Crowdfunding push for EZ-EV open source electric kit car
Electrical engineer Gary Krysztopik has been driving his self-built, open-framed, three-wheeled electric “hotrod” on the roads and highways of San Antonio (TX) for over three years now, but folks still can’t help staring as he zooms past. While also working on gas-to-electric conversions (including a VW Bug and a Porsche Carrera), he’s been busy refining and tweaking the design for his “battery box on wheels” and is now preparing to release the EZ-EV car as open source plans, build-it-yourself kits and complete vehicles.

Crowdfunding push for EZ-EV open source electric kit car

Electrical engineer Gary Krysztopik has been driving his self-built, open-framed, three-wheeled electric “hotrod” on the roads and highways of San Antonio (TX) for over three years now, but folks still can’t help staring as he zooms past. While also working on gas-to-electric conversions (including a VW Bug and a Porsche Carrera), he’s been busy refining and tweaking the design for his “battery box on wheels” and is now preparing to release the EZ-EV car as open source plans, build-it-yourself kits and complete vehicles.

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Frustrated by the French governments slow place in installing EV charging stations, automaker Renault is taking matters into its own hands. Renault will install 1,000 EV chargers at high volume centers like supermarkets and high density parking lots. Renault believes their investment will pay off in the long-run as they essentially kickstart the electric vehicle market and begin providing the necessary infrastructure for its future cars. It’s a risky gamble, but Reanult is left with little choice if they want their customers to buy an electric vehicle that can actually be used. 

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Frustrated by the French governments slow place in installing EV charging stations, automaker Renault is taking matters into its own hands. Renault will install 1,000 EV chargers at high volume centers like supermarkets and high density parking lots. Renault believes their investment will pay off in the long-run as they essentially kickstart the electric vehicle market and begin providing the necessary infrastructure for its future cars. It’s a risky gamble, but Reanult is left with little choice if they want their customers to buy an electric vehicle that can actually be used. 

 The Electric Vehicle Acceptance Tipping Point: $5-A-Gallon Gas
It would be a disaster economically, upsetting family budgets and  making the transporting of goods potentially next to impossible. But  according to a new survey by Deloitte, it could take something as  extreme as $5-per-gallon of gas to persuade most U.S. citizens to abandon gas stations and SUVs and buy electric vehicles. Do we have to destroy this village in order to save it?
For most of the last month, the national average gas price in the U.S. has nudged upwards every single day—it’s now at around  $3.83 per gallon. In six states, including New York, the average price  is above $4, with Hawaii topping the list at $4.48 per gallon. And there  are reports that a few stations have already hit the $5 mark. It’s all thanks to a gradual but continuous rise in the price of oil on  global markets—up 48% since last Labor Day. This upward creep is  driven by many things, including market fluctuations, decisions about  production made by OPEC, and the rise of civil unrest in the Middle East  (especially in Libya, which has ceased its oil exports during the civil  war). And yet, despite these growing costs, and the fact we know for  sure that every mile we drive in a car that eats gas or diesel, we’re  actively contributing to global warming, many of us continue to drive  cars.
What will it take to change the situation, pushing most  Americans to ditch their SUV and buy an eco-friendly electric car? An  arbitrary price limit, that’s what—the point at which gas hits $5 per  gallon.
That’s what Deloitte found after interviewing 12,000  people worldwide, with more than 1,000 respondents in the U.S. The main  conclusion of the survey is that the higher gas prices go, the more  consumers favor the notion of electric vehicles. That seems like a  no-brainer (even someone poor at math can imagine the increased cost of  running a car as gas prices rise), but it’s still an important  conclusion given that gas prices are definitely increasing and unlikely  to drop any time soon.
Source: Fast Company

 The Electric Vehicle Acceptance Tipping Point: $5-A-Gallon Gas

It would be a disaster economically, upsetting family budgets and making the transporting of goods potentially next to impossible. But according to a new survey by Deloitte, it could take something as extreme as $5-per-gallon of gas to persuade most U.S. citizens to abandon gas stations and SUVs and buy electric vehicles. Do we have to destroy this village in order to save it?

For most of the last month, the national average gas price in the U.S. has nudged upwards every single day—it’s now at around $3.83 per gallon. In six states, including New York, the average price is above $4, with Hawaii topping the list at $4.48 per gallon. And there are reports that a few stations have already hit the $5 mark. It’s all thanks to a gradual but continuous rise in the price of oil on global markets—up 48% since last Labor Day. This upward creep is driven by many things, including market fluctuations, decisions about production made by OPEC, and the rise of civil unrest in the Middle East (especially in Libya, which has ceased its oil exports during the civil war). And yet, despite these growing costs, and the fact we know for sure that every mile we drive in a car that eats gas or diesel, we’re actively contributing to global warming, many of us continue to drive cars.

