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Concerns about the environment, health effects of burning fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions, energy security, oil supply, peak oil, land use, resource utilization and more are forcing us to reconsider the design of the transportation system. Many think we need a complete rethink of how we move our butts around town.
We're experiencing the greatest transformation in the transportation system since the early 1900's when gasoline powered cars first triumphed over electric, also replacing horse-drawn carraiges. Lithium battery chemistries have enabled electrified transportation to finally start to be practical both for vehicle performance and economically.
Collectively our society has over 100 years experience with gasoline powered transportation. We want to switch to electrified machines, but our society doesn't grok the ins-and-outs of doing so. That means most society members need some remedial education to understand their benefits.
Adopting electric cars on a large scale means changing our assumptions and social norms around "energy". It won't be normal to drive on gasoline, but we'll instead start driving on electricity. The implications are broad and deep.
Green Transportation Guides
Learn how to effectively drive your electric car around town, or beyond, in confidence. The Range Anxiety idea is meant to trap us into limited patterns where we don't drive our electric car very far. But with experience we can learn how to best manage charging the car while away from home, and drive wherever we want.
- Range Confidence: Charge Fast, Drive Far, on Electricity
- Learning Range Confidence
- Daily Driving and longer trips on electricity - putting range confidence into practice
- Autonomy and electric driving freedom
- Charging station etiquette - effectively sharing limited electric car charging resources
- Understanding electric vehicle range
- Charging electric cars in public
- Getting and installing at home electric car charging equipment
- The best electric car charging stations for home charging or on trips
- A brief study of EV Ownership Economics
- Electric Car Charging standards, unity, disunity, and the need for unity
- Electric car charging technology
In 1922 electric commercial trucks were widely used in many large cities across the USA. This reprint book goes over electric vehicle technology as it existed in 1922, as well as the economic benefits that electric commercial truck owners enjoyed. The book contains financial data from several companies showing lower operational cost - due to lower fuel cost and lower maintenance cost - over equivalent gasoline powered commercial trucks, and for that matter over horse drawn commercial trucks. Apparently in 1922 horse powered trucks were still a thing.
- Looking forward to the future of the Electric Vehicle
- Lead Storage Batteries Description
- Care of Lead Storage Batteries
- Commercial types of of Lead Storage Batteries
- Alkaline Storage Batteries (Edison Battery): Description and Care
- Charging apparatus and charging stations
- Measuring Instruments: Electrical and Mechanical
- Wheels, Rims and Tires; Their Care
- The Motor: Construction and Care
- The Controller: Construction and Care
- The Chassis: Its Components: Their Upkeep
- The Cost of Operating Electrics vs. Horses and Gas Trucks
- Historical EV Advertising
Green Transportation News
Hyundai Motor and Saudi Aramco to collaborate on Hydrogen, advanced non-metallic materials and future technologiesPublished Date: June 26, 2019 While Hyundai and its partner company Kia have some very well designed electric vehicles, Hyundai is also keen on fuel cell vehicles. In this deal they prove that the primary way to get hydrogen is by extracting it from fossil fuels. Therefore the claim that the hydrogen economy is super clean is largely a fiction. Unless the hydrogen is extracted from a clean source, like water, it is a fossil fuel masquerading as a clean fuel.
What becoming 'carbon neutral' means to Volkswagen - Why it's the only way forwardPublished Date: June 26, 2019 As Volkswagen says all these heart-warming things, that we must stop avoiding the question of climate change and move on to action, we have to remember the recent history of the Volkswagen Group. What VW says in this press release is very nice, to be sure. A few years ago VW was caught red handed cheating on emissions testing. They had rigged the Volkswagen TDI drive train to operate in a super-clean mode while under emissions testing, and to operate in a "normal" (hence polluting) mode in normal operation. VW had to deliver on the Fahrvergnügen promise (German for driving enjoyment). As a result VW has had to pay steep fines, several executives have gone to jail, and suddenly the VW Group is more interested in electric vehicles than before. If that's what it takes to make progress, so be it.
