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 |  Aug 07 2014, 12:41 PM

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Chevrolet confirmed today that it plans to reveal the next version of its Volt range-extended electric car during the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

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 |  Jun 12 2014, 10:15 AM

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Tesla might be readying an even bigger version of the already large Model S sedan that will arrive later this year.

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 |  Feb 10 2014, 11:02 AM

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What might have seemed like the most impractical part of the upcoming Tesla Model X crossover will make it through to series production.

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 |  Aug 22 2013, 8:31 AM

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It’s not every day you get to sit inside a concept car, and driving one is an even rarer occurrence since these special vehicles are typically one-offs that are more precious than gold to automakers. Against the odds AutoGuide got a very brief test drive of the beautiful Infiniti Emerg-E show car at the Nissan 360 media event in Southern California.

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 |  Apr 29 2013, 9:15 AM

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Vehicles with alternative powertrains (those not powered purely by gasoline) are expected to account for 36 percent of the world market by 2025 according to a forecast by LMC Automotive.

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 |  Apr 25 2013, 1:01 PM

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The Obama Administration will help federal agencies add 10,000 hybrids to their fleets in a move that will save 1 million gallons of fuel per year over the vehicle’s lifespans.

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 |  Feb 04 2013, 12:01 PM

Outlandish as it might seem, a new study is predicting that there could be as many as 1.6 million hydrogen-powered vehicles on U.K. roads by 2030.

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 |  Jan 11 2013, 6:32 PM

More than half of the alternative-fuel cars bought by government agencies last year were built by Asian automakers.

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 |  Nov 16 2012, 1:13 PM

National parks are naturally concerned with environmental preservation and a handful are finding ways to encourage driving at the same time. 

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 |  Nov 15 2012, 7:15 PM

Certain drivers in the San Francisco Bay area are getting the chance to gas up with a new kind of fuel this week.

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 |  Oct 23 2012, 10:45 AM

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) just granted the all-new Ford C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid access to Green Clean Air Vehicle Stickers, allowing drivers access to the state’s high-occupancy vehicle lanes.

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 |  Sep 22 2012, 1:02 PM

Ever since the use of E15 has been approved, rules and warnings against its use have been popping up left, right and center. Now a new mandate for the 15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline mixture is causing more users to be up in arms.

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 |  Sep 17 2012, 12:00 PM

Teaser images of a new Ferrari coming from the team behind the P 4/5 Competizione have just been released suggesting the group is considering an alternative fuel LMP1 car.

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 |  Sep 13 2012, 7:02 PM

Offering another electric vehicles to the smog-ridden California coast, the Toyota RAV4 EV is set to go on sale September 24.

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 |  Jul 20 2012, 5:02 PM

The few who choose to drive natural gas cars like the Honda Civic NG have something to look forward to in 2015: home fueling stations that won’t cost an arm an a leg. 

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 |  Jun 29 2012, 1:45 PM

The latest in Honda’s lineup of alternative fuel vehicles will be available on a three-year lease term starting July 20 for $389 per month.

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 |  May 22 2012, 3:45 PM

Despite a push by some members of the U.S. military to find gasoline alternatives, it looks like the Republican-lead House Armed Services Committee is putting the kibosh on biofuel in military applications.

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 |  May 16 2012, 4:32 PM

Debates around ethanol use have out-burned the fuel’s actual use since E85 started showing up at pumping stations in 2005. Most recently, a study suggests that E15 is likely to incur costly repairs in older engines.

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 |  May 14 2012, 1:15 PM

Last week, California’s Energy Commission voted unanimously in favor of a $100 million investment plan that promotes the use of green vehicle technologies

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 |  Apr 27 2012, 2:56 PM

Electric cars may have arrived, but the search for the perfect alternative fuel is still in progress. There are still a few major issues that keep battery powered vehicles from replacing the internal combustion engine.

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 |  Jan 26 2012, 7:00 AM

Pump up your tires and pump up your tank, there’s a new kind of fuel in town thanks to the Dearman Engine Company.

