Monthly Archives: September 2006

A sun powered Chevy Equinox

What if you could buy a home solar energy extracting pump from a car manufacturer to run their products?!! In the latest round of who’s greener, General Motors announced that they will be selling a domestic hydrogen refueling unit by … Continue reading

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Ethanol blend (E85) available in Windsor Township

The Tom’s convenience store at the intersection of Route 124 and Route 24 is selling ethanol blend, E85. The blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline is not suited as a replacement for gasoline in every vehicle.

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Electric propulsion: A strange cycle of life and death

Sony pictures recently released a documentary, “Who Killed The Electric Car”. The basic point of the movie was that General Motors designed an all-electric car, the EV1, and an infrastructure to recharge it because they were required to meet a … Continue reading

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Toyota hybrid begins tax credit phaseout Oct. 1

The Internal Revenue Service announced yesterday that Toyota has submitted quarterly reports indicating that its cumulative sales of qualified vehicles to retail dealers has reached the 60,000-vehicle limit during the calendar quarter ending June 30, 2006.

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Ten possible reasons the price of gas has declined

The price of gas has suddenly declined more than 50 cents a gallon in the past month. After a few years of terrorism, bad weather and the resulting supply shortage fears, everything seems to be OK for now. Trying to … Continue reading

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Honda finds a more efficient way to make ethanol from inedible plants

Honda and its partner, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) said today that they have discovered a new method that allows large volumes of ethanol to be produced from widely available waste wood, leaves and other soft … Continue reading

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High speed rail: Pennsylvania railroad can be proud again

Fifteen years ago, the Amtrak railroad line between Harrisburg and Philadelphia was almost dead. I recall talk of shutting it down. Govenment funds had been infused into Amtrak for years with the hope that there might be a use for … Continue reading

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Prius Taxi fleet long term test

Surinder Kang, general manager of Empress Taxi in Victoria, B.C. His company has 39 Priuses on the road, the oldest having traveled 300,000 km (186,411.miles) so far. “Gas savings, coupled with a new vehicle with less repairs and less down … Continue reading

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Turn your Prius into a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) for your house

A UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) for your home computer is a low voltage battery system (usually 6-12 volts) that inverts power to house current (110 volts) over a short period of time providing your computer with an uninterrupted supply of … Continue reading

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CAFE tax credit for flex-fuel (E85) vehicles is a scam

Yesterday, Bernd Pischetsrieder, chief executive of Volkswagen, attacked biofuels made from food crops as unsustainable, setting the German carmaker at odds with President Bush and U.S. auto makers. http://msnbc.msn.com/id/14722804 Why does a German automotive CEO think this way while US … Continue reading

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