Tuesday, June 30, 2009

EBWT: Referees are strong!

Already a week ago left Seoul with Stanis. The first days were quite hard, we’ve chosen to go to the east coast of South Korea, through what finally appears to be a very high mountain road. The first night, even in an area not too high, we finally managed to sleep inside a half-built house.

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For dinner it was rice with onion and Frankfurter that was good enough. Next morning, at 7, first hill.
Short but with few ramps that will surely exceed the 15%. On from there, one hill after another, as well as a deviation from the planned route and move to the south, and a test to see if we chose a different road could mountains be avoided. Not only were mountains what we’ve found. Lorries and trucks, military jeeps and jeeps were our fellow travelers on the road. We were quite near the border with North Korea and the military presence was noted in strength. In South Korea the military service of 2 years is required. The afternoon of the second day after leaving Seoul, we reached Heonseong.
A shower in the village’s sauna, and buy a little meat, as well as a grill, were the first activities. After finding a good place to camp on the river we made our first barbecue. Many years without starting a fire meant it took a long time to be able to taste the fantastic meat we bought. After dinner, went to a beer bar in front, where the owners did live music. After a while Stanis went to sleep, and I had a chat with a few Koreans, including a famous painter, who was later encouraged to sing a song.

In the morning we left early and started the first mountain stage of our particular Tour de France. The map seemed that the road had curves, but fuck, the first hill was criminal. Continuous ramps of 10 and 15%, a never ending climb. We just had breakfast a few minutes before!
The way down was long, but on a smooth road. Stanis was enjoying it more as he has great skills going down. After a few kilometers we stopped for lunch in a village, and asked the police if we could eat on their front porch. They said yes, and it took us less than two minutes to make sandwiches, which had an immediate effect on my stomach and made me ask the head officer if I could use his toilet. I just missed the newspaper! I asked if they had internet, and so as friendly as the Koreans are, Stanis and I watched the e-mail. They gave us a gift, two noodles courtesy of the Head officer.
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Head officer had said the road would continue to equal or worse what we had done. So the new hill will soon be introduced. This one was even longer, maybe not so hard with cramps, but much longer. Although Wisper 905se World Tourer is great on high hills, he needed more than what I would’ve liked of my help due to all the luggage I’m carrying. What really should be highlighted is the capability of my climbing companion Stanis, a semi-professional football referee in great shape. Undoubtedly, referees are very strong!
That night, exhausted and Stanis’s rear wheel with a puncture, slept in a Korean room. That is, sleeping on the floor, comfortable and well!
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Next day, we are again, on our way to the beach. We decide to get there whatever happens, and through the last hills, and an incredible final descent of 850 meters to sea level, in very few kilometers, get there. Pity the wind and the water was ice cold. We didn’t bathe. Slept by the sea among pine trees and a barbecue done by Stanis, he showed that he has much more skills than me. At night, sitting on benches close to the beach, where I could not access as athey’e fenced and monitored by military guards in place although there are opening times, two Korean girls and boys, threw firecrackers and rockets. The smell of gunpowder, along with the sea breeze, did the honors of my San Juan particular (Summer welcome party in Spain).
Despite being on the coast, the road had not improved. Up and down, up and down. In the end, we reached Uljin at night.
Stanis was out early in the morning in the direction of Pohang, I finally go out later because I was working until late with Salvador Colom and boys from NOW to complete the new web. What a Wonderful site!
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I pedaled hard, trying to catch Stanis, I did the first 65 km in just under 3 hours. Then when I stopped for lunch, it started to rain hard. I thought it will stop but that was not the case, so after a while I continued. I thought I’ll be in Pohang around half past 6, and when pouring down, I’ve got a puncture. I took a walk half an hour to find a place to repair the bike inside out of the heavy rain. It was the main road, a motorway without exits. Finally I found a service area. Although the operation may seem simple, it was not, the fucking Chinese tyre I put on in Tiajin, there was no way to remove it. Finally with the help of three people and so many efforts to pry it free, I do not yet understand how to that mechanic put it! At approximately 8 we finished, but after loading the bike and taking a tour to check where to camp, we returned to find the wheel was flat again. The tyre was also broken, we had not seen it. The best part is that in those moments alone, as there were no customers who could help me, I had to take back the damn tyre myself. It was impossible. A hard wire, was stuck to the rim on both sides of the entire deck. I decided to pull the right and cut the deck. Although it seems easy it was indestructible! In the end, I managed to find a special tool to cut it. After placing the new tyre, I was finally ready to proceed again. There was no possibility of sleeping there so, at night and raining, I went back to main road, conveniently lamped, to find a place to sleep. It was 23.30, and 25 km from Pohang, but exhausted after 8 kilometers I decided to go to sleep. The only place covered in the midst of the darkness that I could find was the marquee of dune brick bus stop.
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This morning, I continued to Pohang, but everything was closed. I had not realized today is Sunday. So I continued toward Busan, were I´ll take the ferry to Japan, which is over 200 km. 32 degrees, let me ko, so about 3 pm I decided that today is Sunday and I´ll have a day off. I stopped at a gas station, where the family of Yuang, a Korean girl who speaks English very well, let me shower, gave me a plate of chicken soup and a great internet connection. In the evening I went to visit the little village on the other side of the road. A beautiful village and very, very quiet; blue roofs and a huge church, perhaps even excessive for a town so small. The narrow streets and old cottages, remind me of southern China. Trying to make a picture of all the village from the mountain, a man invited me to his home and offered me a coffee and a chat, him speaking Korean and me Catalan.
Now I am about to pitch the tent in the garage. Good night.
Sunday, 21 / June / 2009

