Here are some links to more information on EV events across the US. In future, I may consider doing a monthly calendar, if I can get it to work automatically, at least partially automatic anyway. (taking suggestions on that, haven’t tried, not sure how this will work w/WP).
This week I’ll be paying close attention to Apple announcements, but, the Frankfurt Motor Show is this week also, so be checking out my twitter feed for tweets & retweets on EVs at the show. My twitter feed has been moved to the bottom of the blog, just scroll down until you see it in the middle. (got a few pre-show tweets there now) Follow me if you haven’t yet. :)
New blog posts coming soon, including my no-b.s. EV glossary of terms. So, without further ado, check out these links for EV events in your area (I meant to do this last week, I’ll try to be earlier starting next month).
National Plug In Day Sept 28
Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Sept 17-19 Detroit
The Battery Show 2013 (Sep 17-19) Novi Michigan
Plug In 2013 Conference & Exposition Sep 30-Oct 3 San Deigo
Tesla Model S Test Drive events:
Zelectric Motors (VW Beetle EV conversion) this month:
More EVents via The Electric Generation (listings start at Sept 10th-Oct-Nov)
A couple videos for you all:
Tesla Model S gets 5 star rating in all categories of crash tests, the NHTSA Safety Score:
More on the “controversy” here: http://www.cartalk.com/content/teslas-top-safety-score-answer-stars
Below is from 2011…Tesla’s beginning production of Model S at the former NUMMI factory they bought from Toyota (It was formerly a place for large scale production of GM/Toyota joint vehicles…GM defaulted to Toyota when having troubles in 2008, since abandoned.)
National Geographic’s Mega Factories — Supercars: Tesla Model S
Recently (July 2nd) I posted a couple vids of the New FIA World Electric Land Speed Record. Coming September 2014 will be Formula E racing! Andretti has already signed on for the US, and Fox Sports has confirmed a global multi-media broadcast deal . Here is the trailer:
There’s much more on their website: http://www.fiaformulae.com
…I leave you with this:
My comprehensive no-B.S. glossary of alternative energy vehicle terms & acronyms is going to take a bit longer than anticipated. I may post it in three sections/posts. I will post this soon, and revamp my “categories”, and perhaps change the look of this blog at the same time. But, today, quick acronym terms: ICE=Internal Combustion Engine, BEV=Battery Electric Vehicle.
1991 MR2 ICE to BEV Conversion
Ok, so, this is not going to be comprehensive, just want to show you that vehicles can be converted to battery all-electric vehicles, which is something I want to do (have not looked into yet) with my Acura RSX. So, first, here is an example of a 1991 MR2 conversion:
EV West supplies Motors, Batteries, Chargers and other components, and is working on conversion guides. http://www.evwest.com/
Gladstone OR High School Project
Why Gladstone High School (Gladstone Electric Vehicle Organization) Wants to Build an Electric Truck.
“We want to see if a group of high school students, Oregon National Guard soldiers, teachers, parents, and community members can take a gas-powered Chevrolet S-10 and transform it into an electric vehicle that runs smoothly and efficiently without gasoline.”
I think this is a great idea, not only for a High School project, but I think making this may help bring back the small pickup, but it’ll be a BEV pickup!
Check out the video and article here (and maybe you can help, too): http://incited.org/projects/gladstone-electric-vehicle-organization-project-s10-e-it-s-electric
Jay Leno Compares New and 100-Year Old Electric Cars
The Ford Focus Electrics in above video…I think they are pre-prodution test units.
From Jan ’13: Testing Electric Vehicles in the Real World Edmunds.com
Full results from test in above video: http://www.edmunds.com/fuel-economy/testing-electric-vehicles-in-the-real-world.html
Note that Coda has had problems, the BMW Active E is not coming to production, but the i3, which is more of a compliance vehicle (due in US next spring). Would like to see some more of these types of tests, now that there are more all-electric cars available.
Track Tested: 2012 Tesla Model S — Edmunds.com
This is a video from one of the first production Tesla Model S P85 performance sedans
UPS deploys 40 zero-emission trucks at Inland facility
Last month UPS began putting 40 new all-electric (BEV) trucks on the road from its San Bernardino, California distribution center.
“‘We are the test place for these vehicles nationwide,’ said Bruce MacRae, UPS’ vice president for government affairs. The company held a press event Wednesday, July 17, at the UPS San Bernardino distribution facility on East Victoria Avenue.
…In all, the company has 100 zero-emissions electric trucks in service in California.”
“This is a first step toward a zero-emission fleet”
A couple months ago was a Green Truck Summit, some interesting stuff here. One thing that seems to be immediately doable is adding batteries (like those used in hybrid or BEV cars) for accessories, then the diesel engine can be off while idle. I don’t agree that all of these options are “clean” or “green”, but, at least they are taking steps to move away from oil. One thing I’ve wanted to know for some time is actual fuel usage figures comparing commercial Trucks against all other vehicles. I think the trucks on the road cause more pollution/Co2 emissions than cars, but, most people says cars do. Anyway, I hope to post a type of glossary or guide for EV terms very soon…check out this vid in the meantime.
I’ve got some things in the works, meantime, I came across another review for the Honda Fit EV from TechnoBuffalo’s Driven hosted by Jon Rettinger:
Cars – Gary Numan …I used to own the 45-inch vinyl single. This was one of the first music videos played on MTV when it really was Music TeleVision:
Look him up, he has new album coming this fall and going on a world tour, starting this month with NIN in Florida. web: http://www.numan.co.uk FB: https://www.facebook.com/GaryNumanOfficial?rf=104133799622576