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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 aren’t 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.

    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) – 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 ^ | 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 we’re 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 ^ | 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 — 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) – 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 — 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) — 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, Honda’s new low-priced hybrid… So far, though, you have not been told what it’s like as a car; as a tool for moving you, your friends and your things from place to place. So here goes. It’s terrible. Possibly the worst new car money can buy. It’s the first car I’ve ever considered crashing into a tree, on purpose, so I didn’t 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, Honda’s new low-priced hybrid. We’ve been told how much carbon dioxide it produces, how its dashboard encourages frugal driving by glowing green when you’re 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 it’s like as a car; as a tool for moving you, your friends and your things from place to place. So here goes. It’s terrible. Biblically terrible. Possibly the worst new car money can buy. It’s the first car I’ve ever considered crashing...
  • Doylestown rejects free 'green' parking

    05/15/2009 3:51:44 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 13 replies · 647+ views
    The Intelligencer ^ | 5/14/09 | CHRISTINA KRISTOFIC
    The town council's public safety committee voted against allowing hybrid vehicles to park for free. There will be no free parking in Doylestown for "green" vehicles. Doylestown Council's public safety committee unanimously voted Wednesday to reject a proposal to allow hybrid and electric vehicles to park in borough lots and at borough meters for free. Their vote was met with applause from the 15 business owners and residents who attended the meeting. The free parking program was proposed by Assistant Borough Manager Phil Ehlinger in an April 23 memo to council. He suggested allowing "green" vehicles to park for free...
  • How do you get a Republican to buy a hybrid?

    05/09/2009 1:30:22 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 80 replies · 2,383+ views
    autobloggreen ^ | May 7, 2009 | Sebastian Blanco
    The new Honda Insight is supposed to be the "hybrid for everyone," but does that include Republicans? A new Wall Street Journal article runs down the well-known tale of how, mostly, the people who drive hybrids are on the left side of American politics (remember this?). From there, Democratic political consultant Mark Penn asks his big question: "Where Are the Republican Hybrid Buyers?" From the article: But if we really want to expand the number of [hybrid] buyers, we should develop new arguments that appeal to the Republicans who have been holding back. To look at it another way,...
  • 'Hybrid War' to Pull U.S. Military in Two Directions, Flournoy Says

    05/04/2009 4:56:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 473+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 4, 2009 – The type of “hybrid warfare” that defense experts predict the United States is increasingly likely to face will pull the military in two directions, the Defense Department’s top policy official said today. Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy, said America's conventional dominance gives incentive to its enemies to use asymmetric means to undermine U.S. strengths and exploit its weaknesses. “Preparing for this operating environment will pull the Army, and the military writ large, in two very different directions,” she told the roughly 200-person audience at the Army Leader Forum at the Pentagon. On the...
  • Hardin Co. Wins NAATBatt Factory Selection

    04/15/2009 8:33:25 PM PDT · by Stonewall Jackson · 9 replies · 782+ views
    WLKY via MSNBC ^ | April 14, 2009 | Staff
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A potential investment of roughly $600 million could bring an estimated 2,000 new jobs to Kentucky. Today, the National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries (NATTBatt) announced that it has chosen a site in Hardin County to develop batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles.
  • Zebra or horse? A ‘zorse’, of course!

    04/13/2009 3:27:05 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 22 replies · 1,587+ views
    Creation Magazine ^ | David Catchpoole
    Examples of zebra-horse hybrids abound, but few are as stunningly eye-catching as ‘Eclyse’ pictured here.[1,2] While most other zorses have stripes across their entire body, Eclyse looks like she’s had her face and rear flank painted by a very clever artist. But the markings are real, and she’s become a major attraction at a safari park in the German town of Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock. Her mother, Eclipse, had spent a short time at a ranch in Italy, where she shared a paddock with other horses, as well as a zebra called Ulysses. On her return to Germany, Eclipse surprised her keepers...
  • Does GM's Volt Make Sense?

