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Scale of Gulf Oil Spill Verges on Catastrophic

A small boat on Thursday deployed oil booms in the Gulf of Mexico. Nine days after an explosion killed 11 workers on an offshore drilling platform and sent thousands of gallons of crude oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the first of that oil began to wash ashore late Thursday night. As Louisiana Governor Bobby […] […]

Nissan Leaf Pre-Orders Pass 8,000, and Counting

The number of customers who have pre-ordered the all-electric Nissan Leaf is up to 8,000. That’s 10 days after Nissan started taking take $99 refundable deposits. “I’m feeling pretty good about it,” Mark Perry, director of product planning at Nissan, told HybridCars.com. The response represents almost 8 percent of the 102,000 people who had previously […] […]

BOSTON: FORD TRANSIT CONNECT TAXI ‘FITS THE BILL’; BECOMES FIRST CITY TO APPROVE VERSATILE NEW CAB

Saying the 2011 Ford Transit Connect Taxi “fits the bill,” the city of Boston this week became the first municipality in America to approve the versatile cab for taxi use, paving the way for taxi owners to purchase the new vehicle for their fleets. […]

FORD FIESTA KNOWS HIP-HOP, CELEBRITY CUSTOMIZER FUNKMASTER FLEX TRICKS OUT FORD’S NEWEST SMALL CAR

The Ford Fiesta has been earning its street credibility since last year’s Fiesta Movement, but now Ford’s newest car is getting its Hip-Hop seal of approval by none other than Celebrity Customizer Funkmaster Flex. The Fiesta will appear in an episode of Flex’s new TV show, ‘Funk Flex Full Throttle’ which premiers this Sunday, May […] […]

Automakers: Car Connectivity Is Enabler for Electric Cars, Not Prerequisite

Microsoft Hohm is a platform to help future owners of Ford’s electric vehicles optimize the way they recharge their vehicle. The key phrase is “smart grid” at Green:Net 2010, a conference about IT, the Internet and climate change […] […]

Lightening the load to better fuel economy

The evolution of carbon fiber One of the greatest ways to increase fuel economy is to reduce weight. Thus, exotic materials, such as carbon fiber, have excited automakers with the possibility of much lighter, yet stronger, cars. Unfortunately, costs have kept these materials from mainstreaming. Recently, however, BMW announced that its Megacity electric car would use carbon […] […]

Germany’s Der Spiegel: Electric Cars Are an “E-llusion”

In Sept., 2008, German Chancellor Angela Merkel plugs in an electic-powered Smart car as Daimler head Deiter Zetsche and Matthias Wissmann, Chairman of the German Automobile Industry, look on. On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a summit on the electrification of the automobile, with senior executives from the major German auto companies, as […] […]

The ethics of gas-guzzling

Who is responsible for the consequences of our actions? Somehow I lost about 9 hours yesterday watching Goldman Sach’s testimony. Wow. What a circus. Anyway, ethics was a big theme at the Goldman grilling, and subcommittee Chairmen Carl Levin essentially called Goldman’s recent profits, and the bonuses those profits created, unethical. Since, Levin’s focus on ethics has […] […]