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

Coors Puts Beer Waste To Use As Ethanol

As we continue our march towards the end of the highest-priced gas day of the year, let's turn to something a little bit more enjoyable to think about — like beer! Who says you have to harvest football fields worth of corn for one gallon of ethanol? Molson Coors Brewing Company, the company behind the delectable Coors… » 5/23/08 10:05am 5/23/08 10:05am

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

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… » 11/30/07 11:45am 11/30/07 11:45am

Enterprise Opens First Ethanol Branch

Because there aren't enough things for rental car companies to screw up, Enterprise is now opening an all flexfuel branch in Kirkwood, Missouri (a suburb of St. Louis). This is another salvo in the war to seem the greenest, with other companies offering carbon offsets and hybrids and the like. The new location will be… » 11/15/07 1:30pm 11/15/07 1:30pm

Diesel Tops Hybrids, E85 in RAND Study

Those funky number crunchers at the RAND Corp have found that owning a diesel is slightly more cost efficient for the buyer than a hybrid, but that owning either contributes to the betterment of society. The study also found that E85 kind of blows, relative to the other options. Diesel was the overall winner as it… » 11/12/07 4:45pm 11/12/07 4:45pm

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: 500 HP E85-Powered '34 Chevy Coupe

1934 Chevy Coupe. 2.0-liter Ecotec engine running on E85. 500 HP. Need we say more? Actually, yes, we probably should, but with all of the GM SEMA nonsense running up in this here site all morning, frankly we're just getting sick of it. We mean fercrissakes, SEMA hasn't even started yet. Whatever. Full release after… » 10/29/07 11:15am 10/29/07 11:15am

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

Audi A5 E85 Edition Spotted In San Francisco

The folks at CNet's Crave blog were out driving an Infiniti G37 on the curve-tastic streets of San Francisco when they came across a brand-spanking new, and as-of-this-moment unavailable, Audi A5. Even more strange was the car was branded with white lettering declaring that it runs on E85 and that it was powered by… » 10/19/07 9:30am 10/19/07 9:30am