Avoid E85 Like A Plague Of Corn-Eating Locusts

Filing up your E85 vehicle might initially feel better due to prices that are, on average, about 20% cheaper than regular octane, but the joke is on you. Because gas engines burn the typically corn-based fuel less efficiently, the adjusted cost of E85 is $4.321 per gallon compared to gas that averaged about $3.962 on… » 6/02/08 6:00pm 6/02/08 6:00pm

Buy Ethanol At GM's "E85 Days Of Summer" For 85 Cents Per Gallon, Get…


We normally couldn't care less about automaker pre-produced segments, and we'd never post them. That is until we found this one for the General's "E85 Days Of Summer" — a seven-city summer tour to promote the use of ethanol. We mean, come on — the lack of imagination, the abject literalism, the amateurish delivery, we … » 7/30/07 10:00am 7/30/07 10:00am

Politicians of the Corn

A few years ago while we snacked during an early morning press conference at the LA Auto Show, Chevrolet announced that the State of California had made a deal with to purchase a heap of Flex Fuel vehicles for the fleet. Jay Leno cracked a couple jokes, and the guy from the Air Resources Board looked sweaty during the… » 7/11/07 1:00pm 7/11/07 1:00pm

E85 for All Our Friends: Bush and Lula Party in Brazil


President Bush is in Brazil today causing a ruckus, creating traffic jams, and hanging out at at a mega fuel depot touting the new biofuels agreement between Brazil and the USA. Brazil is the world's largest single producer of ethanol, making theirs from sugary cane instead of corn. While chumming around with Brazil… » 3/09/07 12:30pm 3/09/07 12:30pm

Are Corn Cakes The Answer To All Of Our Energy Problems?

One of the major problems facing natural gas vehicles is the storage of the gas, which requires high pressure gas in tanks (up to 3,600 lbs psi). This new system involves taking baked corn cobs (which we've all got lying around the house) and turning them into carbon cakes. These mini briquettes are able to hold… » 2/20/07 4:00pm 2/20/07 4:00pm

Jalopnik Does Math Good: A Corny State Of The Union Address?

Ok, so here's what we know. Earlier today FoMoCo issues a press release tauting six states receiving a test fleet of new E85-fueled hybrid Escape SUV's (gallery below). On top of that news, but wholly unrelated, there appears to be some kind of a run in stocks of companies involved in E85 production today. We've also… » 1/23/07 3:11pm 1/23/07 3:11pm

Environmental Screed Unintentionally Endorses Petroleum

Eef. Reading this article simply annoyed us. Apparently, the decline of Western Civilization is upon us, and ethanol's not gonna cure the blues. Then again, we pretty much already knew that, at least not at this point. But meanwhile, Lester R. Brown is complaining that this new obsession with biofuels will kill our… » 9/12/06 5:30pm 9/12/06 5:30pm

Tripping The Ethanol Fantastic: Mark Pike's Corny Cross-Country Ride

The video above is what happens when you have Senator Barack Obama introduce some college kids with a lot of time on their hands and a lot of hatred of oil dependence in their hearts. Watch as Obama uses simplistic and ill-prepared talking points to explain how three college kids plan to strap themselves into a 2006 …

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