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Pump: The Movie, wants to crush America's addiction to oil

if you've ever felt like going to the gas station was in some ways similar to a junkie visiting a dealer, we've got the movie for you. Pump: The Movie is coming to theaters next month and it looks like it's going to put the addiction to oil message front and center. We like the movie's take-no-prisoners tagline: "Some battles need bullets. This one needs tanks."

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Ferrari FF converted to run on bio-ethanol packs 875 hp

There are drawbacks to every kind of alternative to burning fossil fuels in our cars. Electric cars don't have enough range. Hybrids are burdened with what essentially boils down to two parallel powertrains. Hydrogen is limited to where it is available. Bio-ethanol has its own drawbacks, but don't tell that to the performance enthusiast. That's because E85 – similar to what IndyCars run on but mixed with 15 percent pump gasoline – is not only a renewable and cleaner source of energy,

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Ferrari FF converted to run on bio-ethanol packs 875 hp

There are drawbacks to every kind of alternative to burning fossil fuels in our cars. Electric cars don't have enough range.Hybrids are burdened with what essentially boils down to two parallel powertrains. Hydrogen is limited to where it is available. Bio-ethanol has its own drawbacks, but don't tell that to the performance enthusiast. That's because E85 – similar to what IndyCars run on but mixed with 15% pump gasoline – is not only a renewable and cleaner source of energy, it also

All 2011 Buick Regals to be flex-fuel capable starting this fall

2011 Buick Regal Turbo – Click above for high-res image gallery

All 2011 Buick Regals to be flex-fuel capable from this fall

2011 Buick Regal Turbo – Click above for high-res image gallery

Geneva Preview: Bentley Supersports Convertible, all Continentals get E85 compatibility

Bentley Continental Supersports convertible – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ethanol will get you free parking at Vikings games, sort of

Here's the problem with flex-fuel vehicles. Also known at E85-capable, flexfuel rides can burn straight gasoline or a gasoline/ethanol blend that is up to 85 percent ethanol. But, since they don't need ethanol, the reality is that most people fill up with petroleum pure and call it a day (in most of the U.S., ethanol isn't all that easy to find, although it's easier now than ever before). The latest numbers available from the U.S. government say that that Sebastian Blanco

Money's not there for flex-fuel and other advanced technologies, automakers say

Here's the thing: American automakers used to fully support E85-capable (aka flex-fuel) vehicles. With a few cheap additions to a standard engine ($100, or thereabouts), a car cou

GM makes the case for testing E15 ethanol blend

GM has long been a proponent of using high-level ethanol blend, E85, in motor vehicles. But, with all of the talk of putting E15 or E20 (gasoline with 15 or 20 percent ethanol blended in) into the national supply - see these earlier posts about the EPA, the Sebastian Blanco

EPA wants to hear your thoughts on E15

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a call today that asks for comments on what would happen if E15 became common in the national gasoline supply. In early March, Growth Energy and 54 ethanol manufacturers submitted an application for a waiver that would allow them to increase the blend of ethanol in gasoline from ten (E10) to fifteen percent (read the PDF).

Geneva Preview: Bentley Continental Supersports, 621 hp ethanol beast

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Geneva Preview: Bentley goes green - really fast - with the Continental Supersports

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What is cellulosic ethanol and how does it fit with green cars?

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Yamaha patents flex-fuel motorcycle

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Minnesota state fleet using 77 percent more E85 this year

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ABC Extreme Makeover winner gets flexfuel F-150 and a year's supply of E85

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 i

Find more ethanol with DriveFlexFuel E85 station locator

One of the problems major automakers cite as a reason that more ethanol isn't used in their flex-fuel vehicles is that the people who own the cars just don't know that you can put E85 into the tank. But there is another problem: not having any E85 available in your area. If you want to find out if you can get E85 locally, there has long been an ethanol station search available at the website of the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition. Douglas Cottrell ov

Suzuki to introduce E100-capable flex-fuel models in 2010

So far, Suzuki has steered clear of alternative fuel vehicles in the American market. They haven't offered any diesels, flex-fuel or hybrid vehicles yet. That may soon change as the company will reportedly launch some vehicles that can run on not just E85, but also E100 as soon as 2010. The powertrains will be targeted at both the U.S. and Brazilian markets were E100 is commonly available. By March of 2009, Suzuki plans to launch a product in Brazil that can handle E25. Suzuki could also use its

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