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May
7

Hybrid vehicle – hybrid cars and trucks, fuel cell, clean fuel’s

Hybrid vehicle
The next step in the evolution of the Automobile!

Quantum Aggressor AMV

There is no doubt that Hybrid vehicle propulsion technology will be the next big thing in the automobile and truck industry.

I wrote this in February 2005 and now hybrid cars are not only the next big thing in automobiles they are the big thing!

Hybrid vehicles and hybrid cars have fascinated me since I first learned of Dr Ferdinand Porsche’s hybrid car, built in 1899 by Jacob Lohner & Co. The so called Lohner-Porsche.

Petrol Electric Race car

This was in 1984 and I was working on my BS thesis in Mechanical Engineering. My thesis was on a conceptual design of a light off-road utility vehicle, and I was investigating possible propulsion systems.

I started thinking what had happened to hybrid technology as I saw no petrol-electric cars around. And this was 84-85 years after Dr. Ferdinand Porsche so aptly demonstrated and even raced the first petrol-electric vehicle!

Why would a concept like this disappear?

It seemed such a good idea!

But hybrid vehicles, I later found out, had not disappeared at all.
Hybrid vehicles and vessels where all around me. I just hadn’t noticed.
Petrol-electric vehicles where maybe rather scarce in 1984 but diesel-electric vehicles existed in abundance.


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When I say hybrid vehicles I’m not constraining the discussion to diesel-electric and petrol-electric applications only.
The engines them selves are also within our scope as engine technology is evolving in big strides:

  • Hydrogen engines,
  • Methane engines,
  • Bio-gas engines, and
  • Bio-diesel engines are in the picture as lorries have even been made to run on fuels like fish oil and vegetable oil.

Even fuel cells are now becoming a realistic option in many “small” vehicle applications.

The mechanical separation of the motor from the drive train is highly interesting in it self and gives designers an enormous freedom in forming our future vehicles.
This de-coupling will simplify the drive train and reduce costs.
”The gearbox” will be obsolete and we will have infinitely variable “gearing” thus increasing efficiency.

It may even bring back into the, auto, arena technologies like:

and make hydraulic drive, or even propulsion by compressed air viable options for the family saloon.

Quantum Aggressor AMV


Propelled by air! … the cleanest propulsion technology yet!

Hybrid vehicle technology is, as pointed out, not new but it was overtaken by mass production technologies early on in the evolution of the automobile.

Now because of this same mass production capability, environmental pressure and economics of scale, hybrid vehicle technology is back in full force!

The purpose of this site is to bring together the technologies, the applications and hopefully create a dynamic community of both amateurs and professionals interested in our future.

Yours truly.

Kjartan Bergsson

Hybrid Vehicle History – more than a 100 years of evolution and refinement
In Hybrid Vehicle History -read about Dr. Porsches work in 1898-1900 – about Submarines and Trains – about the modern hybrid cars of today.
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Apr
26

Bicycle Generator Project | Clean Energy Research and Education

Wind for Schools worked with several teachers who expressed interest in using bicycle generators to teach their students some fundamental concepts of energy and basic mechanical, engineering, and electrical principles. With this project we worked with K-12 and college students to organize hands-on design and construction of bike generators. We then used the bike generators in the classroom for fun demonstrations which increased students’ understanding and awareness of energy topics.





History of the project

In 2010, Jeff Hines, a local Flagstaff teacher who also served as the first WindSenator in Arizona, inspired us to pursue bicycle generators for use in K-12 classrooms. Shortly after, we learned of an NAU student, Matthew Petney, who had built a double-bike generator, which included a battery for energy storage and an inverter and outlet so normal 120-volt devices could be plugged into it. We purchased the system from Matt and shared it with several interested teachers and classes as an educational tool. Matt joined our team in fall 2011 to provide more technical guidance to our staff and our teacher partners in building bike generators, bike blenders, and more.

In fall 2011 and spring 2012, Marilla Lamb and Matthew Petney visited two of our partner schools (Flagstaff Junior Academy and Orme School) to build bike blenders and a bike generator with middle and high school students. The students were presented with the design challenge, as well as tools and materials, and worked with our staff to design and build the bikes. These bikes were used at several school events, and in the classroom the following year as a teaching tool.





In 2011, Marilla Lamb wrote a grant to NAU’s Green Fund to fund a bicycle-powered charging station (The Eco-Pedaler), complete with energy meters so students can see the energy they produce and the energy they use, and with transparent coverings so all components are visible. The project was funded and a team of students designed and built the bike during 2012. The completed charging station can be seen in NAU’s engineering building. Now, a team of senior electrical and mechanical engineering students are working on the second iteration of the charging station, which is also funded by NAU’s Green Fund to improve its usability and versatility.

Wind for Schools was awarded funding from the APS Leadership Grant program in 2012, and obtained nearly $5,000 to work with several teachers in Arizona at some of our partner schools to build bicycle generators either in their science classes or with their science clubs. Our team built these bike generators with students at Mount Elden Middle School, Coconino High School, STAR School, Williams High School, and Northland Preparatory Academy in Spring 2013. Several energy lessons accompany the bicycle generators that we built and worked with in K-12 classrooms.

