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  • BMW's Diesel Plug-In Hybrid: 63 mpg, Faster Than an M3

    11/27/2009 8:18:12 AM PST · by thackney · 61 replies · 2,844+ views
    Gearlog ^ | November 23, 2009 | Bill Howard
    BMW's EfficientDynamics Vision concept car combines the best of all worlds with incredible fuel efficiency, breaktaking performance, and sensational looks. It's powered by a three-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, lithium polymer batteries, and electric motors front and rear. The BMW Vision gets a U.S. unveiling next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Dec. 4-13. The only bad news: The BMW Vision is more vision than production-ready concept car. What you'd most likely see on sale would be the key components such as the drivetrain and battery technology transplanted to a more mainstream body. On a stopover from Europe en route to...
  • Vicious wolf-dog on the prowl in Auburn ( Washington )

    11/12/2009 11:38:53 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies · 1,250+ views
    komo ^ | Nov 11, 2009 | Keith Eldridge
    For some people, hybrid wolf dogs are pets. For others, they're predators. Gary Schukantz said he last saw his three small dogs in his backyard ... "I didn't see any of my dogs, and I heard a yelp," . Schukantz said a hybrid wolf-dog came out of the woods and took off with his beloved pets. Shortly after the wolf ran off, Schukantz came across his youngest pet, a tiny Yorkshire terrier ..."We found his body and got him back," . Schukantz would have tried going after his pets, he said, but the wolf-dog turned on him and backed him...
  • Innovation: A New Rooftop Wind Turbine (Install one on your new electric car?)

    11/03/2009 5:19:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 67 replies · 3,035+ views
    Inc. ^ | 10/01/09 | Nicole Marie Richardson
    Innovation: A New Rooftop Wind TurbineThe WindTronics turbine can generate energy at low speeds. By Nicole Marie Richardson Oct 1, 2009 The answer is blowing in the (very gentle) wind Generally, rooftop turbines can't produce electricity unless the wind is blowing six or eight miles per hour. This turbine is different. Developed by WindTronics, based in Muskegon, Michigan, it's only 6 feet in diameter and can generate energy at wind speeds of just two miles per hour. WindTronics moved the power-generating parts to the outside of the wheel, where the blades turn faster. Reducing the bulk in the center also...
  • Now taxpayers are bailing out bus industry

    10/20/2009 7:19:24 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 21 replies · 881+ views
    One News Now ^ | 10/20/09 | Jim Brown, One News Now
    An energy analyst is outraged that taxpayer dollars are being used for a bailout of the bus industry that's comparable to the now defunct "cash for clunkers" program. National Journal reports the Transportation Department's Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) program has spent nearly half its $100-million grant budget to replace diesel buses with hybrid-electric and fully electric models. The "TIGGER" grants are part of President Obama's $787 billion stimulus program and are designed to serve two purposes: stimulate the economy and clean the environment.
  • Hybrid Cars May Include Fake Vroom for Safety

    10/14/2009 1:56:46 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 60 replies · 1,421+ views
    NY SLimes ^ | 10-13-09 | JIM MOTAVALLI
    For decades, automakers have been on a quest to make cars quieter: an auto that purrs, and glides almost silently in traffic. They have finally succeeded. Plug-in hybrid and electric cars, it turns out, not only reduce air pollution, they cut noise pollution as well with their whisper-quiet motors. But that has created a different problem. They arenít noisy enough.
  • Toyota's Prius threatened by probe

    10/08/2009 2:43:31 PM PDT · by TruthBeforeAll · 39 replies · 2,320+ views
    MSN Money ^ | Oct 07 2009 | Kim Peterson
    Could the Prius and other Toyota hybrids be banned from the U.S.? It seems unthinkable, but that's one possible ending to a patent investigation launched this week. This case centers around Paice, a tiny Florida company that has patented a way to apply force to a car's wheels from the electric motor or the internal combustion engine.
  • HONEST AL'S "GREEN" CAR SALES!

