The latest and greatest on the many ways to move around, from electric cars and hybrid vehicles to commuter and electric bikes.
Rail-trail opponents object to public pathways on the grounds of public safety, but crime and antisocial behavior typically decline in areas with trails.
The United States has one of the lowest rates of active transportation in the world, leading to poor cardiovascular health and other diseases.
So, I separated my bicycle gear for the cross-country cycling trip into two piles: needed, and nice. The needed items came in at 43 pounds. I will be traveling through towns almost everyday so replenishing items like soap, insect repellant, sun tan lotion, first aid items, bicycle parts, and personal hygiene should be easy. With this in mind I drastically reduced the quantity and different types of consumables: 37.8 pounds.
Bicycling for transportation takes center stage during National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17, 2013.
American leaders are planning to launch a national summit recognizing the benefits of walking for health.
Tow a compact teardrop trailer to your favorite campsite for a frugal, yet stylish, getaway.
Last year, more than 30,000 Americans participated in the National Bike Challenge and rode more than 12 million miles. This year, the League of American Bicyclists wants to know if riders are ready for a bigger challenge.
Bike-share programs are now operated in more than 500 cities in 49 countries. Most cities are finding that bike sharing leads to better mobility and safer streets.
The Shooting Star State Rail-Trail in southern Minnesota has had a strong impact on the surrounding communities and is becoming a vital link between cities.
The all-new RZT S ZERO is available in select markets and will be headlining the Cub Cadet Test Drive Experience Tour.
Optimize your training routine for the best results.
Crossing flags could improve pedestrian safety and walkability in your city. Find out how to start a program in your own neighborhood.
The National Bike to School Day aims to promote safer routes to school, cleaner air and active transportation. Find out how to get involved in your community.
Thoughts and ideas about purchasing a recumbent bicycle for a cross country trip.
The American Heart Association aims to get people moving by organizing a National Walking Day. Follow some of these easy suggestions to participate in National Walking Day.
Swiss manufacturer Stromer has announced a sweepstakes to give away a new electric bicycle in the U.S.
Cuba's bike transformation was the result of a change in context induced by external forces. It was a disruptive event that forced them to adapt. Here in America, a land of such excess, no such sudden disruption looms (nor could it be predicted, I believe). Our transportation context is centered on the car. Our culture and economy are “driven” by the car. So, how do we create a culture of transportation that is dominated by bicycles?
Bike-share systems are popping up in cities across the Midwest as bike sharing becomes a more popular transportation option.
The growing bike boom may be more than just a fad. It may be a full-blown movement toward a more sustainable mode of transportation.
Why spend hundreds of dollars on a readymade bicycle cargo trailer when you can build one yourself? Portland Pedalworks keeps the project easy and inexpensive in this how-to video.
Walkable neighborhoods will help keep baby boomers active and healthy after retirement.
The new Ford EcoBoost engine coaxes more power from smaller engines using the newest green transportation technology.
Learn how to safely negotiate a turn in traffic for effective cycling within city limits.
Saying ‘Yes’ to a cross country bicycling trip
was easy. After I fully realized what my
mouth had done, my brain had second thoughts.
Most Americans use vehicles to travel less than three miles, a distance that can easily be walked. Choosing active transportation over vehicles can improve your health, decrease your spending and minimize all that time you spend at stop lights.
People are traveling fewer miles in vehicles, suggesting more compact communities whose residents choose walking over driving.
Inspired by classic race cars but grounded in frugality, MAX may be the world’s coolest DIY car that gets 100 miles per gallon.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has launched a new tool to help communities assess their readiness for plug-in electric vehicles.
As gas prices continue to rise, so does car sharing. Walk Score lists the top 10 car share cities in North America.
A Danish study has found that concentration improves among students who bicycle or walk to school.
Winter biking doesn't mean spending tons of money on new cold-weather gear. Adding a few essential items to your closet can help keep you warm during cold weather biking.
Car sharing is becoming more popular in the United States, and is a greener method of transportation.
The Union of Concerned Scientists explains how oil companies profit from your pain at the pump.
The first civilian-built MAXes are nearing completion, and here are a couple of them that are rolling under their own power.
Integrating cycling and public transit is an inexpensive and efficient way to travel longer distances.
The week-long STIHL Tour des Trees is an international cycling tour combining natural beauty, camaraderie and fundraising for the benefit of urban trees.
The League of American Bicyclists has compiled a database of state-specific highlights of traffic laws that affect bicyclists. Find out if you live in a bicycle friendly community.
Reports show green car sales were up in 2012 and are increasing rapidly.
Forget the pressure to become a racer — just enjoy cycling with a "sub-24-overnight," a relaxed approach to bike touring.
As the auto industry works to meet increased federal fuel efficiency standards, consumers benefit from more choices of electric and hybrid cars.
You've converted your truck to alcohol fuel. Now what? Go on a renewable fuel tour to promote it, of course!
The high cost of conventional petroleum fuels have led one Minnesota farming family to make their own alcohol fuel.
Triton College has installed electric car charging stations in an effort to promote greener lifestyles in the community.
How does your city rate for bikeability? Check the Bike Score website.
Car-free living is even more possible with the right bicycles designed to haul everything from groceries to children.
Good news for businesses! An Oregon report shows cyclists and walkers spend more than motorists.
Recent studies and stories from around the world indicate that bicycle travel of all kinds has increased in popularity. The Adventure Cycling Association lists nine new indicators that bike travel and tourism are booming.
Easily attach a pannier or even DIY, impromptu gear to haul everyday cargo with a clear environmental conscience.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently released an updated version of its Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities -- the go-to bicycle infrastructure guide for planners, engineers and contractors.
Feels like I'm finally getting the ball rolling on my DIY Plug-In Hybrid Truck Project. I got a chance to visit Hot Rod Jim, talk about drive shafts, and even got the bed off the truck!
Check out the 2012 Bicycle Travel Award winners selected by Adventure Cycling Association.
The second attempt at weatherproofing MAX involves a convertible top which flips open to get in or out of the cockpit. Not perfect, but not bad.
Schools and cities all around the U.S. are using abandoned rail corridors to encourage foot and bike transportation in their communities.
A former senatorial aide is promoting alcohol-powered cars by driving around Washington, DC in a vehicle he converted to alcohol fuel himself.
I was gratified when, two weeks ago, Consumer Reports announced that the Chevy Volt was the best-loved car in the world among people who drive one – for the second year in a row. I have never loved a car like I love this one. And I have loved some cars.
As gas prices go up, more motorcycles appear on the roads. There's a strong belief among commuters that bikes are cheaper to own and operate. But which machine is really the winner in the battle of motorcycle vs. car?
Mass transportation is on the rise in the U.S. Bus systems, light rail, commuter rail and heavy rail have all seen increases in ridership.
Using an MPG app may help reduce your consumption of gas, and make your commute and road trips more economical and green.
Did you know that the average American’s daily round-trip commute is less than 30 miles? With many electric vehicles having a range of more than 70 miles a charge, they are a reliable and comfortable way for Americans to get from point A to point B. For longer trips, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with a back-up internal combustion engine may be a good alternative. Both help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and contribute to a cleaner environment.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS is proud to announce we have won a prestigious publishing award for our Guide to Green Cars.
Chicago has decided to convert its entire garbage truck fleet to electric trucks from Motiv Power Systems, making it the first city in the U.S. to have a zero-emission fleet.
A Louisiana State University forestry researcher is looking at a fast-growing plant called switchgrass as a potential biofuel feedstock. Using switchgrass biofuel is practical because the plant requires little fertilizer and can tolerate drought and floods.
Walking School Buses make a big impact by improving health, building community and filling in where school budgets fall short.
American Airlines is the greenest U.S. airline for the third consecutive year in Newsweek's Green Rankings List, an annual environmental ranking of the country's 500 largest publicly traded companies.
Watch this short video to hear how bicycle travel can save small town America.
Researchers from the University of Michigan have developed a way to “pressure cook” algae to produce biocrude. The process shows promise in the development of green fuels.
The film “Revenge of the Electric Car” is full of the ups and downs of the up-and-coming electric car industry.
Learn how to teach your kids to ride a bike. It's simple: Use a scooter.
Two grasses under consideration for biofuels in the United States are considered invasive species that may do more harm than good.
Learn the basics of bicycle commuting and how the average bicycle commuter is healthier, happier and more environmentally friendly than their gas-guzzling counterpart.
Build a bicycle cargo trailer and haul almost anything—furniture, boxes, even a barbecue grill—using pedal power.
MAX finally got a deer deflector, after three years of writing about how much it needs one. It'll give a bit of extra rollover protection, too.
Advocating for biking during election season can result in the government focusing on bikeability and walkability.
Ford delivered more than 900 test-drives of its 2013 electric and hybrid vehicles to visitors at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
Bike-Free Day happens all over the world on Sept. 22. Grist is challenging the US to rise to the occasion and celebrate with the global community this Saturday.
One of the newest apps for green car owners is Cleaner and Greener Fuels, which locates refueling stations for alternative fuel vehicles.
New federal standards will dramatically increase fuel efficiency in cars and light-duty trucks by 2025.
This fall's Fuel for the Body T.O.U.R. ("Total Organic Understanding Ride") will educate the public on the benefits of living a green lifestyle that includes eating organic food and supporting local, organic farmers.
An introduction to DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes' 2D CAD software. It's professional quality and it's free, and Jack is converting all the MAX fabrication drawings to DraftSight .dmg documents.
Wood is a wonderful motor fuel! But how much do we need? Wayne tells us how efficient his truck really is on wood gas, and we take a look at how much we'd use if everyone decided to drive on wood.
Life with an EV 12,000 miles later.
Portland is the nation's most bike-friendly city, yet this Oregon community has had to deal with cycling disparities among its population. One nonprofit organization addressed this issue by developing new programs targeting low-income immigrant communities.
MAX gets a temporary mash-up of old and new style body parts (the new nose is at the fiberglassers' having a mold made so we can make more of them) to get road-legal for a trip to Canada.
Our research team's wood gas experiments have been so successful they've used their gas generator to run a wood powered truck.
What's it take to build your own SOLAR-POWERED Electric Car? How about starting small with some hardware store parts and an old child's ride-on toy? Read how a tinkerer Dad builds a Solar-Powered Power Wheels with just basic tools and skills.
“A to B” magazine spotlights many facets of commuting by bike, including electric bikes, folding bikes, and all sorts of bicycling gear.
Our ambition to create a car that could achieve 100 mpg and be built for $10,000 is now reality!
Wayne you'd better slow down! The master of vehicle gasification is hard pressed to stay within the speed limit.
Hay season on the Keith farm means lots of work for the wood-powered truck! Check out these videos of Wayne's farming operation.
Jack has dismantled MAX's body and is making molds from the body parts, so other MAX-like car builders won't have to duplicate his work.