What will it take to change the situation, pushing most Americans to ditch their SUV and buy an eco-friendly electric car? An arbitrary price limit, that’s what—the point at which gas hits $5 per gallon.

That’s what Deloitte found after interviewing 12,000 people worldwide, with more than 1,000 respondents in the U.S. The main conclusion of the survey is that the higher gas prices go, the more consumers favor the notion of electric vehicles. That seems like a no-brainer (even someone poor at math can imagine the increased cost of running a car as gas prices rise), but it’s still an important conclusion given that gas prices are definitely increasing and unlikely to drop any time soon.

Source: Fast Company

For Electric Car Owners, a Way to Share Juice
Source: NY Times
First there was music sharing and then car sharing. Now get ready for plug sharing.

Xatori, a Silicon Valley software start-up, aims to create a network of electric carenthusiasts who make their household power outlets and home chargers available for drivers who need to top off their battery or who find themselves out of range of the few public-charging stations currently available.
On Monday, Xatori released PlugShare, a free iPhone app that lets drivers and outlet owners locate and offer electricity.

For Electric Car Owners, a Way to Share Juice

Source: NY Times

First there was music sharing and then car sharing. Now get ready for plug sharing.

Xatori, a Silicon Valley software start-up, aims to create a network of electric carenthusiasts who make their household power outlets and home chargers available for drivers who need to top off their battery or who find themselves out of range of the few public-charging stations currently available.

On Monday, Xatori released PlugShare, a free iPhone app that lets drivers and outlet owners locate and offer electricity.

Did We Err On The Leaf, Or Is GM Volt Boosterism Bashing It? - Green Car Reports
We explained our reasons for selecting the Leaf, among them that it’s a real car, the first highway capable, high-volume, full function battery electric vehicle on sale in this country since … well, since 1930 or so. The 2011 Leaf also has the lowest carbon footprint of any car in almost every state (only the 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid may be a shade better in those few states with exceptionally dirty power grids). And we think the range issue—Nissan quotes up to 100 miles, the EPA’s formula says it’s 73 miles—won’t be important for the early adopters or any household that buys a Leaf as its second or third car. Electric-car owners in Japan, it turns out, spent a couple of weeks worrying about range and then adapted to it and used the cars quite happily, especially when they were reassured that sufficient public charging points were nearby—even though, data shows, they almost never actually used those charging stations. 

Did We Err On The Leaf, Or Is GM Volt Boosterism Bashing It? - Green Car Reports

We explained our reasons for selecting the Leaf, among them that it’s a real car, the first highway capable, high-volume, full function battery electric vehicle on sale in this country since … well, since 1930 or so. The 2011 Leaf also has the lowest carbon footprint of any car in almost every state (only the 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid may be a shade better in those few states with exceptionally dirty power grids). And we think the range issue—Nissan quotes up to 100 miles, the EPA’s formula says it’s 73 miles—won’t be important for the early adopters or any household that buys a Leaf as its second or third car. Electric-car owners in Japan, it turns out, spent a couple of weeks worrying about range and then adapted to it and used the cars quite happily, especially when they were reassured that sufficient public charging points were nearby—even though, data shows, they almost never actually used those charging stations. 

World’s Greenest Parking Lot Will Be at Denver International Airport | Inhabitat Not only is Denver International Airport one of the prettiest airports around — its form mimics the Rocky Mountains that loom nearby — but it is about to bump its green cred sky high. Expected to be the world’s greenest parking lot, Canopy Airport Parking is slated to open this month. The airport is looking to reduce consumption, costs and emissions with energy from solar power, geothermal and wind and with shuttles powered by compressed natural gas, biodiesel and hybrid…

World’s Greenest Parking Lot Will Be at Denver International Airport | Inhabitat Not only is Denver International Airport one of the prettiest airports around — its form mimics the Rocky Mountains that loom nearby — but it is about to bump its green cred sky high. Expected to be the world’s greenest parking lot, Canopy Airport Parking is slated to open this month. The airport is looking to reduce consumption, costs and emissions with energy from solar power, geothermal and wind and with shuttles powered by compressed natural gas, biodiesel and hybrid…

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SF Bay Area taps Better Place for electric taxis | Green Tech - CNET News
Electric taxis with swappable battery packs are slated to come to the San Francisco Bay Area next year through a U.S. Department of Transportation-funded project. The $6.9 million, three-year project will result in 61 electric-drive taxi cabs and four stations where depleted batteries can be swapped in for fresh ones, according to Better Place, which was awarded the grant. Switching stations will be available in the corridor between San Francisco and San Jose, with the first ones installed by the end of 2011, according to Better Place. 

