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Hard Times for Detroit Automakers--and for the Upstarts Who Challenge Them
Detroit and other U.S. automakers face hard times, from Tesla to the potential merger of Chrysler and General Motors. Can electric vehicles and new hybrids turn around an SUV-crazed car culture?
On the Road in a Hydrogen Honda!
Test driving the Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen car.
The Top 8 Clean Car Technologies Most Likely to Take Over for Gas
Which type of clean car technology will take over for gas? Ethanol, plug-in hybrids, liquid hydrogen, fuel cells, electric vehicles or something else?
America's Car Fleet Shows Gain in Fuel Economy
America's car fleet shows a small gain in fuel economy as high gas prices drive consumers to maximize gas mileage. Big SUVs are loosing popularity to smaller cars.
Fighting for Gas Mileage: Honda and Toyota do Battle, but Where's Detroit?
Honda and Toyota battle for king of the high gas mileage cars, with the new Honda Insight hybrid announced, the new Toyota Prius, the Toyota iQ plug-in hybrid and more, while Detroit lags. GM's Volt is more important than ever.
Battery Breakthroughs: Would John McCain's $300 Million Help?
The race is on to build the clean cars of the future, and John McCain says he would give $300 million to develop better batteries.
How GM Could Save Itself: A Fuel Efficient Chevrolet Cruze
GM may have a chance to gain back share of the compact care market if it gets a hit with the Chevrolet Cruze. Hopefully it will make a hybrid version to offer a true fuel efficient car.
GM's Bad Marriage: SUVs and Trucks Until Death Do Them Part?
GM (General Motors) is battered by high gas prices and poor fuel economy of its SUVs and trucks, which it continues to push.
Here Comes the Solar Bus
The solar bus is a hippie project spreading the good word about solar power and renewable energy, though it isn't actually powered by solar energy. Solar cars are a long way off.
Cash for Clunkers: Great Idea, But Watch Out for Classic Car Owners!
Cash for clunkers plans pay money to scrap old cars, which emit much more pollution. Classic car owners are not pleased, however.
The Hot New Hybrid Hondas: It Aint About Horsepower Anymore
Honda attempts to catch up with rival Toyota's blockbuster Prius hybrid car by preparing to launch a new generation of hybrid vehicles. Meanwhile, Toyota is working on the next generation Prius.
BMW's Hydrogen 7 Car Explained [Video]
In this video with BMW spokesperson Dave Buchko, learn about the company's Hydrogen 7 car, which burns liquid hydrogen or gasoline.
Ultra Cool: A Ride in BMW's Hydrogen 7
The BMW Hydrogen 7 runs on liquid hydrogen, and rides well, but don't expect to buy one, or fill up the tank on a bargain, anytime soon.
Energy Projections vs. Energy Realities
A large gulf exists between energy predictions and projected realities for world energy markets, with war raging between advocates of fossil fuels and renewable energy.
High Gas Prices and Your Future
Gas prices are unlikely to go back down to substantially cheaper, given the realities of oil politics and supply and demand.
Toyota: Green but Abusive to Workers?
Ignoring Gas Prices, Car Companies Repeating Great Depression Failures
Car companies apparently didn't learn their lessons from the Great Depression, and are likely to go extinct if they don't adapt to high gas prices.
What Happens When Oil Hits $200 a Barrel?
Oil is at record highs, sending gas prices through the roof. James Howard Kunstler predicts oil prices will continue to rise, with major consequences for our economy and way of life.
Nissan Announces Electric Car for U.S.
Nissan has announced a plan to bring new electric cars to the U.S. within the next few years.
How Efficient Can Internal Combustion Get?
With sales of small cars booming in the wake of high gas prices, it's time to look at just how much gas mileage we can get out of internal combustion, and start to consider alternatives.
Hybrids on Steroids: Plug-Ins Are Coming
Plug-in hybrids offer great gas mileage, and may be the way of the future. Already enthusiasts have modified Toyota Priuses to plug-in modes, and car companies are developing production models.
My Gas Guzzlin' Roadhog*
Many new luxury cars still get outdated gas mileage, including the latest from brands like Audi and Jaguar.
Supremes to Bush: Where Did Our Love Go?
President Bush's administration continues to lag on regulating greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks, despite clearance from the U.S. Supreme Court.
New York's Not-So-Green Auto Show
The 2008 New York International Auto Show featured some exciting concept cars, many of them green, with electric drives, fuel cells, biohybrids and more. But the overall show was also disappointing.
The Smart Car Reviews: Good Gas Mileage and Surprises
Smart car reviews - The Smart Car from Mercedes is iconic, but how does the small, high gas mileage vehicle road test? The results may be surprising.
