by Thomas Beutel

Category: PHEV

GM Volt could get $7,500 tax credit

The financial rescue bill (aka the bailout) contains substantial tax credits for plug-in hybrid vehicles sold after 2008. This could mean about $7,500 dollars for a GM Volt, based on the size of its battery. Here are some links: Green Car Congress on the senate bill Green Car Advisor at Edmunds If you have solar […]

Is BMW working on a PHEV Mini?

Looks like the Volt will be getting some interesting competition. The Register is reporting that an electric Mini test vehicle has been spotted driving around Munich, based on reports in Car Magazine. Car says: “…the miserly mini that will help BMW meet tough new American regulations requiring car makers selling vehicles in California also to […]

Solar roof update

We’ve signed off on getting a 3.85KWh solar photovoltaic system. Return on investment will be 10-12 years, probably less if we get a plugin-hybrid electric car in 3 or 4 years. The roofers will be here tomorrow to mark the joists, and sometime in the next week or two, the racks will go in. I’ll […]

New pics of the GM Volt has pictures of the production version of the Volt. I like it. Actually, I like it a lot better than the concept car. Meanwhile, it looks like GM and the EPA might argue about MPG. It all depends on the battery charge at the end of the trip.

Bob Lutz and the GM Volt

Here is a nice Charlie Rose interview with Bob Lutz, talking about the ideas and progress of the GM Volt. It’s about 56 minutes long. One of the things mentioned (at about 41 minutes in) is that the show car had a drag coefficient of about 0.43, which was too much – it reduced the […]

1 Block Off The Grid Jumpstarts Solar in San Francisco

The exciting news is that 1BOG has selected an installation partner and the installer will be visiting my house tomorrow. I can’t wait to see what the whole process is like. I have two questions in particular: 1) I will definitely be getting a plugin hybrid car when they are available in 2-3 years. I’ve […]

Crowds Overwhelm GoSolarSF Fair, Everyone Wants Solar

I spent some time this afternoon speaking with various solar installers at the GoSolarSF fair at the Eureka Valley rec center. To say the fair was crowded would be an understatement. I wasn’t able to speak to most of the installers–the crowds were too deep. It’s fantastic to see this amount of interest in solar. […]