American River College Highlights Green Auto Shop Courses

We’re excited to read in the student newspaper published at American River College an article highlighting the green auto shop courses being offered to students in 2014-2015.  After meeting their instructors over the summer for their Electric Auto Shop training, and interacting with them on Twitter, it’s no wonder that green technologies are that latest buzz on campus. The video above includes interviews with ARC instructors from the recent training.  Check out the article at The Current:

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PODCAST 126: PG&E Puts New Energy in California High Schools

High School Class Writing Electric Cars into its Own Curriculum

After meeting the students and teachers of New Energy Academy at ChassisLab instructor training in Sebastopol, California, they were kind enough to use some of their classroom time to hold a Google Hangout and record a Podcast with us.

We had a chance to hang out with a classroom that is writing electric cars into its high school curriculum. New Energy Academy is part of Venture Academy, a school within a school concept being tested in California. The project was funded by PG&E with high schools in in Stockton, Sacramento, Fresno, Bakersfield and Berkeley and helps teach students green technologies like hydrogen fueled cars, wind farms and most recently electric cars. PODCAST: Click Here
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PODCAST 115: Jason Fagone on his new Book ‘Ingenious’

'Ingenious' by Jason Fagone - Electric Auto Shop PodcastOn Episode #115 author Jason Fagone talked about his new book ‘Ingenious.’ Jason has written about science, sports, and culture for Wired, GQ, Men’s Journal, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Slate, Esquire, Philadelphia, and the 2011 edition of The Best American Sports Writing. During the episode he gives insights into the Automotive X Prize that concluded in 2010. On Jason’s website it says he worked on this book for close to four years. “An old-fashioned tale of American invention — the story of a small group of tinkerers, garage hackers, racers, and entrepreneurs who tried to do something they were told was impossible.”

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AutoBlog Green: Electric Go Kart Racing

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(AutoBlog Green) You know what’s a lot – a lot – of fun? Racing. You know what’s really expensive? Also, racing. Fortunately, there’s cheaper way of getting into the sport of testing the limits of man-melded-to-machine than going out and building or buying a full-fledged race car. Yup, go-karts! You want to compete in Formula 1 when you grow up? This is where you start. (For an in-depth look at the sport, check out Autoblog‘s epic 7-part Introduction To Karting.)

Unfortunately, the shrunken wonders have long been kind of noisy and, perhaps, more than a little dirty. Think smokey two-stroke engines with minimal mufflerage. Now, however, that’s beginning to change, and one of those at the forefront of this shift is Rattlesnake Electric Sport. They’ve launched a line of electric go-karts that are competitive with modern gas-powered machines that can put you neck deep in wheel-to-wheel racing action. Continue Reading

Gas Station to Charging Station

Gas Station to Charging Station

From the ashes of an old gas station flies the phoenix of electric charging for all.

If you excuse the confused metaphor, that’s essentially the idea behind an electric car charging plaza proposal in Encinitas, California.

San Diego-based Evoasis wants to build the new plaza on the corner of Vulcan Avenue and E Street, and plans moved a step forward last week when the City Council agreed to consider leasing the property to Evoasis.

As The Coast News reports, the charging plaza could accommodate 15 cars at one time, and the stations would also feature a fast-charge facility for compatible vehicles. ===> Continue Reading