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  • I love my new Toyota Prius a lot more than I thought I would

    09/10/2015 12:26:01 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 188 replies
    business insider ^ | 10 Sepy 2015 | Matthew DeBord
    I recently committed automotive heresy for a car guy: I bought a Toyota Prius.
  • Chevy still has 6,000 unsold last-gen Volt hybrids

    05/25/2015 11:26:06 PM PDT · by dila813 · 41 replies
    Engadget ^ | 20 minutes ago | Jon Fingas
    The 2016 Chevy Volt promises to be a much better hybrid than its predecessor, with a lower price and better performance... and unfortunately for GM, that improvement might be hurting sales of the outgoing model. The Detroit Free Press reports that there were roughly 6,000 unsold 2015 Volts as of April, or more than twice the 2,779 that sold in the first four months of the year. Sales are down 46 percent versus the same period a year ago, and dealers appear willing to make some serious concessions to clinch a deal.
  • Koenigsegg Regera Supercar: A New Configuration For Plug-In Hybrids?

    03/17/2015 7:37:20 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 27 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | March 17, 2015 | Bengt Halvorson
    Hybrid powertrains used to always tag vehicles as optimized for fuel efficiency. But that’s changed in very pronounced ways the past several years, as the fastest supercars in the world--from McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche--have all adopted some form of hybrid technology that helps with acceleration and performance. And increasingly, with models like the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918, automakers are showing how wealthy owners can stay electric-only and free of tailpipe emissions for lower-speed use in urban city centers, saving the zany acceleration times for the racetrack and the countryside. The latest to go hybrid is the Swedish supercar maker...
  • Obama cheers his ‘rescue’ of car industry … at closed plant! (temporarily; Ford, Wayne MI)

    01/07/2015 8:36:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    WND ^ | January 7, 2015 | Jerome R. Corsi
    On a day in which the international news cycle was dominated by the Islamic terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, President Obama traveled to Wayne, Michigan, to deliver a pre-arranged speech celebrating his rescue of the U.S. auto industry. Ironically, the Ford Assembly Plant that Obama visited is closed temporarily this week because of lack of demand for the small cars and hybrids the plant produces, with 2014 sales of the Ford Focus down 6 percent and the C-Max hybrid down 22 percent. […] Obama, in his speech, neglected to note Ford did not join...
  • Used BMW i8 Sells For 50% More Than MSRP

    09/29/2014 12:59:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Inside EVs ^ | September 28, 2014 | Mark Kane
    The BMW i8 is a rather unusual car, not only because of its look and drivetrain, but also because it can apparently earn money for its owner. According to Motoring Research, one of the early BMW i8 owners was able to sell his car used for £140,000, or almost 50% over £95,000 post-grant price! He earned £45,000 ($73,000) in just over a month. The reason, which makes used i8s so expensive, lies in high demand limited by the low production target set by BMW. “Specialist finance house Magnitude Finance arranged the deal. One of its customers was reportedly desperate to...
  • The Electric Car Boondoggle (Cost comparisons)

    02/22/2014 10:58:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 22, 2014 | Matthew Hurwitz
    There are two electric cars on the market that have received a lot of attention in the media. One is GM's Chevy Volt and the other is the Tesla Model S. Extravagant claims have been made by both manufacturers to have us believe that these that these automobiles are practical and economical to drive. As we shall see, that is not really true when one takes into account all the factors which contribute to the total operating cost of each of these two vehicles. Chevy VoltThe manufacturer claims that "The Chevy Volt is the most fuel-efficient car with a gasoline...
  • 8 states join forces to promote clean cars

    10/24/2013 1:22:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 24, 2013 3:50 PM EDT | Jason Dearen
    Eight states, including California and New York, pledged Thursday to work together to dramatically multiply the number of zero-emission cars on the nation’s roads by speeding the construction of charging stations and other infrastructure. The goal is to put 3.3 million battery-powered cars, plug-in hybrids and other clean-burning vehicles on the roads in those states by 2025. That’s more than 15 times as many zero-emission vehicles projected to be in use in the entire U.S. by 2015. Auto dealers say networks of charging stations and other conveniences are crucial to winning over drivers who are accustomed to pulling up to...
  • Toyota, Ford end hybrid partnership (Japan)

