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2010 Contradictions: Big Trucks and Electric Cars

EVs are in, but fuel economy is out Time to electrify pickup trucks? Who were the biggest losers and winners in 2010? That’s a question that MotorTrend recently addressed and the results aren’t just a bit contradictory, they are kind of alarming. Despite rising gas prices and the real world launches of a number of plug-in vehicles, fuel […] […]

More Cities Consider Tough Measures to Fight Congestion

San Francisco, Paris and Beijing have joined a growing list of cities mulling over what many consider to be extreme measures in controlling congestion and the added pollution it causes. Earlier this month, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority […] […]

$5.00 gas scare: Another shot off the bow

Not a revolution until mainstreamed. National security threats are good for business — the business of war A few years before the gas spike of 2008 there was a growing movement in the blogosphere that warned of higher gas prices and the potential for significant gas spikes. Of course that warning wasn’t just sounded off on blogs […] […]

NEW FORD SYNC DESTINATIONS APP OFFERS ‘ON THE GO’ NAVIGATION; PREDICTS BEST DEPARTURE TIMES

Owners of 2010 and 2011 Ford SYNC-equipped vehicles that are Traffic, Directions and Information (TDI)-capable can now download a free smartphone app designed to help get them where they need to go with less hassle. […]

FORD’S ENHANCED MYKEY TECHNOLOGY NOW ALLOWS PARENTS TO BLOCK EXPLICIT SATELLITE RADIO CONTENT

Ford Motor Company is preparing to debut a new version of its breakthrough MyKey® technology that – for the first time – will allow parents to block explicit satellite radio content in the vehicle, much like parents are able to prevent children from viewing certain types of […] […]

Rare earths: Higher hybrid and EV prices inevitable

Rare earth guzzling also has costs. Even if rare earth shortages can be averted, higher prices loom Today, China owns about 90 percent of the rare earth market, not because 90 percent of the world’s rare earth supplies are found in China, but because it is far cheaper to mine and refine rare earths in China. However, with […] […]

Hydrogen significantly cheaper than diesel?

Vision_Tyrano_fuel_cell_electric At what scale? A friend of mine drives a semi-truck for a living here in Southern California. Yet, he’s not sure about his future in the trucking industry because of future emission’s requirements, particularly since he owns his truck and upgrades to natural gas, for instance, are quite expensive. Nonetheless, change is coming, and a test pilot […] […]

Subaru ready to squash EV production?

End of the line for this EV? What’s the real cost of an electric car? Just as a number of automakers are bringing electric cars to market, another automaker might be taking its electric car off the road. While Fuji Heavy and Subaru deny the idea of ending production on the Stella EV, new reports of this […] […]