What happens when you gather 100+ wood gassers in one place? They have a convention! The wood gas meetup in Argos Indiana was a blast, check out the photos!
Some states are doing away with laws that require motorcycle riders to drive helmetless. Are they brain-damaged already?
Here's how Wayne Keith he shuts down the wood gasifier when he gets to where he's going.
Here's Wayne Keith lighting up his woodgas truck. He's driving on wood before he gets out of the driveway!
So here's an idea - why not take existing technology and build a DIY diesel electric pickup truck? Is it even possible? I think it is, but I'll need your help!
How much power and performance does a car need for a guy to get a gal's attention? According to MAX fans, not very much.
Learn more about the different types of biofuels, from the ethanol you’re already using to biodiesel from algae and other fuels of the future.
Alternative transportation magazine, A To B, is chock-full of innovative bicycle tecnology reviews and test drives for everything from folding bikes to E-motorcycles and all the accessories in between.
A MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader explains why she loves her Nissan Leaf in this electric car review.
A MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader reports on her green car, the Nissan Leaf.
Super-fuel-efficient, durable and long-lasting, hybrid and electric cars will save you a bundle on fuel — but can you recoup their initial higher cost? That’s the green car payback question we set out to answer.
You don’t have to buy a new car to save money on gasoline. Learn how to get the best mpg in your current car with these 12 fuel-efficient driving techniques.
The tail end of MAX's bellypan (diffuser) gets tuft tested, and the attached video shows the results. This was the finishing touch that got MAX its 100 miles per gallon on the highway.
The growing popularity of plug-in vehicles raises the question of whether our existing power grid can handle increasing electricity demands.
Wayne Keith and Chris Saenz have been making woodgas history. Follow their achievements via the Wood Gas Adventures blog!
Welcome to a new era of high-mpg cars. It’s easier than ever to save money on gas and have fun while driving green.
Check you vehicle owner’s manual for guidance on which types of biodiesel and biodiesel blends you can use in your car.
Learn how to calculate gas mileage and take the first step to saving money on gasoline. Don’t worry, the math is easier than you might think.
Although you might think warming up your car is best on a cold morning, doing so is a bad idea — and not just because it wastes gas.
Hybrid cars now have a 12-year history in the United States, but hybrid car battery replacements have been surprisingly unnecessary. Most of the hybrid cars on the road are still using their original battery packs — even many of the 300,000-mile Ford Escape Hybrids used as taxis in New York and San Francisco.
Been on the hunt for an electric or hybrid minivan? The options are currently limited in the United States, but a wider selection of green minivan options should be on the market soon.
The age-old adage to ‘Know Thyself’ holds true in the quest for fuel-efficient cars. Here are some tips for buying a green car that’s right for you.
Electric car battery range is worse in cold weather: A drop of just 10 degrees could theoretically sap up to 50 percent of a battery’s charge.
A leading automotive tech expert provides the basics about how hybrid cars work and tells how to choose the best hybrid vehicle for your driving needs.
Despite rumors to the contrary, a Prius is still better for the Earth and has less embodied energy than a Hummer.
The electric vehicle challenge is part of a strategy to help reduce dependence on foreign oil.
Learn about electric cars and plug-in hybrid cars, and get information on charging an electric vehicle, lithium-ion batteries, how EVs work and the electric cars available.
Diesel engines are engineered and built to be more robust due to the higher compression ratio in the combustion chamber and the high torque output they produce.
If you can recharge your cell phone, you can recharge the Toyota Prius Plug-in. We find it stylish, thrifty and so quiet we can sneak up on sheep.
Comparing today’s cars that get 40 mpg or better to the high-mpg cars of a few decades ago is neither an accurate nor fair comparison.
If you’ve been holding off on buying that nifty electric car because you’re worried about its safety, think again.
Supply and demand have kept E85 gas prices low, and politics has played a role.
Today’s full-size pickup trucks are more efficient than trucks of just a few years ago, but it’s still common for truck gas mileage to be in the mid-teens. The best overall full-size pickup fuel economy can be found on the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid and GMC Sierra Hybrid.
If you need a new car — and want one that employs green vehicle technology or hybrid vehicle technology to save gas — there’s no major reason to wait.
How I traveled 500 miles in 24 miles (twice) in an electric vehicle.
Why pre-1960 race cars were more efficient than post-1960 race cars, and thus a better example for high efficiency highway cars.
Conversion kit install to convert a hybrid vehicle into a plug-in electric and improve your gas mileage by 25%.
To improve MAX's versatility, the passenger seat is removable, which converts MAX from a couple carrier to a cargo carrier.
Would you believe wood chunks can power a truck? Take a ride with Wayne Keith, who uses wood gas to fuel everything from daily driving to heavy-duty farm work to breaking speed records.
A video demonstration of MAX's windscreen, which deflects air around the driver's face with minimal aerodynamic drag.
David Borden, a long-term MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader and auto enthusiast, reports on the performance and comfort of the all-electric Nissan Leaf.
Right before the new millennium, automakers and vehicle technology innovators are looking to decrease emissions and bring new, greener cars to the masses. Originally published as "'Cell'ing New Fuel" in the August/September 1999 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
MAX at its first autocross. Hey, it's a sports car, right?
There are small things that any city -- large, medium, or small -- can do to become more bike-travel friendly. Minneapolis is a great case study -- a place that many other communities can aspire to emulate.
A car's electrical consumption adds to its fuel consumption. For MAX, turning off the headlights improves fuel economy by roughly 4 mpg.
A couple of weeks ago, the Adventure Cycling blog called attention to the Roanoke Mountain Campground's threatened closure via the Blue Ridge Parkway's Draft Management Plan (DMP).
Building my own electric car seems to have caught the attention of the Media. As though getting on the front page of the County paper for a speeding ticket in my electric car wasn't notorious enough, now I'm getting calls from big-shot reporters!
Cam dressed up as a bunch of blueberries for our local parade, and spoke to a group of university students about peak oil. Never a dull moment....
A surprising benefit of MAX's streamlining is the increased luggage space.
In my 7,500-plus mile adventure in MAX this summer, one lesson really stands out: Haste Makes Waste.
Ford’s Focus Electric is now open for reservations and Chevrolet’s Spark EV will be available in limited markets in 2013.
The "High Mileage Car Show" at the latest Mother Earth News Fair, and the pleasure of driving a fuel efficient car.
Across the pond, engineer Martin Bacon and a team of volunteers have created a coffee-powered car that averaged 66.5 mph over two speed runs.
Caleb and Christian seize the opportunity of driving cross country in a 2013 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Prototype from the Flight 93 Memorial to Lawrence, Kansas.
Less than 3 cents a mile? The Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge proves that such fuel efficiency is possible. This year’s Vetter challenge saw two motorcycles that achieved better than 140 mpg, and four other vehicles that achieved 100 mpg or better. Is this the future of green transportation?
Pedal-powered transportation is an eco-friendly option that is taking hold in some U.S. cities. Pedal-powered vehicles — such as cargo trikes and pedicabs — can transport humans, food, packaged deliveries and more. Learn more about pedal power in this article.
For Bryan Welch, a prototype of Toyota's 2013 Prius Plug-In is a real life example of how gasoline electric hybrids have made major gains in efficiency over other conventional cars.
Keeping the project going is my goal.
MAX gets a lightweight belly pan under the engine, to further reduce aerodynamic drag.
Wayne Keith of Alabama sets a new world record for land speed via wood gas.
Every day, Wayne Keith proves that wood gas can be a practical, renewable and sustainable transportation solution. Certainly not for everybody, but certainly for anyone with moderate welding skills, a sustainable source of wood or other type of biomass, and a sawmill or access to a sawmill. I think there are many, many MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers who fit the previous description, just for starters.
Andrew Rumbold of Bucks County Freedom Fuel will present a workshop on making biodiesel at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
Beyond its role as a cooking medium, vegetable oil is also a source of fuel. Vehicles run on diesel fuel can be converted to run on vegetable oil fuel — a chearper and more environmentally friendly way to travel. Find out here how to convert your diesel car or truck with a vegetable oil conversion kit. You'll also learn about sourcing either waste vegetable oil (WVO) or straight vegetable oil (SVO) to run your newly converted vehicle and get your engine running more sustainably.
Jack took MAX to a local car show and found that even if they're not looking for high mileage, folks think MAX is cool.
The time has finally arrived! Adventure Cycling Association's Underground Railroad Detroit Alternate, section 1, is ready to ride.
Dan Adams of Earthineer will present a workshop on building an electric car at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
On a summertime cross country trip from Oregon to Ohio, I restricted MAX's radiator inlet air a little at a time, demonstrating that very little inlet area (28 square inches) provides sufficient air for cooling.
At the Vetter Fuel Challenge in Ohio, vehicles powered by electricity, diesel and gasoline competed to see who would consume the least fuel in dollars and cents.
Submit your best photos of biking and walking for a chance to win a free, 10-day bike trip to Italy!
MAX ran with the motorcycles in the Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge, with surprisingly high marks--127 miles per gallon. Surprising to the author, at least.
We're cleaning up the details on MAX. One of the finishing touches is clear streamlined headlight covers, and here's how I made them.
Renowned motorcycle inventor and longtime aerodynamics expert Craig Vetter stopped by the MOTHER EARTH NEWS office on his way home from his latest fuel economy challenge.
Spending a day having fun prospecting for gold, enjoying the outdoors, exploring a ghost town and the high mountains.
With its new EcoBoost engine technology and the rollout of the 2011 Focus Electric, Ford isn’t sitting and watching the green transportation revolution pass it by. Read more about some of the company’s latest developments.
Chevrolet dealers in all 50 states are now taking orders for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt electric car.
Recent reports have incorrectly stated that the 2012 RAV4 EV will only be marketed to fleet and car sharing programs. We’d like to set the record straight.
Nissan North America Inc. is expanding availability of the all-electric Nissan LEAF to U.S. consumers for the 2012 model year, with upgrades based on feedback thousands of Leaf owners.
Trojan Battery Company, the world’s leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, today announced expansion of its AGM product line for the renewable energy (RE) market space with the launch of the U1-AGMand 22-AGMmodels.
It is hard to believe but after more than 20 years of successful federal investment in biking and walking facilities, Congressional leaders are poised to eliminate dedicated funding for biking and walking.
MAX got a smog test at an Oregon DEQ Vehicle Testing Station, and passed with high marks.
MAX got some new lager diameter wheels. They should do the job and the price was right, and as a bonus, they look terrific.
MAX has very low rolling resistance, as demonstrated by this three year old kid pushing it around the building.
In New York City, advocates unveil a bold vision to end the traffic violence.
Looking at all the wood powered cars
Recently my passion for pickles was reignited, burning green, burning bright, and leading me to think constantly about food, even as I'm thinking about bike touring. Pickles led to bread, stew, then fudge (the kind my grandma used to make)...
This week Adventure Cycling Association announced that our 2011 Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It. campaign for the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) surpassed its $30,000 goal, raising over $31,000 for the project during National Bike Month!
