Poisonous Tree Holds Bio-Fuel Promise

Jatropha curcas seed

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Jatropha curcas, a poisonous, semi-evergreen shrub that can grow as high as 20 feet, produces seeds laden with oil that backers say is an ideal biofuel.  It has already fared well in testing with airlines and trucking companies.

Jatropha can provide “environmentally responsible fuel without compromising the food supply, so we can help the Earth while helping the public,” said James Garton, president of the firm’s U.S. branch. “That means we can finally reverse the skyrocketing prices at the pump and dependence on traditional sources of oil.”

China Becomes the World’s Largest Energy Consumer in 2010

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China became the world’s largest energy consumer in 2010 overtaking the USA during a year which saw the rebound in the global economy drive consumption higher and at a rate not seen since the aftermath of the 1973 oil price shocks.

Demand for all forms of energy grew strongly in 2010 and increases in fossil fuel consumption suggest that global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from energy use rose at their fastest rate since 1969.
The growth in energy consumption was broad-based, with both mature OECD economies and non-OECD countries growing at above-average rates.

The figures come from today’s publication of the 60th annual BP Statistical Review of World Energy, the longest-running, consistent set of objective, global energy data used by business, academics, and governments to inform policy and decision making.

“There were both structural and cyclical factors at work,” said Bob Dudley, BP Chief Executive. “The cyclical factor is reflected in the fact that industrial production rebounded very sharply as the world recovered from the global downturn. Structurally, the increase reflects the continuing rapid economic growth in the developing world.

“I was in China a couple of weeks ago and I came away with a very clear sense of how rigorously China is thinking about these issues. Growth is by no means the only game in town. They want to maintain social cohesion and they want to make their growth more sustainable. In sum, they are worried about energy security and climate change – just as we are.”

To address these concerns, “we can look to the markets, policy tools, technology advances and not least to the growth of renewable energies to allay these worries,” said Dudley.

“This year, we have seen that the global energy markets are resilient. In the face of significant disruptions to the world’s energy system in Japan and Libya, demand continues to be satisfied. Markets work and markets work best when they are open and transparent.”

Electric and Hybrid Technology being Utilized in many Industries

John Giliberti runs a company with wide-reaching electric and hybrid automotive technology that is being utilized in many industries that cannot use standard automotive technology due to facility constraints, size or cost.  Their cost effective solutions have made them a leader in the electric vehicle industry for the past 22 years.  Later this year they will have the ability to replace the F550 and International trucks with our new larger units. These will be for operations that do not require travel over 50 mph such as small towns island operations and port and base operations.

Additionally, their Servace Alloy product is used by some of the most prestigious country clubs in the nation.  They are specialty small electric vehicles that brush and roll clay tennis courts and cause no noise pollution and cost only about seventy-five cents a night to charge.  They also build mini ambulances for use in production plants and large theme parks.  Due to their size they can be used in crowded areas where a full size unit cannot operate.

In 2009 they will introduce a new mini hybrid fire truck specifically designed for the forest industry.  They are the leader in the airline industry where they design an manufacture push back tractors, belt loaders, and high lifts on both their electric and hybrid chassis.

About John:

John graduated from Forest Hill High School in West Palm Beach, Florida and went right into running his own company. John’s company manufactures (and mainstreams) diesel-hybrid and electric vehicles. Their cars, trucks, etc. are pulling US Airways passenger jets on the tarmac at some of America’s busiest airports and are on the short list to save the U.S. military billions in fuel costs by supplying them with vehicles.

About Giliberti:

Giliberti is a research, development & manufacturing company for vehicles in the airline, golf, tennis, and emergency medical services (EMS) industries.

The quality of our vehicles is the highest priority for Giliberti. We work closely with our customers to insure our products are not only the finest built, but are also serve a variety of needs and purposes.

Giliberti’’s mission will always be to develop, design and manufacture efficient, affordable, and reliable electrically powered utility vehicles to meet our customers needs. We have never lost sight of this goal and keep it at the forefront of every project we undertake. Giliberti continues to be on the cutting edge by finding new opportunities to design and develop products to meet niche market needs.

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Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles — The Next automobile revolution?

Visionary Vehicles will be the first new car company of the 21st century to offer a full line of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) to consumers in large volumes.