New Renault ZOE: The pleasure of driving 100% electric takes on a new dimensionPublished Date: June 17, 2019
Hyundai Motor Group's Executive Vice Chairman identifies Hydrogen as 'Sustainable Earth' solution ahead of G20Published Date: June 17, 2019
Electrify America, ChargePoint, collaborate on agreement to expand public EV charging accessPublished Date: June 11, 2019
Staten Island builds Mitigation plan with sea wall meant to hold back the oceanPublished Date: Jun 10, 2019
FCA US and Aurora to Partner to Develop and Deploy Self-Driving Commercial VehiclesPublished Date: JUNE 10, 2019
Ballard Unveils 8th Generation Zero-Emission Fuel Cell Module for Heavy Duty Motive MarketPublished Date: June 9, 2019
Electrify America, Walmart, open 120 charging stations at Walmart stores with more to comePublished Date: June 6, 2019
Electrify America announces 13 site for new electric vehicle charging stations in SacramentoPublished Date: June 6, 2019
Jaguar Land Rover and BMW Group Announce Collaboration for Next Generation Electrification TechnologyPublished Date: June 5, 2019
NEVS/Evergrande acquires British automotive technology company Protean ElectricPublished Date: June 5, 2019
2015 KIA Soul EV: More than Everything You Ever Wanted To KnowPublished Date: June 4, 2019
Energy Department Announces $2 Million to Advance Collaborative Geothermal Research through New International PartnershipPublished Date: JUNE 3, 2019
Volkswagen ID.R sets new electric record on the NürburgringPublished Date: June 3, 2019
Electrify America launches mobile app, membership options, power level pricingPublished Date: June 3, 2019
World’s Largest Renewable Energy Storage Project Announced in UtahPublished Date: May 30, 2019
Plug Power Signs Deal to Power StreetScooter Delivery Vans with ProGen Hydrogen Fuel Cell EnginesPublished Date: May 28, 2019
Sacramento Hydrogen Station Opens - #40 for CaliforniaPublished Date: May 22, 2019
GM digital vehicle platform debuts, enables adoption of future technologiesPublished Date: May 20, 2019
Volvo Car Group signs multi-billion dollar battery supply deals with CATL and LG ChemPublished Date: May 15, 2019
Polestar confirms battery suppliers for its electric performance carsPublished Date: May 15, 2019
Electrify America hosts international testing symposium for combined charging systemPublished Date: May 15, 2019
LF Energy Ecosystem Gains Momentum for Open Source Innovation With New Members and ProjectsPublished Date: May 15, 2019
Honda conducting research with American Electric Power to develop 2nd life for used EV batteriesPublished Date: May 15, 2019
Autonomous vehicle technology going into weapons systemsPublished Date: May 14, 2019 Many people are looking forward to self driving cars, presumably so they can play on Facebook with their mobile phones without worrying about hitting the cars around them. But the same technology is going into other sorts of vehicles. Autonomous vehicle technology is being put into weapons systems -- if I read correctly between the lines of this contact from a recuiter.
Electric ferry between Sweden and Denmark will make nearly 20,000 crossings a yearPublished Date: May 14, 2019 Ferry boats run every day many times a day carrying passengers, and their cars and trucks, and by switching to electric ferry systems can prevent a tremendous amount of diesel fuel from being burned. Such ships typically burn low grade "bunker fuel" but an electric ferry of course burns nothing. These ships are also so massive to make it seem an impossibility, but here is what is called an "existence proof".
Hyundai Motor Group partners with Rimac to accelerate development of high-performance EV'sPublished Date: May 10, 2019
FERC Eases Small Residential Solar QF Filing Burden for SunrunPublished Date: May 8, 2019
GM in discussions with Cincinnati-based Workhorse Group to sell its Lordstown, Ohio, complexPublished Date: May 5, 2019
For EV Battery Recycling, Volkswagen thinks ahead to the end of the roadPublished Date: May 5, 2019
Electrify America launches mobile app to enhance electric vehicle charging experiencePublished Date: May 5, 2019
DOE Announces $79 Million for Bioenergy Research and DevelopmentPublished Date: MAY 3, 2019
DOE Announces $33.5 Million for Energy Efficient, Advanced Building Construction Technologies & PracticesPublished Date: May 3, 2019
Energy Department Awards $5.5 Million to Apply Machine Learning to Geothermal ExplorationPublished Date: May 3, 2019
CEDP 2012 Gakona's machine to convert Plastic to Oil-based fuels (gasoline, diesel, etc)Published Date: May 2, 2019 Common plastic is actually made from fossil fuels. It's possible to convert plastic into a liquid fuel. Heating the plastic makes a toxic flammable gas that is then condensed to a liquid fuel. The result is a liquid fuel burnable in an internal combustion engine, and this liquid fuel is sourced from what would otherwise be filling a landfill. Some companies are setting up commercial distilling operations to remove plastics from waste streams to create fuel.
Building a DIY refinery to make Diesel fuel from waste plasticPublished Date: May 2, 2019 Common plastic is actually made from fossil fuels. It's possible to convert plastic into a liquid fuel. Heating the plastic makes a toxic flammable gas that is then condensed to a liquid fuel. The result is a liquid fuel burnable in an internal combustion engine, and this liquid fuel is sourced from what would otherwise be filling a landfill.
