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Permalink 09:42:27 pm, Categories: Announcements [A], 91 words   English (US)

Electric Maxi-Scooter in town at July 22 event

Vectrix Electric Maxi-Scooter
Charles from the Florida Electric Auto Association will be bringing a brand new Vectrix Electric Maxi-Scooter to the Summer Fest event (that Brevard Biodiesel is also part of) on July 22nd at the Eau Gallie Civic Center.
While waiting for plug-in biodiesel hybrids to arrive, the Vectrix is available today.

Max Speed 62 mph / 100 km/h
Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h) - 6.8 seconds
Range 68 miles (110 km) @ 25 mph (40 km/h) Simulated urban driving - 5 hours
Regenerative braking
Recharge Time 2 hours (80% charge)
Bluetooth wireless sytems diagnostics and communication
Weight 462lb
Cost $11k
Emissions Zero

YouTube vid



Permalink 08:10:39 pm, Categories: News, 201 words   English (US)

How Biodiesel can get Florida halfway to Crist's emissions reduction goals...

Florida Governor Crist is expected to sign an Executive Order this week at the Climate Change Summit that include among other directives:

  • Reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions for state agencies:
    "a 10 percent reduction from current emission levels by 2012, a 25 percent reduction from current emission levels by 2017, and a 40 percent reduction from current emission levels by 2025"
  • Reduction in state Greenhouse Gas emissions: "by 2017, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels; by 2025, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels; by 2050, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% of 1990 levels"
  • "All state agencies and departments under the direction of the Governor shall use ethanol and biodiesel fuels when locally available."

Biodiesel provides a 78% lifecycle reduction in CO2 emissions. United States CO2 emissions data shows that diesel fuel used for transportation contributes 7% (or 110 million metric tons per year) of overall CO2 emission totals.

We* can knock out 78% of that using B100 (or 16% using B20) which would get us halfway (or one tenth using B20) of the way to a ten percent total reduction by 2012.

Fire up those Algae ponds and Jatropha farms!

*(Assumes Florida energy usage ratios are similar to overall national energy ratios).

Update 13 July:
Nice summary with some vids and notes on the summit at


Permalink 08:45:36 pm, Categories: Background, 134 words   English (US)

SVO and Biodiesel in BackHome magazine

The July/Aug 2007 issue #89 of BackHome magazine features a nice article by Ray Holan with the title of "Vegetable Oil as Diesel Fuel". Ray is the president of Biodiesel Cleveland and author of "Sliding Home: A Complete Guide to Driving your Diesel on Straight Vegetable Oil".

The article starts out with a good introduction to biodiesel and vegetable oil used as fuel. It then has a section with details on using vegetable oil with additives. The next section talks about the Elsbett Single-Tank adaptation (featuring a diagram originally produced by Brevard Biodiesel). This is followed by a section on two-tank diesel/SVO systems.

Overall a clear and informative article that shows that the author has had years of experience with the topic. Recommended!

Thanks to co-founder Jim W. for the heads-up on this piece.


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