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Categories: Hybrid / Green

Nissan Collects $650,865 In Three Days

On: Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 2:43PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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Any doubts regarding the popularity of the new Leaf were quelled after Nissan’s first all-electric vehicle collected some 6635 deposits totaling over $650,000 in just three days. The deposit will guarantee your place in line when the Leaf goes on sale, and will also allow you to track the progress of your Leaf.

OK, you put your $99 down and you are starting to feel all green inside; now what?
You wait until December and then you will be required to submit information to Nissan about your driving pattern to make sure you fit the car's limited range. There will also be a review of your home electrical system and local building code to make sure that the home charging system can be successfully installed.


New Material May Replace The Lithium Ion Battery

On: Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 4:33PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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There was a new discovery recently made by researchers at the Imperial College of London that may change the future of the battery, including batteries used for electric cars. A patented mixture of carbon fiber and polymer was invented that can discharge and store electricity; what does that mean to the car industry?  It could enable the body of your automobile to run your engine!


Environmentalists Issue Warnings About Effects of the Combustion Engine

On: Sat, Apr 24, 2010 at 11:27AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Environmentalists have been pushing for some time for a shift to using alternative energy for automobiles in order to decrease emissions of toxic chemicals that are the end result of the process of burning fuel in combustion engines. Many people may not realize that for every gallon of fuel that is burned in an automobile, 14 pounds of carbon dioxide (C02) is emitted into the atmosphere. Over a distance of 12,000 miles (the distance an average American will drive in a year), a 25 mpg car will produce 3.4 tons of carbon dioxide, which is one of the biggest contributors to global warming.


The New Volt MPV5 Unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show

On: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 5:46PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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General Motors has unveiled a new and exciting concept car at the Beijing auto show this year that is a version of the Chevrolet Volt, the Volt MPV5, a five door front wheel drive crossover electric plug-in hybrid. The Volt MPV5 has a strong resemblance to the Volt in physical appearance and it has similar environmental concepts as the Chevrolet Cruze Eco, particularly in its aerodynamics.


 

The Opel Flextreme Diesel

On: Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 10:08AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The European version of GM's electric plug-in hybrid (the Volt) recently premiered at the Frankfort Auto Show. The Flextreme is a divergent model, adapted to the European market where the gasoline combustion engine was replaced by a 1.3 liter turbo diesel engine. The new E-Flex design uses electric drive to propel the vehicle, with rechargeable batteries that can be plugged into an electric grid. Rather than combining an internal combustion powertrain and electric drive to power the vehicle as traditional hybrid engines do, E-Flex is driven exclusively on electricity and the diesel fueled engine is utilized to provide energy that will power a generator in order to produce electricity for the electric drive. Subsequently, the engine is smaller and can operate more efficiently.


Switch Grass: The Future is Closing

On: Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 3:11PM | By: Benjamin Roussey


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The debate pertaining to alternative fuel sources for our automobiles has caused a rift in this nation. One side claims electrical, the other side charges back with natural gas, for instance. Both sides have merits but neither of them have the attributes of switch grass. Switch grass? Yes, switch grass. Researchers at Oklahoma State University have discovered 4 types of grasses could be used to power a vehicle – bermudagrass, flaccidgrass, weeping lovegrass, and switchgrass – switchgrass has had the best results, based on efficiency in regards to dry biomass per dollar cost. In other words, switch grass is the most economical and plausible. Thus, science has centered its intention on switch grass.


Electric Car History And Some Arguments Challenged

On: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 9:37AM | By: Benjamin Roussey


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There has been a lot of debate between the electric, gas and hybrid operating vehicle insiders and outsiders. This debate will probably not subside any time soon. Some environmentalists support the electric car movement and are forever angry that the largest auto companies squashed the development of electric cars in the early part of the 20th century.


Batteries Not Included. . . But Should They?

