Alt Fuels

 
Methanol Made With Renewable Energy Could Power Fuel Cells (Video)

Methanol Made With Renewable Energy Could Power Fuel Cells (Video)

Instead of a "hydrogen economy," should policymakers discuss a "methanol economy?" Nobel laureate Dr. George Olah and Surya Prakash, director of the University of Southern California's Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, are attempting to make methanol the alternative fuel of the future. The pair... read more

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Honda FCEV Concept, 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

Can Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles Compete With Electric Cars?

Suddenly, hydrogen fuel-cell cars are back in the news. Headlines have proclaimed a coming battle between plug-in electric cars and the new shining hope, hydrogen-powered... read more December 5, 2013 by


 
GM Announces $24-Million Landfill Gas Investment

GM Expands Landfill-Gas Use To Power Car Assembly Plants

Car production isn't the greenest of processes, but in recent decades many automakers have at least made attempts to reduce environmental impact--and General Motors is the... read more December 5, 2013 by


 
2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell at Hyundai headquarters, Fountain Valley, CA

2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell: Hydrogen Crossover First Drive

Hyundai is an aggressive company, and that applies to its green cars as much as the bread-and-butter sedans and crossovers it sells in growing numbers. So when the company... read more December 4, 2013 by


 
Non-ethanol gasoline pump

EPA Proposal Would Cut 2014 Ethanol Mandate By 20 Percent

U.S. drivers will be putting less ethanol in their tanks. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed Friday to cut the amount of ethanol required in gasoline from what was... read more November 18, 2013 by


 
Trucks - Image by Flickr user mrkskolz, used under Creative Commons license

Yet Another New Fuel: Will Dimethyl Ether Matter For Big Trucks?

It's frustrating driving a fuel-efficient vehicle sometimes. While you know you're just one small part of an effort to clean up transportation, seeing an 18-wheeler pumping... read more November 13, 2013 by


 
DOE Alternative Fueling Station Locator iPhone app screenshot

Finding Alternative Fueling Stations? DoE Has An App For That

Apparently there's an app for everything--including finding a place to fill up or recharge your alternative-fuel vehicle. The U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fueling... read more November 13, 2013 by


 
Proposed EPA E15 gasoline pump warning label for ethanol content

Automaker Group Says E15 Ethanol Damages Cars, EPA Approval Was Rushed

Automakers have fired the latest salvo in the ongoing battle against ethanol blends in gasoline, saying it can damage engine components. That's despite several manufacturers... read more November 12, 2013 by


 
Toyota FCV concept, Tokyo Motor Show 2013

Toyota Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Car: 2013 Tokyo Motor Show Preview

Toyota is serious about hydrogen fuel cell cars, and to prove it the company will unveil a new fuel cell concept at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. Called the FCV, Toyota's... read more November 7, 2013 by


 
Clean Energy Fuels natural gas refueling station Long Beach, California.

Yet Another Green Fuel: Landfill Methane On Sale In California

If you're looking for an alternative fuel, why not try garbage? Or, rather, the methane produced by landfills. Clean Energy Fuels--a developer of natural gas refueling... read more November 5, 2013 by


 
2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas

Is A $500 Garage Fueling Appliance The Missing Link For Natural-Gas Cars?

In some ways, natural-gas cars are hampered by their own form of range anxiety. The high-pressure tanks necessary to hold enough fuel to drive 200 miles or more take up many... read more November 3, 2013 by


 
Power station - Image by Flickr user MacJewell, used under Creative Commons license

Blood And Gore: Coal Is Becoming A Stranded Asset

In case you hadn't noticed, it's Halloween. So how could we not comment on an article whose byline reads Gore and Blood? Their topic may be slightly esoteric, but it has big... read more October 31, 2013 by


 
John and Helen Taylor depart on the Smarter Driving Tour. Image: Shell

When Will The Last Gasoline Car Be Built? 2070, Shell Oil Says

The disappearance of internal-combustion engines is far from inevitable today, but several groups and governments are now predicting when the last gasoline vehicles will be... read more October 30, 2013 by


 
Biofuel crops (photo: Texas A&M University biofuels research alliance)

Biodiesel Makers Beg EPA To Notice: We're Not Ethanol!

One way to make vehicle fuels greener is to grow them--and it appears that biodiesel may have plenty of potential. Like the feedstocks for ethanol, the plant oils refined... read more October 30, 2013 by


 
Polar Charging Post and Nissan Leaf

3.3 Million Zero-Emission Vehicles By 2025? Eight Governors Pledge Action

Last Thursday, the governors of eight [blue] states pledged to cooperate toward a goal of putting 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on their roads by 2025. The cooperative... read more October 28, 2013 by


 
2014 Mazda Mazda3

New Models Of Mazda 3 Widen Green Options, But Not For U.S.

In the motor industry, as in investments: Never put all your eggs in one basket. Mazda certainly isn't, demonstrating both hybrid and compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of... read more October 24, 2013 by


 

 
 

 
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