Titan Has Enough Propane For 23 Million Trips Around the Earth

Published on September 8th, 2009 | by

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[social_buttons] New findings from the Cassini mission to Titan — Saturn’s largest moon — show that its atmosphere contains about 29 billion gallons of propane. Given that the average new car fuel economy in the US is currently about 20 miles per gallon, and that propane-converted cars get about the same mileage as regular gas […] read more

Patent Infringement Could Halt Toyota Hybrid Imports

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Where is the mainstream media when you need them? Probably off chasing another Micheal Jackson’s baby’s daddy. But they could do a lot more use into investigating the court case of Paice LLC vs. Toyota. In the lawsuit filed by Paice against Toyota, Paice claims that several of Toyota’s popular hybrid models infringe on patents […] read more

Americans Want More Fuel-Efficient Cars, US Hybrids Up 48%

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Total US hybrid sales jumped 48.6% in August from last August, buoyed up by Cash for Clunkers. We Americans did the right patriotic thing with our clunker money last month, it turns out. We bought more American. And we bought more hybrid cars.  Ford was the big winner, making a big dent in Toyota’s hybrid sales. Consumer reports tells […] read more

7 Odd Food-for-Fuel Solutions

Published on September 7th, 2009 | by

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Using food as a resource in biofuel production is one of the biggest mistakes our country could make. And while we all shake our heads at the idea of corn ethanol…what about using turkey innards? Or Mountain Dew for that matter. Shaq Wants Your Leftover Beer and Wine for Making Ethanol First, who ever has […] read more

Peugeot and Mitsubishi Form Electric Car Alliance

Published on September 4th, 2009 | by

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[social_buttons] Peugeot has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi to begin building and marketing a new electric car in Europe based on Mitsu’s i-MiEV platform. The agreement builds upon a previous memorandum of understanding and solidifies the two companies as partners in next generation car technology. The car is set to begin production and sale in […] read more

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

Published on September 4th, 2009 | by

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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! […] read more

Audi Chief Responds to “Volt is a Car For Idiots” Comment

Published on September 3rd, 2009 | by

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[social_buttons] It’s an Audi-tastic day! Johan de Nysschen, President of Audi US, certainly took some major heat over the interwebs today for his inflammatory and derogatory statements that the Chevy Volt is a “car for idiots” and that electric cars are only for intellectual elites to “make a statement.” They were especially curious comments because […] read more

Audi Vigorously Stirs Rumors of Electric Car, US Chief Says it’s a Bad Idea

Published on September 3rd, 2009 | by

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[social_buttons] Just ahead of the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show, Audi is sending out *extremely* mixed signals on how involved it’s going to get in the development and production of electric cars. In the wake of the proclamation by Audi US President, Johan de Nysschen, that the Chevy Volt “is for idiots” and that electric cars […] read more

Audi Chief Calls Chevy Volt “A Car For Idiots”

Published on September 3rd, 2009 | by

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[social_buttons] Bring on the war of words. In a frank conversation with MSN writer Lawrence Ulrich, Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen has said that the Chevy Volt will fail and that anybody who buys the car is an idiot. Not only that, de Nysschen has lumped proponents of any type of electric car […] read more

Volkswagen To Debut 71 MPG Diesel Polo at Frankfurt Auto Show

Published on September 2nd, 2009 | by

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[social_buttons] At the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show (September 17-27, 2009) Volkswagen will be debuting updated versions of its Euro-spec Polo, Golf and Passat diesels. According to European testing methods, the Polo BlueMotion will get the equivalent of 71.3 mpg (US), the Golf BlueMotion 61.9 mpg, and the Passat BlueMotion 53.4 mpg. read more

The Trabant Lives Again! Cold War Auto Icon Reborn as an Electric Car.

Published on September 2nd, 2009 | by

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[social_buttons] Ah, the Trabant. That most humble and often-maligned communist-era East German auto icon. To people who remember the car — lovingly and mockingly nicknamed the Trabi in its heyday — it conjures up all sorts of feelings. Personally the Trabi and I have a special connection: My wife grew up in East Germany and […] read more