Careful George! You might want to check your profile - FBI profile that is -
especially if the following November 22 news story is anything to go by:
Grist magazine reports(Nov 22):
"The FBI will issue a rare "letter of regret" and pay environmentalist Josh Connole(photo) $100,000 after mistakenly arresting him
for domestic terrorism...
His suspicious activities included living communally with fellow
vegans, installing solar panels, protesting the Iraq war, and (horrors!) driving an electric car....FBI agents arrested him,
held him for four days -- often chained to a floor -- and prodded him to confess to the arsons. But oopsie! Another guy did
Asks Bill Paparian, Connole's lawyer, "How does advocacy of electric cars become the basis for
( Click here for in depth MSNBC report)
Fact is indeed looking a whole lot scarier than Hollywood fiction.
- See "Enemy of the State" - the film's poster strapline(left - click to enlarge) reads:
"It's not paranoia if they're really after you.."
- Note to FBI profilers / precogs : for $100,000 we would gladly be wrongly arrested and imprisoned for a few days - so do
we qualify...yet? What if we print this: "One's man's eco-terrorist is another man's freedom-from-oil fighter."
No - the truth is that we eco patriots all readily agree with Tony Blair's Chief
Scientific adviser Sir David King that Weather of Mass Destruction, climate change and their root causes - primarily
fossil fuel fundamentalism and oil addiction - pose a far greater threat to the long-term security and
prosperity of our countries and planet than Islamic or (even) right-wing Christian fundamentalism ever could.
- Moreover, these highly dangerous fossil-fuel extremists and oiligarchical zealots are well-known and can be readily identified - the intelligence of an FBI profiler is not required. We can surely all agree that the sooner they are rounded up and incarcerated the better for all of us...
(FED-up with having your intelligence insulted by a news media that's lost the will to seriously/effectively challenge the corporate political consensus? Then why not watch Democracy Now TV (it's free!) either online or now - here in Europe - as 'real TV' via Hotbird satellite(Freespeech TV/Homa TV) at Transponder 97, 27,500 Ksps, 11,585 MHz.
For example - watch this superb Dec 19 report/studio discussion re FBI surveillance.)
MIT's Professor Donald Sadoway on lithium
cells v. hydrogen fuel cells(Nov 22 interview: MIT Technology Review)
- "Why hydrogen might not power future vehicles and lithium-based batteries might."
Here's a brief extract:
Donald Sadoway: What got me into this in the first place was the desire to get rid of the internal
I don't believe in fuel cells for portable power. I think it's a dumb idea.... Where's the infrastructure? Where are we
going to get hydrogen from?...Have you seen the price of platinum? Lithium for lithium ion batteries is expensive. But it's
not like platinum. Lithium right now is probably $40 a pound. Platinum is $500 an ounce(EVUK Ed: No - as of Nov 30
$1000 ! ).
I think we could easily double the energy capacity of what we have right now. We
have cells in the lab that, if you run the numbers for a thin-film cell of reasonable size, you end up with two to three
times current lithium ion batteries.
But there's more. The fantasy of all fantasies is chromium. If we could stabilize chromium as a material for battery cathodes
and I could...give you a battery with 600700 watts per kilogram of energy capacity with reasonable drain rate - that says good-bye hydrogen economy.
Let's keep the research going. Let's use the phrase that they used in the early days of nuclear power - "I want this stuff too cheap to meter." I want these batteries so cheap you can give them
(From , 22 Nov)
See also: EVUK's May '05 Q&A with Professor Sadoway re
Now from the "War on Terror" to the "War on Terra" - from the demonization of eco-activism to TV's defiant
celebration of fossil-fuel fundamentalism:
in the ever-popular
category "Greatest misuse of public money by a public service broadcaster - given the the state of the
Oh boy! What can we say that we've not already said? These guys don't even get that they're on the Titanic - let alone that the "ICE" is a major threat that we have to deal
with now - not the day after a tomorrow that never comes.
When the government's Chief Scientific officer Sir David King
(yes - him again..) said as much to the
Independent in February 2002 "British Government's chief
scientific adviser calls for petrol car ban" his words were of course promptly buried by a corporate media hell-bent on
preaching the exact opposite.
