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Rumor: GM Going Green -- Literally
Rumor: GM Going Green -- Literally

We all know that General Motors is trying to change its image. We also know that GM, like much of the auto industry, is trying to boost its eco-credentials. So is anyone really surprised to learn that GM's design team are considering a revamp of the company's image that includes changing the logo...Read More»

GM E85 presentation
Frugal Shopper: Will E85 Save You Money?

Ford, GM, and Chrysler now have a wide range of vehicles that are E85-compatible—meaning they can run on a blend of up to 85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline—plus Nissan and Toyota have outfitted some of their largest trucks for it and it's now offered in the 2009 Mercedes-Benz C300. There...Read More»

handing over cash
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»

2009 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS
Hyundai Gas Lock Delivers $1.49 Gas For New Buyers

In case you've been trapped in a cubicle for the past few months, it's summer again, and that means gas prices are making their march back up toward their peak. While fears of $4 per gallon gas aren't prominent - yet - Hyundai is pre-empting the rise with a promise of $1.49 gas for a full year, or...Read More»

Beer bike in Amsterdam by Flickr user dutchamsterdam.nl
Beer Bike To Be Banned In Anxious Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is a city of many and remarkably diverse joys and entertainments. But the Dutch are also an extremely practical people. Enter: The Beer Bike, or bierfiets. It's a way for 14 people, at least some of them presumably inebriated (and the video mentions "stoned" as well), to travel through...Read More»

Catfight
He Said, He Said: War Of Words Keeps Tesla In The News

You've got to hand it to Tesla: the company does a great job of staying in the headlines. Sometimes, that's for laudable things--like the opening of the company's first European showroom, or receiving a sizeble loan from the Department of Energy. Then again, sometimes it's because the company's CEO...Read More»

Bertrand Piccard and the 'Solar Impulse'
Test Run: Solar-Powered Plane To Go Round-The-World

In 2012, a Swiss adventurer by the unlikely name of Piccard plans to go boldly where no one has gone before--namely, around the world in a solar-powered airplane. To be sure, we've seen solar employed in concept vehicles and in limited ways by consumer autos like the 2010 Toyota Prius. However...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class
Spy Shots: 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class has been on the drawing boards for a while--and now, the German automaker is running tests on prototypes spotted by the spy photographers over at Motor Authority. The new ML-Class sport-ute is due to arrive in 2011 as a 2012 model. These first photos of test mules...Read More»

2009 Smart fortwo Passion
Trade In Your Clunker, Get Smart

There's been lots and lots of discussion of the merits of 'Cash for Clunkers' legislation, but it's now here. Or at least, it will be next month--which means carmakers are already rolling out programs to take advantage of it. One of the first is Smart, which points out that the 2009 Smart ForTwo is...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Viva
GM Picks Michigan Plant Off Closure List; 2011 Chevrolet Viva Heading There?

The smallest Chevy, the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo, is a Korean design that's built in that country and exported to the United States. But now it looks like the Aveo's replacement, the 2011 Chevrolet Viva, could be built at a General Motors plant in Orion Township, Michigan. At the start of June, GM chief...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
On Capitol Hill: New Bill Aims To Boost DOE Fund For Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Development

Remember those loans we mentioned on Tuesday--the ones that the Department of Energy made to Ford, Nissan, and Tesla for the development of fuel-efficient vehicles? At the time, we said that certain members of congress were interested in doubling the amount of funds available to automakers, from...Read More»

Nissan EV-02 prototype at speed
Nissan EV Electric Car To Launch at Frankfurt or Tokyo

Nissan may have the most aggressive plans of any major automaker to produce fully electric cars. The company has said it expects to sell up to 100,000 EVs globally by 2012, using lithium-ion cells from its joint venture with electronics powerhouse NEC Corp. While Nissan provided us with a first...Read More»

2008 Land Rover LRX Concept
Report: Land Rover LRX Hybrid Gets Green Light

Reports from the U.K suggest a hybrid version of the Land Rover LRX concept from the 2008 auto-show circuit has been confirmed for production. The two-door, off-road luxury sport-utility vehicle is said to be derived from the Land Rover LR2, save for its new hybrid powertrains. While gas-engine...Read More»

2009 Porsche Cayman
A 914 Redux? Porsche Four-Cylinder Roadster Rumored

Ever since Volkswagen showed its BlueSport concept roadster--and ever since Volkswagen and Porsche engaged the clutches on their ego-driven takeover drama merger talks--enthusiasts have chatted up and dreaded the notion of a new four-cylinder Porsche convertible. It's fair enough to assume the...Read More»

2007 Toyota FT-HS Concept
Report: Toyota's Supra Replacement To Go Hybrid For 2011 Launch

Rumors of the return of the Toyota Supra bubble to the surface almost every year. How could they not? The Supra is and was an iconic car for a whole generation of enthusiasts, and nothing in Toyota's current lineup fills that same void. This time, however, the talk is taking shape to lead to a real...Read More»

Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint
Over 5 Million Charging Points On The Way To Support Plug-In Vehicle Infrastructure

We've talked a good bit about plug-in hybrids, fully electric vehicles, and the hurdles they'll have to jump before being fully embraced by consumers. Among the biggest of those obstacles is the necessary infrastructure for quickly charging the batteries in those vehicles--no matter where drivers...Read More»

2008 Lamborghini Murcielago
The 10 Worst (And 10 Best) Cars For The Planet

In keeping with today's "green" theme (what, did the solstice put everyone in a mood?), England's Environmental Transport Association released a list of the ten worst--or least green--vehicles. We've ogled and coveted many of them, including Bentleys, Aston Martins, and of course, Lamborghinis, but...Read More»

Going Green
America's 10 Best (And 10 Worst) Cities For Green Cars

Talking the "green" talk is easy: toss out enough words like "recyclable" and "zero-emissions" and "carbon footprint", and even the crustiest oil baron can come out looking like Al Gore. Getting folks to walk the "green" walk, however, is a different matter altogether--as a new report from Nielsen...Read More»

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Detroit Electric Holdings And Dongfeng Ink Partnership To Develop EVs in China

The American marketplace may be sluggish right now, but manufacturers and investors are betting big on China. Not only is there a fair amount of money floating around that country--the new home of Hummer and Volvo--but China is also set to become the world's biggest auto market in the very near...Read More»

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