Category Electric Vehicle

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5 de marzo: Dia mundial de la eficiencia energética

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Hoy, 5 de marzo, se conmemora el Día Mundial de la Eficiencia Energética, una fecha con la que se pretende concienciar a la población en el uso racional y eficaz de la energía, apostando por las fuentes renovables. El concepto se puso de relieve en 1998, con motivo de la “Primera Conferencia Internacional de Eficiencia Energética”, desarrollada en Austria como una medida de acción frente a la posibilidad de agotamiento de los combustibles fósiles a corto plazo.
En esta cita participaron expertos y líderes de diferentes países, que discutieron y abordaron las posibles soluciones de cara a una futura crisis energética, debatiendo sobre las políticas que podrían aplicarse para contrarrestar el cambio climático...
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New Happenings at Gnarum

The expansion and growth of knowledge bases and competencies is essential for any successful company.  We embrace this concept fully here at Gnarum, hence why we have realized that there has been a paradigm shift when it comes to individuals being concerned with renewable energy and energy efficiency. In the past, we have developed solutions for forecasting and electric vehicles for commercial clients. Currently, we are developing tools internally that can bring our software expertise to individuals. This project leverages our proficiency in forecasting and software for electric vehicles to provide innovative tools for individual or residential users...

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Do EVs Save You Money? Yes, But It Depends

Our friends over at cleantechnica.com did some very interesting analysis comparing the costs (or cost savings) associated with owning an EV and a traditional gas car. As an example they chose the Ford Focus. They compared the Focus Electric with the Focus S which retail for $32,223.84 (after the 7,500 tax rebate) and $18,014.08 respectively.

The three main variables in determining the financial benefit from owning and operating an EV are the cost of gas, the cost of electricity and the amount of driving.  This informal study looks at just those three variables. It does not try to quantify the the various environmental benefits associated with using an EV.

Check out this article to see example payback periods from owning an EV!

Though predicting the price of Gas and electricity can is tric...

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Smart, Rich People Buy Electric Vehicles

Recent studies have suggested that Electric Vehicle (EV) owners are typically highly-educated and wealthy. So if you want to become highly educated and well off, buy an EV… maybe. Sadly, I don’t think the chicken-and-the-egg conundrum applies here. These studies also emphasized that the reason people buy electric cars is typically for the cost savings, not the environmental benefits.

At this point, due to the high price tag, EVs are typically purchased by individuals with a lot of money. The two highest selling electric vehicles in the US, the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt, retail for about $36,000 and $40,000 respectively before the $7,500 government-provided tax-credit. The growth of EV sales has been slow, representing only about ...

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Motor Trend awards the Tesla Model S 2013 Car of the Year

Yesterday, the panel of experts who determine Motor Trend’s annual Car of the Year, awarded Tesla’s four-door sedan, the Model S, the title for 2013. This is an especially momentous occasion for the much maligned automaker because in the prestigious award’s 64 year history, this is the first time an entirely electric vehicle has won. What makes this more remarkable is that the voting wasn’t even close. It was the first time “in memory” that all of the award’s 11 voters unanimously agreed on a winner.

The Model S beat out stiff competition from 25 other models including the Porche 911, BMW 3 Series, and Lexus GS. Motor Trend heaped praise on the Model S, stating that “It drives like a sports car, eager and agile and instantly responsive...

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What Obama’s Reelection Could Mean for Combating Climate Change in the US

After what some considered an underwhelming first term for President Obama when it came to renewable energy integration, organizations in that sector are striking an optimistic tone after the president’s reelection. It is clear that Obama’s second term will be more beneficial for renewables than if Romney were to have been elected, but the Republican controlled House of Representatives could make it difficult for Obama to pass some anti-climate change initiatives.

Obama hopes to empower renewable energy sources.
Source: http://www.evwind.es/2012/09/30/time-and-congress-run-out-on-wind-energy-industry/24030/

Here are a few of the initiatives that have a much higher probability of happening now that Obama has been reelected:

The extension of the PTC is looking more and more likely to happ...

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Etiquette for EV Charging

Electric Vehicles will become an important part of our daily routine very soon and it is very important that we learn some protocol in order to use in the right way the charging stations.

The American company, Ford wants to help us with that so they have launched a video to give us some useful tips. Have a look!

 

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Solar Decathlon Europe 2012

19 teams of university students from 12 different countries are in Madrid competing to build the most efficient house that uses the sun as the unique source of power. The students not only desing and build their houses, but also are implementing different ways of improving the incorporation of solar systems as well as generating and sharing knowledge on sustainable building.

Solar Europe Decathlon 2012 in Madrid

Solar Europe Decathlon 2012 in Madrid
Source: http://www.sdeurope.org

The winner of the competition will be the team that succesfully builds an efficient house that consums the less amount of natural resources while producing the less waste during the competition. Taking this in consideration, the teams and their buildings are evaluated through 10 different contests:

- Architecture

- Engineering and Construction

- Energ...

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Why Drive Electric?

Take a look at this fun infographic by pewenvironment to learn how electric vehicles are key to save money and to become greener in the US.

[Source: Pew Environment Group]

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What the Olympics did leave us: Get to know the new Mini MINI

New Mini electric car

These Olympic Games will have its own place in History, not in vain they are known for being the greenest Olympics ever. They will be remembered for many reasons, highlighting the amazing performance of all the athletes who have taken part in the competition. We will never forget the swimming of Phelps or how Usain Bolt challenged the wind and left us all impressed. London has offered an incredible organization and an amazing spirit that all the nations involved have shared

But these are also the Games where we got to know the new Mini´s electric car: Mini MINI. BMW chose one of the most international and relevant events to introduce this new “green vehicle” to the world...

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