Impressive Wilderness Survival or Elaborate Hoax?
For centuries there have been those who claim great wilderness survival, but who actually pulled elaborate hoaxes. Was Joseph Knowles a 1913 version of such a fake survivor? What about the modern Bear Grylls?
Kings of the Road: What's Wrong with Fast, Flashy "Supercars"?
Exotic sports cars, called supercars, get terrible gas mileage, worse than Hummers, as well as release tons of global warming emissions. Ferarris, Lamborghinis and such get single digit fuel economy.
The People's Car: Two Possible Futures
India is leading the way for cheap cars with the Tata Nano, which boasts high gas mileage. Even better fuel economy may come from Israel's ambitious electric cars program, based on the Renault Megane most likely.
Top 8 Green Tech Developments from the Detroit Auto Show
The Detroit Auto Show showcased some exciting new green technology for cars, including plug-in hybrids, electric vehicles, partnerships between GM and Segway and special materials, like ecobond. Toytoa, AFS Infinity, Fisker Karma, Tesla and more.
Everything You Know About Green Cars Is Wrong
A lot of what you think you know about clean cars is wrong, such as that all hybrid cars are the greenest options, that electric vehicles are less clean, and that the Smart car is the cleanest.
Will $100 Oil Drive Large Vehicles to Extinction?
How much does gas mileage and fuel economy matter? With $100 oil, leading to high gas prices, will large vehicles like Hummer SUVs go extinct? Or will Detroit insist on business as usual, ignoring efficiency?
The 20-Year Fight to Get the Lead Out
Catalytic converters were invented years before they were widely adopted, and the auto and fuel industry fought regulation of leaded gasoline. Toxic tailpipe pollution was the result.
Looking Forward to the End of Civilization
Wondering what the end of civilization will be like? Nature will be triumphant, it's clear. But Will Smith's I am Legend and the books The World Without Us and Earth Abides provide insight.
Waking Up from our Traffic Nightmare
Searching for solutions to the traffic congestion plaguing our highways.
Test Driving Fuel Cells and a Hydrogen Economy Pages: 2
Exploring renewable energy, geothermal, hydroelectric and fuel cell cars in Iceland; Taking a test drive in the new hydrogen economy. Driving hydrogen Toyota Priuses.
Disney Tests Chevrolet's Fuel Cell Cars
Disney has teamed up with Chevrolet to test the new General Motors fuel cell cars in Project Driveway. Some Honda FCX fuel cell cars are already out there being tested.
The 4-Wheel Diet: 6 Ways Today's Cars Can Lose Some Weight
Gas mileage could be much better for vehicles, if we built less heavy cars. A number of options add weight and are really unnecessary, like V-12 engines, steering wheel heaters, GPS systems and third-row seats.
The Smart Car Choice?
In my vision of the eco-future, we would all live in energy-efficient, solar-powered homes producing zero waste.
Electric Cars and Presidential Candidates: Who Will Put Green Technology in the Fast Lane?
We have a small window, a decade at best, to actually get serious about reducing greenhouse gas admissions.
Grease 2010: Green Cars are Tomorrows Hot Rods
I was walking through the local high school parking lot recently and was struck by the boring vehicles students drive these days:
The Halo Effect: Your Hybrid Alone Won't Save the Planet
The Elephants in the Room: Republicans Battle Each Other Over Clean Cars
For two years, the state of California, under Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, has fought to put tough auto standards in place to reduce global warming emissions.
The Future of Cars? It's Electric!
There are many different visions of our automotive future, but one of the most appealing variants finds us all in sharply styled, very fast sports cars with zero emissions.
"Taxi, Taxi!" ... Here Come The Hybrids
New York is the most car-free city in the U.S., and only half its residents own vehicles.
Hiding in Plain Sight: The Great Green Cars You Might Not Know About
Partial-Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEVs) offer many benefits to the environment as well as drivers.
Sticker Shock: Better Labeling of the
Early last year, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new version of the window sticker that adds a few useful features.
Why I Don't Own A Hybrid Car
Before the decade is out, hybrid technology will be commonplace across the spectrum, from tiny compacts to huge SUVs.
High Hopes for Hydrogen?
In almost a decade of test driving hydrogen-powered fuel-cell cars, I began to recognize a familiar pattern.
Plugging in the Future With New Hybrid Cars
This is the first entry in what I hope will be a long-running series on greening the recalcitrant auto industry, as well as taking a close look at mass transit and other ways of getting where you want to go.
The Kit That Turns Gas Guzzlers into Plug-In Hybrids
Ulrik Poulsen offers an innovative kit to convert a regular gas car to a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, boosting gas mileage.