Thursday, February 28, 2013

The era of energy dinosaurs is coming to an end | Grist

http://carswithcords.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-era-of-energy-dinosaurs-

Federally Funded Chevy Volt Battery Plant Paid Workers to Play, Not Make Batteries | Wired Business | Wired.com

http://carswithcords.blogspot.com/2013/02/federally-funded-chevy-volt-

The Latest on The C-Max MPG Story

USA Today reported tonight that the EPA is finally preparing to test a Ford C-Max in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The paper said the EPA review is of hybrids that are capable of highway speeds on electric power alone.  They quoted Chris Grundler, … Continue reading

http://cmaxchat.com/?p=306

Flashing a solar-charged EV grin on Long Island

iMiEV-corvette-solarSolarChargedDriving.Com frequently gets e-mail, pictures, videos, etc. from people around the U.S., and around the world, who've plugged into EV + PV.

Below is a great e-mail from Joe in Long Island, New York. Joe's been flashing the solar-charged EV grin a lot lately thanks to a Mitsubishi iMiEV and a 5.6 kW home solar system.

Thank you for sharing your solar-charged driving story with us, Joe!

Here is Joe's story -->

"In 2000, we decided to install a 5.6 kW solar PV system and never regretted it. Even at that time I knew an EV would be in our future. In 2001 we purchased a “Classic Prius” one of the first in our area but no plug.

I’ve thought about converting an ICE to EV and even looked at some that were converted but just didn’t feel the technology was there. In 2005, we purchased a second generation Prius, but still no plug. I thought about upgrading it to a PHEV but I was holding out for a pure EV.

In 2012 we purchased a Mitsubishi iMiEV knowing it would be a perfect fit with our PV system and lifestyle.  The PV + EV grin is so overwhelming, I’m sure it will never end. Each time we use the iMiEV, knowing it is being fueled by the sun, it gives us an “oh so good feeling”.

Even the naysayers telling us that PV will never catch on and that the Prius was a waste of money back in 2001 are now re-thinking their past thoughts. Now here is the real clincher: We went from “Mean to Green”.  We owned a 1984 Corvette since new and put 13,000 miles on it.

And guess what? We traded it in on the iMiEV! My how people change."

--Joe, Long Island, New York

Related articles-->

http://solarchargeddriving.com/news/solar-charged-driving/1157-flashin

Transport Evolved Episode 140. App Your Ride

Join Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield and Mark Chatterley from Zero Carbon World, and guest Michael Thwaite from TeslaMotorsClub as they discuss the week's news in the world of EVs, including the new UK-spec NIssan Leaf, Elon Musk's claimed losses in the light of the NYT test-drive spat, and an Ampera addition to the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.Plus news from Mitsubishi, Fisker, Zero Motorcycles and much more.


audio/mpeg http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TransportEvolvedAudio/~5/EYX30H5Ebqk/TransportEvolvedEpisode140AppYourRide.mp3

http://www.transportevolved.com/2013/02/transport-evolved-episode-140-

Prodeco Outlaw SS Electric Bike Review

Full review of the Prodeco Outlaw SS electric bike with ride characteristics, range test, pros, cons, and overall impressions.

http://electricbikereport.com/prodeco-outlaw-ss-electric-bike-review

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wind and solar power up in 2012

Wind energy netted a 16.6 percent increase in year-over-year production, from 120 million MWh in 2011 to 140 million MWh in 2012. Solar, meanwhile, saw its output go from 1.8 million MWh to 4.3 million MWh, a 138.9 percent increase. … Continue reading

http://www.funruninthesun.org/?p=105

Consumer Reports: C-Max Hybrid Technology Impressive, Ford Ranked Low (23rd)

Consumer Reports said, “Ford’s latest hybrids, the Fusion Hybrid and C-Max, are impressive” in the report, “Who makes the best cars.”  Because the C-Max Hybrid and Energi are new models, they didn’t affect the ranking.  Consumer Reports ranked Ford 23rd, quite low, in a brand … Continue reading

http://cmaxchat.com/?p=302

Toyota Prius and Honda CR-V Are Top Competitive Trade-in Vehicles for C-Max

More than 60 percent of the C-Max vehicles are sold to customers previously loyal to another brand, called “conquest buyers”.  The Toyota Prius and Honda CR-V hold the top competitive trade-in spots.  Ford said one-third of all C-Max sales are to customers … Continue reading

http://cmaxchat.com/?p=300

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

E-Bike News: Concept E-Bike, Pedego Trail Tracker, Belt E-Drives, Sales Up, E-Bike Action VIDEO!

