Clean Energy and Transportation News
Clean Energy and Transportation News
- Electricity has revolutionized almost everything except transportation - until now It's time to finish the electric revolution, completing the switch from burning things to adopting electricity for everything including car driving. This history starts in the 1800's and goes until 2012.
- Now that electric cars are here, what's next in their adoption and technology? Thinkers thinking about the promise and hope of electric vehicles.
- This family bought a Tesla Model S, and driving on sunshine blew their mind
- 2016 Chevy Volt, the Un-Hybrid - Advert made by Volt fan Some of us shake our head over how little GM is putting into marketing the Chevy Volt. Some of us take the next step, and produce our own advertising video for the Volt.
- The most common EV charging misconception 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.
- EV Charging in Multi-Residential Buildings: One Success Story 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.
- Knoxie takes the Leaf and the kids on a Tesla Supercharger hunting expidition, finding two Model S's The Tesla Supercharger makes the Model S such a compelling car, even experienced EV owners feel drawn to them.
- These 10 reasons for property owners installing EV charging stations could give us the infrastructure we deserve Businesses and apartment buildings are a big gap in the EV charging infrastructure.
- Climate Change News
- This "leaked" advertisement from Apple explains why they're building an EV, and what it'll do Of course this is a hoax, but it's fun.
- Johanson3 cargo trike is a practical personal electric vehicle able to carry you, a passenger, and cargo Many companies make personal electric vehicles (bicycles or scooters), but none do a good job of carrying cargo, until the Johanson3 Cargo Trike.
DIY liquid fuels
- Building a DIY refinery to make Diesel fuel from waste plastic 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.
DIY Repair and Upgrades of electric cars - The Right to Repair
- Rich Rebuilds interviews by Vice Motherboard about the Right to Repair and Tesla cars 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.
- Rich Rebuilds
DIY Electric Airplanes
- Build your own very cheap RC solar powered airplane 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.
- DIY Electric Airplanes
Electric Car videos
1997 Electric Cars
- An attack review of GM's EV1 -- with reviews like this, no wonder there weren't many EV1 sales 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.
2012 Electric Cars
Tesla Model S
- Jay Leno drove the Tesla Model S, said it's a great electric car that looks like a car The comedian car nut brought the Model S into his Garage for a complete look. Includes a long discussion with chief designer Franz von Holzhausen
Tesla Model X
- Tesla Model X "reveal" event shows an electric SUV that's better than gasoline SUV's In an event led off by Gov. Jerry Brown, Elon Musk shows off the Model X
- GigaOM's Katie Fehrenbacher talks with Elon Musk about the Tesla Model X at Tesla's LA Design Studio Elon Musk explains the targeted design focus of the Model X - the worlds first hip, cool, green, high performance, minivan.
- The Tesla Model X pre-alpha model shown at the Santana Row store This showing, for people who've already ordered the Model X, was an early prototype. The staff when I visited later were clearly fishing for input on design choices on various details.
- Tesla Model S
2014 Electric Cars
Kia Soul EV
- This guy switched from homebrew EV conversion car, to Kia Soul EV, and isn't looking back The Kia Soul EV offers more autonomy, due to driving range and standard fast charging, than any other EV in its price range
Tesla Model S
- Elon Musk reveals the Tesla Model S P85D, dual motor drive, 0-60 miles/hr in 3.2 seconds, faster than McLaren F1 Doubling down on Tesla's high performance appeal, the new dual drive Model S is blowing peoples minds.
- Kia Soul EV
2015 Electric Cars
- 2015 KIA Soul EV: More than Everything You Ever Wanted To Know
Tesla Model S
- The Model S P85D's insane acceleration catches these people totally unaware The P85D settings include an acceleration button clearly marked "INSANE", but it still catches people unaware that electric drive can be so powerful.
- Question raised by history of the P85D revelation - was it developed because Elon Musk wrecked his McLaren F1? As a newly minted zillionaire founder of Paypal etc in 1999, Elon Musk bought a $1 million McLaren F1 supercar and promptly wrecked it. At the P85D reveal event, Musk bragged it was faster than a McLaren F1. Coincidence?
