Monthly Archives: August 2007

Peugeot 308 Hybrid HDi

Peugeot debuted a hybrid diesel-electric hybrid at the Frankfurt Auto show. The parallel hybrid will send power to the wheels via a 6-speed electronically controlled manual gearbox. Peugeot claims that the 308 Hybrid HDi gets 89-69 MPG (depending on who … Continue reading

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Ultracapacitors + small batteries for hybrids

A few weeks ago a Toyota Supra HV-R coupe, using an ultracapacitor, became the first hybrid to win the 24-hour endurance car race held at Japan’s Tokachi International Speedway, 19 more laps than the second-place non-hybrid Nissan Fairlady Z. While … Continue reading

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A greener “normal” car

Axel Friedrich, a top German environmental regulator, got tired of hearing automakers say that stricter emission standards won’t be possible until future technology becomes available. So he hired a bunch of engineers to take a Volkswagen Golf and make it … Continue reading

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Yellow pine energy storage

Old school pine has the property of “thermal inertia,” a phenomenon where the solid wood stored energy during the day, and released it during the night. Southern Yellow Pine was extensively used for building throughout the United States (Colonies) during … Continue reading

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A sweet battery

Sony has developed a battery prototype that runs on sugars that can generate enough electricity to power a music player and a pair of speakers. The battery works by pouring a sugar solution into the unit, where enzymes break it … Continue reading

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GM Hybrid arrives soon

General Motors’ first full hybrid reaches showrooms in November as a Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid or a GMC Yukon Hybrid. Micky Bly, GM’s director of hybrid powertrain integration, says the big SUV will get 25 percent better fuel economy overall than … Continue reading

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Cheaper? hybrids

Toyota announced the price of a Highlander Hybrid will be $190 less for a 4-wheel drive model (2-wheel no longer available). A stripped down version of the 2008 Prius should also be available, however, the cost of one fully loaded … Continue reading

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Jay Leno’s Green Garage

Energy independence is about innovation and vision rather than technology and confusion. Jay’s garage is going green. Like most of us, Jay Leno has been taking a hard look at his footprint on the planet. So in a long-term project … Continue reading

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A Hybrid Camero

I have hope for the future. Do More, Use Less, See how… In 2000, GM’s slogan, as well as most of the automotive industry might have been. Care Little, Take More, See how… Between wars in oil rich nations, the … Continue reading

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BAE Systems hybrid war machines

BAE Systems, our hometown defense contractor in West Manchester Township, demonstrated the first hybrid electric drive system today for ground combat vehicles as part of the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. The hybrid drive system will be used … Continue reading

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