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Test Drive the "Bright Idea" from the Heartland
Bright Idea from Anderson, Indiana is making a plug-in hybrid electric utility van prototype that it hopes will get some federal clean car funding in order to get produced.
Think Electric Cars Are Too Weird for You? Read This.
Tesla, Fisker Karma, the Coda and many more electric and plug-in hybrid cars are coming. Electric vehicles offer many benefits, although there will be an adjustment period before everyone gets used to charging and other differences.
Will Low Rolling Resistance Tires Save Enough Gas to Justify Their Cost?
Are low rolling resistance tires (aka green tires) worth the money in terms of gas savings? A test to find out.
Will You Have to Get a Ringtone for Your Car?
Some say electric and hybrid cars are too quiet, so there is work on making ring tone-like sounds to alert pedestrians.
Fighting for First: The International Race to Build Electric Car Charging Networks
Iceland, France, the U.S. and other countries are battling to be the first to roll out charging networks for large numbers of electric cars.
G-OIL Bio-based Motor Oil Now Available
GET (Green Earth Technologies) is now selling G-OIL for cars, a petroleum-free bio oil made from rendered cow fat.
Refining Poop Power: Wastewater in, Cellulosic Ethanol Out
Qteros, ACT and others are developing poop power technology, to turn wastewater sewage into cellulosic ethanol, a valuable fuel. Ideas for using cattails and other natural-based systems hold promise for a big win-win.
Fisker's $529 Million Loan Sets Off Media Storm
Fisker Automotive, maker of the Karma and soon other plug-in hybrid electric cars, is under fire from the right after getting a $529 million federal loan.
Hollywood Runs on Alcohol: Daryl Hannah and Ed Begley, Jr. Campaign for Ethanol
Daryl Hanah, Ed Begley, Jr. and David Blume are leading a charge for ethanol as a biofuel for green cars.
Carmakers Seeing Green ... Finally
Volvo has announced ambitious goals for biofuels, plug-in hybrids and lower emissions, while the rest of the world's car industry seems to be turning around on the environment.
Mr. Algaeus Goes to Washington
Josh Tickell drove across the U.S. in Algaeus, his algae biofuel-powered plug-in hybrid electric Prius, to promote clean fuels and his documentary Fuel.
Will China Beat the U.S. in the Electric Car Race?
Ecotality and BYD are growing their electric vehicle, electric car and electric infrastructure fast in China, threatening the budding industry in the U.S.
Iceland Switching Gears from Hydrogen Fuel Cells to Electric Cars
The Driving Sustainability '09 conference and an intimate conversation with Icelandic President Olafur Grimsson on Iceland's shift from hydrogen fuel cells to electric cars.
Shuttered Ford Plant to Become Renewable Energy Park
The decades old Ford car factory in Wixom, Michigan is getting a facelift as a renewable energy plant for Clairvoyant Energy and Xtreme Power, a source of new green jobs.
5 Examples of Human-Powered Electrical Generators
Human powered vehicles, electric generators and more.
Electric Vehicles for Sale! (But No One's Buying)
There are plenty of viable concepts being developed for the electric car of the future. But with venture capital spending so low, the U.S. government is the only one investing.
Can Electrifying Highways Liberate Electric Cars from the Tyranny of Batteries?
Car companies are testing electric highway technology in Korea, Israel and elsewhere, trying to free electric cars from batteries. Meanwhile there is some work on driverless cars.
China Enters the U.S. Electric Car Race
The BYD e6 crossover electric car is expected to hit American showrooms by 2010. The Chinese car is backed by Warren Buffett, and offers considerable promise.
Ford's Better Idea: EVs and Intelligent Charging
Ford and other car companies are testing plug-in hybrids, including new technology that allows electric cars to sync up with smart grids to save energy and charge efficiently.
"Shocking" Conclusions About the Chevy Volt's Reported 230 MPG
The Chevy Volt is a hot plug-in electric car with high fuel economy. Is it really 230 mpg, and how will it change GM?
Electric Bicycles Get Major Distribution, from Best Buy to Bike Shops
Ultra Motor electric bikes are getting wider distribution, from Best Buy to bike shops. But will Americans catch on to e-bikes?
Racing Asia to the Electric Car Market
President Obama has staked $2.4 billion on the fledgling electric car and battery industry in hopes that the U.S. can corner the market before Asia does.
Nissan's Leaf: A Battery Electric Car with Charging Network Coming
Nissan's Leaf electric car debuts in 2010, and is expected to have a strong support infrastructure of charging stations.
If Cash for Clunkers Survives, Will Ethanol Funding Suffer?
The fate of Cash for Clunkers and ethanol and renewable fuels hangs in the balance in Congress.
Dan Rather Would Drive a Tesla Roadster ...
Dan Rather said he'd buy a Tesla Roadster, the electric sports car ... if only it seated more than two.
Who Cares Who Founded Tesla Motors? We Want Electric Cars on the Road
The bitter lawsuit between alleged Tesla Motors co-founders Martin Eberhard and Elon Musk continues, to distraction of the electric vehicle industry.