Checkout the concept eCycle from industrial designer Milos Jovanovic.  It features batteries integrated into the top tube, mid drive motor, belt drive, and more! Speaking of belt drives: ContiTech Power Transmission Group and e-bike drive manufacturer Benchmark Drives, are working on the development of belt-drive e-bike kits for electric bike brands. More innovation!  The Loko is [...]

http://electricbikereport.com/e-bike-news-concept-e-bike-pedego-trail-

Sunday, February 24, 2013

An Electric Car is like an iPad

An EV is to a car as an iPad is to a computer. You can’t do everything with an iPad that you can with a conventional computer, but once someone has used an iPad they tend to use it in … Continue reading

http://jpwhitenissanleaf.com/2013/02/24/an-electric-car-is-like-an-ipa

SB 5849; Provide Fines For ICE'ing EV Charging Stations

http://daveinolywa.blogspot.com/2013/02/sb-5849-provide-fines-for-icei

Where’s the C-Max on Ford.com?

              I find it disappointing that the C-Max does not appear in the “MPG Savvy” screen on the Ford.com home page.  The emphasis is on other models when you go to Ford.com.  Why? The … Continue reading

http://cmaxchat.com/?p=292

Saturday, February 23, 2013

RIT professor wins award to study recycling batteries from electric cars

http://carswithcords.blogspot.com/2013/02/rit-professor-wins-award-to-

Tesla: 100% Market Share in Silicon Valley - TheStreet

http://carswithcords.blogspot.com/2013/02/tesla-100-market-share-in-si

BP add an EV quick charge station in Nashville TN

When the EV Project was first announced a few years back, BP were listed as a company that would partner in the deployment of Quick Charge stations. Cracker Barrel were quick to take on the charging stations, however it seemed … Continue reading

http://jpwhitenissanleaf.com/2013/02/23/bp-add-an-ev-quick-charge-stat

Zero tailpipe emissions better for human health

diesel-fumeseditors-blog-entry3Yes, it’s true EVs are not truly zero emission vehicles, though if you power them with renewable energy generated electricity, they come pretty darn close.

However, regardless of how the electricity is generated for EVs, they are zero tailpipe emissions vehicles -- I much prefer this term to zero emissions, because it’s 100 percent accurate.

Yet the whole no carbon monoxide, no sulfur dioxide, no nitrous oxide, no particulates being blown directly into your face, and lungs (sadly, you’re stuck sucking down fumes from ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars even if you’re walking or biking in urban areas) “thing” seems to gets lost on most people when it comes to electric vehicles.

http://solarchargeddriving.com/editors-blog/on-evs-a-phevs/1154-zero-t

Friday, February 22, 2013

MyFord Mobile App Working for C-Max Energi

According to Steve Liu, a CMaxChat follower, the MyFord Mobile app is now compatible with the C-Max Energi.  The incompatibility of this app with the C-Max Energi has been a frustration for many early adopters.  I’m posting this blog to … Continue reading

http://cmaxchat.com/?p=291

Take Care of Your Tires!

http://daveinolywa.blogspot.com/2013/02/take-care-of-your-tires.htm

Ford C-Max Energi Inventory is Very Low

There are nineteen markets that Ford emphasized first for C-Max Energi sales.  I used the Edmunds site to find C-Max Energi inventory within 50 miles of these nineteen U.S. markets.  With the 50 mile radius for the search, some of these markets … Continue reading

http://cmaxchat.com/?p=288

Prodeco Outlaw SS Electric Bike Specs, Video & Pictures

Checkout the video & pictures of the Prodeco Outlaw SS in action and learn more about the specs of this new 28 mph electric mountain bike!

http://electricbikereport.com/prodeco-outlaw-ss-electric-bike-specs-vi

Transport Evolved Episode 139: No Flaps, No Flats

Join Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield and Mark Chatterley from Zero Carbon World, and guests John Groves and Aaron Schildkraut from the TeslaRoadTrip as they talk about the reconstruction of the ill-fated NYT Tesla Model S Trip, Tesla's Q4, 2012 results, and Ford's own poor predictions for Focus EV sales.Plus news from Nissan, the EPA, a new EV grant in the UK, and much more.


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http://www.transportevolved.com/2013/02/transport-evolved-episode-139-

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

On the BMW i3 Concept Coupe

BMW is finally entering the electric vehicle market with their i series after clinging to absolute confidence in clean diesel technology for years. The most promising prospect of the their concept stable is probably the BMW i3 Concept Coupe: a highway capable, two-door hatchback with a subtle futuristic style and hints of the traditional BMW [...]

http://www.onelectriccars.com/bmw-i3-concept-coupe/990

Honda, SolarCity team up to offer EV + PV

honda-solarcity-screen-shotSunPower has teamed up with Nissan and Ford, Solarcity has worked together with Mitsubishi, and now Solarcity and Honda are pairing up to push forward solar-charged driving.

