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These event data recorders are already in 96 percent of vehicles

If you thought police tracking your movements via license plate scanners was creepy, you may want to check your owner's manual to see if your own car has been spying on you for decades.

We've covered Epic Electric Vehicles before. From their plug-in ski boat, to their emissions-free ATV, Epic seems to offer a vehicle for almost any terrain. Their third installment takes on the open road in open air style: the three-wheeled Epic Torq roadster EV.

Only about a week ago did the company Epic EV makes its very first delivery of the Torq Roadster to a customer. Before that, our colleagues at Translogic spent some time with company founder Chris Anthony and were the very first to get some seat time in this Morgan-Three-Wheeler-Meets-Tesla-Roadster EV.

Vehicles like the sporty Tesla Roadster and capable Bremach T-Rex have gone a long way toward dispelling the perception that electric vehicles are only for your run-of-the-mill tree hugger. Sure, most EV owners would describe themselves as environmentally conscious, but with the variety of electric-powered rides on the market today, EVs can meet more needs than simply cutting down on local CO2 emissions. We've brought you episodes featuring all-electric motorcycles, go-karts, and race cars, but

When your summer involves a water-propelled jet pack, high-speed hydroplanes, and being jumped by a professional wakeboarder while trailing off the back of an all-electric sport boat, it warrants a look back. That's why we brought you TRANSLOGIC 72: Best of Summer 2011. For more info on any of the waterlogged rides seen in our summertime special, check out the In Detail posts below:

How can an EV save your life when giant insects attack? California-based electric vehicle manufacturer Epic has an answer in a new promo touting the off-road ability of its Amp ATV, a rugged, all-electric four-wheeler that features "silent mode."

Electric boats aren't exactly new. Sport fishing enthusiasts have long relied on electric trolling motors that are less likely to disturb the fish they're trying to catch and make it easy to maneuver in tight spaces. What EPIC has done with its 232se is taken the known benefits of electric power and applied them to a sport boat. The environmental impact of recreational boating may be minimal compared to automobiles, but recently the EPA has began to more heavily regulate watercraft as well. Abo

While looking around for information on EPIC's now-canceled sponsorship of the Rahal-Letterman Racing Team, I discovered that the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council is undergoing a rebranding. The new name: "Growth Energy."

During the keynote session of the Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Institute conference last May, Bobby Rahal, head of Rahal Letterman Racing, gave a talk that described his role (click and scroll down a bit) in helping the Indy Racing League move to using 100 percent ethanol fuel. In short, Rahal was fully behind the move to the biofuel. Turns out, ethanol isn't fully behind Rahal.

I wonder just how much money and time has been spent by national organizations promoting flexfuel vehicles - even though we all know that E85 fuel is pretty hard to find. Whatever the calculation, we need to add in the cost of a new F150 crew cab flexible-fuel vehicle (around $36,000) and a year's worth of E85 (around $6,000). This was a bonus prize awarded to the Dirk Devries family in Minnesota, which recently won ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The local Dave Syverson Ford is providing

Holidays in the U.S. are used for so much more than celebrating. We've got President's day sales, the Christmas shopping season, special Easter candy flavors (notice a trend?). For the Fourth of July, something to do with being free is often in order, and this year the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) has decided that it's energy independence that we need to focus on as a country, dagnabit.

Here's an interesting way to phrase things. The Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) is trying to reframe America's current high pump costs with this headline: "Gas Prices Force Americans to Push for Ethanol Fuel." O rly?

Teachers, start your biofuel engines. The Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) is providing one free pack of ethanol promotional items to educators. On the EPIC website, the item list for the packs says they contain the following:

Trying to get citizens to do the heavy lifting of ethanol promotion, the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council has opened up a commercial contest with a big cash prize. The call for short entries (27 seconds is the maximum length) asks for people to "Tell us in less than 30 seconds how ethanol is a part of your life and how you're fueling American independence and a greener, cleaner future one tank at a time."

As I wrote yesterday, even people in Kansas have a hard time supporting corn ethanol. Still, the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) has never let problems with the biofuel's negative impact get in the way of talking it up at every chance. Now, that good news is going to go into overdrive with EPIC's Good News Network. According to Domestic Fuel, the GNN is a "new e-newsletter to spread the good press that ethanol is getting." I can't tell exactly how often the emails will go out, a

Even though this week's $100-a-barrel oil prices were a bit of a false alarm, expensive oil is not a joke. In response to the record rate, the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) released a statement that calls ethanol one of the "realistic solutions to our dependence on a dwindling supply of energy" and says that "he ethanol industry will rise to the challenge and continue to provide a renewable, efficient, economy boosting product for Americans. Without ethanol, the cost of our oi

The Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) is never going to say anything bad about ethanol. It's an organization made up of ethanol producers and industry leaders and their whole job is to, well, promote ethanol. But the group's latest pro-ethanol release is a bit astounding: "According to experts, if every gallon of ethanol were removed from today's gasoline supply, per gallon gas costs would rise an estimated 45 cents, making the national average for fuel nearly $4.00 dollars per ga

I wrote about Sam Hornish, Jr.'s initial win of $2,500 Ethanol Fast Lap contest at the Indy 500 a little over a week ago and now there's updated news. There are a total of five of these Ethanol Fast Lap days this month, four of which have now taken place. Turns out, Hornish has won the competition all four of those days and his fast lap times have earned him $10,000 from the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council. The awards go to the driver with the fastest practice lap speed for five days d

US Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman will promote Ethanol during an appearance at Ethanol Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tomorrow, Energy Efficient Motorsport. Rahal Letterman Racing, which runs a car supported by Team Ethanol, invited Bodman, who will do a press conference about ethanol in racing and the more general future of alt-fuels in America. He will also meet with executives of the EPIC (Ethanol Promotion and Information Council).

South Dakota is making it a little bit easier to see Mt. Rushmore or the Corn Palace in a green car. The state office of tourism is mailing out up to 3,000 $20 ethanol vouchers to drivers to spend when they fill up with some sort of ethanol-related fuel in South Dakota. As of today, there are 64 participating gas stations in the state, but more are promised.

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