Monday, February 28, 2011

Switching to Electric vehicle vs. CNG

Switching from normal gas car to an electric is simple but expensive. In order to do that a new electric vehicle needs to be purchased. New Electric vehicle prices range from $6000 to $100000 depending on class and style, whether as switching to CNG is much cheaper and affordable.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

clean ozone

When it comes to electric cars they produce no pollution at the tailpipes and that makes for cleaner cities and a cleaner world. When you are not burning fuel this then makes for the plant to become “green” and makes it safer for the people that are around on the planet. When you charge a vehicle using a charging station this uses low carbon intensity. In the long run people will see less pollution in the air, which will help with the ozone layer and allow for our species to survive longer.


Power source pollution
Those two power source types differ in energy source.
Let’s have a look at CNG. First question is: where does CNG comes from? CNG comes from the earth’s core, in a mixture of gases and then isolated into primary methane and ethane. It doesn’t carry much of importance of what happens next to the gas itself whether it gets stored or imported.

Electric VS CNG !!!COMFORT!!!!

Comfort and Convenience
Looking at differences and similarities in convenience and comfort of daily uses in CNG vs. Electric. If same technology applies (e.g. using carbon fiber for body parts for light weight) in engineering vehicles to both types of energy sources the CNG will take advantage.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Having Fun With Electric Cars

Electric can be fun. It really can be.

There’s a lot of information going around about the electric car, and it can be difficult to get a grasp of an unfamiliar technology and how it works. All that mental work can be very draining after a while. It’s important to settle down once in a while and recharge. Lean back, relax and enjoy this video of They Might be Giants’ “Electric car” from their fourth children’s album Here comes the Science (2009).

It’s good for the children. It’s good for the environment.

When you think of electricity, think of friendship. Then think of Tom Hanks.

Friday, February 25, 2011


While public and private sectors race to provide charging stations to accommodate the increased demand for electric vehicles, the reality is that you will not find charging stations on every street corner, at least not yet.

How are you going to charge your new electric vehicle?   Thinking about this ahead of time will save potential frustration later.   If you live in a single-family residence, you may want to consider providing your own charger; this however does require a bit of research and depending upon where you live, you may discover that between applicable rebates and tax incentives, your personal charger is basically free.

The Increasing “Cool” Factor of Electric Cars.

When we think of electric cars, it’s possible some of us imagine something that looks like a modified golf cart, something clunky.

 Or perhaps a smooth looking, cozy little death trap:

During the mid 1970’s, the Sebring-Vanguard Citicar was produced. It looked like this
It is the most produced electric car in American History. It had a range of about 40 miles (64km) per charge, with top speeds at 30 mph (48 km/h) - 50 mph (80 km/h). To be fair, it was produced in part to address the then current energy crisis. Style was obviously not the first priority.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Electric Vehicles for the Budget Minded Enthusiast

As the new line of electric cars rolls onto the market, many budget conscious (broke) consumers may regrettably look into their wallets, gaze into crystal balls, or consult the stars to see that a brand new electric car isn’t in their near future. America expects to have 1.5 million cars by 2015, while on the other side of the world, China expects to have 100 million charging stations by the same year. Is there nothing the lowly enthusiast can do to join this brave new world?

The NanoBus: An Overhead Wire-free, Hybrid Diesel/Electric City Bus

No overhead wires needed for this electric city bus, there are charging stations at each end of the route, recharging takes 5-10 minutes and will get the bus to the other end of the route (approx 10-15 km). The diesel hybrid option is in place in case of heavy traffic, missed recharging opportunity, or high use of A/C on a hot day that may deplete the electricity before getting to the next recharging station, the bus then switches to diesel powered electricity as opposed to grid powered.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Open Source Electricity

No, there isn’t a campaign to socialize our high utility costs.

Instead, different strategies to deal with the issue of providing energy to the growing electric car market are being explored in different countries. Currently, in America, there are charge stations available in certain locations, but nothing designed to support a broad customer base. 

In Israel, the electric car market has been developing over the last few years (since 2008), and it looks like 2011 is the big debut as electric cars and chargers flood the Israeli market, intended to ultimately represent 30% of the market. They have met their deadline so far, and one of the pressing issues is how Israel, who depends a lot on burning coal and oil for energy, will be able to provide the energy for the vehicles to run and for society to continue to run smoothly. 

The proposed model is that the projected two million cars (yes million) will be connected to a grid and managed by shared software that will coordinate and manage recharging “without the addition of a single generator or transmission line.” How this will be accomplished is not specified but we can guess.

Monday, February 21, 2011

BECOME AN ELECTRIC CAR PIONEER - Electric Cars, Packed With A Trunkful of Perks

Federal tax credits, state rebate checks, personal charging stations, home visits, government giveaways; even customer service calls from top corporate executives.   These are the perks currently available when purchasing one of the new electric vehicles on the market.   All this attention, from governments and automakers, is part of a deliberate effort to foster a demand for cars that produce no tailpipe emissions and pioneering individuals will reap these substantial financial benefits.

