Oklahoma Leads Charge For More CNG Trucks In Government Fleets

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is leading an initiative to put more natural-gas burning vehicles in 22 government fleets. As a result her state just ordered 256 natural-gas burning 2014 Ford F-150s, and the city of Dallas bought 65. They're hoping to realize reduced running cost and curtail greenhouse gas emissions. » 5/09/14 12:45pm 5/09/14 12:45pm

You Beat Me This Time, Elon Musk

Mr. Musk, As was to be inevitable, the coast-to-coast record for an alternative fuel vehicle that Maxwell Materne and I set in October of 2011 has been bested. I congratulate your successful run, and concede that the two Model S sedans did in fact shatter the previous record held by the Magnolia Special(89 hours) by… » 2/05/14 1:54pm 2/05/14 1:54pm

Fun Animation Shows Why Natural Gas Tanks Should Be Like Intestines

Compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles have been around a while and have had a great deal of success — look at all those NYC Crown Vic cabs adapted to use CNG. Though the fuel is abundant and relatively cheap, one of the biggest limiting factors has always been how to package the bulky cylindrical tanks used to store… » 1/31/13 4:40pm 1/31/13 4:40pm

How to make a green car sexy

Solutions to modern problems sometimes can be found in a distinctly classical place. The Magnolia Special was built to recapture the grace and romance of 1930s European roadsters — internal combustion and all — yet it emits 40% less CO2 than an equally powerful gas-burning automobile. And it does this using technology… » 9/21/11 4:00pm 9/21/11 4:00pm

CNG-Powered Toyota Camry Hybrid Coming To LA Auto Show

Toyota announced today plans to show off a CNG Camry Hybrid concept at the LA Auto Show » 9/24/08 9:21am 9/24/08 9:21am in November. For those not in the exclusive "T. Boone Pickens Fan Club," CNG stands for "Compressed Natural Gas." Although details are sparse on what to expect in LA, the press release below the jump does provide lots of memories…

CNG-Powered City Bus Explodes In Thailand, Demonstrates Importance Of…

A city bus explosion at a Bangkok natural gas filling station last week appears to highlight the dangers of responding to higher gas prices with slapdash propulsion conversions. According to records, the formerly diesel-powered bus was converted using a shipment of used parts from China and had not registered with the… » 8/13/08 11:20am 8/13/08 11:20am

UPS Hearts Greenwashing, Adds CNG Trucks to Alt-Fuel Fleet

In a courageous example of marketing, UPS has distributed another 167 compressed natural gas vehicles to its fleets in Texas, Georgia, and California. This brings the total number of CNG vehicles deployed to around 950, and the total green fleet number to 1692 in their army of over 88,000 ground vehicles. While… » 4/04/08 10:40am 4/04/08 10:40am

BRA GmbH to Unveil Cévennes Turbo-CNG Roadster at Geneva

With everybody flipping out about environmentalism in these post-Inconvenient Truth days, companies far and wide are looking to reinvent the wheel, or more specifically, the engine. That's just what BRA GmbH and its partners, PGO Automobiles and Gasmobil will be looking to do at the upcoming Geneva Auto Salon when… » 2/11/08 9:00am 2/11/08 9:00am