Monthly Archives: June 2006

Brown trucks go hydraulic hybrid

On June 21, 2006 the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the world’s first hydraulic hybrid delivery truck in Washington D.C. The EPA hybrid features a hydraulic drivetrain that replaces a conventional drivetrain and eliminates the need for a conventional transmission.

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Ford refocuses its hybrid vision

Ford Motor Co. is dropping its pledge to build 250,000 gas-electric hybrid cars per year by 2010. Instead, the No. 2 U.S. carmaker will focus on other fuel-saving technologies in a switch that has provoked environmentalists, The Washington Post reported.

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You can drink from this tailpipe

This hydrogen fueled bus is one of four in use in the United States. At $3.1 million, the buses are still too expensive for transit agencies to run as a fleet. A diesel bus costs about $360,000. Utilizing fuel cell … Continue reading

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Big business smells the sugar in biofuels – biobutanol

BP PLc and DuPont are partnering to create biofuel from sugar beets manufacturing a product called biobutanol. Biobutanol, a rival to the corn-based fuel ethanol, can be made from a range of common crops, such as sugar cane or sugar … Continue reading

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The Saturn VUE Green Line

Available this fall, the Saturn VUE Green Line takes a different approach to hybrid technology. Saturn will build a mild hybrid that will only add a couple thousand to the sticker price over a non-hybrid VUE, but will not provide … Continue reading

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The future – now

A fuel station owner in San Diego is taking fuel diversity seriously. Not listed on the signboard is compressed natural gas. The station is the only one in the U.S. that sells such a wide range of fuels. And it’s … Continue reading

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The mystery of a missing button

North American drivers of the Toyota Prius get to stare at a blank plate that is a functional switch in the European market. Why can’t we have one?

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The F-150 Hydraulic Hybrid

Ford is developing simple approach to regenerative braking and storing energy. The F-150 Hydraulic Hybrid is expected to launch in August 2008.

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