    03/10/2009 6:05:49 AM PDT · by docbnj · 145 replies · 2,195+ views
    Technology Review (MIT) ^ | 4 Mar 2009 | Kevin Bullis
    GM is defending its design for the Volt plug-in hybrid vehicle after a study out of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) slammed the design, saying that it's not economical. (Plug-ins are hybrids with batteries that can be recharged by plugging them in.) *** [GM VP Lauccckner] says that the study should have accounted for the tax credits for plug-in hybrids available through the stimulus bill. He implies that these credits, along with cheaper batteries, will make the Volt affordable. But if the Volt relies on government incentives to be economically viable, is it really economically viable?
  • Plug-In Hybrid Scooter Coming to U.S. in 2010

    03/07/2009 6:37:11 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 31 replies · 852+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 7, 2009 | Gary Gastelu
    AP Piaggio MP3 Hybrid The Chevy Volt just had a little of its thunder stolen. Paolo Timoni, President and CEO of Piaggio Group Americas — maker of the Piaggio and Vespa brands of motor scooters — confirmed to that the company is planning to sell a plug-in hybrid version of one of its vehicles in the United States starting in early 2010. If the gas-electric scooter makes it into showrooms on schedule, it will be the first plug-in hybrid vehicle to go on sale in the U.S., beating the Volt to market by several months, at least.
  • Kenworth gets largest hybrid truck order

    03/07/2009 8:13:57 AM PST · by llevrok · 17 replies · 843+ views
    KIRKLAND, Wash. - Kenworth truck reports its largest order for hybrid trucks. Kirkland-based Kenworth is a unit of Paccar. According to a company news release, Coca-Cola has ordered150 Kenworth T370 diesel-electric tractors and 35 Kenworth T370 hybrid trucks, all of which will be on the road this year. The Kenworth T370 tractors (rated at 55,000 lb. GCW) are the largest hybrid delivery truck on the road in North America. Kenworth says Coca-Cola plans to use the hybrid tractors in Seattle, Portland, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New Orleans, New York, San Antonio, San Francisco,...
  • New hydraulic hybrid transmission doubles MPG in city driving

    03/02/2009 6:16:40 AM PST · by saganite · 66 replies · 2,715+ views
    GizMag ^ | March 2, 2009 | Paul Evans
    Mechanical transmission of power using gears is very energy inefficient. The familiar automotive multi-speed gearbox and differential suffers from the friction losses that result in 20 – 30% of engine power being lost between a car's engine and the wheels. Many techniques are being developed to eliminate mechanical transmission including Wheel Motors and Hydraulic transmissions that we have seen being trialed in UPS delivery vans. Now in an innovative new approach, Scottish company Artemis Intelligent Power has developed a hydraulic hybrid transmission system it says can double a vehicle's MPG in city driving. The heart of the system is a...
  • Jodie Foster busted for hybrid hypocrisy

    03/01/2009 5:49:54 PM PST · by slomark · 28 replies · 1,764+ views
    Jodie Foster was pulled over in Beverly Hills last week for speeding. Police said the movie star’s politically-correct Prius was clocked doing 54 in a 35 mile per hour zone. To make it even better, the whole thing was caught on tape by a crew of “Speeders,” a truTV reality show. According to the New York Post, “Foster refused...
  • Reality check on plug-in cars

    02/25/2009 7:54:03 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 57 replies · 1,733+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | February 22, 2009 | Danny Westneat
    Remember last spring, when Seattle's mayor rolled out the city's first car that could be "filled at the plug instead of the pump?" It's called a plug-in hybrid. They are all the green rage — "possibly the most sought-after technological innovation since Captain Kirk first flipped open his communicator," says The New York Times. You may have seen the city's cars around town, painted with an eye-catching claim on the rear bumper: "This plug-in hybrid gets 100+mpg." Also, a greener boast: "150+City MPG!" Not exactly, it turns out. Not even close. Try 51 miles per gallon, city and highway combined....
  • Can a FReeper buy a hybrid?

