Welcome to the EAA-PHEV.org website (Electric Auto Association - Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), which formerly lived at SeattleEVA.org. You can join in right now at the discussion pages attached to each article. You can subscribe to or browse our Maillist for the latest developments and discussion regarding plug-in hybrid conversions. Our focus is currently on enhancing the documention of Prius PHEV conversions similar to CalCars first PriusPlus conversion. Current Hybrids are natural donor platforms because they already have most of the needed electric propulsion components, so the conversion process deals primarily with integrating larger battery packs. A charger is also required, though ideally the existing motor controllers might be used as grid chargers or perhaps even V2G interfaces.
Check Inaugural Maker Faire#Post EVent for posts, photos, and even video of the April 22-23 (and 24th) EVent where we converted a stock Toyota Prius Hybrid into a PHEV. There you will also find links to EVents that the car named Blue and it's owner Ryan will be attending in Washington state.
Movies to watch this summer and other videos to watch right now.
- An Inconvenient Truth - Feature Movie Trailer
- Watch the trailer for 'An Inconvenient Truth'. The film eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Al Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global warming.
- Who Killed the Electric Car? - Feature Movie Trailer
- A series of interviews with experts, customers, and enthusiasts regarding the controversial decision by General Motors to kill its own brilliantly successful EV1 electric car program, which was followed quickly by the secretive, dramatic, and expensive seizure and crushing of most of the 1,100 high performance, zero emissions, gasoline-free, market ready EV1 vehicles in existence.
- Bettah.com! - Fun short Flash animation from CalCars.
- May 22, 2006 (2:35) - Thomas Friedman Talks about Plug-In Hybrids - "Charlie Rose" PBS
- February 21, 2006 (2:53) - Bush Pushes for Alternative Energy - Good Morning America
- August 15, 2005 (6:09) - Chuck Scarborough Reports on CalCars - WNBC - New York
- PlugInPartners.com - Good short movie, touches on many aspects.
- is a national grass-roots initiative to demonstrate to automakers that a market for flexible fuel PHEVs exists today. "Forget Hydrogen, Forget Hydrogen, Forget Hydrogen". "It's a coalition between the Tree-Huggers, Do-Gooders, Sod-Busters, Cheap Hawks, and the Evangelicals" --James Woolsey, former director of the CIA. Sign the petition, watch the webcast, and spread the word. In short, a PHEV delivers all of the advantaged of a BEV while retaining the unlimited range of traditional gasoline fueled vehicles. See our History Page for more information and links to everything we know about this emerging technology.
- KickTheOilHabit.org - Good short movie, but no mention of PHEVs yet?
Here on the main page we should address some of the basics, such as:
- What is a Hybrid, versus an all electric vehicle?
- What's all the fuss about "plugging in", what difference does it make?
- CalCars' Plug-In Hybrids page has a good explanation; Ron Gremban's PHEVs: the Technical Side presentation notes follows up with a technical overview of gasoline vs. flex-fuel vs. Diesel vs. hybrid vs. plug-in hybrid vehicles, followed by the (positive) social implications of PHEVs and especially flex-fuel PHEVs.
- What changes do we make to convert a gasoline-only hybrid to a Plug-In Hybrid?
- Basically, one either replaces or adds to the vehicle's hybrid battery for greatly increased energy storage capacity, adds a charger that plugs into a wall outlet, and arranges for the hybrid system to use more (or only) electricity and less (or no) gasoline for propulsion until the battery is mostly depeleted. This last bit is the tricky part, as the control systems of all the hybrid vehicles are proprietary and secret.
- What does the number after the PHEV represent, how do we measure their mileage and performance?
- This number represents the electric propulsion range of the PHEV before it must depend upon its internal combustion engine for motive power. In English-system (vs. metric) countries like the U.S, it is in miles. A PHEV-20, for example, has a 20-mile electric-only range. Due to its limitations, the PRIUS+ is more complex to describe, as, in mixed city and highway driving it is only 50:50 electric/gasoline. CalCars' original PRIUS+, though actually a PHEV-10, generally travels 20 miles at double its hybrid gasoline mileage (rather than 10 miles powered purely electrically) before its battery is depleted.
- What types of hybrids are there? Full, Mild, Series, Parallel, Series-Parallel
The Electric Auto Association (EAA) was formed in 1967 in San Jose, California. The EAA is a non-profit educational organization that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of Electric Vehicles.
Electric vehicles (EV) or (BEV) are a clean, quiet alternative to conventional automobiles, which are powered by petroleum derivatives that, when burned, emit noxious gases into the environment.
Electric Vehicles not only keep our Earth cleaner, their use preserves the earth's natural resources. EVs are a smart and efficient choice for personal transportation.
The EAA's mission is "to act as a public source of information about developments in electric vehicle technology, to encourage experimentation in the building of electric vehicles, and to organize public exhibits and events of electric vehicles to educate the public on the progress and benefits of electric vehicle technology."
CalCars.org The California Cars Initiative is a nonprofit startup. We're a group of entrepreneurs, engineers, environmentalists and consumers promoting high-efficiency, low-emission cars and harnessing buyer demand to help commercialize plug-in hybrids. Somewhat uniquely, we focus both on public policy and technology development.
Formed in 2002, our efforts for "100+MPG Hybrids" took off when we built PRIUS+, the world's first plug-in Prius). We've been working on others to show what can be done now with existing technology. Our efforts began to be noticed in early 2005 when we were covered in The New York Times, Business Week, TIME, Newsweek, National Public Radio, and local and network TV.
By early 2006, the solutions we promote had become so broadly welcomed that they were supported by President Bush. Yet they are still far from adoption. Our projects tackle national security, jobs and global warming -- at the same time.
Our goal: Get carmakers to build Bettah PHEVs than we can convert ourselves.
PlugInPartners.com is a national grass-roots initiative to demonstrate to automakers that a market for flexible fuel PHEVs exists today. "Forget Hydrogen, Forget Hydrogen, Forget Hydrogen". "It's a coalition between the Tree-Huggers, Do-Gooders, Sod-Busters, Cheap Hawks, and the Evangelicals". --James Woolsey, former director of the CIA. Sign the petition, watch the webcast, and spread the word. In short, a PHEV delivers all of the advantages of a BEV while retaining the unlimited range of traditional gasoline fueled vehicles.