It’s time to face the music folks. Soon enough, fossil fuels will be gone. We need to find something that can continue to give the magical rolling metal orbs we call “cars”, power and life. Don’t fret! Maybe these ten strange energy sources have some promise.
Boeing has announced the development of a new alternative jet fuel, based on a hybrid tobacco plant. The aircraft manufacturer has partnered with South African Airways to develop the sustainable fuel, which should also enhance the South African economy without encouraging cigarette smoking.
Last year I went to Germany and heard about what Audi called e-gas, a carbon neutral sustainable fuel. It sounded all well and good, and they had ambitious plans to start producing it this year. And it wasn't vaporware. This is really happening.
Alternative-fuel cars are usually exceptionally boring. Jalopnik readers know ten bizarre attempts to outdo gasoline that definitely didn't suck.
Plain old internal combustion gasoline engines are boring. We think you can find something weirder.
As the world's finite gas supply continues to dry up, automakers are continuing look to other sources to power their cars. Hybrids and batteries have been popping up all over the place.
Kansas City-based electric truck manufacturer Smith Electic built a fleet of delivery trucks that have been proven on the mean streets of New York City.
The U.S. Navy has already spent $12 million on 450,000 gallons of biofuel for this summer's Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) fleet exercises. Its $27 per gallon cost caused a row among Republican lawmakers in Congress, who aimed numerous barbs at what they said was the Obama Administration's misplaced priorities.
The first commercially viable, industrial-scale plastic to fuel oil generator has been successfully demonstrated in Derwood, Maryland. It turns recyclable plastic feedstock into light oil, medium oil, and emulsified oil, and at a price of about $10 a barrel.
You've seen us cover the propane-powered Roush F-150 in all of its tire-shredding glory. Now, they've upped the ante with a medium duty F-250 running on the same BBQ fuel.
There is no good reason at all for Nissan to take their fuel-cell-powered X-Trail to the Nordschleife, but that's what they've gone and done. An 11-minute, 58-second lap time and putting a fuel cell-powered SUV on the 'Ring are both patently ridiculous. Enough. Nissan, it was great when you blasted round the 'Ring…
A recent report in the Windsor Star claims the cars Chrysler plans to hybridize by 2013...will be minivans. On top of that, they're even looking at a diesel version of the soccer mom-mobiles, with both to be built at the company's Windsor, Ontario plant.
If you hadn't already divined it from the tea leaves Ferrari has been sprinkling around lately, hybridization is officially coming to the Ferrari stable. Whether it was the bold proclamation at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show that Ferrari would reduce its emissions by 40% by 2012, or the recent hybridized F1 cars outfitted…
When we covered the magical algae-powered VW Westfalia, we didn't imagine there would be a commercially viable version of the faux dino-juice available anywhere in the near term. Little did we know about the happenings over at Solazyme, which has just completed the rigorous ASTM D-975 (nerd speak for standard test)…
There's an awful lot of hubbub surrounding the 2010 Chevy Volt, and rightfully so: GM is
whipping us over the head with PR talking up a mostly electric car that may actually be useful in the real world. This, of course, doesn't mean they haven't built EV's before. Everyone remembers the GM EV1, an experiment which was…