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Progressive’s AutoMotive X-Prize winners tomorrow

Aptera in the house
And the 100 mpg cars of the future are,
A number of years ago I stood in the Mojave Desert and watched Scaled Composites win the original X-Prize, as SpaceShipOne became the first private space vehicle to reach suborbital space two …

Nissan/Renault take a step towards 10 percent EV share by 2020

The path to 10 percent penetration by 2020?
Critical pieces of the EV puzzle
When it comes to electric cars, probably the biggest bull in the auto industry is Nissan/Renault, at least in terms of forecasts. According to this alliance, electric cars wil…

Are luxury plug-ins the key to cheaper plug-ins?

$90,000 plug-ins critical to $20,000 plug-in viability?
Did luxury hybrids make hybrids cheaper?
Only the rich can afford to be early adopters of most emerging technologies, so goes conventional wisdom. Thus, plug-in fans should thank Tesla buyers and …

Bio Architecture Lab and Statoil Partner to Commercialize Macroalgae-to-Ethanol Process in Norway

Bio Architecture Lab (BAL), a synthetic biology and enzyme design company focused on the production of biofuels and biochemicals from macroalgae (seaweed), and Statoil, one of the world’s largest offshore oil and gas producers, have formed wide-r…

Fuel Economy Standards Could Add $15,000 to Heavy Duty Pickups

I am a pickup truck lover. Why? Well, why not? Mostly, I love pickups because they are so damn tough. They are the workhorses of our country and many companies, and while they are certainly gas guzzlers, much of modern life wouldn’t be possible without…

New Electric RAV4 Means Toyota and Tesla are Gunning for Lotus

Yesterday, Toyota confirmed that it would be collaborating with Tesla to bring its previously-discarded RAV4 EV back to life, after a nearly 10 year hiatus in production.
On the surface, this is great news—look deeper though and it seems the new Toye…

Lighter Lamborghinis on the Horizon

In the world of exotic sports cars, Ferrari and Lamborghini have been engaged in a never-ending feud over performance. Lamborghini has always been a bit flashy, and anybody who knows cars knows a Lamborghini by just looking at it. Of course, the sexy …

Toyota Considering Sporty Hybrid of its Own?

While the Honda CR-Z is still moving into the marketplace, one has to admit that car has generated a tremendous amount of Internet buzz. Whether or not its qualifications as a sporty hybrid are off-putting due to its so-so gas mileage and lackluster …

Nissan: A real green Leaf turned?

1 Leaf equals 1 polar bear?
No such thing as a green automaker
Because Nissan might sell 20,000 electric Leafs this year, somehow that’s going to save numerous polar bears, at least that’s the image Nissan is trying to project with a Nissan Leaf ad.
I’…