The latest and greatest on the many ways to move around, from electric cars and hybrid vehicles to commuter and electric bikes.
Assembled in China from native bamboo and recycled 6160 aluminum tubing gussets, this bike frame seemed the perfect complement to the ZeHus motor. I not only ended up with one of the most beautiful e-bikes Iʼve ever seen, but it also turned out to be one of the lightest. Learn how you can reserve a future production version of the e-bike.
Albert Lea, Minn., shows how walking and other healthy habits can rejuvenate a rural community. Learn about how to build a walkable community guided by ideas presented in the Blue Zone Projects and see examples of walkable communities around the United States.
MPX chugs from coast to coast pulling a car-factory-on-a-trailer, and we learn how much power we need for a 5,000-plus pound payload.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS fairgoers could choose a vehicle from a fleet of Ford hybrid cars to test-drive on the rolling countryside outside Asheville, N.C.
Suburban life has always been synonymous with long hours in the car. That’s changing now. Arlington, Virginia, shows how feet on the street helps a community thrive. Learn about how Arlington is promoting walking through city initiatives as well as 10 more cities that are striving to make their communities more walkable.
How we need to rethink our transportation in order to keep Washington the evergreen state.
The first step in our high-mileage pickup project: an "aerocap" streamlined cover for the bed. An aerocap gives the biggest bang for the buck.
The American built environment encourages driving (and frustrating traffic jams), and driving should be an option, but are there ways to change our cities so we can have the choice to drive less and walk more?
Fewer kids are walking to school—with good reason not to. Schools are built farther from community centers, and traffic is heavier, making the streets less safe. Is there a way to change our built environment to revive the walk to school?
Do your knees, shoulders or back hurt from riding your bike? Learning how to adjust your bike handlebars might help you fix the problem.
Do your knees, shoulders or back hurt from riding your bike? Adjusting the bike seat might begin to fix the problem.
Long rides making your rear-end sore? It should go away after riding for some time. If not, here are some tips to finding a more comfortable bike seat.
Be sure to double check your tires, brake pads, chain and handlebars while performing bike maintenance.
Ford Motor Company’s electrifying presence at the 2014 Pennsylvania MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR included sponsoring the event, giving test drives, and updating fairgoers about the latest news on electric and hybrid vehicle technology.
MAX isn't just streamlined - MAX has its rolling resistance down to a minimum too, thanks to low-drag tires and lubricants. Here's a video to show how much it matters.
One of our readers made a fiberglass and carbon fiber roof for his own home-built MAX high-mileage sports car, and here's how he did it.
The free CycleMap cycling app pinpoints the locations of nearly one million miles of bike paths around the world.
Traveling by train is becoming more convenient for bicyclists with the new Amtrak baggage car.
MAX won an award at the 2014 Maker Faire Bay Area for...gosh, we don't really know, but it was best in its class.
Millennial job hunters are seeking employment in cities with good public transit systems.
The United Kingdom is testing the power of green transportation with a fleet of all-electric buses running the same rigorous schedule as their diesel counterparts.
MAX is getting a garage mate. We're building a high-mileage pickup truck for those jobs that a sports car can't do, and this post outlines what we're starting with.
Biking and walking to work have significant health benefits, according to a new study. Pedestrians and cyclists have lower risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, and tend not to be overweight.
Learn about riding the rails with Amtrak on National Train Day this May.
California’s Kings Canyon school district recently debuted a new electric bus that will cut diesel emissions and help student health.
Go out for a spin this May during National Bike Month, and join the growing ranks of people who are discovering the benefits of bike commuting.
This is a modified version of a guest post written by Zach O’Connor, Communications and Publications Coordinator for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), for the "Building the U.S. Bicycle Route System" blog. In it Zach explains how his coworker’s bicycle commute from the suburbs to the heart of Washington, D.C., makes use of the District’s newly improved bicycle facilities.
For two weeks, I tested a hybrid vehicle. My family liked the car, I liked the car and without a doubt, the Ford C-MAX Energi is an amazing ride.
One of the best—albeit not the warmest—times to bicycle in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks is during the month of April.
