Ford "Bobcat" Dual-Fuel Engine CAD Renderings: First Look At Future

Remember the uber-secret Ford "Bobcat" dual-fuel engine — the one that squirts a shot of E85 directly into the cylinder chamber to create diesel-like performance out of a gasoline engine? Thanks to, we've got this exclusive first look! » 6/08/09 11:00am 6/08/09 11:00am

E85 Gas Pumps Pass 1,800 Mark, Still Can't Find One In Sarah Palin's…

A new report shows the number of E85 ethanol » 10/14/08 11:00am 10/14/08 11:00am pumps in the U.S. has grown nearly 28% in the past year, surpassing the 1,800 mark with 1,693 available for public use. The states with the most E85 pumps are, as you'd expect, in the corn belt, including Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri. Just don't expect to find them in…

SwiftFuel Is Just Like Fuel, Except Probably Full Of Crap

Today brought us news of a purported new solution to high gas prices: SwiftFuel. Currently intended as a replacement for leaded 100-octane aviation fuel, SwiftFuel claims to be ethanol-based, but somehow free from ethanol's negatives such as its lower energy density, incompatibility with gasoline, and propensity to… » 6/12/08 4:40pm 6/12/08 4:40pm

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

Saab 9-X Is A Hybrid Of Concept And Reality

The Saab 9-X BioHybrid Concept is allegedly more than just another far-fetched yet stylish show car. Actually, this vehicle is supposed to hint strongly at an upcoming 9-1. For now, GM claims the car is powered by a 200HP 1.4-liter turbo four-banger, with magical Swedish hippie hybrid trickery. GM also feels the need… » 3/05/08 1:30pm 3/05/08 1:30pm

Ford Extending E85 Corn Goodness To E-Series, Navigator and Expedition

More exciting action from the D.C Auto Show as Ford snuck some E85 news into the 2009 Ford Escape press release. The company's E-Series vans, Navigator and Expedition will be able to run on E85 fuel this year, which is good news for the small percentage of the people reading this that have access to the approximately… » 1/22/08 10:45am 1/22/08 10:45am

Detroit Auto Show: Chevy Releases E85 Powered Corvette for ALMS,…

As part of a drive to push green innovation in the racing world, the American Le Mans series has announced the Green Challenge. Basically, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy are partnering with SAE to encourage race teams to use renewable fuels, alternative engine configurations,… » 1/15/08 10:00am 1/15/08 10:00am

Detroit Auto Show: GM>>Next Press Event

GM's new green push, dubbed GM>>next, shows what happens when a global multinational throws a few tens of millions in public relations and directs marching orders toward facing down rival Toyota's reputation, deserved or not, for greenness. It's the marketing wrapper under which all of GMs's alternative energy projects… » 1/13/08 12:06pm 1/13/08 12:06pm

Fuel Economy Rules Near Completion, Automakers Shift to Bicycle…

It looks like automakers will have to meet the dreaded 35-mpg fuel economy standard despite the gazillion dollars they claim it will take to get their cars sipping gasoline like it's Dom Pérignon. Senate and House members are working out the final details of a bill that will likely have a significant impact on what we… » 11/30/07 11:45am 11/30/07 11:45am

Commenter of the Day: SEMA Press Release Orgy Edition

Murilee and I spoke with Wert on Saturday after the Pumpkin Smash. He was already in his Howard Hughes Suite room at the MGM Grand, so we asked if he was going to play some Texas Hold 'Em or get blotto off free booze or hit a strip club — you know, any Vegas-type activity. No, he told us, he was going to sit tight and… » 10/29/07 6:15pm 10/29/07 6:15pm

SEMA 2007: Jay Leno's 600 HP E85-Powered Corvette C6RS Revealed Before…

Jay Leno apparently was unwilling to wait for the new 2009 Corvette ZR1 and decided he needed to get his 600-HP swerve on a wee bit early. The humongously chinned one worked with the C6.R-builders at Pratt & Miller to design this — a C6RS — a Corvette inspired by both the Corvette Z06 as well as the racetrack-ready… » 10/29/07 12:01am 10/29/07 12:01am