Volvo Using Wind Tunnels To Help Save You A Buck At The Pump

It's no secret that a car with slick coefficient of friction will be better on gas. So Volvo decided to build a top-notch wind tunnel in Sweden that they claim is an improvement on traditional test facilities. Volvo's wind tunnel allows a simulated road under the car at-speed, while most tunnels just leave the wheels… » 9/25/08 5:00pm 9/25/08 5:00pm

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

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

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

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

EPA: You Can Trust The 2008 Mileage Estimates, Really!

We've all known for a long time that EPA fuel economy estimates should be taken with a grain of salt. Well, actually, with a bucket of salt, as the testing was done to simulate a very patient 85-year-old behind the wheel, on a road lined with by-the-book traffic cops (for example, the hardest acceleration used was… » 9/17/07 9:30am 9/17/07 9:30am

Senate Votes For CAFE Standard Increase To 35 MPG By 2020, Automakers…

Looks like the US Senate did last night what many all automakers feared they'd do — lump cars, trucks and SUV's together and force all to abide by the same standard for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) numbers. The new standard, if approved by the US House — a feat we're hearing is not fait accompli, would… » 6/22/07 8:45am 6/22/07 8:45am