    07/25/2013 1:48:33 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 10 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 07/24/2013 | Kyodo
    CHICAGO – Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. have ended a partnership to jointly develop gas-electric hybrid systems for trucks and sport utility vehicles, the automakers said Tuesday. The two companies had planned on cooperation to curb massive development costs. But they are believed to have failed to reach an agreement on basic designing of a hybrid system as well as other details, such as production sites and the scope of technological disclosure. Ford, the second-largest U.S. carmaker, has developed a hybrid system for cars that can be converted for use in pickups and SUVs, reducing the need for...
  • Inaccurate EPA Mileage Tests Mislead Consumers

    07/15/2013 5:39:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 15, 2013 | Editorial
    Regulations: Are automakers designing cars for drivers — or federal bureaucrats? It's worth asking. Tests found that some top-rated cars performed far worse in the real world than they did in official EPA mileage tests. Consumer Reports, the widely respected consumer product testing magazine, set out to determine whether those fuel mileage stickers the government requires on all cars are realistic. So it tested 315 cars against their official EPA ratings and came up with an interesting finding. While most cars came close to the government's fuel economy rating, two categories didn't — hybrids and cars with small, turbocharged engines....
  • States consider fees for hybrids to recoup lost gasoline taxes

    06/10/2013 6:25:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | 6/9/2013 | Chris Kardish
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is joining a growing number of states exploring new fees for hybrid and electric car owners to help make up for revenue those drivers aren’t paying in gas taxes on their fuel-efficient vehicles.
  • Coming soon, the car that runs on air: Peugeot Citroen unveil new 117mpg hybrid...

    01/23/2013 9:14:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 22, 2013 | Ruth Sunderland
    If you have ever grimaced at your petrol bill and dreamed of a car that runs on fresh air, your prayers are about to be answered. French car giant PSA Peugeot Citroen believes it can put an air-powered vehicle on the road by 2016. Its scientists say it will knock 45 per cent off fuel bills for an average motorist. And when driving in towns and cities costs could be slashed by as much as 80 per cent because the car will be running on air for four-fifths of the time. The system works by using a normal internal combustion...
  • Made In Romania: 58 mpg Ford B-Max

    08/29/2012 9:28:16 AM PDT · by .454Puma · 66 replies
    Transsylvania Phoenix ^ | 08/29/2012 | Transsylvania Phoenix
    I always said small diesel automobiles are the future...not hybrids, not electric cars. I used to be a Chevy guy, but no more; Ford is the American automobile company to watch. With his new 58 mpg turbo-diesel B-Max model (sold in Europe), Ford demonstrates clean diesel technology is the future. Not hybrid, not electric, not pixie-dust powered.
  • Many hybrid-car owners buy once -- but not again, Polk study says

    04/09/2012 3:22:24 PM PDT · by dila813 · 45 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 9, 2012, 10:13 a.m. | Jerry Hirsch
    While the choice of fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles for sale in the U.S. continues to grow, more buyers than not are deciding against the technology when they go to buy another car. Only 35% of hybrid vehicle owners chose to purchase a hybrid again when they returned to the market in 2011, according to auto information company R.L. Polk & Co.
  • Plug in, Hit the Road: Toyota Prius Camper (What we'll all be living in soon?)

