Monthly Archives: July 2007

No squeal Porsche hybrid

“If you drive a Porsche in the neighborhood and everyone is . . . saying you are environmentally unfriendly, that is not good for us,” Michael H. Leiters, the head of the Stuttgart, Germany-based automaker’s hybrid program. Porsche, in conjunction … Continue reading

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Extended oil change intervals

Changing oil too often is a waste of money, resources, and adds to the pollution stream. Vehicle manufacturers have extended oil change intervals as engines run cleaner and synthetic oil is more durable. With the exception of Toyota, which has … Continue reading

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Oregon utility blows up it’s own dam

In a win for the eco-system, the largest dam removal in the Pacific Northwest in 40 years began on Tuesday with blasts of 4,000 pounds of explosives by Portland General Electric. see a video of the dam blowing up Marmot … Continue reading

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Quake shakes Prius output

Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp said Monday production of around 55,000 vehicles has been affected as a result of a temporary shutdown in its operations in the wake of last week’s powerful earthquake. Toyota’s Tsutsumi plant, which makes the Prius, will … Continue reading

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Eco civil war

Eco-terrorism against huge SUVs is not exactly Guided Group Interaction, but it does reflect a critical turning point in consumer culture. Gareth Grove bought his dream car, a flashy gray seven foot tall Hummer that was too massive to fit … Continue reading

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Ethanol production causes rising food costs and inflation

Food prices jump 23% in last 18 months and could bring interest rate hikes Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke fears The demand, triggered in part by the increasing use of agricultural commodities to make ethanol and other substitutes for crude … Continue reading

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Segway the Gettysburg battlefield

If you are looking for a low impact way to tour the Gettysburg battlefield, want leave a few pounds of SUV carbon in the parking lot and aren’t into a bicycle or a horse, rent a Segway. I spotted a … Continue reading

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Prius goes 248,548 in 24 months

Highest mileage second generation Prius heads back to Japan for dissection. Andrew Grant a Vancouver, British Columbia cab driver and his partner drove a 2004 Toyota Prius 248,548 miles in 24 months. According to Grant, the Prius just surpassed the … Continue reading

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An American electric motorcycle

The Oregon-based Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle has a driving range of about 50 miles and a 0-30 mph time of 3.8 seconds. It can reach an 80-percent charge in two hours from a standard outlet, and be fully recharged in … Continue reading

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Hybrid mileage lawsuit

John True decided to stop driving his Mercedes-Benz E320 and bought a Honda Civic Hybrid, advertised mileage – 49 miles per gallon in the city, 51 mpg on the highway. After 6,000 miles of driving, True said he averaged just … Continue reading

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