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405. SUPPLY CRUNCH RECEDES

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405. SUPPLY CRUNCH RECEDES

For the last few months the peak oilers have been terrorizing the newbies with the "looming supply crunch" due to lack of investment. Much of this was based on comments earlier this year by the IEA:"Currently the demand is very low due to the very bad economic situation," [Nobuo Tanaka, the IEA's executive director] said. "But when the economy starts growing and recovery comes again in 2010 and onward, we may have another serious supply crunch if capital investment is not coming." However, this one has now bitten the bag like so many other peak oil scares over the years:IEA sees global oil supply crunch risk recedeJun 29 2009The world may escape an oil supply crisis for the next five years because a slow recovery from the economic downturn would hold down growth of demand, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Monday.Yet another case where the peak oilers relentlessly hype an anticipated threat, and provide no reporting at all when the threat evaporates.And in related news, the IEA just cut 3 million barrels per day for demand for the next four years: So Much for Chinese Demand (hat tip to Eric J. Fox)

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405. SUPPLY CRUNCH RECEDES

For the last few months the peak oilers have been terrorizing the newbies with the "looming supply crunch" due to lack of investment. Much of this was based on comments earlier this year by the IEA:"Currently the demand is very low due to the very bad economic situation," [Nobuo Tanaka, the IEA's executive director] said. "But when the economy starts growing and recovery comes again in 2010 and onward, we may have another serious supply crunch if capital investment is not coming." However, this one has now bitten the bag like so many other peak oil scares over the years:IEA sees global oil supply crunch risk recedeJun 29 2009The world may escape an oil supply crisis for the next five years because a slow recovery from the economic downturn would hold down growth of demand, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Monday.Yet another case where the peak oilers relentlessly hype an anticipated threat, and provide no reporting at all when the threat evaporates.And in related news, the IEA just cut 3 million barrels per day for demand for the next four years: So Much for Chinese Demand (hat tip to Eric J. Fox)

by JD

GreenTransportation: Electric bicycles, scooters and motorcycles at Best Buy.. oh my

Photo credit: David Herron In the U.S. electric bicycles, scooters and motorcycles have been the in the realm of fanatic aficionado's for a long time.  They've been available either by building your own or purchase through one of the few dealer...

GreenTransportation: Electric bicycles, scooters and motorcycles at Best Buy.. oh my

Photo credit: David Herron In the U.S. electric bicycles, scooters and motorcycles have been the in the realm of fanatic aficionado's for a long time.  They've been available either by building your own or purchase through one of the few dealer...

PV+EV: We’re getting 72 miles per day of sunlight, or 72 MPS!

Dr. Rob Wilder is Manager of Encinitas, Calif.-based WilderHill Clean Energy Index (ECO), the first Index on Wall Street for renewable energy, better energy efficiency and zero-carbon solutions. He was previously on faculty at U.C. Santa Barbara, and University of Massachusetts; he has been AAAS/EPA Fellow in Environmental Science & [...]

Arcimoto: Barefoot Motors Grand Opening

Where do they get those giant scissors? Note to self: get giant scissors for grand opening.

A few of us from Arcimoto made the trek down to Ashland, OR last Thursday (June 25th) for the Grand Opening of Barefoot Motors (http://www.barefootmotors.com). In case you haven’t heard of them, Barefoot makes an electric ATV that [...]

Monday, June 29, 2009

Electrikat: Throttle, Controller, and Chargers

OK, time for an update.  About two weeks after the baby chick hatched, the birds finally abandoned the nest.  I kept working while they were there, but only on things that did not disturb them.  It was interesting to watch, but I am glad they are gone.
I got the the throttle mechanism built, and mounted the motor controller and chargers.  When I decided to use six chargers instead of one, I wasn’t thinking about how much additional work would be involved in mounting them.  I have two in front where the radiator used to be, two down below next to the lower battery tray, and I managed to get two under the seat.  There is a lot of space under the seat that I did not want to waste.  Initially, I tried to get one of the battries under there, but it just won’t fit.  The controller and two chargers fit really well.  Mounting them involved fabricating a complicated bracket, but I am very pleased with the way it turned out.  I am also pleased to be able to keep my stock cable throttle and use it to operate the potentiometer.  I decided to purchase only the potentiometer and then fabricate the mechanism myself.  I think it turned out well considering that I only used a power drill, a rat-tail file, and a hacksaw.  It is nice to be able to twist the grip feel it doing something again.
Now I am waiting on delivery of the DC-DC converter and small electronic components (diodes, resistors, fuses).  And I still need to order a big red kill switch and some #2 gauge cable lugs for the high current wiring.  Then I will wire it up and take it for a test ride.  It’s getting close…
Throttle Mechanism - the pot is on the backside of the plateThrottle Mechanism - the pot is on the backside of the plate
Alltrax 7245 Controller and two Battery Tender ChargersAlltrax 7245 Controller and two Battery Tender Chargers

GreenTransportation: Environmental benefits (or not) of the Cash for Clunkers program

www.cars.gov Ideally a program like the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) really would cause a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy security, reduce oil dependence costs, and increase energy sustainability.  The program's key ...

