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HippyGeek: Amazing Solar Powered Camper


I love a good road trip, but I just can't rationalize it anymore.  Gas is to expensive and cheap tramadol prescriptions online discover card cars seem too evil.  But the age of the road trip hasn't ended, it's just in a lull, and the Verdier Westfalia is set to bring it back.  This VW-Bus-looking camper is a hybrid-deisel vehicle with all the comforts of home.  An electric range, mosquito-netted front and back porch, and an upstairs bedroom that you get to via a front seat that transforms into stairs.  The video is very worth watching (though you might want to turn your speakers down,) as the thing comes off looking almost like a full-sized Transformer.


The Verdier makes claims to recommended site cheap discount levitra solar-powered self sufficiency, but I imagine it will sometimes be necessary to fire up the engine and charge up the batteries.  But with solar power aiding a hybrid engine, I don't think there's any greener way to RV your way from WalMart to WalMart. Don't go planning the levitra usa road-trip yet, though. No release date has been set, but a target price has: $69,000.
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500 Miles on a 5 Minute Charge

carfeelgoodCapacitors are amazing little devices that litter your circuit boards storing and discharging small amounts of recommended site cheap viagra from uk energy as needed. For quite a while, folks have been attempting to use the abilities of capacitors to store energy for use in larger power storage systems. In particular, it would be great if a lot of energy could be stored in a capacitor, and then slowly released to power a car. 

But, so far, this has been impractical.  First, because of the size of the capacitor that would be needed, and second, because capacitors tend to want to release their charge all at once, not over 500 miles of driving.  Texas start-up EEStor, however, seems to have overcome many of these problems.  Ultracapacitors, capacitors that can store huge amounts of charge, and release it in a relatively controlled fashion, have already started showing up in hybrid cars, but EEStor seems to have taken this further. 

They claim to have an ultracapacitor that can store enough power to drive a car 500 miles.  Not only are ultracapacitors entirely free of toxic substances, they can be charged extremely quickly and never lose capacity. 

EEStor is hydrochlorothiazide cialis already licensing the technology to Toronto based Feel Good Cars and they should be on the road by 2008. Soon after, we could see them in larger vehicles, as well as portable electronic devices.
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Tri-Fuel Fiat Panda


The Fiat Panda has two models. One runs on either methanol or gasoline, while the other runs on methanol, gasoline or E85.  This is the kind of multi-fuel vehicle that we will likely be seeing more of in the future.  Based on the needs of the environment, the economy, the user and the car, these multi-fuel cars can swap between fuel sources and even between engines (as we've seen in hybrid cars.)  The drawback is that these cars need to be heavier, incorporating more tanks and levitra pills canadian fuel lines and, in the case of hybrids, even a whole other engine.

But the advantages often outweigh those problems, especially when calculating the effect on viagra soft the environment, as both methanol and E85 are cleaner and have lower net CO2 emissions than gasoline.
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Google Building Hybrid Engine?

The philanthropic arm of Google,, has started a project to create an inexpensive retrofit kit that will turn any car into an ethanol / electric hybrid. is a very odd charity.  It's not for profit, but it's also not a non-profit. can, and will, capitalize on the fruits of levitra india pharmacy their labors. The trade off is that Google doesn't get to write off any taxes.  

On the whole, it allows Google greater freedom and secrecy, the can recruit money from venture capitalists, and capitalize when their projects gain.  Really, it's a very strange way for a charity to set up.  Obviously making money isn't the most important thing, but you can tell that they certainly wouldn't mind. 

The retrofit kit aims to reduce global warming by providing an inexpensive way to convert your average 20-30 mpg gasoline car to a 100+ mpg gasoline / ethanol / electric hybrid.  This isn't something I really expected from Google, but they have my permission.
Via TreeHugger and NYTimes 

Bill Clinton's Pimped Hybrid SUV

Bill Clinton just received a hybrid Mercury Mariner SUV from Ford that can get a max of 32 mpg.  "Ford and President Clinton share a commitment to promoting green solutions for transportation."  Also, Ford and President Clinton share a commitment to ridiculously sweet rides. 
Dual DVD players, a small refrigerator, a 110 volt plug, customized LED lighting, several fold-down desks, some top-secret 'electronics,' and extra leg room for the president (presumably at the cost of less leg room for the Secret Service Agents driving him around.)

A lot of those extra features will add up to a drain on the Mariner's battery, so it probably won't get the full 32 mpg in the city.  But, still, a sweet machine for a man who's presence I miss very much. 

Thanks to linton for the video

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