ELV Motors Energizes San Francisco Auto Show

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ELV Motors Takes Center Stage as the Only All-Electric Vehicle Company!

For electric bicycle and scooter start-up, ELV Motors, having your booth placed right next to one of the Big Three auto makers at the week-long San Francisco International Auto Show might prove intimidating. But according to ELV Motors’ founder, Doug Schwartz, ELV had the same, if not more, foot traffic than their next door exhibitor, General Motors. Maybe it was because, despite all the green hype, ELV was the only all-electric vehicle company in attendance at the show.

“We were very happy with the turnout, said Schwartz. “Many of the auto manufacturers had hybrids on display at the show, but only AAA had one completely electric car. Because ELV was the only all-electric vehicle company in the show,” added Schwartz, “our booth had very steady traffic.”

The big hits in the ELV booth were the company’s new A2B electric bike, the UM 24 folding electric bike and the E1600 all electric scooter. The A2B attracted the age 16-30 crowd said Mr. Schwartz. The company’s UM 24 appealed to commuters and baby boomers and the E1600 scooter appealed to all age groups.

“People commented that they are interested in buying electric because they know that gas prices will rise again,” said Schwartz. “Also, they liked the idea of driving something that is better for the environment. Of course, they all said that the bikes and scooters are fun to ride.”

Press Release: Gas Guzzling Cars Take Back Seat to Electric Bikes and Scooters for Holiday Giving

Environmentally conscious people are thinking green this Christmas. Instead of expensive cars or gas scooters and motorcycles that pollute more than cars, many high school and college students are asking their parents for planet friendly electric bicycles and scooters.

Electric bicycles and scooters are perfect for people who:

• Care about the environment

• Commute less than 20 miles

• Run errands close to home

• Live on or near campus

• Hate spending time looking for parking spots

• Carry a bike on public transportation

• Dont want to waste money on car expenses and gas

According to AAA the cost of driving a car 15,000 miles a year (depreciation, insurance, maintenance, registration, and fuel) is 52 cents a mile. Compare that to 3 cents a mile for an electric bicycle and 10 cents a mile for an electric scooter.

New hi-tech and stylish electric bicycles like the A2B and fun to ride electric scooters like the E-1600 are great alternatives for students who need transportation but not the expense of a car, said Douglas Schwartz, President & CEO of ELV Motors, Inc.

In California electric bicycles fewer than 1000 watts do not require a license, insurance, or registration.

They can travel 20 miles on a 3 cent charge at speeds up to 20 mph. They can be driven anywhere a bike can go as well as taken on most forms of public transportation. And if you want a good work out, simply turn the motor off and start pedaling. (Check laws in your state)

Electric scooters under 2hp in California require a M2 motor scooter license, insurance and a one time registration fee. They can travel up to 40 miles on a 10 cent charge with a top speed of 30mph. With storage both under the seat and in the back, and with the ability to carry a passenger, they can replace a car for many errands. (Check laws in your state).

With prices under $4,000, even Santa would want one.

Contact ELV Motors at www.elvmotors.com or call 408-850-8191 for more information or for dealership inquires.

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Electric Utility Companies Offer to Jump-Start Electric Car Sales

The big boys at a number of utility companies are considering ordering thousands of electric cars — the plug-in kind — to jump-start the auto industry into making them. The vehicles they’re interested in would run on batteries recharged from a common household outlet, with a gas alternative to extend the distance they can travel.

Power companies are in a unique position to make this happen. They own tens of thousands of company vehicles, so they can make a significant order — significant enough to gain the U.S. auto manufacturers’ attentions, and give them a possible out of their financial woes in the bargain.

It IS a noble pursuit, and one we would all benefit from. By recharging the cars during off-peak times (at night), the electric company gains, and we pay less than prime rates for the electricity. The electric company stands to gain, we stand to save, and the carbon footprint gets a lot smaller very quickly. No facts or figures to back this part up, but it stands to reason that the Grid is going to be a more efficient generator than everyone driving around with his or her own power plant. Electric vehicles also save by not having an engine running at idle.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory determined that 73% of the nation’s passenger and light-weight trucks could be recharged with the existing electrical infrastructure, providing that the vehicles were plugged in overnight to take advantage of off-peak hours. This could offset some 6,200,000 barrels of oil a day on average, which is approximately 52% of our current oil imports.

Another study, this one from the Electric Power Research Institute in conjunction with the Natural Resources Defense Council, determined that 60% of U.S. cars and light trucksgoing electric by 2050 would increase electricity consumption by under 8%, a pittance, really. Meanwhile, total U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions would be cut by at least 450 million metric tons per year, the equivalent of removing 82,000,000 cars from the streets. This is conservative, as non-fossil-fuel energy sources are bound to increase as well, cutting the carbon footprint even more dramatically.

Clearly, this is a feasible solution, something we can do sooner, rather than later. With the cooperative order of the electric companies, a $15,000 new electric car could be in our futures before the beginning of the coming decade.

Companies involved in these talks include Xcel Energy Inc., Progress Energy, PG&E Corp., Edison International, Wisconsin Energy Corp. and others. Please contact them and let them know that you appreciate and support their taking such a responsible position in leading the way towards energy solutions. Read more

Electric Bicycles: Green Cure to Urban Blues

Gas prices may have eased up quite a bit lately, but that’s still nearly twice the price of just 3 years ago.  As one might expect, people are still looking for ways to save money and reduce fuel costs.  One company has seen the future, and brings electric 2-wheeled transportation — lots of different kinds of it — to fill that need. Eco-Wheelz, in Plymouth, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, is the culprit behind it all. They’re bringing electric bikes, electric scooters and electric mopeds all to the market.

