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“Revenge of the Electric Car”… the Kings (a review)

October 23rd, 2011 | by Breath on the Wind

If Chris Paine's earlier movie, "Who Killed the Electric Car" was about people being deprived of their vehicles and used as pawns in a struggle between Government regulations and established business, then his latest film, "Revenge of the Electric Car" is about the Kings.


Back to the Future’s DeLorean Now Electric

October 19th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Remember Back to the Future? Remember that wicked cool car that could time travel (the DeLorean)? Yeah, well, it's coming back... DeLorean Motor Company announced on the weekend a "brand-new, all-electric DeLorean" (pictured above and below). The electric deLorean made its debut at the DMC Texas Open House Event on October 14 (last Friday). From the company's website: "For several years, DeLorean Motor Company of Texas has been reconstituting the fruit of John Z. Deloreans’s troubled loins (phrasing!). Now we are working with electric-car startup Epic EV to put an all-electric DMC-12 into production by 2013."


National “Plug in Day” then “Revenge of the Electric Car”

October 15th, 2011 | by Breath on the Wind

Nissan has announced its support for National Plug in Day to take place on October 16th and the theatrical release of Chris Paine's new film Revenge of the Electric Car to be shown in NYC and LA on October 21. Other showings will follow.


Panasonic Batteries + Tesla Model S Sedan = Still Awesome?

October 12th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

Tesla’s Roadster is one of the sexiest electric cars on the road, and their new sedan looks pretty sweet, too. Not only does it seat up to 7, there’s also a performance model available (0-60 in 4.5 seconds!). Helping keep costs down so more of us can ride in this sweet silent sedan is Panasonic, providing the lithium-ion battery cells


10 Minutes or Less: Another New Charging System from Nissan

October 11th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

As long as there are complaints about electric cars, Nissan just isn’t satisfied. Having already resolved the bulky home charger issue with a smaller version, Nissan will next tackle the excessively long time it takes to charge an


eCarLiveDrive 2011 – Test Drive a 155mph SuperBus!

October 5th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

The eCarTec fair in Munich this month addresses issues of energy, infrastructure, and finance, as related to electric vehicles and energy conservation technology. To get visitors in the door, the fair has announced eCarLiveDrive -- a host of EVs to test drive on a 0.6 mile test course are part of the package, including a massive Dutch “superbus” prototype


Peugeot Jumps on the Tiny-e-Car Bandwagon

September 27th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

Tiny short-range electric cars with room for one or two were not uncommon at the IAA 2011 – VW brought the Nils, Audi had the Urban Concept, and Opel showed the Rak e. Peugeot missed the auto show, but has announced its own tiny electric car anyway – the Velv


Toray’s Green Sports Car Is Invitation For Collaboration

September 21st, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

Toray’s TEEWAVE AR1, on display at the IAA 2011, seems to be a very rare thing – an environmentally friendly sports car. The next-generation EV concept car was made with environmentally friendly materials developed by Toray itself, with the hope that it could serve as an example for other automakers


Lithium Ion Capacitor Has Long Way To Go

August 16th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

Electric cars have giant batteries (useful for a number of things besides driving the actual car, even). Also under consideration as the primary power source for electric cars (and buses, motorcycles, yachts, etc.) is the lithium ion capacitor


UTC Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sets Performance Record on Oakland AC Transit Hybrid Electric Bus

August 15th, 2011 | by Andrew

A hydrogen fuel cell-powered hybrid electric bus supplied by UTC Power for the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District has set a performance record by operating for over 10,000 hours. The milestone is another step toward reducing the life cycle cost of hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles, which produce zero emissions and are more than 50% efficient in terms of converting energy to power.


BYD E6 and the EV Range Solution

August 15th, 2011 | by Breath on the Wind

BYD Co Ltd is on schedule to enter the growing EV market with the E6 crossover in Q2 of 2012. E6 represents the big battery solution to EV range. Other solutions...


Nissan Explains Leaf Battery (Video)

August 9th, 2011 | by Breath on the Wind

Nissan's world wide Leaf sales are now over 10,000 but questions continue to be asked about the technology. In a recently released video Nissan Corporate Vice-President Simon Sproule answers six questions about the Nissan Leaf battery.


The Whole Town’s Gone Solar – Potential Model Communities in Fukuyama and Onomichi, Japan

August 1st, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

In Hiroshima Prefecture, both the city of Fukuyama and the private sector are pushing forward with a futuristic “Eco Town.” In the midst of interest in natural sources of energy, following the nuclear incident in TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, an attempt is being made to acquire and market local “know-how” as quickly as possible to other prefectures in order to stimulate regional revitalization


The Equivalent of Fast-Charging EV Batteries

July 19th, 2011 | by Nicholas Brown

Project Better Place is about developing an electric vehicle battery swapping system that can enable people to literally replace their battery packs in exchange for another one which was charged while it was at the Better Place swapping station


Cheaper Ultracapacitors for Electric Vehicles

May 11th, 2011 | by Nicholas Brown

Nanotune created supercapacitors which are comparable to lead acid batteries and they are even economically competitive with them due to their longer lifespan. As with any new technology, we will just have to wait and see where things go from here and hope that this technology becomes cheaper


Exercise with an Energy Purpose

May 9th, 2011 | by Glenn Meyers

One such invention is not only affordable it provides a great way to spend idle time while producing clean and portable electricity that can be used. Called the Pedal-a-Watt, this stationary bicycle stand that generates electricity while functioning as a sound fitness device



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