Are the 1930’s Back? Another Fascinating Eco Air Cruiser

For whatever reason, eco-designers seem to have this obsession with environmentally-sound air ships. Are the 1930’s back in vogue? Are there still people out there banking on a comeback for the zeppelin? Apparently so, because I have come across yet a…

Over $77 Billion Needed To Repair U.S. Transit Systems

Ever get on a bus or train, only to wonder exactly when the last time this vehicle was serviced for regular maintenance? If so, you’re not alone. It is no secret that America’s bridges, roads, and public transportation systems are falling into a stat…

Over $77 Billion Needed To Repair U.S. Transit Systems

Ever get on a bus or train, only to wonder exactly when the last time this vehicle was serviced for regular maintenance? If so, you’re not alone. It is no secret that America’s bridges, roads, and public transportation systems are falling into a stat…

Nikkei Editorial Urges Japan to Match US, China EV Moves

An editorial in Japan’s Nikkei argues that Japanese automakers need to respond aggressively to compete in the rapidly changing global market for electric vehicles.

…both Toyota and Honda had until recently thought that the era of hybrids wo…

GM to Introduce HFO-1234yf AC Refrigerant in 2013 US Models

General Motors Co. will introduce HFO-1234yf air-conditioning refrigerant in 2013 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models in the US. This could be the first passenger vehicle application of the new refrigerant in the US, which has 99.7% lower global …

Co-Electrolysis of CO2 and H2O for the Production of Liquid Fuels

Diagram of the proposed closed-loop fuel cycle. CO2 is recycled into hydrocarbon fuels in a process based on: capturing CO2 from the atmosphere, high-temperature co-electrolysis of CO2 and H2O in a solid oxide cell to yield syngas (CO/H2 mixture…

Report: Whistle-blower allegations verified

By JOAN LOWY A government watchdog has verified complaints by a federal inspector that Northwest Airlines wasn’t following Federal Aviation Administration safety orders and wasn’t being held accountable by the agency.The report by the Transportation De…

SK Energy to Supply Li-ion Batteries to Hyundai, Kia for EVs

South Korea-based SK Energy Co. will provide Li-ion batteries (earlier post) to Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors for electric vehicles (EVs), beginning with the i10 (earlier post).

The i10 will have a single charge range of 160 km (99 miles) and a top …

A two-cylinder hybrid: Can consumers change?

Time to get un-American
Outrageously cheap and fuel efficient
In the very near future Fiat might offer a two-cylinder car for the American market. Obviously, such a vehicle – one would think – would be called a joke by most Americans. Yet, what if …