Monthly Archives: April 2006

The Global Hybrid Cooperation partnership

GM, DaimlerChrysler and BMW are team hybrid. It’s a story of corporate cooperation; combining talents and spreading out the risks. The three automakers have unveiled a group effort hybrid system that integrates two electric motors with a fixed-gear transmission. Even … Continue reading

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See the correction in motion

I made a survey of automotive commercials last night on prime time television. Aside from things crashing into Volkswagens and BMW’s SUV avoiding things to crash into, some of the automakers appear to be giving away profit to move metal: … Continue reading

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The creative consumer can make a difference today

Matt Dunphy writes: Here’s what’s going to happen (I thought this up sitting in traffic myself.) At some point, all vehicles will be gas/electric hybrids, with awesome mileage. This will not slow the amazing per-barrel prices, it just means that … Continue reading

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Stalled in static

I happened to catch the president’s energy speech while sitting in Route 30 traffic today watching an Escalade burn gas. Just the fact that Bush said something is good because it sends the oil speculators running to take some profit; … Continue reading

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This transition is all about the consumer

Bullzeye responded with an insightful response to my Blog entry Red Light Green Light: …“The solution model is in Brazil! How they (have) done this change to an ethanol fuel base is well documented…I suppose if we follow it, many … Continue reading

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“Dust to Dust

According to a 2 year study by CNW Marketing Research, Inc in Bandon, OR., hybrid vehicles use more energy than many conventionally powered vehicles from initial concept to the projected time it is scrapped. The study measures all energy needed … Continue reading

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What is a Quadricycle?

A reader was interested in the specifications of Henry Ford’s Quadricycle… Quadricycle (also spelled quadracycle, quadrocycle) is a four-wheeled vehicle. The most common layout is when the wheels are placed at the angles of a rectangle. The first experimental steam … Continue reading

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Gallons per mile!

With the price of a barrel of oil reaching a new high today, I was inspired to find the most creatively wasteful car on the face of the planet. The Bugatti Veyron 16/4. – An 8 liter, 16 cylinder car … Continue reading

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Mileage, not spin, drives hybrid demand

In advertising, spin is everything. The cunning spinster believes that any idea can be sold if the packaging is shiny enough. In the automotive industry, image, performance and safety have always won the hearts of consumers. These are concepts that … Continue reading

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DiamlerChrysler should hire high school students

It’s an SUV, sports a 5.7 liter Hemi V8, and will get 4 ¾ mpg better mileage than the non-hybrid model. DiamlerChrysler has announced the basic specs on their first gasoline-electric hybrid in North America, a version of the Dodge … Continue reading

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