The solar company and car company today (Feb. 20) announced a partnership to make solar power more affordable and available to Honda and Acura customers in the U.S., providing a cleaner source of electricity at a lower cost than utility-supplied power.

As the firms put it in a news release -->

"Honda and SolarCity will explore opportunities to integrate solar power and electric vehicle recharging, envisioning a future in which Fit EV and Accord Plug-In Hybrid owners will be able to charge their cars from the power of the sun."

http://solarchargeddriving.com/news/solar-charged-driving/1153-honda-s

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Gift of Walking

Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO George C. Halvorson discusses the gift of walking. Discover how walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week can help reduce the rate of diabetes, strokes, heart disease, hypertension and more. The benefits of walking are good for all, and can also help combat breast and prostate cancer. Beyond the physical benefits, walking can have a major positive impact on depression by creating positive neurochemicals. And you don't have to be a regular at the gym to get the benefits. You can fit walking into your daily routine and experience the benefits with shorter walks throughout the day. The benefits are multiple--and it's easy and free to do. Walking is our gift. Walking is our strength. Walking makes us strong. So let's walk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXSmO4SZoWs&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: everybodywalk

There is no War on Cars. Polluting Cars are subsidized.

Some have suggested that gasoline taxes or mileage mpg requirements constitute a “War on Cars” and suburbs. I disagree, as does Todd Wilton, who said: “Critics are wrong to claim that raising road tolls, parking fees or fuel taxes is … Continue reading

http://www.funruninthesun.org/?p=55

National Academy of Science reports. A whole book.

\ And you can download the entire book as a pdf for free from the National Academies press site. www.nap.gov

http://www.funruninthesun.org/?p=60

More good news on solar installations.

A new report released today by SEIA and GTM Research shows that solar energy continues to be one of the fastest growing industries in the country. While the overall U.S. economy grew at a sluggish 1.8% during the first three … Continue reading

http://www.funruninthesun.org/?p=65

Poll finds more Americans believe in global warming

More Americans today believe that global warming is occurring compared to one year ago, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Stanford University and Reuters news agency and released today. Currently, 83 percent of all adults surveyed … Continue reading

http://www.funruninthesun.org/?p=105

Monday, February 18, 2013

NYT fesses up on Model S-Gate -- Sort of

NYT-tesla-follow-upeditors-blog-entry3A quick follow-up to my entry on the NYT-inspired “Model S Gate”: The New York Times put its Reader Representative Margaret Sullivan on the Tesla Model S case. In an entry published today (Feb. 18), Sullivan concludes that NYT reporter John Broder wasn’t as careful as he should have been in following written directions which explain how to properly do a long-distance trip in a Model S. She also chides Tesla for not sufficiently emphasizing the proper long-distance Model S regimen with Broder.

However, the real news in terms of my previous entry in which I contend Tesla CEO Elon Musk is right to take on gas cars on their home field, the long-distance road trip, is that, sadly (believe me, I would love for most consumers to give EVs a fair chance), a bunch of the comments below Sullivan’s article confirm what I argue in my earlier column: The average person emphasizes convenience and versatility above ALL other factors when weighing whether to ditch an old technology (gas cars) for a new one (pure EVs).

Check out this doozy of a comment from “Nancy” from Great Neck, complete with “high” caliber grammar and spelling -->

nancy-NYT

Believe me, there are many other similar comments below Sullivan’s entry.

http://solarchargeddriving.com/editors-blog/on-ev-pv/1152-nyt-fesses-u

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Tesla's frontal attack on gas cars right way to go

tesla-model-s-full-fronteditors-blog-entry3There’s been a ton of talk and debate about the Tesla Model S this week thanks to a lightning rod of an article by New York Times reporter John Broder in which he describes an unsuccessful attempt to drive the Model S from Washington, D.C. to Boston relying on Tesla’s two East Coast Supercharger stations. Most of the debate has centered around the veracity of Broder’s report and/or the relative “idiocy” of his approach to making the trip and (not) charging the car.

I’m not going to focus on that. Instead, I’m going to pick up a strand of discussion long-time EV advocate Chelsea Sexton put forward in a piece published on Wired.Com. In it, the always articulate Sexton argues that Tesla – and others – shouldn’t be pushing a direct comparison between pure EVs and gasoline cars.

Take EVs for what they are, meaning highly efficient, fun-to-drive cars that surpass gasoline cars in many – but not all respects, writes Sexton. Don’t force the point of comparison to be long-distance road trips, because that’s not where pure EVs excel, at least not yet, she contends.