    09/28/2009 12:53:11 PM PDT · by Edisto Joe · 7 replies · 581+ views
    The Edisto Joe Outlook ^ | 09/28/2009 | Edisto Joe
    It seems Al Gore's ambitions are limitless. After inventing the Internet, saving the planet from global warming, receiving a Nobel Peace Prize and an Academy Award, he now has ventured into green transportation. "Honest Al" has secured $529 million in taxpayer money for Fisker Automotive, a small car company he is backing to build a hybrid sports car. The price tag? Only a mere $89,000. That's not exactly affordable to the average American. Al knows that only the wealthy can afford to go green when it comes to cars. Judging by the early release photos it will be a sharp...
  • As hybrid cars gobble rare metals, shortage looms

    08/31/2009 8:58:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 76 replies · 2,448+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/31/09 | Steve Gorman
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Ė The Prius hybrid automobile is popular for its fuel efficiency, but its electric motor and battery guzzle rare earth metals, a little-known class of elements found in a wide range of gadgets and consumer goods. That makes Toyota's market-leading gasoline-electric hybrid car and other similar vehicles vulnerable to a supply crunch predicted by experts as China, the world's dominant rare earths producer, limits exports while global demand swells. Worldwide demand for rare earths, covering 15 entries on the periodic table of elements, is expected to exceed supply by some 40,000 tonnes annually in several years unless...
  • GAO: Electric Cars Won't Reduce Carbon Emissions

    07/10/2009 11:38:59 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 49 replies · 2,167+ views
    HotAir.com ^ | July 10, 2009
    The push for conversion to plug-in electric cars will do nothing to stop carbon emissions, a report by the GAO warns, throwing cold water on a push by Democrats to get more plug-ins on the road. In fact, the problem could be made worse as demand goes up at coal-fired electrical plants. Plus, the need for batteries may just have the US changing the dictators to which weíre chained, as IBD reports...
  • Will Electric Cars Crash The Grid?

    08/14/2009 5:51:51 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 151 replies · 3,057+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 14, 2009 | IBD staff
    Conservation: The Chevy Volt is said to be able to get 230 miles per gallon. That's if it's continually plugged into a fragile and overburdened power grid. Where will you be when the lights go out? Since most U.S. electricity generation is not carbon-free, the Congressional Research Service agrees. The "widespread adoption of plug-in hybrid vehicles through 2030 may have only a small effect on, and might actually increase, carbon emissions," it observes. "If you are using coal-fired power plants and half the country's electricity comes from coal powered plants, are you just trading one greenhouse gas emitter for another?"...
  • Not So Fast With Those Electric Cars

    07/08/2009 6:11:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 1,224+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2009
    Alternative Energy: A government report says reliance on electric cars will do little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and may merely shift our dependence on foreign sources from one set of dictators to another.It's a beautiful theory ó highways full of electric cars emitting no greenhouse gases or pollutants after being plugged into an outlet in our garages overnight. The problem, according to a new Government Accountability Office report, is that the effort may only shift the problem somewhere else. "If you are using coal-fired power plants, and half the country's electricity comes from coal-powered plants, are you just trading...
  • Not So Fast With Those Electric Cars

    07/08/2009 5:07:23 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 27 replies · 1,134+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 7, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Alternative Energy: A government report says reliance on electric cars will do little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and may merely shift our dependence on foreign sources from one set of dictators to another..."If you are using coal-fired power plants, and half the country's electricity comes from coal-powered plants, are you just trading one greenhouse gas emitter for another?" asks Mark Gaffigan, co-author of the GAO report. The report itself notes: "Reductions in CO2 emissions depend on generating electricity used to charge the vehicles from lower-emission sources of energy."
  • Attention Wall Street Journal - Ford does NOT use Toyota's hybrid system!

    07/06/2009 4:46:23 AM PDT · by RangerM · 29 replies · 1,057+ views
    Autoblog ^ | July 5, 2009 | Sam Abuelsamid
    In a recent op-ed piece published in The Wall Street Journal, Alan Reynolds of the Cato Institute starts by making a few decent points about fuel taxation and fuel economy rules. Unfortunately, he undermines himself with some blatant errors and misinformation. In discussing how Detroit automakers will deal with new fuel efficiency requirements, he makes the all-too-common mistake of referring to Ford's hybrid system as licensed from Toyota ("Similarly, Ford has the Toyota-licensed hybrid Fusion and will soon produce the European Ford Fiesta in Mexico"). The reality is that Ford independently developed its own hybrid system at the same time...
  • Thanks China for the $6.5 billion for a hybrid car plant. At least maybe someday.

