The articles on this week’s Gas2 Week in Review that really caught our readers’ attention primarily seemed to focus on ways that the auto industry and investments intersected.
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Scheduled to being operations in 2017, the new Miami-Orlando high speed rail project will carry passengers between Florida’s two most international cities.
G20 countries are spending $88 billion on finding new fossil fuels each year, despite the evident dangers.
The University of Michigan has crunched the numbers and found that the average new car fuel economy has reached an all-time high of 25.4 mpg.
It’s a tough economy out there, and many competent people with under-utilized educations are finding it hard to get a job that “fits” their goals. As such, many “millenials” are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit with tools like Kickstarter, IndiGoGo, and Etsy, among others. Some, however, still appreciate the brick-and-mortar approach, and want to contribute to […]
For just $39.95, the Fuel Shark promises that you’ll get 10% better fuel economy, better emissions, more horsepower, and a longer battery life- just by plugging a little dongle into your car’s 12V power outlet. Having spent more than few years, by now, working with heavily intelligent people who spent hours, weeks, and months hacking […]
Honda said Wednesday its net profit soared 46.4 percent in the three months to September as Japan’s third largest carmaker benefited from a weaker yen and stronger North America sales. Net profit for July-September rose to 120.37 billion yen ($1.23…
American farms are struggling to attract workers, according to reports out last week. Farmers have jobs, but no applicants – and they concede that the problem is only getting worse as innovation in alternative fuels and renewable plastic pushes up demand for their products to the point that there are thousands of jobs waiting to be filled.
Using data compiled from a number of sources, the infographic below shows off some of the fastest-growing industries and job-producers of the last year. Who’s number 1? You should already know – but click through, anyway … there’s a few surprises on the list!
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will lose $161 million this year, and $100 million next year. As a result, subway, train, and bus fares are increasing, along with a new and unpopular state-wide proposal to add a 1-cent-per vehicle-miles-traveled in an effort to bail out the MBTA. The city of Boston Massachusetts and the […]
It’s Memorial Day weekend and we just finished watching a 78-lap single-file parade the Monaco Grand Prix. The 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be underway here shortly. It’s a beautiful, sunny day in Chicago. In other words: there is no way I’m getting any serious writing done this morning. SO, here’s a terrific […]
Your car doesn’t get the kind of fuel economy you’d hoped. Many people have that idea in their heads these days, and the anecdotal evidence (at least) seams to support these claims. But (and there’s always a “but”, isn’t there?) what if that’s not true? What if the EPA’s MPG estimates are actually conservative, and […]
Let’s say you live in California (hypothetically). Next, let’s say you wanted to get a package from your address in California to another address in California. Finally, let’s say that you wanted your package to get to its new California home (from its old California home) quickly and efficiently. Pay special attention to “quickly and […]
Sixty-eight BILLION US-American dollars. That’s approximately equal to a metric s***ton of money (even in 100s and 50s), and it’s the amount of 2012 dollars that American consumers could save on gas each year if Barack Obama’s 2030 fuel standards get implemented, according to the NRDC. That savings, by the way, would mean reduced transportation […]
An ambitious electric car-sharing program started last year in Paris – long time Gas2 readers may remember the Autolib system, a dense network of charging stations and rentable electric BlueCars. The little silver cars with colorful stickers are supposed to number 3000 by the end of next year, but they seem to be ever so […]
Canada’s internationally condemned tar sand oil extraction is one of the most environmentally damaging operations on Earth. We’ve covered that before, of course, and even noted some Canadians’ resentment of emerging technologies (like electric cars) that might reduce consumer demand for Canadian oil in North America and, therefor, reduce their income. That realization, that there […]
That right there is the 50 cc Honda Metropolitan that’s been carrying me across Chicago these past few months. With only 50 cc pushing the little scooter along, I can’t say it’s fast – but in rush hour traffic, with big-engine pickups and ultra-fast turbocharged Porsches dicing for position among stop-and-go city trucks? It’s plenty […]
The Occupy movement has spread beyond Wall St. to encompass most major U.S. cities, and many protesters are frustrated by the lack of accountability by the major corporations that contributed to both the recent financial disaster and decades of ecological pillaging. Andrew Meggison visited the Occupy Boston camp for a ground-level look at this grassroots movement.
How would someone who uses their truck for work, every day, respond to a plug-in pickup? If Ford built a full-size pickup using design notes cribbed from Chevy’s Jesus car Volt, would the savings on fuel justify the added initial costs? That’s what the fleet managers at PG&E (and the drivetrain specialists at ALTe) hope to find out, as they put a converted Ford F-150 pickup through a gauntlet of stop-and-go driving, hauling, commuting, and more next year.
Ontario’s Ministry of Energy reported last week that the Province’s Green Energy Act (passed in May, 2009) has created over 20,000 clean-energy jobs since its inception, and is on-track to generate 30,000 by 2012. As with many clean-energy initiatives, the benefits extend beyond just those who’ve been paid to do the work. Since May of […]