For the first time ever, Diesel motorcycles publicaly demonstrate their potential in real riding.
New and improved fuel economy labels can help you make smarter decisions resulting in more savings and a lesser environmental impact when it comes to buying a car. Reprinted with permission from EERE Network News.
(Video) The U.S. Secretary of Transportation bikes to work at the behest of his bicycle commuting employees.
Learning from experience, I've put some impact-resistant structure on the back of MAX.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Managing Editor John Rockhold talks with Jonathan Holloway about the Mitsubishi i, an all-electric car on display at the 2011 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Washington. Mitsubishi is one of the FAIR's main sponsors.
Bikes Make Life Better is the title of a new, fun video from the People for Bikes campaign.
By making a pattern and a mold, we can now reproduce rear fenders as needed.
Cam is back riding his solar-powered electric bike and he loves it!
On Wednesday, Adventure Cycling Association announced that AASHTO is providing Adventure Cycling $5,000 to assist states with route selection and the technical aspects associated with the development of a U.S. Bicycle Route System.
The Volt is raising the bar for electric cars with its achievements in safety, overall value and design. And that’s all in addition to its stellar efficiency scores. Find out why the Chevy Volt was named 2011 Car of the Year by “Motor Trend.”
An innovative partnership of bicycle advocates and a bike-friendly attorney aims to reduce crashes in South Carolina.
Some burglar wanted my Millermatic 180 more than I did, I guess. Here's why I liked it and why I'm going to get another one.
When it comes to saving money, being healthier and reducing your environmental impact, there’s a lot to be said for pedal power. So, for those short trips about town, why not hop on a bike? Learn more about the benefits of bicycling, how to find a bike that fits your needs, and what you need to know about bike gear and safety before you hit the road.
Are you up to the 2 Mile Challenge? Sign up and help replace 100,000 car trips with healthy, pollution-free bicycle travel!
Adventure Cycling Association and the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) today announced that AASHTO’s Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering has approved six new U.S. Bicycle Routes.
Back at the lab we are installing a new three inch line from the air dryers to the throttle body.
On Monday, May 2, Adventure Cycling Association kicked off its second annual grassroots fundraising effort to raise $30,000 to support ongoing coordination efforts for the emerging U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS).
Using MAX to test a tubing streamlining material, resulted in a significant reduction in drag.
Michael Paul Holmes of Paul and Sabrina's EV Stuff will present a workshop on electric vehicles at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
Susie Stephens' memorial now grows in the city of her tragic death.
Save money and gas this Earth Day — and every day! — by using these five green driving tips from the Car Care Council.
Cam considers the environmental implications of different forms of transportation and urges people to stop flying!
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) notes the environmental benefits of commuting and traveling on a motorcycle.
Inspiring video by two female bicycle travelers crossing borders, making friends, and documenting the human effort to keep the natural world connected despite our nation state boundaries.
See the power of gasification before we hit the road.
Ford focus electric offers eco-friendly features throughout the vehicle.
Yep, that's my boss with Lance Armstrong — and a half-million bike/ped friends — on the open streets of Los Angeles.
No one had ever attempted to set a land speed record for gasification vehicles so Beaver Energy was the first.
Engine efficiency depends on rpm (among other things) and slower isn't always better. More wisdom from the Honey Bear.
Known for their popular bike touring website, Pathlesspedaled.com, this spring Russ Roca and Laura Crawford are embarking on their next big bike touring adventure, aided by Amtrak, but otherwise astride two Brompton folding bicycles.
Explore how you can make your own home grown organic fuel to power your own transportation or electricity.
Join a free webinar about women and cycling this Wednesday!
30 states now working to establish official national bicycle routes, with more states interested — new online map and progress report document growing momentum
Award winners highlight the next generation of leaders in the bike/ped movement
A California couple is hitting the road in a greened-up Airstream to share and gather lessons on living sustainbly.
Even though it’s not a hybrid, the 2011 Chevy Cruze can squeeze an impressive number of miles out of a gallon of gas. Drivers can expect to get 36 mpg on the highway with the standard model, and 42 mpg highway with the Chevy Cruze Eco. The secret to the car’s outstanding gas mileage is its simple efficiency features.
A cheap plastic pin reveals allies on Capitol Hill.
Transportation rock stars, Janette Sadik-Khan and Congressman Earl Blumenauer, tell National Bike Summit attendees that local advocates are the real headliners in the bicycle movement.
With My Own Two Wheels is a new film about the bicycling experiences of five unrelated individuals across the globe.
MAX got a new set of high efficiency Goodyear tires, and a second set of wheels so we can do comparison testing. Will the difference be detectable to our low budget testing technology?
In the wake of a study that shows access to public transportation is crucial to lowering carbon footprint, the Smarter Cities Project names the top regions for smart transit.
Yes, you can power a car or truck on wood. Chip Beam thinks it won’t be long before we encounter a gas shortage and/or significantly more expensive gas. So what can be an alternative source of energy to power our vehicles? How about wood chips or pellets of plant matter? It may sound bizarre, but it really works. Here’s the first post in a new blog devoted to wood gasification for transportation.
Our expert explains what really happens when fuel additives are put in a gas tank, and how this may cause more harm than good. If you really want to increase your mpg, our expert has a few tips for that as well.
Looking for a greener car this year? The Honda Civic GX received the highest environmental ranking by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy for 2011. Reprinted from EERE Network News, a free newsletter from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Hybrid cars save fuel by shutting the engine off at idle (among other things). Does MAX burn enough fuel at idle to be worth the effort? Our honey bear can tell us.
Use a digital tire gauge and learn how to check tire pressure regularly to get better gas mileage. While other types of gauges exist, the digital tire pressure gauge is an accurate and simple way to keep your tires properly inflated. Read this digital tire gauge review to see what digital tire pressure checkers you can buy.
A doctor, soldier, father and husband died tragically in a bicycle crash. Now, justice is being served as the driver faces a reckless homicide charge.
Volkswagon's high mileage (1 liter of fuel per 100 kilometers) car is getting closer to production. Expect to see 100 of these available to the public in 2013.
Technology marches on. It comes at a price, but a FloScan fuel consumption and mileage meter could give me instant feedback on MAX's fuel efficiency.
Complete streets policies are sweeping the nation, to the benefit of bicyclists, pedestrians and travelers of all ages.
Current Motor Company recently introduced a line of electric scooters that could take you where you need to go without using a single drop of gasoline. And with a potential $2,000 discount for new customers, the electric scooters could help your wallet while you help the environment.
Need new vacation ideas? Try a healthy, green travel alternative to the beach by taking a bicycle tour. Customize your bike trip with options ranging from self-guided, rails-to-trails cycle routes to fully-supported, guided bike tours. You won’t believe how new the world around you looks when you pedal through it until you try it for yourself!
2011 Fuel Economy Contests in several locations in the U.S.
Leaders from America Bikes impress top transportation official with compelling new data on job creation and popular demand for active street design.
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition won a major victory with the opening of the Cal Park Hill Tunnel — a world class facility that makes biking the quickest commuting option.
Energy goals for America
Are electric cars a cleaner option than gas-only cars? Some critics argue that electric cars just have “longer tailpipes,” but we’ve crunched the numbers to show that these vehicles produce less overall pollution than most other cars do. Find out how much greenhouse gas pollution an electric car would produce in your area, get details on new electric cars entering the market, and learn more about the bright future of electric vehicles.
MAX gets a low cost, high accuracy, and none too attractive fuel gauge. Two out of three ain't bad.
Mia Birk's new book weaves together personal and professional history to illustrate the transformative power of bicycling.
Walk this way, to support the revitalization of a pedestrian-friendly America.
Bicycling is arguably the healthiest, least expensive and most eco-friendly means of getting around. Whether you bike to work or are planning a weekend ride, here are practical tips to help you be prepared and thus enjoy the ride. Included are instructions for bike tire puncture repair and advice on properly securing your bike from potential thieves.
Thanks to local advocates, Santa came early for cyclists in the Steel City.
MAX gets a couple of cheap and easy thermoformed headlight protectors, to keep light from getting out and rocks from getting in.
Hybrid-Like Fuel Economy Starts at $18,895; Goes on Sale in January
Show your thanks for bicycle and pedestrian advocacy leaders by nominating someone you know for a national Advocacy Award.
Emmy-award winner, Dayton Duncan, likened trail advocates to John Muir at the American Trails National Symposium
We're looking at a handful of low cost improvements, and since MAX is undergoing repairs at the moment, this is a good time to make them.
The defeat of Congressman Jim Oberstar wasn't just a blow to Minnesota. It was a loss for everyone who bikes and walks.
A treatise on the difference between a gasoline engine throttle and a diesel "throttle," what that means for MAX, and how the difference was overcome.
Take a break from your automobile in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own images, and you could be the next Photo of the Week!
MOTHER EARTH NEWS managing editor John Rockhold picks the brains of his colleagues at Motorcycle Classics magazine (editor in chief Richard Backus and senior associate editor Landon Hall) about the new Honda CR-Z hybrid. Apologies for the wind noise!
Managing editor John Rockhold gets a Honda CR-Z hybrid on loan and has a hard time returning to his desk.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation have proposed the first fuel-efficiency and CO2 emissions standards for trucks and buses, beginning with model year 2014.
An after-the-fact analysis of MAX's accident on the way to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair, and the dangers of "getthereitis."
Cam considers how peak oil will impact our love of travel.
Ian Klepetar has been living out of a tent — and building a business empire that benefits bicyclists.
Cam considers the effect of Peak Oil on our wandering ways....
The bike-ped movement is growing; meet one of the newest leaders advocating for pedestrians.
Bikes Belong needs your pledge to show the public, policymakers and the media that one million Americans want better policy and funding to promote bicycling.
Who the heck is Paul Goodman? The car-free visionary who inspired a new documentary and bicycle contest.
Jack McCornack tells the story of how he got lost in the Oregon outback and how MAX was damaged such that the DIY-, super-fuel-efficient car couldn't make it to the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
Check out our photos of the new plug-in Prius at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
The 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR is over, the rain has arrived and the plug-in Prius is recharged.
How do you turn on a Prius? Is it a small, cramped car, or does it have room for the whole family? Answers to these questions and more when MOTHER EARTH NEWS Managing Editor John Rockhold takes a look inside a prototype plug-in hybrid Prius at the 20
Managing Editor John Rockhold gets to plug in a car for the first time.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy launches a national campaign aimed at the American Automobile Association.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Managing Editor John Rockhold catches up with Chip Beam of Beaver Energy to hear about Beam's latest exploits with wood gasification to power vehicles.
Short conversation about the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid that's on display at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
How much energy does it take to travel? Can we collect this from the vehicle while we are using it?
So here you have it: MAX with a crumpled rear fender, crumpled trunk section, a turn signal bashed out, a door knocked loose, and a flat tire. It's fully reparable, but not today, and not in time to drive to the MEN Fair.
