New EVs in 2012

There are more electric cars being brought out all the time, and each new car offers a little bit more in terms of range, top speed and battery power.

The most impressive range on a production family EV will undoubtedly be that offered by the Tesla Model S. The second car to be produced by the Palo Alto startup company Tesla will be available from spring 2012 and will have a maximum range of 300 miles.

This range maximum is dependent on buying the biggest available battery pack to go with the Model S. The base level has a battery pack that will give a range of 160 miles and costs $50,000. Each upgrade in battery will add $10,000 to the cost of the car. There’s an intermediate battery pack which will give a range of 230 miles. The battery packs can be charged in 45 minutes, which is drastically quicker than other EV charging times.
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Where the UK’s Electricity Comes From

Report created and compiled by Good Energy

The research method

Because there is currently no published data to help us determine exactly where UK imports it’s fuel from to power its many fossil-fuelled and nuclear electricity generators, we’ve had to use the available data to work it out for ourselves.

So, in lieu of a having a tracking mechanism to tell us where a lump of coal or therm of gas gets used, we have determined where our fuel for our electricity generators comes from by looking at the countries we import our fuels from – and spit these proportions against the coal, gas and nuclear components of the UK’s electricity fuel mix. You can check the data we used in this analysis by clicking on the links in our explanation below – there are a few steps in the process.

  1. Firstly, UK Fuel Mix Disclosure – the electricity grid mix of where UK consumers get their electricity from – was used to form the basis of our calculations. This gives us a clear, annually-updated snapshot of exactly what proportion of coal, nuclear, gas and renewable generators are providing us with electricity.
  2. Fuels that have been imported to not fit one, specific purpose. Natural gas, for example, is used in manufacturing, burned to generate electricity and is distributed around our gas network to heat our homes and cook our food. So we have looked at the countries we import all fuel from – and split these proportionally against the coal, gas and nuclear components of the UK’s electricity fuel mix.

Where the UK’s electricity comes from

Source: Green Energy, Renewable Energy Company

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Future Car Power

It’s very difficult to discern exactly what the future holds for the power source for cars.

The way things are currently heading, it seems most likely that hybrid cars will dominate the foreseeable future – with the battery technology improving continually as the electrical component gradually takes over more of the power source from the petrol or diesel.

But this is by no means certain. There are many other competing technologies that could yet gain the upper hand.

All-electric cars remain slightly problematic due to their still relatively limited ranges – though this is improving continually as is the length of time needed to fully recharge the batteries. Nevertheless, it seems likely that the hybrid versions will dominate for the time being – judging by the concept cars being introduced around the globe by the world’s major manufacturers.
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Quality Fabric Of The Month

Published by Textile World on 21 March 2011 by Janet Bealer Rodie
Merino State offers new high-performance and eco Merino wool blends for athletic and outdoor applications and for all seasons.

Wool is increasingly being touted as a performance fiber, and, indeed, it performs quite well as an inherently thermal-regulating, moisture-wicking, antimicrobial, insulating, water-repellent, breathable, comfortable, durable, biodegradable material. Soft, fine-micron Merino wool is used not only in fashion and corporate apparel, but also in sports and outdoor apparel, and for all seasons. Australia- and New Zealand-based Charles Parsons’ Merino State brand offers Merino and Merino-blend fabrics for all of these uses. Its newest performance and eco Merino fabrics recently were launched to the U.S. market at the 2012 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City.
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Earth Friendly Products Launches ‘Get Washed’ Video Contest On Facebook

Published by SeatlePI on Wednesday 21 March 2012
Makers of ECOS offer plenty of green: up to $10,000 in prize money.

Earth Friendly Products is going creatively viral; the green company has launched a high-profile video contest on Facebook that already looks like a winner. Entitled ‘Get Washed’ for its #1 selling green detergent, ECOS Liquid Laundry, the contest was conceived by president John Vlahakis to give consumers a chance to experience ECOS and grasp the company’s use of solar and alternate energy in all of its five manufacturing facilities.
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Change your driving style to save fuel

We all try to cut down on the amount of fuel we use, both for the sake of our wallets and the sake of the planet.

It can be hard to do less driving if you’re used to the convenience of jumping in the car, but if you want to cut down on fuel, you need to think about leaving the car at home at least a few times a week.

Honda Insight

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How a hybrid car is a green choice

Everyone has heard of hybrids these days, but although some people have gone out and bought them, others still don’t know enough about them to judge if they’re a good buy or not.

Honda Jazz

So, how does a hybrid work and how does this make it environmentally friendly? Put simply, the hybrid car uses two sources of power, instead of just the conventional petrol or diesel engine. The hybrid powertrain includes a small internal combustion engine that is assisted by an electric motor. The electric motor is powered by its own battery – increasingly a lithium-ion one as they are lighter and smaller than the batteries made of metal-nickel-hydride, so they reduce the weight of the car (and the energy required to propel it).
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Eco Cars Make Inroads

If the latest new car sales data for the UK are to be believed, then environmentally friendly vehicle options are beginning to make real inroads into the market.

Honda CR-Z Hybrid

At the moment, the sales remain relatively trifling in percentage terms, but they’re still at record levels – which begs the question; if they can do well in such economically depressing times when consumers are generally feeling so cash-strapped, then what will they be like in the good times?
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Turn-Off The Lights In The Office Buildings!

During night and especially at the twilight buildings compose nicely with other elements of the photographic scene. Sometimes it looks stunning, however. There is a small issue with that and forgetting for a while the nice views, think about the energy draw this fully lighted scenery causes.

Looks Great but What a wasteWhy big offices and banks keep lights on 24 hours a day all year long?
Is it the way how they show their consideration and care for the environment? Is it how they take about saving energy and money? I doubt about that because it costs billions. Is that energy suppliers have something to do with that and banks with big corporation help them make bit bucks? Who really benefits from this type of behaviour?

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Are solar powered cars a possibility?

For all the advances in motor technology, cars still look and behave basically as they did 100 years ago. They’re four-wheeled boxes running on an internal combustion engine.

Recent years have seen major advancements, though, in alternatively fuelled vehicles such as hybrid cars or all-electric cars. The world has simultaneously seen big steps forward in solar technology.

So the big question is whether the two will ever be able to come together to give the planet a solely solar-powered car.

The short answer is “probably” – but it will take a while.

There are already solar-powered cars that take part in solar challenges such as the North American Solar Challenge in the U.S. and Canada, and the World Solar Challenge across the Australian outback – whereby teams of budding engineers from universities around the globe build and race solar-powered cars.

Solar Car
Tokai University’s Solar Car “Tokai Challenger”. The winner of 2009 Global Green Challenge. Source: Wikipedia/Solar Car

These are very lightweight vehicles, which are wide and flat for minimal wind resistance and maximum solar panel allowance. They usually carry only one person, but can reach speeds of 50 mph and cover hundreds of miles, crossing entire continents without using any fuel; not so much low emission cars as no emission cars!

At the moment, though, the large solar panels and battery packs required to make such cars practical for everyday use mean solar isn’t a practical option. But it’s on is way, gradually, and the technology developed in the engineers’ challenge events is used by major manufacturers.

As battery technology develops and they get lighter, and solar power improves further by means as yet unknown, then it seems we will see a solar powered car – i.e. on which continually recharges a powerful battery in the same way that all-electric cars currently work. Before that happens, it seems likely that we’ll see solar playing an ever-increasing role in recharging the batteries of electric cars as a supplement rather than sole power source.