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

Honda Thinks Plug-In Technology Not Yet Up To Task

Apparently, even in light of Chrysler's announcement this morning » 9/23/08 10:40am 9/23/08 10:40am, Honda thinks all this stuff is nonsense...at least until battery technology is up to the task, reports . Masaaki Kato, head of Honda's research unit, said "For battery-powered vehicles to become more widespread, more popular in the market, we feel…

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…

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

GM Seeing Uptick In Truck, SUV Sales According To Lutz

Bloomberg » 8/29/08 10:40am 8/29/08 10:40am today reports that GM product czar Bob Lutz, referencing a handful of GM dealerships, is saying that the decline in pickup sales may be "bottoming out." Lutz apparently commented that dealers are seeing "some resurgence in demand for full-size SUVs and pickups," though he declined to mention specific figures…

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…

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