Twitter

Since I am a bit slow to update the blog posts, I am trying out Twitter to see if I will be motivated to keep the smaller updates happening there. You can follow us on Twitter at CafeElectric : http://twitter.com/CafeElectric -Otmar

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Your invitation to join TTXGP as it arrives in America

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Your invitation to join TTXGP as it arrives in America
Building on the success of the TTXGP at the Isle of Man TT, we are looking for zero emission road racing sport bikes that can demonstrate and convince that the change is real.
If you have a bike that can deliver a race performance over a 20+ mile range, then we would like to invite you to show it off to the crowds at:
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The FIM creates a new Series for Electric Motorcycles in 2010

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The FIM creates a new Series for Electric Motorcycles in 2010
Following the success of the TTXGP race held on the Isle of Man on June 12, the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) has decided to create a FIM Series for electric bikes in 2010.
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Sunday, June 28, 2009

GreenTransportation: The Cash for Clunkers program

AP Photo/Ben Margot Got a clunker of a car you want to replace with a new one?  There is a new law meant to address greenhouse emissions and energy security.  The program incentivizes Americans to buy new fuel efficient vehicles to replace...

GreenTransportation: The Cash for Clunkers program

AP Photo/Ben Margot Got a clunker of a car you want to replace with a new one?  There is a new law meant to address greenhouse emissions and energy security.  The program incentivizes Americans to buy new fuel efficient vehicles to replace...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Autoblitz: 2010 Mazda Mazda3 s Grand Touring 5-Door

Reviewed by:Antuan GoodwinAt first glance, the 2010 Mazda Mazda3 s Grand Touring appears to be merely a face-lifted version of the first-generation model. The proportions and measurements are about the same. The previous generation Mazda3 received much praise from the automotive press, so we naturally expected the 2010 Mazda3 to be fairly good for a compact economy car.However, a closer look reveals more than just simple aesthetic updates for 2010. For example, there are the new swept-back headlamps in our Grand Touring model house HID projectors that move with the steering to better illuminate turns. Behind the 3's new jack-o'-lantern grin is a larger, more powerful engine. Meanwhile, the cabin tech package receives substantial upgrades by way of keyless entry and push-button start, a new navigation system, and better digital audio sources, including Bluetooth audio streaming and iPod connectivity.However, the more things change, the more they stay the same. While the new 3 is a more comfortable compact car, it still managed to impress us with its peppy performance and balanced handling.On the roadOur first experience with the 2010 Mazda Mazda3 s was when we were given an opportunity to pilot the hatchback around the Laguna Seca Raceway. While the chassis showed promise, the suspension components and transmission did not. The combination of an automatic transmission that couldn't seem to find the right gear until we were already out of a corner, and a suspension setup that heavily favored understeer, made the Mazda3 was one of our least favorite cars for the day.A track car, this is not.However, when given a second chance on public roads, the 3 completely redeemed its self. The suspension was comfortable for long road trips and compliant over some of the Bay Area's roughest patches of highway. At the same time, the vehicle felt quite nimble and planted at legal-ish speeds.While there was a bit of slop in the automatic transmission's shifts, changing gears was a smooth and relatively quick affair. The manual shift mode didn't seem to firm up or quicken the shifts considerably. However, it did allow us to downshift in preparation to pass or to take advantage of slight engine braking on steep incline, so the mode is not completely useless.No, you wouldn't want to drive the Mazda3 on a racetrack and, if you spec the automatic transmission, even autocrossing is out of the question. However, it's still a vehicle that one could enjoy on a sweeping back road every once in a while.Mostly though, our peek at the potential in the 3's chassis has our mouths watering for the upcoming Mazdaspeed3 variant, which should sharpen the performance considerably.The good: The 2010 Mazda Mazda3 s Grand Touring 5-door features aggressive styling, strong performance, and a solid fit and finish. High-end features such as adaptive headlamps, Bluetooth audio streaming, and keyless entry/start contribute to a more refined driver experience.The bad: The 4.3-inch display is much smaller than most OEM navigation offerings. Entering destinations with the steering wheel-mounted rocker switch can be tedious. Dealer-installed iPod integration seems tacked on.The bottom line: The 2010 Mazda Mazda3 s Grand Touring 5-door's cabin tech package is good, but not the best in the business. However, its performance and utility sit well above that of your average economy car.source

a4x4kiwi: More ev posts

For those following my EV, there has been a lack of posts recently. There are a few reasons.1. I am happily driving my electric hilux (electro-lux) and have now done over 1100km.2. I have been catching up on some home maintenance. I just finished a retaining wall.3. Here is a sneak peek at something I have been working on in my spare time. More details to follow.