I disagree with Sexton -- and probably most EV advocates -- and align myself on this one with Elon Musk, whose strategy appears to be a full-frontal attack on gas cars.

Why do I think Musk is right?

Because for most people (early EV adopters and EV advocates are not most people, as much as I wish they were), convenience (more of it!), and versatility (more of it!) are the primary motivations for making a switch to a new technology. Unfortunately, convenience and versatility are precisely where pure EVs fall short (plug-in hybrid EVs do not fall short here, which is why they’re doing better than pure EVs).

http://solarchargeddriving.com/editors-blog/on-evs-a-phevs/1151-teslas

Zero DS Battery Upgrade by Doctorbass

I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (www.youtube.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvr-EoLs5pE&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: doctorbass

Friday, February 15, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Charlie at the Offshore Wind rally.

http://www.capitalgazette.com/multimedia/photos/news/wind-power-rally/image_002cbb6f-75ea-56a9-8372-e8758610754b.html/?mode=gallery

http://www.funruninthesun.org/?p=104

Oil drips from oil pans. Ugjhh.

Used motor oil is the largest single source of oil pollution in lakes, streams, and rivers. Americans spill 180 million gallons of used oil each year into the nation’s waters. This is 16 times the amount spilled by the Exxon … Continue reading

http://www.funruninthesun.org/?p=104

Visit to EcoSpeed Headquarters (Mid Drive Electric Bike Kit)

Post from Paul Willerton, Electric Bike Report corespondent from Bend Oregon. The Pacific Northwest is a land rich in cycling culture. For many here, bikes are used as the core transportation vehicle year-round and in every type of weather. Portland, Oregon embraces bicycles and electronic bicycles are going ‘on’ in a big way. One company [...]

http://electricbikereport.com/visit-to-ecospeed-headquarters-mid-drive

I Am Lazy, but So Are You!

http://daveinolywa.blogspot.com/2013/02/i-am-lazy-but-so-are-you.htm

What I Like About Walking

There are many reasons people walk. Some walk out of choice, others, out of necessity. Why should you start walking? Walking for 30 minutes each day is one of the best things you can do for your body. But beyond the quantifiable benefits, walking also gives you a great chance to reflect about your life, connect with friends and loved ones, and to get up close and personal with your natural environment. Listen to what pedestrians list as their top reasons to leave the car keys at home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3eQtejAtkY&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: everybodywalk

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Free Electricity Is Problematic for Electric Cars

http://carswithcords.blogspot.com/2013/02/free-electricity-is-problema

2013 Muskegon Area Fuel Economy Challenge

This year a friend of mine Kraig Schultz is hosting the first west Michigan fuel economy challenge. It will be held on Muskegon Earth Fair on April 27, 2013. There will be several categories for vehicles Human / Animal Powered (i.e. jogging or horse back riding) Human / Electric Hybrid (i.e. electric bicycle) Electric Powered [...]

http://experimentalev.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/2013-muskegon-area-fuel

Renewable Energy in 60 Seconds | Fully Charged

Robert Llewellyn provides a short and sweet insight on renewable energy in Germany. WATCH FULL EPISODE @ bit.ly LIKE Fully Charged on Facebook @ fb.me Fully Charged Podcast on iTunes @ bit.ly Robert first speaks with government official Dr. Silke Karcher, who heads the division 'EU-Affairs and Bilateral Cooperation of Environment and Energy'. They discuss Germany's future plans for energy, which involves the abandoning of nuclear energy and move towards wind, gas & solar. He then goes down to Leipzig to see a Juwi Energy Park, where a tour is given around a huge solar power plant by Sylvia Hamm. This produces a significant amount of energy for the German grid. Juwi Energy Park @ www.energiepark-brandis.de ABOUT FULLY CHARGED: Fully Charged is an online show hosted by Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf, Scrapheap Challenge, Carpool), sponsored by British Gas: Looking After Your World. During this series, Robert will discuss why we need to change how we think about energy consumption now. He will be taking a look at the newest electric cars available on the market [Volvo, Ford, Peugeot, Renault & Nissan] and also different forms of renewable energy [Wind and Solar].

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh5uJM0frSk&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: fullychargedshow

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

1,000 YouTube views for EV + PV Love Story

So what if 40 of the views are my own ;-), I’ve finally got a video up on YouTube with more than 1,000 views.

