Sunday, August 31, 2008

7GEN: Technosanity #7: Solfest 2008

I recorded this a couple weeks ago during the Solfest. Solfest is a yearly gathering sponsored by Real Goods and the Solar Living Institute, it focuses on solar energy, off the grid living, appropriate technology, and much more. This was my first time attending the Solfest and I had a great time. The episode is pretty long but it covers a lot of things.

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http://audio.davidherron.com/technosanity/e000006.mp3

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Friday, August 29, 2008

The range of choices of available electric vehicles

Earlier today while talking with a colleague she asked me for advice about different kinds of electric vehicles. She's thinking about getting some kind of scooter to tide her over until full size electric cars are available (e.g. Chevy Volt) and since I've owned several small electric vehicles that probably means I have some useful advice to give.
Let's start by cutting the field into some major clumps:-

  • Bicycles
  • Scooters that pretend to be bicycles (have pedals)
  • Scooters with max speed of 30 miles/hr
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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Major discovery from MIT primed to unleash solar revolution!


The "solar solution" is dependent on two major developments. One is the mass production of very cheap, very efficient, and very sustainable solar cells. Nanotechnology developments will make that happen soon. The second development is a very cheap, very efficient, and very sustainably built energy collection system for tapping into that energy collected during the day. Dr. Daniel Nocera has a breakthrough on this part of the solution and shares his findings in this video from MIT>TechTV.

Thanks to Susan for submitting this Pulse. If you want to read the whole story from the MIT news office, go here.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Evpulse/~3/5ck7hcEyZDA/major-discovery-from-mit-primed-to.html

Major discovery from MIT primed to unleash solar revolution!

The "solar solution" is dependent on two major developments. One is the mass production of very cheap, very efficient, and very sustainable solar cells. Nanotechnology developments will make that happen soon. The second development is a very cheap, very efficient, and very sustainably built energy collection system for tapping into that energy collected during the day. Dr. Daniel Nocera has a breakthrough on this part of the solution and shares his findings in this video from MIT>TechTV.Thanks to Susan for submitting this Pulse. If you want to read the whole story from the MIT news office, go here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Electric assist bike sales gearing up for a big 2009


(Emma Vandore rides her electric bike in the streets of paris. Source Shanghaidaily)

Here's some interesting numbers on the international side of electric bikes. This story from Shanghai Daily shows huge growth in the e-bike market in the coming year... mostly for Europe, but there's even mention of market growth in the USA up from 10,000 units to possibly over 100,000 units. Here's a bit from the news article.

More than 10,000 electric bikes were sold in France last year, up from 6,000 in 2006, according to the Conseil National des Professions du Cycle, an association of bike professionals.

Elsewhere in Europe, sales of power-assisted bikes in Germany this year are expected to double the 60,000 sold in 2007, while in the Netherlands, sales of electric bikes increased from 45,000 in 2006 to 89,000 last year. Sales there are estimated to reach 121,000 this year.

The figures in the Netherlands compare with 10,000 units sold in the vastly larger United States in 2007, up from 6,000 in 2006, according to the National Bicycle Dealers Association. However, other sources say sales figures are had to come by and the total US sales could be well over 100,000.

Advances in technology - which has led to lighter batteries capable of running for 40 to 80 kilometers - means electric bikes are competing with scooters and motorbikes.

Electric bikes cost almost nothing to run or maintain and for the daredevil rider offer additional benefits: no helmet, no registration, and no license.

Jean-Paul Massot, a 30-year-old teacher who commutes 8 kilometers to work each day in Paris, says he's willing to pay up to 1,500 euros (US$2,200) for an electric bike - an amount which could get him a gasoline-powered scooter.

"But I don't want to pay for gasoline," he said. "And scooters are polluting and noisy."

Hear THAT ScooterScoop? Polluty and noisy! ;)

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Evpulse/~3/U0GA4xGwauQ/electric-assist-bike-sales-are-set-to.html

