Posts Tagged 'green'

The Electric Super-Car Arms Race Has Begun


Just under a week ago, Shelby Supercars (unrelated to the legendary Carroll Shelby) released the details for their 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, 1000 hp, 208 mph top speed electric super car called the Ultimate Aero EV. With the grandpappy of this niche, the Tesla Roadster, already being delivered and production of the Fisker Karma starting this year, it is safe to say that there is some competition in this high-end market.

If these companies can actually start churning out cars dependably, I am looking at you Tesla, I don’t think it is too much of a stretch to say that this technology will be used to create commuter cars that the mere mortal can afford. If you look back around the turn of the century to the beginning of the automobile era, you will see that they were originally high-end coach built machines that only the uber-rich could afford. Eventually, once they were able to be mass manufactured, they became much more affordable and eventually ubiquitous.

Something else to note about this is that most of this development in the electric vehicle space has been courtesy of free market forces (unless I am mistaken.) I am sure that public funding for green product and energy development is a positive, but perhaps truly sustainable and beneficial advances come from private sector activity.

And now, for no good reason really, a pic from the Tesla Roadster crash tests. Glorious and sad at the same time…

Pic from Autoblog.

Highway energy collection devices

Interesting approach to energy generation/collection. The force created from vehicles driving over a device generates electricity.

http://www.autobloggreen.com/2008/04/29/dragon-power-station-makes-electricity-from-traffic/

There are some interesting remarks in the comments, though, about it actually making the vehicles that drive over it less efficient. That energy needs to come from somewhere… The comments do discuss the possibility of installing it in areas where speed needs to be scrubbed anyways.

Green Holiday Gift Ideas

Have one more person on your list and can’t think of what to get them? How about a homemade gift made out of recycled materials? http://paperseed.wordpress.com/2007/10/15/recycled-gift-crafts/

Remember to wrap it in recycled or recyclable gift wrapping.

Latest Green Electronics

Advents’ Eco PC: http://www.engadget.com/2008/12/07/advent-eco-pc-gets-photographed-tested/

Solar LED Christmas Lights (no outlet required!): http://www.siliconsolar.com/solar-christmas-lights.html

New Electric Sports Car on the Scene (not the first, but looks good): http://www.engadget.com/2008/12/04/production-fisker-karma-gets-revealed-shakes-that-sexy-thang/

Techies are taking delivery of their electric auto’s: http://www.autobloggreen.com/2008/11/24/autobloggreen-visits-our-founder-to-try-out-his-tesla-roadster/

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion

A fascinating proposed method for harvesting energy from the sea. Sounds limited in it’s usefulness in different locals, but it seems as though it would immensely benefit the areas where it could be deployed.

Fundraising Q & A

We recently received this question in the form of a comment on our about page:

I am looking to start a non profit org. for alternative fuels. My goal is to travel cross country, in my dodge diesel towing a travel trailer, using only vegi oil from restaurants. I also want to educate and continue research in hydrogen fuel along the way. I am good with business and technical issues however, I am new to the fundraising/donation avenue and am looking for advice and where to start. I don’t have alot of money so I cannot affor to pay a fundrairser to do it for me.
Any help would be useful,
Thanks in advance,
Nick

It’s a great question and the cause definitely fits into what we do here. I started typing a response in the form of another comment, but decided it would fit even better as a post. Read on for the response…

Nick,

While we are a fundraising company, we don’t specialize in the large scale corporate fundraising you are discussing. Some of the same things that we see work for our fundraising partners would probably translate to your project.

Getting the word out about what you are doing is the most important step. And speaking to people face to face about what you are doing, while not as fast as other methods, is the most effective way of doing that. Often you will find that if something is on your mind, it will naturally come up in your day to day conversations. Don’t discount emails and letters, though. They can also pique interest in your cause.

Coincidentally, a co-worker of ours is involved with a run across the U.S. called “Running America.” He became involved with the project through a chance encounter, decided he wanted to be involved, and worked towards that goal. He will be traveling with them across America and handing out our prepaid “one million cell phones” return envelopes.

That brings me to another technique; align yourself with a similar cause or event. There is power in numbers! Just like when our partners collect cell phones at football games, or even the example above, you could coordinate with a similar event or events across the U.S.  I would even encourage you to contact Running America to see if there is a way that you could get involved. They are also interested in being environmentally friendly with their cross-country trip.

Thanks for your question Nick!

Grease Car by Choix Du Jour

Trailer for a movie about a cross country trip in a veggie oil fueled 1981 Mercedes. Includes interviews with celebrities like Morgan Freeman, Yoko Ono, Tommy Chong, and Noam Chomsky.

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