1st Electric Car Highlights From 1st Cleantech Revolution Tour Conference

Originally published on CleanTechnica. The initial Cleantech Revolution Tour conference that we held in Berlin was a lot of fun, and the presentations were packed with interesting facts, figures, charts, and jokes. We had a blast, and there’s no way to share all of the conversations, connections, and laughs (which is why I encourage you to come to our Leipzig conference or another future event). But I did spend essentially the whole day going through some of the electric vehicle presentations in…

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CLEANTECH REVOLUTION TOUR → BERLIN Updates

Via CleanTechnica: We’ve got several notable updates regarding our first cleantech conference — CLEANTECH REVOLUTION TOUR → BERLIN — to share with you. First of all, we now have: → a Facebook event page (share with friends!) → an event webpage (which we’ll continuously update) → an eventbrite page for registering (again, register, and share with friends!) … and a confirmed location (C13events) in a very energy-efficient building that offers a great venue for everything we plan to do at the “consumer cleantech conference.” We’ve also brought in…

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Open Source Street-Legal EV Project in the Works

Originally published on Gas2. By Christopher DeMorro Some of the world’s greatest minds are hard at work developing an affordable, long-range electric car for the masses, but the technology needed to do so may already be out there. The Luka EV project at HackaDay is utilizing readily-available open-source information in an attempt to build a 186-mile EV that weighs less than 750 kg/1,653 lbs and only costs around $22,000. The Luka EV is already well underway, pulling its design from…

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50 Ideas Shaping the Emerging EV Market

The emerging electric vehicle (EV) industry offers some great opportunities for entrepreneurs, not necessarily through building a new kind of EV (although that is one option), but rather by solving any of a number of problems, pain points, or inefficiencies of electric car ownership. Other opportunities can be found in improving or supplying EV components, materials, software or hardware add-ons, either to the builder or as an aftermarket item for EV owners. With more people driving EVs, a market is…

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Crowdfunding a Road Legal Solar Car: Sunswift eVe 2.0

With everyone and their brother planning their own crowdfunding campaigns, in the hopes of raising enough cash to fund the further development or production run of their big idea, the crowdfunding environment is getting more and more crowded every day. Between wishful thinking, downright silly projects that get funded (or not), it’s easy to feel skeptical about this funding option, but as the crowdfunding industry begins to mature, we’re starting to some great reasons for using crowdfunding to bring a…

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The Costs of Electric Cars: Upfront Costs vs Long-Term Savings

If you’re anything like many of us in the green business scene, then making the leap from buying fuel-efficient vehicles to considering the purchase of an electric car for yourself or your business isn’t a very big one. The long-term fuel (and environmental) savings can be quite considerable, which helps bolster the economic argument for choosing electric cars over gas vehicles. But as most of us who’ve looked at the price tags for new EVs can attest, the upfront costs…

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New Electric Vehicle “Eco-Routing” Navigation System Cuts Energy Use up to 51%

There are already a lot of navigation tools for driving on the market, ranging from basic add-on GPS units to smartphone-based mapping and navigation tools, but most of them focus on either cutting the driving distance or the driving time, not necessarily energy or fuel consumption, but a new navigation system targeted to electric vehicles could help EV drivers cut their energy use by a significant percentage. Researchers at the University of California Riverside have developed an “eco-routing” navigation system…

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Google Glass Apps Enable Electric Vehicle Drivers to Find Charging Stations

When the very first Google Glass units began appearing ‘in the wild’, people either loved the idea or they hated it, but now that the devices are becoming more widely available, app developers and businesses that are a bit more forward-thinking are starting to see how they can add to the wearable computing ecosystem in a way that furthers their company’s goals. One example of this is the release of Google Glass apps for EVs, which will allow the drivers…

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