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Toyota Prius converted to plug-in hybrid       Category:
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Two college students convert a Prius hybrid into a plug-in hybrid. Some details are given regarding the electrical configuration of the additional battery pack; and some details are given on an added circuit board that uses the vehicle's diagnostic port. The added circuit tells the [...]

How Hydraulic Hybrid Vehicles work       Category:
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This video gives a good overview of how Hydraulic Hybrid Vehicles work. This narrated animation is intuitive and easy to understand.[...]

Google Makes Public Transportation Practical and Efficient       Category:
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Google transit has become easy-to-use and well integrated into Google Maps. If your city or town participates in Google Transit, then:

  1. Go to Google Maps.
  2. Choose "By public transit" after entering Location & Destination (A & B).
  3. Click the "Get directions" button.
  4. Plan ahead by clicking "show options" and enter your departure time. [...]

Electric-Hybrid Truck Conversion       Category:
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A company sells a conversion kit that can convert commercial trucks to hybrids. The kits primarily consist of an electric motor that attaches to the drive shaft, various battery options, and a controller. [...]

Electric-Motorcycle Conversion       Category:
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A commuter converts a Ninja 750 motorcycle into an electric vehicle for local commutes.


Lithium-Polymer Battery Fabrication       Category:
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Interesting television segment explains the production process for a lithium battery that is to be used in an electric vehicle.


Venturi Electric Vehicles       Category:
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Two radical designs from Venturi Automobiles. According to a company spokesperson, the second vehicle will be presented at the [...]


Energy Loss in a Typical Vehicle       Category:
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automobile energy lossIt is interesting to note the amount of energy that goes unused in a typical vehicle. According to the Dept. of Energy approximately 85% of the energy a vehicle consumes goes unused. [...]


Plug-In hybrids can Recharge the Grid says Google.org        Category:
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Google.org’s RechargeIT program promotes plug in hybrids. It seems Google is becoming a great think tank of modern day; their involvement with plug-in hybrids is no exception. Vehicle owners need economical transportation and power companies are desperately searching for ways to avoid building power plants. [...]


Bus Travels on Roads or Railroad Tracks       Category:
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Is it a bus? Is it a train? It's both: a Dual-Mode Vehicle (DMV) prototype in Japan. Details including cost, drawings, etc can be found at this University-of-Washington page.


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