Short overnight trips are a great way to introduce your family to bicycle travel.
The Urb-E is a super-compact folding E-bike is perfect for short commutes and even on the subway, as this video interview shows.
Cycle Greater Yellowstone, an annual event tour launched in 2013, benefits the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
My MAX car got licensed with the local DOT to run on vegetable oil fuel and pay its proper taxes per gallon. Each state has its own rules; here's how we do it in Oregon.
Hit the road, using wood for fuel! Chris Saenz takes a trip on wood gas power.
Ever wondered what its like to drive around using wood as fuel? Tag along with Chris as he fires up his wood gas truck.
Walking to school is becoming increasing popular among students and their parents, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Biking to school also is showing strong support among forms of active transportation.
Step on the gas with a clear conscience: Use Clean Cities' vehicle comparison site to find the right light-duty model among alternative fuel vehicles, and green up your life in the fast lane.
John D. Ivanko discovered that those in the hospitality business on Mackinac Island showcase the best of the past, blending it perfectly with modern sensibilities and, by default of it being an island, an ecological awareness to protect and preserve exactly what the millions of visitors come to see and experience every year.
Members of Zipcar can now enroll in the car-sharing service on a monthly basis. Zipcar is one of the world's largest car-sharing companies, operating a global network of over 10,000 vehicles.
As soon as my wife, son and I stepped off the Shepler’s Ferry, one of only three ferry services to Mackinac Island, our connection to motorized transport ceased to exist. Since 1898, cars and nearly every other form of motorized, gas-guzzling transportation are illegal on this Michigan island.
There's been a "shocking" increase in the number of EV charging stations across the United States, and in a remarkably short period of time.
MAX doesn't have a front license plate, and here's why Jack would like to keep it that way.
The electric Tesla Model S was put to the test in a recent highway collision. Tesla's CEO offers his assessment of the resulting fire and the overall safety of his company's vehicle.
Technology similar to that used for tracking street use may be used to track pedestrians and keep them safe.
Sleek, Eco-Friendly Jetson Electric Bikes Now Offered Through Urban Outfitters
If MAX is a bit too Spartan for your tastes, here's a homebuilt high mileage sports car that's a bit more plush - a Mazda Miata with a Geo Metro engine - and it's coming to the Mother Earth News Fairs.
Weeks eight and nine of our cross country bicycle trip start in Brantford, Ont., and end in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Set up camp in a parking space, feed the meter, and create a mini-park on PARK(ing) Day this Sept. 20.
Send your children to school on foot or by bike on Oct. 9, 2013 to celebrate National Walk to School Day.
Celebrate the third annual National Plug In day on Sept. 29, 2013, and see what electric cars are all about.
A new report from the League of American Bicyclists finds women cyclists now make up 60 percent of U.S. bike owners between the ages of 18 and 27.
Starting in North Branch, Minn. and ending in Brantford, Ontario, author Rick Stiles continues his cycling across the country — and the border.
The Trans-America trail cycle across America.
We can cut projected U.S. oil use in half over the next 20 years and create more than 1 million jobs, reduce annual oil spending by $550 billion, and eliminate 2 billion metric tons of global warming emissions per year by 2035.
A searchable index for the MAX Updates posts, and a few more thoughts on the Progressive Automotive X Prize.
The solar-powered tractor was painted Terry’s favorite color—green—before the motor was strapped in. After the motor was installed a battery stand was welded over the top of the DC drive motor which is large enough to accommodate twelve 250-amp deep-cycle batteries. Once the performance controller was installed battery cables were run, linking the batteries together.
Electric car batteries are at risk of warming up too quickly in high temperatures. Here’s how to help EV batteries beat the heat.
The Solar Impulse has made history as the first solar-powered airplane to fly across the North American continent.
The automaker plans to add new DC quick-charging stations, capable of recharging to 80 percent in about 30 minutes, to dealerships across the country.
Instructional videos from the League of American Bicyclists provide basic bicycle safety tips.
Rick Stiles shares chronicles the first two weeks of his cross-country trip on a recumbent bicycle.
Whether you’re looking for a sporty two-seater, a large family vehicle, or a heavy-duty farm or work truck, here's how to find the best options for vehicles that use less fuel and save you money.