    03/17/2012 12:22:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Gas2 ^ | January 16, 2012 | Jo Borras
    There are little Prii, big Prii, plug-in Prii, racing Prii, and now – just revealed at this weekend’s Tokyo Auto Salon – there are full-fledged, fully-equipped, and very Real Toyota Prius camper vans. Starting with a new, 3rd-gen Prius, the conversion company adds a streamlined, fiber-reinforced plastic shell that expands the Prius’ interior into something that’s, well, livable! The “living area” has room for a small coffee table with booth-type seating and underseat storage which can be converted to a queen-size bed (as shown, below), with an additional “permanent” bed in the forward section (above the cockpit). At the rear...
  • Poll: Only 6% Willing To Buy Hybrid/Energy-Efficient Car To Save On Gas Cost

    03/14/2012 10:18:37 AM PDT · by CNSNews.com · 38 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 14, 2012 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - A new survey shows that rising gasoline prices will force changes in the driving habits of American adults, but only six percent of them said they plan to buy a hybrid/energy-efficient vehicle to alleviate pain at the pump. The online survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of CouponCabin from March 6-8, found that 3 in 4 adults in this country said they are changing their driving habits: -- 61 percent plan to drive less overall to save money -- 9 percent plan to carpool -- 8 percent plan to use public transportation -- 6 percent plan to...
  • Dear GE, GM and Obama: We're Not as Dumb as You

    03/06/2012 5:54:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2012 | John Ransom
    When GE announced at the end of February that it would be bailing out General Motor’s green car strategy by ordering 12,000 electric-gasoline powered Chevy Volts for their fleet, it was more than just Government Electric doing a solid for Government Motors doing a solid for the Government Owners in the Obama administration. Rather it was an admission of failure by the monetization arm of the Green Conspiracy to control market behavior. While GM bet that Volt would be “a magnet around everything we are trying to do to showcase our brand,” so far it’s been a millstone for the...
  • Hybrid maker Bright Automotive goes bust

    02/29/2012 3:27:33 PM PST · by mdittmar · 20 replies · 2+ views
    CNNMoney ^ | February 29, 2012 | James O'Toole
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Hybrid vehicle maker Bright Automotive has announced plans to close, blasting the Department of Energy for failing to finalize a loan that the firm says would have kept it afloat. In a letter dated Tuesday to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Bright CEO Reuben Munger and COO Mike Donoughe said they were withdrawing their application for a $314 million loan and winding down their operations. The executives claimed they had been strung along for the past few years as the government insisted on increasingly stringent loan requirements. "The actions -- or better said 'lack of action' --...
  • Teaching the Volt to Charge Smarter and Cleaner

    01/27/2012 11:40:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    New York Times (blog) ^ | January 26, 2012 | By PAUL STENQUIST
    On Thursday, General Motors announced an alert system under development that would instruct the Chevy Volt to charge only when a relatively high percentage of renewable energy was available. Being plugged in at those times would further minimize the carbon footprint of the plug-in hybrid. When a substantial percentage of the energy transmitted to the grid came from a renewable source like wind power, OnStar would receive a signal from P.J.M. Interconnection, a company that manages the electric-power transmission grid for numerous utility companies. The telematics system would then cue the vehicle to begin charging. “This demonstration shows that in...
  • GM Dealers Say No To More Chevy Volts

    01/23/2012 9:40:26 AM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | January 23, 2012 | Ray Wert
    With NHTSA's closure of the investigation into the Chevy Volt, General Motors is now trying to rebuild the plug-in hybrid's image . But a new stumbling block has appeared on the road to higher sales — dealers turning down Volts from GM. General Motors sold only 7,671 Volts in the United States in 2011, well short of its 10,000-unit target for the first year. GM spokespeople have attributed weakness in demand to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's investigation into the risk of fires in the car's battery pack. But I'm not entirely certain that can all be blamed...
  • GM may cut Volt output if sales falter-exec (Obama Motors FAIL alert)

    01/11/2012 4:48:04 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/11/12 | Reuters
    General Motors Co will cut production of its Chevrolet Volt if sales of the plug-in hybrid fall short of estimates in the first half of the year, GM vice chairman Steve Girsky said on Tuesday.
  • The Failed Chevy Volt That Just Won't Go Away