a4x4kiwi: More ev posts

For those following my EV, there has been a lack of posts recently. There are a few reasons.1. I am happily driving my electric hilux (electro-lux) and have now done over 1100km.2. I have been catching up on some home maintenance. I just finished a retaining wall.3. Here is a sneak peek at something I have been working on in my spare time. More details to follow.

a4x4kiwi: Camera on a sushi conveyer

Camera on sushi conveyer

a4x4kiwi: Camera on a sushi conveyer

Camera on sushi conveyer

Friday, June 26, 2009

Peak Oil Blues

Peak Oil BluesAre you 'coping' or 'freaking out' about Peak Oil?What's a 'normal' reaction to learning about a post-oil world?Fear? Anxiety? Shock? Depression?No one really knows.Many people say preparation is "90% mental," but how do you separate out what's "mental preparation" from what's just "acting mental?"Here we explore what we've learned about various emotional reactions.Our goal is to help you build the kind of world you want to live in. Sanely.

Website is UP! Woo wee!

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Website is UP! Woo wee!

Finally.

She needs a little fine tuning but is indeed up and running!

EnvironMoto’s Friday Top Three! 26-JUN-2009

Our Friday top three news items from the week in green motorcycle racing and design:1 – FIM Announces Electric Motorcycle Roadracing SeriesBeyond huge. You can find details on this high profile news item all over the net.Our take (will the bikes be considered Production or Prototype) can be found here: FIM Announces Electric Superbike Series2 – AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Releases eGrandPrix

The Peak Oil Crisis: Stifling a Rebound

Falls Church News-Press OnlineBy Tom WhippleSince the beginning of the economic troubles some 18 months ago, the question on nearly everyone's mind was; "When will the recovery begin?"A lot of water has gone over the dam in the last 18 months. An official recession has been declared, millions have lost their jobs, much of Detroit has gone bankrupt and the government has spent trillions on bailouts and stimuli. Three months ago the collective wisdom of investors concluded that the recession was nearly over. This resulted in one of the faster rebounds the stock markets have ever known --- based on the flimsiest of evidence and much wishful thinking.In the last six months the demand for oil has fallen and stockpiles grew while, oddly enough, prices rose. Part of this increase was caused by speculators hedging against the falling dollar, and part was caused by still more wishful thinking that the demand for oil would soon recover.A year ago prices rose to the previously unimaginable high of almost $150 a barrel. Oil producers made one last effort to keep up with demand and in doing so may have pushed world oil production to an all time high - the "peak" in peak oil. While it took six years for oil prices to climb, it only took six months for them to plunge into the $30's causing panic amongst the exporters of OPEC.This led to a series of OPEC production cutbacks which were supposed to reach 4.2 million barrels a day (b/d) but petered out around 3 million due to quota-cheating by several of the more desperate and less honorable OPEC members. In the world outside of OPEC oil production has been steady in the last year with some notable drops in production. In Mexico, output from its largest oil field has been dropping much faster than expected due to depletion. In Nigeria insurgent attacks on oil facilities have brought production down to about 1 million b/d when the country should be producing closer to 3 million. In Venezuela, President Chavez has been busy expropriating the remaining pieces of the oil industry still owned by foreigners. Drops in production can be expected soon.The net result of all these voluntary and involuntary cuts is that world oil production has dropped significantly since reaching an all-time high last year. This drop in production when coupled with the normal declines in output from aging oil fields and the prospects that less oil will be coming into production from new fields than expected, has led many to declare that the all time peak in world oil production took place last year. While it will take several years to verify that this was indeed the case, inability of the world's oil industries to ever again increase production has unfathomable implications which are not as yet widely recognized.A corollary of the low oil prices and the lack of easy credit have led to a slowdown in the investment going into new oil production projects. While this has little immediate impact on the availability of oil, some years down the line it means that all of the new oil needed to offset depletion will simply not be there and that world production will decline faster than expected.One can conjure up numerous scenarios of how oil, which at least currently is indispensible for economic growth, may or may not play a part in an economic rebound.One scenario could be that the credit and financial markets are so far beyond redemption that the world economy will continue to decline indefinitely without reference to how much oil is available. The demand for oil would continue to decline and prices would remain relatively low so that there will continue to be sufficient oil available to support the deteriorating world economy. This scenario, of course, is one that few are willing to entertain, especially in light of the trillions being spent by governments all over the world to revive their economies.While the notion of a quick recovery this year or early next year seems to be fading, most now believe that while a recovery may be slower than we would like, it will come eventually - it always has, particularly in the experiences of most living today.The latest estimates from the International Monetary Fund say that world-wide GDP will be down about 2.7 percent this year. The world's spare oil production capacity currently is around six million b/d. This, however, is not a static number as the world's capacity to produce oil from existing sources is withering away at 3 or 4 million b/d each year and unless this much new supply is opened, then total world supply must inevitably shrink.Now there is no question that very high oil prices would quickly choke off economic growth. Every dollar per gallon increase in the price of oil products drains about $800 million each day from the pockets of consumers in America. Worldwide it drains about $3.5 billion each day. Most observers believe that as soon as worldwide demand for oil gets ahead of supply there will be multi-dollar per gallon increases in the prices of oil products.There seems to be little doubt that over the next few years, the world's oil supply will be forced into irretrievable decline from a combination of geologic and geopolitical reasons coupled with a lack of adequate investment. Should the demand for oil increase in the next year or so, there will still be some room for increased production without unacceptable prices increases for a while. The longer a recovery is delayed, however, the better the chances that oil prices will quickly surge to recovery-choking levels. While there are long-term solutions to this problem they will take decades to implement.At last some governments are worried about the slowly emerging situation. Last week the British Prime Minister ordered his cabinet to start working on emergency plans to prevent rising oil prices from destroying the prospects that there will ever be an economic recovery.