Electric assist bike sales gearing up for a big 2009

(Emma Vandore rides her electric bike in the streets of paris. Source Shanghaidaily)Here's some interesting numbers on the international side of electric bikes. This story from Shanghai Daily shows huge growth in the e-bike market in the coming year... mostly for Europe, but there's even mention of market growth in the USA up from 10,000 units to possibly over 100,000 units. Here's a bit from the news article.More than 10,000 electric bikes were sold in France last year, up from 6,000 in 2006, according to the Conseil National des Professions du Cycle, an association of bike professionals.Elsewhere in Europe, sales of power-assisted bikes in Germany this year are expected to double the 60,000 sold in 2007, while in the Netherlands, sales of electric bikes increased from 45,000 in 2006 to 89,000 last year. Sales there are estimated to reach 121,000 this year.The figures in the Netherlands compare with 10,000 units sold in the vastly larger United States in 2007, up from 6,000 in 2006, according to the National Bicycle Dealers Association. However, other sources say sales figures are had to come by and the total US sales could be well over 100,000.Advances in technology - which has led to lighter batteries capable of running for 40 to 80 kilometers - means electric bikes are competing with scooters and motorbikes.Electric bikes cost almost nothing to run or maintain and for the daredevil rider offer additional benefits: no helmet, no registration, and no license.Jean-Paul Massot, a 30-year-old teacher who commutes 8 kilometers to work each day in Paris, says he's willing to pay up to 1,500 euros (US$2,200) for an electric bike - an amount which could get him a gasoline-powered scooter."But I don't want to pay for gasoline," he said. "And scooters are polluting and noisy."Hear THAT ScooterScoop? Polluty and noisy! ;)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sexy electric bikes finally coming to America - Ultra Motor A2B


(She's even sexier with the saddle batteries mounted on the back)
The newest e-ped (electric motor / pedal hybrid) from Ultra Motor (UK) is on the horizon. The A2B is ready for the US market and should hit dealers in just a couple of weeks.

No driver’s license necessary, just charge the A2B, unplug it, turn the throttle and enjoy the ride. The A2B can travel at speeds up to 20 miles per hour, without pedaling. Or, if riders feel like some exercise, they can use the pedals to increase their speed and distance. The A2B travels 20 miles on a single charge and riders can use a secondary battery to travel up to 40 miles without re-charging. w00t!

For commuters and “short trippers,” the A2B is designed to carry the goods – computers, groceries, flowers or gear. Baskets and side bags are available separately for purchase.

Ultra Motor is a leading force in the innovation of personal mobility. With state-of-the-art technology manufactured in Taiwan and a design team in Germany, Ultra Motor is paving the way with emissions-free smart transport solutions for the global urban market. The company’s global headquarters are in London, and its US operation is based in San Francisco, California.

For more information or to find out where to buy yours go to www.ultramotor.com/usa

Oh! One more interesting fact from their press release:

Increasing challenges are making urban transportation more costly and time-consuming: the Texas Transportation Institute reports that gridlock costs the average peak period traveler almost 40 hours a year in travel delay and wastes an annual 2.9 billion gallons of gasoline, which has climbed to more than $4.00 a gallon. In addition, the U.S. Department of Transportation reports that nearly half of all trips are less than three miles. The A2B is a clean, gasoline-free transportation alternative for the thousands of short trips Americans take every day.

Amazing!

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Evpulse/~3/7vXjHiQWqO4/sexy-electric-bikes-finally-coming-to.html

Sexy electric bikes finally coming to America - Ultra Motor A2B

(She's even sexier with the saddle batteries mounted on the back)The newest e-ped (electric motor / pedal hybrid) from Ultra Motor (UK) is on the horizon. The A2B is ready for the US market and should hit dealers in just a couple of weeks.No driver’s license necessary, just charge the A2B, unplug it, turn the throttle and enjoy the ride. The A2B can travel at speeds up to 20 miles per hour, without pedaling. Or, if riders feel like some exercise, they can use the pedals to increase their speed and distance. The A2B travels 20 miles on a single charge and riders can use a secondary battery to travel up to 40 miles without re-charging. w00t!For commuters and “short trippers,” the A2B is designed to carry the goods – computers, groceries, flowers or gear. Baskets and side bags are available separately for purchase.Ultra Motor is a leading force in the innovation of personal mobility. With state-of-the-art technology manufactured in Taiwan and a design team in Germany, Ultra Motor is paving the way with emissions-free smart transport solutions for the global urban market. The company’s global headquarters are in London, and its US operation is based in San Francisco, California.For more information or to find out where to buy yours go to www.ultramotor.com/usaOh! One more interesting fact from their press release:Increasing challenges are making urban transportation more costly and time-consuming: the Texas Transportation Institute reports that gridlock costs the average peak period traveler almost 40 hours a year in travel delay and wastes an annual 2.9 billion gallons of gasoline, which has climbed to more than $4.00 a gallon. In addition, the U.S. Department of Transportation reports that nearly half of all trips are less than three miles. The A2B is a clean, gasoline-free transportation alternative for the thousands of short trips Americans take every day.Amazing!

