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Old Oct 26th, 2008, 10:06 AM   #91
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Old Oct 26th, 2008, 03:54 PM   #92
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Zero Emission Motors Unveils Volt Electric Scooter

Posted on October 25th, 2008 by Sebastian Schepis in Electric Scooters



Not a bad urban, suburban scoot about for $1500

Volt electric scooter
Zero Emission Motors’ Volt electric scooter

If you’re looking for an inexpensive electric scooter tailor-made for city driving, then the new Volt electric scooter from Zero Emission Motors might be just the ticket for you. The new Volt electric scooter (named just like the newly-announced electric car, but unlike the car, available today) is a new electric scooter just released by our friends over at Zero Emission Motors - we got the opportunity to meet Adam Maoz, president of the company, a couple of weeks back at the Kick Gas festival in San Diego, and got to see the Volt in person.

The Volt electric scooter is a mid-range electric scooter product that straddles the gap between low-power electric scooters (< 1000W) and higher-power, freeway-legal scooters such as the Vectrix.

The Volt electric scooter is driven by a 1500 watt / 48 Volt motor and can propel you at speeds up to 30 mph for up to 30 miles per charge. We like the 1500 Watt motor because it provides enough power to get you up hills without slowing down too much, and will also provide good acceleration when you need it.

Volt electric scooter
Details on the Volt electric scooter

The Volt electric scooter features all the trimmings you would expect from a scooter in this range - mirrors, headlights, taillights, blinkers and brake lights, keyed start, a horn, and an under-seat storage compartment and glove box. An odometer is included to let you know how far you’ve traveled, and a speedometer is also provided. A battery indicator is also provided to let you know how much charge you have left. The battery pack is lead-acid, and takes about 8 hours or so to fully charge using the included battery charger, which you can plug in to any wall outlet. It costs about $0.10 for a full charge, which means $10 of electricity will get you about 3000 miles worth of travel. Try that with gasoline.

The Volt is capable of seating up to two people at a time - its weight limit is 500 lbs. And at $1,495 plus $150 shipping, we think this e-scooter gives a you lot for the price. The Volt electric scooter is available today from Zero Emission Motors.
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Old Oct 26th, 2008, 04:51 PM   #93
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Do electric scooters require insurance? Gas scooters under 50cc do not as far as I know.
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That's up in the air in Ontario and yes gas scooters require insurance - the only exemption now are eBikes with electric assist and they must have pedals.

For a young person to get a scooter they are looking at $840 a year in Ontario which drops to about $580 after taking a $300 safety course.

Then 3 years of absolutely spotless driving gets into adult driver rates which still are not cheap......$550 for my 550 scooter.



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Old Oct 28th, 2008, 06:52 PM   #95
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Why China May Save The Electric Car

William Pentland, 10.27.08, 3:50 PM ET

The news wasn't all bad for General Motors on Tuesday.

Amid talk of bankruptcy and a forced merger with failing Chrysler, GM (nyse: GM - news - people ) introduced a new model of its Chevrolet Equinox in Beijing that runs on hydrogen, making the beleaguered automaker the most recent company to take a big bet on the budding electric vehicle (EV) market in China.

GM sees China as being among the first markets and production sites for alternative propulsion systems and will continue working to advance its strategy of "in China, with China, for China" to help the country develop diverse automotive energy solutions and commercialize such energy solutions, David S. Chen, vice president of GM China Group, said last week.

They're not alone. Recession or no recession, Asia's emerging economies will be buying a massive number of automobiles in coming decades. Odds are, the lion's share of them will run at least partially on electricity. At least that's what investors and manufacturers, from GM to Warren Buffett, think.

In 2006, China had about 160 million motor vehicles. By 2050, it will have nearly 700 million, or almost three times the number of registered vehicles currently in the U.S. If China's vehicle fleet grows to these anticipated sizes with today's fuel efficiency and emissions standards, China will need roughly 20 million barrels of oil per day to fuel its transportation sector, which in turn will emit about 3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide every year.