Plugbike: Who’s Idea Was The iPhone Dashboard?

Neal Saiki Ponders A Google Phone DashboardNeal Saiki Ponders A Google Phone Dashboard
MotoCzysz captured the attention of motorcycle and gadget geeks a few weeks ago when they displayed pictures of their E1pc Digital Superbike sporting an iPhone dashboard. Who could help linking to something so cool and practical and showing all your friends? The picture received a lot of attention.
I finally sat down this morning to watch a May 26, 2009 Google Tech Talk episode where Zero Motorcycles CEO Neal Saiki explains the engineering behind the Zero S and Zero X electric motorcycles. Neal’s a laid back  guy who speaks very calmly until he starts talking about his desire to incorporate a Google Phone or iPhone into Zero bikes. Suddenly he looked like a kid opening a Wii on Christmas morning. He explained…
Maybe you could make a phone call, get your maps, where your going and also have your speed readout, trip distance, things like that…
Did MotoCzysz watch this video and think hey, that’s a good idea or did they think of it themselves? It makes little difference but the exciting thing is eventually we might see an iPhone or Google Phone used as the default interface for motorcycles and other vehicles.  The potential for integration of electronics into electric motorcycles is high on the minds of electric motorcycle manufacturers. The Brammo Enertia will have an API, wifi and GPS integration when it goes on sale at Best Buy this month.  They have also talked about adding periferals such as a video camera to the bike. Mission plans to have real time data acquisition and use a USB key to allow the user to tune engine braking and other performance characteristics of the Mission One.  It truly is an exciting time for geeks that ride.
MotoCzysz E1pc iPhone DashboardMotoCzysz E1pc iPhone Dashboard
Here is a chop of the video:

Source: YouTube

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Time to Get a Larger Hammer

http://civic-ev.blogspot.com/2009/06/time-to-get-larger-hammer.html

Time to Get a Larger Hammer

After two days of running perfectly, I found yesterday morning that the amps were down and the FET had blown again. This really stumped me because I thought I had done everything to keep it cool and out of the switching region.After showing the system to the power supply EEs at work, they told me that any FET in a TO-220 case like the one I had would not handle a constant 8-amps for a long time. The heat dissipation comes from the bond wires going to the silicon inside, not the actual silicon itself. They suggested that I put multiple FETs in parallel to lower the resistance and spread the heat over multiple sets of FET bond wires. If you can lower the resistance by half, the power dissipation goes down by a factor of four.As you might imagine, I'm getting really tired of blown FETs, so I rummaged through our lab stock and got the biggest FET I could find.Here's a comparison of the FET's I'm using. Instead of one TO-220 case FET on the left, I'm installing THREE of the TO-247 case FETs on the right in parallel with heatsinks. I'll be taking the "on" resistance from 30 milliohms down to 3 milliohms. By dropping the resistance by a factor of 10, I can theoretically lower the power dissipation by 100 (I^2*R from ohms law).Here are the three high-power FETs installed inside the charge detector box. Note the burnt spot in the lower right corner of the printed circuit board from the smaller, individual FET that burned up yesterday morning.I just started charging with this new circuit about an hour ago. The charge detector box is COLD. I can barely feel a slight temperature difference between the top of the box and the vehicle chassis.Some might think this is overkill. Those folks would be right. It probably is, but I'm sick of wasting my own time and the time of all the folks at work who are graciously helping me out. I would rather nuke this one with an overdesigned system instead of having to revisit it several times.Here's a third schematic (click to enlarge) including the changes to Q1, Q2 and Q3 FETs on the right side.I sure hope this issue is dead. I've got a few EV shows coming up and I'm done with dealing with this issue. Let's see what happens. Hail Mary.

