Students Help Develop Plug-In Hybrid Retrofit Kit

Ever wish you drove a hybrid, but can’t stomach paying a premium price for a new or even used model? You’re not alone. For many Americans, the extra MPG’s aren’t worth the extra cost, and some hybrids can take decades to pay off that price premium. But what if you could pay a lot less for a hybrid retrofit kit that could double your MPG’s? That’s what students from Middle Tennessee State University have been developing with help from their professor, and the results are promising to say the least.

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DIY EV Kit Promises Educational Opportunities In Japan

It is no secret that the American education system is in need of some serious repairs. How that manifests itself is a project for people far smarter than I am, though if you ask me the biggest problem is a failure to engage students in interesting and creative ways. For inspiration, we need look no further than Japan, where a company has released a Do-It-Yourself electric car kit for the purpose of educating students and teachers alike.

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Enviromoto Helps Build a Better Buddy

Last week, I wrote an article about Genuine’s new Lemonhead Buddy scooter, wherein I called the little scoot zippy, practical, and traffic-carving. I figured the Lemonhead to be a sweet little ride, but complained about the bike’s 30 mph top-speed … to just about anyone who would listen. One person who listened was my friend and Twist n’ Gone superstar Jeremy Hall. In addition to inventing the nacho cheese fountain, Jeremy also happens to run EnviroMoto, an online resource for go-fast scooter parts. SO, does Jeremy have a plan to make the lil’ Buddy a bit sweeter? “I can make your Buddy SCREAM!” he replied.

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Green is the New Fast: Switzer Pumps Out 900 hp of Flex-fuel Porsche

This article is about the Switzer F900. The short version is that it’s a low-emission, 900 horsepower, flex-fuel monster of a Porsche built by a pack of wild-eyed savants in the middle of rural Ohio … but the story behind this F900 started a few years ago, at the same time that the automotive press started to notice that Oberlin, Ohio might be an interesting place to visit after all.

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