Opinion: Biofuels, Food Prices and Global Warming Roundup

The current rate at which biofuels are falling out of favor is largely founded on biased ideologies, which have been shaped by widespread political and corporate agenda-pushing from all sides of the fence. But first, a digression. Part 1: When an egg was just an egg   I remember a time when an ...[Read More]

Tesla Begins Popping Roadster EVs Off Production Line

While the kinks are worked out, Tesla is starting to move Roadsters off the production line slowly. 27 Roadsters are currently in various stages of assembly, and the company hopes to reach a monthly production rate of 100 cars by this December. In a blog post on the company website, Tesla CEO ZeR...[Read More]

An Air Car You Could See in 2009: ZPM’s 106 MPG Compressed-Air Hybrid

[social_buttons] Compressed-Air Powered cars could take you over 800 miles on a single fill-up, at speeds of up to 96 mph. They should refuel in less than 3 minutes, and at speeds over 35 mph emit about half the CO2 of a Toyota Prius. Best part? You could see them in the US at the end of next year. ...[Read More]

Prototype Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid: 88 MPG on 85% Ethanol

[social_buttons] First Flex-Fuel Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle As part of a push by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to make plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) cost competitive with other cars by 2014, Ford has delivered a plug-in hybrid electric flex-fuel Escape to the DOE to join its test...[Read More]

CleanTech Biofuels to Turn Dirty Diapers Into Ethanol

CleanTech Biofuels is serious about turning garbage into fuel and sincerely hopes you’ll ignore the fact that your car’s fuel tank could be carrying what’s left of little Timmy’s soiled nappies. The company has announced that it’s investigating suitable sites for commer...[Read More]

Inflatable Electric Cars: Surround Your Body in Bliss

[social_buttons] Here’s an interesting idea: instead of putting the airbag in the car, put the car in the airbag. Sure it sounds silly, but XP vehicles, a start-up in California, is doing just that with their upcoming electric car, the Whisper™. Apparently, XP has taken the same sort of airbag...[Read More]

Save Gas Without Losing Your Shirt: 3 Gas Saving Devices with High Scam Potential

[social_buttons] Fuel saving scams, er, devices, have been around for a long time, and now that fuel prices are soaring again, we decided it would be a good time to take a look at a few of the most popular and interesting ones out there. Since the start of the Iraq War in 2003, oil prices have jumpe...[Read More]

Clean Diesel Cars Coming to US This Fall: 2008-2010 Timeline

New diesels will get better mileage and have cleaner emissions than your average car. Pictured above: 2009 Jetta SportWagen 2L TDI Clean Diesel. Later this year (see the timeline below), we will finally begin to see an influx of new model diesels in the United States. While diesels make up 50% of th...[Read More]

How to Get 70 MPG Out of a Honda Civic

Although it could be one of the ugliest car hacks I’ve ever seen, Mike Turner of Hodges, SC, modified his 1992 Honda Civic to get 70 MPG. As you can see in the picture and video clip, the modifications are relatively simple use of aluminum siding and plastic, which decrease wind resistance (va...[Read More]

A Truck That Runs on Coffee Grounds (and How Wood-Gas Powers Cars With Garbage)

Photo Credits: deborah sherman photography The Cafe Racer Truck Runs on 100% Recycled Coffee Grounds A commenter on Ben’s wood-powered truck post pointed us to a similar car hack. The truck above is also powered by a wood gas generator, except this one runs on coffee grounds. The Cafe Racer is...[Read More]

Run Your Car on Wood? No Joke.

I’ve heard of making fuel from wood before, but rarely does using wood as fuel come up. However, just today I was pointed to this site, hosted by a local radio station, with a real-life example of someone burning wood as a fuel in his truck. I can’t say for sure how the system works, whe...[Read More]

MicroFueler Makes $1/gal Homebrew Ethanol From Sugar

Homemade ethanol guru Floyd S. Butterfield and Silicon Valley entrepreneur and innovator Thomas J. Quinn want to see you making ethanol in your backyard. Their creation, called the E-Fuel 100 MicroFueler, is a stacked washer-dryer sized reactor that can convert sugar into ethanol for (they claim) $1...[Read More]

VW Confirms 1L Concept Will Become Reality in 2010

Image source: Wikipedia There’s been talk about the VW 1L concept for years. Since VW built the original, fuel economy, safety, price, and release date has been speculated upon and argued about, and I’d finally stopped thinking it was ever going to happen. However, according to VW’...[Read More]

The Cleanest Cars on Earth?: Honda Civic GX and Other Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs)

But What About Natural Gas Supply? Natural gas supplies 20% of all energy use in the US. According to NGVA: “Even if the number of NGVs were to increase 100-fold in the next ten years to 11,000,000 or roughly 5% of the entire vehicle market (a formidable goal), the impact on natural gas suppli...[Read More]

Natural Gas Cars: CNG Fuel Almost Free in Some Parts of the Country

While the national average price of gasoline is now $3.60, some residents of Utah are happily filling up on compressed natural gas (CNG) at $0.63 per gallon. That’s the country’s lowest price for CNG, which has understandably caused a surge in demand for vehicles running on a fuel that o...[Read More]