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This is the Kodak Moment for the Auto Industry

Plug-In Drivers Not Missin' the Piston Electric vehicles are here to stay. Their market acceptance is currently small but growing...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

EV Incentives - Google Maps

EV Incentives - Google Maps: "Credit of up to $5,000 for conversion or purchase costs (PHEV only). Up to $1,500 for purchase of or conversion to BEV. (Oregon Revised Statutes 316.116 &�HB 2180)"

Monday, March 29, 2010

Nissan Prices Electric Leaf at $40,600 - WSJ.com

Nissan Prices Electric Leaf at $40,600 - WSJ.com: "YOKOHAMA—Nissan Motor Co. said Tuesday it will start selling its Leaf electric car in December with a price tag of 3.76 million yen, or about $40,600.

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Nissan's electric Leaf

Japan's third largest auto maker, 44%-owned by France's Renault SA, said it will begin taking purchase orders for the model from April 1. It will then announce the price tags for the U.S. and Europe.

In Japan, assuming government subsidies for electric vehicles will continue, the price tag would be lowered 2.99 million yen.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New Electric Cars Are Better

Via SuperiorMind on YouTube
Just showing off some of the cool new electric cars and putting to rest some of the myths out there. When people think of electric cars, typically they think of older ugly slower models, lead-acid batterys, and BS propaganda they've read slamming the 'electric cars'(as though they all carried the exact same attributes).

The battery technology has changed(and will change even more when nanowire battery becomes common), the speeds have changed, the climate versatility has changed, the prices are changing, the car companies are changing... everything is changing for the better. I expect to see a lot more support for EV's during and after 2010.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Consumer Reports Cars Blog: Shocking results: Survey reveals what consumers want from electric cars

Consumer Reports Cars Blog: Shocking results: Survey reveals what consumers want from electric cars:
"The dawn of the 21st-century electric car is upon us. Pure-electric cars and plug-in vehicles promise to revolutionize transportation, addressing the needs of most motorists, while reducing fossil fuel consumption and green house emissions. Major automakers are readying electric cars for mass production, and consumers are ready. More than one-quarter (26 percent) of consumers said they are likely to consider a plug-in electric car the next time they are in the market for a new vehicle, and 7 percent said very likely in a random, nationwide telephone survey of car-owning households conducted by Consumer Reports National Research Center."

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Volt More Than Bridging Strategy

Volt More Than Bridging Strategy: "It seems likely GM is expecting multiple healthy parallel markets including those for EREVs, BEVs, and plugin PHEVs.� As there are many subgroups of consumers each with their own specialized needs, offering options for all of them makes good business sense. This is especially true if costly common denominators such as lithium-ion packs can be eventually be brought to lower price points though economies of scale.
“In the end, the market will determine the winner and the technology that carries the day,” Tony Posawatz told GM-Volt.com."

Saturday, March 13, 2010

ClipperCreek now taking orders for EV charger with new J-1772 coupler — Autoblog Green

ClipperCreek now taking orders for EV charger with new J-1772 coupler — Autoblog Green: "If you are looking for an electric vehicle charger with the new North American standard plug-end (SAE J-1772) for either your own garage or for the convenience of your customers, ClipperCreek has just announced that they are now taking orders for that very beastie. With delivery set for May, the company's American-made CS-40 connects to a 208V - 240V feed and puts out a continuous 32 amps and should retail for about $3,000. Founded in 2006, ClipperCreek is not only the exclusive Level 2 charging equipment supplier for Tesla Motors and the BMW Mini E program but also works with the likes of Mitsubishi, Ford, Mercedes, GM and Nissan.

ClipperCreek also recently appointed four new sales executives with lots of industry experience who, strategically placed about the country, are ready to offer their customers the proper support necessary in this blossoming field."

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Gas car's tailpipe extends all the way to coal plant

Gas car's tailpipe extends all the way to coal plant:
"'You're just plugging into a lump of coal' charge, or what I call, the 'gotcha' critique, as in, 'Ha, ha -- you smug EV owner or advocate, you're polluting too -- gotcha!'

Here's my back-to-you 'gotcha':

'You, gas car drivers, are also plugging into a lump of coal -- via the oil refining process!'

Oil refining requires a tremendous amount of electricity, much of it generated by the burning of coal at large power plants. In the U.S., in 2008, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, oil refineries consumed 42,682 million kilowatts of electricity.

To put that into perspective, that's the equivalent of the yearly electricity consumption of about 5.4 million average American households!

That's right, gas-powered cars drive partially on coal!"

Sunday, March 7, 2010

This week in batteries (TWIB): Pull the plug. Your battery will thank you.

This week in batteries (TWIB): Pull the plug. Your battery will thank you.: "By 2 AM you have a fully charged battery. If you leave your house at 8:00 AM, your battery is going to be sitting at 4.2V for 6 hours in any 24 hour period. This is not going to be good for the battery. It gets worse if you decide to bump the amp/volts on your house to charge it faster. So we need to get these batteries charged faster, but we also want to make sure to have smart chargers that don’t do what I’ve described above. Something to think about.

What does this mean for researchers? If someone can find an electrolyte that has a wide voltage window of stability, then this problem goes away. Or you can try to use materials that work within this window (For example A123 Systems battery does this on the positive side)."

Tuesday, March 2, 2010