Yes, the ‘EV + PV Love Story’ video I did highlighting the joys and wonders of the synergy between solar energy and EVs, in this case my brother’s Tesla Model, is a true ‘hit’.

http://solarchargeddriving.com/editors-blog/on-ev-pv/1150-1000-youtube

Lorraine's Quiet, Poetic Ride to Work on her Zero S

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com -- This video features Zero Motorcycles customer Lorraine and her 2012 Zero S

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCeGOvYRKz0&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: zeromotorcycles

Emotion Neo Jumper Full Suspension Electric Mountain Bike Review

Full review of the Emotion Neo Jumper full suspension electric mountain bike with ride characteristics, range test, pros, cons, and overall impressions.

http://electricbikereport.com/emotion-neo-jumper-full-suspension-elect

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Tactical Advantage of Electric Motorcycles - 2013 Zero DS Police Motorcycle

More info: www.zeromotorcycles.com -- This is the first ever video taken of Zero Motorcycles 2013 Zero DS Police Motorcycle. 100% electric, officers and security are able to patrol quietly to both sneak up on people and not disturb the peace of the area.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cizoadXoE6E&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: zeromotorcycles

Cambodia Unveils the Angkor EV 2013

Cambodia has unveiled a pretty cool looking little EV with scissor doors.  But with a top speed of 60 Km/hour (37 mph), it’s no Lamborghini Murciélago. The Angkor EV probably has a little pep accelerating to that top speed, but obviously there is no 0-60 time yet. The manufacturer claims the two-door can travel 300 km [...]

http://www.onelectriccars.com/cambodia-unveils-the-angkor-ev-2013/986

Out with the old and in with an Empulse R

So the time has come to say goodbye to my eVFR and to say hello to a 2013 Brammo Empulse R. The eVFR started a few years ago and then an upgrade began to increase the performance and range. Between staying busy outside work and having a side business, I haven’t had the spare time [...]

http://blog.evfr.net/?p=51

Saturday, February 9, 2013

On the Tesla Model X

It seems like Tesla comes out with a new all-electric model every week these days, with the first Model S vehicles hitting the streets last year, and now the introduction of  their new Model X SUV. The Tesla Model X is built on the Tesla Model S platform, which means the basic drivetrain is the [...]

http://www.onelectriccars.com/on-the-tesla-model-x/977

Yokohama Part Four

http://daveinolywa.blogspot.com/2013/02/yokohama-part-four.htm

Dissing a solar-charged Tesla Model S

tesla-gallons-of-sun-losereditors-blog-entry3So, an advertising professional puts up an awesome video ad touting solar-charged driving and sun-powered Teslas on YouTube, within three days it hits 23,000 views and garners universal praise, along with 465 likes – and then some LOSER comes along and gives the video a thumbs down.

Say what!?

What’s not to like about 100-percent emissions-free, solar-charged, oil-free driving?

Oh wait, that must be it! Some shil for Big Oil finally watched the ad ;-)

http://solarchargeddriving.com/editors-blog/on-ev-pv/1147-dissing-a-so

Currie Tech Teams Up with ’84 Olympic Cycling Silver Medalist, Nelson Vails to Promote “Getting More People on Bikes!”

Olympic cyclist Nelson Vails on electric bikes "It literally makes you feel like a kid again."

http://electricbikereport.com/currie-tech-teams-up-with-84-olympic-cyc

Friday, February 8, 2013

Poll:Americans support carbon tax

A recent poll (see a short summary) commissioned by Friends of the Earth and conducted by the leading polling firm Mellman Group found that about 70 percent of Americans had a favorable response to a carbon tax. Support remained high … Continue reading

http://www.funruninthesun.org/?p=104

Transport Evolved Episode 137. Leaf Love-In?

Join Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield from  Zero Carbon World, and guest Ryan Turner from Voltowner.blogspot.com  as they discuss the week’s news in the world of electric cars, including the EPA rating of rthe 2013 Nissan Leaf, the greenest place to own an electric car in the world, the ins and outs of Californian Chevrolet Volt stock levels, and much more. Full show [...]


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http://www.transportevolved.com/2013/02/transport-evolved-episode-137-

Thursday, February 7, 2013

New ad sells solar plus Tesla Model S synergy

Little by little, tiny step by tiny step, solar-charged driving – something we’re proud to say we’ve been writing about for 3 ? years now at SolarChargedDriving.Com -- is going mainstream.

