Monthly Archives: September 2007

An end to hybrid tax credits

As of today, tax credits will no longer be available on the Toyota Prius, Highlander Hybrid and Camry Hybrid, or on the Lexus GS 450h and RX 400h. They sold too many, were too successful and must be punished so … Continue reading

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282 miles per gallon

Volkswagen could be about to revive its, one-liter concept car for production, unveiled to the world in 2003. The carbon-fiber tandem two-seater had a noisy 300cc, 8.5bhp single-cylinder diesel engine capable of delivering 282 mpg and cutting the average motorist’s … Continue reading

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Conventional tech outpaces Prius

A British study from Cardiff University and Clifford Thames, an automotive consultancy, states: “Conventional technology will overtake the Prius over the next 12 to 18 months, and consumers won’t have to pay a premium for it,” said David Riemenschneider, Clifford … Continue reading

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Green Cars That Guzzle Gas

The average gas mileage of hybrid models available in the U.S. is 33 miles per gallon (combined city and highway). But Chevy’s newest Silverado hybrid truck gets only 16 mpg. The newest Lexus LS 600h L hybrid sedan clocks in … Continue reading

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Structural effect on insulation

Margie wrote greenmesh responding to Yellow Pine Energy Storage: Does using brick, stone or other natural siding effect the insulation value? Masonry products increase the insulation value of a home over wood frame construction by nature of their thermal mass … Continue reading

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Oil up, gasoline moderate…

…but don’t get comfortable. The price of a barrel of oil is at a record high of $82 a barrel, while the price at the pump isn’t climbing as quickly. Is this good news or will the rubber band snap … Continue reading

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Detroit vs. Import

The bite of truth: A product for those who want to consume less energy. WASHINGTON (AP) — A Bush administration official apologized today for a newsletter sent to thousands of government employees that encouraged them to consider fuel-efficient vehicles built … Continue reading

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More hybrids

U.S. hybrid vehicle registrations grew more than 49 percent in the first seven months of 2007 compared to 2006, according to R.L. Polk & Co. California is the top hybrid state. Oklahoma – 143.4 percent Arizona – 86.3 percent Minnesota … Continue reading

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Traffic congestion reality

Texas Transportation Institutes’s 2007 Urban Mobility Report was published today. The report is used by transportation and transit organizations to understand trends and how they will affect us. Traffic congestion continues to worsen in American cities of all sizes, creating … Continue reading

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Less Prius for less.

The base 2008 Prius is now $1,225 less expensive than last year’s model, starting at $20,950 without destination and handling charges. A few standards like including cruise control, a tonneau cover, wheel trim ring, heated mirrors, and seatback pockets, which … Continue reading

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