Automakers in Detroit this year have spent a great deal of time showcasing hybrid vehicle additions to all of their lines. It is clear that the automotive industry is moving toward alternative fuel powertrains. In the next 10 years it will be absolutely intolerable for every car company to not have plug-in hybrid electric vehicles or pure electric vehicles in their showrooms. As these new cars are manufactured, we need to keep in mind that they need to be easily accessible to the general population. The economics of manufacturing plug-in hybrids and pure electrics must change so that the American middle class and below can afford to purchase these types of vehicles.

Adaptability of components is going to be key. Technological developments are going to happen at a rapid pace, and it is going to be necessary for all automakers to be able to adapt to these changes. In teaming with our battery supplier, we searched for a company who developed not only the best battery parts, but also developed a battery infrastructure that will enable us to constantly update our batteries with the most current technology. This allows us to be excited about all new developments, rather than put everything into one type of battery and fear new developments.

It is incredibly difficult to find safe components at a price that is affordable. Visionary Vehicles has spent the last 14 months searching for partners to create joint ventures with, to supply safe components at a price which allows us to sell cars at low prices. By developing an open-sourcing business model, we are transforming the industry to provide an avenue for all companies who seek to develop plug-in hybrids or pure electric vehicles to purchase these components at the lowest possible prices. This will also allow companies who only seek to develop a few thousand cars still get the best possible prices and sell their cars at prices which the average person can afford.

Weight of components in plug-in hybrids and pure electrics is probably one of the most important aspects of these cars. It is also a huge factor in their high prices. For instance the Chinese company BYD is using a battery pack that weighs more than 400 pounds. On the other hand, the battery pack we will be using weighs less than 200 pounds. The heavier the components, the more the price is driven up.

In terms of the US Auto Market, it is going to be interesting to see how the large companies such as GM and Toyota showcase these cars. These companies have all of their money and time invested in traditionally combustible engines. By displaying the Volt, for instance, next to Malibu, dealers will have to be able to go back and forth from volts and amps to traditional RPM’s and engines. And, since the price of a plug-in is going to be higher than a traditional car, the average American is going to really have to believe in the product to make the financial decision to spend the extra money. On the other hand, the Visionary Vehicles Electric Outlet will showcase only plug-in hybrid and electric cars. Therefore, all companies who buy our components will gain the use of our manufacturing facilities and our dealer network.

Malcom Bricklin
CEO

Malcom Bricklin – A biography

Vision – Strategy – Determination – These are the qualities that have characterized the leading innovators of our time – the Henry Fords, Howard Hughes’s and Andrew Carnegies who have built industrial empires from the kernel of an idea. Auto industry pioneer Malcolm Bricklin has the vision, wisdom and determination to stand among these giants, and he possesses a healthy dose of charisma, too. Bricklin’s newest venture, Visionary Vehicles, is now planning a luxury plug-in electric vehicle capable of achieving more then 100 miles per gallon.

Visionary Vehicles is only the latest milestone on the road of auto-industry innovation – a road that Bricklin helped to pave.

Malcolm Bricklin is recognized as one of the automobile industry‘s leading entrepreneurs, innovators and visionaries. He was the founder and Chief Executive of Subaru of America, Bricklin Vehicle Corporation, International Automobile Importers, Yugo America and now Visionary Vehicles. He has 40 years of experience in designing, engineering, manufacturing, remanufacturing, importing and marketing automobiles. Mr. Bricklin is known throughout the industry as one of the most original and imaginative automobile executives in history.

In 1968 he founded Subaru of America, Inc. During the 1970s, Mr. Bricklin founded Bricklin Motors and produced the world’s first “safety sports car,” the Bricklin SV1, which was well designed, easy-to-drive, and decades ahead of its time in terms of driver safety. In the 1980s, he formed Yugo America, Inc. With 160,000 vehicles sold during its launch phase, the Yugo quickly became the fastest selling European import in automotive history.

Today, Mr. Bricklin, fulfilling his lifelong commitment to improving the environment through innovative fuel efficient vehicles, has set his sites on delivering the first full line of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) to consumers. His innovative strategy will be the catalyst to jump start the hybrid and electric industry and transform the automobile industry as we know it.

With the growing threat of global warming and a need for the reduction, if not the elimination of automobile emissions, there is an urgent need to place new technologies within reach of the general public and to deliver these innovations without sacrificing high performance, safety or luxury.

Visionary Vehicles is an international automobile company on a mission to bring an exciting new brand of environmentally friendly, aggressively priced, beautifully styled, high-quality vehicles into North America. Visionary Vehicles will also introduce a new retail experience for its consumers, by developing destination locations to make available the very latest hybrid products and in the process it will create a revolutionary new consumer-friendly environment for its retailing facilities.