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More than half of General Motors' 2009 patent filings were for green tech

Over the years, General Motors has not often been seen as a forward-thinking company when it comes to green technologies. Sure, the Chevrolet Chevette was one of the first American cars to crack the 30 miles per gallon mark (the diesel model got north of 50 mpg). True, the Nik Bristow

Department of Energy announces $20M for new geothermal ideas

Seems like every time we turn around, the Department of Energy is making another announcement about our nation's energy future (if you believe that most cars will eventually be electric, these announcements are about our automotive future as well). Just a few days ago, we told you about the DOE's promising investment of $62 million into concentrating solar technology. Good news. Th

HHI's Volta 102 - rockers vs. mods goes electric

Say you're in the market for an electric motorcycle but you don't like the modern styling of a Zero S or a Brammo Enertia. Or maybe you do, but some jerk who works in your office already has one. Well, now you can get a modern electric bike that looks like anything but. Check out custom bike designer James

Department of Energy invests $62M into Concentrating Solar Power

The coming electric vehicle (EV) revolution has a not-so-secret dirty secret – coal. About half of the nation's grid energy comes from coal. And while EVs charging up on current from coal-fired power plants still have smaller carbon footprints than equivalent gasoline-powered vehicles, we're pr

DOE might go looking for "unconventional fossil energy"

This is a post for all the faithful readers of ABG who work the comment section of each post like a rented mule. We suggest you head over to the Department of Energy's website and let them know what you think. After all, they're asking for it.

Video: Hay, here's a great idea how to clean up the BP oil spill

CW Roberts employees demonstrating hay's ability to remove oil from water – click above to watch the video

Will your car soon have talking tires? Shrader Electronics thinks it should

Whether or not you believe properly inflated tires save fuel, more and more vehicles are coming equipped with tire pressure monitoring sensors (TPMS). Sensors mounted in either the valve or on the wheel itself measure tire pressure and alert drivers when their tires drop below a pre-set level of inflation. An Irish company (who's websit

Electric vehicles love Oregon and vice versa

Oregon has always been a state that values its independence (without having to threaten secession). In fact, the state motto is "alis volat propriis," which (ignoring the no-feminine-pronoun-in-Latin issue) means "she flies with her own wings." That independent spirit lends itself to open-mindedness – which might be a big reason Oregon is quickly becoming a favored proving ground for electric vehicles and electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure – and is just one of many reasons we want

Home-built electric motorcycle takes on the big boys in TTXGP

Outside of SCCA or a weekend racing school, us working stiffs never get the chance to get on the track and let it all hang out for guts and glory. Well, John Wild and Sean Ewing aren't satisfied with amateur track days. They're entering the TTXGP electric motorcycle grand prix.

The Automotive X prize is for chumps - Kansas students aiming for 500 mpge

We've told you about the University of Kansas EcoHawks before. They're a group of engineering students from KU who are trying to build a car that will get 500 miles per gallon-equivalent. One of their ongoing projects is a 1974 Nik Bristow

Japan: still the future - Daihatsu unveiled Chevy Volt-like concept 17 years ago

We knew it was too good to be true. Something about the Chevrolet Volt just didn't add up. How did General Motors, a corporate leviathan known showing very little forward thinking in the green car arena (except for the EV-1 ex

Volkswagen debuts E-Lavida in China

The Lavida, Volkswagen's first vehicle designed and developed by and specifically for the Chinese market, will soon be going electric. Comrades, behold the E-Lavida. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, details about the actual vehicle are pretty thin at the moment. The car will be developed semi-independent of German overseer's, b

New report concludes carbon sequestration "profoundly unfeasible"

Ever since the idea of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) was first proposed, everyone from politicians to Big Oil lobbyists have spoken of the technology as already up and running successfully and ready for large scale implementation. Well, a new report in the Journal of Petr

Finnish company Pegasor introduces real-time particulate sensor for diesel engines

Biodiesel is still in limbo here in the U.S., but even if we never return to large scale production, at least diesel vehicles can continue to get cleaner on their own. The latest example of cleaner diesel tech news comes from Finland, where Pegasor Ltd. has introduced a new, compact, continuously operating and real-time Nik Bristow

Tonight, James Cameron attempts to terminate the oil and coal lobbies (on CNN)

There were obvious eco-preservation overtones in the movie Avatar, but we didn't know James "King of the World" Cameron was such a fervent defender of the planet. With Pandora safe from mineral exploitation, Cameron is leading a charge here on Earth against what he considers a disinformation campaign perpetuated by the oil and coal lobbies. If you've seen a TV spot that includes the

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