A smash-hit all right! After the "just desserts" hit-job in Oxford the media's Clarkson-promoting PR-machine has shifted into overdrive...(Photos:Adrian Arbib)
Yes - this award is about as public and defiant a declaration of corporate loyalty you're ever likely to see from a global media that is even more addicted to and prostituted to the Internal Combustion Engine(ICE) than it ever once was to cigarettes and the tobacco industry... show he told his host that he had "lost his dignity" by buying an electric car but also went on to reveal that as a die-hard chain-smoker he himself was now so short of breath he was finding it difficult to climb stairs and keep up with his children.
...And speaking of tobacco and addictions: when Clarkson appeared a few weeks ago on the Jonathan Ross
Hmm. Now perhaps, Jeremy, you know how the planet feels. Exhaust'ed and abused. And without your health where will your "dignity" be five or ten years down the road...?
The award-winning direct drive EVT 4000e
We were also contacted twice - and for different reasons - in November by former BBC Freelancer Tony Cheverall - now Media &
Communications Manager for Scoot Electric - those reasons being :
1) Going the Green Mile Thursday, Dec 8th - University College of
London. This event will officially launch Camden's and Transport for London's Park & Charge and New Ride
initiatives. The first Park & Charge site - providing secure park and charging facilities for ebikes and escooters - will
open at NCP car park Drury Lane, close to Covent Garden.
2) A Eulogy & User's Guide to Electric Vespa-style
- by evangelical , Leicester-based Scoot Electric customer(EVT4000e - photo) and former petrol moped owner - Simon Kear.
Covers everything from all-weather gear and insurance to real-world performance and running costs - plus countless reasons
why you should pull the plug on petrol-power.
Here's a little of what Simon says:
"The city in which I live, Leicester, has become increasingly gridlocked, with parking anywhere at a premium. Although I do
15-20 miles a day, most of these journeys are less than three miles. The cost of using a car, coupled with the parking
problems, means this form of transport has, for me, become non-viable. I still have a car but use it infrequently. Not
surprisingly, the costs of maintaining and running my car have plummeted. I initially purchased an old Honda 80cc moped in
(Click here for full escooter Eulogy-cum-User's Guide)
- EVUK contacted Simon to check what had motivated him to write this review for Scoot Electric - had any money or favours
etc. been exchanged at all? His response was emphatic:
"No - it's all genuine. In fact, I've been so impressed with my EVT that I
recently bought a few shares in Scoot Electric - more to show solidarity
than to make money. (In the current fuel and environmental crises, if
these escooters don't make it, nothing will.) But that's as far as my
association with the company goes. I use my EVT every day (average 20-25 miles), regardless of the weather.
It's never given me any problems and is great to ride. By the way, I used EVUK extensively before deciding to make the
MDI Air Car - German TV (3Sat's "Nano") brings positive news from
the S. of France.
- Yes, just when you thought most people had given up on the Air Car the highly-proficient "Nano" production team decided to
revisit Guy Negre in November at his factory in Nice and returned surprisingly confident that the first Air Cars could indeed
be rolling off the production line in the first half of 2007. See
programme transcript & English translation(Google).
Programme note: can perhaps best be described as a 5-day-week TV version of New
Scientist, Bild der Wissenschaft and Scientific American - but with far greater emphasis on real-world eco-innovation.
Future-focused, brained-up, unpatronizing and expertly sceptical where appropriate, this very un-BBC
solutions-oriented programme clearly has no chance whatsoever of ever being nominated for an Emmy !
("Nano"(3Sat) reception: Astra Sat 19 degrees east, free-to-view, 17.30 UK time - repeated 3 times daily.)
Miljøbil's 200 km per charge Smart EV
- launch in
- following the press presentation of the Smart EV prototype in November in Norway we asked Miljobil's Bjørn
Nenseth, among other things, why the company's website(www.miljobil.no) is still making no mention of the car and why there is so little Engish-language reporting about it. Unfortunately, all we can divulge from Bjørn's response is that the company is hoping to produce the first vehicles by the end of 2006.
See also: Miljobil/Electrovaya's (RAV4-like?) Maya 100 - as described in EVUK's May 2005 report,"Electrovaya ties Norwegian knot".
