Thursday, April 30, 2009

Arcimoto: Right On!

We went out and did some testing and got some quick footage. I thought we could share it with you. The music might be 80’s but the car is definitely 2010. Just wait till you see some of our shell designs….now that’s cool.

RevengeOfTheEV: Tesla Model S Launch

The ‘Revenge’ team was out in strength recently to film the launch of Tesla’s Model S in Los Angeles.
Check out the photos below to see the Model S — and our team in action.

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PlugsCars: Letterman slams GM and Hydrogen

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Building Model S: A Perfectionist Defines Tesla’s Design Language

For a few hours now, I have been sitting in a darkened photography studio, staring at a beautifully lit Model S. I am beginning to realize why it sucks to be a perfectionist.
Even after hours and hours poring over and deliberating every millimeter of surface and detail leading to this prototype glowing in front of [...]

Which gets better mileage, the eBike or eScooter?

Treehugger has just posted a comparison of the eBike with the eScooter – and to make it a fair fight, they’re talking low speed eScooters, not Vectrix-type dealies. To be honest it’s a bit of a no-brainer – 25kg vs over 100kg weight for a start, and vastly bigger battery packs on the eScooter. Read [...]

http://ebikeblog.org/?p=65

Which gets better mileage, the eBike or eScooter?


Treehugger has just posted a comparison of the eBike with the eScooter – and to make it a fair fight, they’re talking low speed eScooters, not Vectrix-type dealies. To be honest it’s a bit of a no-brainer – 25kg vs over 100kg weight for a start, and vastly bigger battery packs on the eScooter. Read the verdict over here – but you can guess what I was expecting, right?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

PlugsCars: FT: EV subsidies a waste

Yesterday's Financial Times had a great companion piece to the idiocy in today Post. The UK announced a £5000 incentive for EV beginning in 2011. After recognizing that the intent of such a subsidy is to "encourage early adopters of the technology, helping electric car manufacturers achieve economies of scale," author Richard Pike suggests a reason to oppose it is that "it would cost more than £150bn to subsidize Britain’s entire car fleet," a proposal no one has made.Read it here.

PlugsCars: WashPost: Volt Caused GM's woes

Charles Lane is a member of the editorial page staff of the Washington Post. Here are some gems from his screed against the Volt, and electric cars in general, in today's paper:"GM wouldn't be in quite so deep a hole if it had not sunk a billion dollars, and much of its corporate reputation, into a not-very-realistic plug-in electric hybrid vehicle known as the Chevrolet Volt." "Unless and until gas prices shoot up, you'd be crazy to buy one of these much-ballyhooed vehicles...""To be sure, the green-leaning Obama administration has not ruled out allowing a restructured GM to continue pouring (federal) money into the Volt. But I hope it won't. The Volt and other electric vehicles could gobble up more subsidies than ethanol.""Indeed, to the extent that we use more electric cars, we reduce the demand for petroleum, which drives down the price of petroleum, which makes electric cars less competitive with gas-burning ones."Essentially he saying that even the success of the electric car ensures its failure. Wow.Read the entire (hit) piece here.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Eva: Electric motorcycle boom!

When my dad and I started to build ElectroCat in 2007, most people had...

RevengeOfTheEV: Andrew’s High School Electric Hyundai

Say hello again to one of our guest bloggers, Andrew Grin.
I just got my electric car back from the shop (for some minor work) and I decided to shoot some video because of the beautiful spring weather.
Fully Electric Hyundai Tucson from Island Grin on Vimeo.
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Home at last

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a4x4kiwi: A long trip to Homebush and back.

On Sunday I attended an event at Energy AustraliaThe trip there was  31.8km and the economy was 226Wh/km. The recharge time was 4 hours. (I have never had a chance to 'watch' the chargers before.)The return trip was 39.4km (Thanks to Kearon getting lost and me making the mistake of following him) I averaged 210Wh/km. The extra kms were on flat ground around Olympic park. This really shows how much hills kill the batteries. I usually get abut 250Wh/km around the hilly area where I live.My HiluxMark's Lotus 7 replicaKearon's CapriPeter's ComboNathan's Hyundai Excel

a4x4kiwi: A long trip to Homebush and back.

