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Why Aren't Natural Gas-Powered Long-Haul Semi Trucks Selling Better?

Why Aren't Natural Gas-Powered Long-Haul Semi Trucks Selling Better?

We will likely never see battery-electric trucks enter the long-haul freight mainstream, but other alternatives to diesel fuel exist today. One is natural gas, which comes with fewer packaging and range constraints than electric propulsion--and a ready and growing domestic supply of the fuel. So... read more

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Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Supreme Court: California Cleaner-Fuels Plan OK, Oil Companies Lose Appeal

In an action sure to appease fans of a greener transportation future, the U.S. Supreme Court has chosen to decline oil and ethanol companies' appeal to a decision to uphold... read more July 2, 2014 by 


 
BMW DesignworksUSA solar carport concept

Renewable Energy Won't Cause Electric Utility 'Death Spiral': Study

Beware the idea of a "death spiral," heralded by some as the inevitable result for electric utilities of mass adoption of renewable energy sources--particularly solar. Under... read more June 22, 2014 by 


 
2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas

Californians: Buy Honda Civic Natural Gas, Get $1,000 Off--But, Hurry

Do you live in California? Have you been mulling over the purchase of a natural-gas vehicle? If so, Honda wants you to know that its 2014 Honda Civic Natural Gas model is... read more June 11, 2014 by 


 
Natural Gas-powered Kenworth truck (Image: Flickr user TruckPR)

Natural Gas For Long-Haul Trucks: Which Version Makes More Sense?

LNG or CNG? If that just looks like a jumble of letters to you, we're talking about liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas--and so is the trucking industry. Natural... read more June 3, 2014 by 


 
Fuel filler of Volkswagen Gol, Brazilian flex-fuel vehicle

A Brief History Of Ethanol In Brazil

While many North Americans may not know it, Brazil presently leads the world in deploying biofuels for road vehicles. Specifically, a majority of cars sold in... read more May 22, 2014 by 


 
Volkswagen Gol and Saveiro, Brazilian flex-fuel vehicles

Driving Entirely On Ethanol: Brazil’s Volkswagen Gol Flex-Fuel Vehicle

What’s it like to drive on pure ethanol, known as E100, without a drop of gasoline in the car? In the case of the Brazilian Volkswagen Gol, it’s quite... read more May 19, 2014 by 


 
Hydrogen fueling station at California State University, Los Angeles [photo: Axelle Bader]

Another Hydrogen Fueling Station Opens In LA, With Fuel-Cell Cars On The Way

Another hydrogen fueling station opened in southern California yesterday, this one at California State University, Los Angeles. The university's Hydrogen Research and Fueling... read more May 8, 2014 by 


 
Austin, Texas (by Flickr user milpool79 via Wikimedia)

Texas Electric-Car Purchase Rebates Up To $2,500 To Start Soon

Texas will soon become the latest state to reward electric-car buyers with a check. The Lone Star State will implement a rebate program, announced last fall, that will give... read more May 8, 2014 by 


 
2015 Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel Natural Gas

Natural-Gas Powered 2015 Chevy Impala To Start At $38,210

General Motors has released pricing for the 2015 Chevrolet Impala bi-fuel model, a full-size sedan that can run on either compressed natural gas (CNG) or gasoline. The... read more May 7, 2014 by 


 
Gas pump

EPA Resets Ethanol Rules To Reflect Reality: Cellulosic Sources Don't Exist

For many months now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has faced a dilemma: What to do about its rules that millions of gallons of cellulosic ethanol be blended into... read more April 23, 2014 by 


 
Mitsubishi i electric car at San Antonio Missions National Historic Park

Nine New Projects Announced For Clean Vehicles In National Parks

If you're planning a summer vacation to a U.S. national park this summer, you may start to see a few changes when you get there. The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean... read more April 15, 2014 by 


 
FlexFuel badge on E85-capable 2009 Chevrolet HHR

E85 By The Numbers: One Station In 50 For One Car In 20

Back in 2007, ethanol was viewed as a way to cut gasoline consumption and U.S. dependence on foreign oil. It was then seen as such a panacea that Congress enacted volume... read more March 12, 2014 by 


 
Two BNSF locomotives hauling coal trains meet near Wichita Falls, Texas

Proposal: Buy Out, Shut Down U.S. Coal Industry For $50 Billion

Give Felix Kramer credit for thinking big. Twelve years ago, he and others founded CalCars, a group dedicated to promoting plug-in hybrid vehicles with large battery... read more March 12, 2014 by 


 
Honda Marysville Auto Plant

Honda To Install Natural-Gas Fueling Station Near Ohio Car Plant

If drivers are going to use an alternative fuel, they need places to fill up their tanks. Honda announced today that it will install a compressed natural-gas (CNG) fueling... read more March 11, 2014 by 


 
Honda hydrogen fueling station in Torrance, California.

Honda Opens High-Pressure Hydrogen Fueling Station In SoCal

You can't have hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles without places to refuel them. In preparation for the launch of its 2015 fuel-cell car, Honda has opened a new high-pressure... read more March 3, 2014 by 


 
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