It’s certainly been too long since we’ve featured a cool vehicle. Geely McCar is cool, cute, and has an adorable name to match. Aww. In essence, Geely is an ultra compact, two-door, four-seater with a built-in, folding three wheeled electric scooter in the rear. When the scooter is docked, the car shares both its battery and electric motor to extend the all-electric range or ensure the scooter is fully charged. The vehicle is proposed as having choice of gas-electric hybrid or fully electric powerplants. Read more…
The Chevrolet Volt was assessed by experts as “the first mass-produced series hybrid/extended range electric vehicle. G.M. developed it from a concept in a remarkably short period of time and brought it to market on schedule and largely meeting its original performance targets.”
The Volt was also cited for its capacity to drive for 25 to 50 miles running on electric power alone, efficient for long range driving without the need to frequently charge for long hours.
According to the United States Environment Protection Agency, the Chevrolet Volt can go as much as 93 miles per gallon running on electric powerand at 37 mpg on gasoline.
The Volt is also said to generate carbon dioxide emissions of only 52 grams per kilometer.
Chevrolet Marketing’s vice-president Rick Scheidt praised their vehicle’s latest recognition as proof of their efforts for improved environmental vehicle standards.
“The selection of the Volt as the World Green Car is a further proof point of the fuel efficient technologies that are now being offered by the Chevrolet brand around the world,” Mr. Scheidt said. “This award, and the others that have preceded it, validate the efforts of the development team to build a truly remarkable vehicle with the potential to transform transportation around the globe.”
The vehicle toppled twelve other electric car entries from around the world in the competition. It also bested hybrid rivals Nissan Leaf and BMW’s 320d EfficientDynamics Edition in the finals selection.
The Volt has already received recognitions from various automobile magazine publications in the past. Among these are the Green Car Vision Award given by the Green Car Journal in 2009, the 2011 Automobile of the Year award by Automobile Magazine, and best engineered vehicle of 2011 from SAE International’s Automotive Magazine.
The World Green Car award is given to vehicles which employ the latest technological innovations aimed for environmental efficiency. Vehicle models vying for the award must be out in the market starting January 1, 2010 to May 30 of this year. Specifications of vehicle entries are assessed by three experts on green technology, which are handed down to 66 jurors for review.
The lumbering, polluting trucks that have collected garbage from French streets for years will soon become a noisy memory once a new generation of super quiet, all-electric vehiclesstarts making the rounds next week.
The zero-emission, made-in-France trucks are still large and bulky, but they promise to pack as much punch as their cousins with a vastly reduced impact on the environment and a relatively inoffensive, low humming engine sound.
All existing trucks– which operate on dual electric and thermal motors – will eventually be replaced by the new vehicles, of which 11 will be in operation by the end of this year, according to SITA France, a subsidiary of waste management company Suez Environnement.
“The engineers faced a real challenge of how to make it all work together – how they would be able to minimize overall electrical usage and come up with the vehicle that we have here,” said SITA industrial director, Cyril Fraissinet.
In the works for the past three years, the all-white trucks with the words “clean vehicle” proudly displayed on their flanks were developed by French company PVI, which makes electrical vehicles for industry, and Semat, a division of Zoeller that makes collection vehicles.
The new garbage trucks are fully computer-operated and include a screen inside the front cabin so that the driver can see colleagues working behind the truck.
Portland, Maine is expanding its airport and with the renovation comes a new geothermal system for heating and cooling. The builders estimate the system will save the airport 50,000 gallons in heating oll a year. The system will consist of a 120 wells and a series of fluid-filled pipes running about 500 feet under an employee parking lot.
The parking lot will act as a heat sink and underground temperatures should stay at around 55 degrees year-round. In the summers, the fluid in the pipes will help provide cooler air to the airport, while in the winter, the fluid will help heat the air to 55 degrees before the building’s heating system takes over. Read more…
Two major retail companies have announced that they’re ramping up the installation of EV charging stations in the parking lots of their stores, meaning EV drivers around the country will soon be able to fill up while they run errands.
Walgreens, in a partnership with NRG Energy, has already begun installing charging stations at stores in the Houston area of Texas, and now the company has announced that it will be adding the service to 18 of their stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth area too. Two types of stations will be available: a high-speed charger that can provide 30 miles of battery range in just 10 minutes and slower Level 2 chargers that provide about 25 miles of range in an hour.
Expanding out of Texas and in a separate venture with 350Green, the drugstore is installing 30 such charging stations in the Chicago area.
The other company providing convenient charging locations to shoppers is Simon Property Group, the largest owner of retail property space in the country – mainly shopping malls and shopping centers. The company has begun installing chargers at shopping centers in Florida and California, with plans to expand the service to its properties nationwide. Read more…
Better Place has announced a strategic agreement with China Southern Power Grid Co. (CSG), the world’s eighth largest utility company. The first step of the deal calls for the establishment of a battery swapping station and joint education center in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou before year’s end. Meanwhile details of a full-blown joint-venture partnership will be formalized. Additionally, the Guangzhou city government will encourage local automakers to manufacture electric cars with switchable batteries.
Our collaboration with China Southern and the support of the Guangzhou government open the door to new opportunities for switchable-battery electric cars made by Chinese manufacturers for the domestic and export markets.
Better Place sees a trend towards battery swapping being spearheaded by utility companies and local governments in China, says company spokesman John Proctor. Recently, at the “2011 International Forum on Electric Vehicle Pilot City an Industry Development” in Shanghai, the State Grid Corporation of China boldly announced that the nation will likely have more than 2,300 swapping stations installed by the end of 2015.
The tiny all-electric will be eligible for some major incentives: a $7,500 Federal tax credit, thousands more in state credits (California offers $5,000, Colorado $6,000, etc.), regional and local credits like the $3,000 rebate for residents of the San Joaquin Valley and some companies like Sony Pictures are offering up another $5,000 to employees.
In fact, if you are among the handful of Sony Pictures employees who reside in the San Joaquin Valley, you can get the iMiEV for about $8,000 after all the incentives are cashed in. Pretty incredible.
Even if you’re not among that small group, you can expect to take at least $10,000 off the top, which puts this car in the range of something like the Honda Fit. For an additional $2,790, it comes with a DC fast-charge port that delivers an 80 percent battery charge in only 30 minutes.
Interested buyers can register to pre-order the vehicle starting today.