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Professor Develops Kit To Turn Any Car Into a Plug-in Hybrid

Just the Facts:

A plug-in hybrid retrofit kit said to work on virtually any car is the brainchild of Dr. Charles Perry, an engineering technology professor from Middle Tennessee State University.
Perry’s 1994 Honda Accord test car has seen mile More

Just the Facts:

A plug-in hybrid retrofit kit said to work on virtually any car is the brainchild of Dr. Charles Perry, an engineering technology professor from Middle Tennessee State University.
Perry’s 1994 Honda Accord test car has seen mile More

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UK: After blowing his gasket on Boxing Day, Fergie’s new electric car is right up his street…

‘I think the Volt is absolutely phenomenal,’ said Ferguson.

‘A friend of mine drove one in the States and kept going on and on about it, so when I had the opportunity I said ‘yeah I’m going to try it because it’s the car of th More

‘I think the Volt is absolutely phenomenal,’ said Ferguson.

‘A friend of mine drove one in the States and kept going on and on about it, so when I had the opportunity I said ‘yeah I’m going to try it because it’s the car of th More

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Review: The 2013 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is least-expensive all-electric car sold in America

The oddly named Mitsubishi i—also known as the i-MiEV—is probably unknown to most Americans. Even regular gas-engine models from this automaker aren’t given much promotion.

The i four More

The oddly named Mitsubishi i—also known as the i-MiEV—is probably unknown to most Americans. Even regular gas-engine models from this automaker aren’t given much promotion.

The i four More

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Lighter is Better: SmartBatt’s Electric Vehicle Battery Will Be Eco-Friendly

Most buyers of electric vehicles are often surprised to find out how large and how heavy the batteries are in their electric cars. The bulky batteries may soon become a thing of the past if SmartBatt’s new technology to make lighter and better batteries comes to fruition. The company hopes to use innovation and new technology to create an electric vehicle battery that is light and has multifunct More

Most buyers of electric vehicles are often surprised to find out how large and how heavy the batteries are in their electric cars. The bulky batteries may soon become a thing of the past if SmartBatt’s new technology to make lighter and better batteries comes to fruition. The company hopes to use innovation and new technology to create an electric vehicle battery that is light and has multifunct More

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UK: Millions of pounds to fund electric cars is left ‘gathering dust’

MORE than £2 million of taxpayers’ cash handed to Scotland’s councils to spend on SNP government green transport schemes is lying unused in bank accounts.

The Scottish Government has allocated almost £8m to local authorities to encourage them to use electrical vehicles to deliver key council services. However, more than £2m of this money has still not been spent, according to figures More

MORE than £2 million of taxpayers’ cash handed to Scotland’s councils to spend on SNP government green transport schemes is lying unused in bank accounts.

The Scottish Government has allocated almost £8m to local authorities to encourage them to use electrical vehicles to deliver key council services. However, more than £2m of this money has still not been spent, according to figures More

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ANN ARBOR: Sustainability forums to be held at Ann Arbor District Library

The city of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor District Library are collaborating to host a series of sustainability forums.

City staff, University of Michigan faculty, and representatives from community organizations will discuss local sustainability concepts and efforts – past, present and future – at the 2013 Sustainable Ann Arbor forums.

Building on the public forums from la More

The city of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor District Library are collaborating to host a series of sustainability forums.

City staff, University of Michigan faculty, and representatives from community organizations will discuss local sustainability concepts and efforts – past, present and future – at the 2013 Sustainable Ann Arbor forums.

Building on the public forums from la More

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Canada: Bombardier Wins Order to Supply 35 TALENT 2 Trains

Bombardier Inc. BBD.A
12/31/2012 5:16:16 AM
Bombardier Wins Order to Supply 35 TALENT 2 Trains

BERLIN, GERMANY–(Marketwire – Dec. 31, 2012) – Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation announced today that it will supply 35 BOMBARDIERTALENT 2 electric multiple units and a strategic spare part package to Abellio Rail NRW GmbH. The trains will operate on th More

Bombardier Inc. BBD.A
12/31/2012 5:16:16 AM
Bombardier Wins Order to Supply 35 TALENT 2 Trains

BERLIN, GERMANY–(Marketwire – Dec. 31, 2012) – Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation announced today that it will supply 35 BOMBARDIERTALENT 2 electric multiple units and a strategic spare part package to Abellio Rail NRW GmbH. The trains will operate on th More

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The Best Green Ideas of 2012

As we look back on the year that was, let’s honor some of the outstanding issues and accomplishments for community sustainability that came to light. In many cases, naming a particular item one of the best of 2012 may be a bit ( More

