Last week, the Australian government has revealed plans to build a new, 1800 kilometer-long electric highway on coastal roads running along the Great Barrier Reef. featuring free EV charging stations. The project is an effort to promote EVs in Australia as countries like Britain and France move to completely ban the sales of diesel and […]
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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!
In America, November is a month of thanks- and I have a lot to be thankful for this year. One of those things is the fact that GM decided to let me drive a 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel from Oak Park, Illinois to Wellington, Ohio to visit friends and family over the Thanksgiving weekend. All […]
Fifteen Bluetooth sensors have been installed along the Deerfoot Trail, a 31 mile long highway that accommodates between 27,000 and 158,000 vehicles per day. The idea behind the system is that it will allow drives to see real-time traffic report that will be shown on signs along the stretch of highway.
We talk a lot about changing cars and transitioning to alternative fuels – but what about changing our roads? Dutch design firm Studio Roosegaarde and Heleen Herbert from Heijmans Infrastructure have an idea that will be breaking ground in the Netherlands in 2013 – intelligent highways. Cars are using alternative fuels or getting better miles per gallon; cars […]
Will America ever ditch automobiles for bicycles? Probably not. But a grand experiment over in Denmark has taken the ideals of the American interstate, and applied them to an 11-mile stretch of bike-only highway. The hope is that by offering bike commuters a more consistent riding experience, commuters would opt to take their bikes from […]
As an alternative to oil, hydrogen seems so promising, and yet so impossible. The only emissions from hydrogen fuel cells is water. Alas, the expense and lack of infrastructure mean they’re pretty much just a pipe dream for now. But over in Europe, two teams of drivers have driven hydrogen-powered Hyundai’s over 1,400 miles, from […]
There is no question that America’s highway infrastructure is in dire straits, and they need to be fixed. Unfortunately, a too-low gas tax and misplaced priorities have seen infrastructure constantly shuffled to the back of the pack, especially when it comes to promoting public transit options, walkable spaces, and bike paths. President Obama and Transportation […]
Meet “FutureTruck”, the result of an AirFlow Truck Company project to develop a more aerodynamic over-the-road truck which, the truck’s designers claim, would cut fuel consumption and harmful carbon emissions by as much as 50%. FutureTruck’s design process was heavily dependent on CFD software, which moves some pretty heavy numbers to determine the path air […]
The current Toyota Prius still has no rival on a mpg-to-mpg comparison, though by 2012 that may change. The next Ford Fusion Hybrid could get as high as 48 mpg city rating, putting it almost on par with the Prius. This report comes from Ford Inside News, which also lists a number of other new […]
We last covered Loremo – the tiny German automaker with big, clean-car dreams – back in 2008, when the company announced plans to build a slippery, 117 mpg bio-diesel commuter with “sporty coupe” pretences. At the time, the folks behind Loremo promised that an EV was coming … and here it is. Ignore, for a […]
Writing about the maybe-future means writing about a lot of concepts that have no basis in reality. Sometimes it means coming up with ideas of my own. What about an all-electric highway made for fast EVs like the Superbus? Maybe it is just the spring air talking, or maybe I caught a whiff of whatever […]
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?
Meet Sunswift’s Ivy solar racer, which – as of last week – is the fastest solar-powered car on the planet. Sunswift took the “world’s fastest” crown las week, when the Australian built Sunswift IV (nicknamed “Ivy”) posted a 54.7 mph record run, smashing the previous 49 mph record by nearly 10%. Designed by students and faculty […]
The “original” SUV, the Ford Explorer, received a huge upgrade over the ancient, outgoing truck-based body it had been using. Now based on a car body, the 2011 Ford Explorer has received a surprising 25 MPG highway rating.
The furor over the Chevy Volt seems to have subsided a bit, which means I can go back to picking on the other guy. I am of course referring to the Nissan Leaf, which unlike the Volt is a 100% electric car. No gas motors here. Furthermore, the Leaf is about $7000 less than the […]
I don’t buy into the whole “cities are the greenest places to live” argument for one main reason; food. Cities import 99.9% of the food they consume, often from great distances away. It takes something like 12 acres of food to feed a single person for one year. Multiply that by the millions that live […]
Was the stimulus a success, or a failure? That is something for the economic majors to debate. I do know that this summer, I saw a lot of construction and a lot of projects in the works on our crumbling infrastructure. Still, there is plenty of work to be done beyond just maintaining and improving […]
I complain about traffic congestion a lot, until I am reminded that compared to some parts of the world, America has it easy. I could not imagine living in Moscow or Beijing, where four-hour traffic jams are the norm. China faces an especially daunting task as their population continues to expand and urbanize; you can […]
America’s roads, especially around metropolitan areas, have long exceeded their capacity to move people and cargo efficiently. Having spent 3 hours on a six-lane super highway in SoCal to go just 60 miles, I now understand that better than ever. Part of the problem is all those long-haul trucks. They take up the space of […]