    11/30/2011 6:47:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 11/30/2011 | Kenneth Green
    There are some ideas that, no matter how often they rise and how spectacularly they fail, just won't go away. Perpetual motion machines, for example. Passive exercise machines. Diets that work. These technologies sound great in theory, but don't seem to pan out in practice. Add to the list, electric (or largely electric) cars. People who have looked into the history of automobiles have noted that while electric cars have never managed to rival internal combustion cars for their performance, comfort, reliability, or customer-attractiveness, they persist in inspiring a small segment of the public. And would-be social engineers have always...
  • Coyote-Wolf Hybrids Have Spread Across U.S. East

    11/07/2011 8:14:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 97 replies
    National Geographic ^ | November 7, 2011 | Christine Dell'Amore
    Hybrid offspring of coyotes and wolves have spread south along the eastern seaboard, a new DNA study confirms. Scientists already knew that some coyotes, which have been gradually expanding their range eastward, mated with wolves in the Great Lakes (map) region. The pairings created viable hybrid offspring—identified by their DNA and skulls—that have been found in mid-Atlantic states such as New York and Pennsylvania. Now, new DNA analysis of coyote poop shows for the first time that some coyotes in the state of Virginia are also part wolf. Scientists think these animals are coyote-wolf hybrids that traveled south from...
  • Charging stations for hybrids coming

    10/10/2011 5:38:01 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-9-11 | Frederick Melo
    The city is promoting two new plug-in hybrid electric cars available for use by members of the Hourcar vehicle-sharing organization in St. Paul and Minneapolis. This fall and next spring, St. Paul will install 20 public stations where drivers can charge the vehicles. The two new hybrid cars were bought with a $30,000 contribution from Xcel Energy. Hourcar is run by the Neighborhood Energy Connection, a St. Paul nonprofit. The vehicles are in the Lawson and Lowertown parking ramps in downtown St. Paul. There are 13 Hourcars at nine locations throughout the city. Charging station locations, rates and details can...
  • Solo hybrid drivers lose yellow-sticker car-pool lane access

    07/01/2011 3:39:55 PM PDT · by americanophile · 43 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 1, 2011 | Abby Sewell
    Sorry, Prius owners. Starting Friday, your yellow sticker no longer works in California's car pool lanes while driving solo. The car pool privileges, originally allowed as an incentive for people to buy low-emission vehicles, have expired. The change affects 85,000 hybrid car owners -- about a third of them in Los Angeles. Bruce Yonemoto, 60, a professor of studio art at UC Irvine who commutes from downtown Los Angeles several times a week, said he often saves more than an hour during choked traffic because the yellow sticker on the rear bumper of his Prius gave him the right to...
  • Obama in Indianapolis Friday to talk about hybrid buses, reducing oil imports

    05/05/2011 4:43:15 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    autoblog green ^ | May 4, 2011 | Eric Loveday
    Obama in Indianapolis Friday to talk about hybrid buses, reducing oil imports by Eric Loveday (RSS feed) on May 4th 2011 at 7:53AM President Obama will visit Indianapolis, IN on Friday, rescheduling a trip to Allison Transmission, a global provider of commercial-duty automatic transmissions and hybrid-propulsion systems, that was delayed due to budget negotiations. The White House says that the President will tour Allison's facilities before speaking to workers about the importance of slashing oil imports, while also addressing the immediate need for a cleaner and more secure energy future.
  • Hybrid Sales Up 39%? Don’t Believe All The Hype

    03/08/2011 3:04:08 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 7 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 3/8/2011 | Ed Carson
    U.S. hybrid sales rose 39% in February vs. a year earlier to 23,263, noted autobloggreen.com. However, the bulk of that reflects Toyota (TM) Prius sales, which surged 70% vs. a year earlier. But in February 2010, Toyota was knee-deep in the sudden acceleration media circus. Prius sales rose just 10% vs. February 2009, near the bottom of the recession and bear market, and with gas prices low. Prius sales dived 34% in February 2009 vs. a year earlier. As for other hybrids, they rose a more modest 11% vs. a year earlier to 9,724.
  • GM sells just 281 Chevy Volts in February, Nissan only moves 67 Leafs