Tesla Model X
- The Tesla Model X was on display at 2015 CES, and this guy did a complete walkaround of the car Tesla Motors is planning to start production of the Model X in the summer of 2015.
- Tesla Model X driving on I-280 near Palo Alto, caught on video by passerby With very light amount of camouflage, this Model X was video'd by a dude (nbkagzw13 on Youtube) on the highway. Tesla Model X deliveries are expected to launch in "third quarter 2015" and it's known that Tesla is testing pre-production samples now.
- Tesla Motors testing Model X (or Model 3?) at former Alameda Naval Air Station caught on video by passerby This dude's hanging out at a skate park near the former Alameda Air Station, and is surprised to see Tesla Motors testing a prototype vehicle on the runway.
2016 Electric Cars
- Cars.com initial Chevy Volt review at 2015 NAIAS auto show (Detroit) Nose-to-tail overview of the improvements in the 2016 Chevy Volt.
- Fast Lane News tells us "Everything We Wanted to Know" about the 2016 Chevy Volt GM's Pam Fletcher, GM's Executive Chief Engineer for Electrified Vehicles, talks with Fast Lane News about the newly redesigned 2016 Volt
- With 50 mile electric range, the 2016 Chevy Volt (gen2) will make gas stations even more foreign. Due for summer 2015 delivery, the completely redesigned 2016 Chevy Volt offers more range (50+ electric miles), and more driver assist features.
- Chevy Volt
2019 Electric Cars
2019 Renault Zoe
- Press junket review of the Renault Zoe Z.E 50, 3rd generation of Europes most popular electric car The new Renault Zoe has over 230 miles range, thanks to a 52 kiloWatt-hour battery pack, 50 kW CCS fast charging, better performance, and lots of technical improvements. Styling-wise it's very similar to the previous Zoe's.
- 2019 Renault Zoe
- 1997 Electric Cars
Electric Motorcycle videos
- Original (2010) Brammo Empulse launch video In 2010 Brammo announced the Empulse would deliver 100+ miles/hr and 100+ miles range in 2011 for under $10,000. If they'd delivered this, Zero would have been blown out of the water. Instead Brammo delivered a different bike at a higher price a couple years later, and eventually Brammo went out of business. This 2010 video shows what Brammo had in mind.
- Test drive-review of the 2014 Brammo Empulse R, with Eric Bostrom to explain what is new 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.
- Cross-section view of the Brammo Empulse R - Tech Overview! The Empulse R was Brammo's foray into highway-speed mass production electric motorcycles. The company had built a lower-speed electric motorcyle which could barely go on the highway, and they'd developed a ultra-high-power bikes (the Empulse RR) of which a total of two were ever built. This video (from March 2014) goes over the Empulse R components using the cutaway bike they'd built for CES 2014.
- Brammo's Empulse R, review by Translogic 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.
- 2016 Victory Empulse TT test drive review 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.
- LA Times interviews of Brammo Empulse at time of May 2012 launch 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.
- Brammo rides from Detroit to Washington DC on electric motorcycles to catch Barack Obama's attention In 2008 the auto industry nearly crashed and went out of business. During that fiasco, the auto industry CEO's first flew to Washington DC to beg for money but were sent packing because they'd flown on private jets. Later they returned by car as a show of saving money. In October 2009, Brammo recreated that road trip using an electric motorcycle. Brian Wismann and Dave Schiff rode from Detroit to Washington DC, to raise awareness for home-grown clean energy solutions.
Comparing Brammo and Zero
- Comparing 2013 Zero S against 2013 Brammo Empulse R 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.
- Lightning Motorcycle in 2011 discussing plans for 2012 racing season and electric superbike production 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 <em>Long Beach Progressive international motorcycle Show</em> 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.