Superlight / fast "SIE" Li-ion ebike just got even better !
Two years ago we rated it - kilo for kilo - the best electric bike in the world by miles - in terms of both mph and miles per charge.
Well now Barcelona-based self-builder Roger Layola(firstname.lastname@example.org) has contacted us again to say he's further supercharged his incredible, minimalist Lithium-powered "SIE"("Superlight Integrated Electrobike").
Range is now a whopping 56-168 miles(90 - 270 km) and top speed 40 mph* (64 km/h).
Breathtaking! What a tour de force - now we can all pretend to be Lance Armstrong...
Roger - who's putting together a step-by-step DIY guide for us - tells us he's still using Thunder Sky's Cr-F-Li batteries but has switched to the TS-LCP50AHA model:
"These TS-LCP50AHA Cr-F-Li batteries are better at motor discharges, the results are incredible." he says.
*Legal note regarding the SIE's 40 mph top speed:
...according to EU lawmakers, bureaucrats, commissioners etc. by far the most energy-saving way to travel from A to B is to simply have one's private secretary or personal asistant call for an EU-taxpayer-funded limousine - preferably a diesel of course - if you 're a practicing and devout EUtopian...
Remember: "Drive a diesel, aka 'oil-burner', to save the planet - you know it makes sense."
- See Top Gear for further BBC-approved, public service guidance and advice on road-speed and the law.(What do you know - it's apparently not illegal in the UK to own and drive a car that's capable of 150+ miles per hour...)
EVUK among Top 5000 sites - in Good Website Guide 2006
"The completely revised best-selling guide to over 5,000 sites"(Harper Collins: ISBN 0-00-719385-8.)
Available for a stocking-filler price of £4.79 from Amazon)
Please forgive this rare(?) trumpet-blowing moment...but - given
that Google now catalogues and searches well over 8 billion webpages - we are, quite frankly, tickled pretty pink to have been singled out for this year's next year Guide.
Yes - there's no denying that the book's back-cover blurb has gone straight to our heads(though sadly not yet to our bottom-line or cash-flow...) :
"The very best sites in each category are chosen and reviewed with many other sites featured because they are unique or have something about them that stands out."
"A must-have for parents and children alike."
Amen and Hallelujah ! Could this mean that fame and fortune(sustainable and $$green - naturally) - not to mention real, long-range, affordable EV's - might be just around the corner at last?
Even more encouraging and unusual for this type of compendium(contrast with the uninspiring Rough Guide Website Directory) is its new-found environmental focus - as author Graham Edmonds(email@example.com) explains in the Guide's introduction :
"Despite the bright red cover there's a 'green' tinge to the book this year as we've included a section listing all the sites covering environmental issues and help."
So now that a major publisher like Harper Collins has seen the green light - how much longer can carmakers, oil companies, governments and the media continue to dither at red and amber ?
- EVUK's Good Website Guide entry can be found on P.65 of the Guide under "Cheaper & Greener Fuels" - that's two full pages before...ahead of...prior to...Top Gear...and one page ahead of What Car? and Auto Express magazines. Priorities? Sorted !
- Why not join us in contacting Rough Guide(firstname.lastname@example.org) publishers urging them to take a (green) leaf out of Harper Collins' book? And suggesting, perhaps, that they get on track and up to speed - on environmental issues in general and on clean, alternative transport in particular?
BBC's Jonathan Ross buys wrong car - for the right reasons?
(..for his wife and the planet - allegedly)
In last week's (Oct 21), JR tells his peak primetime TV audience - with the aid of family photos - that the REVA G-Wiz he just purchased for his wife(below) not only looks funny and sounds like a (...wait for it) milk-float - but is also hilariously slow on hills. To a crescendo of laughter he finally lets rip with a few trademark expletives when recalling how G-Wiz suppliers had asked him for a quote - a celeb endorsement - for their website.
So why, dear Jonathan, did you decide to buy the car at all? Did you not see it or hear it or test-drive it before making the purchase?
And given that you began your meteoric TV and radio career as a researcher - did you not think to..um..research electric vehicles before buying?
Did you not, for instance, stumble upon EVUK and see what your A-list Hollywood guests and chums - like George Clooney - are driving these days?
