Sunday, March 31, 2013

Electric Vehicles - Sierra Club

BMW Fly by wire accelerator for an E30 - Win!

Azure Dynamics Vacuum Pump

Azure Dynamics Water Pump - Reverse Engineering

Azure Dynamics Air Conditioning Compressor - Reverse Engineering

Azure Dynamics Water Heater - Reverse Engineering

A lot has happened in the last few months.

Learning How to Operate the C-Max with Ford Videos

Ford has produced many videos illustrating the operation of the C-Max Hybrid or Energi.  They are disorganized and mixed with videos for other vehicles.  I’ve listed the videos that are applicable to the C-Max below.  Captions of videos that apply only … Continue reading

Friday, March 29, 2013

Just .02% of U.S. drivers solar-charge an EV

becks-richSo, how many solar-charged drivers are there in the United States right now?

No one knows. Not even us.

That’s because no one is keeping track of this statistic, though SolarChargedDriving.Com has an ongoing, totally unscientific poll on our site (across the 2 ? years our poll has been running, 205 people have either indicated they already are solar-charging an EV or that they plan to do so).

Putting aside the fact that no one is keeping track of how many people are solar-charging a plug-in car shows that EV + PV isn’t truly valued in American society – we survey/poll on things that matter to us on a broad social level, and we ignore those things that “we” don’t care about – we can make some reasonable speculations about how many solar-charged drivers there are in the U.S.

The Renault Zoe | Fully Charged

The new Renault Zoe, an electric car for £13999 on the road.

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E-Bike Gear: Showers Pass Portland Jacket Review [VIDEO]

Full review of the Showers Pass Portland Jacket with a video of the jacket being tested in a snow storm!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hendersonville City Square adds 8 more EV charging stations

Hendersonville City Square Solar Center has recently added 8 more Blink EV charging stations to the two they already had for a grand total of 10 charging stations. The total number of EVSE’s in Hendersonville is 20, so the solar … Continue reading

EVELO 30 Day Electric Bike Challenge: Trade in Your Car Keys for an Electric Bike!

Would you be interested in trading in your car keys in exchange for a new EVELO electric bike to use for 30 days? If so, then you could be a participant in the EVELO 30 Day Electric Bike Challenge. In an effort to promote e-bike commuting and everyday use, Boris Mordkovich (CEO of EVELO), has created [...]

Texting solar-charged drivers just as dangerous

texting-driver-on-highway2editors-blog-entry3I’ve written frequently about the texting/surfing while driving epidemic (‘Texting and driving like playing Russian roulette’; ‘Time to put brakes on texting & driving epidemic’; ‘Don’t text and die’; ‘Computerized cars answer to texting epidemic’).

And, without fail, I never get a single comment on those entries.

It’s as if the life and death issue of texting/surfing while driving -- clearly it is a matter of life and death, both for the selfish, short-sighted people who do it, anyone in their vehicle, and anyone in a vehicle around them -- doesn’t matter to anyone.

Or maybe people who read this blog think texting/surfing while driving is irrelevant to solar-charged driving, though, it very definitely is relevant: Someone who texts/surfs while driving a solar-charged electric car is just as much of a disaster waiting to kill/maim/injure someone as a texting/surfing gasoline car driver.

So, why am I so fired up, again, about texting/surfing and driving? The lead story in today’s USA Today is about texting/surfing while driving.

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Long Tail Pipe: Elon Musk incites Tesla Motors excitement with tweet about putting his money where his mouth is

E-Bike News: BMW E-Bike, Stromer ST1, E-Bikes at SXSW, BikeSpike, & More!

BMW is another car manufacturer that has jumped into the electric bike scene!  Here is the BMW Cruise electric bike that is powered by the 250 watt Bosch electric bike kit. The bikes will initially be released in the German market and maybe if things go well it will expand beyond that. Stromer is launching [...]

The Model S 17" Touchscreen Display

Introducing the world's most advanced vehicle user interface - the Tesla Model S 17" touchscreen display. Take a look inside master control of the car Motor ...