As we look back on the year that was, let’s honor some of the outstanding issues and accomplishments for community sustainability that came to light. In many cases, naming a particular item one of the best of 2012 may be a bit ( More

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Tesla Motors And Solar City Have Innovative Financing Models

We previously published our research report on how Tesla Motors (TSLA) was racking up losses, burning through cash as if it was an arsonist and its production difficulties. We recalled how the company was burning through so much money it had to seek fresh equity capital through the sale of nearly 8M shares of stock as part of a secondary stock offering at the end of Q3 2012. Fortunately for Tesla More

We previously published our research report on how Tesla Motors (TSLA) was racking up losses, burning through cash as if it was an arsonist and its production difficulties. We recalled how the company was burning through so much money it had to seek fresh equity capital through the sale of nearly 8M shares of stock as part of a secondary stock offering at the end of Q3 2012. Fortunately for Tesla More

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China: SAIC Leads Gains After Rebates for Electric Cars: Shanghai Mover

SAIC Motor Corp. (600104), China’s biggest carmaker, rose for a second day in Shanghai trading, heading for a 17-month high, after its municipal government agreed to offer rebates to consumers buying hybrid or electric vehicles.

The stock climbed 3.3 percent to 17.67 yuan at 11:22 a.m. in Shanghai, heading for its highest close since July 2011. The gain follows a 3.6 percent advance the p More

SAIC Motor Corp. (600104), China’s biggest carmaker, rose for a second day in Shanghai trading, heading for a 17-month high, after its municipal government agreed to offer rebates to consumers buying hybrid or electric vehicles.

The stock climbed 3.3 percent to 17.67 yuan at 11:22 a.m. in Shanghai, heading for its highest close since July 2011. The gain follows a 3.6 percent advance the p More

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UK: 6th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry

(GSC-6) [August 4-7 2013]
The Local Organising Committee for the 6th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (GSC-6) look forward to welcoming you to Nottingham, “The Home of Robin Hood” during the summer of 2013 (August 4-7) to discover and discuss the state of the art in Green and Sustainable Chemistry.

This is the 6th in a series of successful me More

(GSC-6) [August 4-7 2013]
The Local Organising Committee for the 6th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (GSC-6) look forward to welcoming you to Nottingham, “The Home of Robin Hood” during the summer of 2013 (August 4-7) to discover and discuss the state of the art in Green and Sustainable Chemistry.

This is the 6th in a series of successful me More

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How NASA might build its very first warp drive

A few months ago, physicist Harold White stunned the aeronautics world when he announced that he and his team at NASA had begun work on the development of a faster-than-light warp drive. His proposed design, an ingenious re-imagining of an Alcubierre Drive, may eventually re More

A few months ago, physicist Harold White stunned the aeronautics world when he announced that he and his team at NASA had begun work on the development of a faster-than-light warp drive. His proposed design, an ingenious re-imagining of an Alcubierre Drive, may eventually re More

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Up On The Rooftop, DOE Seeks More Solar Savings

President Obama’s support for massive solar energy projects on public lands infuriates some dedicated environmentalists who insist the emphasis should be put on developing rooftop and other urban opportunities. But the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative provides a steady stream of evidence that the administration actually isn’t putting all its eggs into the centralized power stat More

President Obama’s support for massive solar energy projects on public lands infuriates some dedicated environmentalists who insist the emphasis should be put on developing rooftop and other urban opportunities. But the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative provides a steady stream of evidence that the administration actually isn’t putting all its eggs into the centralized power stat More

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Apple Designs A Wind Energy Storage Scheme


There’s no plan to put a wind turbine on the iPhone or iPad, so far as we know – but Apple nevertheless is apparently dabbling in wind power technology.

Apple Insider on Thursday uncovered the company’s June 2011 application with the U.S. Patent an More


There’s no plan to put a wind turbine on the iPhone or iPad, so far as we know – but Apple nevertheless is apparently dabbling in wind power technology.

Apple Insider on Thursday uncovered the company’s June 2011 application with the U.S. Patent an More

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Nissan Beefs Up LEAF Battery Warranty to Cover Capacity Loss (Will Others Follow?)

Building Confidence in this New Technology
Nissan has just announced that it will update its LEAF electric car warranty in the Spring of 2013, and there’s a big change that could cause ripples across the whole industry and help accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. Andy Palmer, a Nissan executive VP, wrote a note on the MyNissanLeaf.com forums explaining that Nissan’s n More

Building Confidence in this New Technology
Nissan has just announced that it will update its LEAF electric car warranty in the Spring of 2013, and there’s a big change that could cause ripples across the whole industry and help accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. Andy Palmer, a Nissan executive VP, wrote a note on the MyNissanLeaf.com forums explaining that Nissan’s n More

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Electric cars holding resale value

Potential resale value has been a question raised about electric cars, and the answer, according to two recent used car pricing estimates, is that two best-selling electrics may lag behind similar conventional vehicles – but not by much.