Electric Racing videos
- Chip Yates takes electric superbike to Bonneville Salt Flats for land speed racing After going to the Miracle Mile for an unofficial speed record, Chip Yates entered the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
- Chip Yates on bringing an electric superbike from concept to reality In 2009-10 Chip Yates had intended to join the 2010 TTXGP North America series but did not do so. These videos document the progression from concept up until the first test on a race track at Infineon Raceway (now known as Sonoma Raceway) in December 2010. That test was in preparation for his scheduled WERA race where he would go head-to-head with gasoline powered motorcycles, <a href="/videos/electric-racing/chip-yates/yates-versus-gas.html"></a>
- Chip Yates switches from electric motorcycle racing to electric airplanes In 2009-10 Chip Yates had intended to join the 2010 TTXGP North America series but did not do so. In this video he lies - when the TTXGP said he couldn't enter, it was because the bike was too heavy, not because it was too powerful. Otherwise the point is that Chip Yates went from electric motorcycle racing into building a fast electric airplane.
- Chip Yates takes electric superbike to the Mojave Mile, sets unofficial speed record These videos document their trip to the Mojave Mile where they achieved a 190 miles/hr top speed, establishing an informal speed record for electric motorcycles.
- Chip Yates takes electric superbike to Pikes Peak International Hill Climb After going to the Miracle Mile for an unofficial speed record, Chip Yates entered the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
- Chip Yates on a first race of electric superbike against gassers In 2009-10 Chip Yates had intended to join the 2010 TTXGP North America series but did not do so. In January 2011 Yates did go to a gasoline bike race sponsorec by WERA, a racing association in Southern California.
- ABT driver Lucas di Grassi tells us how to drive a Formula E electric race car Technical details of the Formula E race cars, as told from the drivers seat, talking about kilowatt-hours and regenerative racing rates.
- Race 1, Beijing interviews with Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag Alejandro Agag explains the fan boost, future expansion plans, and more fan questions
- Race 1, Beijing 2014 season opener extended highlights The culmination of many months, the very first Formula E electric car race in Beijing. A flawless race until the very last corner
- Race 1, Beijing 2014 season opener full race The culmination of many months, the very first Formula E electric car race in Beijing. A flawless race until the very last corner
- Race 1, Beijing interviews with Formula E drivers Driver interviews in Beijing at the Formula E 2014 season opener.
- Race 2, Putrajaya full race With Sam Bird winning, the 2nd Formula E race was action packed.
- Race 2, Putrajaya race highlights With Sam Bird winning, the 2nd Formula E race was action packed.
- Race 2, Putrajaya driver interviews With Sam Bird winning, the 2nd Formula E race was action packed.
- Race 2, Putrajaya pre-race highlights and results Going into the second race, drivers talk about their experiences and hopes.
- Race 2, Putrajaya pre-race driver interviews Going into the second race, drivers talk about their experiences and hopes.
- Race 3, Punta del Este full race Sebastian Buemi winning an action packed race
- Race 3, Punta del Este race highlights Sebastian Buemi winning an action packed race
- Race 3, Punta del Este driver interviews With Sebastian Buemi winning, the 2nd Formula E race was action packed.
- Race 3, Punta del Este pre-race highlights and results Going into the third race, pre-race testing and qualifying.
- Race 3, Punta del Este pre-race driver interviews Going into the third race, drivers talk about their experiences and hopes.
- Race 4, Buenos Aires full race (Formula E) Antonio Felix de Costa winning an action packed chaotic race that saw several leaders either crash out or pushed to the back of the pack
- Race 4, Buenos Ares driver interviews (Formula E)
- Race 4, Buenos Aires pre-race highlights and results (Formula E) Going into the fourth race, pre-race testing and qualifying.
- Race 4, Buenos Aires pre-race driver interviews (Formula E) Going into the fourth race, drivers talk about their experiences and hopes.
- Race 4, Buenos Aires race highlights (Formula E) Antonio Felix de Costa winning an action packed chaotic race that saw several leaders either crash out or pushed to the back of the pack
- On eve of Formula E's 2014 season opener in Beijing, a look back Highlights of events leading to the first ever Formula E race, in Beijing.
- What is the Formula E electric race series? A "frequently-asked-questions" style rundown of everything we need to know about the Formula E racing series. At least, the "everything" that fits into 5 minutes.