Rivian announces $500 million investment from Ford; partnership to deliver all-new Ford battery electric vehiclePublished Date: April 24, 2019
Electrify America collaborating with nine additional companies to host more than 30 ultra-fast EV charging stationsPublished Date: April 24, 2019
DOE Announces $70 Million for Cybersecurity Institute for Energy Efficient ManufacturingPublished Date: March 26, 2019
Department of Energy Selects $36 Million to Advance Solar Energy IntegrationPublished Date: March 25, 2019
Energy Department Announces $10 Million for Marine Energy Research and Testing ProgramPublished Date: March 22, 2019
GM to invest $300 million, add 400 jobs at Michigan plant for new Chevrolet electric vehiclePublished Date: March 22, 2019
Imagine by Kia: A new all-electric concept car revealedPublished Date: March 6, 2019
World Premiere of the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQVPublished Date: March 6, 2019
Honda leads in fuel cell efficiency in latest U.S. EPA trends reportPublished Date: March 6, 2019
World debut of the all-electric Volkswagen ID Buggy concept at the Geneva International Auto ShowPublished Date: March 6, 2019
The new Alpha-Romeo Tonale concept vehicle: electrification meets beauty and dynamismPublished Date: March 6, 2019
Maker of worlds best-selling electric vehicle announces pricing for the new longer-range Nissan Leaf PlusPublished Date: March 1, 2019
Electrify America joins CharIn to support charging infrastructure access and eductionPublished Date: February 18, 2019
Electrify America's cycle 2 national ZEV investment plan releasedPublished Date: February 18, 2019
Ameren Missouri releases plan to transform state's energy grid to benefit customers and communitiesPublished Date: February 15, 2019
DEP Unveils Plan to Increase Electric Vehicle Use in PennsylvaniaPublished Date: February 13, 2019
EV Charging in Multi-Residential Buildings: One Success StoryPublished Date: This condominium dweller managed to get an EV charging station installed at his assigned parking spot. His rights included the right to control what is installed in his parking space. To that end he worked with an electrician and the building owner and HOA board to design a plan that would work, and was able to install a charging station in his parking spot.
The most common EV charging misconceptionPublished Date: Electric car charging is fundamentally different than gasoline vehicle refueling. It is possible and inexpensive to build your own refueling infrastructure at home, and enjoy the luxury of a fully refueled car every day. But many think fast charging is the solution for apartment dwellers, when simple level 2 charging is enough.
Building DIY "Powerwall" using 18650 cellsPublished Date: Tesla Motors makes it look easy, just throw a bunch of 18650 cells in a box and call it a battery pack. Some, therefore, decide to build their own at home. These videos demonstrate the ideas, but I would not follow all their recommendations. For example, a BMS is extremely important.
Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New DealPublished Date: February 6, 2019
Kitu Systems' Upgraded Citadel Software Enables Utility Customers To Selectively Control And Coordinate Distributed Energy ResourcesPublished Date: February 5, 2019
Kitu Systems Announces Smart EV Charging For The HomePublished Date: February 5, 2019
Electrify America adds Tesla battery storage to more than 100 new charging stationsPublished Date: February 4, 2019
SunSpec Alliance partners with 7 test labs to certify products for its solar, storage communication standardsPublished Date: JANUARY 22, 2019
New Standard Communication Model Enables Grid Operators to Enhance Performance, Value of Distributed Energy ResourcesPublished Date: January 14, 2019
Nissan Leaf E+ joins worlds best selling electric vehicle familyPublished Date: JANUARY 9, 2019
General Motors to collaborate with eVgo, ChargePoint and Greenlots to enhance the charging experience for customersPublished Date: JANUARY 9, 2019
Toyota and Kenworth collaborate to develop zero emission trucksPublished Date: JANUARY 8, 2019
Electrify America and Hubject collaborate to advance the future of EV chargingPublished Date: January 8, 2019
Jaguar to make history with all-electric I-PACE race seriesPublished Date: December 12, 2018
Honda Research Institute and University Researchers develop breakthrough battery chemistryPublished Date: December 6, 2018
All-new 2019 Kia Niro EV Crossover-utility makes North American DebutPublished Date: November 28, 2018
All-new 2020 Kia Soul EV combines Soul-Ful vibe with all-electric buzzPublished Date: November 28, 2018
Alliance Ventures invests in Enevate to advance Li-ion battery technology for electric vehiclesPublished Date: November 14, 2018
Nissan has been backing away from the battery manufacturing factory they built in Tennessee, and overall the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance haven't had a common battery supplier. This investment is for Silicon-dominant Li-ion batteries which may mean it's an investment in the future, and will not help current battery supply issues. But it points to a future where the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance hopes to be leaders in electric vehicles.
