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The diesels are coming. The diesels are coming!

Click on the image for a gallery of high-res images of the clean diesel Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec.

Brazil & Argentina at war over biodiesel exports

Argentina and Brazil both have large soy industries which have looked to biodiesel production in recent times to boost revenues and expand their markets. Argentina's government has enthusiastically embraced the market for soy oil based biodiesel by implementing tax and trade incentives that effectively undercut the production costs of Brazil's producers. Current estimates put Argentinean biodiesel production costs at $0.22 per litre compared to $0.50 to produce the same fuel in Brazil. The Brazi

Interview with Prof. Andrew Frank, head of the UC Davis Challenge X entry, Team Fate

Back in January we told you about Team Fate, the UC Davis entry in the Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility competition. Team Fate are outfitting a GM Equinox with a plug-in electric hybrid flex-fuel powertrain which will increase the fuel economy of the vehicle from its original 19 mpg to 36.

ABG POLL: What portion of your income do you spend on fuel?

We hear about rising fuel prices all the time and with the Northern Hemisphere Summer on its way, they're sure to rise further. But how much of an impact is fuel having on your hip pocket?

ABG POLL RESULTS: Just how fuel efficient is your vehicle?

On the 5th May we asked you to tell us how fuel efficient your car was so that we could see what kind of returns our readers are getting in the real world. As we said, we know you read AutoblogGreen, but just how fuel efficient is your vehicle?

Greaseball Challenge website and blog go live

The Greaseball Challenge charity car rally is kicking off this week with a launch party on Thursday and to celebrate Emily Horgan and her team have launched the official Greaseball website and Dane Muldoon

Super recyclable new Volvo S80 arriving Down Under

Click on the image for a gallery of high-res images of the Volvo S80.

New BMW M3 V8 engine features Brake Energy Regeneration

The engines in sports cars aren't built for fuel efficiency or low emissions, they're built for speed and power. It's always nice when these seemingly mutually exclusive design criteria align, but typically you're not going to see too much written about sports car V8 engines on AutoblogGreen. One such engine which we'd usually spurn is the brand new V8 powerplant that BMW is shoehorning into their M3 super sedan. There was one feature of this particular engine hidden way down the bottom of the B

Australian car buyers down-sizing in the light of rising fuel prices

In the year 2000, as the IT world scrambled to fix computer problems and people bid farewell to the '90s, Ford and GM Holden - with their Falcon and Commodore, respectively - stood supreme as the dominant forces of the dominant large car market in Australia. Just seven years on and that market has shrunk from 35.9 percent to just 13.5 percent in the light of rising fuel prices which has seen a massive mov

Hydrogen fuel-cell powered H-racer toy wins cool award

In their third annual Bottom Line Design Awards for ingenuity in business success, Business 2.0 and Frog Design have awarded the H-racer hydrogen fuel-cell powered toy as one of "the 11 coolest new products on the Planet." The toy car, created by Dane Muldoon

CarbonFree report points to hydrogen impact

Click on the image for a gallery of high-res images of the hydrogen-powered Honda FCX Concept.

U.S. Army going hybrid for next generation tactical vehicles

Five demonstration military concept vehicles were on hand at the Strategic Deployment Center at Fort Lewis last week to help the Army choose its next generation of tactical vehicles. Built by three different manufacturers, the three utility vehicles and two maneuver sustainment vehicles all featured diesel-electric hybrid engines and power-take-off. One of the maneuver sustainment vehicle

Kenworth launches new T270 hybrid-electric truck

The Kenworth Truck Company has announced a new Class 6 hybrid-electric truck model, the Kenworth T270 at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The T270 is powered by the new PACCAR PX-6 engine with an integrated transmission-mounted motor/generator linked to a 340-volt battery pack. A dedicated power-management system switches the powertrain between "diesel mode" above 30 mph and "hybrid mode" below 30 mph when the diesel engine gets an e

EcoFuel World Tour driving around the world on natural gas

Click on the image for a gallery of really sweet high-res images of the EcoFuel World Tour.

Racing V8s at Queensland Raceway

Click on the image for a gallery of high-res images of the V8 race cars at the Queensland Raceway.

Aussie utility announces carbon trading scheme

Australian energy utility Origin Energy has taken a leadership position in the trading of carbon by announcing a new Carbon Reduction Scheme for businesses to buy and sell verified carbon offsets. Australia already has a federal government run Renewable Energy Certificate scheme in place for trading electronic renewable energy generation units equal to one Megawatt hour each but previously had no provision

2007 BMW X5 to launch in Australia with 3.0-litre diesel option

Click on the image for a gallery of high-res images of the 2007 BMW X5.

Arizona State extending fuel cell-life with antifreeze

Researchers at Arizona State University, working on prolonging the life of hydrogen fuel-cells by increasing hydrogen storage density, have hit upon a new chemical combination to achieve their goal. By taking sodium borohydride which is used to store the hydrogen, and adding to it a chemical found in antifreeze, the researchers have found that the fuel-cell can generate more electricity without chemical by-products inhi

It's time to pimp some hybrids

In reporting on the trend in the automotive market to add dashboard electronics to non-luxury cars, PhysOrg points out that "pimping your ride" is now virtually mainstream. Regular consumers are reportedly ignoring engine size and other traditional benchmarks for a vehicle's value in preference for a burgeoning fascination for gadgets such as heated cup holders, rear parking cameras, iPod integration kits and voice-activated navigation syste

Suzuki builds three new factories in India

Click on the image for a gallery of high-res images of the Suzuki Ionis fuel-cell concept

First buses arrive as part of the Plug-In Hybrid Electric School Bus Project

Two of the first 19 hybrid school buses have just been delivered to Manatee County, Florida as part of the Plug-In Hybrid Electric School Bus Project. Designed to test the viability of the new buses, a hybrid and a control bus will travel the same route, alternating every two weeks, for a period of two years which should equate to more than a million miles of service each.

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