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Green Cars Part 3- Hydrogen

Posted 02-03-2009 at 01:14 PM by mattW

The more I delve into this topic the more detail I want to address, so rather than cover all three energy storage options in this post Iíve decided to give a more detailed look at hydrogen. Keep a look out for a look at compressed air and battery electric in the next two weeks. Hydrogen is the darling of the media, car manufacturers and oil companies alike. The general public seems fairly convinced that hydrogen vehicles are going to be the way of the future and a simple replacement for oil. Just...
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Why I'm not an Environmentalist

Posted 02-03-2009 at 01:17 PM by mattW

My concern for the environment started when earth, fire, wind, water and heart combined to fight the forces of corporate greed and irresponsibility. Yes, Captain Planet was my hero. Iíve had quite a lot of greening influences in my life, from cartoons, to a kidís solar experimentation kit, to my friendís parentís weird composting toilet. Iíve developed quite an awareness of global environment issues, especially to do with energy and I think make a decent effort to change my lifestyle in order to...
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Lithium vs Lead; the Great Cost Debate.

Posted 02-03-2009 at 01:21 PM by mattW

I've decided to try and work out the cost comparisons for a Lithium pack vs a Lead pack for a set range and a set number of years. Is Lead Acid actually cheaper or does is just seem that way up front? This article aims to find that out. The method is to get 10kWh of usable energy, Iíll try to get that with Lead and with Lithium and see what we find is cheaper in the long run. Assuming an efficiency of 250Wh per mile (a compact car) we should get a range of 40 miles (65km) with either pack. Iíll...
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Step 1: How to plan a DIY Electric Motorcycle

Posted 02-03-2009 at 01:34 PM by mattW

Last week I said that this blog would be part journal, part guide to the conversion process but I've decided to separate those two categories by having a build thread for the bike with pretty pictures and having this blog as a sort of step by step guide. I'll still give you updates here but primarily the build thread will be about how I'm doing it and the blog will be about how you can do it. Step one in that process is making your plans, what do you need to know in advance before you start in order...
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Featured EV Video: Craig Dusing's Chevy S-10

Posted 02-03-2009 at 01:45 PM by rbgrn
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This weekend we filmed some footage of Craig's S10 EV. I thought it was a very nice conversion although he wants to make it even cleaner still. The truck had plenty of pep and good range. If you have questions about this conversion, this is the place to ask.

He used 16 8v Trojan golf cart batteries to make a 144v system. His Zivan charger sits between the seats in the cab and he said he normally charges it by just running an extension cord up to the truck....
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