On: Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 12:57PM | By: Clay Ritchings


Batteries Not Included. . . But Should They? test 1-1

Plug-in hybrid, all-electric or fuel cell? Companies are hedging their bets on what will emerge as the next generation engine technology of choice; now it seems another alternative approach could well be set to enter the mix. Electric hybrids have a tremendous amount of momentum right now; but what if a technology didn’t rely on expensive, heavy, bulky battery technologies that aren’t really ready for prime time, but instead used a time-tested energy storage method? What is this new wonderful technology? It’s Hydraulics! Hydraulic hybrid vehicles aren’t exactly news to everyone. Operators of truck fleets have recently taken an interest and have been evaluating hydraulic hybrids. Hydraulic power trains would add only about 10 percent to the vehicle cost, but if you take a look at parallel hybrids, like the Prius, you would add hundreds of pounds and thousands of dollars to the vehicle.


Chevy Volt Begins Production, New Hybrids From Hyundai And Nissan

On: Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 3:55PM | By: John Welch


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The first Chevy Volts hummed off the assembly line in Hamtramck on Tuesday, making good on a fuel-efficiency promise first made at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show. The General was going to give Americans a car that achieved triple-digit efficiency, 700 miles on one tank. It was ungainly, some might say ugly, (though I found the odd Volvo-esque cutline running between the fenders to be pleasing), but its value went way beyond its poorly-styled exterior. The Volt drank gasoline, but was not propelled by it. The Volt needed to be charged at home, but would not slow to a stop if the charge ran out. EEeeeeenteresting.

There is more good news for the Volt, besides the near-miracle that it is even going to see the light of day: GM's silent partner, good 'ole Uncle-conflictofinterest-Sam, called 'dibs' on the first hundred Volts a week ago. On March 31st, President Obama released a plan for off-shore drilling (Finally!! Refineries, anyone? Wanna get to work on those now, please??!). Obama also set a goal of one million plug-in hybrids, like the Volt or the upcoming Cadillac XTS by 2015. Then, in a move that wasn't difficult to predict, the administration upped its order of Volts from 100 to 2,500 and then to 5,000. Too bad these cars will be destroyed in the first few months- being relegated to company/rental car status and all, operated by US government employees no less.

I can almost visualize the carnage now- a Democratic Senator's aide drills a Republican staffer as he crosses the street. The combination of a silent, government-owned eco-car and a buffoon using a Bluetooth while jay-walking turns out to be deadly. Political and social backlash ensues; the Democratic Senator begins receiving death threats at 3 am; the Republican Senator has to pour himself a stiff drink and find a new boyfriend. And the Volt is run through the muck by any self-righteous goof with a camera in front of him. Both parties.

"We need these cars to have warning sirens and spray water fifteen feet in front of them so that the blind and jerks with headphones won't be ground to hamburger meat beneath the wheels of this rolling abomination!!"

"Who gave a Democrat under the age of forty-two a Gee-Deee drivers license??! This is what happens when you let people abort babies!"

"The RNC placed that young man in the way of our staffer's Volt on purpose, attempting to sabotage a "green" vehicle's reputation! That's what they do, those Nazis!"

"Where am I? How did . . . is this Washington D.C. . . . ? Oh Gawd, this is the Hall of Representatives??! Uhg, I'll give you a sound-bite, just let me go clean all this cocaine and hooker-blood offuh my new loafers!"

Ahem, more news about the Volt, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and the Nissan Leaf, inside yon post . . .


Auto Manufacturers Secure Their Future In Lithium.

On: Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 8:12PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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A very important development in the lithium market has recently taken place and appears to be trending. Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation has agreed to buy about 30 per cent of battery-grade lithium carbonate output from Galaxy Resources' Mt Cattlin mine in Western Australia. Galaxy said in a statement today it was close to finalizing similar agreements with other major groups and high-end users of battery-grade lithium carbonate in China and other parts of Asia. We can only assume these other high end users are other automotive or the sophisticated computer and cell phone makers. And the demand will continue to grow as the automotive world reinvents itself.


Forward Thinking From Honda

On: Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 5:24PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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Honda has taken steps forward in the fuel cell world by unveiling the next generation in the hydrogen refill station. Utilizing solar power and designed as a single, integrated unit to fit in the home garage, the station produces enough hydrogen in an eight-hour overnight fill to power a fuel cell electric vehicle for its typical daily commute. The unit was designed to complement a public network of fast-fill hydrogen stations by refilling overnight, letting owners take advantage of less expensive off-peak electrical power and remove the requirement of hydrogen storage. In other words the unit will use solar during the day and run off the power grid at night. . . Bravo!