries. Its batteries are used in portable power systems, mobile electronics, electric vehicles and unmanned systems. Sion also develops Li-STM technology a unique merging of sulfur and lithium chemistry which is more dynamic compared to other lithium chemistry and enhances performance over current rechargeable batteries.

"Sion Power has achieved breakthrough results by a unique merging of sulphur and lithium chemistries to develop Li-STM technology."


Battery Breakthrough?

Posted by Tyler Hamilton: January 22, 2007 Source: technologyreview.com

A secretive Texas startup developing what some are calling a 'game changing' energy-storage technology broke its silence this week.

"A Texas company says it can make a new ultracapacitor power system to replace the electrochemical batteries in everything from cars to laptops."

EEStor's ambitious goal, according to patent documents, is to 'replace the electrochemical battery' in almost every application, from hybrid-electric and pure-electric vehicles to laptop computers to utility-scale electricity storage.


EV1 Electric Car Specs. PDF File

Posted: 11:30 AM Pacific, January 4, 1996
Source: Holden Retirees Club website - www.hrc.org.au/

From the Press Release - included: "LOS ANGELES -- General Motors will be the first Major Automaker in modern times to market specifically designed electric vehicles to the public when its new EV1 passenger car goes on sale later this year, GM Chairmand John F. Smith, Jr. Said today."

Click this image below for a link out to a Brief History of the EV1.
B&W image of the EV1, Link to a Brief History

Overall Length: 169.7 in. | 4303 mm
Overall Width: 69.5 in. | 1766 mm
Overall Height: 50.5 in. | 1281 mm
Curb Weight: 2,970 Lbs. | 1350 Kg
Frontal Area: 1.89 Sq M.
Drag Coefficient: 0.19
Rated Motor Power: 137 Hp. | 102 kW
Rated Battery Capacity: 16.2 kWh


On this day in 1996 January 4th: a New Era Begins!

Posted: January 4, 1996 Source: history.com

On this day in 1996, General Motors announces at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show it will build an electric car, dubbed the EV1, to be launched in the fall of that year.

The EV1 wasn't an entirely new concept, as electric vehicles had been around since the auto industry's nascent days. In the early 20th century, the Columbia Runabout, which could travel 40 miles on a single electric charge at speeds of 15 mph, was a best-seller.

When it debuted in 1996, the EV1 was made available to consumers in just two states, Arizona and California, and for lease-only, as GM considered the development of electric vehicle technology to be ongoing. During its years in production, from 1996 to 1999, around 2,500 EV1s were produced in total. In late 2003, the company announced it was pulling the plug on the EV1 program and wouldn't renew any leases.