Reconstruction on U.S. 36, the highway linking Boulder to Denver, will transform transportation in Colorado and bring more reliable options to commuters.
This funky DIY bicycle helmet from Adafruit features colorful LED light strips to increase riders' visibility at night.
As more manufacturers introduce new electric vehicles to the market, prices go down and electric car sales go way, way up.
By analyzing park distribution in the biggest U.S. cities, studies show the long-term benefits — environmental and psychological — of having accessible parks in a city.
In less than a month, Citi Bike – New York’s public bicycle option – has taken the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn by storm. Unfortunately, the highly anticipated bike share program already has its share of haters.
Vespa USA highlights five decades of smart metro mobility, freedom and fun.
My friend Tom and I arrived in the USA on June 13th, ready to start the biggest cycle of our lives. It didn't start smoothly. We have completed 361 miles to date after 7 days of cycling, this is pretty much bang on schedule which is a good position to be in for the Trans-America cycling tour.
Setting a record, two electric motorcycles complete a transcontinental race within a few days.
New 4-Station QuadLink Kit maintains and desulfates up to four lead-acid batteries at a time.
Daedong Industrial, a global agricultural manufacturing company, celebrated its 66th anniversary in May 2012.
Our friend Pat Sweeney has built himself an Electric MAX - a DIY Locost with a DIY electric power plant.
A new tool released by the U.S. Department of Energy allows drivers to compare fuel costs of electric cars with those of gas-powered vehicles.
Missouri comes out on top with the 2013 Best Trails State Award, recognizing innovative and successful trail sharing efforts, programs and systems.
Checking out our bicycles, our gear and ourselves.
Visitors enjoyed hundreds of test drives of Ford hybrid and electric cars at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
The presence of bicycles on sidewalks has long been debated: Is it legal? Is it safer than the road? Shouldn’t children be able to ride on sidewalks?
A big crowd likes MAXine better than MAX, and I’ll see you soon, at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash.
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will launch the city’s new bike share system – called “Divvy” – later this year, with the goal of expanding to 4,000 bikes at 400 neighborhood locations.
Driving patterns now closely resemble those from 1995, as young drivers are finding alternative forms of transportation.
Ride the Future Tour, a 43-day cross-country trip in electric vehicles, will start July 4 in South Carolina. Event organizers hope to build awareness for green transportation and break a few records along the way.
The number of bike commuters is on the rise everywhere in the United States, but especially in Bicycle Friendly Communities where it has increased an average of 80 percent.
These new vehicles may help the environment, but their soundless engines are a threat to the visually impaired, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists.
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.
Get onboard the teardrop camper revival by using these how-to videos to plan and build your own teardrop trailer.
American leaders are planning to launch a national summit recognizing the benefits of walking for health.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wayne Keith and Chris Saenz have been making woodgas history. Follow their achievements via the Wood Gas Adventures blog!
Check your vehicle owner’s manual for guidance on which types of biodiesel and biodiesel blends you can use in your car.
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.
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.
Our Summer 2012 MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Green Cars features the most up-to-date information about the world of fuel-efficient cars, including more than 50 car reviews, an update on biofuels, the truth about electric car safety, expert advice and much, much more.
Despite rumors to the contrary, a Prius is still better for the Earth and has less embodied energy than a Hummer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Results of the long-awaited cooling system test, which shows how little air MAX needs through the radiator.
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 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.
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.
MAX's classic race car skin remains a work in progress. Jack wants MAX to look Lola-esque, but not too Lola-esque.
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.
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.
Has Toyota’s recall of more than 8 million cars affected your faith in the automaker?
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?
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 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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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!
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?
Progress continues on MAX, the home-built, 100-mpg car (prospectively) that you’ll be able to make for $10,000.
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.
With the UCS green travel guide, you can leave a smaller environmental footprint getting from point A to point B.
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.
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?
Thoughts on the potentially fuzzy math of mpg calculations.
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.
MAX needs 25 percent more horsepower to get from zero to 60 mph in less than 18 seconds. Got any suggestions?
