How Do The Chrysler Hybrids Match The Volt's EV Range?

When Chrysler dropped its bevy of extended-range electric vehicles » 9/23/08 4:40pm 9/23/08 4:40pm in our laps today as part of the company's new ENVI program, we wondered how coincidental it was that Chrysler was claiming the same all-electric range as the much ballyhooed . The Volt makes concessions to seating and obsessively maximizes…

British Driving Test Now Judges Eco-friendly Motoring Aptitude

The nanny state has added one more criteria to their driver licensing tests: Eco-friendly driving skills. The Telegraph reports that the new testing is being implemented to comply with EU regulations, with government officials stating that motorists practicing the eco-friendly driving techniques could see savings of… » 9/16/08 2:40pm 9/16/08 2:40pm

Tesla Finalizes Single-Speed Transmission, Ups Output, Range

The thorn in Tesla's side, the troubled single-speed transmission for its all-electric Tesla Roadster » 9/11/08 4:30pm 9/11/08 4:30pm, has finally been approved for production, and with it comes an announcement of more power and better range. After durability problems with the original single-speed transmission, Telsa was forced to used a…

Mercedes C250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Prime Shows Off Next-Generation Benz…

Mercedes has announced a new C-Class » 9/10/08 5:00pm 9/10/08 5:00pm car with its next-generation four-cylinder diesel mill, uniquely titled "BlueEFFICIENCY." While we're not sure about the name, the specs are certainly impressive: Mercedes claims 204 HP and 369 lb-ft of torque from the 2.2-liter four, while returning a combined 45 MPG and meeting…

Toyota Launches UK Trials Of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Toyota » 9/10/08 8:30am 9/10/08 8:30am, teaming up with EDF Energy, begins road trials today of the first in the UK. The trials will give Toyota real-world driving test data on its PHEV, while EDF will get to test its public charging stations, 40 of which have already been installed throughout the country — as well as provide yet another marketing…

Mazda Develops Direct Injection Start-Stop, Claims 10% Fuel Economy…

Mazda has developed its own start-stop system capable of turning its cars’ engines off while they’re stationary, then quickly restarting them when it’s time to pull away. The Mazda system differs from that of rivals in that it leaves the pistons in a pre-combustion position, injecting fuel and igniting it to restart… » 9/09/08 4:45pm 9/09/08 4:45pm

Six-Cylinder BMW 3-Series To Get Stop/Start System

The stop/start system already found on four-banger BMW 1-Series and 3-Series cars is expected to make its way onto six-cylinder models sometime within the next year. The system automatically shuts off the engine when the car is at a standstill, restarting the engine automatically when the driver is ready to accelerate… » 9/05/08 12:00pm 9/05/08 12:00pm

Eco-Driving Boosts Mileage By Average Of 24%, According To Ford Tests

We looked at ten different ways to boost your mileage » 8/28/08 5:00pm 8/28/08 5:00pm — and how they interfere with the "American way of life" — earlier. As proof that these techniques can make a difference, Ford claims internal tests show that practicing improves mileage by an average of 24%. Ford and Pro Formance professionals coached 48…

Ten Gas-Saving Eco-Tips Everyone Should Know, And Ten Exceptions To The…

Acknowledging that gas is more expensive than it used to be, and that some people are kinda freaked out by it, these 10 simple gas-saving tips have been shared by the folks at Ford as part of their push for "eco-driving." But while the tips are easy-to-follow for most people in everyday driving situations, some of us… » 8/28/08 12:00pm 8/28/08 12:00pm

Going In-Depth With Ford's Twin-Turbocharged V6 EcoBoost Engine

Today we made our way over to Ford's Beech Daly Technical Center, a nondescript building along the Dearborn side roads which houses what is, for lack of a better term, Ford's engine skunk works. Capable of doing everything from rapid-prototyped vinyl intakes to turning out fully functioning engines, the tech center is… » 8/27/08 7:00pm 8/27/08 7:00pm

Fuelly Offers Social Networking For The Mileage-Conscious, Green Dragons

Filling a need we didn't know we had until just now, a pair of developers have created a website that tracks your fill-ups in a community setting. Dubbed "Fuelly," because every web 2.0 application needs an adorably misspelled name, the site is actually quite fun and full-featured. Just add your car to the system and… » 8/26/08 2:20pm 8/26/08 2:20pm

Automakers Employing Tiny Tweaks To Maximize Fuel Economy On Current…

The Detroit News » 8/26/08 11:20am 8/26/08 11:20am has put together a rundown of all the little tweaks automakers are applying, as quickly as possible, to help current models achieve better fuel economy. Since a wholesale re-engineering of every vehicle is impossible, manufacturers are switching to low-rolling-resistance tires, re-gearing…

Automatics Closing Fuel Economy Gap On Manuals; Engines, Electronics…

In a stringer piece for the Detroit News » 8/20/08 10:20am 8/20/08 10:20am, Rex Roy makes the observation that automatic transmissions are finally beginning to catch up to stick shifts in fuel economy. While we say "it's about damn time," considering automatics make up more than 90% of the US new vehicle market, we simultaneously lament that same…

Hyundai i10 Under Consideration For US Market

Automotive News » 8/19/08 6:00pm 8/19/08 6:00pm is reporting that Hyundai is watching the US launch very carefully to see if an adaption of its Indian-built Hyundai i10 would be right for these shores. In its current form, the i10 is little more than an 1,800-pound coffin, but if it were to see US introduction it would get about 400 pounds of extra…

The Lotus Omnivore: A Piston Engine That'll Eat Anything

Lotus Engineering, in collaboration with Jaguar, is starting up a project they're calling "Omnivore," a task which, if successful, could see traditional internal combustion engines go the way of the dodo. Lotus is planning to meld the two-cycle engine with new technologies — direct injection and a variable compression… » 8/14/08 1:00pm 8/14/08 1:00pm

Don't Fall For Gas-Saving Gadget Gimmicks

If there's anything to remember this weekend as gas prices reach $3.831 per gallon, it's to not fall for gas-saving gadgets. These gadgets are hidden in a corner of your local auto parts store or advertised at 3 a.m. on television, but the fact of the matter remains that they just don't work. Popular Mechanics put a… » 5/23/08 12:45pm 5/23/08 12:45pm