Report: Cut Battery costs out of the Vehicle Equation

As we know the price of electric cars is higher than normal cars. The reason for me to choose this article to post is that this blog talked about how to lower the price of electric car, which is very important to those who want to buy a electric vehicle. 

Cutting the cost of the battery out of the cost of owning an electric vehicle could be a key way to push electric vehicle into the mass market. That’s according to a report (“Changing the Game”) released Thursday from consulting giant Accenture, which studied EV pilot projects from the Netherlands to the U.K. to Japan. 

The report found that amidst the many technical, regulatory and market challenges that remain between today’s nascent industry and President Barack Obama’s call for 1 million electric cars on U.S. roads by 2015, the main barrier is cost of EVs — and not surprisingly it’s the batteries’ fault.

Getting a Charge Out of Your Electric Car

Range anxiety. Charge time.

These are two serious concerns for prospective adopters of electric car technology.

Charging time and charge rate depend on a variety of factors. Most figures assume a battery is empty when they “sell” the stats on a particular car. On the other end, things such as the weather also affect how far you can go, as well as what type of driving you do. Unless you are taking a long range trip, you are unlikely to maintain a certain speed continuously. The figures offered tend to err on the side of being conservative. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Getting to Know the Electric Car

So there you are, wondering what an electric car looks like. You’ve thought about the environment. You’ve thought about extending your boundaries and exploring an alternate mode of transportation. You even have the disposable income to possibly even invest in one. But then comes the $87,000 dollar question. Would I want to drive this? Would a 16 year old want to drive this? 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Looking for Incentive?

In 2003, the government subsidized the SUV market by giving up to $100,000 in deductions for the purchase—making such a vehicle practically free if you could afford the cost upfront. It was technically part of a bill designed to help farmers purchase vehicles, but any vehicle around 6,000 Lb was eligible, not just those intended for use on farms. This loophole was exploited by car salesmen, consumers, and oil companies alike. The environment was not consulted. Over 100 million dollars were allocated that year for such an expense. Although the subsidy was decreased afterward, the loophole remains. Next year, the figure may be as high as $500 million.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Sad History of the Electric Car

Many people, (including myself) have been under the mistaken impression that electric cars are a new experimental development in the auto industry—a car of the future. However this is not the case. Electric cars have been around since 1835 when an American named Thomas Davenport created the world’s first small locomotive for public consumption. The first electric vehicle was an electric carriage created by a Scottish inventor named Robert Anderson, but it wasn’t very practical. The above photo is an ad for one of his later models—the Detroit Electric, with various models in production from 1907-1939. By this time (1859), rechargeable batteries had been developed. The first vehicles were not so practical as to be used on a regular basis, due to the need to replace the batteries after their energy was exhausted. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Rolling Power Shortage

Gas and oil products in general are famous of pollution. One day will definitely run out of gas. There must be other forms of energy to take over or at least participate in our life activities especially transportation. Car producers have gotten themselves new methods of making cars. Nowadays, those cars have many electrical components. As a result, it is expected that those electrical parts help reduce consuming gas.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Different prices for different people

I would like to take a brief look in history. I would like to go all the way back to when the electric car was first made. The year that this car was first made was 1830 by inventor Robert Anderson. Shortly after the first electric car was first made others began to come up with other makes and models. Now that we have had a brief history lesson let’s take a look at today and different popular makes and models of the electric car and natural gas automobiles.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Electric Motorcycle

The current trend in automotive technology is toward all electric motors.  With zero on board emissions and max drive ranges increasing every year the electric motor is quickly being recognized as the future of automotive technology. 

However, four wheeled vehicles do not represent all of traffic that passes over our streets and highways.  There is a large motorcycle culture in America that stretches from coast to coast.  The question I had was how electric motors fit in to this motorcycle culture.

Friday, February 4, 2011

CNG Refueling Stations

As demand increases for CNG vehicles, the infrastructure for them will also need to increase. CNG Refueling Stations may only exist in certain states, however the underground pipeline system is in place to distribute the gas all over the country. The US Department of Energy states "Gas is distributed between and within states by 300,000 miles of transmission pipelines. An additional 1.9 million miles of distribution pipes transport gas within utility service areas. The distribution system also includes thousands of delivery, receipt, and interconnection points; hundreds of storage facilities; and more than 50 points for exporting and importing natural gas."  By using the existing natural gas pipeline infrastructure CNG can be provided to consumers in the US. Check out this Natural Gas distribution map from the US Energy Information Administration found here:
Renewable Energy: Making Electric Vehicles even Greener

Electric cars are a great alternative to the oil-burning, earth polluting traditional cars you see on the roads today. Electric cars have virtually zero emissions, however, when the electricity to run an EV is produced, it is mostly done so by burning coal; in fact about 50% of the electricity produced in the U.S. is from burning coal. Electricity can be produced in much more cleaner, and greener ways; by using renewable energy.