What’s the difference between the three groups. Electric bicycles largely resemble regular bicycles. They have pedals, an open frame, and sometimes a narrow basket (to hold the battery). Electric scooters are about the smallest, most energy efficient hybrid concept around. Each resembles a skateboard with handlebars. Some models have seats, while others ask the rider to stand, and propel the machine by pushing off with one’s foot, much as one would do with a skateboard. Small and very light, these could be idea for getting around in tight spaces and bringing up into the office with you. Electric Mopeds most closely resemble modern-day Vespa scooters or motorcycles. Each has a seat and handlebars, some sort of wind fairing, and, to keep them technically within the realm of bicycles, a mechanism that you can put pedals on.

Battery life is surprisingly good with all of these. It’s a realistic possibility to ride your electric bike to work. The Experts at EcoWheelz know their business, and are able to ship these anywhere in the country. Check out their site at Eco Wheelz
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Glasstech Corporation

Glasstech Corporation has led innovation and problem solving in the auto-glass industry since 1971, and continues to head the industry into the new century.

Their innovative processes continue through today. For example, in 2000, they introduced the EPB-T systems that set the bar higher for sidelite glass, creating new industry standards. Plants using the EPB-T system are able to meet rigorous quality standards, such as those set by Volkswagen/Audi, and do it at a reasonable cost.

EPB-T stands for External Press Bender Tempering/Head strengthening system. It’s designed for creating and tempering the smaller pieces of glass in a automobile: the sidelite windows, sunroofs, and backlites. It’s an incredibly flexible and innovative system that can handle whatever the engineers throw at it. Complex part shapes are no problem for the EPB-T system.

For those with less demanding needs, Glasstech has other options available with fewer features and lower costs. For example, the original Quick Sag system, an industry breakthrough in 1979, is ideal for turning out glass with extremely high optical quality and highly precise tolerances when the requirement is for simpler shapes. The system can even be modified to accommodate single or double side exit models in a manufacturing facility.

Glasstech systems can handle any process, such as roller hearth transport, bending in the heat, horizontal processing minus the long tong marks, flexible precision tooling, modular construction, prototype production, and auto glass inspector.

Glasstech is the recognized leader in automotive glass production systems. Their equipment is known for its dependability, reliability and versatility. For flexibility, precise tolerances, the highest quality glass with the best safety ratings, Glasstech systems are the answer. Read more

EDTA Conference and Exposition

The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) is sponsoring the premiere event for presenting all research, development and discussion of all electric drive vehicles. All kinds of vehicles will be represented, including battery powered, plug-in, hybrid, and fuel cell at the Electric Transportation Conference and Exposition.

The EDTA conference is scheduled for December 2 – 4, 2008 in Washington, D.C. at the Convention Center.

Industry exhibitors will be showcasing the latest developments in sustainable transportation, as the speakers and conference attendees look at the dangerous impact of petroleum dependency on transportation, the economy and the environment.

This meeting will facilitate discussion and seek to implement strategies that will ensure a secure and sustainable transportation sector in the long term.

Speakers at the conference come from the academic, the industrial, political, and energy branches of the electric transportation world. Some of those who will make presentations at the conference include Dr. J. Ronald Bailey, Guerry Professor of Engineering at UT Chattanooga, Mark Aubry, National Sales for Smith Electric Vehicles, and J.J. Brown, from the office of Senator Orrin Hatch.

This conference is unique in that it brings together professionals concerned with all aspects of transportation, including researchers, educators, designers, policy makers and end users. By providing a forum for all stakeholders in the electric transportation community, this conference will help shape the future of efficient, secure and clean electric drive transportation.

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Zap-Xebra Electric Sedan-Hybrid Conversion Announced

zap-car.jpg A nice little example of the Zap Xebra Electric Sedan was spotted on the streets of Aspen, Colorado today. The Xebra zero emission vehicle zips along at up to 40 miles per hour and can be recharged on any outlet.

Zap announced today that the company will is offering a plug-in hybrid conversion systems for the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape Hybrid through a collaboration agreement with Hybrids Plus of Boulder, Colorado. The retrofit will provide millage of up to 120 miles per gallon and a vehicle equipped with the conversion. More Information on the Zap Hybrid Conversion

Photo Credit – Boyd Billings, Aspen Daily Image

Hybrid Cars-Top Hybrid Vehicles List

lexus-hybird.jpgHybrid cars are vehicles that run on an interesting combination of the traditional gas engine and an electric motor. This combination increases power and improves gas mileage simply by creating a combined system for propulsion. Both Toyota and Honda are serious players in the hybrid vehicle industry, but nearly every other carmaker is now entering into the race by developing a hybrid vehicle model. Based on great performance and improved gas mileage, here are some of the best hybrid vehicles on the market right now.

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Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Explained

car-volt.jpgAs fuel costs continue to rise, and environmental impacts become apparent, environmental concerns surrounding normal gas vehicles have brought about a need for vehicles which can save on fuel costs while simultaneously being a little friendlier to the environment.  Hybrid cars have begun to enjoy mainstream success in an attempt to fill this need, as sales for it continue to increase over time.  The definition for a hybrid vehicle is something that can be traced back as many as thousands of years ago, even back to the ancient sea vessels which made use both of wind power and rowing power to operate.  The term is meant to refer to any vehicle which operates based on the combination of two or more different types of power, and these power sources can include gas, natural gas, wind, electricity, vegetable oil, bio-fuel, ethanol and fuel cells. Read more

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