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8Infographic: the fastest electric cars in the world

Electric vehicles may be quiet, but they're not necessarily slow. To set the record straight, see the infographic below called "The Fastest Electric Vehicles on Earth," which displays high-speed electric planes, trains and automobiles.

38Some cars to be as clean as electric train travel by 2020

Ex-Ford engineer Richard Parry-Jones is now chairman-designate of the UK's Network Rail. Having looked into the futures of both car and train development, he believes that by the end of this decade the most Earth-friendly internal-combustion engine cars will be about as polluting, on a per-passenger basis, as high-speed electric trains.

23Some cars to be as clean as electric train travel by 2020

Ex-Ford engineer Richard Parry-Jones is now chairman-designate of the UK's Network Rail. Having looked into the futures of both car and train development, he believes that by the end of this decade the most Earth-friendly internal-combustion engine cars will be about as polluting, on a per-passenger basis, as high-speed electric trains.

34Infographic: What's the greenest way to get there?

What's the greenest way to get from point A to point B? Is it by airplane or train? How 'bout by bus? Or is a grid-charged electric vehicle the greenest mode of transport?

2DOT announces $104.1-million clean-fuel transit initiative

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that transit authorities can duke it out for a share of $101.4 million in federal funds by proposing innovative projects that promote the use of "clean fuels" for public transit. Says Secretary LaHood:

14REPORT: Thieves derail James May's bid for toy train record

Railroad enthusiasts are a pretty passionate bunch. They're not auto enthusiast crazy, but they're close. Top Gear presenter James May fed off that steam-powered energy by working with 400 volunteers to build the longest ever toy train track for his new BBC series James May's Toy Stories. The track was to travel 10 miles from Barnstaple to Bideford, North Devon in the UK, and the Guinness book of World Records was on hand to record the feat for prosperity in the event that it succeeded.

5Blade Runner concept combines a bus with a train

Click above for more pics of the Blade Runner concept

5Amtrak ridership up along with gas prices

The recent trend of escalating gas prices has had major ripple effects on the auto industry, not the least of which is a well-defined (and well-covered) switch to fuel efficient small cars and hybrids. Another statistic which is raising some eyebrows is the apparent return to train travel. Traffic in and out of core Midwest states such as Michigan and Illinois has increased notably in the last year or so. Though Amtrak has raised its ticket prices some 3-percent in the last few months, fuel cost

4Texans' taxes buy terrific trains

Almost a hundred new ultra-low-emission locomotives are cruising the rails in Texas (98 total, with 46 based in Dallas-Fort Worth, 43 in Houston, and nine in San Antonio) thanks mostly to a $75 million Texas Commission on Environmental Quality grant. According to this article in the Dallas Morning News, the $75m covered about 75 percent of the cost of the Union Pacific Corp.'s 98 new locomotives, which would mean that each one costs roughly a million dollars. The good news? "Officials said Wedn

3Corners like it's on rails: Unimog dual-mode road-railer

We here at Autoblog love the Mercedes Unimog, despite its decidedly low-speed nature. It has to do with all that versatility - whether it's running a front-mounted snowblower, spinning a mower deck, or hoisting a lift platform, the 'mog has a way to get the job done. It's like a four-wheeled version of the Leatherman multi-purpose tool. And now, it can get all of those jobs done on railroad tracks as well, as DCX has announced a production version of the Unimog Road-Railer at the Innotrans show

1Japan explores using people as power source

While the Japanese are know for their manga depicting giant-fighting robots powered by unwilling human "batteries", the East Japan Railway Company is taking a less horrific but no less innovative approach in using humans for power. Sibling blog Engadget posts that the company has installed special ticket gates at its train stations that generate electricity as people go to and fro to their trains. Special plates on the floor generate the power from the pressure and vibration of thousands of Japa

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