On Sunday I attended an event at Energy AustraliaThe trip there was  31.8km and the economy was 226Wh/km. The recharge time was 4 hours. (I have never had a chance to 'watch' the chargers before.)The return trip was 39.4km (Thanks to Kearon getting lost and me making the mistake of following him) I averaged 210Wh/km. The extra kms were on flat ground around Olympic park. This really shows how much hills kill the batteries. I usually get abut 250Wh/km around the hilly area where I live.My HiluxMark's Lotus 7 replicaKearon's CapriPeter's ComboNathan's Hyundai Excel

a4x4kiwi: Electric Vehicle conversion in one week

By our AEVA 'cousins' in South Australiahttp://www.rowetel.com/blog/?p=100

a4x4kiwi: Electric Vehicle conversion in one week

By our AEVA 'cousins' in South Australiahttp://www.rowetel.com/blog/?p=100

a4x4kiwi: Happy Birthday Sam. (Samuel Morse)

My other hobby is Amateur RadioWikipedia page for Samuel Morse

a4x4kiwi: Happy Birthday Sam. (Samuel Morse)

My other hobby is Amateur RadioWikipedia page for Samuel Morse

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Making the rounds at the moment…

Is this fantastic video from cycle stuntman Danny MacAskill. No, it’s not an eBike but it’s just so out-of-this-world incredible that I’m posting it anyways. Check it out below.Inspired Bicycles – Danny MacAskill April 2009

http://ebikeblog.org/?p=64

Making the rounds at the moment…

Is this fantastic video from cycle stuntman Danny MacAskill. No, it’s not an eBike but it’s just so out-of-this-world incredible that I’m posting it anyways. Check it out below.

Inspired Bicycles – Danny MacAskill April 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

PlugsCars: Chu on higher gas prices

From an exchange about gas prices between Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Florida Republican Cliff Stearns during a House hearing on the proposed climate bill:Stearns to Chu: Last September you made a statement that somehow we have to boost the price of gasoline to the levels of Europe, which at the time exceeded $8 per gallon. As Secretary of Energy would you speak for or against any measures to raise the price of gasoline?Chu: The Secretary of Energy, especially now in today's economic climate, would be completely unwise to want to increase the price of gasoline. We're looking forward to reducing the cost of transportation in the American family. This is done by encouraging more fuel efficient cars. This is done by developing alternative forms of fuel like biofuels that can lead to a separate source, an independent source of transportation fuel.Stearns: You can't honestly believe that you want the American people to pay for gasoline at the prices the level in Europe.Chu: No we don't.Stearns: Your statement that gas prices ought to rise to the level of Europe, doesn't that sound a little bit silly, in retrospect, for you to say that?Chu: Yes.[Source: SF Streetsblog]

PortlandPeakOil: Film: The Money Fix

Start: Apr 29 2009 7:00 pm

Start: Apr 29 2009 7:00 pm

Description: 

The Money Fix - Just where does that dollar in your pocket originate? The answer is that all money enters the economy as bank debt. So what? You may ask. This seemingly innocuous detail is actually at the core of many of the social and environmental problems of today.
Join us on a voyage that will utterly transform the way you perceive money. Many leading thinkers expose the truth about money, and what we can do about it in this feature length documentary. www.themoneyfix.org.
The Director Alan Rosenblith will be joining for this presentation, his second time speaking to Portland Peak Oil ( http://www.portlandpeakoil.org/node/1547 ).

Location

St. Francis Dining Hall1182 SE Pine St.
Portland, ORUnited States
45° 31' 14.7828" N, 122° 39' 13.662" W

a4x4kiwi: Findchips.com

FindChips.com aims to perform the fastest, most complete distributor search available today on the internet. After you enter a part number (or substring), FindChips.com will simultaneously query over 20 distributors, and return the responses to you in real time, in the order completed.

a4x4kiwi: Findchips.com

FindChips.com aims to perform the fastest, most complete distributor search available today on the internet. After you enter a part number (or substring), FindChips.com will simultaneously query over 20 distributors, and return the responses to you in real time, in the order completed.

a4x4kiwi: Electronics Engineering video blog

By the guy that brought us the home made programmable uWatchhttp://www.alternatezone.com/eevblog/

a4x4kiwi: Electronics Engineering video blog

By the guy that brought us the home made programmable uWatchhttp://www.alternatezone.com/eevblog/

Friday, April 24, 2009

More updates soon!

Today I transported my car (via trailer) to my house.  Now it should be much easier for me to find time to work on it.

More updates soon!

Today I transported my car (via trailer) to my house.  Now it should be much easier for me to find time to work on it.

CivicConversion: Control Tray Frame

I have completed the hardware part of the control tray and setup the electronics on it.From right to left, I have the 12 Volt Thomas Vacuum Pump, Electronic Control Box, Curtis SW200 Contactor and Curtis 1400E 96 Volt DC-DC converter. I need to pick up some more bolts for mounting the components and I haven't wired up anything yet. I am redoing ALL the wiring to neaten it up and reconfigure a few components I now have like the DC/DC.I am hoping to finish up the electrical parts of the tray this weekend and test it out. Now I don't have my motor yet, but I don't need it to test the low voltage systems. I am estimating an hour or two for the wiring so I am almost there. This weekend is going to have excellent weather so testing it out should be easy.