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05

Aug

Can cars run on hydrogen made from plant sugars?Researchers claim that using enzymes to convert biomass to hydrogen could yield significantly more energy than current biomass-to-ethanol efforts.

Can cars run on hydrogen made from plant sugars?
Researchers claim that using enzymes to convert biomass to hydrogen could yield significantly more energy than current biomass-to-ethanol efforts.

04

Aug

Driving like a hippie in 2014Good vibes — and a faithful recreation of the acid-test bus — were part of the fun at jam band festivals. But for the planet’s sake, modern hippies might want to forget about old VWs and buy an electric instead.

Driving like a hippie in 2014
Good vibes — and a faithful recreation of the acid-test bus — were part of the fun at jam band festivals. But for the planet’s sake, modern hippies might want to forget about old VWs and buy an electric instead.

31

Jul

Infiniti’s plans for a high-end electric are back on trackThe Japanese automaker announced — then withdrew — the LE electric, but now there are hints that it’s back on the schedule. Will it be the second EV to charge wirelessly? That’s the big question.

Infiniti’s plans for a high-end electric are back on track
The Japanese automaker announced — then withdrew — the LE electric, but now there are hints that it’s back on the schedule. Will it be the second EV to charge wirelessly? That’s the big question.

24

Jul

Abandoned car cemetery spends years rusting in spooky Belgian forest
Despite the resemblance to a grim doomsday traffic jam, these abandoned cars are in reality parked in an old junkyard on the west side of Chatillon, a small village near Ardennes, Belgium. The rusty retro vehicles have been sitting there for 70 years, plenty of time for the surrounding wilderness to almost overtake them.

Why Honda’s hybrid strategy is all wrongHow about bringing the Concept B, a very cool 5-door hybrid, to the U.S.? Sorry, only for China. And a hybrid version of the stunning new Fit? Japan’s got it. Argggh.

Why Honda’s hybrid strategy is all wrong
How about bringing the Concept B, a very cool 5-door hybrid, to the U.S.? Sorry, only for China. And a hybrid version of the stunning new Fit? Japan’s got it. Argggh.

23

Jul

Europe is going car-free (and loving it)Looking to reduce pollution and congestion, European cities are banning vehicular traffic — and creating vibrant shopping zones in the process.

Europe is going car-free (and loving it)
Looking to reduce pollution and congestion, European cities are banning vehicular traffic — and creating vibrant shopping zones in the process.

20

Jul

10 easy ways to save money on gas this summer

14

Jul

Meet Audi’s ‘no-compromises’ plug-in hybridIt’s the company’s first foray into electrics — a sporty hatchback A3 — and it’s coming to the U.S. early next year.

Meet Audi’s ‘no-compromises’ plug-in hybrid
It’s the company’s first foray into electrics — a sporty hatchback A3 — and it’s coming to the U.S. early next year.

02

Jul

For Europe’s new plug-in hybrids, price matters (a lot)Audi and Volvo will roll out luxury electric cars in the U.S. market early next year. Both companies admire Tesla’s strategy, but can they match the Model S as objects of desire?

For Europe’s new plug-in hybrids, price matters (a lot)
Audi and Volvo will roll out luxury electric cars in the U.S. market early next year. Both companies admire Tesla’s strategy, but can they match the Model S as objects of desire?

25

Jun

Drink coffee in your car? Now you can brew it there too'Road coffee' isn't just for truckers anymore. The new frontier for driver distraction is an in-car 12-volt espresso maker.

Drink coffee in your car? Now you can brew it there too
'Road coffee' isn't just for truckers anymore. The new frontier for driver distraction is an in-car 12-volt espresso maker.