Electrify America first California EV Fast Charging Station in Torrance; Nine stations in California by year endPublished Date: November 13, 2018 Electrify America is coming to California, with one DC Fast Charging location in Southern California, and a string of locations by the end of 2018 primarily along the Hwy 99 corridor between Sacramento and Los Angeles. One location, Dunnigan, is a thankful addition to the stretch between Sacramento and the Oregon border. While the southern half of California -- south of the line connecting the SF Bay Area, Sacramento, and Reno -- have gotten lots of fast charging, the northern half has gotten very few, making trips north more difficult than it should be.
Harley-Davidson releases further details on 2019 LiveWire at EICMA ShowPublished Date: November 6, 2018
A few years ago Harley-Davidson garnered a lot of interest with the LiveWire concept electric motorcycle. Even though that bike lacked performance matching extant electric bikes on the market, it was awesome to see a major motorcycle manufacturer taking electrics seriously. Today the company is announcing details on the 2020 LiveWire, and plans to begin shipping in late 2019. So, yes, Harley-Davidson may be ready to let go of producing motorcycles that make obnoxiously loud horrendous noises.
Department of Energy Announces $53 Million in New Projects to Advance Solar TechnologiesPublished Date: October 23, 2018
Electrify America to install Ohio Turnpike's first electric vehicle charging stationsPublished Date: October 22, 2018
Electrify America expanding EV charging networkPublished Date: October 18, 2018
The multiple EV charging networks with differing membership capabilities have been a big hindrance for public EV charging. EV owners have had to maintain memberships in multiple networks, and have faced the challenge of only charging at stations where they have a membership. This agreement enables "roaming" similar to how we are able to use any ATM machine -- meaning they're implementing a system of agreements with other EV charging operators to form a larger charging network.
Department of Energy Announces $46 Million to Improve Resiliency of Solar GenerationPublished Date: October 15, 2018
Honda demonstrates new smart intersection technology enabling vehicles to virtually see through and around buildingsPublished Date: October 4, 2018
Volkswagen accelerates e-mobility for the massesPublished Date: October 4, 2018
Volkswagen has been making big claims for years, that VW would be the prominent electric vehicle seller offering a full range of EV's. Here they are again making a big claim. VW is asking us to believe that during 2010 they'll sell 150,000 electric cars of which 100,000 will be the VW I.D. and VW I.D. SUV. VW plans to jump from zero ID sales to 100,000 per year over the next 2 years. But, how will that be done?To do that VW has developed the MEB vehicle architecture.
Audi unveils E-Tron FE05 for new Formula E SeasonPublished Date: October 4, 2018
Electrify America announces second $200 million zero emission vehicle investment plan for CaliforniaPublished Date: October 3, 2018
Volkswagen's investment into Electrify America is increasing.
Porsche definitively enters the electric era with the new TaycanPublished Date: October 2, 2018
Porsche is throwing down quite a lot of money and investment - new employees - new production facilities - for the purpose of "electrification". Notice in the title for the press release Porsche used the word "electric", but in the body they used the word "electrification". However they are describing a fully electric sports car and the advantages of moving to an 800 volt drive-train. It's a matter of physics, with the same wiring thickness Porsche can move double the wattage with their 800 volt system versus a 400 volt system. This enables ultra-fast charging at 350 kW, and higher power delivery for all subsystems.
Mazda announces electrification and connectivity strategy for cars that invigorate mind and bodyPublished Date: October 2, 2018
Mazda is all about engines, and therefore one should not be surprised to learn their "electrification strategy" is "compact, lightweight electrification technologies while further refining the internal combustion engine". As Mazda puts it, internal combustion engine vehicles are expected to be in the majority of new cars for years to come. Either Mazda is stuck in engines, or they're aptly pointing out the conversion to fully electric drive will take years to accomplish.
BMW upgrades BMW i3 battery pack to 120 Ah cells, 260 kilometers rangePublished Date: September 28, 2018
BMW has upgraded the BMW i3 battery pack to cells with 120 Ah capacity, and a total energy capacity of 42 kiloWatt-hours. Because the i3 is built with carbon-fiber its energy efficiency is vastly superior to all other electric cars, giving the i3 more driving range than implied by the 42 kWh pack, or a total expected driving range of 260 kiloMeters. That's a 30% improvement over previous model years.
Lucid Motors providing customers with access to Electrify America ultra-fast-charging networkPublished Date: September 25, 2018
Lucid Motors, a new luxury electric car startup company, has announced an agreement with Electrify America regarding a nationwide fast charging plan. The Lucid Motors car can support ultra fast EV charging, and the company plans to go to production in 2020. It just so happens that Electrify America is building a nation-wide network of fast charging stations, with charging power up to 350 kiloWatts. The immediate goal is that by June 2019 the company will have over 2,000 DC fast charging locations across a large portion of the USA. Such a network is required in order to be competitive against Tesla Motors.