En route to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, Jack listens all too well to GPS and ends up on dirt roads in the Oregon Outback.
The X Prize Foundation and Progressive Insurance have awarded three design teams a total of $10 million for their fuel-efficient vehicles.The vehicles were tested for energy efficiency, fuel economy and range. The Progressive Automotive X Prize has proven it’s possible to build a practical vehicle that seats four and achieves the energy equivalent of 102.5 miles per gallon of gasoline (MPGe).
World Car Free Day is an annual international event to raise awareness about alternative transportation. Every Sept. 22, cities and towns around the globe recognize the negative impacts of car pollution and encourage walking or biking as ways to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Canadian car manufacturers have developed an electric vehicle with a body made from hemp fiber.
MAX is getting prepped for paint, and all the essential bodywork is done for the new, streamlined roadster body.
A Colombian concept that reclaims the streets has found a home in dozens of cities across the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency want your help deciding between two new designs for car labels. The labels — for all types of vehicles, including electric powered vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and conventional gasoline-powered vehicles — will show energy consumption ratings, overall fuel economy, greenhouse gas emission ratings and more. Here’s how you can weigh in.
Craig Henderson and his Avion high mileage sports car went from Canada to Mexico at 119.1 MPG. He plans to produce Avion kits.
How will we live with no gas at the pump and no power in the grid?
Musician Ben Sollee has defined the pace and purpose of touring, ditching the van and taking the 2 Mile Challenge.
With the imminent arrival of electric cars from major automakers, such as the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf, best practices for electric car charging will no longer be a hypothetical discussion. Here are two ideas from a longtime electric car conversion expert: put the charging outlet on the car and/or use a 50-amp recreational vehicle (RV) outlet.
Nissan LEAFs Will Be Available in Select Markets Next Year – Extending Enterprise’s Commitment to Support Clean, New Technologies
MAX is back at the shop, awaiting diagnosis and correction of an overheating problem, plus some additional body work before its next venture.
As state transportation officials send billions back to Washington, advocates hope bicyclists and pedestrians aren't left holding the empty bag.
Curious about the Plug-In Prius? We’ve got the insider information. Read this report card from a test drive in San Diego highway and city traffic to find out how it performs, and how it differs from the original Toyota Prius.
Jack missed Rally Green and MAX has a mysterious overheating problem.
Renowned inventor Craig Vetter discusses his history with aerodynamics and motorcycles, and his vision for doing more with less energy.
With the lifting of the four-year Bicycle Plan injunction, we're watching the next premiere biking city unfold — at record pace — in San Francisco, California.
A people-powered revolution is afoot.
Two electric cars, the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, will be released this year. Which would you buy?
I just came across these videos that show the wood gas Isuzu Trooper built by our friends at Beaver Energy in action and had to share them.
The clock is ticking and I've been taking some shortcuts on getting MAX ready for Rally Green ... and some have turned into long cuts. I need to work smarter, not faster.
TrikE, an electric-assisted human powered vehicle (HVP), provides weather protection and storage while maintaining all the benefits of a bicycle.
In the interest of making MAX a smidgeon safer, I've added side bumpers to the passenger compartment. Here's why I made them this way.
A $5 billion per year tax credit for ethanol is about to expire. Is it time for the ethanol industry to grow up and stand on its own?
Results of the long-awaited cooling system test, which shows how little air MAX needs through the radiator.
Are you ready for some serious savings on gas? A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is the logical next step for the millions of people who own hybrid cars, and for anyone who wants an extremely efficient mode of transportation. Plug-in hybrids combine the benefits of a pure electric vehicle and a hybrid electric vehicle. In this excerpt from the book “Build Your Own Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle,” you’ll find answers to your questions about energy savings, environmental benefits and safety concerns. Plus, you’ll get loads of statistics on these reliable, economical and environmentally friendly cars. Ready to hop into the driver’s seat?
The Rally Green starting flag drops in Knoxville Iowa, Sunday August 15, beginning a cross country fuel economy rally ending in San Francisco the folowing Saturday. MAX will be there and going for the gold.
For those looking environmentally friendly car parts, Jamak offers a fully recyclable windshield wiper that’s made from non-petroleum-based silicon.
In partnership with the Department of Energy, Chevrolet offers free home charging stations to 4,400 owners of its newest electric car, the Volt.
American carmaker Fisker Automotive has received a coveted Stevie Award for business innovation from The 2010 American Business Awards program.
The Progressive Automotive X Prize, a competition for super fuel-efficient cars, is down to 15 vehicles after the Knockout Qualify Stage ended June 29. The car competition offers a $10 million prize for vehicles that reach super fuel efficiency and a goal of 100 MPGe.
Bicycle transportation is continuing to grow, and renowned environmentalist Lester R. Brown discusses how this is changing the way the world commutes. Bike travel is not only a healthier option, but it reduces carbon emissions and traffic congestion. The world is catching on, and bicycle production and sales have increased since the 1990s. The new laws coming with this surge call for bicycle-friendly communities and road systems.
The Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid electric car won't be for everyone, given its high price tag. But this sleek and cutting-edge electric car could break the mold for green cars and raise the bar for electric car technology and production.
The BP oil spill shocked the nation, but it’s not too late to take action. We want to know what you plan to change.
The all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupe will debut Aug. 24, 2010. Developed as a stylish, driver-focused vehicle with an emphasis on efficient performance, the all-new 2011 Honda CR-Z introduces a sleek two-passenger coupe design with quick, sporty handling to the gasoline-electric hybrid segment.
A primer on fiberglass mold making and molding fiberglass parts, using MAX's nose parts (hood and bubble) as examples.
Propelling a vehicle with air or water is possible, but whether it’s practical is another story.
With the Smart ForTwo electric drive, Smart is underlining its pioneering role on the road to attractive individual mobility with no local emissions in cities and urban areas.
There's a new automotive fuel efficiency contest coming up -- the Rally Green -- and now MAX has a tachometer, a digital wonder called a Tiny Tach.
Here are some ways to save on energy and money while keeping your home cool in extreme summer temperatures.
Electric car charging infrastructure will be launched in major urban areas nationwide. This is in part due to $15 million in stimulus money being set aside for the charging stations. Now we need to get the remaining $22 million in co-funding.
More progress on MAX's streamlined body, using a laser to make curved body parts fit on a flat frame.
A former Toyota car manufacturing plant in Fremont, California has been acquired by Tesla Motors, Inc. for production of their new electric-powered four-door sedan, the Model S.
In an agreement between environmental groups and the auto industry, President Obama passed a new emissions policy which would raise fuel efficiency standards for larger trucks, as well as encouraged support of cleaner vehicles.
Electric motorcycles offer clean, efficient and cost-effective transportation, and thanks to growing technology, there are a lot of fun bikes available today. This excerpt from Carl Vogel’s helpful book, Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle, will help you pick the perfect option.
MAX's bodywork continues, as Jack modifies the race car nose to fit over the Kubota engine.
We're modifying the Lola race car's nose to fit MAX's chassis. The first step is cutting the nose down the middle so we can move the fenders apart a few more inches, which will let us steer enough for parking and other normal street activities.
Did you know that you can get better gas mileage, simply by learning how to “hypermile”? With a little practice, hypermilers can increase the number of miles their car will travel on a tank of gas (up to 40 percent more), and save money! Check out these smart tips for saving gas.
MAX's classic race car skin remains a work in progress. Jack wants MAX to look Lola-esque, but not too Lola-esque.
You can build this small electric car for neighborhood travel.
This is a test short description.
Is MAX an actual modern-day vehicle, or just a high school shop class experiment? In this update, Jack answers sharp questions from an automotive engineer.
The new emissions standards are expected to conserve 1.8 billion barrels of oil during the lives of the vehicles covered.
At the time, it seemed like a clear car was a good idea.
A reader recently raised concerns that MAX is illegal in Uncle Sam's eyes. Here's the skinny.
A new era of green cars calls for a new way to distinguish noteworthy vehicles. Enter the 2010 Best Green Cars from MOTHER EARTH NEWS. For our first annual list, we spotlight six reliable cars capable of 40 mpg or better. Five of the six are available for $25,000 or less. All are regarded for their safety features and mechanical reliability. And, because different people need different things from their cars, we present a variety of best-of lists — from best green cars for the least bucks to best green trucks.
Has Toyota’s recall of more than 8 million cars affected your faith in the automaker?
Would you like to save money on gas? Why not make your own? Alcohol fuel, also known as ethanol, is surprisingly easy to make at home, all you need is a permit and a small still. You can produce ethanol from your own crops, or from a variety of other products including food waste and crop culls. Just choose the materials that are most sustainable and economical for you.
If you’re wondering when we’ll finally have an all-electric car that’s both affordable and dependable, Nissan may have the answer. The all-electric, five-passenger Leaf sedan goes on sale in December in select markets, with nationwide availability starting in 2011. The Leaf is highway-capable, as it can top 70 mph, and its range (about 100 miles) more than covers average commutes. But what really sets the Leaf apart from other electric cars is its price. Starting at about $33,000, the Leaf’s price tag can fall to as low as about $25,000 after tax incentives. Actually driving the Leaf will cost significantly less than a comparable gas car. Recharging the Leaf can cost less than $3 per “fill up.” Sound promising? Want one? Better get in line. Hop in to this article to learn about this electric car.
General Motors is making waves in the green vehicle industry. The company recently announced that they will invest $246 million in producing electric motors and components right here in the United States.
In which Jack departs a little from his fashion sense and MAX gets new racing seats. But not just any racing seats: safer seats with real head restraints.
Two Spoke, an online forum devoted to cycling, gives cyclists a place to discuss everything from commuting bikes to cycling apparel to cyclist rights. This interview with a Two Spoke site administrator discusses the forum and its role as a resource for cyclists.
Could MAX pass federal safety standards for mass-produced cars? Nope. Should that matter?
The Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize will host a series of competitions in Michigan this year to determine the winners of a $10 million purse for super fuel-efficient vehicles. A combination of on-track stages and lab tests will lead to a September awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Honda and Toyota introduced new hybrid vehicles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The car show also featured the latest in electrified vehicles, including new entries from BMW, BYD Auto, Cadillac, Volkswagen and Volvo.
General Motors has manufactured the first battery pack for its Chevy Volt in Michigan, marking a milestone on the path to production of the extended-range electric vehicle later this year. Ford is also planning to manufacture electric vehicles in Michigan.
Do you see yourself in an electric car? Dan Chiras lists the benefits of driving an electric vehicle, and predicts the benefits will increase as the technology becomes more sophisticated.
Renewable energy expert Dan Chiras warns us that building nuclear power plants is not the solution to our current energy crisis.
Solar energy organization Show Me Solar comes highly recommended by renewable energy expert Dan Chiras for its 2010 list of workshops, webinars and other educational opportunities.