EVFR: TTXGP eGrandPrix comes to the USA

ElectricMotorsport GPR-SElectricMotorsport GPR-S
From the AMA website
“Showcasing the cutting-edge technology of electric road-race motorcycles alongside the grandeur of the country’s premier gathering of vintage motorcycle enthusiasts, the AMA eGrandPrix Introduction will feature new-breed zero-emission racebikes circulating at speed on the sinuous 2.4-mile Mid-Ohio track. The electric bikes will perform spirited exhibition laps during breaks in the vintage road-race program that will run as part of the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships. The Introduction marks the first international gathering of high-tech electric road-race bikes in the U.S. in the 21st century.”
Is there anyone else going? Anyone around that area want to bring their bike? There will be a special paddock set up for any electric motorcyclists that want to come… Please contact me if interested. Also, if anyone has contacts to any news stations/magazines/blogs/other forums…. please get a hold of me.
I’ll be there helping to cover the event for Azhar, elmoto.net, plugbike.com and the rest of the EV comunity.
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EVFR: The FIM creates a new Series for Electric Motorcycles


The FIM creates a new Series for Electric Motorcycles in 2010
Following the success of the TTXGP race held on the Isle of Man on June 12, the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) has decided to create a FIM Series for electric bikes in 2010. This new FIM Series will be run inside the Road Racing Grand Prix Commission, a great and innovative project led by Mr Azhar Hussain a UK Entrepreneur founder of the TTXGP. The FIM Series for electric bikes will provide an international platform for the development of electric bikes and the technology behind them to be tested in an exciting and challenging way. It aims at driving low-carbon technological innovation forward, to demonstrate that clean-emission transport technologies have matured and can be fun, fast and exciting.
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Enertia TTR at the Isle of Man TTX GP

Isle of Man TT Xtreme Grand Prix. Point of view footage from Mark Buckley.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foRIB9h8T20&feature=youtube_gdata

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Do you believe in 'peak oil'?

Investors ChronicleBy Jonathan EleyDebate has raged about 'peak oil' ever since Shell geologist M. King Hubbert first outlined the theory in 1956. It's the idea that once around half the world's reserves of oil have been extracted, production enters a slow and inevitable decline that no amount of investment can reverse. Believers in peak oil argue that once it becomes apparent that the peak is near, or even past, prices will rise sharply, and permanently. Detractors say the theory ignores geology and technological progress.YES, says Matthew R. Simmons, founder of Simmons International:"Many supposed energy experts refute peak oil, and mistakenly think the term means that we are running out of oil. Peak Oil does not mean "running out of oil". The world will likely never run out of oil, but the flow of usable oil has almost certainly already passed its high-water mark. Over the next five to ten years, our current oil supply will likely decline by as much as 15 to 25 per cent. In the meantime, despite the recent recession fears, the world's planned use of more oil is staggering.The factors propelling growth in world demand for oil are simple. We have an expanding global population. There is no logical reason to assume that oil demand has peaked, or is even slowing down.Oil consumption can never exceed available supply. So if supply dwindles, then demand must also stop growing, a task not easy to even contemplate. If demand grows while supply shrinks, shortages will occur. Human nature will create hoarding and oil consumers will begin "topping off their tanks". The risk of this occurring is far higher than most think.The data proving that oil supply peaked in 2005 is not perfect, but it is solid enough for a jury to "convict with reasonable certainty." Just look at just the production declines from key producing countries like Mexico, Norway, the UK, Indonesia, Argentina, and many others in the past four years.All that is needed to end the Peak Oil debate once and for all is an independent audit of the world's 300 largest producing oil fields. Sadly, too many of these fields, owned primarily by Opec countries, still guard their production and reserve numbers as "state secret." But the time is fast approaching when world leaders will demand honest facts about the flow rates of these key fields. When this happens, the proof that oil has already peaked will be air-tight. "Simmons is an US investment bank specialising in services to energy companies. www.simmonsco-intl.comNO, says Peter Odell, professor-emeritus of international energy studies, Erasmus University:"Claimants for a near future peak in global oil production fail to recognise the processes whereby reserves and production evolve. They equally avoid the central role played by both economics and politics in equilibriating the markets.The world's currently proven and potential reserves of oil - both conventional and non-conventional - eliminate any significant up-side restraints on the growth of production . On the contrary, near future constraints on oil supplies will be imposed by slow demand growth (of no more than 1.5% per annum).Thereafter, the eventual continuation of a steadily increasing supply of oil for global use will be based on the present creation and future maintenance of a 40-plus years' reserves-to-production ratio.Peak-oilers, however, argue that annual additions to reserves which comprise both new discoveries and reserves' appreciation in previously-discovered fields should not be taken to indicate the replacement or replenishment of reserves' stock. Additions to reserves in previously found fields must be dated back to the year of initial discovery.Backdating reserves with hindsight - in the context of newly developed technologies of reserves' assessments and recoverability - is simply inappropriate to the continuing economic evaluation of oil exploitation. It makes the past look more attractive than it really was, while the present is unjustly made to appear inadequate.The current declaration of proven reserves of 1400 billion barrels will likely rise to 1750 billion barrels or more by 2020 so providing continuity for the future of the oil industry for decades ahead.Even without any further discoveries peak oil production will not occur over this period. Unless, that is, the price of oil collapses so undermining profitable investments in the industry. Or as a consequence of a consistent fall in demand because of renewable energies' expansion. Only then, will peak global oil production necessarily occur."