- Williams Engineering on battery packs for the Formula E electric race cars Derived from Williams' experience with KERS battery packs in Formula 1, they've supplied the 40+ battery packs required for the Formula E 2014-15 season.
- Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag explains the electric car racing series, slated to run in city centers around the world This interview for the Financial Times allows Agag to explain away some Formula E controversies.
- First full simulation of Formula E prior to the 2014 season opener in Beijing After months of testing, preparation, a full race simulation was run prior to the real race in Beijing.
- Donnington Park's amazing rebirth as Formula E's headquarters, and its long history in racing Donnington Park was largely abandoned until a couple years ago, and using that circuit as the Formula E headquarters brings this historical track into the modern age.
- These professional race car drivers drove electric Formula E cars, and are blown away by the future of racing Proving that electric cars don't have to be slow boring ugly golf carts, Formula E has set out to revolutionize motorsports.
- First Formula E test at full power with full size battery pack Previous test was at lower power, smaller battery pack.
- Formula E's first test - low power, and small battery pack - still cool
- The exciting Formula E electric racing car design Causing excitement and interest means a top-notch design, co-developed between Dallara and Spark Racing Technologies.
- Formula E electric racing is mining the trend towards electric cars, bringing EV "cool" to racing If the future is electric, the FIA wants to be there.
- A mythical history of the Formula E How did the Formula E come about? This video will tell you a mythical, and not quite accurate, rendition of history.
- Meet the Formula E teams and drivers at the Donnington Park headquarters Electric racing is new to professional race car drivers, but these guys are excited that electric may be the future of racing.
- Delivery of first 10 Formula E cars to the teams at Donnington Park Unlike other race series, all the Formula E teams are co-located at one HQ facility in Donnington Park.
- Formula E's electric racing aims to showcase electric cars, increase adoption Fast, sexy looking, electric race cars, in city centers, shows off electric car capabilities.
- Chinese driver, Ho-Pin Tung, tests the Formula E electric race car Thumbs up, could be the future of racing.
- Formula E aims to sell 77 million electric cars, slash health care costs, slash oil consumption, via electric racing The Formula E series has big goals for itself.
- Formula E assembled this amazing corporate consortium to develop electric race cars for the future of racing Unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the partnership behind the Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car design included Renault, Williams, SPARK, Michelen, and Qualcomm.
- McLaren on the most power dense electric motor in the world, at the heart of Formula E race cars Weighing in at 26 kilograms, producing over 200 horsepower, the Formula E motor has the highest power density known to McLaren Engineering.
- The electric drive train for Formula E race cars is designed to racing standards by companies already associated with Formula 1 The drive train is critical to Formula E's success.
- Formula E showcasing Qualcomm's technology for wireless charging Wireless charging means not having to plug the car in - and Formula E hopes to, eventually, deploy wireless charging pads on the race track.
- Formula E race car tires will work for both wet and dry roads without changing tires The ingeniously design tires, supplied by Michelin, have light weight, more efficiency, and the flexibility to run in wet or dry conditions.
- 2014-15 season
- Kleenspeed sets electric car lap-time record at Sonoma Raceway In September 2012, Sonoma Raceway (previously known as Infineon Raceway) held an event focusing on <em>Sustainable Performance</em>, 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.
Electric powered land speed racing
- Mission Motors land speed record attempt at Bonneville Salt Flats In 2009 after <a href="/videos/ttxgp/2009-isle-man/mission-motors.html">its appearance at the 2009 TTXGP at the Isle of Man</a>, Mission Motors went to the Bonneville Salt Flats for land speed record racing. They achieved a record of 150.059 miles/hr - that was later surpassed by Lightning Motorcycles.
Tesla Motors @ REFUEL
- REFUEL 2013 was awesome for the overwhelming Tesla Model S presence Held each year at Laguna Seca Raceway, the REFUEL race lets electric car drivers show their stuff. REFUEL 2013 saw a huge influx of Model S's.