Gasoline prices and diesel prices are projected to rise in the coming months because of increased consumption. Find out the projected fuel cost averages for 2010 and 2011.
The U.S. car fleet has been steadily growing since 1950, but it decreased by 4 million cars in 2009. Find out what’s keeping cars off the road and why more people are giving up their personal vehicles.
The stylish new Sanyo eneloop bike features a partially-self-charging electric motor and can travel up to 40 miles on a single charge.
I hate to say it — because electric cars may be the salvation of transportation someday — but much of the current hype around electric cars is smoke and mirrors.
Depending on the type of driving you do most, you may find that some clean diesel cars deliver better fuel economy than traditionally efficient gas cars, and that they are even competitive with gasoline-electric hybrids. Find out how new clean diesel technology works, the advantages of driving a diesel vehicle, and all about clean diesel cars, trucks and SUVs available now.
If you have an older-model truck, a ready supply of firewood and a little ingenuity, you can build a wood gas generator to run your truck. A Country Lore tip for wiser living.
Diesel cars are clean and efficient, but they’re not as popular in the United States as they are in Europe, and many models sold there aren’t available here. Why aren’t diesel cars more popular in the United States? Find out the several factors involved, including U.S. fuel taxes and emissions regulations.
Dan Chiras asks why GM hasn't brought the EV1 back yet.
Taking a bus or a train can be a great green way to reach your vacation destination. We'd like to hear more about your bus or train travels and what you liked, or didn't like, about the experience. Share your story here!
The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to postpone approving any increase in the amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline until it can determine ethanol’s environmental impact. Find out why the Union of Concerned Scientists says the Environmental Protection Agency made the right call.
Renewable energy expert Dan Chiras talks about the future of fuel-efficient, diesel hybrid cars.
This potential body style looks hard to beat, in more ways than just physically. What do you think?
The new guide from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides estimated annual fuel costs for model year 2010 vehicles.
The sales history of the Toyota Prius illustrates an exciting phenomenon: When a new idea or a piece of technology ignites the human imagination, it can spread very rapidly.
Are gas guzzlers becoming popular again? Dan Chiras gives his outlook.
Jack explores how to test how body changes affect aerodynamics, and looks for inspiration from Wonder Woman.
Electric cars aren’t a pipedream or decades-away option for green transportation. In fact, it’s possible to convert a car to reliable, affordable electric power for the same cost or less than buying a gas car. Electric cars are more reliable and environmentally friendly than gas cars, even when recharged with conventional fossil fuel electricity. Imagine having a car that never needs gas. Imagine taking “charge” of where your car’s power comes from, even using renewable energy to create a totally zero emissions vehicle. Sound promising? Then check out this excerpt of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, an expert and comprehensive resource for converting a gas car to electric power.
All computer data for MAX has been stolen. What next?
In the continuing pursuit of better aerodynamics, Jack takes a closer look at the design of MAX’s nose.
The U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announce details of a new fuel efficiency plan to save oil and reduce greenhouse gas emmissions.
We're excited for the second annual Escape from Berkeley rally. Last year, MAX won the inaugural event from Berkeley to Las Vegas. This year, it's a run for the Mexican border!
The Union of Concerned Scientists says the new proposed gas mileage standards will save drivers $26 billion and reduce oil imports by nearly as much as we currently import from Saudi Arabia.
How often, if ever, do you check your the gas mileage of your car or truck? Did you know it's super simple to calculate mpg, and observing it over time can help you improve your gas mileage and save money?
The numbers are in on Cash for Clunkers, and the program brought about even greater gains in fuel economy than it set out to. Find out which vehicles were the top trade-ins, which vehicles were the top purchased with program rebates, and how the program affected car companies.
MAX needs an aerodynamic and easy-to-assemble roof. Plus it needs to look cool, be cheap, cost little, have a simple design and be reliable. No problem, right? So, do you have any ideas?
The journey toward 100 mpg continues as MAX, our DIY car, gets ready for a new, more aerodynamic body. MAX mastermind Jack McCornack explains why MAX’s current body simply won’t do.
MAX Puts the “Ex” in X Prize
You can receive a tax credit if you commute to work by bicycle.
As figures roll in showing the federal Car Allowance Rebate System’s effect on July vehicle sales, the program also gets a hurried funding boost so Americans can continue cashing in their clunkers for cars that are more fuel-efficient.
Everyone should have a 100-mpg car, and know how to drive a manual transmission. MAX comes to the rescue on both ends.
Share your thoughts about using a bicycle to get around town and your tips for less experienced bikers.
The federal "Cash for Clunkers" program took effect on July 24. The program will remove an estimated 250,000 inefficient cars from the road. Through the program, people who trade in their cars for more fuel-efficient ones will be eligible to receive a federal tax credit.
Perhaps if we had just listened to the deer all along, we never would've ended up in this gas guzzling mess.
It’s hard to get excited about your vacation when you’re worried about the carbon emissions produced en route. Learn about how to “get there greener” with this green travel guide from the Union of Concerned Scientists.
What kind of car would you get with the Car Allowance Rebate System, which gives consumers up to $4,500 to trade in old, inefficient vehicles?
Considering deer, it’s time for a roll bar.
The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded $8 billion in loans to car companies as part of the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program. This is the first such award granted by the program, and the money will help automakers Ford, Nissan and Tesla produce more fuel-efficient cars.
In the pursuit of 100 mpg, cardboard is a nice medium for conceptualizing design features, but it has its limitations.
Wood gas, or wood gasification, is a decades-old renewable energy technology that converts chunks of firewood, wood chips or other cellulosic biomass to power vehicles.
Two seasoned gearheads weigh in on the benefits (or lack thereof) of converting a V8 engine to run only on four cylinders.
General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz recently discussed the price of the highly anticipated Chevrolet Volt. What do you think?
In a groundbreaking revision, President Barack Obama has increased fuel economy standards for the automobile industry, requiring an average fuel economy of 35.5 miles per gallon for model year 2016.
Thoughts on the potentially fuzzy math of mpg calculations.
President Obama unveiled a strategic plan last week for developing a high-speed rail network in the United States, which could potentially cut U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 6 billion pounds per year.
You can save gas and money by keeping your tires correctly inflated. And now a group of high school students has launched a project to encourage drivers to regularly check their tires.
One would think a car wouldn't need a mechanical inspection at 5,000 miles. But when you're building a 100-mpg car from scratch, and the builder is meticulous, it's wise to look for problems even when there are no signs of problems.
If you’re tired of using fossil fuels to run the lawn mower, but aren’t quite ready to fence the sheep in the front yard, take a look at electric riding mowers. Soon, both zero-turn and rear-wheel drive models will be available.
The 2010 Honda Insight has the lowest price among hybrid vehicles available in the United States and sports an exciting array of fuel economy features.
The Model S all-electric sedan will cost about $50,000 less than the automaker’s earlier car, the Tesla Roadster, thanks in part to a federal tax credit for battery-powered vehicles.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has set the combined fuel economy standard for the 2011 model year at 27.3 miles per gallon, an increase of two miles per gallon. The new standards take effect May 29, and are expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 8.3 million metric tons.
MAX needs 25 percent more horsepower to get from zero to 60 mph in less than 18 seconds. Got any suggestions?
Two new government projects to develop electric vehicles will advance the United States’ economic recovery, energy security and environmental sustainability.
Should our tax dollars keep Chrysler and General Motors alive?
The EPA is evaluating the impact higher blends of ethanol in regular gasoline would have on engine performance and air emissions.
MAX is well on its way to 100 mpg, if the lessons from these 100+ mpg motorcyles are any indication.
Buses, subways and other modes of mass transit saw an increase in ridership in 2008, as U.S. residents logged billions fewer miles on vehicles than they did in 2007.
The automaker has launched the sale of two hybrid mid-size sedans, and customers who buy one of the vehicles soon may qualify for a $3,400 tax credit.
Ford has started production of its new EcoBoost engine, and General Motors and Honda are readying plants for fuel-efficient engine production.
Honda's all-new, all-different Insight could be a game-changer for affordable green transportation. Greatly improved over the 2000 Insight, the 2010 model has a friendly price point and real-world mpg that's even better than Honda's early estimates. Find out more about why the 2010 Honda Insight is a great car to consider if you're ready for a new vehicle.
Both a stroller and a bike trailer that’s suitable for gravel roads and forest paths, the Wike Softie is a great way to take the smallest family members along on bicycle rides. Check out Steve Maxwell’s review of this bicycle trailer-stroller combo.
MAX's aerodynamic makeover is underway with a new fender design.
General Motors and Chrysler are preparing to submit restructuring plans to Congress in the hope of receiving billions of additional dollars in federal aid. Experts from the Union of Concerned Scientists say the two automakers should instead follow Ford’s lead and focus on improving the fuel efficiency of their vehicles.
Cities testing the Chevy Volt are getting help from General Motors to become “plug-in ready,” which includes installing public and workplace charging systems and adjusting city codes to permit vehicle charging.
The United States has the largest automobile fleet in the world — three cars for every four people — and is near the bottom of the pack in the use of fuel-efficient vehicles. A national network of high-speed rail trains would reduce the air pollution caused by the nation’s automobile fleet while also eliminating travel time and saving commuters money.
The American Petroleum Institute reports that demand for crude oil in the United States dropped by 1.2 million barrels per day in 2008. The nation’s production of petroleum also dropped in 2008, reaching its lowest level since 1946.
From the Science Channel, watch the Brink TV show's spotlight on MAX and its victory in the Escape from Berkeley race.
Sequestered indoors, Jack goes to work on streamlining MAX's body.
The president calls for higher fuel economy standards and pushes the EPA to revisit California's request to set stricter regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order to help reduce automobile gas emissions in the United States. This is the first of many steps that the Obama administration plans to make to improve global warming.
Large automakers can show off their high-efficiency vehicles in a new division of the Automotive X Prize, which was formerly only for teams working on developmental vehicles.
Though many automakers are focused on increasing mpg with electric vehicles, some companies are looking to advancements in gasoline and diesel engine technology to achieve better gas mileage.
Both Honda and Toyota revealed updated versions of their hybrid vehicles at the North American International Auto Show. The new generations of the Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius are roomier, more powerful, and still maintain high fuel-efficiency ratings.
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Could MAX be the perfect car for driver's ed?
At the famous auto show in Detroit, large automakers and small startup companies alike showcased electric vehicles.
A new bill will give drivers money to buy newer, more fuel-efficient cars when they scrap their older, less fuel-efficient ones.
South Korea’s LG Chem will produce the batteries for General Motors Corp.’s upcoming plug-in hybrid vehicle, the Chevy Volt. GM will build the battery packs itself in the United States at a manufacturing plant that will be constructed in Michigan. GM's most recent unveiling, a concept plug-in called the Cadillac Converj, shows the automaker plans to extend its use of hybrid technology.