An all-electric 2012 Nissan Leaf (the 2013 is not on sale yet) is expected to be worth 20 percent of its new car list price after five years of ownership More

Potential resale value has been a question raised about electric cars, and the answer, according to two recent used car pricing estimates, is that two best-selling electrics may lag behind similar conventional vehicles – but not by much.

An all-electric 2012 Nissan Leaf (the 2013 is not on sale yet) is expected to be worth 20 percent of its new car list price after five years of ownership More

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Electric cars capture 2012 spotlight


The 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, based upon an electric version of the Mitsubishi I made in Japan, costs $31,125 before tax cred More


The 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, based upon an electric version of the Mitsubishi I made in Japan, costs $31,125 before tax cred More

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Electric car charging goes wireless

Wireless charging is nothing new–but it could be the next widely-used technology in the world of electriccars.

That’s according to Pike Research, which suggests wireless charging sales will surpass 280,000 by 2020.

The group cites the partnerships of severalelectric vehicle manufacturers with wireless charging companies as the reason for such growth.

Wireless char More

Wireless charging is nothing new–but it could be the next widely-used technology in the world of electriccars.

That’s according to Pike Research, which suggests wireless charging sales will surpass 280,000 by 2020.

The group cites the partnerships of severalelectric vehicle manufacturers with wireless charging companies as the reason for such growth.

Wireless char More

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1st Drive: 2013 Ford C-Max Energi SEL Plug-in Hybrid & Marty’s Senior Driver Notes

Hybrid. What is a hybrid? In automotive terms it’s a vehicle that gets better mileage. But according to an online dictionary, hybrid is defined as anything derived from heterogeneous (not compatible) sources or composed of elements of different incongruous kinds. That’s a dictionary definition, but oddly it is the term used to describe a automobile that has two different powerplants: one an in More

Hybrid. What is a hybrid? In automotive terms it’s a vehicle that gets better mileage. But according to an online dictionary, hybrid is defined as anything derived from heterogeneous (not compatible) sources or composed of elements of different incongruous kinds. That’s a dictionary definition, but oddly it is the term used to describe a automobile that has two different powerplants: one an in More

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Chelsea Sexton’s Prescriptions: RX for Ailing Automakers


Chelsea Sexton says smart marketing will help move the LEAF and other electric cars. (Andrea Bricco photo)

In mid-December, Nissan vice president of sales Al Castignetti admitted that the company had been “arrogant” in its assumption “that there were people j More


Chelsea Sexton says smart marketing will help move the LEAF and other electric cars. (Andrea Bricco photo)

In mid-December, Nissan vice president of sales Al Castignetti admitted that the company had been “arrogant” in its assumption “that there were people j More

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Lisa Jackson’s Low-Key EPA Departure: Climate and Clean Cars Looms Large


Lisa Jackson was a lightning rod for conservative criticism–in part because she pushed for clean car legislation. (Flickr/Chesapeake Bay Program)

It’s possible that Secretary Lisa Jackson may be leaving the Environmental Protection Agency because she’s frus More


Lisa Jackson was a lightning rod for conservative criticism–in part because she pushed for clean car legislation. (Flickr/Chesapeake Bay Program)

It’s possible that Secretary Lisa Jackson may be leaving the Environmental Protection Agency because she’s frus More

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Solar PV’s 44% Efficiency Record, Thanks To NREL & Solar Junction

Here’s a great solar PV story from the good folks over at NREL (note that we’ve already covered Solar Junction’s 44% solar cell efficiency record, but this post below goes above & beyond that first one):

An operator inspects a photolithography tool used to manufacture high-efficiency Solar Junction concentrator solar cells. NREL’s pioneering multijunction work led to the Solar More

Here’s a great solar PV story from the good folks over at NREL (note that we’ve already covered Solar Junction’s 44% solar cell efficiency record, but this post below goes above & beyond that first one):

An operator inspects a photolithography tool used to manufacture high-efficiency Solar Junction concentrator solar cells. NREL’s pioneering multijunction work led to the Solar More

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Using An EV To Power A Home

Over 8 million people were left without electricity in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and last summer’s derecho storm left many without power for a week or more. Some resourceful electric vehicle owners in the DC area have figured out how to use the big battery in their cars for emergency power. Television station WUSA, channel 9 in Washington, DC did a story on EVA/DC member Doron Shalvi who used More

Over 8 million people were left without electricity in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and last summer’s derecho storm left many without power for a week or more. Some resourceful electric vehicle owners in the DC area have figured out how to use the big battery in their cars for emergency power. Television station WUSA, channel 9 in Washington, DC did a story on EVA/DC member Doron Shalvi who used More

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Think Mitsubishi’s iMiEV is boring and slow? Look at this.


