You can convert your car to CNG or ethanol and see big returns in performance while reducing your carbon footprint, but cutting corners could cost you.
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When I was at Ford’s technology conference back in June, I balked at Bill Ford Jr.’s comments about Ford waiting for the government to issue a “National Energy Policy” favoring one alternative fuel – be it ethanol, CNG, biodiesel, etc. – over the others before Ford was willing to “swing for the fences” on alt-fuel […]
The Scuderi Group has developed a split-cycle combustion engine that runs on propane and utilizes compressed air storage to achieve up to 75% thermal efficiency, and they’ve signed a letter of intent to build four generators for the San Juan police department.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about bi-fuel cars running on LPG and propane, most notably from Chrysler and Lancia in Europe, but in the US as well, with several companies offering propane conversion kits. Propane has a few advantages of gasoline, of course. It tends to burn more cleanly, it’s cheaper, etc. Still, […]
Italian carmaker Lancia re-launches the eco-chic website. The updated site features an animated LPG FAQ section highlighting the unique qualities of the clean-burning fuel, and shows off the brand’s bi-fuel, ultra low emissions, LPG lineup up luxury cars w/ 900 mi range!
Here in the U.S. the future of fuel is still very much up in the air, and most automakers have barely tipped their toes into the waters of alt-fuel automobiles. European automakers, however, offer mainstream cars in a wide variety of fuels, including propane. Opel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GM, has announced that their flagship […]
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) […]
Weaning America off of oil consumption isn’t just a matter of healing the environment; it is a matter of national security. Nothing appeals to conservatives more than national security…except perhaps fast cars. The Maxximus LNG 2000 a dual-fuel supercar, combines fast cars with the notion of domestic energy production securing America’s energy future. Last month, […]
The commercial shipping has taken a lot of criticism in recent years over its massive output of harmful carbon emissions. Proposed solutions to the problem have ranged from solar-diesel hybrids, to pure-solar car-haulers, to massive sailing ships … but AGA and Viking Cruise Lines may have a more “immediate” solution. In a bid to cut […]
With reports coming out that gas prices could hit $5.00 a gallon soon, the magnifying glass has been put on alternative fuels like never before. One low profile alternative fuel being considered is propane autogas. Everyone knows about natural gas as an alternative fuel and the controversy that surround it. However, most in America have […]
There are certain groups of people in the world today who deny mankind’s ability to alter the environment in any way, shape or form. The unfortunate reality is that mankind has already altered our planet’s ecology and atmosphere in ways we are only just starting to understand. A new report indicates that aerosol build ups in Asia are weakening winds and allowing larger, stronger cyclones to form in the Arabian Sea.
The Spanish tuning house RBM Sport has developed a “bolt on” package that allows Porsche’s Boxster S to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG, or “autogas” in Europe). Christened the Porsche Boxster “Ecologic,” the car can be started and run on conventional gasoline, and “switched” to LPG from inside the cabin. RBM claims the little Porsche […]
Oh, lawdy what have we here!? This, dear friends, is a fully custom, hand-fabricated and massively powerful roadster designed and built by Bienville Studios in “old” New Orleans – and I won’t lie to you. My awe of the thing is surpassed only by a powerful jealous rage. Not only do I wish this car […]
A mainstream switch to non-petroleum fuels won’t be possible without the support of commercial fleets and over-the-road truck buyers, which account for a huge percentage of total miles driven. These truck fleets depend on a solid infrastructure in order to effectively schedule their job-critical operations, however, and (quite understandably) will hesitate to adopt any alternative […]
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World can’t hold a candle to the monolithic achievements of the modern world, including what may soon be the world’s largest floating object, a Shell natural gas drilling and storing facility. Called Prelude, the facility will be one-third of a mile long, weight 600,000 tons, and will extract the […]
Kia’s Hamstar ad campaign for their Soul cute-ute featured a trio of hamsters dancing and driving tothe lyrics “You can get with this/or You can get with that”, and was so wildly successful that the company recently introduced a Hamstar-edition Soul … but they got it all wrong. The Kia that best embodies Black Sheep‘s […]
The addition of over 100 new SULEV-ii compliant commercial Chevy Express vans to AT&T’s service fleet is a great way to generate some positive PR for the company – especially after last week, when the telecom giant announced it had bought TMobile’s US operations, creating a new “Ma Bell” bigger, more monopolistic cell company that […]
There’s a lot of debate about what the government should, and shouldn’t spend money on. One item that is cause for plenty of debate is the $7,500 EV tax rebate. Should the government have a say in what we drive?
What you see here is Chevy’s newly-available, 4-tank CNG commercial van. This was news last year, but despite that, this is the first one we’d seen “in the flesh”. So, when one of GM’s marketing reps realized we were ignoring the ZL1 Camaro launch (by which time we had – ahem – already gotten the […]
Alberta’s tar sands have been called “the dirtiest oil in the world” by Greenpeace and National Geographic, and “mining” these fields means high carbon emissions and serious pollution of natural water supplies. So why are Canadians afraid of electric vehicles? Canada’s own government agents claim that the area’s boreal forests “could be gone within a […]