Meineke And Echo Collaborate To Offer Hybrid Conversions

Meineke service centers, with the help of Echo Automotive Inc., will soon give people the option to convert their conventional internal combustion engine-powered vehicles into hybrids, with an estimated payback time of under two years.

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Attention, Hyper-milers: FitBit is Nike+ iPod for Cars!

The FitBit from Automatic plugs into a car’s OBD port and records MPG in real-time, calculating how much each trip actually costs drivers in money terms. The dollars and cents of each trip and each aggressive move add up – and could be costing drivers thousands!

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This Papercraft Pagani Zonda is 100% Recyclable

The Pagani Zonda, using a big, Mercedes-derived V12 engine, is hardly a model of (what we might call) efficiency … but this latest Pagani is nearly perfect, being lightweight, 100% recyclable, and offering all the sexy looks of the Zonda with ZERO of the standard version’s harmful carbon emissions!

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Weird Ride Wednesday: The Wood-Powered Trucks Of North Korea

It isn’t easy running a tyrannical dictatorship these days. Just ask North Korea, a country with so many internal and external sanctions that they don’t even have even oil to run the few vehicles they’ve got. That led the resourceful North Koreans to power their vehicles using gasifiers, which produce immense heat and break down biomatter, like wood, into a usable fuel. North Korea is just crawling with these mostly-wood-powered pickups and equipment haulers.

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Recycled Hawtness: An 800 Horsepower Classic Electric BMW

Electric cars have been around since the first automobiles started being built en masse, but until recently it was up to DIYers to build an EV if they wanted one. While most DIY types focus on the practical aspects of an EV, others, like Mike Pethel, are more concerned with performance. That’s why he has created a unique and powerful electric vehicle based on a classic BMW 3.0 CS.

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EZ-EV Open Source Trike Kit Seeks Funding

People have been building EVs out of their homes and small shops for decades now, but the recent surge in interest has led to DIYers trying to take their hobby full-time. Gary Krysztopik has been driving around his home-built “battery box on wheels” for more than three years, and he has now turned to the Internet to help him make DIY kits for interested parties to purchase.

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Video: “The Doc” Builds A Homemade Hydrogen Fuel Cell For His Mustang

While major automakers have finally started responding to calls for alternative fuel vehicles, do-it-yourselfers have been coming up with home brewed solutions to our oil addiction for decades. Chris “the Doc” Ingrassia, host of the Operation Mustang YouTube channel, has concocted his own solution in the form of a hydrogen fuel cell for, of all things, a Ford Mustang. But does it work?

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