Boeing Is Developing Jet Fuel Made From Tobacco

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. » 8/07/14 5:17pm 8/07/14 5:17pm

GOP Lawmakers Are Angry The Navy Is Spending Another $210 Million On…

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. » 7/12/12 3:00pm 7/12/12 3:00pm

Congress Won't Let The Navy Purchase Biofuel For The Great Green Fleet

The U.S. Navy is gearing up to show off its Great Green Fleet at this summer's biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) fleet exercises. The collection of 48 ships and more than 200 aircraft will operate on 50/50 blends of conventional fossil fuel and various biofuels that have been under development. » 5/23/12 4:00pm 5/23/12 4:00pm

Nissan X-Trail Fuel Cell Jumps Nurburgring Shark

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… » 7/24/08 1:20pm 7/24/08 1:20pm

Ferrari Announces Hybrid Development, World Officially Gone Mad

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… » 7/07/08 11:20am 7/07/08 11:20am

Algae Diesel Passes Final Exam, Plans For Weekend Bender

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)… » 6/27/08 8:30am 6/27/08 8:30am

GM Invents Electric Deathmobile In 1973

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… » 6/25/08 1:40pm 6/25/08 1:40pm

GE Gets Into Hybrid Game With Giant Mining Truck

Even though this news is almost two months old, it's interesting to see GE bringing good things to life, namely giant mining trucks which improve upon the previously standard diesel-electric powertrain — especially in light of Friday's news of Chrysler tying up with Thomas Edison's conglomerate. These Goliaths of the… » 6/18/08 10:40am 6/18/08 10:40am