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E85 Viper goes 189mph; see video in link

Karl Jacob took his E85-fueled, 1,100-horsepower to the Mojave Friday and came away with one world record in the standing mile. With car builder Ron Misjak Jr. behind the wheel, the Viper hit 189 mph to set an E85 mark but missed the gasoline-powered street car record of over 217 mph. According to the team's website, an intercooler problem canceled any further runs. A Mike Magda

Cal Poly wins Shell Eco-Marathon with 1,902.7 mpg!

Click the photo for a hi-res gallery from the Shell Eco-Marathon

Eco-warrior breaks bread with Hummer exec and talks green

At the invitation of GM, eco-blogger Michael d'Estries of Groovy Green attended the New York Auto Show. At dinner he took advantage of being sandwiched between Hummer boss Ross Hendrix and GM's lead exec on environmental issues, Beth Lowery. Michael's first questions to Hendrix: "So Ross, when is Hummer going green?"

Freedom from Oil strikes again in New York

The same environmental protesters who disrupted a speech by GM's Rick Wagoner in Los Angeles have hit the New York Auto Show. Two Freedom from Oil members climbed the support structure at the Javit's Center yesterday to unveil a 20-foot banner attacking Toyota. They were arrested after police used a cherry picker to get them down. The New York protest drew very little attention compared to the stunt in LA when two of the group's members Mike Magda

New York Auto Show: Audi S5 hits North American shores

click above image to view more images of the red Audi S5 at the NY Auto Show

Scientists say Japanese automakers doing more for US environment than Detroit

The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report yesterday that says Japanese automakers are driving Americans toward a cleaner environment. Meanwhile, domestic automakers are producing vehicles with the worst smog and global warming emissions. Heading up the list are Honda and Toyota while Ford, GM and DCX bring up the rear, according to the group. In the middle were Hyundai-Kia, Nissan and VW.

New York Auto Show: Polly Wheels gives young girls their own line of die-cast cars

Update: We just added a gallery of high-res photos of the Polly Wheels collection.

Toyota starts offering $2,000 incentives on Prius to counter dwindling tax breaks

Toyota sold a bunch of Prius hybrids last month but now the company is offering $2,000 in discounts at the dealership. The move comes on the heels of fewer tax credits available to Prius shoppers. The discounts range from $600 to $2,000 for features such a navigation, hands-free mobile phone connection and rear-view cameras. Toyota earlier offered low-cost lease options and no-interest financing packages. The automaker is looking to boost Prius sales 64 percent this year with a goal of 175,000 u

Western states leading biodiesel bandwagon

The New Mexico legislature has passed a bill requiring all diesel fuel sold in the state to have at least a 5-percent blend of biodiesel. Gov. Bill Richardson is expected to sign. The measure requires all state vehicles with diesel engines to be using B5 by 2010, and all diesel sold in the state will be at least B5 by 2012. State officials can suspend t

Austin, Texas, has visions of plug-in hybrids powering grid during peak hours

Austin Energy, the public utility in the Texas capital, wants plug-in hybrids to do more than reduce fuel consumption in the area. The city hopes that the vehicles can get charged during the off-peak hours at night, then return a few watts to grid during peak hours. Officials realize the time frame involved before plug-in hybrids become commonplace on the streets.

Environmentalist who walked America and didn't speak for 17 years, now drives Prius

While Al Gore's movie and celebrity friends draw considerable attention, one of the first eco-celebrities earned his green stripes with a 17-year vow of silence and long walks across the country.

More employers offering green-car incentives to workers

Local governments are seeing the benefit of purchasing vehicles with good gas mileage and alternative-fuel capability. Now they're trying to inspire their employees to purchase similar vehicles. The Los Angeles County Supervisors is working on a plan to encourage county workers to purchase hybrids or other high-mileage, low-emission vehicles. Ninety percent of the county's employees commute to work.

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