Biofuels

2012 Jeep Wrangler, Bentley Hybrids, Five-Star Safety: Car News Headlines
2012 Jeep Wrangler, Bentley Hybrids, Five-Star Safety: Car News Headlines

Wondering which family cars earn the best safety ratings for 2012? Wonder no more--we have them. [FamilyCarGuide] Signs o' the times: the NHTSA says cities don't have to spend money they don't have, switching out street signs that don't need it. [TheCarConnection] Older drivers are using computers...Read More»

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Study: Europe Could Replace Half Of Gasoline With Biofuels By 2020

By 2020, a new report says, biofuels could replace 50 percent of EU gasoline, but that would require 100 new refineries per year. And in this scenario, it estimates, the biofuels industry could be worth about $40 billion. The Bloomberg New Energy Finance study says that just using the waste biomass...Read More»

2010 Bentley Continental Supersports
Bentley Launches New, Possibly Hybrid Powertrain In 2011

Bentley isn't known for making gas-sippers. In fact, some of its current models rank among the least fuel-efficient in the country (down to the single digits). But that reputation may change a bit when Bentley launches its new, top-secret powertrain in 2011. There's speculation that the engine may...Read More»

Algae and biofuel
New Biofuel Grounded In Algae, Long-Horizon Development

Algae-based biofuel has gained traction in recent years, but it presents significant financial and scientific challenges. Bottom line: it's a new technology, and it may take years or decades before investors see a profit. That makes venture capitalists skittish. A new project in Colorado, however...Read More»

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Exxon Employs Algae For Biofuel

Yes, you read that headline correctly: Exxon (a name forever linked in some people's minds with "Valdez") has jumped on the eco-conscious, biofuel bandwagon, and it's doing so in a forward-thinking way. The company has invested $600 million in a joint partnership with biotech firm Synthetic...Read More»

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Clean Tech Investors Open Their Wallets A Little Wider--Especially For The Auto Industry

Hot on the heels of yesterday's news that the auto sales slump may be slowing comes news that venture capitalists are growing more adventuresome--at least in the field of clean technology. And for now, the big winner is the auto industry. According to the Cleantech Group--a research firm based in...Read More»

Well-blinged Toyota Camry
Link Love From The Car Connection: Toyota Camry Blinged, Plus Videos For 'Mission One' Electric Motorcycle, Grand Turismo 5, And Jay Leno's EcoJet

♦  There's a lot of car bling on the market, but not everyone knows how to use it. We think the owner of this Toyota Camry did a pretty awesome job of walking the fine line between "80s futurism" and "chromed-out mid-life crisis". And hey: at least it gave gramps a weekend project...Read More»

Audi A4 fueled by biogas
Link Love From The Car Connection: Audi Outraces Bugatti, Cash-For-Clunkers Rears Its Head, And A Look Back At The Top 50 Car Ads

♦  GM goes bankrupt, Susan Boyle loses a talent show, and a biogas-huffing Audi A4 (to your left) outraces a Bugatti? The 21st century is a strange and scary place. [Wired] ♦  Even the New York Times has gotten a little weepy over General Motors' fate. Check out their slideshow of...Read More»

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Frugal Shopper: Want A Fuel-Efficient Deal? Act Now!

Thinking of buying one of the most fuel-efficient cars like the Toyota Prius, the Honda Insight, or even the Ford Focus or Chevy Cobalt XFE this year, but waiting for even lower prices as dealerships become more desperate to move inventory? That’s probably not going to happen. It’s true that...Read More»

Corn Ethanol Pump
Ethanol (Rhymes With 'Cornball')

An article in Science magazine says that growing corn for ethanol is an inefficient use of farmland. (Of course, if you've been paying attention, this isn't really news.) A better option? Growing trees that can be burned to produce volts for electric vehicles. Sorry, hippie friends. According to...Read More»

Daniel Sperling on The Daily Show, 2-11-09
In The News: Daniel Sperling And Two Billion Cars On The Daily Show

  Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart had a sit-down with Daniel Sperling, co-author of  Two Billion Cars. (The other authors: policy consultant Deborah Gordon and governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, who wrote the foreward.) As with most talk shows, the segment was too short to generate truly...Read More»

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Link Love From The Car Connection: Ferrari Crashes, Poo-blic Transportation, And Wendy Freakin' O

Hungry for the weekend? Here are some snacks to get you through 'til happy hour: Sportscar sports star: Soccer star Cristiano Ronalo crashed his Ferrari a couple of weeks ago. He claims the car's brakes went out, but an investigation has proven that ain't so. Could a sportscar-loving 23-year-old...Read More»

electric 4-Runner
Toyota Working On Solar Car. Or Not

Among the many things dogging Toyota today is the persistent rumor that the company is working on a super-secret solar-powered vehicle. And although that's not a bad rumor to be spreading--certainly not in today's green-friendly, gas-conscious marketplace--Toyota vehemently denies there's any truth...Read More»

Prius with environmental message
NextCruise: A Look and a Ride in Tomorrow's Green Machines

Blink your eyes and you might not even notice when you pass through Pleasant Ridge, Michigan. The sign on Woodward Avenue says both "hello" and "goodbye." But next month, it will serve as ground zero in the green car revolution, helping transform the annual Woodward Dream Cruise from a past-tense...Read More»

Corn Ethanol Pump
GM & Governors Push for More Biofuel Stations

By the end of the year, there will be somewhere in the range of 10 million American vehicles on the road capable of running on alternative - and mostly renewable - fuels. That's the good news. The bad news is that the vast majority of those cars, trucks, and crossovers continue to run exclusively...Read More»

DIY Hoverwing. Image via The Nelson Mail.
Study Boosts Ethanol As Fuel

Ford Super Chief Concept Burns All by Marty Padgett (1/9/2006)New concept truck works on gas, hydrogen and ethanol. More to Come from Ford by TCC Team (1/23/2006)Automaker will be making lots more news in the coming months. Carmakers interest in building vehicles that run on alcohol got an...Read More»