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7 October 2017

Cumulative EV sales

Monthly update to charts showing cumulative sales of different models of plug-in vehicles in the United States, plus fuel-cell vehicles, using data from InsideEVs. Also, update to the webpage tracking performance of our residential photovoltaic system, adding the fifth complete year of data.

21 April 2017

An essay on why Science is More Necessary Than Ever in a Divided Nation, commenting on the purpose of the March for Science on Earth Day 2017.

18 April 2017

BYD e6

Alternative-fuel vehicles at the 2017 First Hawaiian International Auto Show at the Honolulu Convention Center, HI, 24-26 March 2017.

3 December 2016

FCX at Petersen

Alternative-fuel vehicles at the Petersen Automotive Museum during my visits in 2006 and 2016.

27 November 2016

Chevrolet Bolt

Alternative-fuel vehicles at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show at the L.A. Convention Center, CA, 18-27 November 2016.

7 October 2016

PV system performance

Update to webpage tracking performance of our residential photovoltaic system, adding the fourth complete year of data.

10 September 2016

Tesla showroom at Ala Moana

A visit to the newly opened Tesla showroom at the Ala Moana Center mall in Honolulu, HI.

1 May 2016

Cumulative EV sales

Discussion of some context for the huge numbers of reservations for the Tesla Model 3; also, charts showing cumulative sales of different models of plug-in vehicles, which I will update as new figures come in.

21 April 2016

Solar Impulse 2 taking off

Departure of the solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 from Hawaii on 21 April 2016, heading to Mountain View, CA and points east.

30 March 2016

Solar Impulse 2 in hangar

A visit to the solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 in Hawaii on 26 March 2016, as the team prepares to resume their round-the-world flight; also, a few related photos from a visit to the Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

3 October 2015

PV system performance

Update to webpage tracking performance of our residential photovoltaic system, adding the third complete year of data.

15 July 2015

Shell hydrogen station

Brief visit to the Shell Hydrogen refueling station in Torrance, CA on 8 July 2015; also, added note on delay of Solar Impulse 2 in Hawaii for repairs.

3 July 2015

Solar Impulse 2

Landing of the solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 in Hawaii on 3 July 2015, after a five-day flight from Nagoya, Japan.

31 May 2015

L.A. Auto Show Honolulu Auto Show CNG vs. gasoline prices

Alternative-fuel vehicles at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the L.A. Convention Center, CA, 21-30 November 2014 and the First Hawaiian International Auto Show at the Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, 13-15 March 2015; also, a report on the performance of our grid-connected residential photovoltaic system over its first two years, and a comparison of gasoline and CNG prices since the start of 2001.

This update amounts to a relaunch of the website after eight-plus years on hiatus due to an interstate move and raising two small children. I have a lot of photos from events during the hiatus and will post pages with those when I get the chance, and I still need to update the FAQ page, prune dead links, repair the site search function, etc. However, I have done a slight modernization of the website by adding Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and App.net links next to the RSS link (so 2004!) so that you can receive updates through any of these channels if you are interested.

25 September 2006

Rebuttal to GM's spin defending its crushing of the EV1 electric car, in response to the new documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?"; also, a new glossary of terms and acronyms used in discussing alternative fuels and drivetrains

16 February 2005

Alternative-fuel vehicles at the 2005 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show at the L.A. Convention Center, CA, 7-16 January 2005

12 November 2004

Alternative-fuel vehicles at the 2005 California International Auto Show in Anaheim, CA, 27-31 October 2004

11 November 2004

California Fuel Cell Partnership's Cruisin' Southern Cal road rally, ride and drive at the Orange County Market Place, 18 September 2004

15 October 2004

Some comments on recent developments in California's policies regarding alternative-fueled and alternative-drivetrain vehicles: carpool-lane access, greenhouse-gas limits, and the "Hydrogen Highway"

6 August 2004

Added "breadcrumb" navigation links to the top of all pages on the site, and created an RSS feed (blue button next to "breadcrumbs")

12 January 2004

Alternative-fuel vehicles at the 2004 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show at the L.A. Convention Center, CA, 2-11 January 2004

31 December 2003

Public Days at the 20th Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS-20) in Long Beach, CA, 15-16 November 2003

