FYI, we came close to losing the power grid back in 2012. What we? Oh, just the planet.
says the Tesla Model S is a truly remarkable car.
(video) and the New York Times
(text) push the Tesla Model S
electric car to its limits
A Post-Mortem on India's Blackout:
IEEE Spectrum's energy, power, and green tech blog gives an excellent overview of what led to the devastating
blackouts that occurred
in India on July 30th and 31st leaving more than
600 million people (approx 10% of the world's population) without electricity. Bonus: BBC's Soutik Biswas gives us 10 interesting factoids on India's power
situation to chew on.
"Is that a pusher?
The amount of mass-market plug-in cars
coming out today attests to the popularity and practicality of electric vehicles. The two big remaining concerns are the range of EVs, and the efficiency of plug-in hybrids. Some people have
found the solution to both of these problems is a traditionally fueled pusher
or genset trailer or booster
. [more inside]
: the web's premier resource on the influential and inspirational electric music Miles Davis played from 1967 to 1991 [more inside]
Washington Post humor columnist Gene Weingarten somehow talked his way into reviewing a Chevy Volt (GM's new electric vehicle) for 7 hours over 4 days. That's about 6:30 more than most reviewers get to spend with the vehicle. What resulted is a auto review unlike any other you've read before.
Previously on Metafilter.
The Chevy Volt
plug-in electric goes 40 miles on battery alone, yet can go up to 350 miles. Top speed 100mph. How can you top that?
How about an 80 miles on battery, 500 miles total, and a top speed of 150mph and 0-60 in 3.9 seconds? The gasoline engine is a turbine (also used in jet engines). The Capstone CMT380
(PDF). [more inside]
The French government today said it was the victim of an "economic war" after Renault, the partially state-owned car maker, suspended three top executives over suspected leaks of secret electric car technology.
The French industry minister, Eric Besson, told French radio: "The expression 'economic war', while often outrageous, is for once appropriate here." He said the case illustrated "the risks our companies face in terms of industrial espionage, and economic intelligence".
Electric airplanes are not
idea, but there have been recent developments
in building affordable production electric sport aircraft. They are super quiet
, low vibration, highly reliable, simple and gas-free. [more inside]
Danny Gatton, 'the greatest unknown guitarist in the world' has been eulogised here previously
, but that was before someone had digitised and uploaded his instructional video and put it on You Tube. Here it is: 1
Funny, apocalyptic cultural-mashup stories circulated as text files from the hoary days of the Internet's early-'90s adolescence: A Peanuts Halloween II: Electric Boogaloo1
and Apocalypse Now (Or in That General Time Area): A Different Twist on the Final Judgement of Mankind2
, both by Gary Achenbach (a/k/a Subgenius Rev. Gar Drastic)
; Day of the Barney3
and Son of Barney4
by Brian Bull; and Star Wars: the Purple Sith5
, by Ali Hadden. [more inside]
Healthy competition can advance technology, and motorsports is a good example of this. The Isle of Man TT
has been a motorcycle proving ground since 1907, with a bike earning its mettle by doing ton-up
on the 38 mile course. Enter Michael Czysz and his MotoCzysz E1pc
. After disastrous failure at the Isle of Man TT the previous year, his company redesigned their electric sport bike from the ground up. The results could have wider implications for electric vehicles as a whole. Previously
. [more inside]
The status quo of electric cars: better batteries, same range:
A hundred years of advances in electric vehicle technology have scarcely improved the range of mass-produced electric vehicles.
Shocking photos of the Eyjafjallajökull
volcanic eruption: 1
and more volcano pictures from Marco Fulle taken on April 14th
, and 17th
I've always thought you were safe in a house from lightning storms as long as you were off the land-line or computer. A Mississippi man's Gibson Les Paul got positively roasted while sitting in his home, in its case, leaning against a wall. That's a powerful bolt
. Lots of gory photos here
and in the auction linked above including a nice shot of some of the parts
that exploded off of the guitar, some shooting like bullets
through the case.
Awesome! And it still held quite a bit of its value.
