The Navy's Seawater-To-Fuel System: Can I Use It In My Car?

Last week, the US Navy flew a model airplane with a small 2-stroke engine. That's not normally news, except for one big detail: the fuel the plane burned was made from seawater via a process the Navy has been working on for years. Let's look a little into what this sorcery is, and if it'll ever power our cars. » 4/15/14 4:00pm 4/15/14 4:00pm

Gas Rationing Hits New York City

Ever since Hurricane Sandy, gasoline has been in short supply in the areas hit by the super storm. Lines for fuel in some areas have become ordeals that last for hours. » 11/08/12 3:45pm 11/08/12 3:45pm

These Two Maps Show We're All Using A Ton Of Gasoline

As Mark Twain once noted, there are lies, damned lies, and statistics. Statistics are what this report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council is based upon, although by changing their analysis of numbers, NRDC came up with different results regarding which U.S. counties drive American dependence upon… » 10/04/12 3:40pm 10/04/12 3:40pm

Delphi Built A Gas Engine That's More Efficient Than Hybrids

Delphi Automotive is trying to develop a gasoline engine that runs like a diesel. That raises the question, why not just use diesel? According to engineers, gasoline burns cleaner, requiring less expensive emissions devices than those currently required on diesel engines. » 5/22/12 10:00am 5/22/12 10:00am

Gas Stations Don't Really Make Money On Gas

Even though you think gas costs a fortune—because it does—gas stations make little, if any, profit of fuel sales. Their cash cow? The cheap, pink sunglasses. » 4/13/12 1:15pm 4/13/12 1:15pm

Meet Shannon, The Teenage Girl Who Drinks Gasoline

Whiskey's for drinkin' and water's for fightin' over. As it turns out, gasoline's also for drinking, according to one petroleum-swilling teenager. The girl, interviewed recently for the TLC show "My Strange Addiction," has consumed more than five gallons over the last year. » 4/10/12 4:00pm 4/10/12 4:00pm

Ice-Crushed Russian Fuel Tanker May Not Make It To Remote Alaskan Town…

A record-breaking cold snap has left the remote town of Nome, Alaska, dangerously low on fuel. But the Russian tanker ship "Renda" is carrying 1.3 million gallons of gasoline and diesel through the frozen Bering Sea in a path carved by a Coast Guard icebreaker. » 1/11/12 8:30am 1/11/12 8:30am

How does the internal combustion engine work?

The basic principles of automobile internal combustion engines have remained the same for decades. Even today this endearingly goofy clip of gasoline going from tank to exhaust fumes is just as relevant and informative as it was for aspiring moonshine runners in the '30s. » 11/24/11 4:00pm 11/24/11 4:00pm

Mother Leaves Open Gas Cans Around House Because She "Likes The Smell"

Juliana Bryant, a mother of three from Florala, Alabama, was arrested for reckless endangerment after police discovered she'd been keeping open containers of gasoline scattered around the house because she "liked the smell." » 7/22/10 4:00pm 7/22/10 4:00pm

This Is Where Gasoline Really Comes From

Reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil is a topic that's become its own catchphrase. This useful chart shows the top ten vendor nations in thousands of barrels per day as of this summer. Canada? Yes, Canada. » 9/24/09 10:00am 9/24/09 10:00am

Kid Drinks Gasoline To Be Like Optimus Prime

A 14-year-old Chinese boy has been admitted to the hospital with "gasoline dependance" after five years of downing the fuel in order to emulate his cartoon heroes and become a "valiant fighter" like "Optimus Prime." » 7/21/09 2:15pm 7/21/09 2:15pm

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

Is Your Butt Knocking? Gulf No-Nox!

Back when Super 8 movie cameras often fell into the hands of 10-year-olds- say, 1965 to 1985- the stop-motion "invisible car" movie was a classic genre. Here's Gulf's higher-production-value 1968 version. » 5/09/09 5:00pm 5/09/09 5:00pm

Lotus Completes Omnivore Engine, Feeds It Alcohol

Talk fuel efficiency and words like "direct injection," "flex-fuel" and "variable compression ratio" are common. But they aren't usually combined with "two-stroke." Unless you're Lotus that is. » 2/26/09 1:00pm 2/26/09 1:00pm

Obama Wants A Million Plug-In Hybrids On US Roads By 2015

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama delivered an energy policy speech in Lansing, MI yesterday, a key pillar of which is the goal of putting one million plug-in hybrids on US roads by 2015. Obama's proposal would help offset the initial cost of the ambitious program by providing up to $7,000 in tax credits to… » 8/05/08 8:30am 8/05/08 8:30am

Americans Want Hybrids As Long As They Don't Cost Nuthin'

It turns out that a majority of Americans surveyed in a recent J.D. Power & Associates study are very enthusiastic about hybrid technology...until they find out that they have to pay for it. Continuing a long history of having cake and eating it too, 72% of consumers said they were interested in hybrid technology… » 6/25/08 10:00am 6/25/08 10:00am

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

AutoNation CEO Says High Gas Prices Are Good For You, Automakers

Mike Jackson, Chairman and CEO of AutoNation (and thus America's number one car salesman), finally breaks taboo and utters the unthinkable: High gas prices are a good thing. "You have to tell the American people the truth," he says. "Energy costs are going to be higher." Oh Mike, Mike, Mike. Don't you know that the… » 6/09/08 1:00pm 6/09/08 1:00pm

DC Choir Director Prays For Cheap Go-Go Juice In San Francisco

We've tried taking over a major oil-producing country. We've tried making fuel out of food crops. We've even tried making hybrid SUVs. Not one of those solutions has lowered gas prices, so how about praying 'em down? Choir director Rocky Twyman has come out to San Francisco from DC to take a shot at invoking some… » 4/28/08 6:45am 4/28/08 6:45am