Using the bike generator in your classroom

The bike generator is a great tool for explaining difficult concepts like energy, power, electricity, and energy conversions. When students use the bike generator, they get a physical, hands-on understanding of these

Apr
11

– Clean Vehicle Assistance Program

The CVA Program is open and accepting applications.  Click here to learn about changes and possible delays during the evolving health and economic crisis.

 

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Grants and loans for income-qualified Californians

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The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program provides grants and affordable financing to help income-qualified Californians purchase or lease a new or used hybrid or electric vehicle. Our goal is to make clean vehicles accessible and affordable to all who qualify.

The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program is funded by California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.

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What Vehicles
are Available?

Grants are for new or used clean vehicles. You can get a grant for a hybrid vehicle, a plug-in hybrid, or an electric vehicle. Battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids can also include a home charging station with installation support, up to a $2,000 value.

Learn more about clean vehicles.

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How Do Grants Work?

When all program requirements are met, grants do not need to be repaid. To get a grant, you must receive an Approval Packet prior to purchasing the vehicle and comply with all program requirements throughout the program term.  The grant will be given to the dealer to lower the overall cost of the new or used clean vehicle.

We give grants, not rebates.

To secure a grant, you must receive an Approval Letter BEFORE you purchase a vehicle.

What makes a grant different?

When all program requirements are met, grants do not need to be repaid.

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Apr
1

Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo | Postponed

ACT Expo Announces Lars Stenqvist, Executive Vice President and CTO at Volvo Group, as 2020 Morning Keynote Speaker

March 5, 2020
— Stenqvist to discuss how Volvo Group is creating value through innovative technologies and transformative partnerships.

ACT Expo Announces Presenting Sponsors and Agenda for 10th Annual Event, Opens Early Bird Registration

November 14, 2019
— Early bird registration is now open for the 2020 ACT Expo, the largest advanced transportation technology and clean fleet event in North America.

Submit an Abstract to Speak at ACT Expo 2020

November 13, 2019
— Submit an abstract for the opportunity to speak at North America’s largest clean transportation event.

2019 ACT Expo Fleet Award Winners

April 30, 2019
— The ACT Expo Fleet Awards are the ultimate recognition of fleets and individuals who have shown true leadership in transportation, having gone above and beyond what has been required to tirelessly pursue sustainability in their fleet operations.

2019 ACT Expo Event Recap

April 30, 2019
— ACT Expo combined the best education content in the industry with a cutting-edge trade show floor featuring the most innovative technologies on the market today.

See a Sneak Peek at Who Is Attending!

April 19, 2019
— With nearly 4,000 projected attendees, we’re gearing up for our largest ACT Expo yet. Take a look at some of the firms that are already registered to attend. Will your firm make the list this year?

ACT Expo Announces Full Speaker Roster

April 2, 2019
— Organizers of ACT Expo announced the full speaker roster for the ninth annual show, April 23–26, 2019 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

New Workshop Explores Greening the Aviation Industry

March 29, 2019
— ACT Expo is adding a new workshop to its agenda this year exploring incentives, technologies, and policies that are spurring a ‘greening’ of the aviation industry.

A New Workshop Helps Fleets Meet the Vehicle Maintenance Challenges Ahead

March 28, 2019
— A new ACT Expo workshop covers how to successfully recruit, train, and develop teams to support commercial transportation’s evolving workforce needs.

PMSA Forum on the Future of Clean Cargo Handling Equipment

March 28, 2019
— PMSA will hold a forum at ACT Expo 2019 for port stakeholders to learn about the future of clean cargo handling equipment.

New Workshops & Co-Located Events

March 27, 2019
— ACT Expo 2019 will host a series of new co-located events and workshops hosted by partner organizations across the commercial transportation sector.

Ride & Drive

March 15, 2019
— Attendees will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel and test drive dozens of advanced clean vehicles spanning all alternative fuels and vehicle applications.

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Mar
31

Clean Transportation | Sierra Club

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Late yesterday, the EPA released its annual automotive trends report, which found that only three out of 14 major automakers – Honda, Subaru and Mazda – met the clean car standards from 2013 to 2018 without relying on compliance loopholes.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Politico reported that EPA’s Science Advisory Board issued its final report criticizing the agency’s rollback of the clean car standards for using “faulty science” and that the current standards “might provide a better outcome for society than the proposed revision.” The proposed final rule to roll back Obama-era clean car standards has been under review by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget since January.

NORTHEAST & MID-ATLANTIC – The message from residents of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to lawmakers couldn’t be more clear: the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a winner, and they want to see it happen. 

LANSING, MI– Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced an executive directive to create the Michigan Office of Future Mobility (which will be housed within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity) and an executive order creating the Michigan Council for Future Mobility and Electrification.
The Council for Future Mobility, led by a chief mobility officer who has yet to be nominated, will make recommendations on policy and will be focused around but not limited to:

Washington, D.C. — Today, representatives Andy Levin and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced the Electric Vehicle Freedom Act, a transformative proposal to create a comprehensive national network of high-speed EV chargers along our nation’s public highway system within five years. The EV Freedom Act would create automotive and infrastructure jobs while taking a major and necessary step toward reducing emissions and addressing climate change. 

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