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April 2, 2009

Greenbird Breaks Land Speed Record for Wind-Powered Vehicles

British engineer Richard Jenkins clocked 126.1mph in his Ecotricity Greenbird powered only by the wind. The previous record of 116 mph for a wind-powered vehicle had held for ten years. At Lake Ivanpah, a dry lake bed, just south of Las Vegas, the Greenbird was powered by only 30 mph winds. Eco-businessman Dale Vince explains:
The record is an amazing achievement. It shows what is achievable with great British engineering and the power of the wind. In the next twenty years I firmly believe that wind power will be our main energy source and wind-powered cars will no longer be the stuff of dreams.
Ecotricity plans to reveal a wind-powered car for everyday use in the near future.
Via: Daily Mail
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October 22, 2008

Eco Touch: Conscious, Eco-Friendly Car Care

411nnbVxMWL._SS400_.jpg The green market is full of eco-friendly cleaning products for the home; however, Eco Touch is the first specific green product I have come across for the car. It's ironic that I will only clean my home with eco-friendly products, but when it comes to my car's interior, I've been known to use Armor All. Non-toxic, biodegradable, and phosphate-free, Eco Touch products keep your car clean without a nauseating brew of toxic fumes.
  • Eco Touch Dashboard + Trim: Keep your car's interior shining without a greasy residue! Just spray on and wipe off with a reusable, washable microfiber towel. This product even cleans the major layer of dust off my dashboard from living on a dirt road.
  • Eco Touch Waterless Car Wash Starter Kit: Who needs water to wash their car? A typical home car wash uses between 80-140 gallons of water! Just spray this product on your car and wipe off with a microfiber towel. One bottle saves 800 gallons of water and cleans six cars!
  • Eco Touch Carpet + Upholstery: The description of this product cracks me up: "removes wine, coffee, and more". Why are there wine stains in your car? Well, it does work...the wine coffee stains are gone from my driver's seat.
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July 3, 2008

Mercedes Plans to be Fossil Fuel Free by 2015

Mercedes-2_ew.jpg German automaker Mercedes has targeted the year 2015 to end its dependence on oil. The Sun explains:
There are 50million jobs worldwide associated with the car and more than 80 per cent of goods are transported by road.

Mercedes are convinced that these two crucial areas of industry can be saved by making vehicles independent of crude oil - to improve costs, become more eco-friendly and because the oil supply will eventually run out.

The company plans to replace gasoline vehicles with biofuels, electric cars, and fuel cells. This October, the Mercedes A and B class cars will feature Start/Stop technology, which allows the engine to stop when idle and restart once you lift your foot from the brake.
Via: Eco Geek & The Sun
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June 25, 2008

Ford Cuts Back on Production of SUVs - Makes Hybrids Instead


TreeHugger is reporting that Ford is cutting back on SUVs. No duh. We're bummed people have to pay $4 for a gallon of gas but we're excited that it means less trucks and less green house gases.

"We view the move to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles as permanent, and we are responding to customer demand." When the CEO of Ford makes a statement like that, you know that high gas prices have really had an effect on the economy. Not only is Ford aware of the need to respond to changing customer demand, it is also acting on that by delaying the launch of its new F-150 pick up truck, producing "90,000 fewer pick ups and SUVs in the second half of the year than it originally planned," and preparing to make more compact, efficient cars like the Ford Focus and Escape

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January 22, 2008

Extreme Hybrid Gets 150 MPG!

Here it is...the amazing, plug-in, Extreme Hybrid SUV! At over 150 miles to the gallon, this machine puts the plug-in hybrid Toyota Prius to shame. The Extreme Hybrid XH by AFS Trinity Power will travel 40 miles on the electric motor, before it needs recharged electrically or the gasoline motor starts. The Toyota plug-in Prius will only travel seven miles on its stored electricity.