Should our tax dollars keep Chrysler and General Motors alive?
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 launch of the 2010 Honda Insight marks the return of North America's first commercial hybrid gas/electric car, but with improved technology and performance. Originally published as "Honda’s New Hybrid: 40+ MPG for Less Than $20K" in the April/May 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
The Wike Softie is a bike trailer-stroller suitable for pavement, gravel roads, or forest trails, and is a great way to take the smallest family members along on bicycle rides. Originally published as "Wike: Best Bicycle Trailer-stroller Combo" in the April/May 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
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.
Using straight vegetable oil for fuel, Jack McCornack and MAX took first prize in the Escape from Berkeley alternative fuels road rally. Originally published as "MAX Wins 800-mile Race, without Gas" in the February/March 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
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.
Eco-friendly electric cars are coming soon. Just over the horizon is a host of electric vehicles that tout improved range and speed, and state-of-the-art battery technology. 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.
Discover how to save money using an electric vehicle, using an electric scooter is good for the environment and uses renewable energy instead of gas. Originally published as "Country Lore: Go Electric!" October/November 2008 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
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 in order to reduce CO2 emissions from company vehicles by 1,786 metric tons annually. Originally published as "What Brown Can Do to Reduce CO2 Emissions" August/September 2008 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
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 100 mile-per-gallon alternative cars. This article details MAX’s origins and the early stages of its development. Originally published as "Here Comes the 100-mpg Car" August/September 2008 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
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.
Check out these 30 affordable, fuel efficient cars that get 30 mpg or better. Originally published as "Affordable Cars Fantastic Fuel Economy" in the December 2006/January 2007 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
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.
We need to find cleaner fuels, but biofuel production - particularly ethanol fuel - may be doing more harm than good.
As the eco-friendly alternative to AAA, the Better World Club provides 24/7 roadside assistance in all 50 states.
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 mile-per-gallon car that’s safe, affordable and ready for mass production. The contest is gaining speed internationally, with more than 30 teams from numerous countries. Originally published as "Racing to a Revolution" December 2007/January 2008 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
With a few modifications, you can run a diesel vehicle on vegetable oil to power your 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. Originally published as "Would You Use Veggie Oil to Fuel Your Vehicle?" December 2007/January 2008 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
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.
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.
An update regarding the progress on the GM Volt. General Motors’ plug-in electric car, the Volt, is now more than just a concept.
School buses are heading back to school with reduced school bus pollution. 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. Originally published as "Back to School with Better Buses" August/September 2007 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Check your tire pressure with a digital gauge 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. Originally published as "Tire Pressure: Use a Digital Gauge and Get Better Gas Mileage" August/September 2007 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
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.
A directory of special collections and Web features from Mother Earth News.
When you choose the right pickup truck, you can do more, more efficiently.
Hop on an electric bike or scooter and never buy gas again.
This is a fun, zippy, yet efficient performer, says our Toyota Yaris review.
Forget the foul, sooty impression you may have of diesel. With federally mandated low sulfur diesel coming on the market, this once dirty fuel is getting cleaner. Originally published as "The New Diesel: Cleaner and Greener" in the December 2006/January 2007 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Even with its many ammenities you'll still get good fuel economy, says our Nissan Versa review.
A versatile little urban runner, says our Honda Fit review.
Consider buying a 'neighborhood electric vehicle' (NEV) for short trips around your neighborhood.
Electric cars promise to bring about a transportation transformation whose time has come.
They might not tumble and roll like a carnival ride, but don't trust in SUV safety to get your children from one place to another.
Honda and Toyota continue to advance the prominence of hybrid gas-electric cars with new versions of the Civic Hybrid and Camry Hybrid. Originally published as "Two of America's Favorite Cars Go Hybrid" in the August/September 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Chris Paine's documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?" examines the factors that contributed to the demise of General Motors' innovative EV1.
Follow these expert tips to get the best gas mileage from your hybrid car.
Don't miss your chance to try out human powered vehicles at the HPV conference.
Clean and efficient, the electric vehicle is finally coming of age.