Energy Department Announces $5 Million for Energy Planning, Innovative Energy Practices, and Technical Assistance in 16 StatesPublished Date: September 21, 2018 To hear the rhetoric about the Trump Administration, they are gutting all environmental and renewable energy projects and we are headed back to the dark ages in government policies of all kinds. The reality is that the Dept of Energy is continuing to fund renewable energy and energy efficiency project, and the project funding announced here is an excellent example. This is a $5 million package of funding in three areas - "Energy Planning" at the state level, "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy" and other "Clean Energy Activities". I have no idea whether the funding level has decreased or not, just that the DoE is regularly making similar announcements to this, demonstrating that funding is not $0.
Audi goes Electric: All-Electric Audi E-Tron SUV unveiled, US Customers can place reservationsPublished Date: September 18, 2018
Audi began talking about the E-Tron in 2011, IIRC, and has shown several different cars under this name. They've settled on this, an all-electric luxury SUV. This car has a lot going for it, with plenty of cargo space, to a high power drive train, a dual motor drive train with very good performance, high power 150 kiloWatt fast charging, and a 95 kiloWatt-hour battery pack. Curiously this press release keeps reiterating ways Audi engineers designed-in energy saving features to extend driving range. Why would that be? What's going on. The Audi E-Tron should equal the Tesla Model X in luxury, capabilities, driving range, charging speed, though not quite in raw performance. Unfortunately, Audi designed in a huge flaw: the E-Tron is only available on special order. Therefore, Audi is not serious at this time in competing with Tesla. If Audi were serious about this they'd simply take the E-Tron to production and go head-to-head with Tesla.
Audi renewable electricity, charging station installation, and charging location designsPublished Date: September 18, 2018
With the newly unveiled Audi E-Tron, Audi is showing off several EV charging connections. In a deal with Arcadia Power, E-Tron buyers can make a deal to buy renewable energy via a Community Solar program. In a deal with Amazon, E-Tron buyers can have charging stations installed by Amazon Home Services. Finally, Audi showed a concept charging facility design in San Francisco.
Nissan announces U.S. pricing for 2019 LEAFPublished Date: September 15, 2018 The Nissan Leaf is still one of the most affordable electric cars available. However, how can one justify a Leaf when for about the same price GM offers the Chevy Bolt with a larger range. Having a 150 mile range in the Leaf is a big step forward over the 72 mile range on the 2011 Leaf, but the competition has a 238 mile range for not much more. Surely this is why GM is selling more Bolt's than Nissan is selling Leaf's.
Electrifying power for supreme driving pleasure: the new BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance.Published Date: September 7, 2018
BMW is unveiling an updated version of the BMW X5 Plug-in Hybrid SUV. It is primarily a fossil-fuel powered SUV, with electric assist and a meager all-electric range.
Nissan and EVgo open 'I-95 Fast Charging Arc' - EV driving between Boston and Washington DCPublished Date: September 6, 2018
Nissan and EVgo have teamed up on another "Arc", meaning a series of EV Fast Charging stations connecting points A and B. In this case the route between Boston and Washington DC seems, going by the PlugShare map, to be already well-populated with fast charging services. More charging stations are certainly a good thing, however, and will encourage more of us to drive electric on longer trips. In this case it appears the maximum charging rate is 50 kW, which isn't sufficient for road trips, but the press release also says the facilities have been designed to support 150 kiloWatt fast charging in the future.
Mercedes-Benz reveals EQC, the all-electric SUV with which it hopes to challenge TeslaPublished Date: September 4, 2018 Has Mercedes-Benz designed a Tesla-killer? There is a lot to tackle in challenging Tesla, because of the range of services Tesla offers beyond just selling cars. To offer an all-electric luxury SUV indicates Mercedes-Benz is feeling the heat from the Tesla Model X, and is seeking to do something in response. MBZ is well known for luxury cars, and we can assume Tesla will be challenged by the EQC on that front. On performance metrics, the MBZ is very powerful, delivering a very good sub-five-second 0-60 miles/hr time, but the performance Model X of course beats that time. Also, the battery pack is smaller at 80 kiloWatt-hours, and the charging system is less powerful at "only" 110 kiloWatts, meaning that EQC owners will have slightly less autonomy than Model X owners. Finally, the production rate is not specified. Will MBZ try to build as many cars as does Tesla? If not, MBZ will be left in the dust wondering what happened.