The U.S. Department of Energy is offering as much as $200 million for the development of biorefinieries, which can produce several biofuels and may also be able to produce bio-based chemicals, heat and power.
The Army gets greener by switching 4,000 gas engine vehicles to electic vehicles starting Monday.
Here's a 12-step process to green transportation bliss.
With the current economy in a ... shall we say, precarious ... state, everyone could stand to save a few bucks. For commuters, carpooling and car-share programs are a great solution. You can reduce your gas and auto maintenance bills, plus get to know some new buddies.
On the road to 100 mpg, Jack McCornack and MAX win the crown in the Escape from Berkeley alternative fuels rally. After starting with one gallon of gasoline or diesel, the rest of the 600-mile course had to be completed without using any petroleum-based fuel. Find out more about Escape from Berkeley, the competition, and how they did it.
Jack gets a wallop of motivation for a fully enclosed cabin, and looks ahead to a future with inquisitive grandchildren.
MAX turns heads and makes an impression at The EG, aka the Entertainment Gathering.
MAX needs a roof, stat.
General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Chrysler presented business plans to Congress yesterday in their attempts to receive federal bailout money. Each plan includes the production of hybrid and electric vehicles.
A crazy idea to make a car battery last forever is quite crazy indeed.
It's time to calculate MAX's aerodynamic drag. Enter champagne science on a beer budget!
As a fossil fuel, natural gas is susceptible to the same problems we see in oil, whereas electric cars powered by green energy can solve both economic and environmental problems.
Detroit automakers ask Congress for $25 billion, but that money could come with some energy efficiency strings.
Brink TV show seeks "low-budget mad scientist." Jack and his MAX project fit the bill!
The Department of Energy will offer loans to U.S. car manufacturers to expand and/or develop production of more fuel-efficient, lower carbon-emission vehicles.
Just over the horizon is a host of electric vehicles that tout improved range and speed, and state-of-the-art battery technology. While the price tags will be high and availability will be spotty at first, the future of vehicular transportation looks bright. Here’s a list of the models that are hoping to make an appearance in 2009 or shortly thereafter.
More bad news for large SUVs, even the hybrid versions thereof.
It's the age-old tug of war between good looks and streamlined, aerodynamic design.
Whether you're eagerly anticipating the Chevy Volt, or have never heard of this electric car, now is the perfect time to get to know this potentially groundbreaking vehicle. Expected to hit the streets in 2010, the Volt could revolutionize our "green" car choices and lead to a new generation of American-made electric cars that are efficient and reliable. Powered by lithium-ion batteries, the Volt will be able to travel 40 miles without using any gas. That's more than enough for the average daily driving of most people. Recharge at work and you might be able to drive daily without using a drop of gas.
OPEC annouced it would cut oil production to stop oil prices from falling, which might be the best way to reduce American oil consumption.
What kind of mpg did MAX get in the race? How did Jack get fuel along the way? How much can you get for a t-shirt and a copy of Mother Earth News? Answers to these exciting questions inside!
There's huge potential for hybrid technology to improve the emissions and gas mileage of heavy trucks.
This annual guide will help you identify the most fuel-efficient vehicle for your needs. The best of the best for 2009 models include hybrids and clean diesels.
MAX debuts by taking the checkered flag of the 800+ mile, no gasoline consumed, Escape from Berkeley race.
The low gas prices are something to celebrate in the short-run, but the cause is something that deserves a second, less optimistic outlook.
MAX wins the Escape from Berkeley race!!
Odyssey Day embarked from Washington D.C. a few weeks ago as a nationwide effort to encourage and promote the use of petroleum-free fuel. The day is sponsored by the Department of Energy's Clean Cities, which has helped reduce petroleum use by almost more than 2 billion gallons so far.
MAX is encountering robust competition at Escape from Berkeley
MAX is hitting 60 mpg. That's better than a Prius, and before we get serious about streamlining.
What does MAX have in common with and old action, adventure, paranoia, social commentary BBC TV series of the '60s?
The increasingly popular Toyota Prius, a gasoline-electric hybrid, is capable of about 50 miles per gallon. But how about 100 mpg instead? And seven miles of all-electric driving? That's what's possible with more batteries and the ability to recharge them via a standard household outlet. The idea of plug-in hybrids has been around for years, but now they are finally within the near future. Significant hurdles remain, but nearly every automaker has plug-in hybrid technology under development. Toyota, which made hybrids a household term with the Prius, has been cautiously developing a plug-in version of the Prius. Several are now on the road for testing and further development. Read this article to understand how plug-in hybrids work, the challenges of their development, and hear a firsthand account of driving a prototype plug-in Prius.
Toyota installs a large solar panel system on a California facility, proving its green thumb extends farther than the road.
An automotive whiz explains why it's not a great idea to let your car warm up by idling.
Everyone's talking about drilling in Alaska, so why learn some numbers to do some talking of your own? Here are some statistics about why drilling in Alaska may not be the saving grace some think it is.
MAX will enter a race, uhhhh we mean event, and will run on veggie oil.
Mopeds are springing up all over America, but are they really as environment-friendly as people make them out to be? Find out what I've learned and see if there's anything you want to add.
More and more states are erecting wind farms, and more and more car manufacturers are adding plug-ins to their line up. Add these two facets together, and fossil fuels may be phased out for good. Wind energy from the United States has the potential to generate 70 percent of the country's annual electricity. And as plug-in cars become more readily and economically available, wind has the capacity to power not only our homes, but our cars as well.
The fine art of automotive design, especially high-mpg design.
MAX version 2.0 is about to start moving. This may come as a surprise, but Jack is going to try it with biodiesel.
As gas prices continue to climb, the pairing of wind energy with plug-in hybrids may be the solution we've all been waiting for. Wind power plants are already showing up around the country in places like Texas, California and Minnesota. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory estimates that if all cars were plug-in hybrids, we could power more than 70 percent with this type of power. The most surprising thing? The wind energy equivalent to a gallon of gas costs just $1.
Use an energy saving electric scooter for commuting to work and running errands.
MAX version 2.0 is underway.
The cause and effects are pretty simple: gas prices go through the roof, Americans drive less; Americans drive less, American oil consumption goes down; Americans look for alternatives, public transportation use rises.
Two veteran VW models return, but with new clean diesel technology.
Zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Equivalent of 256 mpg. 220 mile range. Costs less than 2 cents per mile to drive. I'm in love. And you will be, too, after watching this video.
MAX is back from the dead after its infamous wreck. So why is the frame gray?
MAX has a three-wheeled distant cousin that's a diesel-electric hybrid.
Honda cars are famously reliable, and now there's an online community for owners of 100,000+ mileage cars to share their stories.
Breaking News: MAX Totaled
MAX gets a small favor from high-end luxury sports cars.
I've never been more excited for 2010.
Today Ford announced a long overdue shift in its business emphasis: away from trucks and SUVs and toward small cars. Before setting this new direction, there has been plenty of struggle between old think and new think.
Conservation over corn.
Toyota announces its second hybrid to be manufactured in the United States. A Mississippi plant will begin producing the Prius in 2010.
My low-fuel light came on. Gulp. Will it be a $50 filling?
Is the glass half empty? Half full? Or is there just too much glass? I'm designing MAX to be just the right amount of "glass" for the vast majority of our driving. Here's to efficiency.
We're at work on a 100-mpg DIY car! Come meet MAX and take a seat for what will be a long, but fun, journey.
Whether you ride to work, to run errands or simply to exercise, a bike can be a superbly useful and fun tool. Before you buy a new bike, though, do your homework to find the right type for your needs. There are several options for a variety of different uses. The variety of bike types, components and accessories allow you to customize your gas-free ride to your lifestyle. This article will get you on the right track.
72 mpg for under $6,000! How cool is that? Really, we want to know.
Read about how UPS expects to save 176,000 gallons of fuel per year, thereby reducing their CO2 emissions by 1,786 metric tons annually.
100 mpg with off-the-shelf technology? Jack McCornack isn’t crazy, he just believes cars can have a lot better fuel economy than we’ve settled for historically. Enter MAX — the Mother Earth News entry in the Auto X Prize competition, a $10 million race for practical cars that achieve 100 mpg. MAX may not win the Auto X Prize, but it will prove a point that 100 mpg is within reach without futuristic technology. This article details MAX’s origins and the early stages of its development.
Random statistics on the painful price of gas for early July 2008.
One of the top automotive journalists around agrees that the future is bright for plug-in hybrids, even more so than fuel-cell vehicles.
You can run a truck on wood chips! No joke. Mother Earth News reported on this idea more than 25 years ago and the idea lives on. Using recycled water heaters, you can burn wood chips to power a truck, with little or no engine modifications required.
Share the pain of rising gas prices together and join the discussion about what will finally motivate us to dramatically change our driving habits.
It's surprisingly easy to figure out how many carbon dioxide emissions come from producing the electricity for your home, or burning a full tank of gas. Check out this carbon calculator, or find out how to do a quick ballpark estimate.
What's the plural of Prius? Whatever it is, there are lots of them out there.
Oil companies are hungry for more land to drill. But meanwhile they aren't drilling in numerous approved areas.
Here's a rundown of the many reasons behind the recent rise in the price of gas.
Out with the biggest SUVs, in with smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Among the latest cars with better-than-average gas mileage, you may be surprised to learn there are 30 that are capable of 30 mpg or better. Three cars in particular represent a growing emphasis on reliable small cars with better gas mileage: the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris. In this article, you'll find detailed reviews for those three, plus snapshots of 27 other 30-mpg cars. The reviews of each car include price, green scores and driving-quality ratings. Record high gas prices may be here to stay, but the good news is so are more fuel-efficient cars.
Get ready for better gas mileage!
The race for 100 mpg gets a very sweet reward.
Current ethanol comes from corn. Although many companies have tried to promote it as the solution to America's dependence on foreign oil, the current product does not live up to this promise ... yet. Corn ethanol has downsides such as reduced fuel economy, water pollution and can even contribute to higher food prices. Attention has switched to cellulosic ethanol made from non-food resources such as switchgrass, but the process has not been perfected.
Biofuels, particularly ethanol, have had plenty of recent hype as a possible homegrown replacement for gasoline. However, production of corn-based ethanol in the United States is driving up grain prices and possibly harming the environment.
As the eco-friendly alternative to AAA, the Better World Club provides 24/7 roadside assistance in all 50 states. In addition to services similar to AAA, such as assisting drivers with jumpstarts and tire repairs, BWC has a roadside assistance plan for bicycles, and a 15 percent discount on new memberships for owners of hybrid and biodiesel vehicles. Plus, 1 percent of their revenue is donated to environmental cleanup and advocacy.
With a few modifications, you could burn vegetable oil to power your diesel car or truck. People across the country are using conversion kits to retrofit their vehicles. Others are taking a do-it-yourself approach. Some burn free waste vegetable oil from local restaurants; others burn clean straight vegetable oil. But there’s a catch: Technically, it may not be legal.
