Monthly Archives: May 2007

`Hypermilers’

Laurie With, by her Honda Civic hybrid in Sauk Rapids, Minn., is part of a dedicated group of people around the country calling themselves hypermilers, attempting extreme means to get crazy mileage. Drafting off the rear right corner of a … Continue reading

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GM shifts gears to put the guzzler image behind them

Five years ago, General Motors Corp. gave the world the Hummer H2, a vehicle so fuel-thirsty that GM took advantage of a federal loophole that allowed the company not to publish its estimated mileage. Today, the No. 1 U.S. auto … Continue reading

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Solar/Wind Hybrid Electric Ferry Unveiled in NYC

An electric ferry that will take passengers to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island uses a “solar sail” covered in solar panels that collect energy from the sun and wind. It is almost silent, emits no vibration vibration and … Continue reading

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Instead of gobbling a Twinke, why not try a piece of organic fruit

We’ll call it the Twinkie phenomenon. The 150 calorie delight just isn’t selling as well as it used to. According to snack and wholesale bakery magazine, the Twinkie brought in $21 million less last year than the year before. That’s … Continue reading

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What’s lurking behind the plug-in hybrid

Lithium Technology Corporation (LTC) unveiled a retrofitted plug-in Toyota Prius this week pushing efficiency to 125+ miles per gallon fuel efficiency. The battery for the Prius utilizes LTC’s new product line of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) cells, the largest cells … Continue reading

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“Bin Laden hates this car”

R.James Woolsey, former director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, drives a Toyota Prius with a bumper sticker that reads, “Bin Laden hates this car.” The sticker is a testament to Woolsey’s irreverent approach to American foreign policy and what … Continue reading

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A stealthy hybrid war machine

As a driver of a Civic hybrid, I am used to the stunned reactions of people jumping out of the way as my car glides silently behind them across a parking lot when the gasoline engine shuts off. The Toyota … Continue reading

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China’s climate change machine is fueled by America’s desire for cheap goods

World emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide increased three times faster after 2000 than in the 1990s, putting them at the high end of a range of forecasts by an international climate change. At the same time, a trend … Continue reading

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Yellow cabs go 100% green

New York City’s fleet of yellow cabs will go entirely hybrid within five years, and all its vehicles for hire will have to meet new emissions and mileage standards by next year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to announce today. … Continue reading

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Drivers cut back miles for the first time in 26 years

The average American motorist is driving substantially fewer miles for the first time in 26 years because of high gas prices and demographic shifts, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal highway data. —high gas prices are working to … Continue reading

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