Thursday, September 16, 2010

X PRIZE - 2 Edison 102 mpg

The X-prize Foundation showcases and rewards cutting-edge innovations in fields that have the potential to benefit humanity. The Automotive X-prize is for fuel efficiency. Sponsored by the Progressive insurance company and partially funded by the Department of Energy, it was given in three different vehicle classes. Regardless of the class, the cars had to be safe, "commercially viable" -- meaning only that they had to perform more-or-less like a regular cars -- and they had to get at least 100 miles per gallon or the equivalent.

Li-ion Motors Corp.'s Wave II

Team from: Mooresville, N.C.
Class: Side-by-Side
Prize: $2.5 million
Fuel: Electricity
Fuel economy: 187 MPGe

Li-ion Motors Corp.'s Wave II
Vehicles in this category seated two people side-by-side, as the name implies. They also had to go at least 100 miles before needing to refuel or recharge.

The winner, in this case, drew on the advantage of electric motors: their much greater efficiency compared to internal combustion engines. Electric motors turn nearly all the energy fed into them into motion. Gasoline engines turn only about 30% of gasoline's energy into motion while most ends up wasted as heat.

This car got 187 MPGe, or miles per gallon equivalent. In other words, it can go 187 miles on same amount of energy as that contained in one gallon of gasoline.

This Wave II also minimized one big disadvantage of electric drive: weight. Gasoline contains much more energy per cubic foot than batteries, so electric car batteries end up being big and heavy compared to a tank of gasoline. In this case, the car itself, built largely from aluminum, is so light that it all adds up to only 2,176 pounds total. That's less than a tiny Smart car.

X-Tracer Team Switzerland's E-Tracer No. 79

X-Tracer Team Switzerland's E-Tracer No. 79
X-Tracer Team Switzerland's E-Tracer No. 79
Team from: Winterthur, Switzerland
Class: Tandem
Prize: $2.5 million
Fuel: Electricity
Fuel economy: 205.3 MPGe

Cars in the "tandem class" were two-seaters with the occupants sitting one behind the other. In this case, you might question the use of the word "car" since this vehicle looks an awful lot like a motorcycle. It does have four wheels, though. It's just that two of them fold up and out of the way while driving, dropping down at low speeds to provide stability. It thus qualifies as a car under the X-prize rules.

Its bike-style body saves a lot of weight, which confers advantages in both efficiency and performance. In tests, this car got to sixty miles per hour in a relatively blistering 6.6 seconds.



Still, the Wave II takes almost 15 seconds to reach 60 miles an hour, good enough to win here but downright pokey by most standards.

GO SLOW>>> Live better....


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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fuel from Algae - Solazyme

 


Solazyme makes fuel from algae!!!


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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Phantom EYE

Hydrogen powered long term surveilance aircraft from Boeing ... 4 days in the air. God Bless America!!!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hydrogen Toyota 2015 - $ 50,000



hydrogen fuel cell technology!!!!

Toyota--the automaker perhaps best known for producing hybrid vehicles--now claims that it will be able to produce a $50,000 hydrogen sedan by 2015, according to Green Car Reports.

That's not an impressive price considering that there are multiple sub-$40,000 EVs being released later this year (including the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt), but consider this: Toyota claims that the cost to build hydrogen fuel cell vehicles has plunged 90% in under 10 years. And Toyota is far from the only automaker to invest in fuel cell technology. GM, Honda, and Daimler all have research programs of their own.

But while startups like SunHydro are convinced that hydrogen technology will end up being practical, it seems like most automakers are only investing in fuel cell vehicles as a backup plan. After all, it's unlikely that we'll have three fueling infrastructures (gasoline, electric, and hydrogen), and automakers appear to be rushing out EVs as fast as possible. It's always wise to have a backup plan, though, right?




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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cheap Catalyst for Splitting Water



Hydrogen would command a key role in future renewable energy technologies, experts agree, if a relatively cheap, efficient and carbon-neutral means of producing it can be developed. An important step towards this elusive goal has been taken by a team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley. The team has discovered an inexpensive metal catalyst that can effectively generate hydrogen gas from water.


Hydrogen gas, whether combusted or used in fuel cells to generate electricity, emits only water vapor as an exhaust product, which is why this nation would already be rolling towards a hydrogen economy if only there were hydrogen wells to tap. However, hydrogen gas does not occur naturally and has to be produced. Most of the hydrogen gas in the United States today comes from natural gas, a fossil fuel. While inexpensive, this technique adds huge volumes of carbon emissions to the atmosphere. Hydrogen can also be produced through the electrolysis of water -- using electricity to split molecules of water into molecules of hydrogen and oxygen. This is an environmentally clean and sustainable method of production -- especially if the electricity is generated via a renewable technology such as solar or wind -- but requires a water-splitting catalyst.

The technology is coming to change the world and free us from oil dependence...




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Saturday, May 1, 2010

BP in cleanup efforts - techno/political failure


Our shared failure to generate sustainable renewable clean sources of energy are at really at fault in unleashing this black angle of death pictured...

In the depths of the smoldering ruins of a once beautiful ocean going deep sea drilling rig, the futility of searching deeper and deeper for oil is unnecessary and dangerous to the planet.

DON"T BE FOOLED!!!! they only have to drill in 5,000 ft of water, instead of closer to the coast in shallower waters is a political and not technical problem... The whole system is twisted and confused by political interest groups and lobby. The true voice of the people can be found in protecting the enviorment intelligently.


