Ford Focus Electric Customers can Drive Green for Life

Ford Motor Company and SunPower are offering a rooftop solar system option which will be sold alongside the upcoming Ford Focus EV. The “Drive Green for Life” program, as it’s being called, involves mounting solar panels on a customer’s home.

American made: Building the 2011 Chevrolet Volt

if you ever wondered how Chevy volt is assembled, click on the youtube video to see the entire process collapsed into 1 minute and 55 secs.

First Looks at the Honda Fit EV

The highly anticipated Honda Fit EV Concept All Electric Car offically unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show today.

Honda Fit

Honda Fit

The EV model is a brother to the gas sipping standard Honda Fit but with an “electric motor similar to that it developed for the Clarity fuel cell vehicle and a lithium-ion battery pack”

Quick Facts about the Fit

  • 12hr charge at 120V, 6hr charge at 240V
  • 90MPH top speed
  • Coaxial electric motor provides ~2.0L performance
  • ~100mi range
  • Compatible with Honda-branded “charging stand”
  • Normal, Econ, and Sport drive modes
  • Smartphone and computer applications for monitoring battery, assistance, etc.
  • Honda expects the Fit EV to shift into production in starting 2012. More information is available on the official Honda Fit EV Concept Site

    Sources
    Honda Shows Off Its Fit EV
    Honda has an electric Fit

    Oregon based Motorcycle Company Brammo Takes Preorders for Enertia Plus Electric Bike

    The Enertia Plus, is Brammo’s fifth and latest electric motorcylce and is set for delivery in 2011. The Enertia Plus’ suggested retail price is $8,995 and comes stock with a 6.0 kWh Brammo Power Lithium Ion battery pack.

    According to the company’s chief executive Craig Bramscher, the Enertia Plus is a zero-emissions motorcycle that will travel 80 miles on one charge, over 60 miles per hour, and should take about 6 hours to fully power up at any electric vehicle (EV) charging station with Level 1 capabilities. By contrast, Brammo’s debut machine, the Enertia, went only 40 miles on a single charge and used 3.2 kWh Valence-branded batteries


    Read more at Brammo’s Newest Electric Motorcycle, The Enertia Plus, Gets 80 Miles Per Charge

    RAD Ceiling Mount Bike Hoist

    Lift heavy bikes up to 55lbs capacity. Hooks are designed with a rubber coating to protect your bicycle from scratches.


    Take the dog for a walk

    I saw the Walky Dog Hands Free Bicycle Leash on amazon this morning and thought some of you might find it interesting. It should be especially handy if you tend to take your dog along during treks around PDX. It also includes a 5 LED helmet light so that you can go ‘hands free’!.



    Read more abou the Bicycle leash here.

    Nissan Leaf tops the Chevy Volt with 367 MPG

    The Nissan Leaf is a zero emssion, plug-in electric card.  It tops the Chevy Volt stagger fuel efficiency with whopping 367 MPG. Business week reports that the Leaf [will] run a 100 miles on a single charge [and] will cost no more to buy and run than a traditional gasoline-powered car. Charging time is estimated at seven hours, however a 30-minute quick charge can get batteries back up to 80% of full power.”

     

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/15/nissan-says-its-new-electric-car-the-leaf-gets-367-miles-per-g/

    2010 will be a privitol year for alternative energy cars. The electric Nissan Leaf will be introduced late next year in the U.S., Europe and Japan plus the much anticipated Chevy volt will charge into showroom.

    Read more about the Nissan Leaf and on BusinessWeek.

    Amsterdam: Bike Capital of the world

    Portland is touting itself as the bike capital of the United States.  So how does it compare to the bike capital of the world, Amerstdam?

    "Amsterdam is truly a bicycle city, with every road containing bike lines – and even some with traffic lights aimed only at bicycle riders. Amsterdam has become a bike city for a couple of reasons: First, it's almost entirely flat; and second, many of the brick-paved roads and bridges are so narrow that they seem uniquely suited to bike and scooter traffic."

    Read more at io9, http://io9.com/5336394/is-the-bike-city-an-alternate-universe-or-a-glimpse-of-your-urban-future/gallery/

    230 MPG!!

    If the new Chevy Volt actually hits the market next year, there will finally be a car that addresses  the majority of driving styles, if not the majority of pocketbooks. With their announcement that the Volt will travel about 40 miles on a charge, many drivers will not have to buy gasoline for months at a time. Then, when you do need to go for a roadtrip, the Volt will deliver up to 230 Miles Per Gallon with a gas powered generator keeping the batteries charged. As U.S.A. Today stated (http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2009-08-11-chevrolet-volt_N.htm?csp=34), this may be the start of looking at cost per mile of driving rather than miles per gallon.

     

    The O-Train: Ottawa’s Light Rail

    The O-Train is Ottawa’s first experience with light rail transit. The O-Train travels an 8-km track past five stations, two of which connect to the city’s bus rapid transit system (the “Transitway”), over two bridges and through a tunnel beneath Dow’s Lake. The line serves Carleton University, a major employment centre, and a shopping mall in a densely populated neighbourhood.

     

     

    The O-Train was initiated to assess the technical feasibility of using an existing rail corridor for rapid transit, to validate expectations about ridership, performance and cost, and to allow proper analysis of possible larger-scale implementation.

    Budget:

    • Capital costs: $21 million
    • Two-year operating costs: $8 million 

    Results:

    • Daily ridership: 9,000+
    • Car trips removed per day: 3,000+
    • Wheelchair and bicycle accessible
    • Annual revenues of $1.6 million, with a revenue/cost ratio of 36% compared to the transit system average of 55%
    • 99% on time, compared to 70% for the overall transit system

    O-Train Wikipedia page