The Extreme Hybrid SUV (Saturn Vue pictured above) is considered a triple hybrid. Ultracapacitors are combined with batteries and a gas engine. According to the New York Times,

Typically, hybrids exploit the synergies of electricity and internal combustion by using only an electric motor at low speeds; the gas engine kicks in as speed increases, and both are used when maximum output is called for. AFS Trinity, on the other hand, took a purist position. In its system, the gasoline engine is not started until the batteries run down...In use, the capacitors function much like the water tank on a toilet. That reservoir lets the toilet get by with a small supply pipe, yet still delivers a large volume at once for flushing.

The Extreme Hybrid XH is expected to cost about $8,700 more than a gas-only SUV. AFS Trinity CEO Edward W. Furia explains, "If the price of gasoline is, say, $2.85 per gallon, XH™ gasoline cost savings could repay the purchase price premium in 3.5 years." Increased fuel economy does come at a cost though, as capacitors contain PCBs, in a closed system. However, the ultracapacitors in the Extreme Hybrid help keep the lithium batteries within safe heating limits, thus extending battery life and preventing fire caused by overheating. The earliest the Extreme Hybrids will be available is in three years.

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January 2, 2008

Hertz Going Green with Some Rental Cars

Seems like everyone is jumping on to the enviro-bandwagon, but it's nice to see a rental car company getting into the game. Hertz now has a new Green Collection consists of cars with "EPA Highway Fuel Efficiency rating of 28 Miles or more per gallon."

There are currently six cars in the Green Collection, each reservable by name:

  • Toyota Prius and Camry
  • Ford Fusion
  • Buick LaCrosse
  • Subaru Outback
  • Hyundai Sonata.

Although they're going green - they will still offer Hummers and other gas guzzlers in their rental car lineup.

Via The Truth About Cars at Hertz

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September 21, 2007

Volvo Unveils A Plug-In Hybrid

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We like rechargeable cars and can't wait for more options in the coming years. The ReCharge Concept is a specially designed Volvo C30 with individual electric wheel motors and batteries that can be charged via a regular electrical outlet. When fully charged the Volvo ReCharge Concept can be driven 62 miles on battery power. You can also expect really good performance with 0-62mph in 9 seconds and a top speed of 100mph. WOOSH!

Via MetaEfficient at Jalopnik

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February 28, 2007

EESUs Make Electric Cars Easier to Own

Ever thought about owning an electric car? For anyone who's nixed the idea because of the 5-6 hours it takes to re-charge batteries on long trips, Texas-based company EEStor has some good news.

The company manufactures the EEStor ultra-capacitor (or EESU), a quicker-to-charge, lightweight battery that is faster to charge and easier to use than regular lithium-ion batteries. And unlike lithium-ion batteries, EESUs can be charged and recharged over and over without losing life.

ArrowContinue reading: "EESUs Make Electric Cars Easier to Own"

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October 2, 2006

Treehugger: Not All Hybrids are Created Equal

hybrid.jpgTim McGee posted a great article comparing the energy-efficiency of conventional and plug-in hybrids on Treehugger:

Plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles may get you 100 miles per gallon, but where did those extra miles come from? What about the larger batteries needed? How does the return on investment change? A new study released last week by ACEEE (American Council for Energy Efficient Economy) compares your typical hybrid to one you can recharge at home. The study indicates that 'plug-in' hybrids may not offer the benefits a buyer expects. We highlight what you should consider before jumping to the plug-in option.

Read more at Treehugger.

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August 17, 2006

Loremo AG 157 MPG Diesel Car


See!!! You can actually get great gas mileage with fossil fuels if you try. The Loremo AG is a lightweight diesel car that gets up to 157 miles per gallon, making other "fuel-efficient" cars look like you're driving a hummer. It weighs less than 1,000 pounds and seats four, requiring no hybrid technology, electricity, or fuel cells of any kind to achieve its efficiency while using diesel fuel. The best part? It's only going to cost $12000 and will debut in 2009.

Via SCI FI Tech at Loremo

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