Well, that’s not totally true. The fuel is actually air in liquid form, so it isn’t actually new, but the London-based company that formed just under a year ago has managed to develop an engine that runs on it.

The system works by storing air at -256 degrees Fahrenheit in a tank before pumping it into a cylinder with what Dearman calls a heat exchange fluid. Once inside the chamber, the liquid air rapidly expands to propel the piston in the same fashion as a traditional internal combustion engine. The coolest part is that the system’s exhaust only emits air.

Tech stories about revolutionary new systems aren’t all that rare and they usually end by essentially saying “it’s really cool, but don’t expect it to ever be mainstream” and while that’s probably still the case here, Dearman is quick to point out that their motor relies solely on existing materials.

Truth be told, the air is actually just an energy catalyst. That means automotive applications would require a secondary power source to keep the tank chilled. It also seems that liquid air used as fuel would slowly disappear from cars that sat for a long time.

The system is currently being tested for real-world feasibility, but if it proves to be a workable system we speculate that it could play into a new gasoline or electric hybrid drivetrain somewhere in the future. If it ever happens, you could be “gassing up” with an air compressor while you check tire pressure. Watch the video after the jump to learn more.

[Source: CNET]

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 |  Oct 04 2011, 12:45 PM

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The only natural gas production car to be manufactured and sold in the United States, the all-new 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas will be available at 200 dealers across 38 states beginning on October 18th.

Prices for this one-of-a-kind alternative energy vehicle begins at $26,155. The Civic Natural Gas is powered by a modified version of the same 1.8-liter engine that’s found in the petrol Civics. While the Civic Natural Gas is significantly more efficient than the regular Civic at 27 city and 38 highway, it falls short of the 44 mpg achieved by the Honda Civic Hybrid. Starting at $24,800, the Civic Hybrid is cheaper than the Natural Gas variant as well.

Honda explained in their press release that the Civic Natural Gas significantly reduces operating costs and fuel costs, as natural gas at gas stations have historically cost approximately 30 percent less per gallon than gasoline. Furthermore, as the Civic Natural Gas’ engine produces almost zero smog-forming emissions and is the cleanest internal-combustion engine certified by EPA (Tier-II, Bin-2, ILEV certification), it earned a state-issued decal that allows for single-occupant access on the HOV lane in multiple states including California. While it is more expensive than the Honda Civic Hybrid, owning a Civic Natural Gas sure has its perks.

GALLERY: Honda Civic Natural Gas

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Read AutoGuide’s 2012 Honda Civic review here

 |  May 06 2011, 10:46 AM

President Barrack Obama’s initiative for government fleet vehicles to be able to run on alternative fuels like E85 ethanol, could result in higher gas consumption, rather than reducing it. That means, this project could end up doing the opposite of what it was set out to achieve.

Only 1-percent of gas stations offer E85 in the United States, so only very few government fleet vehicles can take advantage of this fuel. So most fleet drivers end up using regular gas.

And they end up using more of it, because the vehicles they drive, the ones that can run on both regular gas and E85, are not the most fuel-efficient vehicles sold in the country. So while this initiative had its heart in the ‘green’ place, it could ending up increasing green-house gasses.

In order for the President’s plan to work, the infrastructure needs to improve vastly which would increase the availability of alternative fuels.

President Obama recently said that by 2015 he wants to see more fuel-efficient of alternative fueled vehicles to be used in fleets, as part of the plan to reduce dependency on foreign oil. However, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric vehicles aren’t as widely available and cost more to buy. Plus they lack the durability that is required by some government fleets.

In 2009, the first year of the Obama administration, government vehicles increased gasoline use by 3-percent. Figures for 2010 are to be released later this year.

[Source: Automotive News]

 |  Apr 29 2011, 1:56 PM

Prince William chose an environmentally friendly way to show off his new bride by leaving Buckingham Palace in his father’s vintage Aston Martin DB6 MK II.

While Prince Charles is a noted gearhead, he’s also extremely passionate about environmental causes, and has had the Aston retrofitted to run on E85 made from “wine wastage”. Prince Charles has owned the car since 1969, but is also known to drive an Audi A8 and an Audi Allroad station wagon.