To no one’s surprise, there’s been some news lately about both a (potential) BBB (Big Battery Breakthrough) as well as RCH (Really Cheap Hydrogen).
Starting with the BBB, we have Japan’s Sekisui Chemical develop Silicon based 600 km range battery:
Sekisui Chemical has developed a material that can triple the capacity of lithium ion batteries, allowing electric . . . → Read More: Hydrogen vaporware vs. the Big Battery Breakthrough
Finally, at long last, there’s word that Nissan might give Leaf buyers an option about battery size.
Long-time readers of this site know that I’ve been pushing for this for quite some time. Instead of trying to guess which one battery size will make your EV product offering the most profitable, why not give the customer . . . → Read More: Can we have some EV sanity?
I think it’s absolutely crucial as we deal with energy and environmental issues that we recognize the interactions between pieces of systems, and between subsystems within our entire biosphere. Climate change, energy consumption, politics, economics, psychology, non-greenhouse gas pollution — it’s quite a big ball of stuff we’re trying to get our arms around and . . . → Read More: Driving on LEDs
From a press release issued by the IEA (emphasis added):
Contact: IEA Press Office, email@example.com
IEA sees growth of natural gas in power generation slowing over next 5 years
But ‘Golden Age’ still in full swing as gas emerges as a significant transportation fuel, new report says
SAINT PETERSBURG, 20 June – Natural gas will continue to increase its share . . . → Read More: IEA and natural gas projections
From the University of Michigan comes the utterly unsurprising result that EVs aren’t clean enough unless and until we clean up electricity generation, with a decidedly weird public policy spin added.
U of M researcher says plug-ins, hydrogen cars are ‘no carbon cure-all’ (quoting from the university’s press release at the bottom of the linked article):
Making cars . . . → Read More: EVs and cleaning up the power supply
I had an experience recently that was equal parts amusing and enlightening. I had to run an errand to a local equipment rental franchise, and I parked my Leaf in front of the building, near floor-to-ceiling windows. While I was talking with one of the employees, another one looked at my car and asked . . . → Read More: Some EV thoughts
Green Car Congress: US DOE to award up to $20M for research on methane hydrates [emphasis added]:
The US Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory has issued a solicitation (DE-FOA-0000891) for up to $20 million in funding for projects that focus on the following three technical topic areas: (1) characterization of methane hydrate deposits; . . . → Read More: Two policy head-shakers
Herewith, a brief update on our experience in living with a Nissan Leaf…
Bottom line: We like the car a great deal, even more than we thought we would. It’s really quiet (more on this below), it’s a pleasure to drive (ditto), and the recharging stuff is, well, a work in progress.
Quiet: I haven’t used the . . . → Read More: Early Leaf impressions
Well, I did it. I traded in my 2006 Scion xA on a Nissan Leaf S lease, which we will be picking up in about an hour.
Since there’s a lot of discussion about what people “should” be driving, including some here about what I should be driving, let me explain what motivated me to take . . . → Read More: Farewell Space Wart, hello Maple TREE
My wife and I are in the midst of trying to figure out what to do about replacing our 2006 Scion xA, a.k.a. Space Wart, and the “right” answer is less obvious than it might seem. Since I get asked about what car people should buy a lot, let me talk about my own situation . . . → Read More: Some transportable thoughts