    02/24/2009 9:03:46 AM PST · by cartervt2k · 118 replies · 1,510+ views
    I'm in the market for a new car. Hybrids have always intrigued me from a gadget and gas-thrift standpoint, but I'd certainly like to not mistaken for the self-righteous, eco-charlatan liberal who normally drives one. That's right, the same people who pretend to engage the downtrodden driving an uber high-mileage car that only a well-off person could afford. (I suppose a "Protected by Glock" bumper sticker would be enough to dispel any false assumptions.) Of course, the common-sense conservative approach tells me to buy a compact that gets only about 10 fewer MPG's but costs over $10K less...all without the...
  • Ford selects battery supplier for plug-in hybrid

    02/03/2009 6:30:40 AM PST · by shove_it · 17 replies · 873+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/3/2009 | John Crawley
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A partnership between Johnson Controls Inc and France's Saft will supply a complete battery system for Ford Motor Co's first plug-in hybrid, due out in 2012, Ford said Tuesday. Ford also said ahead of the Washington Auto Show that seven utilities, including Consolidated Edison Inc, American Electric Power Co and Michigan's DTE Energy Co, will join its ongoing research effort to test rechargeable plug-ins and assess their impact on the electrical grid. [...] Automakers are lobbying Congress to include battery funding initiatives and plug-in tax breaks in U.S. economic stimulus legislation now before the Senate. [...]
  • Air car may blow in next year (runs on compressed air!)

    01/12/2009 1:21:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 1,842+ views
    Rediff ^ | January 12, 2009 | Swaraj Baggonkar in Mumbai
    The Air Car, made by French company MDI, could be launched by Tata Motors in India by 2010-11. Replying to an email query, the French company said, "We will release in France the first cars for the Air France company before June 2009. The cars will be available for the public at the end of 2009." Mumbai-based Tata Motors, India's third biggest car manufacturer had signed a licensing agreement with MDI for manufacturing the car in India. The agreement between the two envisages development and refinement of the technology. The Air Car doesn't require traditional fuel options like petrol, diesel,...
  • Dignitas Personae

    12/12/2008 12:06:09 PM PST · by annalex · 32 replies · 716+ views
    The Vatican ^ | 12.12.2008 | The Roman Curia
    Regarding the Instruction Dignitas PersonaeAim In recent years, biomedical research has made great strides, opening new possibilities for the treatment of disease, but also giving rise to serious questions which had not been directly treated in the Instruction Donum vitae (22 February 1987).  A new Instruction, which is dated 8 September 2008, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, seeks to provide some responses to these new bioethical questions, as these have been the focus of expectations and concerns in large sectors of society.  In this way, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith seeks both...
  • AutoblogGreen Achieves 43.1 mpg in Ford Fusion Hybrid

    12/09/2008 3:44:49 PM PST · by taildragger · 67 replies · 1,358+ views
    AutoblogGreen ^ | 12/09/2008 | Sam Abuelsamid
    We're in the City of Angels this week to drive a bunch of new Fords, including the new 2010 Mustang and Fusion. We started off Monday afternoon with a mileage challenge in the new 2010 Fusion Hybrid.
  • Analysis: Ford CEO 'Green' Road Trip to Cost $23,000 in Lost Wages

    12/02/2008 5:15:14 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 63 replies · 1,226+ views ^ | December 2, 2008 | Jeff Poor
    It may have been nothing but a publicity stunt, but it didn’t come cheap for Ford Motor Company CEO Alan R. Mulally. After being embarrassed in front of a congressional committee for flying in a private jet to ask Congress for a bailout, Mulally revealed he would make the 525-mile trip from Detroit to Washington in a Ford Escape Hybrid – a trip totaling nine hours. Despite the perception that a private jet is some sort of lavish wasteful mode of transportation for the affluent – it makes more financial sense for the shareholders of Ford (NYSE:F), as CNBC’s Jeff...
  • GM to return two leased jets amid criticism

    11/21/2008 9:03:20 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies · 1,199+ views
    GM to return two leased jets amid criticism By Poornima Gupta Poornima Gupta 12 mins ago DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Corp will return two of its leased corporate jets amid intense criticism in Washington this week on the luxury travel arrangements of its chief executive even as the company pleads for federal aid. CEO Rick Wagoner was in the capital to testify on the company's dire financial situation but his testimony was overshadowed by irate lawmakers who blasted him for flying on a private jet to ask for public funds and failing to make personal sacrifices in exchange for...
  • Hybrid Cars Too Quiet For Pedestrian Safety?