Jaguar I-PACE sets production electric car lap record at Laguna Seca, to appear at Concours d'ElegancePublished Date: August 23, 2018
Test drive-review of the 2014 Brammo Empulse R, with Eric Bostrom to explain what is newPublished Date: August 20, 2018 After 70 miles of hard canyon riding in canyons outside Los Angeles, the guys (Troy Saiahan and Eric Bostrom) found they could keep up with the 600cc sport bikes, and ride all day without thermal cutbacks. That is a big improvement over previous models where thermals were a big concern. The transmission in the 2014 model is a lot smoother than a couple years before.
Comparing 2013 Zero S against 2013 Brammo Empulse RPublished Date: August 17, 2018 This test-drive-review-video by Motorcycle.com compares the two leading electric motorcycles of 2013, the 2013 Zero S and the 2013 Brammo Empulse R. The first contrast made is to claim the Zero is simpler, no transmission etc means that someone can just get on and ride, while the Empulse R requires more involvement from the rider due to the transmission. Brammo has an advantage in charging time due to built-in J1772 port and 3 kW charging, versus the Zero having built-in 120 volt charging at 1 kW. The Empulse in that era had a beefier controller than did the Zero S, it wasn't until one or two years later that Zero started supplying a beefier controller in the Zero SR model. Bottom line, the Zero is a better commuter bike while the Brammo is a better sport bike.
2016 Victory Empulse TT test drive reviewPublished Date: August 17, 2018 How far can you go on one charge with a 2016 Empulse TT? Tested by visiting vegitarian burrito places across the Los Angeles area. The Victory Empulse is a rebadged Brammo Empulse, after Polaris (corporate parent of Victory Motorcycles) bought out Brammo's assets. The Empulse TT was meant to be a race version of the Empulse, originally developed for TTXGP racing.
Elon Musk overworked, ill-considered tweets about going private making Tesla Board look for a #2Published Date: August 16, 2018
A few days ago Elon Musk idly tweeted that he's considering taking Tesla private at $420 per share, and that funding is lined up. At least this wasn't posted on April 20. After initial excitement some realists started studying this, asked where the funding was, the SEC started mulling a stock manipulation investigation, and so on. And now the NY Times has an article following an hour-long interview with Musk, describing him as overworked, and the Board is worried and is looking for someone to take over some of Musk's responsibilities.
Build your own very cheap RC solar powered airplanePublished Date: August 15, 2018 For the princely sum of $60 you can build a very inexpensive solar powered RC airplane. The construction uses what looks like styrofoam for the wings, some solar cells (not whole panels) hot-glued to the wing surface, a pair of low power motors to fly the plane, and so on. Hot glue is used all over the place as an inexpensive way to hold things together.
Internal GM EV1 training video before the EV1 launchPublished Date: August 15, 2018 As we all know, it is the customer that will ultimately determine the fate of a product. In this video GM executive Bob Purcell seems to be stressing the importance and criticality of the GM EV1. The video includes a very interesting overview of over 100 years of electric vehicle history. This history makes a strong case for GM as a leader in electric vehicle development. Ahem.
LA Times interviews of Brammo Empulse at time of May 2012 launchPublished Date: August 15, 2018 In May 2012, Brammo finally revealed the Empulse after delaying it for a year to slip in a 6-speed transmission. This interview with LA Times reporter Susan Carpenter is a good overview of the bike. It also gives Brian Wismann a chance to explain the inclusion of the 6-speed transmission -- not only does it give motorcyclists the expected transmission, it gives a little more oomph off the line.
Driving the EV1 in final week of ownership, by Darrell DickeyPublished Date: August 15, 2018 This video goes over the GM EV1 as a brand new car design. Understandably Darrell wanted to record the EV1 for posterity, to keep alive the memory that electric cars had existed. I think he was purposely squeeling the tires to show off.
Early EV activists staged this funeral for the EV1 before GM crushed the carsPublished Date: August 15, 2018 As shown in Who Killed the Electric Car, GM and the other automakers ended their electric car programs when CARB watered down the ZEV requirements. To raise attention, EV activists held a mock funeral for the EV1 as soon as GM announced they'd call back the cars from the lease-holders. Parts of the funeral were shown in Who Killed the Electric Car.
GM EV1 Overview -- The car of the future todayPublished Date: August 15, 2018 This video goes over the GM EV1 as a brand new car design.
GM had crazy advertising for the EV1, enough to make us wonder if GM was undermining the EV1Published Date: August 15, 2018 You would think after spending $1 Billion in research and development costs on the EV1, that GM would want to actually sell a lot of the cars. But, these advertisements did little to convey anything positive about the EV1. Would these advertisements raise interest? Or would they make folks shy away from electric cars?
