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.

Articles

NPR Rides In An Electric Ford Pinto Dragster

NPR Rides In An Electric Ford Pinto Dragster

  It goes zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds. It rips through the quarter mile in just over 12. Which cars come to mind? The Nissan GT-R? The Audi R8? The Corvette ZR1? The Ferrari 430 Scuderia? The '78 Ford Pinto? Believe it or not, those dragstrip bragging rights belong to the last of the aforementioned...

August 25, 2009
 
2010 Suzuki Kizashi

Suzuki Planning Hybrid Kizashi For 2011

According to the Japanese publication, Nikkei, Suzuki may be planning a hybrid version of their upcoming Kizashi sedan for 2011. The recently unveiled Kizashi will compete in... read more August 17, 2009


 
President Bill Clinton

Former President Clinton Suggests Cash For EVs

Though he's no longer in politics, former President Bill Clinton is still a busy guy. A week ago he was negotiating the release of reporters, Euna Lee and Laura Ling from... read more August 13, 2009


 
2011 Hyundai Sonata

Hybrid Sighting: 2011 Hyundai Sonata

When Hyundai releases their Sonata Hybrid in late 2010 they'll be entering a crowded field. The critically acclaimed Ford Fusion Hybrid, the Toyota Camry Hybrid, and the... read more August 11, 2009


 
volvo recharge concept 001

Factmill: Volvo Is Building An All-Electric C30

Lo and behold, the New York Times got it right. Four days ago, we highlighted a story in the Times about an all-electric Volvo C30 hatchback. Today, Autocar has confirmed... read more August 10, 2009


 
Toyota's Solar Flowers

2010 Prius To Launch Amid Solar Flowers On Chicago's Navy Pier

If you think 18' tall flowers can only be the product of your imagination, an acid trip or a sci-fi novel, a visit to Navy Pier in Chicago may change your mind. As part of... read more August 7, 2009


 
Tesla Model S and Roadster

Tesla Bids Farewell To Marketing Boss, Prepares To Greet Chicago

There's rarely a slow news day for Tesla Motors. Today, Tesla spokesperson, Rachel Konrad confirmed that a member of the executive team has resigned. According to Konrad... read more August 7, 2009


 

 
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