US Vehicle Miles Traveled Drop 3.7% In May; Experts Think Could Possibly Be Related To Higher Gas Prices Or Something

According to a report from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Americans drove 3.7% less in May 2008 than in May 2007. It may not sound like much, but that equates to 9.6 billion fewer miles driven during a month particularly significant as a big vacation travel time. The report notes the decline is primarily due… »7/29/08 9:40am7/29/08 9:40am

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 10:00am6/25/08 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 4:40pm6/12/08 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 1:00pm6/09/08 1:00pm

Toyota's Bill Reinert Spits at 50 MPG Goal, We Take Quote Out of Context

Newsweek just published an interesting, though recycled article about the state of fuel mileage. We've all heard it before right — automakers could give you 50 MPG cars, but then there would be sacrifices in safety, performance, and passenger space. Well according the article and a variety of sources, competition for… »4/07/08 3:45pm4/07/08 3:45pm