An EV1 was resurrected against all oddsPublished Date: August 15, 2018 When GM crushed the EV1's, a few were kept from being crushed. Some of them were put in museums or universities. In every case GM made the recipient sign an agreement and to rip out boards and cut wires and so on. This video shows one person describing how they resurrected a GM EV1.
Home video of the 1999 GM EV1Published Date: August 15, 2018 This home video shows off the 1999 version of the GM EV1. As he says below, at first it gave 120 miles range but that fell to 70 miles after 2 years.
An EV1 survivor at Ohio State Univ, modified and used for researchPublished Date: August 15, 2018 This EV1 is at Ohio State University, and the University agreed to keep it off public roads and to use the car solely for research. At the time of filming, this model was non-functional and had been modified.
Energy Storage in Hydrogen: Does this beat batteries?Published Date: August 15, 2018 The Hydrogen Economy is attractive in certain ways.
The first day GM EV1 was available for leasing -- December 5, 1996Published Date: August 15, 2018 This video was made the first day the GM EV1 was available for leasing. It features interviews with some of those leasing the car, as well as news reports. The news reports gave faint praise to the car, citing all kinds of problems while saying nothing of the benefits.
Tom Hanks says the EV1 drives fast enough to get a speeding ticketPublished Date: August 15, 2018 Appearing on Dave Letterman's show, Tom Hanks describes the experience of driving his EV1. Parts of this video of course appeared in Who Killed the Electric Car.
Kleenspeed sets electric car lap-time record at Sonoma RacewayPublished Date: August 11, 2018 In September 2012, Sonoma Raceway (previously known as Infineon Raceway) held an event focusing on Sustainable Performance, namely what electric vehicles have the best performance and hence will be attractive to fast drivers. At that event Kleenspeed (at the time still an active company developing electric drive train technology) brought its EV-X11 electric racecar to the track to set a lap speed record. The company had previously set lap-speed records at Laguna Seca International Raceway during a REFUEL event.
Airbus electric airplane flies continuously for 26 days, setting world recordPublished Date: August 11, 2018
Airbus has flown an unmanned high-altitude airplane for 3 minutes shy of 26 days, beating an endurance record also owned by Airbus. The airplane combines solar panels and energy storage to enable continuous flight, and operates at a 70,000 foot altitude where there is little air turbulence. The primary goal for such an airplane is to implement a kind of very-low-orbit satellite -- that is, remaining at a very high altitude means such an airplane can perform reconnaisance or communications services like a satellite, but without the expense of launching a satellite into orbit.
The 70,000 foot altitude is above the weather, above regular air traffic, and for example is high enough to provide a very wide viewing angle for camera systems, or for telecommunication systems, that might be mounted on such a vehicle. By operating on solar power such an airplane could theoretically operate indefinitely. But of course it is useful for it to land every so often for maintenance.
A couple years ago the Solar Impulse solar electric airplane used a similar drive train to complete an around-the-world journey. In that case the airplane was manned, and therefore its time aloft was limited to pilot endurance. The longest flight of the Solar Impulse was from Japan to Hawaii and (if memory serves) took over five days.
Cedric Lynch and Agni Motors The Legend Vídeo DailymotionPublished Date: August 4, 2018 It was Cedric Lynch's motor, as built by Agni Motors, which won the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man. Cedric Lynch had been developing the motor since the 1980's, and several companies had used the design not always paying Cedric for the rights. Eventually he teamed up with Arvind Rabadia to start a motor factory in Gujurat India, and it was Agni Motors which sponsored the winning bike in 2009.
Motoczysz at the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of ManPublished Date: August 4, 2018 MotoCzysz, a Portland-based motorcycle design company started by Michael Czysz, was one of the darlings of the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man. In these videos we see several aspects of their journey to the Isle of Man. Even though the MotoCzysz bike was extremely well designed by a smart team, it failed within a few miles of the start line with a blown motor.
Brammo's Empulse R, review by TranslogicPublished Date: August 4, 2018 Brammo first developed the Brammo RR, then developed the Empulse R using lessons learned from developing the RR. This video goes over the Empulse TTX, the race version of the Empulse R. The presenter goes to the Brammo production facility in Ashland Oregon, and features plenty of behind the scenes footage of the place as well as interviews with both Craig Bramscher and Brian Wismann.
Lightning Motorcycle in 2011 discussing plans for 2012 racing season and electric superbike productionPublished Date: August 4, 2018 The Lightning Electric Superbike is by some measures the fastest electric motorcycle in the world. In 2011 they set a land speed record of 215 miles per hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats, which is pretty darned fast -- especially considering this is a street-legal motorcycle, not a special-purpose land speed racer motorcycle. This video was made at the Long Beach Progressive international motorcycle Show and has Lightning CEO Richard Hatfield discussing the specifications of the bike, their racing plans for the 2012 season, and plans for bringing the motorcycle to production.
