Author: Jo Borrás

Canada vs. Electric Cars: Round 2

Last week, Canada’s Globe and Mail published an article without running it through fact-check, which is usually a reliable indicator that the article was either; A:  bought and paid for, or B:  hastily thrown together by someone who has no idea what s/he is talking about. I like to pretend there isn’t all that much evil in the world, so – in this case – I’m willing to...

Ford Backing Away From EVs?

Sometimes, when you want to believe something, it takes an awful lot to convince you not to believe it.  It might take a lot of rejection to realize that your waitress is flirting with you for a good tip, rather than your phone number, for example.  Other times, however, it just takes a single, well-written article. Today, that “thing that made me go:  hmm” article was Bertel Schmitt&#...

Green is the New Fast: Speedriven Gunning for CNG Speed Records

A powerful and responsive, 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine is not usually what comes to mind when you think of “green” cars, but – if Bernie Towns and the crew at Speedriven get their way – it soon may be. Bernie Towns is an engineer at HighMount Exploration and Production – a natural-gas-focused energy company based out of Houston, Texas. “Clean” and “green” are eve...

Canada to Launch Cannabis Kestrel

Canadian engineering firm Motive has announced that its new Kestrel will feature lightweight composite body panels made primarily of hemp. So, forget bio-fuels for now – this post is all about Motive’s innovative use of bio-composites to deliver strong, lightweight, recyclable cars and put the Canadian auto industry at the leading edge of sustainable automotive technology. Check out Mo...

More Power, More Mileage, More Style – Mercedes Mods 80’s 190D

What you see above (center) is one of the most well-engineered “Franken-cars” of all time: a factory-modified 1980’s era Mercedes-Benz 190 diesel, stuffed with the company’s latest BlueEFFICIENCY CDI engine, which makes more than double the horsepower and nearly three times the torque of the original 1988 D. How far we’ve come in 20 years! More photos, and MBUSA’...

Electric Lambretta? Brilliant!

[social_buttons] EV manufacturer Wheego has placed the ad above in this month’s issue of Scoot! Magazine, asking “the scootering community” to weigh-in on the concept of an electric Lambretta GP under the tagline “Brilliance or Sacrilege?” You’ve seen the title, so you know my vote already – but there’s more to it than that.  My top 5 reasons a new e...

First it Killed the Electric Car; Now CARB Goes After Plug-in Hybrids

Last week, the East Bay Express published an article regarding the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) plans for aftermarket, plug-in hybrid conversions. Proving once again that CARB is a political machine with something more than “clean air” in its agenda, the board is set to deal a punishing, bureaucratic body-blow to startup companies like 3 Prong Power and A123 Systems. I...

Inside Cadillac One: the Obama-Mobile. Will The Big ‘O’ Run Biodiesel?

The UK’s Daily Mail recently posted this great John Lawson-penned cutaway drawing of the upcoming Cadillac One, the heavily armored limousine that President Barack Obama will be cruising home in immediately after his inauguration. Explore Cadillac One inside and out (to varying degrees of precision) after the jump.