"Considering the rapid depletion of the world's oil reserve, the heightened global interest in addressing greenhouse gas emissions and the geopolitical complications of global oil supply and demand," a report by the U.S. Department of Energy concluded. "The unmanaged vehicle growth and limited improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency will lead to an unsustainable and unstable transportation system in China."

In early 2007, China launched the so-called "863 Initiative," which initiated multiple electric vehicle research and development projects by universities, research institutes and companies. In August, China said it would begin developing a large-scale demonstration project in 10 or more cities to put at least 1,000 hybrid, fuel-cell and all-electric vehicles on the road in each of those cities and provide the necessary infrastructure for the project. The government is also providing funds for the construction of a nationwide network of charging stations. Before the end of the year, China's government will likely finalize regulations needed to begin large scale EV manufacturing.
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Old Nov 2nd, 2008, 04:37 PM   #96
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Looks like all of the talk about the Chevy Volt is just hype. They had a commercial on TV with the big announcement, but if you read the fine print, it says that it will not be released until 2010 at the earliest. Just another GM Vapourcar, and now that gas prices are below the $1 mark, it's time for GM to crank out the fifty year old giant gas guzzling V-8 land crushers once again. The Volt will soon be forgotten, just like all of the other amazing cars we were supposed to buy over the years, like the EV1 and the PNGV stuff...
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Transport Experts Spark Global Electric Car Industry
LONDON, UK, October 27, 2008 (ENS) - Cars around the world will one day be propelled by electric motors, transportation expert Daniel Sperling told a meeting of international transportation experts and policymakers in London today.

Sperling said the transformation of automobiles and the entire automotive industry has begun with gasoline-electric hybrids, and will continue in the next decades with the wide adoption of plug-in electric hybrids, battery-only electric cars, and fuel cell electric vehicles.

Director of the University of California Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, Sperling was the keynote speaker at the first meeting of its kind, where industry experts and government officials are strategizing on how to jumpstart the mass market production of low carbon and electric vehicles.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called for the conference after discussions about transportation energy reform this summer at the Jeddah International Energy Conference in Saudi Arabia, the G8 Summit in Tokyo, and the British International Motor show in London.


Manufactured in Canada, the Zenn electric car is displayed at the Linden Hills Co-op in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo courtesy Linden Hills Co-op)

"I am delighted that the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has shown such leadership by taking this first critical step forward in the UK," said Sperling. "He is to be commended in calling this important international meeting and setting the ball rolling for a low carbon vehicle future for the UK."

The two-day conference is hosted by the United Kingdom's Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

New initiatives to put Britain at the forefront of a green motoring revolution by encouraging a mass market in electric and hybrid cars have been announced today.

With the potential to create up to 10,000 new British jobs and help preserve many thousands more, the electric car push comes as part of wider plans by the Brown Government to make the most of the low carbon economy, with estimates that around a million green jobs could be generated by 2030.

Fulfilling the prime minister's pledge this summer to speed up the delivery of low carbon and electric vehicles for ordinary motorists, experts from across the globe are gathered in Whitehall today to examine how to turn this into a reality.

At the meeting, Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon set out the government's next steps to deliver a £100 million commitment to accelerate the emergence of greener vehicles.
So nations around the planet are gearing up their industrial base for EV and Green- what is Flaherty worried about ......$60 oil impacting his dear oil patch.....what a loser.



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Politicians hate change.

It scares them.
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Strange as it may seem, the same thing could be said of their constituents.

As long as we're referencing generalizations, anyone with a vested interest in the status quo is bound to be reluctant to embrace change.
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Electric vehicles are all the rage, but few have pushed the design envelope as far as the Aptera Typ-1, which hits the streets of California in December. Aptera Motors claims that its vehicle can travel up to 190 kilometres on a single charge, aided by roof-mounted solar cells. The vehicle, which is officially classified as a motorbike, will sell for $27,000. A petrol/electric hybrid version with a longer range is due to be launched in 2009 for $30,000.




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