The Mitsubishi iMiEV Evolution race car was purpose-built for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb and finished eighth out of more than 100 finishers in the 2012 event. (Mitsubishi photo courtesy Autocar.co.uk.)

Mitsubishi’s effort at conquering the elec More


The Mitsubishi iMiEV Evolution race car was purpose-built for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb and finished eighth out of more than 100 finishers in the 2012 event. (Mitsubishi photo courtesy Autocar.co.uk.)

Mitsubishi’s effort at conquering the elec More

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Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid Giving the Toyota Prius Plugin a Run for the Money

Recently voted as the “Green Car of the Year“, the upcoming 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid has been rated at an EPA-estimate of 108 MPGe city, and 92 MPGe highway, leading to a combined fuel efficiency of 100 MPGe. These numbers allow the 2013 For More

Recently voted as the “Green Car of the Year“, the upcoming 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid has been rated at an EPA-estimate of 108 MPGe city, and 92 MPGe highway, leading to a combined fuel efficiency of 100 MPGe. These numbers allow the 2013 For More

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Electric cars actually work

Robert Barron, The Daily News
Published: Saturday, December 29, 2012

Kent Rathwell slipped pretty quietly through Nanaimo last week while on the last leg of his 10,000-kilometre trip across Canada in his Tesla Roadster battery-electric car.

But I believe what the president of Sun Country Highway achieved in his month-long trip across one of the largest countries in the world at More

Robert Barron, The Daily News
Published: Saturday, December 29, 2012

Kent Rathwell slipped pretty quietly through Nanaimo last week while on the last leg of his 10,000-kilometre trip across Canada in his Tesla Roadster battery-electric car.

But I believe what the president of Sun Country Highway achieved in his month-long trip across one of the largest countries in the world at More

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Recharge of Confidence: Nissan Leaf Battery Life Warrantied for 5 Years/60,000 Miles

Nissan will amend the warranties of Leaf EV models to specifically cover battery life, reports Automotive News. The Leaf’s original warranty didn’t address battery life concerns, and the automaker hopes to ease consumers’ minds by offering to replace the lithium-ion battery if it loses more than 30 percent of its life after five years or 60,000 miles.

Nissan infographic how to make a More

Nissan will amend the warranties of Leaf EV models to specifically cover battery life, reports Automotive News. The Leaf’s original warranty didn’t address battery life concerns, and the automaker hopes to ease consumers’ minds by offering to replace the lithium-ion battery if it loses more than 30 percent of its life after five years or 60,000 miles.

Nissan infographic how to make a More

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Electric cars actually work

Kent Rathwell slipped pretty quietly through Nanaimo last week while on the last leg of his 10,000-kilometre trip across Canada in his Tesla Roadster battery-electric car.

But I believe what the president of Sun Country Highway achieved in his month-long trip across one of the largest countries in the world at the beginning of Canada’s notorious winter season was remarkable.

In More

Kent Rathwell slipped pretty quietly through Nanaimo last week while on the last leg of his 10,000-kilometre trip across Canada in his Tesla Roadster battery-electric car.

But I believe what the president of Sun Country Highway achieved in his month-long trip across one of the largest countries in the world at the beginning of Canada’s notorious winter season was remarkable.

In More

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First responders ‘at risk of electrocution from hybrid and electric cars after serious accidents’

SAE International said in a report that hybrid and electric cars need industry-wide identification that first responders can use
After an accident, hybrid cars can be extremely dangerous to rescue workers because of increased battery size More

SAE International said in a report that hybrid and electric cars need industry-wide identification that first responders can use
After an accident, hybrid cars can be extremely dangerous to rescue workers because of increased battery size More

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Sandy Forces Northeast to Rethink Infrastructure

In an effort to emerge more resilient and more prosperous, states and localities are rethinking power grids, roads and sewer systems in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

A couple of weeks after Hurricane Sandy blew through, I was attending a smart growth conference in Long Island, N.Y. You can usually predict what these events are going to be like — a parade of impressive and attractive p More

In an effort to emerge more resilient and more prosperous, states and localities are rethinking power grids, roads and sewer systems in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

A couple of weeks after Hurricane Sandy blew through, I was attending a smart growth conference in Long Island, N.Y. You can usually predict what these events are going to be like — a parade of impressive and attractive p More

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