The X Prize Foundation wants to break our addiction to oil and slow the effects of climate change. They’re offering a multimillion dollar prize to the first team to create a low-emission, 100 mpg car that’s safe, affordable and ready for mass production. The contest is gaining speed internationally, with more than 30 teams from numerous countries. Mother Earth News is an official sponsor of reader Jack McCornack’s roadster entry; watch it evolve and learn how to make your own!
Parents and educators will find this new book helpful in education and efforts to reduce the harmful exhaust emissions children breathe on school buses.
Bicycles make great 'green' transportation. Riding a bike produces no pollution, consumes no fossil fuel, and even helps you stay in shape. As an added bonus, bikes get some of the best parking places on the planet. (That's because you can park your bike almost anywhere. Yes, it's a dream come true!)
Forget what your grandpa told you — there's no need to warm up your car every cold winter morning.
Here's another gas mileage myth busted: it's better to turn off your engine than to leave it idling.
Sometimes the most direct route to your destination may not be the most fuel-efficient.
5W-30? 10W-30? Be sure you get the right motor oil grade.
You can boost your mpg by losing the cargo in your trunk. Then help reduce global warming emissions by sweating off a few pounds.
Green means go, but don't go too quickly.
Details on a cool new carbon offset program from Volkswagen.
Here's how to change your car's air filter — do it yourself to save big bucks and boost your gas mileage by 10 percent.
How long has it been since you checked your tire pressure?
Make new friends, save big bucks on gas, reduce pollution!
Slow down and enjoy the scenery — you'll also enjoy a significant boost in your mpg.
Those familiar yellow school buses may be the safest way to get our children to school, but they also subject children to harmful pollution. Thankfully, there are many emerging means for communities to clean up what carries our most precious cargo.
Check your tire pressure regularly to improve your gas mileage. Digital tire gauges are the easiest and most accurate way to maintain the right pressure and get better mpg.
Gas mileage calculations have recently changed to more accurately reflect real-world mpg. Here’s what you need to know about the new math and how to improve your mpg, save money and reduce air pollution.
General Motors’ plug-in electric car, the Volt, is now more than just a concept.
Don't rip yourself off at the gas pump — stop topping off!
Want more gas for your money?
Odds are you've heard much more about E85 than you've actually seen of it.
Calculating your fuel economy is easy and can help you save big bucks at the pump.
Efficient public transportation can play a key role in a sustainable energy future. So why is it not already a major effort in the United States?
This electric car could cause a significant shift in the paradigm of green transportation. If it moves from concept to reality.
Hop on an electric scooter or electric bicycle and never buy gas again! These machines are fun, fast and getting better all the time. Learn about watts, amps and quality so you can choose an e-scooter or e-bike that will take you where you want to go. This article gives four basic rules to follow when shopping for an electric scooter or bicycle.
Whether it’s time to finally replace an old pickup or you’re considering buying one for the first time, there are important things to consider, lest you end up with more, or less, of a pickup truck than you actually need. Modern pickups are much more comfortable and easier on the environment than their predecessors — with cleaner tailpipe emissions and better fuel economy.
Long renowned for superior fuel economy, but notorious for foul exhaust, diesel cars have never been widely popular in the United States. But that soon may change as a new generation of “clean” diesel vehicles come down the pike. These won’t be the smoke-spewing, smelly, noisy and underpowered engines of the ’70s. And by the end of this decade, we’ll have diesel cars that meet the same stringent emission standards as those for gasoline vehicles.
Consider buying a 'neighborhood electric vehicle' (NEV) for short trips around your neighborhood.
It’s time for a transportation transformation.
Contrary to popular belief, children in sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are no safer than those in traditional passenger cars.
The Honda Civic and Toyota Camry — longtime best-selling cars trusted for their reliability and gas mileage — now are better than ever as gasoline-electric hybrids.
What if you could have a car with all the power and speed you’d expect, but that’s also clean, quiet and doesn’t need gas? Considering the price of gas these days and instability in the Middle East, who wouldn’t want to ditch a gas-guzzler in favor of a better alternative?
Follow these expert tips to get the best gas mileage from your hybrid car.
Clean and efficient, electric vehicles (EVs) are finally coming of age.
Biodiesel, a clean, renewable fuel can power any diesel engine.
Hit the Road with Cool Fuels
Almost a third of the air pollution in the United States comes from passenger vehicles. Choosing a more environmentally friendly car can help reduce air pollution.
Cool, capable and fun to drive, hybrids also can save you thousands of dollars in gas.
Get 160 mpg at a cost of just 30 cents per “gallon”!
The automotive industry is producing, and many consumers are buying, cars that get worse mileage than they did 20 years ago.
Best 2005 Green Vehicles by Class
47 Vehicles that get at least 35mpg
Here’s how to find the right vehicle for your needs, save money on gas and pollute less.
David Friedman, an expert with the Union of Concerned Scientists, on taking charge of our addiction to oil and creating better, more fuel-efficient cars.
With gas prices well above $2 and quickly on the rise, getting the most bang for your buck at the fuel pump is more important than ever.
Looking for the perfect hybrid vehicle for your family? A wealth of information about hybrid cars is now just a click away.
Learn how hybrid vehicle technology works.
A couple readers passed on their advice about how to handle car dilemmas. Maybe biodiesel is the answer.
Here's an overview of tax incentives that can make buying a hybrid car more affordable.
Ford Hybrid SUV Hits the Market
Issue #206 — October/November 2004
The scramble is on for drivers interested in Ford’s new Escape Hybrid, scheduled to hit the U.S. mass market this fall. The hybrid Escape is the first U.S.-made hybrid and the first hybrid sport utility vehicle. It follow
The author and her husband have traveled across the country with their vegetable oil-burning truck.
These 20 nifty products let you go off-road and off-grid in your tent, camper or RV.
Better Than Speed October/November 2003
Poet gains an Insight in his quest for a "greener" car
By Will Nixon
At 210,000 miles, my beloved Nissan Sentra was given a
death sentence by a mechanic who found the underbody too
rusted to pass the next vehicle inspectio
Greener Cars and Trucks October/November 2003
America and the SUV
U.S. automobiles release more carbon dioxide than the
nationwide energy-related emissions of all but four other
countries in the world and the immense popularity of
fuel-inefficient SUVs has dragged
Great Green Vehicles of 2003
Before you buy a new car or truck, even perhaps a hybrid car, learn which ones are best for the environment and have the highest gas mileage.
Greener Cars and Trucks October/November 2003
Diesels generally don't make the green grade, says the
ACEEE. That's because, even though they consume less fuel
than their gasoline counterparts and therefore release
fewer greenhouse gas emiss
Energy & Environment October/November 2002 For cruising or commuting, an electric car or bike is the most energy-efficient, economical, reliable and fun transportation option. Electric vehicles (EVs) also are the cleanest vehicles on the road today: No smog-produc
Fuel from Straw June/July 2002 Ethanol fuel was hailed as the savior of both farm country and the environment—in 1992. Since its introduction, ethanol hasn't exactly stolen the renewable energy spotlight. The problem isn't performance: Ethanol does burn cleaner
By combining the two energy sources into a single system, the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight have all the pep and power of traditionally powered cars, but with benefits to both the environment and pocketbook. Find out how these hybrid cars work, whether one is a good option for you, and what incentives Toyota and Honda are offering.
Bus-mounted bicycle racks are a popular commuting program in many cities. This article was originally published as "Have Your Bike and Ride It, Too." A Country Lore tip from the August/September 2001 issue.
As fuel prices soar and concern over the environment's health grows, the time seems ripe for a gas additive that would boost mileage and reduce automobile emissions.
The California Assistance Program is helping car owners to repair their cars or compensation for cars unable to meet the state's tough clean-air standards. CAP's goal is to eliminate 50,000 polluting vehicles within four years. Originally published as "Roads Less Traveled" December 2000/January 2001 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
A sleek transportation feat, the Moller Skycar can reach speeds of up to 350 miles per hour at altitudes of up to 30,000 feet. Originally published as "Dad, Can I Borrow the Skycar" in the October/November 1999 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Learn about using biodiesel made from recycled vegetable oil (vegetable oil fuel) to power a vehicle, and about the famous Veggie Van. Originally published as "Fueling Around" in the August/September issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Hybrid electric and natural gas engines are being developed to replace diesel engines in trucks. Originally published in the June/July 1999 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Solar, electric bicycles are more affordable and lighter weight. Originally published as "Pedaling with Power" in the April/May 1999 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Here's how to recycle the frame and parts from older bikes to make a recumbent bicycle that's far cheaper than, and just as successful as, commercial models. Originally published as "The $18 Recumbent Bicycle" in the February/March 1999 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The future of the auto industry and an interview with Michael Brylawski, David Cramer and Jonathan Fox. Originally published as "Tabula Rasa" October/November 1997 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Electric model motors save time, energy, money and add life to old cars, including finding electric motor components, converting wiring, converting into an electric vehicle. Originally published as "The Eternal Engine" February/March 1997 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Back in 1979, Dave Arthur converted an Opel GT into a hybrid. In 1993, he's still going strong with conversions. MOTHER talks with Dave about the process. Originally published as "Dave Arthur's Amazing Hybrid Electric Car" in the June/July 1993 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Save money and energy with these no-cost tips to improve your car's gas mileage. Originally published as "Better Mileage Tips" in the November/December 1990 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Keep your car engine running cool this summer with this five point-check and instructions for maintaining proper coolant levels. Originally published as "Cooling System Savvy" in the May/June 1989 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Examples of bicycle technology at the International Human Powered Vehicle Association speed championships.
A closer look at the vehicle that combines attributes of car and motorcycle; with information on suspension, computer controls, engine and drive.
This fuel-efficient three wheel car leans into corners like a motorcycle and is nearly as exciting to drive. Meet the 3VG -- someday there may be many single-seater cars that look similar.
HEY, TAKE A LOOK AT THIS March/April 1983 Three-wheeled vehicles are nothing new, but when they behave like motorcycles, people say ... A decade or so ago, it used to be that motorcycles and tiny sports cars got a lot of bad press, so to speak. After all, "nice" pe
Car meets motorcycle with this unique three-wheeled car, or Cyclecar.
When relocating you can save money if you do it yourself by using a mass-transit vehicle when moving, including finding the best deal, a bus renovation and making the bus legal. Originally published as "A Moving Bus" July/August 1982 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Learn more about the successful research done by Flight Systems, Inc. in the 1980s to convert cars to electric power. Originally titled "State-of-the-Art Electric Vehicle Conversion" in the May/June 1982 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
During the 1981 Future Fuels Rally, competitors raced across the country in experimental vehicles with alternative fuels, such as ethanol, wood gas and more. Originally titled "Coast to Coast on Homemade Fuel" in the January/February 1982 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Our wood-gas-as-fuel experiments have been so successful we've signed up for the Future Fuels Rally. Originally published as "Mother Is Going To The Races!" in the November/December1981 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Learn how a sanitary service manager eager to cut fuel costs replaces his garbage truck with a horse-drawn wagon.
