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Plug In Drivers Not Missin' the Piston

This is the Kodak Moment for the Auto Industry. Electric vehicles are here to stay. Their market acceptance and growth will continue....

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Electric vehicle users don't have to pay for power | MailTribune.com

Electric vehicle users don't have to pay for power | MailTribune.com

MPG for Electric Cars? | Energy Bulletin

MPG for Electric Cars? | Energy Bulletin: "Nukes are no where near as safe as solar, wind and hydro. We've been generating utility scale projects for years with these energy sources. Wind is cost competitive now with new coal, solar thermal and even PV are competitive with peak pricing.

Nukes are costing out at around 20-25 cents/kWh all in, so the big reason they aren't being built is because of cost, not because a bunch of protestors are stopping them."

'via Blog this'

Sunday, August 28, 2011

EV Standard Range to Soon Be 500+ Miles?

EV Standard Range to Soon Be 500+ Miles?: "“A pair of technology breakthroughs added together may quadruple the range of today’s EVs, not only would this make the perceived Range Anxiety of electric cars a thing of the past, but it also gives the battery electric vehicle (BEV) a clear range advantage over fossil fuel powered vehicles” according to Kenneth Burridge"

Utah researchers experiment with electric roads - Connecticut Post

Utah researchers experiment with electric roads - Connecticut Post: "it was continually charging as it drove along the highway.

A technical breakthrough at Utah State University could make that happen. The idea is to make the highways themselves a source of energy"

Monday, August 22, 2011

Truckers Plug In to Save Fuel

Truckers Plug In to Save Fuel

Battery Capacity

My Nissan Leaf Forum • View topic - Range-Speed-Bars Thumb Rule Table (12.5mph best range speed): Battery Capacities:
1. Design Full Capacity - never used, no real way to tell, so not very important in day-to-day use.

2. Allowed Capacity - the part that Nissan allows us to use

3. Wall Capacity - the amount of energy required from the grid/wall/EVSE to charge the battery (maybe 26 kWh)

4. Charging Energy - after the losses in the LEAF's internal charger, the DC energy that is actually delivered to the battery pack (maybe 24.6 kWh, just a guess). The charger's efficiency is not usually as bad as people say.

5. Stored Energy - after modest cell heating and small chemical losses during charging (or Regen), the amount of energy that actually gets stored in the battery (maybe 24 kWh). The charger often gets blamed for this loss.

6. Recovered Energy - the real usable energy, significantly less than the Stored Energy (maybe around 21.4 kWh).