Via [more inside]
Shai Agassi's Audacious Plan to Put Electric Cars on the Road. Now it's Agassi's turn. He starts off uncharacteristically nervous, stammering a bit. He's got something different, he says. A new approach. He believes it just might be possible to get the entire world off oil. For good. Point by point, gaining speed as he goes, he shares for the first time in public the ideas that will change his future—and possibly the world's. [more inside]
Two takes on the immediate future of the electric car: we are either "Going Nowhere Fast
" (if you ask a petrolhead from Top Gear magazine
) or we are witnessing "The End of the Petrolhead
" (if you ask The Economist). A bestiary of current and planned models includes TeslaMotors
(now in production), Fisker Automotive
(who are being sued by Teslamotors), the GM Volt
(due 2010), The Lighting Car Company
, the plug in Prius
, the GWiz
(now slightly less squishy
apparently), the Corbin Sparrow
, a few (vapory?)
models from Zap!
and the wondrous Sinclair C5
He was called "the Telemaster", "the Humbler", and " the greatest unknown guitarist in the world". Danny Gatton
, revered by guitarists great and small, never achieved popular acclaim. His refusal to stick to any particular genre of music, and his reluctance to travel had much to do with that. But to those of us lucky enough to enjoy the Washington, DC music scene of the eighties and nineties got to see arguably the most talented electric guitar player
this country has produced.
Sometimes you've got a song or a tune but something's missing : call Mike Stern
, he could add some stuff
0 to 60 mph
in less than a second. Drag strip record of 155 mph
. And almost totally silent
the battery-powered drag racer KillaCycle
is everything the Segway is, but cheaper. Electric engine, 16-25 kilometers (10-15 miles) on a charge. Looks like fun [8mb qt]
for only less than EU1000 ($1300 US). (Currently not available in the US.)
Zap! is releasing their next electric car and it looks g-r-e-a-t
As an electric car enthusiast and a big fan of the Tesla Roadster
, I was excited to see more companies entering the sort of mainstream electric car market, even though we don't know when these will come out or what their MSRP will be like, though I'm sure it'll be pretty comparable to the Tesla's beefy $90k tag.
with 36-yo entrepreneur Elon Musk
and Tesla Motors
(22min, video or audio, Jan 3 2007).
is a solar, wind, and plug-in electric-powered "vehicle" making it [theoretically] energy autonomous. While solar vehicles
are not new, this pioneering consumer production model may find a niche market. June 2007, priced starting at 24,000€. Summary.
lends his name to an electric car
that can reach 60pmh in 4 seconds and travel 250 miles between charges. Early witnesses include Arnie
. An old Tesla rumour is that he made his own
back in the 1930s.
Who killed the electric car? [flash]
A documentary film (and flash website) about the mysterious demise of the electric car. The website contains a lot of information about the electric car and other alternative fuel cars in development. The film is coming to a theater near you, if you live in NY or LA. (Ok, actually a few other places.) Watch the trailer
. [embedded qt]
Photos before the show starts
Yakutat AK; Portland, OR; San Diego, CA; L.A; Cleveland, OH.
With gas prices rising, SUV sales
(16-20 mpg city) have been declining. What are some alternatives for urban commuters? Prius
(56 mpg) and other hybrid vehicles
(50 mpg city; available in Canada, but not the US) and other microcars
. Electric motor scooters and bicycles
. Electric cars like the General Motors EV1
seem to be stalled, although people are working on a battery-powered SmartCar
What about hydrogen vehicles? In the medium term, MIT's Laboratory for Energy and the Environment
doesn't think they'll outperform hybrids (full report
). A comparison of fuel-cell and battery electric vehicles
gets into some of the details of how they work.
Cool Keys Radio.
A true labor of electric piano love that will undoubtedly sate the taste of even the most ardent lover of the instrument.
I never would have imagined we'd see silent, full-powered, electric motocross bikes, but they actually exist
. Looks like they went for gas motor-like performance over range, but they'd probably be a blast if you had a small track near your house.
Mike's Electric Stuff
Glass tubes and high voltages galore. Of particular interest, tesla coils
, and how to build a clock using nixie tubes
, the prettiest display devices ever invented. If you can't build your own, other people will do it for you
Move over Segway!
Sir Clive Sinclair, who invented the first pocket calculator
(retailing at only £79.95 + VAT in 1972), the ZX80
, and the ZX81
with its massive
8K operating system, is promising an update to the Sinclair C5
that will compete with the Segway.
FORD Pulling Plug on Electric Car...
Ford Motor Co. on Friday said it was pulling the plug on its Think electric vehicle division
due to poor customer demand and lack of government support for the environmentally friendly cars.
"The bottom line is we don't believe that this is the future of environmental transport for the mass market."
Electric cars not good for the environment after all
(well, not the immediate environment surrounding them)? Thanks to a glitch in the electrical system of a charging Chrysler Gem, supermodel Veronica Webb's home burnt down, taking her dog and almost her husband with it.
Build your own electric VW Rabbit!
It's easy, just order the VoltsRabbit
kit and you can have your very own 90-mile range electric car. Bonus boints for converting a Rabbit Convertible
PG & E declaring bankruptcy.
So if every website in the bay area goes down, it may not be due to the dotcom fallout. And remember kids, when the lights go off, you'll want to loot your local Fry's
before anything else.