12 November 2003

Alternative-fuel vehicles at the 2004 California International Auto Show in Anaheim, CA, 29 October - 2 November 2003

2 September 2003

One last drive in a General Motors EV1 before they disappear from the road, 1-2 August 2003

24 July 2003

An update of this website's page on alternative drivetrains, adding diagrams

12 June 2003

California Fuel Cell Partnership's Rally Through the Valley finish line in Los Angeles, CA, 16 May 2003

29 April 2003

Major site reorganization, with addition of FAQ and Site Map pages; also finally posted reports on 2003 California International Auto Show in Anaheim, CA, 16-20 October 2002, and 2003 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show at the L.A. Convention Center, CA, 4-12 January 2003

11 September 2002

California Fuel Cell Partnership's California Coast 2002 Road Rally finish line in Santa Barbara, CA, 6 September 2002

12 January 2002

Alternative-fuel vehicles at the 2002 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show at the L.A. Convention Center, CA, 5-13 January 2002

31 December 2001

Alternative-fuel vehicles (and others) at the 2002 California International Auto Show in Anaheim, CA, 10-14 October 2001

6 February 2001

A day driving a Toyota Prius from EV Rental Cars, 5-6 February 2001

16 January 2001

Alternative-fuel vehicles at the 2001 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show at the L.A. Convention Center, CA, 6-14 January 2001

13 November 2000

Alternative-fuel vehicles (and others) at the 2001 California International Auto Show in Anaheim, CA, 8-12 November 2000

19 August 2000

ZEVent sponsored by the California Air Resources Board in Sacramento, CA, 17 August 2000; also added "Contact Me" button to the bottom of all pages on this website

11 June 2000

A tour of renewable-energy facilities in the Coachella Valley, 10 June 2000

4 April 2000

Search capability added at the bottom of all pages on this website, courtesy of Atomz.com

2 April 2000

A day with a Nissan Altra from EV Rental Cars, 29-30 March 2000

10 March 2000

A day driving a Honda Insight from EV Rental Cars, 8-9 March 2000

19 January 2000

The coolest electric vehicle I've ever ridden in, 15 January 2000!

8 January 2000

Alternative-fuel vehicles at the 2000 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show at the L.A. Convention Center, CA, 8-16 January 2000

5 December 1999

Third birthday party for the EV1 at Universal Studios, Hollywood, CA, 5 December 1999

24 October 1999

Alternative-fuel vehicles at the 2000 California International Auto Show in Anaheim, CA, 20-24 October 1999

6 September 1999

The Malibu EV Rally of the EV1 Club, 5 September 1999

31 August 1999

My first sighting of a Toyota Prius "in the wild", in Torrance, CA, 31 August 1999

30 May 1999

A weekend with a Toyota RAV4-EV from EV Rental Cars in Los Angeles, CA, 28-30 May 1999

24 May 1999

Alternative-fueled vehicles at the Torrance City Yards Open House in Torrance, CA, 22 May 1999

26 April 1999

1999 Environmentally Friendly Vehicle World Expo in Santa Monica, CA, 24-25 April 1999

16 March 1999

A few comments regarding the article about driving across the country with CNG in the April 1999 issue of Car and Driver

16 January 1999

A day with a Honda EV Plus from EV Rental Cars in Los Angeles, CA, 14-15 January 1999

5 January 1999

Alternative-fuel vehicles at the 1999 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show at the L.A. Convention Center, CA, 2-10 January 1999

22 December 1998

A day with a GM EV1 from EV Rental Cars at Budget Car & Truck Rental, Los Angeles International Airport, CA, 21 December 1998

12 December 1998

Rollout of 1999 EV1s at Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, 5 December 1998

12 November 1998

"Influencing the AFV Choice" event sponsored by Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Clean Cities Program at South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) headquarters in Diamond Bar, CA, 29 October 1998

25 October 1998

Alameda International Electric Vehicle Exposition in Alameda, CA, 24-25 October 1998

19 October 1998

Alternative-fuel vehicles at the 1999 California International Auto Show in Anaheim, CA, 14-18 October 1998

17 September 1998

Unveiling of electric-vehicle quick charger to be field-tested at Southern California Edison facility in Rosemead, CA, 10 September 1998

23 August 1998

Successful conclusion of Clean Across America And Back!

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