    03/03/2011 8:23:13 PM PST · by dila813 · 62 replies
    green.autoblog.com ^ | Mar 1st 2011 at 7:47PM | Sebastian Blanco
    Peruse Chevrolet's February sales release, and you'll notice one number that's blatantly missing: the number of Chevy Volts sold. The number – a very modest 281 – is available in the company's detailed data (PDF), but it certainly isn't something that GM wants to highlight, apparently. Keeping the number quiet is a bit understandable, since it's lower than the 321 that Chevy sold in January. Nissan doesn't have anything to brag about here, either (and it didn't avoiding any mention of the Leaf sales in its press release). Why? Well, back in January, the company sold 87 Leafs. In February?...
  • Consumer Reports says GM Volt falls short on range

    02/28/2011 5:40:23 PM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 91 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 28, 2011 | John Crawley
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Co's mostly electric Chevy Volt turned in a lackluster performance for efficiency in its first series of road tests by product raters at Consumer Reports. "We would have really liked to have loved it," David Champion, director of Consumer Reports auto test center told Reuters on Monday after announcing the organization's top picks for 2011. "It was fun to drive and the ride quality was pretty good. But when you look at the finances, for us it doesn't make any sense," Champion said. He said consumers seeking value and top fuel efficiency would be better...
  • Electricity pricing policies may make or break plug-in hybrid buys

    01/13/2011 11:43:45 AM PST · by decimon · 27 replies
    Purdue University ^ | January 13, 2011 | Brian Wallheimer
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - California policies aimed at reducing electricity use and curbing greenhouse gas emissions have the unintended consequence of making new plug-in hybrid vehicles uneconomical, according to a Purdue University economist. Wally Tyner, the James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics, said California's tiered electricity pricing system means Californians will pay some of the highest electricity rates in the country to recharge plug-in hybrid vehicles. States with flat electricity rates or those that vary price based on the time of use are more economical, according to Tyner's study. In tiered systems, consumers pay a higher rate for...
  • Fewer Americans Bought Hybrid Cars in 2010; Green 'Movement' Fades, Harris Poll Finds

    01/11/2011 11:55:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1/11/2011 | Pete Winn
    (CNSNews.com) – Automakers beware! Hybrid cars may dominate at the Detroit Auto Show, but fewer Americans said they purchased a hybrid car in 2010 than in 2009, according to a new Harris Interactive Poll.In fact, only 8 percent of those surveyed said they "purchased a hybrid or more fuel efficient car" in 2010. That compares with 13 percent who said they had in 2009.Only 1 percent of Americans said they bought a hybrid car -- down from 2 percent the year before.The poll, released on Monday,  also shows that fewer Americans overall are "going green," as compared to 2009. In addition to purchasing a...
  • Cadillac also going small – Urban Luxury

    01/02/2011 10:37:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Motoism News ^ | January 2, 2011
    The luxury automobile maker, Cadillac has noted the potential of small cars and has now come out with a concept car for urban driving. It will still be a spewing with luxury from all angles, including scissor doors and a very spacious cabin. Which brings me to one very troublesome fact - the small Cadillac isn’t very small. In fact it is only a couple of inches shorter than a sedan! As far as specifications go, the small Cadillac, Urban Luxury, will have a 1.0 litre petrol engine with 3 cylinders and an electric motor. It will be equipped with...
  • Arctic ice melt may promote cross-breeding, further imperiling endangered animals

    12/17/2010 1:32:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 68 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 16, 2010 | Amina Khan
    As the world heats up and polar ice melts, different types of bears, whales and seals could meet and mate — but these unions may be far from happy, researchers said Wednesday........ At least 22 species are at risk of hybridizing in 34 different combinations, according to a team led by Brendan Kelly, an Alaska-based evolutionary biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The pairings include polar bears and grizzlies, narwhals and beluga whales, and various assortments of seals. Some of those species are listed as endangered or threatened. Kelly said the report "is sort of a call-to-arms to...
  • First Nissan Leaf ... major delays nationwide?