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Experts: Electric cars just a decade from the mainstream

Sunday, March 24, 2013

An Electric car called Trev | Fully Charged

An electric car that's already been driven around the world, and what the wonderful team at Adelaide University in Australia are doing next.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Walking at Work: Health & Connection

When so many of us spend most of our time in the workplace (probably sitting at a desk behind a computer), it makes sense to incorporate more fitness into th...

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Transport Evolved Episode 142. Plugjudice

Join EV journalist Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield, Mark Chatterley from Zero Carbon World, and guest Brad Horton from as they discuss the week's news in the world of EVs, including a first-drive report of the Renault Zoe, Plug-in hybrid hating, noisy EVs and the 2014 Volt.Plus news from VW, Mitsubishi, Washington State and much more!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

Why Some Companies Are Not Filing Patents - Business Insider

Successful EV Dealers

Successful EV Dealers. Uploaded by pluginamerica on Mar 18, 2013. Come and hear directly from dealers about how they have trained, stocked, and otherwise equipped their dealerships for selling and servicing plug-in cars. We'll hear from them on their approaches with customers, commonly asked questions, and how they are changing to provide customers a better experience at the dealership. plug inamerica.

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Solar-charged electric cars are no panacea

zgeditors-blog-entry3So, I haven't posted anything to SolarChargedDriving.Com in about a week. I'll confess part of this is the fact that I've lost some of my solar-charged 'mojo' after 3 1/2 years of doing this site and still having only home solar but no EV.

I don't have an EV to add to our 5.59 kW worth of solar PV here in sunny Aurora, Colo., because we're likely going to be in Germany from August 2013 to August 2014, and it made no sense to buy, or lease, an EV (which have been available for a bit over a year in Colorado) when we knew we were going to be away for awhile.

But simply because I've lost some of my mojo here on SolarChargedDriving.Com -- in my own defense, there are more than 1,200 entries and stories on the site, many of which are still completely timely, relevant and helpful to those still discovering solar-charged driving -- doesn't mean I'm still not surfing about on the Internet, spreading my own brand of environmental and EV + PV activism ;-)

Pedego City Commuter Electric Bike Review

Full review of the Pedego City Commuter electric bike with lots of pictures, specs, ride characteristics, pros, cons, and overall impressions.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Transport Evolved Episode 141. Nissan Leaf Home Phone?

Join Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield and guest Marc Kudling as they discuss the week's news in the world of EVs, including Henrik Fisker's departure from Fisker Automotive, the Nissan Leaf which phones home, and a new FIM approved electric motorcycle racing series.Plus news from Mahindra Reva, Toyota, BMW and VW.


The New OHM XU450 Electric Bike: Gates Carbon Drive, SRAM E-Matic, Hydroformed Aluminium Frame, & More!

OHM Cycles designed the new XU450 to make riding an e-bike even easier and more convenient.

Los Angeles Times: C-Max Energi Is Fuel Car with Best Mileage, Lowest Price

The Los Angeles Times published an article on March 12th, 2013 for the “Top 10 cars: best gas mileage, lowest sticker price”.  To create the list, they divided the car’s base price by its EPA rating for combined fuel economy. … Continue reading

North Carolina PEV Readiness Plan Now Available

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

It's 'Smart' to solar-charge an electric car

real-goods-smart-carWant to win a solar-charged All-Electric Smart Car?

Then you might want to consider entering the Real Goods Solar Smart Electric Sweepstakes. Real Goods will hand over the keys to an Electric Smart Car and install a 1.5 kW solar system to fuel the car to one lucky winner of its sweepstakes.

The contest shows, once again, that solar and electric vehicles are increasingly coming together, and that more and more solar installers get it, meaning they understand that plug-in electric vehicles are a boon for solar.

