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var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/hardware/Ford_and_Ohio_State_building_Fusion_to_capture_fuel_cell_land_speed_record'; Ford and Ohio State University are teaming up to attempt a double land speed record for fuel cell-powered vehicles. Ohio State already holds the land speed record for electrically driven vehicles at 315 mph with the battery-powered Buckeye Bullet. Now they are providing the motor and fuel cell that will power the Ford Fusion XV1 and the Buckeye Bullet 2 when they head out to B

var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/hardware/Ford_and_Ohio_State_building_Fusion_to_capture_fuel_cell_land_speed_record'; AutoblogGreen got a call from Ford this afternoon to let us know about a special new project they are working on. The team behind the HySeries Drive Edge is teaming up with Ohio State University to create a special fuel cell powered Fusion. This fall the Fusion XV1 will traveling out to the Bonneville Salt Flats to make a run at the land speed record for fuel cell vehicles in

Live Earth sounds like one of the biggest parties on earth, ever. And the best part, it's about worldwide awareness of global warming. It will be the Le Mans of concerts, 24 hours straight, broadcast in 120 countries, from venues in Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Hamburg, London, Rio de Janeiro and New York. Artists playing include The Police, Madonna, Genesis, Bon Jovi, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sheryl Crow. I'll definitely be tuning in for the Chili Peppers. It is a key p

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That's genetically modified not General Motors. In most other developed countries of the world outside of the United States GM crops have not exactly caught on. In fact most people want nothing to do with so-called Franken-food. However the Japanese agriculture ministry is now taking a look at the use of GM crops as a feedstock for biofuels rather than food or feed. Ultimately they would like to see the new hybrids approved for human consumption as well but that's another story.

Picture it: one minute you're standing on your 12th story patio enjoying the fresh air, and the next you're falling from said balcony. Your first thought is that you're probably a goner. Then, as the ground approaches, you realize that the car below you may break your fall. Your next (and presumably last) thought would probably go something like "Oh great, it's a Smart C...(splat)."

The responses to our post on the Jeep JT Concept that's headed to SEMA this year were overwhelmingly positive. The number of people who commented they'd buy one if Jeep didn't wussify it on the way to production was incredible. One constant theme was the demand for a diesel engine, and most commonly cited was the 3.0L CRD motor used in other Jeep products like the Grand Cherokee CRD. With purposeful, bare-bones styling and a motor generating 376 ft-lbs. of torque, the Jeep JT would be a workhors

A Dodge Nitro might not be the vehicle of choice of the typical AutoblogGreen reader (it's mileage ratings are modest, certainly not great, at about 20 mpg combined), but you can't beat the price: free to one lucky reader.

This diminutive roller-skate of a car, as seen in Car Magazine, looks positively angry. And somehow, I love it. The Abarth 500 is aimed somewhere between a Brabus ForTwo and a Cooper S in size and performance, which is no bad place to be. The 1.4L turbo-four from the sleek, hot Abarth Grande Punto is likely going to put out the same 150 hp and 170 lb.-ft., making a pretty nice way to save a little gas money. If you're in Europe. The wheels are larger than on the base model and where low-profile

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West Coast food retailer Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market will use a number of new, environmentally-friendly trailers in its fleet operations. The aerodynamically-designed trailers are designed to help increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions through innovations such as a hybrid refrigeration vector unit.

Camera wielding spies around the Nurburgring have spotted what appears to be an Abarth variant of the new Fiat 500 super-mini. Abarth is Fiat's long-time in-house tuner and it looks like the Italians are taking direct aim at the latest Mini Cooper S with the new Abarth 500. The larger lower-profile tires put down what is anticipated to be 150 hp from a 1.4L turbo four cylinder. CAR is projecting a 0-60 time of 8.0 seconds, which given the 500's diminutive size seems conservative, but this could

Yeah, I know that some people make their own biodiesel, sometimes using fresh new vegetable oil and other times using used deep fryer oil. But, I personally don't know anybody who actually grows their own crop, mashes up the seeds and uses the oils to make biofuel. I still don't, because I don't know the author of this post here, but I digress. The seeds that he is starting with are Jatropha seeds, which he sourced on eBay from outside the country. He lists the reasons that he chose that plant o

Carbuyers are such a fickle group. Chrysler learned that you can inundate them with all the cute ads, fashionable promotions, and corporate celebrities you've got, only to see sales stagnate and even decline. But CNW Market Research says the way to greater sales is to just throw yourself a little multi-billion-dollar buyout.

In an effort to clean up his reputation after a court came down on him with an embezzlement conviction last February, Hyundai Motor Co. Chairman Chung Mong-koo has vowed to give $1.1 billion of his own money in charitable donations over the next seven years. His initial pledge was made last year as he sought leniency from the courts -- both the law court and that of public opinion -- and he reaffirmed his promise recently as he appeals the Seoul High Court to reverse the charges that landed him

Most executives in the auto industry speak with one voice when it comes to California's efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks and it's not a positive tone. Carmakers don't like having a patchwork of regulations to meet because that can result in rules that are at cross purposes.

The new 2008 Opel Vectra is obviously very close to introduction based on how many times it has been turning up at the far end of spy camera lenses lately. The latest images that have appeared show a couple of views of the new car with all the striped mylar photoshopped away to give us a clean look at the first vehicle built on General Motor's Epsilon II platform.

As we mentioned yesterday, the small car deal between Chery and Chrysler has been thrown up in the air a bit by Daimler's dumping of Chrysler.