    12/13/2010 3:40:37 AM PST · by Haiku Guy · 100 replies
    Autobloggreen ^ | 12/11/10 | Sebastian Blanco
    First Nissan Leaf delivery happening today, but are there major delays nationwide? The first Nissan Leaf destined for a customer's driveway will be delivered today in California. If you can't be there, you can participate digitally by tuning in to the Nissan Leaf page on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. PST (4:30 EST) today and watch the press conference live from San Francisco. Twitter fans can also get updates from @NissanLEAF and the hashtag #firstLEAF. By the looks of things, the owner has arrived and has checked out the car already. This doesn't mean that everything is going according to plan...
  • Green Energy: Why Hybrids Still Need Government Motors

    12/08/2010 1:43:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies
    BusinessWeek on Yahoo ^ | 12/8/10 | Angela Greiling Keane and Jeff Green
    <p>If more than a dozen years of uninspiring hybrid car sales are any predictor, a new generation of even more expensive plug-in electric models now coming on the market, such as General Motors' (NYSE:GM - News) Chevy Volt and Nissan's Leaf, will be a tough sell with consumers.</p>
  • Obama bolsters hybrid auto sales in waning market (WH Eco-Socialism)

    11/24/2010 9:45:41 AM PST · by mojito · 19 replies
    SFGate ^ | 11/24/2010 | Angela Greiling Keane and Jeff Green
    President Obama's administration has bought almost a fourth of the Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. hybrid vehicles sold since he took office, accelerating federal purchases as consumer demand wanes. The General Services Administration, which runs the government fleet, bought at least 14,584 GM and Ford hybrids since Obama became president in 2009, according to sales data obtained by Bloomberg under a Freedom of Information Act request. And all told, the companies sold 63,434 of those vehicles during that period, according to data compiled by Autodata Corp. "At some point, the reality is that for this technology to be...
  • Obama Administration Buys One in Four Hybrids as Consumer Market Slumps

    11/23/2010 1:43:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/23/10 | http://nation.foxnews.com/hybrid-cars/2010/11/23/obama-administration-buys-one-four-hybrids-consumer
    President Barack Obama's administration has bought almost a fourth of the Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. hybrid vehicles sold since he took office, accelerating federal purchases as consumer demand wanes. The U.S. General Services Administration, which runs the government fleet, bought at least 14,584 hybrid vehicles in the past two fiscal years, or about 10 percent of 145,473 vehicles the agency purchased in that period, according to sales data obtained by Bloomberg under a Freedom of Information Act request. In fiscal 2008, hybrids accounted for less than 1 percent of government purchases, the data showed.
  • Volt Fraud At Government Motors

    10/19/2010 4:28:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 77 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 19, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Green Technology: Government Motors' all-electric car isn't all-electric and doesn't get near the touted hundreds of miles per gallon. Like "shovel-ready" jobs, maybe there's no such thing as "plug-ready" cars either. The Chevy Volt, hailed by the Obama administration as the electric savior of the auto industry and the planet, makes its debut in showrooms next month, but it's already being rolled out for test drives by journalists. It appears we're all being taken for a ride. When President Obama visited a GM plant in Hamtramck near Detroit a few months ago to drive a Chevy Volt 10 feet off...
  • Diesel Car of the Year: 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI

    10/14/2010 5:07:32 PM PDT · by goorala · 36 replies · 4+ views
    Esquire ^ | 10/14/2010 | Sam Smith
    Volkswagen sold its first diesel in America in 1977. A lot has changed in the last thirty-three years, but one thing remains: If you want a cheeky, refined fuel miser, you call on the people who gave us the Beetle. Whereas most inexpensive diesels feel like the rolling equivalent of sensible shoes, the 140-hp Volkswagen Golf TDI makes no bones about its sporting bent. A whopping 236 pound-feet of torque at 1,750 rpm means you'll rarely want for tire-chirping thrust, and a small, nimble frame lets you chase down sports cars in the curves. At 42 mpg, the V-dub makes...
  • Gov't Motors' Electric Edsel

