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By Robert Rapier on May 28, 2008 with no responses

The Solar-Powered Prius

Solar-Powered Prius (Source: At the end of my recent essay on Nissan’s electric car announcement, I wrote “For my next calculation, I need to see how much power I could generate by putting a solar panel on the roof of my electric car and letting it recharge all day.” In response, a reader wrote and told me that a feasibility study has been done for this on a Toyota Prius. The paper was the source of the above picture of the prototype: Prius White Paper From the paper: Abstract The major automobile manufacturers are producing hybrid automobiles, which are part electric and part gasoline powered. Could these automobiles take another step and obtain some of their fuel from the… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on May 14, 2008 with 1 response

Nissan Enters the Electric Arena

I am feeling more and more optimistic that we are going to soon have a decent choice of viable plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). Nissan has now announced that they will have an offering in the U.S. and Japan by 2010: Nissan plans electric car in U.S. and Japan by 2010 Nissan Motor plans to sell an electric car in the United States and Japan by 2010, raising the stakes in the race to develop environmentally friendly vehicles. The commitment – announced Tuesday by Nissan’s chief executive, Carlos Ghosn – will be the first by a major automaker to bring a zero-emission vehicle to the American market. Nissan also expects to sell a lineup of electric vehicles globally by 2012. In an… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jan 20, 2008 with 2 responses

Electric Cars versus the ICE

Someone asked today at The Oil Drum about the primary reasons one would favor electric cars over the internal combustion engine (ICE). I responded Yes. To me there are two big incentives. One is that electric motors are much more efficient than the ICE. Second is that electricity can come from such a large diversity of sources. Yes, it’s coal now. It can increasingly be solar, biomass gasification, nuclear, wind, geothermal, etc. There just aren’t too many liquid options, and different liquid fuels may require different engines. But I decided to double-check the efficiency numbers, and came across the following link: Debunking the Myth of EVs and Smokestacks Now you know a love a good debunking, so I had a… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jan 14, 2008 with no responses

Toyota Promises Plug-in Hybrid

Move over, Chevy Volt. You have some very serious competition: Toyota Will Offer a Plug-In Hybrid by 2010 DETROIT — The Toyota Motor Corporation, which leads the world’s automakers in sales of hybrid-electric vehicles, announced Sunday night that it would build its first plug-in hybrid by 2010. The move puts Toyota in direct competition with General Motors, which has announced plans to sell its own plug-in hybrid vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt, sometime around 2010. Katsuaki Watanabe, the president of Toyota, announced the company’s plans at the Detroit auto show as part of a series of environmental steps. Mr. Watanabe said Toyota, best known for its Prius hybrid car, would develop a fleet of plug-in hybrids that run on lithium-ion batteries,… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Dec 28, 2007 with no responses

Vinod Khosla on Plug-in Hybrids

I am in rural Oklahoma with dial-up access currently indicating 50.6 Kbps, but I wanted to get this out there. Odograph pointed this PHEV story out yesterday, but now Vinod Khosla has dropped by and left his comments in the story: Vinod Khosla blows his credibility dissing plug-ins Khosla’s comments (which I broke into paragraphs and corrected a couple of typos): First, bloggers jump the gun without understanding the details of what one is saying. My paper on Biofuels Pathways ( ) explains the details. The key question is how many people will pay $5000 more for a basic hybrid car that reduces carbon emissions by 25% (about the same as corn ethanol by the way) versus a flex-fuel car… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Oct 1, 2007 with no responses

Review: How Can We Outlive Our Way of Life?

“Have the guts to consider the silent consequences when standing in front of the next snake-oil humanitarian.” Nassim Nicholas Taleb in The Black Swan I believe our generation faces a sobering choice: Take serious steps to reduce our fossil fuel usage now – and this will undoubtedly entail some amount of hardship – or leave it to our children to face a great deal of hardship. I firmly believe this is our choice, and we must look to solutions that move us in that direction. I also believe that if most people understood that we are pushing a very serious problem onto our children – instead of assuming scientists and engineers will solve the problem – then we would collectively… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Aug 13, 2007 with no responses

The Chevy Volt Rolls On

General Motors is moving forward with the Chevy Volt: Novel Batteries Get a Boost General Motors has announced it will work directly with A123 Systems, a start-up based in Watertown, MA, to develop batteries that are fine-tuned for the Chevrolet Volt, an electric vehicle scheduled for production in 2010 or 2011. The new agreement between the companies is designed to speed the vehicle to market. GM has announced a series of contracts with various battery makers in recent months. The deal with A123 is viewed as an indication that GM thinks they can deliver the batteries that the Volt will require to achieve the desired 40 mile range on a single charge. A123′s advantage is explained as: A123 uses a… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on May 17, 2006 with no responses

Wednesday Quick Hits

Plug-In Hybrids The more I learn about plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), the more convinced I am that this would be a far better use of our alternative energy dollar than subsidizing corn ethanol. Learn All About Plug-In Hybrids (PHEVs) here. Thanks to Leanan at The Oil Drum for highlighting this story. Scientists speak, but will the politicians listen? Scientists Back Plug-In Hybrids WASHINGTON – A group of scientists urged Congress on Wednesday to fund research for plug-in hybrid vehicles, touting the technology as another way to reduce the nation’s dependence on oil through the help of a simple electrical socket. With high gas prices straining some Americans’ budgets, advocates of the alternative vehicles told a House committee that plug-in hybrids could… Continue»