Americans in urban areas are driving less, biking more, owning fewer cars, and using public transportation more frequently, according to new research by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG). The number of people driving to work fell in 99 of 100 major urban areas between 2006 and 2011, and the number of miles driven by car fell in (more…)
Green transportation is evolving at an extremely rapid pace. Perhaps a scene from The Jetsons is an unlikely scenario in the near future, but there are a number of very fascinating things currently happening in the transportation industry. For one thing, many public transportation buses now run on natural gas, a cleaner burning fuel than gasoline. In addition, advances are being made in technologies that allow automobiles to run on biofuel derived from algae. And let’s not forget about the electric vehicle which only recently went from a concept to a reality. Because we rely so heavily on transportation in our day to day lives, developing more efficient and cleaner ways of traveling will be critical to saving our environment.
Ford will debut a stop-start option on all of its highest volume vehicles. That’s the word from the unveiling of the new Ford Edge concept (see picture) at the 2013 LA Auto Show last month. Stop-start systems automatically shut off a car’s engine at stoplights or in other situations where the vehicle would otherwise be idling. (more…)
The Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Ford C-Max Energi are the top three electric vehicles on the roadways, but what about our waterways? Electric cars aren’t the only vehicles transforming sustainable and economical transportation. Electric boats are also traversing historic waterways and canals that have been polluted with oil and noise. Electric boats may (more…)
Though dozens of hybrid models are available for sale in the United States, the vast majority are sedans. Still, there are a handful of options for consumers in search of both fuel economy and passenger and cargo room. Based on the latest sales numbers, here are the five top-selling hybrid SUV options. (more…)
Every day, it seems we read more about hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, most of which appear to be written purely to further confuse people who don’t really understand this in the first place. An excerpt from the article linked above: “Fuel-cell vehicles …. can operate on renewable hydrogen gas.” As the author must know, the concept of “renewable (more…)
Construction vehicles and equipment are major sources of diesel pollution and unfortunately can pose as serious public health threats since diesel exhaust contains more than 40 toxic air contaminants, carcinogens, and fine particular matter. (more…)
Here’s an article on electric vehicles that suggests that three-quarters of new car shoppers are unaware that EVs even exist. I’m somewhat surprised by that, and I wonder if the questions weren’t worded improperly or the sample isn’t somehow skewed.
I’m reminded of my interview with Dr. Michael (more…)
Biodiesel offers a significantly improved environmental impact compared to both ethanol and (more…)
California is a big state. For anyone who has ever driven from south to north or vice versa, knows that this state is big and diverse in more ways than a short article can describe. Imagine my delight when Audi gave the go ahead for me to test the 2014 A7 TDI on a road trip that would take me from San Diego to Sonoma and back with a few detours along the way including the Sierra Nevada mountains. (more…)
Picture yourself back in 1995 for a moment. Besides questionable music and fashion choices, we were at the start of some troubling trends in energy. The fuel economy of our cars and trucks had flatlined for five years, and they would stay that way for another 15. We were producing less and less of our own fuel at home, and biofuels were barely on the map, let alone (more…)