The Great Ethanol Debate: Food vs. Fuel?

04.26.2012

Yes, but it’s complicated—climate change and high gas prices also figure into the skyrocketing cost of corn.

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Battery Breakthroughs

04.24.2012

Colorado’s Prieto Battery is poised to change the game for EVs with 400-mile range and fast charging, but it has to prove first that its technology works. Other companies are in the hunt, too.

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Glitter, Glitz…and Fuel Economy

04.12.2012

The 2012 New York International Auto Show proved that downsizing can be sexy. Even the Viper is watching its weight these days.

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Back to the Future…Again

04.04.2012

A Texas-based company plugs in the DeLorean, with Flux batteries instead of flux capacitors. Look for this 100-mile-range, $90,000 sizzler at the New York International Auto Show this week.

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Running Out of Gas

03.29.2012

With $4 fuel on the horizon, Americans are not only getting stranded, they’re also driving less. A majority of us want somebody to do something about pain at the pumps—but there aren’t a whole lot of options.

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Super Models

03.21.2012

True excitement comes at the one-sixth scale. Louis Chenot’s hobby of building super-precise tiny cars and boats that actually run will remind you of everything great about being a kid.

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War Clouds Over a Green Campus

03.14.2012

Between rocket attacks, Israel’s Ben Gurion University fulfills a remarkable environmental mission in one of the world’s harshest deserts.

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The Big Battery Breakthrough

03.07.2012

If Envia Systems’ claims are true, then EV packs will soon cost a fraction of what they do now. And that’s good news the embattled electric car industry needs.

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Audi’s Audacious Electrics

02.29.2012

Audi isn’t just putting an electric car on the road, it’s launching an Urban Future Initiative. Here comes the flood of electrification from an automaker best known for performance cars.

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The Sparks Fly

02.23.2012

The drag racing is electrifying when the car is the battery-powered White Zombie Datsun 1200, built by John Wayland and his Plasmaboy Crew. If the point was to convince people that EVs aren’t slow, well, the point is made. How about a zero-to-60 of 1.8 seconds and ETs of 10.258 at 123.79 mph?

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10 Reasons to Hate the Transportation Bill

02.16.2012

Jim Motavalli takes a look at the Republican-sponsored transportation bill, a piece of legislation Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood calls, "the worst transportation bill I’ve ever seen during 35 years of public service."

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Two Billion Cars

02.15.2012

We’re headed for that kind of bumper-to-bumper world unless we start sharing our cars, encourage mass transit and get out and walk. The “worst transportation bill ever” is not helpful in moving the ball down the road.

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Electric Frito and Coca-Cola Trucks: The Bottom Line in Dollars and Cents

02.10.2012

A new MIT study says battery vehicles will save companies money over diesels, but with high purchase prices the payback times are still likely to be long. That’s why subsidies—a dirty word since Solyndra—are essential in the early stages of the EV rollout.

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Our Fuel-Cell Future

02.01.2012

Hydrogen cars are coming by 2015, but in the meantime we already have big zero-emission cells powering businesses—like the Connecticut-based pasta factory I visited last week.

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Bob Lutz: The Green Car Guy Who Says Global Warming Is @#$%&*

01.23.2012

Despite being the father of the Chevy Volt and a pioneer of plug-in hybrid trucks, this book-writing industry veteran isn’t in it to save the planet from climate change.

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