Honda Fit EV Coming Next Year But At a Steep Price

November 18, 2011 by  
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An all-electric version of the Honda Fit made its production model debut at the LA Auto Show, making it official that this long-awaited EV was really coming to U.S. markets as expected .  But there is one big glitch — it’s priced far above what one would expect. The gas-fueled Honda Fit is a very popular, dependable, fuel-efficient car that can be bought new for about $15,000.  The electrified version will cost more than double that with a MSRP of $36,625.  Yikes.  Now, since it’s an all-electric, buyers will be able to qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit, but that’s still $29,000. The Fit EV will feature a 92 kW motor and a three-mode electric drive system that allows drivers to choose from Eco, Normal and Sport modes.  The Eco mode improves the range by 17 percent.  For city driving, Honda says drivers will get up to 123 miles per charge and 76 miles per charge for combined city and highway driving. The Fit EV will be released in select markets in California and Oregon next year and then its release will be expanded to six East Coast markets in 2013.  For those not wanting to buy, Honda will be leasing the Fit EV for $399 a month for three years. via Wired Autopia

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LED Bulb Looks Like Filament Bulb

November 18, 2011 by  
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Panasonic has introduced a LED bulb that replicates the appearance of a clear, filament-style bulb. It uses a standard socket base, and it’s yet one more step along the line of a light that closely resembles a standard incandescent bulb, but with much higher efficiency. The LDAHV4L27CG bulb has the output equivalent of a 20-watt incandescent, but uses only 4.4 watts. It has a color rendering index (CRI) of 80 and a color temperature of 2700 K (similar to a soft warm light bulb). And its lifespan is long, as with other LED bulbs, with a rated life of over 40,000 hours. It has a light angle of 300 degrees, so it has a coverage area similar to an incandescent. via: Architect Magazine and Gizmodo

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First Hybrid Street Sweeper Cleans Up NYC

December 15, 2010 by  
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The world’s first hybrid street sweeper has begun cleaning the streets of New York City.  The Allianz 4000 is a diesel hybrid that reduces diesel fuel use by 40 – 45 percent compared to traditional street sweepers. The Allianz 4000 also features two 12v lithium-ion batteries and an electric traction drive system which, in addition to the diesel engine, both propel the truck and spin the broom at a constant speed.  The sweeper has a top speed of 60 mph so it can travel on highways, but whie on duty it usually runs at about 3 – 7 mph. The benefits to the hybrid street sweeper are both the huge fuel savings and the lower emissions that easily fit under any city-wide laws requiring cuts in fleet emissions

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Porsche Planning Hybrid Version of All Models

October 20, 2010 by  
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Porsche announced in Automotive News Europe that they will make a hybrid version of every model in its current lineup.  For lovers of high-performance hybrid sports cars (like the Porsche 918 hybrid supercar pictured above), this is pretty exciting news. Porsche actually had the world’s first hybrid car over 100 years ago, but didn’t continue making them when gas became super cheap, but this time around, the carmaker is really committing.  The reason for that commitment is that the European Union has introduced much stricter emissions regulations.  Porsche is required to cut its average emissions from 255 grams per kilometer to 216 in the next five years.  Several hybrids in its lineup will help to make those cuts

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Solar Roadway Idea Receives $50K in Funding

October 14, 2010 by  
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Husband and wife Scott and Julie Brusaw are the winners of the first GE Ecomagination Challenge for their Solar Roadway concept.  As winners they’ve been awarded $50,000 in cash to develop the idea. The concept for the solar roadway is just what it sounds like:  a road made up of solar panels.  The Brusaws are working with university researchers to develop a glass encasing for the panels that is as strong as or stronger than pavement.  Once that major hurdle is cleared, the team foresees stretches of roads and parking lots made from these panels that would power nearby businesses and EV charging stations. The cash award will be used towards research and bringing in experts to work on developing the idea

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Philadelphia Subway Feeding Braking Energy to Grid

September 8, 2010 by  
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When a subway train pulls into a station, it produces two things:  a loud screeching sound and lots of kinetic energy.  The Philadelphia subway is putting that second thing to good use by capturing the kinetic energy produced when trains put on the brakes. A 1.5-MW regenerative braking system will be installed along the Market-Frankford line, which has the highest ridership in the city.  A huge battery will capture the kinetic energy that will then be used by trains accelerating out of the stations, stored for future use or fed to the grid.  The Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will have the option to either use the power produced or sell it to the local utility. The trains already use regenerative braking on a smaller scale but half of the energy is lost as heat.  This pilot program is aiming to dramatically increase the power captured

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EV Makes Record-Breaking 624-Mile Trip on One Charge

May 26, 2010 by  
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The Japan EV Club has broken their own record by converting an electric car to make the longest trip without recharging, covering a whopping 623.76 miles! The Daihatsu Mira EV was outfitted with Sanyo batteries and converted from a gas car to an electric one.  The EV set the record on a track in Ibaraki, Japan, taking more than 22 hours to run out of juice and nearly doubling the club’s previous record of 345 miles last year. How did they do it?  Well, the 8,320 Sanyo #18650 batteries that the club installed probably had something to do with it.  The conversion likely cost upwards of $55,000 for the batteries alone, so don’t expect this type of range to appear commercially until battery technology improves.

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Nation’s First Freshwater Offshore Wind Farm Planned for Lake Erie

May 25, 2010 by  
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It’s an exciting time in wind energy these days.  The U.S. will be getting its first offshore wind farm thanks to Cape Wind’s long-awaited approval , and now plans for the first freshwater offshore wind farm in the U.S. have been announced as well.  The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp has signed a deal with GE to purchase five offshore wind turbines destined for the Ohio waters of the lake.

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