Plugbike: Brammo Training The Geek Squad

Geek Squad Training On The Brammo EnertiaGeek Squad Training On The Brammo Enertia
There are only a few days left before the Brammo Enertia goes on sale at Best Buy at a select number of stores on the west coast. Part of the preparation involves training the Geek Squad to work on them when they need maintenance. No word yet on how much of electric motorcycle their tools will touch but CEO Craig Bramscher says the service and warranty will be “disruptive”. (A term Brammo often describes their company and business model)
Replacing electical components should not be to difficult for the Geek Squad.  However, working on brakes, wheels and suspension would be a much steeper learning curve.
The Brammo Enertia will be sold along site the Segway, the Ultra Motors A2B electric bicycle and some Currie Motors electric bicycles. Brammo hopes to tap into a vast audience of people who have wanted to ride but were intimidated to learn. Most ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) motorcycles have gears, clutch, choke, hot exhaust pipes and engine noise to put a novice riders nerves on edge. Brammo hopes the Enertia’s simplicity and user friendly nature will allow it to change the motorcycle world the way Honda did in the 60’s when they rolled out the “You meet the nicest people on a Honda” campaign.
The user friendly nature is only part of Brammo’s disruptive plans. The bike also has an API, GPS and is wifi enabled. The wifi will not be active when he bike rolls out but owners will get a free upgrade later. CEO Craig Bramscher has hinted at cool features that use GPS positioning and periferals such as a video camera to document your ride.  He is also open to your ideas and almost always responds so drop him a line on twitter @brammoCraig.
Today I will be picking up my iPhone 3GS and wondering how Best Buy will change as it moves toward electronic transportation sales. Will we see electric cars at “Best Buy Motors” some day? Brammo may be paving the way to just that type of disruption.
Picture Source: Brammo Fan, @brammoCraig

Electric Motorcycle Racing News: FIM Announce Electric Superbike Series

As announced yesterday, TTXGP organizer and founder Azhar Hussain has been behind the scenes working with the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) to introduce an international electric motorcycle roadracing series based upon the success of the TTXGP.The FIM press release can be found here: Superbikeplanet.comDiscuss further at: ElectricMotorcycleForum.comDetails are very limited, but

ElectricCarExaminer: Interesting hybrid designs

Ford S-Max PHEV. If hybrids have you going ho-hum, these new new hybrids should perk up your interest. The gist is that if hybrid vehicles, HEV are really a stepping stone until we have batteries that have enough energy density to take us beyond th...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

FIM creating breakaway series from TTXGP


FIM creating breakaway series from TTXGP
There is no doubt that the 2009 TTXGP was a fantastic event. A significant milestone in motorcycling history. It showed the world that these vehicles are here, and they are fast. The proof that many of you had been waiting for.
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Plugbike: FIM Electric Motorcycle Race Series For 2010

Brammo At Isle Of Man TTXGPMany motorsports fans were skeptical of Azhar Hussain’s plans to bring electric motorcycle racing to the Isle of Man TT with the TTXGP. Calls for variety in the IOM TT had been shot down in the past. While many wanted to take a step backward to 2 strokes and more capacity variations Azhar and the IOM TT committ chose to take a leap forward. Many teams stepped up with amazing all electric motorcycles in a short amount of time to compete in what some say was the most important race in the world.
The FIM was on board with TTXGP and now they are starting their own electric motorcycle race series.  This should be great for the progress of electric motorcycles. As Mission Motors mentioned in their TTXGP recap, months of R&D happens in a short amount of time when you race.
The TTXGP Press release summarizes the new series saying…
The FIM Series for electric bikes will provide an international platform for the development of electric bikes and the technology behind them to be tested in an exciting and challenging way. It aims at driving low-carbon technological innovation forward, to demonstrate that clean-emission transport technologies have matured and can be fun, fast and exciting.
Dates and times are being worked out. This should give us some time to clear next summers schedule and plan to hit as many races as possible.
Full Press Release: TTXGP

TTXGP eGrandPrix America Schedule Released

Exhibition laps? Please…As we’ve mentioned before, the TTXGP eGrandPrix America (www.egrandprix.com) will run in conjunction with the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, USA on July 24th through 26th 2009.The AMA is billing the eGrandPrix as an exhibition of electric roadracing motorcycles from around the world. Maybe the AMA have themselves convinced

PortlandPeakOil: How to Boil a Frog Free Goodie Release 6/24/09 - Sittin' in the Garden Edition

 
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Autoblitz: All-electric car-sharing debuts in Baltimore

