With a daily commute of about 130 miles, I’ve saved more than $9,000 compared to my old gas-powered car since I bought my LEAF. With plenty of public charging options, as well as a charger installed at my office, my LEAF is a perfect car for my commute…
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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 […]
So, How Much Does that Electric Car Really Cost? [Infographic] (via sustainablog) Electric vehicles and hybrids still generally cost more upfront than a gas model – the technologies powering these vehicles are still relatively new. Of course, the those new technologies also cost much less to operate, as electricity’s definitely…
According to a new analysis by renowned energy economist Philip K. Verleger – who has served as an energy advisor to both Republican and Democratic Presidents – American consumers are saving between $0.50 and $1.50 per gallon on gasoline as a direct result of increased ethanol production under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). “The implication […]
Are ethanol blend fuels better than traditional petroleum fuels? According to the American Lung Association (ALA), that answer is an unequivocal “yes.” “Using E85 in a flex fuel vehicle significantly reduces tailpipe emissions as well as lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions,” explains the ALA.
Big rig trucks rule America’s highways, and their big diesel engines – and their accompanying smoke stacks – are some of the biggest polluters in the nation. The modern semi engine is significantly cleaner than the last generations’ rigs, for sure, but the sheer volume of trucks and the extreme miles they cover annually still […]
We all think we are great drivers. It is everybody else who sucks at driving. Well the truth is, we’re all pretty awful, America, and it terrifies me to know that there are many people out there behind the wheel of a two-ton bullet just waiting to end my life. But vehicle automation could do more than just reduce accidents; it could save fuel on a huge scale.
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.
[social_buttons] Indiana-based Bright Automotive has released some pretty impressive performance figures for its technically (and aerodynamically!) slick new IDEA cargo van. Aimed primarily at delivery fleets and in-town rental companies, the freshly-upgraded guppy promises to shave operating costs by thousands of dollars per year, per van. More pictures, an official company press release, and my […]
[social_buttons] German car giant BMW has announced plans to attach radioactive heat-collectors to the tailpipes of future models, in a move predicted to slash fuel use and reduce carbon emissions by around 5 per cent. The massive fuel saving is bigger than the three per cent achieved by the two current key Efficient Dynamics technologies […]