- Tesla Motors @ REFUEL
- Chip Yates
Alternatives to Fossil Fuels
- CEDP 2012 Gakona's machine to convert Plastic to Oil-based fuels (gasoline, diesel, etc) 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.
- Alternatives to Fossil Fuels
Electric Vehicle History
Electric Vehicle History in the 1910's
- The Home Electrical - a 1915 film about electric devices by General Electric In the early 1900's electrical devices were the new thing, and the population needed to be convinced about the advantages. The prevailing technology was powered by coal, or natural gas, or kerosene, or manual labor, and our ancestors were likely just as skeptical about electric devices as todays car owners are skeptical about electric cars. This film obviously introduces folks electricity to folks who are unfamiliar with it.
Cedric Lynch - the eccentric British motor designer who won the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man: Cedric Lynch began building electric motors in the early 1980's because he could not find a DC motor with high enough efficiency. So he developed his own motor design that was easy to build, and high efficiency. The most famous result of his motor design was the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man, where their motorcycle design handily beat the field including some well funded bikes from Brammo, Mission Motors and MotoCzysz.
- Cedric Lynch and Agni Motors The Legend Vídeo Dailymotion 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.
- Cedric Lynch and Agni Motors The Legend Vídeo Dailymotion In this interview with Cedric Lynch, Andy Marsh gets Cedric to tell the history of his electric motor design.
- Home video of the 1999 GM EV1 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.
- GM had crazy advertising for the EV1, enough to make us wonder if GM was undermining the EV1 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?
- Driving the EV1 in final week of ownership, by Darrell Dickey 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.
- The first day GM EV1 was available for leasing -- December 5, 1996 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.
- Early EV activists staged this funeral for the EV1 before GM crushed the cars As shown in <em>Who Killed the Electric Car</em>, 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 <em>Who Killed the Electric Car</em>.
- GM EV1 Overview -- The car of the future today This video goes over the GM EV1 as a brand new car design.
- An EV1 was resurrected against all odds 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.
- An EV1 survivor at Ohio State Univ, modified and used for research 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.
- Tom Hanks says the EV1 drives fast enough to get a speeding ticket Appearing on Dave Letterman's show, Tom Hanks describes the experience of driving his EV1. Parts of this video of course appeared in <em>Who Killed the Electric Car</em>.
- Internal GM EV1 training video before the EV1 launch 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.
- Electric Vehicle History in the 1910's
- Energy Storage in Hydrogen: Does this beat batteries? The Hydrogen Economy is attractive in certain ways.
2019 Kia e-Soul
- Bjorn Nyland's review of the 2019 Kia e-Soul (Norway) The 2019 Kia e-Soul is the first version of the Soul EV with a 60 kiloWatt-hour battery pack. This gives about 180 miles up to 240 miles of range (or thereabouts). Lots of improvements have been made over the previous models, such as a wider infotainment screen that is more customizable. It has driver assist features like maintaining speed to the car in front. The e-Soul is longer than previous models, and that has given the cargo area a much-needed oomph in cargo space. One big concern is ground clearance, since the larger battery pack hangs lower. As a bonus, this post contains several other videos by Bjorn about the e-Soul.
- 2019 Kia e-Soul
Marine Electric Vehicles
- Electric ferry between Sweden and Denmark will make nearly 20,000 crossings a year 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".
- Electric Ferries
Electric Vehicle Mythbusting
- Robert Llewellyn on the proposition - Electric Cars are Rubbish ? Electric cars are of course NOT rubbish, and that's what Kryten (a.k.a. Robert) told us.
- John Voelcker talking on Electric Car 101, their Myths and Realities Explaining the basics of electric vehicles for the many who haven't learned what they are.
Electric Vehicles in the REAL WORLD
- They ordered a pizza, and were blown away by the electric car driving world saving superhero who delivered it Organic ingredients and electric vehicles make saving the planet tasty and electrifying.
- Self-driving vehicles
- Tesla Motors' electric car and battery megafactories changes the cleantech game on a huge scale To electrify all the worlds cars requires a huge electric car production, and the large factories to match.