    11/20/2008 1:45:01 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 57 replies · 760+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Nov. 19, 2008 | ScienceDaily
    ScienceDaily (Nov. 19, 2008) — Important pedestrian safety issues have emerged with the advent of hybrid and electric vehicles. These vehicles are relatively quiet—they do not emit the sounds pedestrians and bicyclists are accustomed to hearing as a vehicle approaches them on the street or at an intersection. In a recent study, human factors/ergonomics researchers examined participants' preferences for sounds that could be added to quiet vehicles to make them easier to detect.Though the safety of quiet vehicles has become an issue for pedestrians in general, it is also of concern to the National Federation for the Blind, which has...
  • Wal-Mart Helps Peterbilt Develop World's First Hybrid Big Rig

    11/07/2008 6:25:46 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 24 replies · 1,023+ views
    A little less than four months ago, the world's largest retail chain, Wal-Mart,announced that it would be launching an environmental plan to reduce its environmental footprint. “Sustainability 360”, as it's called, outlines a number of different sub-projects, such as reducing the amount of packaging that it uses for its products, and selling (and using) energy-efficient lighting. Not surprisingly, a good deal of the plan focused on the transportation side of things. Wal-Mart has requested that its suppliers cut down on the amount of packaging, citing that a 5-percent reduction would be the equivalent of taking 213,000 trucks off the road,...
  • British Lawmakers OK Human-Animal Hybrids

    10/23/2008 1:54:13 PM PDT · by Scythian · 27 replies · 710+ views
    LONDON — British plans to allow scientists to use hybrid animal-human embryos for stem cell research won final approval from lawmakers Wednesday in a sweeping overhaul of sensitive science laws. The House of Commons also clarified laws that allow the screening of embryos to produce babies with suitable bone marrow or other material for transplant to sick siblings. It was the first review of embryo science in Britain in almost 20 years.
  • Environmental Cost of Hybrids' Battery Recycling?

    09/09/2008 7:08:24 PM PDT · by Clint Williams · 31 replies · 656+ views
    Slashdot ^ | 9/9/8 | timothy
    LostMyBeaver writes "I have been considering the purchase of an electric or hybrid vehicle for some time. The biggest problem I have currently is that both technologies make use of rechargable batteries. The same tree-huggers telling me gasoline is bad are telling me that batteries are bad too. I'm only partially knowledgable in this area, but it appears the battery technologies are generally based at least on lithium ion, nickel metal hydride, lead acid and nickel-cadmium. I was hoping someone on Slashdot would be knowledgable enough to explain the environmental cost of recycling these batteries. If I understand correctly, after...
  • Automotive 2020: Clarity beyond the chaos (ALL hybrids by 2020)

    08/20/2008 1:36:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies · 209+ views
    IBM Institute for Business Value study ^ | 08/13/2008 | Sanjay Rishi, Benjamin Stanley, Kalman Gyimesi
    Confronted by multi-dimensionsal changes in its underlying ecosystem, automakers should focus on five key areas of differentiation to position themselves for success in 2020 and beyond. Summary The automotive ecosystem is in the midst of significant change, with increasing challenges in consumer demands, technology development, globalization, integration and collaboration. A new era is rapidly approaching in which the very definition of personal mobility will change. Multi-modal transportation will become increasingly common, and intelligent vehicles will cater to diverse consumer needs for information, environmental responsibility and safety. Automotive companies are racing to develop new business models to help them maintain responsible...
  • 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid and 2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid

    08/13/2008 1:38:38 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies · 1,065+ views ^ | 08/13/2008 | Staff
    The Chevrolet Silverado is arguably the best half-ton truck for towing and the Two-Mode hybrid version is arguably the best half-ton Silverado for towing. It's absolutely amazing watching a Silverado pull a 5000 pound trailer and not hearing anything as the rig pulls away. If you're gentle with the gas, you could make it to 30 mph before the gasoline engine fires up. The silent operation is eerie, but the big news is how smooth this half-ton truck feels with a trailer in tow. Some may think of hybrid systems as being fragile or only useful for improving fuel...
  • Concept: VGT Developing “Plug-in” Gasoline/Compressed Air Hybrid Based on the RoundEngin