    08/02/2010 6:13:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 112 replies · 21+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 2, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Industrial Policy: The administration's electric car represents both the genius of American technology and the stupidity of its government. Imagine Rube Goldberg with $50 billion. Buy now and get a free 40-mile-long extension cord. It wasn't exactly Michael Dukakis riding in a tank wearing a Snoopy helmet, but it was close. President Obama, who reportedly hasn't driven an inch himself since taking office, visited a GM plant in Hamtramck near Detroit on Friday to drive a Chevy Volt 10 feet off an assembly line. It was a perfect image, as the American economy is being driven off a cliff by...
  • This Man Fought Toyota For Stealing His Hybrid Tech And Won

    07/22/2010 9:01:35 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 9 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 21 July | Sam Smith
    Alex Severinsky, a Soviet emigrant who began his career developing antitank-warfare instrumentation, patented a system for powering gas-electric hybrids in 1994. Toyota used his system for the Prius without permission or payment. Until this week. Alex Severinsky recieved his master's degree in electrical engineering from the Kharkov College of Radioelectronics, in Kharkov, Ukraine, in 1967. Eight years later, he earned his Ph.D. in the same discipline from Moscow's Institute for Precision Measurements in Radioelectronics and Physics. Three years after that, he emigrated to the United States as a refugee. On September 6, 1994, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued...

    06/04/2010 2:30:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 174 replies · 1,261+ views
    DiscoveryNews ^ | Fri Jun 4, 2010 | Eric Bland
    In the new movie "Splice," a human-animal hybrid terrorizes people. In real life, scientists argue mixing human and animal cells could save lives.Dren, the half-human, half-animal hybrid set to terrorize Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley in the new movie "Splice," is pure science fiction, but politicians across the country aren't taking any chances. In the last month Ohio and Arizona have both passed laws forbidding research of animal human hybrids. Proponents of the laws fear Dren-like creations and object morally to the combining human and animal cells. But scientists say the research could lead to cure for AIDS, immunize people...
  • Ariz. gov signs law against making 'human hybrids'

    05/08/2010 7:40:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 21 replies · 648+ views
    Arizona is joining Louisiana in prohibiting scientists from creating "human-animal" hybrids. Louisiana enacted its law last year, and Gov. Jan Brewer signed the Arizona legislation into law on Friday. The Arizona statute effect in July. It prohibits human cloning through various means, including fertilizing human eggs with nonhuman sperm and vice versa. It also makes it a crime to knowingly destroy human embryonic stem cells during research. As in Louisiana, supporters of the Arizona legislation said it would prohibit human cloning and protect the dignity of human life at its earliest stages. Critics variously ridiculed the bill and said it...
  • Ferrari unveil hybrid car

    03/03/2010 12:04:58 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies · 671+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/2/2010 | Andrew English in Geneva
    Electric cars and green technology dominate at this year's Geneva Motor Show, which opened its doors on Tuesday, but no one expected a hybrid Ferrari. This Kermit-green Ferrari 599 hybrid is one of the stars of the show and a sure sign that even supercar makers are beginning to address their environmental impact. Called HY-KERS, the hybrid two-seater uses Ferrari's Formula One Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) to recover the braking and decelerating energy in a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery. That electrical energy is converted into about 650 volts, which gives an additional 100 horsepower that is used to supplement the...
  • GM Exec: Hybrids Are Money Losers

    02/15/2010 8:31:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 75 replies · 2,016+ views
    planetgore.nationalreview.com ^ | February 15, 2010 | Henry Payne
    Detroit — What if the vehicles of the future don’t make money? General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz continued his habit of talking truth to power last week — despite the fact that his company is now a subsidiary of the U.S. government. GM owners Barack Oama and Nancy Pelosi routinely claim that America is transitioning to a green transportation future, but Lutz stepped all over their lines at an industry event Friday when he said that hybrids will never comprise more than 10 percent of the U.S. market. Lutz was only expressing an industry consensus that hybrid-electrics are niche...
  • Toyota checking 2010 Prius brakes; mum on recall (TOYOTA COMING CLEAN ON LIBERALMOBILE)

