EU9C. Additional Topics


Advanced Transportation Technologies
Alternative Power – “Lessons from the Past, Inspiration for the Future of Automobilies.” Essay and photographs accompanying an exhibit at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
Burns, Lawrence D., McCormick, J. Byron, and Borroni-Bird, Christopher E., Vehicle of Change, Scientific American, Oct 2002, pp. 64-72. Article on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles and transition to a hydrogen personal transportation system. 
EarthSmartCars petition — by Earth Day 2000, one hundred thousand pledges to purchase hybrids and other clean-technology vehicles. 
Plugin vehicle advocay group:


Fuel Economy (MPG) EPA Office of Mobile Sources 

The Real Price Of Gas — This report by the International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA) identifies and quantifies the many external costs of using motor vehicles and the internal combustion engine that are not reflected in the retail price Americans pay for gasoline. These are costs that consumers pay indirectly by way of increased taxes, insurance costs, and retail prices in other sectors. 

Electric Vehicles

Air car (Compressed air) – Zero Pollution Motors – (India) 
Bike Electrified Conversion Kits
Directory of Electric vehicles

Electric Automobiles 

From Union of Concerned Scientists, 2012: 
Electric Vehicle Timeline: Electric Cars, Plug-In Hybrids, and Fuel Cell Vehicles
CalCars – a non-profit formed by entrepreneurs, engineers, environmentalists and consumers to promote plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) which are like regular hybrids but with larger batteries and the ability to re-charge from a standard outlet (mostly at night). Local travel is electric, yet the vehicle has unlimited gasoline range. 
Chevy Volt –
Volt Stats – – website allows Chevy Volt owners to track their energy usage and compare with other drivers.
Coda Electric Auto
Electric Auto Association
Eliika high performace electric car prototype
Hybrid scorecard – Rating of qualiities of hybrid cars.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Letter
Mini-E electirc Mini Cooper –
Mitsubishi i-MiEV –
Neightbohood Electric Cars –
Nice electric car (also Fiat 500 electric) – (UK) 
Nissan Leaf –
REVA G-Wiz electric car – (India) 
Tango electric car – (Spokane WA) 
Th!ink City electric cars – (Norway) 
Venturi Eclectic – (France/Monaco) 

Electric Bikes/Mopeds 

Cozy Bike $1500 (2009) 48V/12 Ah, lead acid battery 550W 20mph +pedals 
Electric Rider bike kits – Crystalyte
Electric Bicycles Northwest – see also article in OnEarth journal of NRDC 
Electric Bike network —
Electric Cyclery– The Jackal , Optibike
ELF – Electric Tricycle –
Santa Barbara Electric Bikes
BIONX – electric bike conversion kits 
Electric Motorsport
Estelle Bikes (electric motor in the wheel)
Electric Vehicle Technologies (EVT) was created for the purposes of design and manufacture of electric vehicles and the technologies that support electrically driven systems and alternatively powered electric motors. 
Golden Motor — Chinese bikes (distributors listed) 
ItsElectric bike conversion kits
Rock the Bike – generators –
ZAP electric bicycles, electric scooters, seascooters — also has electric cars.

Electric Motorcycles 

Better Bikes –
Electro-Cycle E-4 Kit –
Electric car videos –
Electric Vehicle (EV) Challenge – hundreds of high school students from across the southeast U.S. build, drive, test, present, and compete with their custom-built electric cars and trucks. E.g. Northern Vance High School of Henderson, NC, is home to one of the oldest teams in North Carolina’s Electric Vehicle Challenge. [
Electric Motorsport GPR-S $8000 Li battery 3.3KWH 14.2 KW 60mph
Enertia $12,000 (2009) Lithium Iron Phosphate battery 77V 3.1KWH 80 amp 50mph 
EV World online magazine-
Evader –
Falcon EV –– Phone 1-888-704-6885; e-mail: falconev AT 
Falcon E-bikes –
Thunderstruck Motors – (Santa Rosa, CA)
Vectrix $11,000 60mph 125V 3.7KWH 30AH Nickel Metal Hydride 21KW 
Zapino $3495 (2009) 60V 38AH batteries 3KW motor 30mph, optional 60V 40AH Litium battery with up to 65 mi range 
Zero Motorcycles $7450 or $9300 (2009) 17.4 KW 2KWH Li ion battery 58V 

Green Car Rentals 

Bio diesel in Maui and LA
Electric Car rentals
Kasea ZE 2000 | Electric Scooter –
(20 mph limit regenerative braking?) 
Skeuter –
Slipstream and Pedelectric Bicycles
Tidal Force Electric Bikes, & Giant Revive Spirit-
TresTerra limit) 


Movie: “Who Killed the Electric Car?” (2006) 
This documentary accuses the carmakers, the oil companies, the state and federal governments, and consumers, among others, of killing the promising possibility of an electric vehicle industry. Featured is General Motors’ initial development of the popular EV-1 electric car and then its merciless recalling and eventual crushing of nearly all EV-1 cars, once GM figured that having them on the road no longer mattered.

Movie: “Revenge of the Electric Car” (2011)
Behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and Tesla Motors, Revenge of the Electric Car film tells the story of the global resurgence of electric cars by following the major car makers jumping to produce new electric models and to be the first, the best, and to win over the public.  Says director Chris Paine: “…It’s a rare privilege to be able to tell the story of how sometimes change has too much momentum to be stopped. You can’t kill an idea whose time has come.”