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How To Convert Your Car To An Electric Vehicle

by Justin Thomas •

Gasoline-powered cars are perhaps the most inefficient devices that many of us use daily. The internal combustion engine is inefficient in term of pollution, gas costs and maintenance costs. Electric motors are comparatively simple devices that do not require much maintenance at all. But, as you may know, it’s difficult to obtain an commercial electric car today. One option is …

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A Round-Up Of 100% Electric Cars

by Justin Thomas •

Electric Cars Making A Comeback in 2011

See our updated report on Electric Cars In 2011. At MetaEfficient, I am a strong advocate of car-free living (see my review of the books How To Live Well Without Owning A Car and Car-Free Cities). However, clean, electric vehicles can be useful in some situations. If you recharge them using a renewable energy source such as solar power, they …

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Danish Drivers To Fill Their Tanks With Wind Power

by Justin Thomas •

Denmark has a problem — it’s generating too much power from the wind. Currently, Denmark gets about 20% of its total electrical power from wind. On windy days, that percentage can double. The ups and downs of wind power can strain an electricity grid. In western Denmark, the price of electricity can drop to zero on a windy day, leaving …

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Toyota To Release Plug-In Hybrid In 2010

by Justin Thomas •

Toyota has just announced that it plans on building its first plug-in hybrid by 2010. This car will be direct competition with GM’s high-profile Volt, which is set to released that year. However, many pundits believe that the Volt is “vaporware” and will not be released in 2010.

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Hybrid Gets 150 Miles Per Gallon Using Ultracapacitors

by Justin Thomas •

It’s a prototype hybrid car that gets 150MPG, and goes 40 miles on electricity alone, drawing its power from a combination of lithium-ion batteries and ultracapacitors. The ultracapacitors provide a burst of energy to the engine, when needed. They are then recharged by the lithium-ion batteries. This avoids the problem of emptying the batteries too fast, which can cause them …

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Aptera Test Drive A Success!

by Justin Thomas •

It’s the Aptera — a futuristic car that has generated a lot of buzz lately — and with good reason — the Aperta is a very, very efficient vehicle (just check out the video: you’ll see what I’m talking about). The car’s head-turning design has a purpose: the shape is highly aerodynamic (much like a jet). It ready available for pre-order, …

First Hybrid Car To Use Lithium-Ion Battery

by Justin Thomas •

Ener1, an alternative energy company, has become the first to successfully integrate a lithium-ion battery into an operating hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), an important milestone for the electric vehicle industry. The company’s battery division, EnerDel, will exhibit its lithium-ion battery pack in an operating HEV at the EVS-23 show in Anaheim, California Dec. 2-4.

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Volvo Unveils A Plug-In Hybrid

by Justin Thomas •

Volvo is unveiling an innovative plug-in hybrid at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The ReCharge Concept is a specially designed Volvo C30 with individual electric wheel motors and batteries that can be charged via a regular electrical outlet. When fully charged the Volvo ReCharge Concept can be driven approximately 62 miles on battery power alone before the car’s four-cylinder 1.6 Flexifuel …

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Lithium-Powered Electric Car Now Available In U.K.

by Justin Thomas •

See our new review of Electric Cars In 2011 This month sees the launch of the Elettrica, the first production electric car on the UK market with the option of a lithium power supply. The car is said to provide almost twice the range of other small electric cars at 70 miles. Lithium-ion batteries are more commonly found in laptops …

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$30,000 Electric Car For 2009

by Justin Thomas •

Miles Rubin, founder of Miles Automotive Group, wants to build an all-electric car that costs $30,000. It would be a zero-emissions vehicle with a top speed of 80 miles per hour and a range of 120 miles. Basically, the idea is to have this electric car compete head-to-head with a conventional sedan like the Camry. Rubin’s company already builds low-speed …