The application of advanced technology capable of alleviating dependence on oil, is controlled/limited by political governance. The taxation models interpret and constrain all new technology implementation. The political will to end the oil dependence of industry is influenced by old world thinking about control. The world can be made safer, cleaner and "nicer" with the intelligent implimentation of systems to implement environmental vehicle systems.

Solar Power - All housing units should contribute to the independent generation of electricity...

Geothermal - Perhaps the greatest source of power the its consistently ignored...

Waste Power - Instead of release into atmosphere convert it into energy with fuel cells...

Nuclear Power - Cleaner than coal

Photosynthetic Power - The extraction of combustible oil from organic sources such as Jatropha, algae, worms and enzymes...

Optimized Smart Grid - Implementing better technology in the movement, storage and generation of electricity

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

the ev project
























Map of Electric Vehicle recharging system....



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Better Place

A global organization promoting Environmental Vehicles...




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Friday, April 16, 2010

3 wheeling future














Aptera 2e (above) and the Honda 3rC (concept)... The 2e electric vehicle...is ready for launch!!! it is a 3-wheel machine classified as a motorcycle, but with some design elements of an earth-bound airplane. It’s the nose, front wheel spats and tricycle layout that give that impression as the 2e drives toward you, despite the lack of wings and propellers. From the back, it’s a pure aerodynamic exercise.

Aptera’s big story is in the electric drivetrain that combines the equipment of such firms as General Electric and Borg Warner with lithium-ion nano-phosphate batteries from 123 Systems. In the 1800-lb. composite-bodied 2e, the 110-horsepower, 232 lb.-ft. of torque electric drive system has a claimed range of 100 miles. Recharging time from full discharge is set at 6 to 11 hours. The front-drive machine is said to reach 60 mph in 9.0 seconds.

Best of all MADE IN OCEANSIDE CALIFORNIA!!!!


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Friday, April 9, 2010

puffin nasa's little flying plane





This is so cool... Is this the flying car of the future???? Go to evcenter.org to see more cool stuff. The future is bright... clean and fast...

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

fed ex electric trucks






All ev and hybrid delivery trucks will soon be branded with the FedEx EarthSmart logo to signify the company’s efforts to reduce fleet environmental impacts. FedEx has set a goal of improving the fuel economy of its road fleet by 20 percent by 2020, in addition to also cutting its air-related greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020. By 2020, FedEx wants biofuels to account for 30 percent of its jet fuel use.

In addition to natural gas and hybrid electric trucks... Fed Ex is trying true battery power. I think its a little early but one day....



FedEx announced the addition of a test run of four electric delivery vans to their US fleet. They’ve commissioned the vehicles to be built from the ground up and they’re slating them to start their shifts this coming June. Two of the vehicles were unveiled this week. Designed by the UK company Modec, distributed in the US by Navistar and hailed by the New York Times as “the cutest electric vehicles” they’ve seen, the vans can run up to 100 miles on an overnight charge.

http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2010/03/29/471144.html

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Solar Impulse



Solar powered airplane takes to the sky!!!!
It is just the start... Check out evcenter.org...





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Zero Motorcycles



Plug in and Ride....

After a breakthrough year in which it became the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, Zero Motorcycles announced today the highly anticipated launch of its 2010 product line, including the Zero S, DS, X, and MX. With added power, increased acceleration, and enhanced power pack technology, Zero Motorcycles is continuing the innovation it's known for and taking electric motorcycle technology to the next level. The street legal models are equipped with performance enhancements that allow for higher top speeds and greater acceleration. The entire lineup also features improvements in power pack technology and color graphics for the first time. The 2010 product launch makes Zero Motorcycles the first and only electric motorcycle company to launch four distinct models worldwide.



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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Electric cars revealed at US motor show






Electric cars/ hybrids getting closer to normal, and ready!!! This is an interior view of the new Chevy Volt... and Mercedes Fuel Cell concept...



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2010 Ice Road Challenge



Solar Vehicles are capable of so much!!!


On April 10th, 2010 The Power of One (XOF1), solar car project will be taking on the greatest challenge on the planet for any electric vehicle

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Electric and Hybrid Car Headlines


A good source for news...



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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Two




zero-emissions concept Car

The 2 is a car designed and built by Randal Wilstenholm. The purpose of building the "2" is to demonstrate a highly safe, efficient and reliable automobile. The 2, a single seater, is a small car intended to extend the efficiency of small vehicles such as bicycles, golf carts and small cars by creating a vehicle that is light, safe and easy to run.

We are building the prototype, if you are interested in helping, contact randal@evcenter.org and check out evcenter.org as well...







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Lumeneo Electric Slim Car

Very soon these types of little cars are going to be very common... Smaller and easier to Power...

The Lumeneo SMERA is an ultra-small Battery electric vehicle (BEV). It is a two-seater which tilts up to 25° in curves. With a length of 2m50 and width of 86 cm, it is something between an electric car and a scooter and includes lithium ion battery pack. It is regulated in Europe as a car (classification M1). Its speed is announced to be of 130 km/h (80 mph) with a range of 150 km (90 miles).[1] It made its debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.

French railroad company SNCF has invested 1.5 million euros in Lumeneo. The French railway reportedly injected capital into Green Cove Engineering, a provider of carpooling services. [2]

Lumeneo is currently available only in Paris France, at a starting price of 24,500 euros (about $33,000 US) after deduction of the 5,000 euros environmental state subsidy.[3] The company's website states that it will be establishing dealers across Europe in 2010.[2]














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