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Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and EV Buyer's Guide: Which one do you want?

Making sense of these three high-tech powertrains.

If you're shopping for a new vehicle these days, there's a litany of acronyms, buzzwords, and technobabble to further complicate an already difficult decision. But if you're looking at a green powertrain, you have three basic choices to compare: hybrid, plug-in hybrid and "EV" or, electric vehicle.

GM plans to cut manufacturing CO2 emissions by 40% by 2010

General Motors yesterday pledged to cut the carbon dioxide emissions from its manufacturing plants in North America by forty percent over the next three years. The reduction amounts to 4.5 million metric tonnes of CO2. This is part of GM's participation in the EPA Climate Leaders program which brings together business and government to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Nation's largest ports attend "Faster Freight - Cleaner Air" conference

Port representatives from around the U.S. are currently attending the third Faster Freight - Cleaner Air (FFCA) conference which examines technologies and processes designed to reduce the environmental impact of all sectors of the goods movement industry (rail, trucking, marine, off-road equipment and air freight). Last November the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach adopted

What does your employer do for your commute? US government ranks top 20 workplaces for commuters

For the last three years, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transporation have ranked 20 companies that they feel offer the best benefits for commuters and for three years Intel has come out on top. Why shouldn't they? They offer their employees vanpools, subsidies for public transportation, showers and storage for those who bike or run and even a dry-cleaner to lessen the demand for driving. And what if you could measure your commute times in milliseconds? In 2005, a who

EPA proposes renewable fuels standard

Reuters reports that yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a "renewable fuels standard" in order to comply with a 2005 law mandating refiners and marketers to raise biofuel production to 7.5 billion gallons in 2012. As reference, production for 2006 is projected at 4 billion gallons. Renewable fuels currently make up 2.78 percent of the nation's gas sales. The EPA's proposed standard would raise that to 3.71 percent next year.

Honda FCX update: going the extra mile

In a recent press release, Honda announced that they were able to extend the driving range of their 2nd generation FCX fuel cell vehicle from 190 miles to 210. To achieve this, they didn't replace the catalysts, rework the exchange membranes or rebuild the fuel cell stack. They found the additional 20 miles in a software upgrade. Welcome to the future.

Biodiesel advocate Willie Nelson honored by EPA

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored singer Willie Nelson for his work in promoting biodiesel. Nelson, who first heard of the blended vegetable and petroleum diesel from his wife two years ago, has since traveled across the U.S. to become arguably the alternative fuel's highest profile advocate. The country great has even gotten into the Biodiesel business, creating Willie Nelson Biodiesel, and has his own brand, "BioWillie".

EPA going soft on automakers?

Environmental groups will no doubt be disappointed to hear that the new clean air regulations imposed upon automakers by the Environmental Protection Agency will cost companies less than $1 per vehicle. The new regulations mostly address pollutants that come from exhaust tail pipes, predominantly on a cold startup.