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Commented On: Rare Surviving GM EV1 Waits For Savior At Missouri University


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For another project, I actually got to work with some of the AeroEnvironment engineers who'd worked on developing the EV1. They were rightly very proud of the work they'd done creating such an efficient EV.

Commented On: Rare Surviving GM EV1 Waits For Savior At Missouri University


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Crushing the cars wasn't enough for GM, they were actually shredded into small pieces - it was awful to watch. So I'll loath with my eyes wide open for a little longer.

Commented On: Biofuel Company Latest To Pay Off Government Loan Early


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That's great news; I sincerely hope they have a successful production ramp-up. It would have been good if the article compared cost of the final product, to get an idea if we're starting to get close to parity with big oil.

Commented On: Bosch Offers Wireless Charging For Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt


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An inductive receiver on the car makes it one step closer to on-the-go charging while driving down an inductive strip on the highway. That would be especially great in congested areas where shorter sections would suffice.

Commented On: Lower Prices Cause Electric-Car Shortages In CA: Shock, Surprise!


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I'd have to think a large portion of new cars are more expensive than the $18,800 (post fed and state credits) cost of a Leaf. But after having mine for 2 years I'd recommend people wait until Nissan gets their battery problems worked out. I'm down to about 55 miles range which sucks. So, range range range

Commented On: Lower Prices Cause Electric-Car Shortages In CA: Shock, Surprise!


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Do you mean besides Nissan?

Commented On: Fisker Lays Off Most Of Its Employees; Is This The Final Blow?


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They seemed to be focused on looks with no substance from the start. This can't be too surprising to most folks. I'm just dreading all the fodder this will create.

Commented On: How To Drive On Ice, Tesla Model S-Style


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So does anyone know what happened to the "big announcement" which was supposed to happen on Thursday? Of course the right is screaming he tweeted just to bump up the stock price - but I have to admit the deafening silence is very weird. Elon should have at least just made something up... flying cars?

Commented On: Diesel Fuel Derived From Algae Now Testing In 2 VW TDI Models


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I understand the sentiment and in fact sold my diesel for an electric; but there are many diesels on the road today which obviously won't be thrown in the trash anytime soon. Biodiesel is already widely available at a reasonable price - Extreme Biodiesel sells it for about .20 cheaper than regular diesel- and you get the range some people require. As John points out though, automakers are concerned over mixes above 5-10% because that's where some fuel filter and fuel pump seal materials start to swell, or you can see crystals form below 30F (clogging the fuel system).

Commented On: Diesel Fuel Derived From Algae Now Testing In 2 VW TDI Models


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You mentioned that recycled cooking grease is one definition of biodiesel, but it's not, and many people have that misconception. Biodiesel is diesel fuel which has been created using vegetable oil rather than petroleum - you can put it right in your diesel car without modification and it'll run fine. BUT there are things to watch out for; biodiesel is a very strong solvent which will destroy any natural rubber hoses or seals in old model cars (those must be replaced with Viton synthetic rubber). Waste oil can only be run in cars which have heaters retrofitted on the injectors, because the waste oil won't properly aerosolize if it's too cold, leaving deposits (eventually leading to a seized engine).
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