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As Gas Mileage Rises, Energy To Make Cars Gets More Important

As Gas Mileage Rises, Energy To Make Cars Gets More Important

As vehicles all over the world slowly get more fuel-efficient, the energy required to make them--and their thousands of parts--is coming to represent a higher proportion of their lifetime energy footprint. And this, in turn, is leading carmakers to focus on cutting the energy required to... read more

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

TVA To Cut Coal Use For Energy Generation By Half

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plans to significantly reduce its use of coal for energy generation. The TVA will shut down eight electricity-generating units that... read more November 19, 2013 by 


 
Natural gas flaring from oil well [licensed under Creative Commons from Flickr user Sirdle]

Why North Dakota Is Like Iran, Iraq, Nigeria & Russia: Wasted Natural Gas

What does North Dakota have in common with Iran? If North Dakota were a country, it would rank fifth behind Russia, Nigeria, Iran, and Iraq on the list of worst natural-gas... read more October 23, 2013 by 


 
2013 Honda Fit EV drive event, Pasadena, CA, June 2012

The Five Greenest, Most Energy-Efficient Cars of 2013

What cars available in dealers today make the most efficient use of energy? The answer turns out to be four battery-electric vehicles and one plug-in hybrid. Gasoline and... read more August 19, 2013 by 


 
2000 Chevrolet Silverado used car

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Average Vehicle Now 11.4 Years Old, Oldest Since WW2

How old is your car? Are you still driving a mid- or late-Nineties model, or maybe one (like us) from model year 2000? You're not alone. The cars on U.S. roads have continued... read more August 8, 2013 by  39


 
Electric cars at charging stations and Tesla SuperCharger stations in Gilroy, CA [photo: Jack Brown]

Green Car Glossary: Vehicles, Drivetrains, Emissions, Fuels, Energy

As gasoline prices go up, acronyms like EREV, CNG, and MPGe are becoming more and more common. Ever wonder what they all mean? Here's your chance to enter a veritable... read more June 25, 2013 by  24


 
2012 Zero S electric motorcycle and 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car [photo: Ben Rich]

Got An Energy-Efficient Household? Drive Electric For Free!

Among the first questions any electric car owner hears are (1) What is the range? (2) How long does it take to charge and (3) What does it cost to operate? Many drops of ink... read more April 16, 2013 by  17


 
Offshore Oil Rig

Oil And Energy: Bountiful Or Dwindling? Experts Argue

Love or hate it, oil is an incredibly useful product. Used to create everything from plastics to pharmaceuticals--and of course, fuel for transportation--its environmental... read more January 21, 2013 by  9


 
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

Electric Cars: Are They Really A Dire Emissions Threat?

This seems to be our time for debunking dumb stories about plug-in electric cars. First, we had to educate a Forbes columnist (and oil-industry consultant) about how the auto... read more November 8, 2012 by  39


 
2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco Quick Drive and Live Photos

Active Shutter Grille Vents: How They Help Improve MPG

Over the past few years, more automakers than ever have started to promote something called active shutter grille vents. Essentially a way to boost fuel economy at higher... read more October 8, 2012 by  11


 
BMW i3 Concept MkII

BMW Experimenting With Infrared Heating For Electric Cars

Just how do you keep occupants of an electric car warm? That’s the question that automakers have been tackling for many years, as they bring mass-produced plug-in cars... read more September 19, 2012 by  9


 
2011 Toyota Prius

Five Reasons Buying a Hybrid Prius Won't Save the Planet

The 2012 Toyota Prius gets the best EPA-rated gas mileage--50 miles per gallon combined--of any non-plug-in car sold in the U.S. But the Prius hybrid sometimes gets a bad... read more August 9, 2012 by  102


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt

DoE Says Electric Cars Crucial To Cutting Dependence On Oil

Electric-car advocates spend a lot of time touting the advantages of driving on plug-in power rather than burning gasoline. Sometimes, it can be a lonely battle. But now the... read more September 28, 2011 by  7


 
Robert Llewellyn Nissan Leaf Solar Panels

Can An Electric Car Cut Solar Panel Payback Time? Yes, But...

If you’re a homeowner with a suitable home and enough money to invest in a set of photovoltaic solar panels for your roof, you can easily power your home cheaply and... read more September 22, 2011 by  6


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

For Your Consideration: A Handful Of Energy Facts To Ponder

It's pretty clear that the United States has absolutely no energy policy at the moment. Attempts at long-term planning to reduce energy use are largely stalled in the toxic... read more September 8, 2011 by  6


 
2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

Tesla Electric Car Plus Solar Power Equals Zero-Cost Driving (Video)

Almost every Tesla Roadster owner is probably a car enthusiast, but Mike Koenigs is also a true clean-power activist. First, he set up a “Life with Tesla” website... read more June 30, 2011 by  7


 
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