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SF Bay Area taps Better Place for electric taxis | Green Tech - CNET News

Electric taxis with swappable battery packs are slated to come to the San Francisco Bay Area next year through a U.S. Department of Transportation-funded project. The $6.9 million, three-year project will result in 61 electric-drive taxi cabs and four stations where depleted batteries can be swapped in for fresh ones, according to Better Place, which was awarded the grant. Switching stations will be available in the corridor between San Francisco and San Jose, with the first ones installed by the end of 2011, according to Better Place. 

Solar Roadways: The Prototype (via YERTiansThe Solar Roadways project is working to pave roads with solar panels that you can drive on. Co-founder Scott Brusaw has made some major steps forward since our first visit back in 2007, so we visited him again earlier this year for an exclusive update on the project, including the first ever video recorded of the Solar Roadways prototype! For more information visithttp://www.solarroadways.com .

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Honda will bring plug-in hybrids, full EVs to United States in 2012 
Though they probably won’t look anything like Honda’s adorable EV-N, the Japanese automaker’s got some new technological vehicles up its sleeves — in a speech today, Honda CEO Takanobu Ito formally announced plans to produce a plug-in hybrid competitor for Toyota’s flashy new PHEV Prius by 2012, which rumor has it will sport an estimated fuel economy (when it’s using fuel, we assume) of roughly around 140 miles per gallon. Better still, a completely battery-powered electrical vehicle will also go on sale by 2012, and you won’t have to fly to Japan to try them out, as they’re slated for the States as well. Hydrogen fuel cells are apparently still Honda’s long-term solution, though the FCX Clarity received only a passing mention. In the short term, Honda’s still circling the wagons around part-gasoline systems like the Civic (which will receive a Li-ion battery pack) and the Fit Hybrid, destined for Japan this fall.
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Honda will bring plug-in hybrids, full EVs to United States in 2012 

Though they probably won’t look anything like Honda’s adorable EV-N, the Japanese automaker’s got some new technological vehicles up its sleeves — in a speech today, Honda CEO Takanobu Ito formally announced plans to produce a plug-in hybrid competitor for Toyota’s flashy new PHEV Prius by 2012, which rumor has it will sport an estimated fuel economy (when it’s using fuel, we assume) of roughly around 140 miles per gallon. Better still, a completely battery-powered electrical vehicle will also go on sale by 2012, and you won’t have to fly to Japan to try them out, as they’re slated for the States as well. Hydrogen fuel cells are apparently still Honda’s long-term solution, though the FCX Clarity received only a passing mention. In the short term, Honda’s still circling the wagons around part-gasoline systems like the Civic (which will receive a Li-ion battery pack) and the Fit Hybrid, destined for Japan this fall.

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New  Quick Charger For Electric Cars Is Really Quick | Techcrunch
One of the biggest hurdles on the road to make electric vehicles attractive for the mass market is the long time it usually takes to charge batteries. But a Japanese company called JFE Engineering now claims it has found a solution for that problem. According to JFE, even so-called “quick battery chargers” often take 30 minutes to charge a car’s battery to 80% of its capacity. 
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New Quick Charger For Electric Cars Is Really Quick | Techcrunch

One of the biggest hurdles on the road to make electric vehicles attractive for the mass market is the long time it usually takes to charge batteries. But a Japanese company called JFE Engineering now claims it has found a solution for that problem. According to JFE, even so-called “quick battery chargers” often take 30 minutes to charge a car’s battery to 80% of its capacity. 

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Suzuki  Hybrid Gets 100 MPG - All Cars Electric
Suzuki has launched a hybrid gasoline/electric vehicle for sale on the Japanese market that travels an impressive 100 miles per gallon of gas! The Suzuki Twin also features an automatic idling stop system shuts the engine down whenever the car stops at traffic lights or when stationary in heavy traffic, minimizing CO’ emissions and fuel consumption.

Suzuki Hybrid Gets 100 MPG - All Cars Electric

Suzuki has launched a hybrid gasoline/electric vehicle for sale on the Japanese market that travels an impressive 100 miles per gallon of gas! The Suzuki Twin also features an automatic idling stop system shuts the engine down whenever the car stops at traffic lights or when stationary in heavy traffic, minimizing CO’ emissions and fuel consumption.

By some accounts, the next 10 years will see as many as 1.6 million electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles zipping around the state, in what is shaping up to be the nation’s e-car proving ground. But in the 1990s a similar optimism hit here too, only to fizzle as gas prices plummeted and gas-guzzling SUVs took over the auto market with a vengeance. Electric Cars Drive Utilities to Meet Power Needs - TIME

By some accounts, the next 10 years will see as many as 1.6 million electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles zipping around the state, in what is shaping up to be the nation’s e-car proving ground. But in the 1990s a similar optimism hit here too, only to fizzle as gas prices plummeted and gas-guzzling SUVs took over the auto market with a vengeance. Electric Cars Drive Utilities to Meet Power Needs - TIME