The sound of silence from ZeroMotorcycle

I've been looking for some high quality video to show me what an electric dirt bike sounds like and now I've seen it, er heard it... or not heard it maybe, whatever. Check out Zero Motorcycle's video gallery HERE.

The only thing that bothered me a little bit was the Mini-Moto championship. Watching these silent dirt bikes zoom around the track with a silent audience was like watching Mike Tyson fight in Japan. Eerily quiet. Though the nature riding shots are cool... all stealthy and stuff.
Best Application: Off-road ninja transportation

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Evpulse/~3/vaqtD5DQJgs/sound-of-silence-from-zeromotorcycle.html

The sound of silence from ZeroMotorcycle

I've been looking for some high quality video to show me what an electric dirt bike sounds like and now I've seen it, er heard it... or not heard it maybe, whatever. Check out Zero Motorcycle's video gallery HERE.
The only thing that bothered me a little bit was the Mini-Moto championship. Watching these silent dirt bikes zoom around the track with a silent audience was like watching Mike Tyson fight in Japan. Eerily quiet. Though the nature riding shots are cool... all stealthy and stuff.Best Application: Off-road ninja transportation

Monday, August 25, 2008

7GEN: Abiogenic petroleum origin

In considering the truth of the Peak Oil theory it is worth our while to consider alternate theories. The Peak Oil phenomenon follows from normal theories of the origin of fossil oil. Namely that there is a fixed quantity of oil which exists, and that it was formed from buried biological matter which was compressed and heated over millions of years. However the abiogenic petroleum origin theory claims fossil oil came from other sources. It states that natural petroleum was formed from deep carbon deposits, perhaps dating to the formation of the Earth.

Article Reference: 

Abiogenic petroleum origin

A Deep Sea Hydrocarbon Factory

Titan's Surface Organics Surpass Oil Reserves On Earth

http://peswiki.com/index.php/Directory:Abiotic_Oil

Oil's Big Dirty Secret as Producers Rake in Hundreds of Billions

http://freeenergynews.com/Directory/Theory/SustainableOil/

Pollyanna Scenario

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossil_fuel

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It's Alive!

http://lonestar914ev.blogspot.com/2008/08/its-alive.html

Smart to bring the electric version in 2010


Treehugger got "first dibs" on this story that reveals the 2010 Electric Smart. It's a move that we should have seen a long time ago, but with technology moving so fast I can understand the reason for the hold up. No one wants to be financially committed to a technology when a newer, better and cheaper technology is right around the corner. The only thing hold ME up is the reported $30,000 price tag! Maybe I'd better wait for the Yo Smart electric.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Evpulse/~3/NXImyiTn95M/smart-to-bring-electric-version-in-2010.html

Smart to bring the electric version in 2010

Treehugger got "first dibs" on this story that reveals the 2010 Electric Smart. It's a move that we should have seen a long time ago, but with technology moving so fast I can understand the reason for the hold up. No one wants to be financially committed to a technology when a newer, better and cheaper technology is right around the corner. The only thing hold ME up is the reported $30,000 price tag! Maybe I'd better wait for the Yo Smart electric.

EVPulse: Tom Hanks touts his E-Box

This video is from a year ago, but it shows how stoked Tom Hanks is with his E-Box electric car. It's essentially a Scion with a battery in place of an engine. Seems to have pretty good specs with a minimum 100 mpc (miles per charge) and all the comforts of a good ol' car.Tom talked about it more with Dave Letterman back in 2007 (Video). Here's a press release with all the specs on the E-Box. The only real down side for most of us is the near $80,000 price tag. Ouch! Of course the more that sell to celebs at high dollar help to make them affordable in the future for people like me. You go Tom!

EVPulse: BugE is a step in the right direction

The thing with EVs in the current decade is their inherent inefficencies and lack of speed and/or distance. This street legal electric trike, from BlueSky designer Mark Murphy, handles this issue by carefully balancing the comprimises necessary to lessen these inefficencies while increasing rider comfort and vehicle aerodynamics. I really think Mark is on to something with this design. Just add a second seat and I'll have something I can use to bring my kid to school.For more info, check out the BugE website.

EVPulse: Electric Vehicles are picking up steam with the DIY crowd!

