Welcome to the Electric Car Weblog. In addition to links, news, and tips about electric cars and other forms of alternative transportation we are publishing an on-line diary of our current EV project. Started in August 2005 the chronicle follows the conversion of a gas powered Ford Probe into an Electric Car
You will find articles organized by categories, along with recent comments, along the right hand column of the website. If you are just getting started with the idea of converting a gas car to electric be sure to check out Your First Electric Car
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- Electric plane wins $1.35 million – powered by 450 pounds of lithium-polymer batteries the plane easily flew the 200 mile course at 100mph. According to the video the power pack is capable of around 300 miles on a “charge”.
- Pre-order customers got a sneak preview of the new Tesla Model S over the weekend. Launch date is on schedule for mid-2012.
- Speaking of Tesla, Toyota has announced an Electric RAV 4 powered by a Tesla battery pack.
- Mitsubishi is coming out with their electric car, the ‘i’ in California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii in November and nationwide by the end of 2012. Looks somewhat like a cross between Honda Fit and a Think Smart car.
- Bob Hurst is back in the news with his electric Citroen. We’ve featured Bob’s EV before, here and here.
- Speaking of folks we know, Lee Hart is featured in this article, Engineer Designs Electric Car Kit. Unfortunately the article (like many news sites) doesn’t link to any of Lee’s work. I sniffed around and found their Sunrise project page. Be sure to check out the EV Kit page, interesting stuff.
- Shai Agassi is really pushing to put electric cars on the road.
- Steve thinks that he killed the electric car.
- A funny and nostalgic clip from the 70’s featuring Jack Nicholson getting rid of gas and replacing it with tanks of hydrogen gas. Wonder what he’s driving these days?
- Yet another prototype electric car, this time from Nissan.
- Finally we’ll close out with this thread over at Slashdot on how some Americans (ahem!) are refusing to wait for EVs from the car companies. As usual the comments are full of insight and idiocy, but there are a few good links to follow.
- Is this BMW’s future Electric Car?. Dunno, but watching the news these days it seems like pretty much everyone has an EV on the drawing board.
- One of the options when making a battery box is to use a thick plastic “board” and weld it into a box (I can’t remember the material’s name). To do this you’ll need a plastic welder. I ran across some plastic welding videos recently along with a wikipedia article on it. Here’s the videos: one, two, three, and more.
- Speaking of youtube, here’s a vid of an EV Mini QED with PML Wheel Motors.
- Most of the wheel motors I’ve seen have been for electric bikes.
- Less than 30% of the energy in gasoline actually gets put into use and over the years folks have looked into converting some of the waste heat into electricity. Here’s a new try from Ohio State.
- If you haven’t heard by now Tesla Motors is finally delivering their high-end electric sports car to customers. Let me know when yours shows up! “:^)
- Shai Agassi sat down with the US house of representatives to let them know what he thinks about EV Infrastructure. Agassi cajoled the house, noting that with American’s averaging 2.6 cars per household (one usually a big brute of an SUV driven by a chirpy ‘soccer mom’) “there is no reason that one of them can’t be all electric for use on every trip of 120 miles or less.”
- Think Electric cars coming to the states? It’s frustrating that the people who write these articles are so uninformed (or worse), saying things like: “To date, most electric cars available in the U.S.—small, unsafe, and underpowered—have been intended strictly for the earliest early adopters and the most faithful green believers.”
- It’s certainly not an EV but VW’s been working on a 282 MPG car. Usually when I see these lightweight, streamlined designs I think, “Hey, that would make a great EV donor car!”
- Reva – India’s first electric car.
- Oil prices keep climbing and automakers are spending more time focusing on Electric Cars. “I’ve actually made a prediction that, within 30 years, a majority of new cars made in the United States will be electric. And I don’t mean hybrid; I mean fully electric.”
- Honda has rolled out their new hydrogen car in limited availability and areas (mostly Los Angeles).
- Meanwhile Toyota has been having a hard time meeting demand for the Prius due to battery shortages.
- I got an email the other day from one of the TV networks wondering if I’d like to come on to talk about Senator McCain’s EV Battery “prize.” Being on vacation it was the first I’d heard of it and looking around the net it doesn’t sound like everyone is buying it. One person pointed out that anyone developing such a battery would rake in billions of dollars in sales, far more than any incentive prize. Still, it’s great to see the discussions and increased focus on alternatives, along with the new battery research.
- Greg Zanis’ Dream Electric Car. “We’re very set on the shape,” he said. “It’s also a very safe car – it[s built with 12-inch I-beams all around in order to take on any kid of a crash. So we like the spaceship kind of feel to it.” Color me dubious.
- While we are on crazy EV designs, how about some Inflatable Electric Cars that can drive off cliffs? Seriously, that’s the headline, not usually something one looks for when shopping for a new car. “… the miracle behind the 2,500-mile range is a “hot-swap XPack Multi-Core Battery/Fuel Cell power plant” invented by the founders of XP Vehicles. Or, without the hot-swap technology, the car can travel up to 300 miles on a single charge, thanks to its light weight.”
- Eight reasons you’ll rejoice when gas hits 8 dollars a gallon. I’m not sure if “rejoice” is the right word, no matter what the beneficial side effects might be.
- Superlattice cathode extends EV range by 65%. “Our objective is to create the next generation of Lithium Ion Polymer battery that is environmentally non-toxic, safe, less expensive and more powerful.”
- AMP converts Saturn Sky into a 300-hp, 125mpg electric car. The company’s website is here. They use lithium iron phosphate batteries for the conversion and, unfortunately, are only accepting orders from folks in the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area.
- Tired of high gas prices but are stuck driving a gas car for a while? Join the ranks of the hypermiling drivers, “A method of increasing your car’s gas mileage by making skillful changes in the way you drive.”
- Toyota and Matsushita are teaming up to build more plants for hybrid vehicle batteries, mostly lithium ion.
- Thanks to a reader for the link to this announcement from Firefly that the Oasis battery is going to be released this Summer. You might remember them as the microcell foam AGM battery guys, getting higher density out of lead acid. I asked about the price, considering the battery is relatively similar in specs to the Odyssey Hawker’s, and they guessed around $400 per battery.
- Billionaire oilman backs wind power. Put a turbine on your land, earn $20,000 a year income.