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Beijing Bans Polluting Vehicles in Inner City

Prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics there was some concern by athletes about the air quality in China’s capital, so officials there passed a series of temporary measures to improve the air, including restrictions on the types of vehicles allowed into the city. Those measures now appear to be a permanent legacy of the Olympic […]

Obama wants 35.5 MPG fleet average by 2016

President Barack Obama has his own idea of how to fix the auto industry, and part of that plan is to increase the federal fleet fuel consumption average to 35.5 MPG by 2016. The plan calls for incremental increases of 5% per year from 2012 to 2016, and the standard is nationalized, putting an end […]

Back to Basics: Aerocivic Gets Website

Jeremy Clarkson, the outspoken host of Britain’s Top Gear auto show, made a spectacle of racing a Prius vs. a BMW M3, in which the latter recieved better gas mileage. His point was that is isn’t what you drive, but how you drive. Nothing emphasizes this idea more than the Aerocivic, a simple yet highly […]

Ford Wins Green Choice Award

The domestic auto industry may be in turmoil, but for at least one of the Big Three things are starting to look up. Ford Motor Company, the only American auto company not to take government aid, has been moving forward full speed with their green car initiatives, and as such has been awarded the Green […]

Dodge Circuit EV: Dead Before Arrival?

Most every major auto manufacturer has announced plans for some sort of electric or electric-hybrid production model for future production, but to date there are still only a handful of hybrid models on the road. A few months ago in keeping with trends, Chrysler unveiled the Dodge Circuit, a Lotus Europa-based electric car that would […]

Eco+Muscle Combines Dodge Challenger with Fuel Efficiency

While domestic manufacturers have in recent years returned to the “retro” look, reigniting the nation’s passion for the muscle cars of yesteryear, the rest of the world has been giddy on egg-shaped hybrids and fuel efficiency vs horsepower. There is an understandably large gap between the fuel-conscious and horsepower heavy crowds, but Popular Mechanics has […]

Hyundai Nuvis Hybrid Concept: Future Cool

It wasn’t that long ago when it seemed like I spent more time fixing my friend’s Hyundai Elantra than she spent driving it. It was the basest of base model cars, and it would throw mechanical temper tantrums almost weekly, and I thanked the car gods when she finally splurged on a used Lancer. But […]

The Volvo ReCharge: A Different Kind of Hybrid

Sometimes when looking forward, you have to look back to really get inspired. 110 years ago electric cars were at their peak, representing over a quarter of all cars on the road in America, but Henry Ford and the mass-production gas motor changed all that. And while most of us have gotten used to the […]

Hyrdogen-Powered RX-8s Make Their Way to Norway

The Scandanavians are a resourceful lot, and they have to be, having inhabited one of the most inhospitable regions on Earth for centuries. They have given us Vikings, demonically infused death metal, and of course, Nokia. But hydrogen-powered sports cars? Well technically, those are coming from Mazda, in the form of their rotary-powered RX-8 sport […]

Brammo Plans to Build Brand Around Enertia Electric Bike

Motorcycles are probably the softest challenge for anyone considering electric propulsion. Most bikers don’t stray too far from home, bikes are by nature lightweight, and unless you’re talking about a pumped-up crotch rocket, they don’t need to go stupid fast. The real challenge lies in marketing a bike with limited range and top speed with […]

Should Saab get a version of the Volt?

The world is a bit out of funk for GM right now, and the reality is no pundit or politican or executive really knows where the world’s former manufacturing heavyweight will be even a year from now. The General has some interesting projects in the works, not least among them the plug-in electric Volt which […]

GM Invites Journalists for Volt-mule Test Drive

[social_buttons] The picture you see here is the production version of the Chevy Volt, due out sometime next year. But even though the plug-in car from GM is a long way off, the General gave CNN’s Peter Valdes-Dapena a test drive in a Cruze-bodied Volt mule. Under the economy car skin are the mechanical organs […]

April 30th

Zero S Motorcycle Provides Electric Ride

Editor’s Note:┬áThis is Chris DeMorro’s first contribution to Gas 2.0. Welcome Chris! [social_buttons] Very soon, you will probably see a Zero S electric bike riding around town, scooting down main streets and ducking through off-road shortcuts. This bare-bones, lightweight, and street legal electric bike goes on sale next month in America and Europe. So if […]

April 28th

First Algae Biodiesel Plant Goes Online: April 1, 2008

PetroSun has announced it will begin operation of its commercial algae-to-biofuels facility on April 1st, 2008. The facility, located in Rio Hondo Texas, will produce an estimated 4.4 million gallons of algal oil and 110 million lbs. of biomass per year off a series of saltwater ponds spanning 1,100 acres. Twenty of those acres will […]

March 29th