In Case You Missed it…

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

Formula E racing coming September 2014

Formula E

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:

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There’s much more on their website: http://www.fiaformulae.com

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…I leave you with this:

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Electric Car Conversion (ICE to BEV)

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/

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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

A Few (not-so-new) Videos on Electric Cars

Jay Leno Compares New and 100-Year Old Electric Cars

(2010 vid)

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The Ford Focus Electrics in above video…I think they are pre-prodution test units.

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From Jan ’13: Testing Electric Vehicles in the Real World Edmunds.com

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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.

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Track Tested: 2012 Tesla Model S — Edmunds.com

This is a video from one of the first production Tesla Model S P85 performance sedans

On Commercial Vehicles… 40 BEV Delivery Trucks deployed

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.”

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“This is a first step toward a zero-emission fleet”

For more…Source: http://www.pe.com/local-news/san-bernardino-county/san-bernardino-county-headlines-index/20130717-clean-deliveries-ups-deploys-40-zero-emission-trucks-at-inland-facility.ece

2013 Green Truck Summit

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Source: http://www.motorweek.org/features/auto_world/green_truck_summit

More: http://www.showtimesdaily.com/green-truck-summit-2013-news-coverage

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.

REFUEL 2013 Clean Power Motorsports Event (6/30/13)

Ok, so, I’m a new EV enthusiast and I was all confused when I found out EV race cars were at the Pikes Peak event (I already posted that a BEV placed 5th), and REFUEL EV event was going on the same weekend, I couldn’t find live coverage, I didn’t understand  what was going on and my head was spinning O_o. Why have these events at the same time? In any case, the REFUEL event is open only to clean powered vehicles and has several categories, cars, 2-wheelers, karts and sport electric TT (see: http://www.speedventures.com/the-line/SV_schedule_2013-06-30_refuel.pdfhttp://www.refuelraces.com/register.php )

So, I got ambitious and thought I’d make youtube playlists from the REFUEL events, however, I found plenty of coverage after the event, so, instead I have decided to post a single video here (let’s promote the little guys) and give you links to some  coverage I came across, and let you peruse on your own. Maybe next year I can attend or maybe even race! 🙂

(Watch the subtitles : )

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Electric Vehicle Stereotypes Smoked at REFUEL 2013 Race at Laguna Seca Raceway

http://www.plugincars.com/electric-vehicle-stereotypes-smoked-refuel-2013-race-laguna-seca-raceway-127646.html

Tesla Model S, Roadster Break Electric-Car Lap Record At Laguna Seca

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1085588_tesla-model-s-roadster-break-electric-car-lap-record-at-laguna-seca

Refuel 2013: In which an electric vehicle event comes of age and I live to tell about it

http://green.autoblog.com/2013/07/12/refuel-2013-in-which-an-electric-vehicle-event-comes-of-age/

Refuel 2013: Bostrom rides Brammo to top time at SportElectric TT

http://green.autoblog.com/2013/07/06/refuel-2013-bostrum-brammo-gets-top-time-at-sportelectric-tt/?a_dgi=aolshare_twitter

REFUEL website: http://www.refuelraces.com/start.php

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Bonus video: the lineup of cars at REFUEL:

 

A/C DIY/Advice

I have two things to say about car A/C.

1) If it seems like the air is not blowing as fast as it used to, you need to check your in-cabin air filter. There is a filter in most cars made since around 2000, sometimes called in-cabin filter, cabin air filter, or HEPA filter. (This is not the same as your engine air filter.) If you don’t change this on a regular basis (most cars every 10-30K miles, depending on conditions you drive in), it can clog and slow your airflow. This can cause problems with your A/C or your blower motor, if you let it go too long. (I put off changing it in my last Honda and ended up burning out the blower motor and the A/C compressor…it wasn’t until I was changing the blower motor that I saw the pile of dirt/bugs/small leaves piled on top of the cabin filters which sit above the blower motor.) If you don’t want to pay $30-$60 to have a shop change it, simply go to the local auto parts store and get the filter(s) that fit your vehicle and change it yourself, it will likely cost you less than half this amount . (I get mine online for even less $.)

With that said, even if you think the air is blowing fine, I recommend checking the filter anyway. Here is a video for changing the filter in an Acura RSX (Honda Civic is the same, except, inside, the tab is on the left instead of bottom, other Hondas/Acuras are similar, some other cars may be similarly behind the glove box, check your owner’s manual for location and how to change.)

(FYI: if you are thinking of just taking the filters out…not recommended, I’ve seen where people find mice and other nests on top of their cabin filters, without the filters there, the rodent would get right into your blower motor. http://forums.clubrsx.com/showthread.php?t=596926&page=2)

 

2) Thinking of getting one of those A/C recharge cans at the auto parts store?

You might want to check this out first:

Reposted from MotorWeek: http://www.motorweek.org/features/goss_garage/a_c_advice

(Transcribed text from video.) “Folks, when it comes to getting your air conditioner in your car repaired, you’re often your own worst enemy. Quick is not the way to do it. Cheap is not the way to do it, because cheap can cost you a lot of money later on. Alright, one of the things, if the system has been down for more than a few hours, chances are, when it’s repaired you’re going to need a new receiver dryer. This has a desiccant bag in it, that absorbs moisture, and moisture from the air will contaminate it in a very short period of time.

Alright, some cars use this part right here. This is an orifice tube. Not only does the refrigerant flow through this, but all of the oil that lubricates the parts of the system flow through it. This screen in here gets clogged up over time, and it restricts the amount of oil to lubricate the air conditioning system. If your car has it and it needs a repair, put a new orifice tube in it. Make sure that the shop that does your air conditioning work uses the proper type of lubricant. There are multiple types, each car has one that is recommended for it. Gotta be the right one, otherwise you’ll be buying a new compressor.

And speaking of compressors, they do fail. And when they do, they fill the system with little-bitty pieces of metal. So, before the new compressor goes on, you have to use an air conditioning flushing kit to flush everything out. And in most cases there will be a filter, an inline filter, that has to go in to protect the new compressor.

Also, here’s something that a lot of shops overlook, and that is vacuuming the system. You see, when you’re working on the system, air gets into it. We have to get that air out, but more importantly, the air has moisture in it. So, we do two things with this vacuum pump. Number one, we pull all the air out of it. But, number two, we drop the pressure. And as we drop the pressure inside the system, any water that’s in there, boils at room temperature, and turns into a vapor. And the vacuum pump pulls it out. This will protect the new parts in the system. Often, on a humid day, you’ll have to pull a vacuum on the system for three or four hours. So make sure that the shop that you select does all of these things, and you’ll have a good, cold air conditioning system that’ll last a long time. And if you have a question or comment, drop me a line. Right here, at MotorWeek. ”

Reposted from MotorWeek: http://www.motorweek.org/features/goss_garage/a_c_advice