2010 TTXGP North America at Infineon Raceway (now Sonoma Raceway)Published Date: August 4, 2018 In 2010 the TTXGP ran series in Europe and North America. The first of those two series was this race, in May 2010 at Infineon Raceway. This first round, unlike the subsequent rounds, garnered a lot of attention from international press. The videos shown here document various aspects of that race weekend. One point of interest was the battle between the Lightning bike, and the Zero/Agni bike, since the Lightning bike was clearly the more powerful but the Zero/Agni bike was more agile. The clincher was the controller on the Lightning turned itself off, and Michael Barnes had to sit on the sideline for 45 seconds (an eternity during a race) to reset it. Even with that, he managed to snag 2nd place. Another point of interest was when the Norton bike, ridden by Thad Wolff, built from a vintage Norton Featherbed chassis. It turned in a very credible performance until a cotter pin broke causing the drive train to fail.
Motoczysz preparing for the 2010 TTXGP/e-Power at Laguna SecaPublished Date: August 4, 2018 By 2010 the TTXGP did not run at the Isle of Man, but was running a series in North America and Europe, while the FIM ran a competing race series in Europe. One event, the FIM e-Power event at Laguna Seca, allowed the European racers who'd raced in e-Power to meet and race against the North American TTXGP bikes. MotoCzysz did not participate in the 2010 TTXGP North America, but did come to the e-Power event.
Cedric Lynch and Agni Motors The Legend Vídeo DailymotionPublished Date: August 4, 2018 In this interview with Cedric Lynch, Andy Marsh gets Cedric to tell the history of his electric motor design.
Rich Rebuilds interviews by Vice Motherboard about the Right to Repair and Tesla carsPublished Date: August 2, 2018 The Right to Repair is an important piece of law, as it enables hobbyist repair and upgrade of cars and all kinds of other gadgets. Unfortunately, Tesla Motors throws roadblocks in the way of folks who would repair or upgrade Tesla vehicles. This video showcases one guy who specializes in rebuilding wrecked Tesla cars, and is rather obsessed (by his own admission) with the goal of the freedom to repair or upgrade these cars. It is not just cars, but all kinds of products, where we could repair rather than throw away, and it is not just Tesla, since many companies also throw roadblocks in the way of those of us who would repair the gadgets we own.
An attack review of GM's EV1 -- with reviews like this, no wonder there weren't many EV1 salesPublished Date: August 2, 2018 This so-called review of the GM EV1 published in 1997 was extremely unfriendly to the EV1. It describes the styling weird enough to drive people away, and even starts the review with a stereotype -- that people think electric cars are golf carts. While the review does show the EV1 in performance situations, it is full of faint praise or outright attack. The vehicle shown here was the first of the EV1's, and had lead-acid batteries. Later EV1's had NiMH batteries with a longer vehicle driving range.
Toyota doubles-down on zero emissions heavy-duty class 8 trucksPublished Date: July 31, 2018
Toyota is sticking with hydrogen fuel cells, this time for a class 8 heavy duty truck. The truck was unveiled at a meeting of the Center for Automotive Research, and increases the estimated range to more than 300 miles per fill. The vehicle operator has a larger sleeper cab than the previous iteration. The previous iteration began operation in April 2017 and has logged almost 10,000 miles of testing in real world service at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Toyota plans to put the new vehicle into operation this fall.
The design uses the fuel cell drive train from the Toyota Mirai - two Mirai fuel cell stacks plus a 12 kiloWatt-hour battery pack.
The described target is not long-haul trucking, but drayage trucking. That is, the trucks driving back and forth between cargo ships and train depots and warehouses. There's a large number of these trucks the vast majority of which are diesel powered and produce a horrid form of air pollution.
Former Toyota business partner, Tesla, is targeting a different market with their battery-electric class 8 truck. Namely, the long haul trucking market.
Honda SmartChargeTM beta program helps electric vehicle drivers save money and reduce environmental footprintPublished Date: July 31, 2018
The most obvious time to recharge an electric car, immediately upon arriving home from work, is not the best for the grid. In the early evening is when the "duck curve" dictates a need to steeply ramp up fossil fuel electricity production because the sun is setting lessening solar power. It's necessary to instead orchestrate electricity demand, like electric car charging, to occur later at night when demand is lower and the grid has excess power.
Honda has struck a deal with eMotorWerks (a subsidiary of ENEL) to integrate eMotorWerks' JuiceNet platform, using that service to orchestrate the best timing of electric car charging. The eMotorWerks system taps pricing information from electricity grid operators to optimize electric car charging.
The current deal is to implement a beta program among Honda Fit EV "owners" to study optimum timing for electric car charging.