An annual road racing contest in California is the place to see the latest innovations in human-powered vehicles. Originally published as "HUMAN-POWERED VEHICLES" in the September/October1981 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Believe it or not, factory-built Brazilian cars that run on renewable alcohol fuel are available now. Originally published as "BRAZIL'S ALCOHOL-POWERED IMPORTS!" in the May/June 1981 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Our wood gas truck has racked up 1,500 miles running on wood chips and wood scrap, and is still going strong. Originally published as "Wood Gas! Wood Gasification Powers This Truck" in the May/June 1981 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Methanol fuel could one day become a viable alternative for city folk just as ethanol fuel has already proved its value for country folk. Originally published as "Make Way for Methanol !" in the March/April 1981 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
A report on the experiments of a tree nursery operator in Pennsylvania to develop a substitute motor fuel through wood gasification. Originally published as "Homemade Motor Fuel... From Firewood" in the March/April 1981 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Although the Solar Challenger wasn't the first purely solar powered plane but was robust enough to fly at altitudes of 10,000 ft. Originally published as "The Sun-Powered Challenger" in the March/April 1981 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Burning wood for fuel is an inexpensive and renewable alternative to gasoline. Originally published as “They Run Their Truck on Wood!” in the January/February 1981 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Here's how one of MOTHER EARTH NEWS' alcohol fuel seminar instructors turned his Harley-Davidson Sportster into an ethanol motorcycle. Originally published as "Cornfed Cruiser" in the January/February 1981 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The latest project in our ongoing ethanol research program resulted in the successful conversion of a Chevy van to gasoline and alcohol dual fuel capability. Originally published as "Mother's Dual-Fuel Alcohol-Powered Van!" in the January/February 1981 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
At the 1980 Iowa State Fair, a number of inventive Midwestern mechanics and tinkerers entered their modified vehicles in a fuel efficiency contest. Originally published as "IOWA ENERGY 500!" in the November/December 1980 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
In the early 1980s, Brazilian automakers were working intensively on the development of alcohol-powered cars. Originally published as "Brazil's Alcohol-Powered Car" in the November/December 1980 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
In response to requests for additional information, MOTHER EARTH NEWS built and tested their own experimental hybrid electric vehicle. Originally published as "Mother's Own Hybrid Car!" in the September/October 1980 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Researchers in the engineering department at Tel Aviv University had built a modestly successful solar-powered car when a MOTHER EARTH NEWS staffer visited to see it in 1980.
Moped bikes are one way you could save fuel, get from point "A" to point "B", and have fun all at the same time! Originally published as "MOTHER'S MOPED SURVEY" in the July/August 1980 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Brazilian researchers explored a number of diesel fuel alternatives in the late 70s/early 80s, including ethanol and vegetable oil. Originally published as "BRAZIL'S ALCOHOL DIESELS" in the July/August 1980 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
A steam truck was the author's solution to gasoline shortages.Originally published as "'AJAX' . . . THE WOODBURNING, STEAM-POWERED TRUCK" in the May/June 1980 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
In 1979 MOTHER EARTH NEWS conducted traveling ethanol fuel seminars in the Midwestern and Southern U.S. that were extremely well received. Originally published as "MOTHER'S ALCOHOL ROAD SHOW" in the May/June 1980 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The fleet of internal combustion/electric vehicles David Arthurs built in the late 1970's/early 1980's included a hybrid VW bus. Originally published as "Hybrid II" in the May/June 1980 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The author discusses his ongoing efforts to convert an old car to an acetylene engine so he could run it on acetylene gas. Originally published as "I Run My Car on Acetylene" in the March/April 1980 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The hybrid electric car is not a new concept. Gear heads seeking 75 mpg fuel economy could have obtained hybrid car conversion plans from David Arthur way back in 1980.
The fuel crisis of the 1970s prompted the publication of these 25 fuel-saving tips. Some make reference to outmoded engine technologies, but many are still relevant today. Originally published as "Two Dozen And One Fuel-Saving Tips" in the January/February 1980 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Alcohol-fueled vehicles often won't start in cold weather. Here is a cold starting system you can build and install yourself to get around that problem. Originally published as "A COLD WEATHER STARTING SYSTEM" in the November/December 1979 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Where did we go to run airplanes on homemade alcohol fuel? Why, to this year's Oshkosh Air Show! Originally published as "OSHKOSH BY GOSH!" in the November/December 1979 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The author, an aviation entrepreneur, felt that cross country flying would be a good way to test his microlight aircraft (and provide a business justification for the vacation!) Originally published as "The Flight of the Microlights" in the November/December 1979 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Here's proof that an electric vehicle can be practical and beautiful. Originally published as "SILVER VOLT" in the September/October 1979 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
With the right tools and know-how, you can carry out an alcohol fuel conversion in a few hours. Originally published as "Alcohol Fuel Powers this Experimental Truck" in the September/October 1979 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
A water injection system can improve your gas mileage 20 to 50 percent. Originally published as "WATER INJECTION WIZARDRY" in the September/October 1979 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Vegetable oil fuel is the topic of Michael Brown’s report on still another renewable fuel possibility.
Gasoline-electric hybrid cars aren't a new idea. In this electric car conversion, an Opel GT becomes a hybrid car — long before the Toyota Prius was even a twinkle in engineers' eyes.
Larry Mauro tests his revolutionary idea for a solar-powered airplane. Originally titled " He Rides Through the Air on Sun Beams!" in the July/August 1979 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
A V8 to V4 engine conversion will give you much better gas mileage for a small reduction in performance. Originally published as "V8 to a V4 Conversion: Get 40 Percent Better Gas Mileage" in the July/August 1979 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
One man is so devoted to sun power he build a solar camper/solar workshop to travel the country promoting it. Originally published as "Ed Walkinstik, Hope and The Amazing Solar Chariot" in the September/October 1978 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The next time you're toolin' down the of Interstate and you
come up behind (or are passed by!) some thing that looks
like a cross between Noah's Ark, a redwood sauna, and a
vintage Winnebago ... consider
The Shipps Sportster, an electric mini-car, is great for city driving, but because of government regulations, it is harder to find mini-vehicles. Originally published as "The Shipps Sportster: An Electric Mini-Car for Urban Driving" in the March/April 1978 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Is this car of the future what is in store for the future of automobiles? The redesigned car is made of off-the-shelf products available to anyone, so go make your own fuel-efficient vehicle! Originally published as "This Car Travels 75 Miles on a Single Gallon of Gasoline" in the March/April 1978 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Carmen's Inertial Storage Transmission is the key to greater car mileage.
Learn the basic knowledge of constructing cargo bikes.
ABC-TV film crew filmed Geraldo riding in MOTHER's methane powered car.
Texas junkman does electric car conversion that defies expectations and is no joke. Originally published as "The Bucy Lectric Kar" in the March/April 1976 issue of MOTHE REARTH NEWS.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Shuttlebug is taken for a test drive, proving the concept of a lightweight, fuel-efficient economial small automobile. Originally published as "The Shuttlebug" November/December 1975 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Reprint of 1870 article about a solar-powered steam engine that appeared in The Technologist magazine, which proves that alternative energy is nothing new and that its benefits have long been known.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers share their feedback on the gravity perpetual motion machine article featured in issue NO. 33. Originally published as "Feedback on Perpetual Motion" November/December 1975 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The Shuttlebug, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS low-cost car, tests out using methane fuel as its source of power, making Shuttlebug even more economical than before. Originally published as "The Shuttlebug" September/October 1975 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Al Yanda, A Kansas City architect, builds his own version of the ultra-light, ultra-efficient electric car. Originally published as "Al Yanda (rhymes with Honda) and His Electric Car!" September/October 1975 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Don and Judy Moser use methane power as their alternative energy fuel for their solar-heated super schoolbus affectionately known as "Uncle Ben". Originally published as "Don & Judy Moser's Methane-Powered Bus" May/June 1975 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Forget electric vehicles and methane-powered cars. Old-fashioned horsepower—as in "horse and buggy" horsepower—is one woman's preferred mode of alternative transportation. Originally published as "Horse and Buggy Transportation — Real Alternative Transportation!" in the November/December 1974 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
After observing people using various forms of cargo bike in Mexico and Laredo, TX, the author speculates on their potential for wider adoption in the U.S. Originally published as "Light Handling on The Streets of Laredo" in the September/October 1974 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Here's a short progress report MOTHER EARTH NEWS' alternative fuel vehicle, the Shuttle Bug. Originally published as "THE SHUTTLE BUG" in the July/August 1974 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
A reader presents his own version of a highly fuel efficient vehicle he calls the Earth Rover Ecology Car. Originally published as "The Earthrover Ecology Car" in the July/August 1974 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Hardwood chips are now driving the first solid-fuel trucks to appear on American Highways.
One MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader shares his experience with using producer gas vehicles in Germany during World War II.
Whether it's fuel from manure or solar and wind-powered electric car technology, moving towards more ecologically sound forms of transportation can only be a step forward. Originally published as "MOTHER'S Alternative Energy Vehicles," an insert in the March/April 1974 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors plan to build a methane-powered car designed for maximum fuel efficiency. Originally Published as "MOTHER'S Anaerobic-powered Automobile" in the January/February 1974 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
A look at the performance of the Bate Device for converting cars to methane. Originally published as "Jerry Friedburg on Harold Bate" in the May/June 1972 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
A tried and tested low-emission fuel, liquid propane, and the easy-to-install system results in lower operation and maintenance costs, much longer engine life and 70% less air pollution. Originally published as "Convert Your Car to Propane" in the May/June 1972 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Doyce M. Purcell shares tips on how to choose a used pick-up by comparing the ease of tuning-up various truck models. Originally published as "STALKING THE USED PICKUP " November/December 1971 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
E-Commando Tactics columnist Roger Lovin discusses a reader's letter commenting on how heavy pollution appears to slow down the efficiency of cars and motorcycles. Originally published as "E-Commando Tactics" July/August 1971 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Chicken farmer Harold Bate discovered an eco-friendly way to power his car using decomposing chicken and pig manure as low-cost methane gas car fuel. Originally published as "The Marvelous Chicken-Powered Motorcar!" July/August 1971 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
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Learn how one British farmer uses chicken manure to power his own natural gas vehicle. Originally published as "Harold Bate and His Marvelous Chicken-Powered Car" in the March/April 1971 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Lean about a unique water powered car engine invented by Eduard Estevel. Originally published as "And Now...Aquaman!" in the March/April 1971 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
A solution to your transportation and power needs, from the Have-More Plan. Originally published as "Transportation and Power" from the March/April 1970 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS
A modest proposal to revive the steam car as a commercially sold vehicle. Originally published as "the Little Car That Could" in the Jan/Feb 1970 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.