(Watch/read most recent Jonathan Ross / George Clooney interview)
Come on Jonathan - are your wife and the planet not worth the price of a 150 mph Tango from Prodrive of Banbury - that's around £49,000...or just 5-10% of your reputed annual income?
Why not pick up the phone and give Clooney and Prodrive a call - and show us all that you care more about your wife, your children's future and the planet than you do about cheap laughs at the planet's expense?
Then at some point you could perhaps set the record straight by regaling your audience with rib-tickling anecdotes about how you always get the last laugh in your Tango(0-60 in 4 secs) when :
a) you leave peeved Porshe, BMW, Jaguar - and even Kia - drivers for dead at traffic lights
b) you don't have to pay congestion or parking charges in central London
c) petrol prices are pumped up yet again......
We feel sure that BBC governors and their corporate/government bedfellas would jump for joy at the mere thought of such jolly truth-telling on primetime TV...
(If the Tango's not to your taste, Jonathan, then how's about - at less than half the price - a 125+ mpg plug-in(able) Prius+ hybrid from Amberjac Projects in the UK?)
...all of which leads us seamlessly to the G-Wiz and BBC Radio 4's "EV Virgin/Ingénue Extraordinaire" Peter Day - presenter of
Listen to "In Business" on the G-Wiz and EV's(20 Oct '05).
Our verdict ? Quite frankly, the only part of Peter Day's report that is genuinely bold, refreshing and bang on the money is the contribution from GoinGreen 's Keith Johnston(pictured) who dares, albeit tentatively, to touch on a few uncomfortable political/corporate home-truths and taboos and also mentions REVA's 125 mile per charge 75 mph NXG prototype as well as confirming that the range and power of the current G-Wiz will be boosted in 2006.
(So how's about giving Wossy's wife a free upgrade next year - on condition he then sets the record straight on national TV?)
Apart from that, the BBC's persuasively posh Peter Day is clearly determined - despite all the conspicuously unreferenced EVidence to the contrary - to advance the yawningly familiar herd-trap fallacy that pure battery EV's are - and should remain - short-range, low-speed
niche-only little city-cars which - phew! - will by definition pose little or no threat to the ICE- and oil-rigged status quo. Well that's all right then, isn't it?
Now who on earth would want a non-niche EV like this
180 mile/charge, 85 mph Li-ion Volvo 3CC - what with soaring petrol prices, global warming, wars for oil, local air pollution, noise pollution, congestion-charging..?
Sadly, like so much mainstream media output this timid BBC radio offering is infinitely more interesting for what it leaves out than for what it leaves in: you will for example wait in vain for any reference to any of the following long-range advanced EV's or prototypes: the all-electric RAV4, Nissan Altra, TZero, Mercedes "A" Class, Horlacher Sport, Solectria Sunrise, Venturi Fetish, Volvo 3CC, Mitsubishi Eclipse/FTO/Lancer, BlueCar.
And surely the "EV Understatement of the Decade" comes from "I have always felt that Europe would be a more natural venue" for EV's.
The reality of course is that if a global player like Toyota had genuinely wanted to break through the politics and popularize cheap-to-run, green EV's like the electric RAV4 in the late 1990's - they obviously would have publicized and marketed them first and foremost in $4-5 a gallon, eco-conscious(so they say..) Europe - and not exclusively in $1.50 America and Japan !
Beyond niche and cliché: REVA's 125 mile per charge, 75 mph NXG prototype
Jonathan.Ross@bbc.co.uk Alternatively: BBC complaints at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/news/2005/04/19/18697.shtml
Horlacher Sport - a lightweight, aerodynamic, visually stunning EV - way ahead of its time. Set a world EV single-charge distance record of 541 km in 1992.
Horlacher Sport - set 541 km range record in 1992
My...what a long way we have come in 13 years - thanks to the environmental commitment, courageous leadership and long-term vision of our political, media, corporate, educational
- and religious - establishment.
What a mess the planet would be in without them!
Joking aside, there is indeed a tantalizing connection between the 541 km(max) Horlacher Sport and the 64 km(max) REVA G-Wiz: Click here to find out what it is.
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