The Entrepreneur, the Engrossing New Documentary About Carmaker Malcolm Bricklin. Here. Free. In its Entirety.
The Entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin has brought fresh vision to the car industry, from Chinese cars to the Bricklin SV-1 "safety car." Check out the full documentary film about his life, and learn about his recent interest in wind powe
Pee Power: Urine Isn't Just "Waste," It's Useful Energy and Possibly Car Fuel
Dr. Geraldine Botte and colleagues at Ohio University are researching ways to extract hydrogen from urine, via electroysis, and make it available for fuel cells. The result may be fuel for cars and power for homes and other applications
Honda's Sexy New CR-Z Hybrid
The Honda CR-Z hybrid is a sleek new sports coupe soon to hit the U.S. market.
GE Unveils a Glimpse of the Coming Smart Grid
GE (General Electric) demonstrates new smart grid technology, which will power the next generation of electric cars, energy-efficient appliances, offices and much more.
We Own GM Now, So Let's Make Sure It Looks Forward, Not Back
As GM and Detroit celebrate the end to bankruptcy for General Motors, big questions remain about gas mileage, electric cars and the vision of the auto industry.
San Francisco Declares War on Portland in a Race for Electric Cars
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has launched a war with Portland over who hosts the most electric cars. The fight includes building infrastructure for rapid chargers by Better Place and battery swap stations.
With Cheap Diesel Fuel and Cleaner Emissions, Will Americans Give Up Gas?
Test driving the VW TDI SportWagen, and a look at other clean diesels from Mercedes and Audi that lower exhaust but boost gas mileage.
Big Dreams for New Cars That Fly, Run on Air and Reinvent Internal Combustion
A look at some of the alternative cars with revolutionary technology that are under development, from the Scuderi split-cycle engine to the air car by Zero Pollution Motors and the Terrafugia Transition flying car.
All It Took Was a Supreme Court Ruling, a New President and an Economic Crisis ...
EPA grants California's long-sought greenhouse gas waiver, allowing the state to enact strict carbon emission limits on vehicles.
Plant-Based Solar Panels to Remove Oil from the Equation
BioSolar makes components for solar panels made out of plant-derived plastics, from cotton, castor oil and other materials; getting the oil out of solar energy.
Tesla Electric Cars Take Off with $465 Million in Government Funding
Elon Musk's Tesla is getting $465 million in funding from the U.S. government, to build new factories and proceed with plans for the Model S electric car and beyond. The Roadster is being delivered.
Bang for the Cluck: Turning Waste Chicken Feathers into Car Fuel and Other Useful Stuff
Scientists are working on an innovative way to turn waste chicken feathers into an advanced "gas" that carries hydrogen for fuel cells, which could power the cars of tomorrow. Feathers can also be made into circuit boards and other material
Cash for Clunkers: Sign Up Fast, They Only Have $1 Billion
The latest version of the Cash for Clunkers program isn't perfect, but it could still be a good deal. But hurry, time is limited to get a new car with better gas mileage.
How Summer's Rapidly Rising Gas Prices Could Affect You
Summer is already seeing rapidly rising gas prices. Will this drive more interest in smaller cars and electric vehicles as before?
From Depression to Recession, Have Automakers Learned Nothing from History?
At the prestigious Greenwich Concours d'Elegance car show in Connecticut, guests are reminded of the folly of car companies during the Great Depression, as well as the problems of modern automakers facing the current Recession.
Getting a Jolt from the Chevy Volt!
The Chevy Volt plug-in electric hybrid car is progressing well, and the "mule" version test drives well.
Meeting of the Minds: Elite Leaders Meet to Rethink Cities
The elite Meeting of the Minds conference brought together thought leaders to reimagine more sustainable cities, based on new urbanism, smart city planning, green transportation and other ideas.
GM's Bankruptcy Foreshadows a Smaller, Greener Company
As GM's bankruptcy means the end of the Pontiac, Saturn and Hummer, new hope shines with the Chevy Volt, Spark and other greener cars.
I Can See for "Miles": The New Highway-Capable Electric Car ... from China
The Miles EV is an electric car aimed at the U.S. market but based on a Chinese platform. Will it compete?
The Hydrogen Road Rally Hits the West Coast
The Hydrogen Road Rally hits the West Coast, showcasing fuel cell powered hydrogen cars. The technology has taken a beating recently from electric cars, but prototypes and plans for market launches march on.
The Age of the SUV Is Over
The age of the SUV is over, thanks to Obama's compromise with California and U.S. automakers on tough new fuel efficiency standards, and the first-ever regulations of tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide.
Jim vs. Fox News, Round 2, on the Latest Sea Level Rise Data
Jim Motavalli is back on Fox Business News, talking with global warming skeptic Neil Cavuto about the latest figures of sea level rise from Antarctic ice melt.
Prius vs. Insight: Which Is the Best Hybrid Car?
A test drive of the 2010 Honda Insight seems how it matches up to the Prius, the now-updated hybrid car champ.
Who Killed the Hydrogen Car? (Obama Did)
The Obama Energy Department has reduced funding for fuel-cell cars, a blow to General Motors and other boosters of hydrogen-powered technology.