Over the last few years, raising gas taxes has been a trendy answer to improving transportation infrastructure across the United States. When raising funds for improving transit, it has often been suggested that states raise the tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. This year, there are at least 9 states, according to taxjusticeblog.org, that are […]
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Thanks to the tuning gurus at Switzer Performance – and the magic of E85! – this 1700 HP “Goliath” Nissan GTR hit 237 MPH … on a section of public road!
Of all the oddball green car concepts out there – and, there are a lot of ’em! – my favorite has to be the Twike 4XP. A human-powered hybrid, the Twike 4XP is a tiny urban runabout that you can pedal like a bicycle, but also drive around like an electric car. If you’re running […]
After setting fast times at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and gearing up for a land speed record run, you’d think the guys at Drayson Racing would spend the off-season relaxing and trying to get one of their Lola-chassied electric racers into the next Batman movie. You’d be wrong. The Drayson Racing team are serious […]
America’s infrastructure is in bad shape. Our roads are filled with pot holes. Sidewalks are cracked and crumbling. Bridges are literally falling apart. This problem is not going to fix itself… or is it?
Today’s car-dependent suburbs may become the “Wild West” ghost towns future, if you believe a recent report from Planning Institute, Australia. In their report, the PIA states that “Australia will be forced to rely on huge quantities of imported oil unless it radically overhauls its transport and urban policies,” which is old-news to readers who […]
America has over 5.7 million miles of paved roads, and while some of those roads are being left to rot, many millions of miles are in dire need of repair. Could an emissions-eating asphalt help clean the air around us?
[social_buttons] Engineers have created a new type of road capable of turning the vibration caused by cars into electricity. The revolutionary new surface, created by engineers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, uses piezoelectric crystals embedded in the asphalt to generate up to 400 kilowatts of energy from a 1 kilometer stretch, enough to run […]
[social_buttons] In a sweeping proposal intended to create jobs, inject life into the state’s economy, repair infrastructure, and bring Oregon’s transportation network into the 21st century, Governor Ted Kulongoski unveiled more than $1 billion in road, rail, bridge, mass transit and port funding yesterday. The new transportation investments would be paid for with a myriad […]
[social_buttons] According to a sweeping report released by the Center for American Progress and authored by researchers from the UMass Department of Economics, if the US government were to invest $100 billion dollars over two years in six key areas of green and sustainable development — including advanced biofuels — the result would be the […]
Okay. Let me get this one out of the way: gas hasn’t been all bad. In fact, gas has allowed us to accomplish some pretty amazing things. To be clear, when I say “gas,” I’m using the term as an easy way to loosely refer to all liquid fuel products made from buried and fossilized […]