Few topics get our commenters more riled up than ethanol. Both sides weigh in with fervor and passion, debating energy security versus agricultural policies and costs, comparing studies on wells-to-wheels carbon dioxide profile versus the impact on older engines, and more. But marine users in particular seem to view ethanol as a hot button. DON'T MISS: Senate Bill Introduced To End Ethanol Mandate For Gasoline The issue in boat engines turns out to be twofold. First, older marine engines are not designed to handle the increased corrosion and solvent effects from even the small percentages of...
Startup Offers Gasoline-Tank Swaps Derived From Electric Car Concept
Cars with electric drive motors are now midway through their second decade, and ideas from hybrids and electric cars are starting to filter back into mainstream gasoline vehicles. Ford, for one, adapted several ideas from its hybrid vehicles to reduce the fuel consumption of its 2011 Explorer...John Voelcker
2010 Toyota Prius Technology: Bidding Bye-Bye to the Bladder
Reading the reams of coverage pouring out on the 2010 Toyota Prius, we realized we hadn't covered one new feature that corrects an irritating problem with its predecessor, the 2004-2009 Prius hybrid. That was the earlier car's fuel "bladder" gas tank, a flexible membrane that expanded and...John Voelcker