Robert Scardino, Author

I'm a writer stuck in an engineer's brain with a debilitating case of autoholism. While studying at the University of Illinois I discovered my passion for writing with a weekly sports column in a local newspaper. I've been writing ever since. When I moved out of my parents' house, I got married, rescued a beagle, and realized that environmental responsibility is a requirement, not a choice. I became obsessed with energy conservation to the annoyance of my wife, who raised an eyebrow when I suggested we use solar chargers for our portable electronics. I'm not ashamed to admit that my stash of earth friendly, biodegradable cleaners stems from an Oprah episode. I am embarrassed, however, that my steamiest dream lately involved a plug-in hybrid Toyota FJ Cruiser with go-anywhere attitude, room for my furry friends and a combined rating of 50 miles per gallon. Imagine my disappointment when I awoke and realized that this vehicle doesn't exist yet.


Rumormill: Next Gen Nissan GT-R Going Hybrid (Godzilla Goes Green)

Rumormill: Next Gen Nissan GT-R Going Hybrid (Godzilla Goes Green)

According to a report in Best Car magazine out of Japan, the next generation Nissan GT-R will come with a hybrid powertrain. A 160 hp electric motor and a 440 hp gas engine will team up for a combined 600 hp. That's a number truly deserving of the car's nickname: Godzilla. The current generation...

December 10, 2009
2011 Toyota Sienna

"Viridian Joule" Chosen In Chevy Volt Color Naming Contest

  The people have spoken and they've chosen Viridian Joule as the name of the Chevy Volt's green-gray paint color. Dave Thomas, of Sanford, Florida came up with the winning... read more December 2, 2009

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Car and Driver Names Ford Fusion Hybrid one of 10 Best

Ford might need to upsize their trophy case for all the awards the new Fusion is winning. Just two weeks ago, the Fusion was awarded Motor Trend's golden calipers as the 2010... read more November 30, 2009

Tata Nano Europa at Geneva Auto Show

Tata Nano Hybrid Headed for the U.S.?

Is the diminutive Tata Nano Hybrid coming to America? According to a report in The Maeil Business Newspaper out of Korea, Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Motors, says the Indian... read more November 30, 2009

Top Gear ER-EV 2

Top Gear Builds an Eye-Catching ER-EV

Those mischievous blokes at Top Gear are at it again. When tasked with creating a Chevy Volt competitor, the hosts of the BBC's auto-enthusiast program (Jeremy Clarkson... read more November 23, 2009

Smart ForTwo ED

Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Production Gets Rolling In France

  Daimler AG reported today that production of the second generation Smart ForTwo Electric Drive (ED) has begun at their plant in Hambach, France. The ForTwo employs modern... read more November 19, 2009

China and Cars 01

U.S. and China Announce Joint Electric Vehicles Initiative

President Obama and Chinese President, Hu Jintao, couldn't agree on everything when they met on Monday. In a town hall meeting, Obama pressed the Chinese to relax stringent... read more November 18, 2009


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