The contest isn't the first of its kind. Back in 2011 we reported that a UK solar installer, Planet Solar, gave away an all-electric Nissan LEAF to Charles and Val Willett of Lancaster :-)

The Future of the Chevy Volt

Changes are coming to the Chevy Volt, and not just design changes. From recent reports, there are two main possibilities being floated for the next generation Volt. The first is reducing the range -  internal studies indicate that current owners don’t need the estimated 50 mile electric range the car currently offers. The second is increasing the electric range. Speculation is to 60 miles. So far there hasn’t been anything solid on what a smaller battery would provide for … Continue reading »

This Week in EVville; Working For the Power Company

California Adds New Funding for Ford C-Max Energi Rebates

The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project administered by the California Center for Sustainable Energy voted to add $4.5 million in funds to the state’s clean-vehicle rebate program in February.  A purchaser or lessee of a 2013 Ford C-Max Energi qualifies for … Continue reading

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Electric Car Servicing and Maintenance

Guest post by: Eric Muhanji Petrol and diesel-powered cars ruled the previous century. However, electric cars are entering new markets every year because of their low fuel (electricity) costs and relatively low maintenance costs compared to gasoline-powered cars. Also, these cars are environment friendly and are famously coined as ‘green cars.’ Electric cars are being [...]

Oregon Convention Center Making EV Charging Work

E-Bike News: Toyota E-Bike, New Factories, New Designs & Tech, E-Bike Book, Tours, & More!

Is Toyota getting into electric bikes?  Here is a concept e-bike from the large auto manufacturer.  It has a mid drive motor and the battery is housed in the mainframe. This concept may never make it to production but Toyota is claiming that their new i-Road electric 3 wheeler will.  The i-Road is an interesting vehicle that blends some [...]

Owners Blogging on The Ford C-Max

With this blog, I’m going to start tracking owners that blog on their C-Max, good or bad.  I’m not aware of many.  If you’ve written blogs on your C-Max, let me know. Ashurst, Charles, Confessions of a saint of renewable … Continue reading

Some C-Max Vehicles Recalled for Child-Lock Problem

According to an article in Torque News, a small number of Ford C-Max 2013 vehicles contain an incorrectly installed rear-door child lock.  The vehicles with a problem were built in the Wayne Michican Assembly Plant in November 2012.  C-Max owners … Continue reading

Saturday, March 9, 2013

5 reasons to lease rather than buy an electric car

LEAF-lease-buyeditors-blog-entry3Back in the day when I thought we were going to be among the very first in the U.S. to get an electric car, I was determined to buy an EV outright, not lease one.

Now that I have had time to watch the EV revolution slowly unfold and wait on the sidelines in terms of getting an EV (we’re likely going to be in Germany for a full year, starting in August 2013, and have therefore elected to wait on getting an electric car), I’m revisiting my previous views.

If we were going to go with a plug-in hybrid such as a Chevy Volt (in my view, far and away the best PHEV due to its superior all-electric range), I might still elect to buy a plug-in.

However, if we were moving on a pure electric vehicle, I would definitely lease it, not buy it.


Electric Vehicles: What You Need to Know at PCC

Electric Bike Research? Your Input Can Help Improve E-Biking in the US!

Help improve e-biking in the US by sharing your e-bike experiences with a research team from Portland State University.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Czech solar car/bike team is ready to roll in 2013 !!

Czech this out !

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Rewarding Pedestrians: Creating a Good Walking Environment

Walkability has many health, environmental and economic benefits, but what exactly makes a city pedestrian friendly? There are several ways to make a community more walkable. Cities can improve the quality of sidewalks and footpaths, reduce road danger by making crosswalks safer, increase access to mass transit, provide shelter from sun or rain and more. Learn how various pedestrian advocacy groups work on implementing changes through sustained action at the local level.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

The 1,000 hp VOLAR-e All Wheel Drive Electric Supercar

Batman music is an appropriate theme for something I could imagine in Bruce Wayne’s, you know, bat-garage. From Spanish industrial design firm Applus Idiada has formally presented a new electric race car concept called the Volar-e. The Volar-e is one of the most powerful electric cars ever built and was showcased for the first [...]

Ford C-Max Sales Up 14% From January

Ford C-Max sales were up 14 percent month-to-month with 3,183 vehicles sold during February 2013.  January 2013 C-Max sales were the lowest full-month sales for the C-Max with just 2,725 sold.  The break down between C-Max Hybrid and Energi sales … Continue reading