    06/25/2009 4:20:57 AM PDT · by bintenn · 6 replies · 964+ views
    Commercial Appeal ^ | 06/25/09 | Wayne Risher
    Lawsuit reveals plan for Tunica County hybrid auto plant By Wayne Risher (Contact), Memphis Commercial Appeal Thursday, June 25, 2009 Plans for a mammoth hybrid electric car plant in Tunica County are at the center of a convoluted federal court dispute between principals in the development. The plant would cost Chinese investors $6.5 billion to build. It would occupy a 3,500-acre site in Tunica County and employ 25,000 at full production in 2015, according to a lawsuit and hundreds of pages of supporting documentation. Details surfaced after Chief U.S. Dist. Judge Michael Mills unsealed the March 27 lawsuit, saying Mississippi...
  • Caption McCain, Graham, and a new Ford Fusion Hybrid

    06/17/2009 1:18:01 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies · 1,434+ views
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  • McCain shows off his new ride outside U.S. Capitol [Grahamnesty gets to ride shotgun]

    06/16/2009 3:22:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 944+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) Ė Sen. John McCain officially got the keys to his 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid on Tuesday, and promptly took it for a spin around the Russell Senate office building in Washington ó but not before accidentially tripping the car alarm. Before jumping in, McCain was overheard remarking that his new ride features a voice-activated navigation system and Sirius satellite radio. Riding shotgun was McCain's buddy Lindsey Graham, who joked as he got into the passenger seat: "I hope I live to tell about this."
  • McCain buying new Ford hybrid

    06/15/2009 8:10:02 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies · 1,446+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-06-15
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó Former Republican presidential nominee John McCain is getting a new set of wheels. The Arizona senator said on his Twitter feed Monday that he was buying a new Ford Fusion Hybrid. His office says he's getting the 2010 hybrid in silver and was impressed by its fuel-efficiency.
  • Caterpillar D7E: Move earth and save the Earth ( Hybrid Bulldozer...?

    06/12/2009 7:19:45 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 55 replies · 3,835+ views
    CNET ^ | June 12, 2009 2:28 PM PDT | Wayne Cunningham
    This big dozer, the Caterpillar D7E, is the first to use a hybrid power train.(Credit: CNET) On the way to a demonstration of Caterpillar's first hybrid dozer, I was expecting it would be one of the little ones, the kind used to dig pools and landscape suburban back yards. But looming up in the middle of Holt of California, a Caterpillar dealer outside Sacramento, Calif., was a huge beast, a massive yellow earth mover, the metal tracks of which came up to my waist. The Caterpillar D7E was a lot bigger than the little hybrid I was expecting. A Caterpillar...
  • The Honda Inability

    05/26/2009 9:04:12 AM PDT · by TWP guy · 13 replies · 906+ views
    Annuit Coeptis ^ | 05/26/09 | TWP guy
    Much has been written about the Insight, Hondaís new low-priced hybridÖ So far, though, you have not been told what itís like as a car; as a tool for moving you, your friends and your things from place to place. So here goes. Itís terrible. Possibly the worst new car money can buy. Itís the first car Iíve ever considered crashing into a tree, on purpose, so I didnít have to drive it anymore. Jeremy Clarkson The Sunday Times, May 17, 2009
  • Honda Insight 1.3 IMA SE Hybrid (Hilarious car review!)

    05/18/2009 8:22:32 AM PDT · by Crazieman · 82 replies · 4,213+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | May 17, 2009 | Jeremy Clarkson
    Much has been written about the Insight, Hondaís new low-priced hybrid. Weíve been told how much carbon dioxide it produces, how its dashboard encourages frugal driving by glowing green when youíre easy on the throttle and how it is the dawn of all things. The beginning of days. So far, though, you have not been told what itís like as a car; as a tool for moving you, your friends and your things from place to place. So here goes. Itís terrible. Biblically terrible. Possibly the worst new car money can buy. Itís the first car Iíve ever considered crashing...