The video above, produced by an ad professional who’s done work for Nike and Nissan, is evidence of this. It profiles a family driving a Tesla Model S purely on sunshine.

http://solarchargeddriving.com/news/solar-charged-driving/1144-new-ad-

Energy Subsidies graphic

Energy_Subsidies_Black_Not_Green

http://www.funruninthesun.org/?p=104

Study of subsidies for dirty vs. clean energy

ELI, the Environmental Law Institute, conducted a study of the 2002-2008 period and found that dirty fossil fuels got $72.5 billion in subsidies and tax breaks while clean energy only got $29 billion. And almost $17 billion of that $29 … Continue reading

http://www.funruninthesun.org/?p=103

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Emotion Neo Jumper Full Suspension Electric Mountain Bike: Specs, Video, & Pictures

The Emotion Neo Jumper full suspension electric mountain bike recently arrived and I have been busy testing and riding this e-mtb. Here are the Jumper’s specifications as well as a video and a bunch of pictures! Stay tuned for the full review coming soon. Emotion Neo Jumper Specifications Frame: Aluminum full suspension frame with SR [...]

http://electricbikereport.com/emotion-neo-jumper-full-suspension-elect

Surge in Ford EV Dealer Certification Reflects Customer Interest in Energi Models

According to a Ford statement today, about one-third of Ford dealers will be EV certified by spring 2013.  EV certification is required for a dealer to sell C-Max Energi (plug-in), Fusion Energi and Focus Electric.  The surge in dealer certification … Continue reading

http://cmaxchat.com/?p=274

First test drive in a Tesla Model S

tesla-model-s-me-wheeleditors-blog-entry3I got my first chance behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S Performance Edition Monday.

And, wow, is the Model S quick! I know: That’s hardly a revelation, Christof!

But it’s one thing to read about how the Model S Performance Version has instant torque (443 lbs) and a huge amount of horsepower (410 hp) immediately for the taking. It’s another altogether to feel it yourself as you punch the accelerator (can’t call it a gas pedal anymore – sweet!).

In fact, I didn’t have the guts, nor really the chance, to truly step on it in my brother’s metallic blue Model S, which he’s had for a little more than a month. There was too much traffic on I-25 between Fort Collins, Colo. and Erie, Colo., which is where we found ourselves in Model S #1984 on this bright, sunny Monday afternoon along Colorado’s scenic Front Range where we both live -- my brother in Boulder and me in Aurora, Colo.

http://solarchargeddriving.com/editors-blog/on-evs-a-phevs/1143-first-

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2013 Washington Auto Show Electric Vehicle Display

The Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington, DC display in the Advanced Technology Superhighway at the 2013 Washington Auto Show. February 1 - 10, 2013 www.evadc.org http www.nedra.com One Gallon Challenge http [TRANSCRIPT or CC COMING SOON} Video by: Lanny Hartmann

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IZHzbK9uLw&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: evaofdc

Let’s Not Get Excited

Lately the media is back to predicting the end of electric vehicles (EV). Turns out their reasons for the demise of the EV are inaccurate and like most doomsday predictions, lack context, a lot of it. So let’s provide that context. “After more than 100 years of development and several brief revivals, the electric car still is … Continue reading »

http://chargedcars.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/lets-not-get-excited

Electric Bike Factory Changes Hands In Florida

Electric Bike Factory, in Fort Myers, Florida, has made the simplest, and perhaps oldest successful design for a DIY electric bike conversion kit in the USA since the 1990’s. The friction roller system (sometimes referred to as a “tire scrubber”) is similar in function to the EV Warrior, the ETC, and the Zap systems that [...]

http://electricbikereport.com/electric-bike-factory-changes-hands-in-f

U.S. Ford C-Max Sales vs. Toyota Prius V & Plug-in Sales

The Ford C-Max Hybrid started shipping in late September and the C-Max Energi first shipped in late October 2012.  Ford compares the C-Max Hybrid and Energi most often with the Toyota Prius V and Prius Plug-in Hybrid.  The Prius is … Continue reading

http://cmaxchat.com/?p=86

Solar in NM cost competitive w coal. Cheap !

The electric utility serving El Paso, Texas, and portions of southern New Mexico could buy some of the lowest-cost solar electricity ever sold under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with First Solar Inc. The Macho Springs photovoltaic project, developed by … Continue reading

http://www.funruninthesun.org/?p=103

EV Sales Growing Slow & Steady

http://carswithcords.blogspot.com/2013/02/ev-sales-growing-slow-steady

Will 2013 Nissan Leaf Price Cut Cause Sales To Soar?

http://carswithcords.blogspot.com/2013/02/will-2013-nissan-leaf-price-

Chasing the Unicorn

http://carswithcords.blogspot.com/2013/02/chasing-unicorn.htm

Monday, February 4, 2013

A Motorcycle that Always Gives You a Thrill

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com -- This video features Zero Motorcycles customer Roger riding his 2012 Zero S

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eONrllCm5s&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: zeromotorcycles

Scott and the Coolness Factor - 2013 Launch Party

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com -- This video features Zero Motorcycles customer Scott talking about the coolness factor of riding his Zero S through Los Angeles.

