Monthly Archives: February 2007

Boomers start conserving, again

Americans, who make up about 5 percent of the world’s population, are responsible for 45 percent of the world’s carbon emissions from cars and light trucks. The generation, born in the years between the end of World War II and … Continue reading

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Electric car parts in Dover

Dean Crumbling, of Dover, has been dabbling in electric cars for the past 30 years. Years ago, he built a working electric car out of a wrecked 1970 Toyota. He currently drives a 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid with a CVT. … Continue reading

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Hybrid traction in snow

Anyone have a bad experience with an electric hybrid in snow? I keep seeing stories pop up like, Prius Stalls in Snow; Owners Steamed. I don’t have any experience with driving Toyota’s Synergy in the snow. My hybrid car is … Continue reading

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New EPA mileage figure test run

The EPA has given us a taste of the new, supposedly more realistic mileage figures, that will be adopted with 2008 vehicles by showing what current models would get under the new standard. Remember, a 20% drop in mileage in … Continue reading

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The Corncob Car…

…uses carbon briquettes made from corncobs to store methane, the main component in natural gas, at a density of 180 times their volume and at one seventh the pressure of conventional methane gas tanks. The storage system is the first … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Expo

The Harford Community College’s Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Expo will be held April 13-14 from 9 AM – 4 PM. Exhibits will include Energy Efficient Vehicles – Fuel Cell, Biodiesel & Hybrid; Energy Efficiency and Green Building Design; Solar Hot Water, … Continue reading

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Vanpooling Band-Aids

Pay out of pocket or pay higher taxes. Rabbittransit will not be able to start an express bus service to Maryland right now because of the statewide transit funding crisis, but it hopes to offer the next best thing: vanpooling. … Continue reading

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Coal fired B-52 bombers

No…the Monitor and the Merrimack, with their steam boilers, haven’t been adapted to fly. The Airforce is testing a synthetic fuel blend that could be made domestically from coal or natural gas as they seek to wean its dependence on … Continue reading

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GM Pickup hybrid to be built in Canada

GM of Canada announced today that its Oshawa Truck Assembly Plant will be the first plant in Canada to produce hybrid vehicles. The new Two-Mode Hybrid Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra is scheduled for sale in the fall of 2008.

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Electric VW commutes to Dulles

Mike Harvey of Knoxville, MD converted a 92 gasoline powered VW Cabriolet to electric with parts available to anyone with the desire to build one. Designed for a range of 70-80 miles per charge; the car has enough range to … Continue reading

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