- Elon Musk announcing deal with Nevada on massive Tesla Motors Gigafactory, vastly increasing battery production, preparing way for Model 3 The Tesla Model 3, at a 200,000+ car per year sales rate, will require more battery packs than were manufactured in all of 2013.
- Tesla Motors reconfigures its factory, vastly increasing production, preparing way for Model X Cool video showing installation of the new factory lines which will help Tesla fulfill the Model X promises.
- Tesla Motors wins right to sell electric cars in New Jersey - All In with Chris Hayes MSNBC's Chris Hayes covers the fight by Tesla Motors to use its prefered direct sales model in New Jersey. After facing a significant loss in NJ a year ago, that state has now passed a law allowing direct sales.
- Tesla Motors' solution for Range Anxiety - navigation aids Elon Musk announces Tesla Motors' solution for Range Anxiety, namely new navigation aids delivered to all Model S's via an over-the-air update
Owning a Tesla vehicle
- How well does a Tesla Model S stand up after 212,000+ miles? This 2014 Tesla Model S has been driven a LOT, with lots of cross-country trips, lots of supercharging, kids and animals and everything else. Other than several swapped drive units, the car is in excellent condition and is running very well. For example in the last 2 years the car has not seen the inside of a Service Center, for a 5 year old car with over 200,000 miles.
TTXGP - Electric Motorcycle Racing from 2009-2013
The 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man
- Cedric Lynch Agni TTXGP Electric Motorcycle @ Brooklands Museum Motorcycle Festival After the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man, Agni Motors went to the Brooklands Museum Motorcycle Festival to show off the bike. They spent awhile talking with an experienced motorcycle racer, who then rode the bike in a hill climb event and a small track event.
- Brammo at the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man The initial TTXGP race, during the 2009 TT Week on the Isle of Man, had a huge profile. One favorite to win was Brammo, who was sponsored by Best Buy. Best Buy would later start selling Brammo's electric motorcycle in an ill-fated attempt to start electric vehicle sales. These videos are Brammo's view of the TTXGP, from testing their bike(s) at the Thunderhill Raceway to participation in the TTXGP.
- Charge - Official Trailer for documentary on the 2009 TTXGP at the Isle of Man Will motorcycle racing always be about gasoline powered motors? To convert the society around us over to electrified transportation, die-hard petrol-heads must be converted and see the utility and power of electric drive trains. The TTXGP was an early attempt to catch the attention of the racing community, and this documentary showed how the TTXGP got to the Isle of Man.
- Manx Radio reports on 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man Manx Radio is the primary radio station for the Isle of Man, and carries the primary coverage of racing action. Hence, anyone listening to the TTXGP or TTZERO races over the Internet is listening to the online stream of Manx Radio. These videos are Manx Radio's broadcast of the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man, the very first electric motorcycle race during TT Week.
- Bike testing videos at Jurby, 2009 TTXGP Isle of Man, published by the TTXGP organization The track at Jurby is used by TT racers for testing the bikes. These videos show TTXGP bike tests at Jurby. These videos include Agni Motors, XXL Rading, Brammo, Native Motorcycles, ManTTX. Plus there is bonus commentary by a couple track marshals who came to Jurby to see what all the fuss is about.
- Rob Barber TTXGP race video, 2009 TTXGP Isle of Man, published by the TTXGP organization This is commentary of part of the TTXGP lap by the 2009 TTXGP winner Rob Barber.
- Rider interviews, 2009 TTXGP Isle of Man, published by the TTXGP organization after the qualifying session After the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man, the team came to Ohio for the AMA Vintage Motorcycle race event in late July 2009. The purpose was to acquaint the AMA organization with electric motorcycle racing, and in the 2010 season the TTXGP operated as a secondary race event at certain AMA races (Infineon Raceway, Road America in Wisconsin, Mosport Canada, and Virginia International Raceway).
