I believe I have found an excellent vehicle to drive through the zombie apocalypse – or at least a good one for hauling stuff around on a regular basis. I’ve had a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport tossed at me for the week, and it’s turning out to be a lot of fun!
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Another step towards market readiness for electro-mobility: The BMW group and the Technical University Munich fired the starting shot for the first project to be showcased in Bavaria-Saxony. Over the coming five months, 25 test drivers will take to Munich’s streets behind the wheels of their own electrically-powered MINI Es.
Those of you who love two-wheeled transportation – and there are a lot of you – have one more reason to go green. The Senate Finance Committee approved a federal tax credit for purchasers of electric bikes and motorcycles last week.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that there is absolutely no objectivity when it comes to a DeLorean – despite being painfully slow and almost laughably unreliable, they’re gorgeous classic cars. I mean, look at it. Have you ever seen anything so pretty? (Don’t answer that.)
One might say that Toyota’s plug-in hybrids are plugged into the future (of course, that would be a terrible, terrible pun and which no one sane would actually make, right?). Either way, Toyota has been markedly successful with the Prius. The Japanese automaker is not, however, standing still.
It’s not easy being green, apparently. Successful German automakers BMW and Opel have both come out and stated that they need some kind of subsidy in order to properly comply with EU regulations on CO2 emissions. Specifically, both automakers are concerned about the development and production of electric and hybrid vehicles. The development process is […]
KTM has been promising an electric off-road bike for ages. It’s been in development in Austria, but KTM now claims that it’s actually almost ready. They’ve even got some numbers to go with their claim. The Freeride E is theoretically prepared to handle the most demanding off-road use, says KTM. Extra batteries are available upon […]
French student Vianney Bureau has just completed a road trip around France. This is not unusual. He has completed the road trip on a scooter, which is also not unusual. The detail that makes this trip stand out is that Bureau undertook his 2600 mile trip on an electric scooter. The driving force behind Bureau’s […]
Tiny little single-seater electric vehicles are apparently doing pretty well in Japan, as Toyota just announced the second generation of its ultra-small city car, the COMS. The name is an acronym of “Chotto Odekake Machimade Suisui,” or “a little smooth driving around town.” Long-time Gas2 readers may remember the Toyota COMS as the vehicle used […]
Solar cars are what they are – very, very cool but not entirely practical for everyday use. Honda hasn’t let that stop them from using all the solar power they can get their hands on, though; rather than build solar cars, they’re reducing their carbon footprint another way. Honda is planning to install solar panels […]
Nissan has announced that the 100% electric compact van (which is not the same thing as a minivan) will go into production in the Barcelona plant in […]
If a Frenchman can drive an electric vehicle 3,000 miles through Africa, you can certainly handle driving an EV the fifteen miles to work and back, plus around the city for shopping […]
Solar cars are fun – even if they’re not yet eminently practical (it’s hard to get enough electricity to continuously run a car from current solar panel technology), they’re still a great project. Solar power is, however, not the only source of renewable energy directly powering a motor vehicle: a farmer in China has built […]
Public transportation running on alternative fuel is always fun (fuel cells, batteries, you name it), and San Diego has added its name to the list of cities running buses on Something Else. The city has approved a purchase of 53 40-foot low-floor CNG (compressed natural gas). Each of the buses includes all required Americans with […]
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has chosen its EV supply equipment provider – the company announced this week that it will be working with Leviton Manufacturing Company. Leviton is the largest privately held global provider of electrical wiring devices, data center connectivity solutions, and lighting energy management systems – all of which tie in fairly […]
Lufthansa may have given up on using biofuel to power its planes, but Japan’s ANA (All Nippon Airways) has not – their first (partially) bio-fuel powered plane successfully crossed the Pacific this week. It was the world’s first 787 flight powered by biofuel. While ANA is a fantastic airline to experience as a passenger, this […]
Diesel is expensive. E10 is expensive. Regular gasoline is expensive. Electric cars and hybrids aren’t exactly cheap, either. Unless we all want to hop on a bicycle for dozens of miles a day, we may all be (financially) screwed. Or there are other fossil fuels – liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) […]
Range is one of the doubts many potential customers have about electric cars; Nissan is trying to counter this by providing charging stations for networks in a number of different locations. In its home country of Japan, Nissan is even going a step farther to make sure that not only are those charging stations available […]
Honda has announced a new joint project with Japan Metals and Chemicals (JMC) Co., Ltd. – a mass production line for a recycling plant. But it’s not just any mass production line; it’s the world’s first massive hybrid battery recycling project. The availability of rare earth metals is a question of limited resources – there’s […]
The potential of an electric car to be a rolling storehouse of electricity goes beyond just personal use, according to Mitsubishi; Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors, and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation just opened a test facility to evaluate the potential for electric cars to stabilize the power grid. The facility in question is named “M-tech Labo” (presumably […]