If the human mind is a super computer then HUNDREDS of minds working to solve the same problem is like parallel computing. Almost like folding@home or the SETI@home system, EVAlbum.com is a central sharing point where these minds can show their findings in an attempt to build their own electric vehicle. Some build for the practicality, some for the fun and others build in an attempt to be the next Henry Ford, Dean Kamen or Martin Eberhard. If you are about to embark on the "journey electric" then you should spend a good day or two reviewing the works of nearly 1,800 others who have taken that journey already. Learn from them, maybe ask them for some suggestions or links to resources. EV Album could end up not only saving you time and money but also helping you to share your creation with the world and WHO knows? Maybe attracting the attention of investors who can help turn your creation into the next vehicle in the electric revolution!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Brad Templeton's Robocar idea, and the idea that Geeks can Save the World

Brad Templeton is a high tech pioneer, having been involved with some of the very earliest attempts to commercialize the Internet. This makes him an entrepeneur, and he has published a series of articles outlining a vision of robotically driven cars that can improve human safety on the road and reduce or eliminate the poisonous emissions produced by normal cars. In reading this I remember that I met Brad once, sometime around 1993, during a job interview while he was running ClariNet. He offered me the job but for some reason I turned it down. Oh well.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Motor and Controller Installed

http://lonestar914ev.blogspot.com/2008/08/motor-and-controller-installed.html

Une Campagne Anglaise : An English Campaign

Ce mois de Juillet nous avons rendu hommage au Royaume d’Elizabeth en sillonnant l’Angleterre afin de présenter le Roadster dans ce pays dans lequel il est aujourd’hui assemblé. Notre campagne a commencé à Londres, au très sélect club Hurlingham, un manoir et un parc privé de plusieurs hectares au cœur de la ville, dédié à [...]

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Work-In-Progress

http://electricvw.blogspot.com/2008/08/work-in-progress.html

Killacycle: August 23 and 24 at Woodburn Dragstrip (All Harley Drag Racing Association)

The KillaCycle will be running exihibition at the All Harley Drag Racing Association, Northwest Nationals at Woodburn, Oregon on August 23rd and 24th. We will arrive on the afternoon or Friday, August 22nd and we might make a test pass that evening between 3 PM and 7 PM, depending on how smoothly the trip from Denver goes.
Woodburn is a fast track and we will be set up identically to what we were in Pomona when we ran a 7.824 @ 168 MPH.
Drop by the pits, chat, and have a cool drink on us. Buy a KillaCycle T-shirt prehaps.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

EVPulse: Toyota steps into the "Segway"

Here's some video first looks at Toyota's smaller (and slower) version of the Segway. This was introduced as a concept earlier in the year. Seems it's getting a step closer to full production.

More Progress

http://lonestar914ev.blogspot.com/2008/08/more-progress.html

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

CARB Must Maintain Pressure to Deliver Pure ZEV’s in California

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is considering changes to the Zero Emission Vehicle Program (also commonly known as the “ZEV Mandate”). If you’ve seen Who Killed the Electric Car? you have an idea of what the ZEV Mandate is and how its implementation has been challenged and impeded by traditional auto manufacturers for more [...]

Sunday, August 10, 2008

CleverCycles: Family bike trip: Portland to Breitenbush and back again

For our vacation, we the Fahrner family rode from our door in Portland up into the Cascade mountains along the Clackamas river, camped one night along the way, then spent four nights at Breitenbush Hot Springs. We rode home in one day. 193 total bike miles, 12,000’ of climbing, with a camping load and our [...]

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Work Resumes

http://lonestar914ev.blogspot.com/2008/08/work-resumes_09.html

Hear It FROM the Grapevine

Debby Zygielbaum, from Robert Sinskey, did a great job at explaining just why Barefoot's new Model One prototype "Betty" is a good, green, vineyard manager's best friend where she blogs about the new Barefoot Betty and Ely's stellar job on the design of the our new protype. Thank you Debby! (More to follow on our Wednesday night launch party in Napa)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

EVPulse: What will be your future fuel? Survey says...

The GasBuddy conducted a little poll asking what YOU thought would be the fuel for the "car of the future".

The results were not too unusual in my opinion (see below)

So, one quarter of the 31,499 people surveyed say electricity will be the fuel of the future. I was one of those 7,875 people.

What I'm curious about is Hydrogen... 13,230 people said their car would be Hydrogen powered. My question is, "Where will we get the Hydrogen?" I'm not expert on Hydrogen, but I do know that the answer better not be "from water" unless the car produces ice-cold drinking water as an exhaust byproduct.

How about you? Do you say Hydrogen is the future? Maybe you could help us see the hydrogen powered "light".