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A Ride Through Pacifica California with Richard

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com -- This video features Zero Motorcycles customer Richard riding and talking about his 2012 Zero S

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Bob. His 2012 Zero S... and the Smile

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com -- This video features Zero Motorcycles customer Bob Peitzman riding his 2012 Zero S ZF6.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImeXO_cfoKk&feature=youtube_gdat

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It's a Phenomenal Motorcycle-- 2013 Launch Party

Coby, an environmental engineer, talks about why he loves riding his Zero XU around town. Visit www.zeromotorcycles.com for more information.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOmjbKK6_80&feature=youtube_gdat

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Lorraine's Quiet, Poetic Ride to Work on her Zero S

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com -- This video features Zero Motorcycles customer Lorraine and her 2012 Zero S

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Sneaking up on Wildlife with the Zero DS-2013 Launch Party

Dan talks about how he sneaks up on wildlife while he's riding his 2011 Zero DS. Visit www.zeromotorcycles.com for more videos and information.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3x3wqU5-DzU&feature=youtube_gdat

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The Advantage of Electric Power-2013 Launch Party

Loyal Zero customer, Frank, already owns 2010 and 2012 Zero DS motorcycles and talks about the advantage of electric power in dirt riding. Visit www.zeromotorcycles.com for more videos and information.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ_lp85XKnU&feature=youtube_gdat

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Travels on a Zero S--From Bear Mountain to New York City

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com -- This video features Zero Motorcycles customer Ben riding his 2012 Zero S to Bear Mountain, NJ and New York City

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoFouctF4Cw&feature=youtube_gdat

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100% Electric 2013 Zero MX - At the Track

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com -- The Zero MX takes Zero's revolutionary electric motorcycle technology to the track. Designed for bigger jumps and smooth landings, the Zero MX uses a newly?developed suspension system to absorb aggressive terrain. Incredibly tough and lightweight, the Zero MX combines the state?of?the?art ZForce™ battery technology with an ultra?light frame design, making it agile and fast where it counts most. The custom suspension system makes the Zero MX highly responsive while maintaining an industry leading power?to?weight ratio, allowing for controlled landings and total control. An individual power pack provides up to two hours of track riding time. Easily swappable, riders can purchase an additional power pack to extend their riding. Incredibly powerful, while almost completely silent, the Zero MX opens up a whole new world of riding possibilities.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yApWJV_loeg&feature=youtube_gdat

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Riding a Zero S through the Rocky Mountains-8500ft Elevation

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com -- This video features Zero Motorcycles customer Robert riding his 2012 Zero S through the high elevations of Colorado's Rocky Mountains.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5eG3Ugtyag&feature=youtube_gdat

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100% Electric 2013 Zero MX - Natural Sound at the Track

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com -- The Zero MX takes Zero's revolutionary electric motorcycle technology to the track. Designed for bigger jumps and smooth landings, the Zero MX uses a newly?developed suspension system to absorb aggressive terrain. Incredibly tough and lightweight, the Zero MX combines the state?of?the?art ZForce™ battery technology with an ultra?light frame design, making it agile and fast where it counts most. The custom suspension system makes the Zero MX highly responsive while maintaining an industry leading power?to?weight ratio, allowing for controlled landings and total control. An individual power pack provides up to two hours of track riding time. Easily swappable, riders can purchase an additional power pack to extend their riding. Incredibly powerful, while almost completely silent, the Zero MX opens up a whole new world of riding possibilities.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYei1uBtCNk&feature=youtube_gdat

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2013 Zero DS - 100% Electric Dual Sport (Music)

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com -- The 2013 Zero DS combines innovation with passion to deliver the world's most versatile electric motorcycle. Created to be agile in the dirt and quick on the street, the Zero DS represents a new kind of freedom. Tough when you demand it and distinguished when required, the Zero DS has an edgy, yet sophisticated appearance highlighted by an eye catching twin spar frame that is both rigid and lightweight. Powered by the most advanced drive train in the industry, the Zero DS is a fully electric motorcycle that can handle any surface you can throw at it. Navigating obstacles and maintaining control is assured using a specially developed suspension system and a rugged wheel set. During technical maneuvers an optimized direct drive gear system delivers astonishing responsiveness with the twist of your wrist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp61Rer8JWI&feature=youtube_gdat

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2013 Zero S - 100% Electric. Enjoy the Ride.