By AARON MORRISONBALTIMORE – The nation's first all-electric car-sharing program debuted Tuesday at the city's Inner Harbor, with manufacturer Electrovaya hoping urban residents seeking to go green and curious tourists will take the concept for a spin.Electrovaya Inc. is offering its Maya 300 for rent at the Maryland Science Center. The car can go up to 120 miles on one charge of its lithium-ion battery system, and it gets its juice from a regular 110-volt outlet."This is an example of what science centers do best," said Van Reiner, president and CEO of the science center. "We are showcasing new technology, and that's what makes us so excited."Ten cars will be available starting Wednesday through the new car-sharing Web site Altcar.org. A two-hour trip costs $29, with discounts for science center members.The manufacturer calls the fleet of emission-free cars a "game changer" in urban transportation alternatives. Electrovaya CEO Sankar Das Gupta said that's because the vehicle has the look and feel of a four-door, gas-powered sedan and should appeal to consumers who want to reduce oil dependence."Creative ventures like this are essential in finding new energy solutions," Das Gupta said.The car makes little noise, provides dashboard gauges for battery life and temperature, and offers other conveniences of gas-powered cars.Maryland Energy Administration research found that Baltimoreans typically drive about 30 miles to work, well within the Maya's range, and Das Gupta noted the car could be plugged in at the driver's destination for a charge.Driving 50 miles will cost about $1 in energy, according to Electrovaya's estimates. The cost could be lower through some utilities that give discounts for charging during off-peak hours.The car-sharing service ZipCar Inc. also operates in the Baltimore market, but Das Gupta said Mississauga, Ontario-based Electrovaya is looking to feature its technology, not challenge ZipCar for market share.Electrovaya's battery technology is made possible by ExxonMobil Corp.'s battery separator film. The film, with lithium-ion batteries, allows for the units to operate at higher temperatures with a reduced risk of meltdown.The battery system is designed to shut down the flow of electricity if the engine is overheating.Businesses and local governments can also buy the Maya 300 for their fleets. The company will make the cars available to the public in 2011, starting at $25,000 for a 60-mile range vehicle and $35,000 for the 120-mile range vehicle.source

404. 100 YEARS OF NATURAL GAS

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404. 100 YEARS OF NATURAL GAS

Rigzone reports some very important news:The amount of natural gas available for production in the United States has soared 58% in the past four years, driven by a drilling boom and the discovery of huge new gas fields in Texas, Louisiana and Pennsylvania, a new study says. The report, due to be released Thursday by the nonprofit Potential Gas Committee, concludes the U.S. has more than 2,000 trillion cubic feet of natural gas still in the ground, or nearly a century's worth of production at current rates. That's a 35.4% jump over the committee's last estimate, in 2007, of 1,532 trillion cubic feet, the biggest increase in the committee's 44-year history.Boone Pickens puts that volume in perspective:The 2,074 trillion cubic feet of domestic natural gas reserves cited in the study is the equivalent of nearly 350 billion barrels of oil, about the same as Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves.For those who aren't up on the history: this is a case where the "peak oil community" has egg on its face about an inch thick. In Aug. 2003, Matt Simmons stated that natural gas armageddon for the US was a certainty within 2 years. Now, here we are 4 years later, swimming in veritable seas of the shit. Read the history, folks. The man is a stooge.While we're at it, let's also recall that the entire "peak oil community" bought into the "natural gas crisis" hook line and sinker:Matt Simmons, Dale Allen Pfeiffer, mobjectivist, Julian Darley, Culture Change, dieoff.org, LATOC, Post Carbon Institute, Energy Bulletin, The Oil Drum etc. etc.And the crisis never came. In fact, the result was exactly the opposite of that predicted.This huge surge in NG supplies is very important, and very good news. As Robert Rapier says: "It also appears that we have enough natural gas available that civilization isn't going to end any time soon due to lack of energy supplies."

by JD

404. 100 YEARS OF NATURAL GAS

Rigzone reports some very important news:The amount of natural gas available for production in the United States has soared 58% in the past four years, driven by a drilling boom and the discovery of huge new gas fields in Texas, Louisiana and Pennsylvania, a new study says. The report, due to be released Thursday by the nonprofit Potential Gas Committee, concludes the U.S. has more than 2,000 trillion cubic feet of natural gas still in the ground, or nearly a century's worth of production at current rates. That's a 35.4% jump over the committee's last estimate, in 2007, of 1,532 trillion cubic feet, the biggest increase in the committee's 44-year history.Boone Pickens puts that volume in perspective:The 2,074 trillion cubic feet of domestic natural gas reserves cited in the study is the equivalent of nearly 350 billion barrels of oil, about the same as Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves.For those who aren't up on the history: this is a case where the "peak oil community" has egg on its face about an inch thick. In Aug. 2003, Matt Simmons stated that natural gas armageddon for the US was a certainty within 2 years. Now, here we are 4 years later, swimming in veritable seas of the shit. Read the history, folks. The man is a stooge.While we're at it, let's also recall that the entire "peak oil community" bought into the "natural gas crisis" hook line and sinker:Matt Simmons, Dale Allen Pfeiffer, mobjectivist, Julian Darley, Culture Change, dieoff.org, LATOC, Post Carbon Institute, Energy Bulletin, The Oil Drum etc. etc.And the crisis never came. In fact, the result was exactly the opposite of that predicted.This huge surge in NG supplies is very important, and very good news. As Robert Rapier says: "It also appears that we have enough natural gas available that civilization isn't going to end any time soon due to lack of energy supplies."

by JD