Starting the week

May 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Starting small – but lessons learned by making model cars could be applied full-scale in the future. 65 teams from 24 Colorado schools built solar- or fuel cell-powered model cars for the Junior Solar Sprint and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car competitions hosted by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory this weekend. Fastest solar car came from the brilliantly-named ‘Thundercougarfalconbird’ team of the Logan School for Creative Learning (no kidding), Denver, the school which also took the fuel cell prize and the solar trophy for design (technology, craftsmanship and innovation); the design trophy for design of a fuel cell car went to Woodlands Academy of Castle Rock, whose ‘Larry the Leaf’ team also won the Spirit Award for good sportsmanship. The kids are alright…

  • Iceland’s Northern Lights Energy has ordered 1000 converted-to-electric Mercedes ML 350s from Ohio-based Amp. Full story plus test drive of the Amp ML EV at Autoblog Green.
  • Volkswagen is to sell electric versions of the Up! and Golf in Japan within three years, reports the Nikkei. Cheaper VW hybrids coming up, too; VWexpects 14% of its Japanese sales this year to be petrol-electric models.
  • The start of the EV Cup race series has been delayed to 2012; preview events will take place in the US at Laguna Seca and Auto Club Speedway, California, in November but races in the UK and Europe have been pushed back due to concerns over safety.
  • $25million has been pledged by the US Department of Energy, and $25million by India’s Ministry of Science & Technology, for a five-year programme by  the US-India Joint Clean Energy Research & Development Centre. It’s to look at second-generation biofuels, solar energy and improvements in energy efficiency.
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