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com --The Zero S has instant torque and power from a standstill, plus smooth acceleration as you race out of turns—all without ever needing to stop at a gas station. Developed to aggressively take on urban environments and encourage the occasional detour, the Zero S electric motorcycle integrates revolutionary technology with innovative motorcycle design. Built from the ground up using Zero Motorcycles' proprietary Z?Force power pack and aircraft grade alloy frame, the Zero S features an industry leading power?to?weight ratio that increases its range and maneuverability.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvarAVvwKis&feature=youtube_gdat

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2013 Zero S Electric Motorcycle - Natural sound of the ride.

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com --The Zero S has instant torque and power from a standstill, plus smooth acceleration as you race out of turns—all without ever needing to stop at a gas station. Developed to aggressively take on urban environments and encourage the occasional detour, the Zero S electric motorcycle integrates revolutionary technology with innovative motorcycle design. Built from the ground up using Zero Motorcycles' proprietary Z?Force power pack and aircraft grade alloy frame, the Zero S features an industry leading power?to?weight ratio that increases its range and maneuverability.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1KUoRKGJTs&feature=youtube_gdat

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Introducing the Zero FX - 100% Electric Stealth Fighter (natural sound)

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com -- Delivering a nearly instantaneous 70 ft-lbs of torque, up to 44 hp and with a low weight of 275 lbs, the Zero FX takes any type of riding to all-new levels. Stealthily ride at any hour of the day or night, on a motorcycle that distills riding into its most basic and adrenaline-pumping elements.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DQcvZnE-X8&feature=youtube_gdat

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2013 Zero XU - 100% Electric Urban Motorcycle. Enjoy the Ride.

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com --The Zero 2013 XU is an innovative lightweight electric motorcycle that blends industry leading technology, performance and practicality to deliver the ultimate urban-crosser. A low seat height, no-shift operation, removable power pack and optional onboard storage allow riders of all kinds to negotiate the city with a new kind of freedom.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uumg7N8Iuzw&feature=youtube_gdat

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Brandon Racing at 102 mph on a Zero S

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com -- This video features Zero Motorcycles customer Brandon telling the story on how he became interested in electric motorcycle racing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYCc61ATS1k&feature=youtube_gdat

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2013 Zero DS - 100% Electric Dual Sport (Natural Sound)

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com -- The 2013 Zero DS combines innovation with passion to deliver the world's most versatile electric motorcycle. Created to be agile in the dirt and quick on the street, the Zero DS represents a new kind of freedom. Tough when you demand it and distinguished when required, the Zero DS has an edgy, yet sophisticated appearance highlighted by an eye catching twin spar frame that is both rigid and lightweight. Powered by the most advanced drive train in the industry, the Zero DS is a fully electric motorcycle that can handle any surface you can throw at it. Navigating obstacles and maintaining control is assured using a specially developed suspension system and a rugged wheel set. During technical maneuvers an optimized direct drive gear system delivers astonishing responsiveness with the twist of your wrist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6wFEUCWCkY&feature=youtube_gdat

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2013 Zero XU - 100% Electric Urban Motorcycle. Natural Sound of the Ride.

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com --The Zero 2013 XU is an innovative lightweight electric motorcycle that blends industry leading technology, performance and practicality to deliver the ultimate urban-crosser. A low seat height, no-shift operation, removable power pack and optional onboard storage allow riders of all kinds to negotiate the city with a new kind of freedom.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECvGUuqoDN0&feature=youtube_gdat

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Terry's Off the Grid, Cross Country Trip with his Zero S

This video features Zero Motorcycles customer, Terry Hershner, who rode across the US on his 2012 Zero S. More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUaU_Nt7ZkA&feature=youtube_gdat

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Introducing the Zero FX - 100% Electric Stealth Fighter

More Info & Demos: www.zeromotorcycles.com -- Delivering a nearly instantaneous 70 ft-lbs of torque, up to 44 hp and with a low weight of 275 lbs, the Zero FX takes any type of riding to all-new levels. Stealthily ride at any hour of the day or night, on a motorcycle that distills riding into its most basic and adrenaline-pumping elements.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tj-mtMsBdfs&feature=youtube_gdat

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Ford C-Max Energi Wins Green Car Vision Award

The Ford C-Max Energi won the Green Car Vision award for 2012 at the Washington Auto Show on January 26th, 2013.  The other finalists were the Tesla Model S, Cadillac ELR, and Mercedes-Benz B-Class Fuel Cell.   The Green Car … Continue reading

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Ford C-Max Sales Down 44% From November Peak

After a fast start to Ford C-Max sales last year, month-to-month Ford C-Max sales dropped dramatically from December 2013 with just 2,725 vehicles sold during January 2013.  The break down between C-Max Hybrid and Energi sales wasn’t disclosed in the press release. … Continue reading

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