Tuesday, July 29, 2008

More on charging


Green Transporter electric and hybrid scooters

From oceanside town of Encinitas, California comes not only a fleet of electric scooters (including the Venice, above), but what is promised to be among the first production hybrid scooters to hit the streets.

First, the electrics. Green Transporter has a line of six electric scooters that have a range of about 30-40 miles at a maximum of 20 mph, and have a charging time of 2-6 hours. Cost ranges between $691 and $1,199 (the Venice above is the priciest one), which means that at today’s gas prices, it should pay for itself in like… I don’t know, about a week or so depending on where you live. One of the models is an electric moped, the E-Bike ($799), that has a range of 45 miles if you also use the pedals to move yourself along.
The hybrid “PI” (plug in) models
The Milan PI, shown here on the left, has a top speed when running under electric power is 22 mph, and over that, it runs on gas power up to 45 mph on its 50cc 4-stroke gas motor. Effectively, when running under electric power, it gets 300 miles per gallon. Using gas, 80 mpg. The electric motor is rated as a 500 watt 36v. It has a retail cost of $2,295.
The Expresso PI makes the same claims, but has that sporty scooter look rather than the Milan’s retroish influence.
Call the company if you’re interested in a product, because ordering through its site doesn’t work. It’s all through Google Checkout, but if you try to put one in your cart, it says the company no longer accepts payments through Google.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Restoration Complete


Restoration Begins


Getting a Donor Car


EV News Summary, July 23, 2008

Google.org gives electric cars a push, with investments in Aptera and ActaCell Google.org is Google's not-exactly-charity arm of their operations. Since Google believes in not being evil I suppose they want to use Google.org to do some good things for the world.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Charging update


Japan kicks off electric car format war

I guess a technology writer understands "format war" and spun the article this way, giving it a subtitle of 'Prius-ray vs Dominant Volt Drive?' In any case they say that the Japanese automakers are presenting for consideration a potential "worldwide standard" for automotive Li-ion batteries and related technologies. It may be a bit too early to standardise on specific Li-Ion chemistries so hopefully the standard they propose will be flexible enough to accomodate the variety of Lithium based battery chemistries which are being developed.

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

VW Researcher Pours Cold Water on Electric Car Dream

The Voice of Officialdom: "Volkswagen's top researcher warned Saturday, July 19 that pure electric cars would not became a major product for decades, because they continue to be thwarted by battery technology. " ...the key problems were gaining adequate range, the huge cost and a lack of industrial capacity to make high-energy batteries.
They plan to bring out an electric car, a very small car, in 2010.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Flying the Glider: Roadster Owner Ken Jacobs Tours Assembly Plant and Test Track

Ken Jacobs was one of the first employees at the relational database pioneer Oracle Corporation. He and his wife Margaret are thrilled to be early adopters and advocates for the pioneering Tesla, the car and the company.

My wife and I, returning home to the US from a week in Morocco, spent a couple of [...]

Al Gore Throws Down the Gauntlet on solving environmental & energy issues

Yesterday Al Gore, the former Next President of the United States, made a speech which laid down a moonshot style of challenge to Americans. It's a cool challenge but one which would personally enrich him because he is now a venture capitalist focusing on renewable energy and environmental solutions. Also, why did he place this challenge only on Americans? It is a global problem. Still, a very interesting speech, one which personally excites me..

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

First attempt at charging


Americans must switch over to electric-powered cars ASAP

Andrew Grove, former CEO of Intel, had a editorial in todays San Jose Mercury News about electric vehicles. He says: "Energy independence is the wrong goal...." Many politicos use this phrase as a talking point and it sounds likely, but... he suggests instead "We must strengthen our energy resilience by increasing our reliance on electricity." The problem is, as he says, to the extent the U.S. "energy" is derived from oil which is increasingly only available from unstable regimes in the middle east, it is folly for the U.S. to be addicted to oil (as G.W. Bush said).

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Update on Production and Delivery of Cars to Customers

The following update was sent by Ze’ev Drori to Tesla customers yesterday.
You know of course the saying “Good things are worth waiting for” … undoubtedly we were trying the truism of this adage longer than warranted, but we have broken the logjam. We are delivering the Roadster to our customers. Already 9 production Roadsters have [...]

Friday, July 11, 2008

Athens-Clarke, GA police go green with an electric scooter

According to the The Athens Banner-Herald, the Athens-Clarke Police Department announced this week that they have added a T3 Law Enforcement electric scooter to its fleet of police vehicles, along with four hybrid sedans. While not the typical step-through we know and love, the T3 is intriguing because of its focus on law enforcment and the features available for specialized use. It’s also made in the USA, according to the site. The use of one T3, it states, equals an “average annual savings of $23,000 to $30,000 per gasoline-powered vehicle per year.”

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Executive Appointments

As you know a company is a living, breathing organism that constantly evolves in anticipation or in response to changing conditions. We are now moving ever so faster toward the establishment of full in-house manufacturing facilities initially for the Model S and in the process make Tesla a complete car maker. Of course not just [...]

Saturday, July 5, 2008

hybrid scooter discussion at ScooterCommunity.com.au

Scooter Community logoI found an active discussion on the Scooter Community (Australia) forum about hybrid scooters, including whether or not they are a viable energy alternative, how much they’ll cost to run, and if they truly help shrink a rider’s carbon footprint. Take a look here.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

CleverCycles: We’re closed until Monday, 11 August!

Yes, we’re taking a vacation in the middle of the so-called bicycling season, 27 July to 11 August. Why? Because we are sold out of nearly all our most popular products! (Bakfietsen? Xtracycles? Child seats? Certain Bromptons, Retrovelos etc…) It’s a combination of some of our suppliers being sold out themselves, and others being simply [...]