    02/04/2010 12:49:44 PM PST · by Chi-townChief · 84 replies · 1,966+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | February 4, 2010 | 28 mins ago
    Toyota USA says it is evaluating brake problems with the 2010 Prius gas-electric hybrid, but no decision has been made about a recall. Company spokesman Brian Lyons says it's too soon to talk about a recall. He says the automaker is cooperating fully with a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration probe into the brake troubles. The government is investigating reports that antilock brakes can fail momentarily on some 2010 Prius models in slippery conditions or on rough roads. The company says it made a change in the 2010 braking system last month to correct cars in production. The company has...
  • Honda Begins Operation of New Solar Hydrogen Station

    01/27/2010 2:46:50 PM PST · by GizmosAndGadgets · 11 replies · 471+ views
    Los Angeles dBusinessNews ^ | January 27, 2010 | BUSINESS WIRE
    TORRANCE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Honda today began operation of a next generation solar hydrogen station prototype at the Los Angeles Center of Honda R&D Americas, Inc., intended for ultimate use as a home refueling appliance capable of an overnight refill of fuel cell electric vehicles. Designed as a single, integrated unit to fit in the user's garage, Honda's next generation Solar Hydrogen Station reduces the size of the system, while producing enough hydrogen (0.5kg) via an 8-hour overnight fill for daily commuting (10,000 miles per year) for a fuel cell electric vehicle. The previous solar hydrogen station system required both an electrolyzer...
  • Hot cars in Detroit: Small, electric and sporty

    01/16/2010 2:05:18 PM PST · by Need4Truth · 46 replies · 1,277+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | January 16, 2010 | Tom Krisher
    DETROIT (AP) -- More than any auto show in recent memory, the new cars rolled out this week out at the Detroit auto show will redefine what we drive in the future.
  • AP Video: Ford Fusion Hybrid Wins 2010 Car Of Year Award!

    01/11/2010 11:45:21 AM PST · by iloveamerica1980 · 13 replies · 651+ views
    Trending Hot! ^ | 1-11-10 | James
    Acceptance video of Ford winning both car and truck of the year awards at the North American International Auto Show Monday for its 2010 Fusion Hybrid and Transit Connect models. Personally, I can't believe they beat out Toyota's hybrid. Yet being an American myself, I'm proud if them for doing so! Kudos Ford!
  • WaPo Editorial: New study shatters the myth of hybrid cars saving the planet

    12/18/2009 6:28:17 AM PST · by Bill Dupray · 22 replies · 940+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | December 18, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    Many on the right view the Toyota Prius as a tree-hugger's feel-good car. They are much more expensive than non-tree-hugger cars of the same size, and while the mileage is better, the added cost of the vehicle will never equal the gas savings over the life of the car. But the enviro-buyers don't really care about the cost savings (if they did, why would they overpay for the car?). It is really only about one thing: showing the world that they care more about saving the planet than you or I do. To those of us in the global warming...
  • Superhuman: The Uncharted Territory of Transhumanism

    12/03/2009 3:47:11 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies · 774+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | December 3, 2009 | Eric Pavlat
      Cryonics. Neural implants. Designer babies. Welcome to the future of transhumanism. This energetic movement, comprising thousands of adherents, actively promotes the enhancement of humans via cybernetics, genetics, medicine, surgery, nanotechnology, and a full panoply of other scientific advancements. This enhancement would, according to Nick Bostrom's "Transhumanist Declaration," seek to advocate "the moral right for those who wish to do so to extend their mental and physical (including reproductive) capacities and to improve their control over their own lives. [They] seek personal growth beyond [their] current biological limitations" (see www.transhumanism.org).   This may sound like science fiction, but the...