    08/11/2008 11:03:01 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies · 603+ views ^ | 08/08/08 | Staff
    Basic design of a two-piston RoundEngine. The external combustion chamber. Canada’s VGT Technologies, the developer of the RoundEngine, has started development of a “plug-in” compressed air hybrid vehicle using the RoundEngine technology. In this application, “plug-in” refers to connecting to an external air compressor to top off the storage tanks. The RoundEngine is a novel variable geometry toroidal (VGT) engine. The gasoline/air hybrid vehicle is similar to a gasoline/electric hybrid vehicle but uses compressed air instead of electricity for an auxiliary drive. In the first phase of development VGT will focus on the air drive using the RoundEngine technology...
  • Toyota profits plunge: Drop caused by U.S. challenges

    08/07/2008 12:57:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies · 193+ views ^ | 08/07/2008 | BRENT SNAVELY
    Toyota Motor Corp. said today that its first quarter net income dropped 28.1% to 353.6 billion yen, or $3.2 billion, mainly due to the impact of exchange rates between the yen and the dollar, higher raw material costs and the turbulent U.S. market. While Toyota worked to cut costs and said global vehicle sales increased by 24,000 to 2.19 million vehicles, it wasn't enough to overcome a plunge in sales in the United States and Western Europe. For the three months ending June 30 Toyota's total revenue declined by 4.7% to 6.22 trillion yen or $56.9 billion. "The financial results...
  • General Motors recharges on future of electric car

    06/18/2008 10:31:44 PM PDT · by AJFavish · 86 replies · 356+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | June 18, 2008 | Ángel González
    General Motors is back at the scene of the crime. When the Detroit automaker pulled the plug on its unprofitable electric-vehicle program in 2000, it became known, in the words of a popular documentary, as the company that killed the electric car. Its love affair with the Hummer didn't help either. Now the company is betting big bucks — most of its current research-and-development budget — that the internal-combustion engine's time is running out. By spearheading a new generation of electric automobiles, the beleaguered giant also is hoping it can reclaim from Toyota the title of world's top carmaker.
  • Hardest-To-Get Cars (most wanted cars - per Yahoo Headline)

    07/01/2008 1:15:12 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 182 replies · 219+ views
    Yahoo via Forbes ^ | recent | Jacqueline Mitchell
    Looking for a new car? Maybe you have your heart set on something fuel-efficient because of $4 gas? Or perhaps you had a good year and feel you're ready to move up to something with a touch of style, luxury or class? Get in line. Despite tough times for the auto industry in general, there are some car models--across a broad range of classes and sizes--that are so popular that auto manufacturers are selling them faster than they can build them. The range of hard-to-get vehicles is as diverse as consumer tastes and budgets in general. Case in point: As...
  • Hybrid hysteria

    06/22/2008 12:17:23 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 81 replies · 112+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | June 22, 2008 | Editorial
    Remember methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), the green gasoline additive that was supposed to save the planet but was an environmental, public-health and economic disaster? Remember ethanol, the green gasoline additive that replaced MTBE and was supposed to save the planet but has been an environmental, public-health and economic disaster? Well, now Gang Green is pushing the hybrid vehicle. The jury remains out on whether it will be an economic and environmental disaster — it has some of the earmarks — but hybrid drivers already are saying their green machines are dangerous to their health. Writing for the Heartland Institute,...
  • A Real Energy Strategy for America: Hybrid Cars [Can Cut Gas use by 30%]

    06/17/2008 6:13:49 AM PDT · by Moseley · 125 replies · 280+ views
    New Media Jounral ^ | June 17, 2008 | Jonathon Moseley
    Hybrid car technology has the potential to cut America’s total consumption of gasoline by 30% within as little as 3 – 5 years. Hybrid cars, generally speaking, can get double the miles per gallon of a comparable old-style car. If half of America’s vehicles were replaced by hybrids getting double the gas mileage, U.S. oil consumption would fall by roughly 30%. (Note that this is not a mini-car...but the same size car with the same strength, safety, and sturdiness). Hybrid cars (and soon buses) use the same type of power train as a diesel-electric locomotive: A diesel engine generates electricity,...