Author: Jo Borrás

When Does 90 MPG Seem Low?

That right there is the 50 cc Honda Metropolitan that’s been carrying me across Chicago these past few months. With only 50 cc pushing the little scooter along, I can’t say it’s fast – but in rush hour traffic, with big-engine pickups and ultra-fast turbocharged Porsches dicing for position among stop-and-go city trucks? It’s plenty fast enough, then … … a...

Awesome 80’s Thing: 40 mpg, 130 mph, VW Scooter

What you see here is the 1986 VW “Scooter” concept car, first seen at that year’s Frankfurt Auto Show. This little car – I think you’ll agree – is something really special, and (unless you share an apartment with David Hasselhoff or drive a gold Porsche 924) it is surely the most awesomely 80’s German thing you’ve seen all week! Powered by VW’s...

It Counts! Germans Get Incentives to Build Solar Carports

Cleantechnica is reporting that the scope of Germany’s current incentive programs to promote solar panel (and other green-tech) installations on existing structures includes existing carports, as well!  It’s hoped that Germany’s legislation will lead to rapid adoption of green tech in the home, and that solar-roofed homes, carports, hangars, etc. will help further reduce the oper...

Bad News: Diesel Particle Emissions Cause Heart Attacks

Medical researchers at the University of Edinburgh have shown that chemical particles emitted by diesel exhaust fumes significantly increase the risk of heart attack in otherwise healthy adults. That’s right, people:  in addition to environmentally damaging carbon emissions, political strife, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians, the contamination of waterways, and d...

Chrysler Builds 39 mpg Diesel Minivan – for Europe Only

Regular Gas 2.0 readers (I still like “Gas2ronaughts”) are well aware that I snatch every opportunity I get to write about new Lancia products – be it the new Multi-Air, stop/start equipped Delta or proposed, 40 mpg Ypsilon-based luxury compact – so I was surprised when I checked in on the Mopar-specific Allpar and found a Lancia-badged Chrysler I never knew existed:  the L...

Nico Jaras’ Pedal Car Brings KERS Power to the People

Think pedal-cars are just big toys? They are – but this one, from Argentinian designer Nico Jara, promises to bring some real “big boy” tech to the game with lightweight composite construction and its very own take on kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS). KERS, for the uninitiated, have become race-winning “must have” toys in Formula 1 and top-shelf endurance racing, and it seems like seve...

5 Common Ethanol Myths Exposed – as Crap!

Fact or Crap is a fairly popular board game that pitches itself as an “edgy” version of Trivial Pursuit.  If you like trivia and enjoy saying that something “is crap”, then, you’ll probably enjoy it … and – as regular readers have probably guessed by now – I love it!  So, when I saw the Argonne National Laboratory issued a report last week that attac...

John Galt was a Hack! U Minn’s Metal Turns Heat into Electricity

John Galt is the engineering/physics/philosophic genius of Ayn Rand’s me-generation-enabling novel, Atlas Shrugged, who was able to usher in a monopolistic utopia by virtue of an electricity-generating MacGuffin which drew usable power from the static electricity in the air.  A neat enough idea – but nothing quite as cool as this:  electricity from heat. Possible?  Try:  done! “M...

Li-ion Wavejet Brings EVs to the Beach (video)

It’s still Memorial Day weekend for millions of Americans, and – for many of them – that means:  the beach.  It’s a he(ck) of a place, the beach.  Often filled with sunbathers, swimmers, boaters, and (on some days) surfers, the beach is probably not a place you’d think of as “filled” with eco-conscious technology. Nevertheless, the waters are teeming with ...

65 mpg Chevy Spark Diesel (!) Caught Testing in India

Chevrolet is building a diesel spark that gets over 65 mpg – and that TCDi badge on the back of a black Chevy Sonic (caught testing by a sharp-eyed team-bhp forum member) is proof. Don’t get too excited, though:  despite the fact that this TCDI tester is based on the top-end LT variant (the rear wiper is the giveaway), GM will probably not offer a diesel Spark for sale in the US …...

New Euro Kia Runs on Both Gasoline AND Propane

Kia’s Hamstar ad campaign for their Soul cute-ute featured a trio of hamsters dancing and driving tothe  lyrics “You can get with this/or You can get with that”, and was so wildly successful that the company recently introduced a Hamstar-edition Soul … but they got it all wrong.  The Kia that best embodies Black Sheep‘s “The Choice is Yours” (the song from...

Volvo’s New Ad Campaign: Every Drop Counts

Volvo‘s commercial truck division has just revealed its new ad campaign – Every Drop Counts – to promote its new trucks’ emphasis on fuel economy and their reduced environmental impact. The message of the “Every Drop Counts” campaign was repeated by Volvo CEO Staffan Jufors, who explained that “… lower fuel consumption is good for our customers and good fo...