- Kingston University at the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man The initial TTXGP race, during the 2009 TT Week on the Isle of Man, had a huge profile. University teams were a major part of the TTXGP race, and the subsequent TTZERO races in the following years. This is a video diary of the Kingston University team. The videos start in the previous October, when the student team starts stripping the donor chassis, and then visit Steve Labib who had built an electric motorcycle. The bulk of the videos closely examines the design and build process. Unfortunately when it came to race day, the Kingston Univ bike did not finish because a brush in the motor vaporized.
- Mission Motors at the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man In 2009 Mission Motors had all the attention with big claims about an electric superbike, and following the same game plan as Tesla Motors. They took their superbike to the 2009 TTXGP, completed practice rounds, but flubbed big time in the race. The company did later create a more reliable superbike and set lap-speed records at Laguna Seca International Raceway that still stand 6 years later.
- Motoczysz at the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man 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.
- Native Cycles at the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man Native Cycles, also known as Electric Motorsport, was an Oakland CA based electric motorcycle maker. They entered in the 2009 TTXGP at the Isle of Man, also attended the TTXGP event at the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio race course in July 2009, and participated in part of the 2010 North America TTXGP season. These videos are their participation in the TTXGP. The team intended to bring two bikes to the TTXGP, but only arrived with one after the "Pro-Class Superbike" broke during testing. One of the videos below shows a highway test of that bike in a loop around the San Francisco Bay Area.
- TTXGP events before the 2009 TTXGP race on the Isle of Man Before getting to the 2009 TTXGP event on the Isle of Man, the TTXGP team held several events to introduce the idea.
- TTXGP at the Science Museum, Festival of Innovation, following the 2009 Isle of Man event This is an exhibition event subsequent to the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man. Clearly it involved some (or all?) of the entrants appearing at an event that included drag racing action against gasoline powered motorcycles. The video starts with a motorcycle labeled <em>Mavizen</em>, but this was before Mavizen unveiled the TTX02 and the bike shown here was completely unlike the TTX02. Next was the Electric Motorsport bike, and another Electric Motorsport bike, - which is curious since they are based in Oakland CA. Next is shown the Agni Motors bike, curiously with "Mavizen" stickers all over its fairings. That bike did not have Mavizen markings when it ran at the 2009 Isle of Man event. This is interesting given that the Mavizen TTX02 design was strongly derived from the Agni bike. Then there is a motorcycle labeled "Electrofit Zapi" that did not run in the Isle of Man race -- this bike is designed for drag racing and would not do well in track racing, but did use the dual-Agni design. For the drag racing, the Agni bike was actually ridden by Cedric Lynch in garb wholly unsuitable for a race track.
The 2009 TTXGP at AMA racing event in Ohio
- TTXGP AMA Mid-Ohio Event - Track ride with Electric Motorsports After the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man, the team came to Ohio for the AMA Vintage Motorcycle race event in late July 2009. The purpose was to acquaint the AMA organization with electric motorcycle racing, and in the 2010 season the TTXGP operated as a secondary race event at certain AMA races (Infineon Raceway, Road America in Wisconsin, Mosport Canada, and Virginia International Raceway).
- TTXGP AMA Mid-Ohio Event -- various views by John Adamo After the 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man, the team came to Ohio for the AMA Vintage Motorcycle race event in late July 2009. The purpose was to acquaint the AMA organization with electric motorcycle racing, and in the 2010 season the TTXGP operated as a secondary race event at certain AMA races (Infineon Raceway, Road America in Wisconsin, Mosport Canada, and Virginia International Raceway).
2010 TTXGP North America
- 2010 TTXGP North America at Infineon Raceway (now Sonoma Raceway) 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 Seca 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.
- CATAVOLT - Electric Motorcycle - Daelim build This is the bike Catavolt built for the 2011 season. With two different swing arms, it supports two drive trains for different applications. For land speed racing, it used an extended swing arm with four motors connected shaft-shaft in pairs and driving a common chain to the rear wheel. For track racing, they used a regular swing arm and the Enertrac hub motor.
- ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE CREATING BUZZ For a short while, the TTXGP electric motorcycle racing series had activity in Europe, North America and Australia. This is a look at the Australian series by an Australian TV show.
- The 2009 TTXGP on the Isle of Man
- Abandoning Fire