Once you have the correct type of vehicle, you can do your own electric car conversion or hire someone to do it for you. Originally published as “Make Your Own Electric Car” in the April/May 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Learn about different alternative-fuel vehicles in the show “Coolfuel Roadtrip.” Originally published as "Hit the Road With Cool Fuels" in the February/March 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
California is leading the way to greener transportation by setting new limits on automobile emissions of carbon dioxide. Originally published as "Cleaner Cars Are on the Way" in the February/March 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Learn how clean, renewable biodiesel fuel is a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based fuel and how it can power any diesel engine. Originally published as "Biodiesel: Homegrown Oil" in the February/March 2006 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
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.
Here’s how to find the right vehicle for your needs, save money with fuel economy 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.
Cool, capable and fun to drive, the hybrid electric car can save you thousands of dollars in gas.
Get 160 mpg at a cost of just 30 cents per “gallon” with plug-in hybrids.
The automotive industry is producing, and many consumers are buying, cars that get worse mileage than they did 20 years ago.
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.
A web site that is designed to help people with hybrid car resources.
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.
The new Ford Escape hybrid SUV is the greenest mass-market SUV ever to hit the streets.
Turn used vegetable oil into a valuable fuel source for your vehicle.
These 20 nifty products let you go off-road and off-grid camping in your tent, camper or RV.
James Kliesch shares important information on SUV's that pollute and how to find an environmentally friendly SUV. Originally published as "Greener Cars and Trucks" October November 2003 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Will Nixon shares his story of researching the best of green cars to replace his old-faithful Nissan Sentra. Originally published as "Better Than Speed" October November 2003 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Great Green Vehicles of 2003
MOTHER EARTH NEWS shares a chart showing the top-scoring green vehicles of 2003, with detailed information on green cars and how they score for green transportation.
James Kliesch discusses the latest green cars and trucks, including suggestions for the top green cars and hybrids for the environment and those that have the best mileage. Originally published as "Greener Cars and Trucks" October November 2003 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
James Kliesch shares important information on diesel fueled vehicles and finding an environmentally friendly diesel car. Originally published as "Greener Cars and Trucks" October November 2003 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Change over to economical electric vehicles, includes cost savings when owning an electric car, environmental benefits and comparing gas and electric vehicles. Originally published as "Energy and Environment" October/November 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Converting a gas engine car to an electric powered car is easier than you think, check out these helpful books on car conversions.
These driving tips for electric vehicles will help you get the most out of your energy-saving car.
This guide to electric car batteries will help you get the most out of your energy-saving car.
Environmentalist are concerned that ethanol fuel made from corn is not as an environmentally friendly ethanol production process as creating ethanol fuel from wood chips and straw. Originally published as "Fuel From Straw" June/July 2002 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
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.
The new gas additive, Viscom, can boost mileage up to 20 percent while reducing emissions by 70 percent.
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.
The 3VG hybrid vehicle combines the attributes of a car and handling characteristics of a motorcycle.
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.
Squeeze more life out of an old battery, or secretly mark a vehicle as yours at no cost, with these auto care tips.
A few items of fuel news from the practical — van pools — to the experimental — a fungus that shows promise in lignin digestion.
We'd like to believe that if it's both practical and fun, a three-wheeled car could find a place in the U.S. market.
This collection of fuel news stories covers the opening of three large ethanol production plants, a tree oil can perform as well as diesel, and a vehicle that ran all night on a gallon of gas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 can double your car's mileage, learn about this car transmission invention and how it can benefit your 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
One MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader shares his experience with using producer gas vehicles in Germany during World War II.
Hardwood chips are now driving the first solid-fuel trucks to appear on American Highways.
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 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.
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.
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.
Get great tips on finding a dependable used car, while never paying over $100.
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.
Learn all about the hidden uses for these old used delivery trucks and how to find one for a good deal.
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.
Tips on custom designing your own motor home and saving some money.
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.
The Motor Trend editors say the 2004 Prius is the first hybrid that auto enthusiasts can enjoy.
New research from the University of British Columbia suggests a close relationship between green transportation use and public health.
The Toyota Prius hybrid car is a great choice for those concerned with fuel economy.
If you go shopping for an electric bike, you’ll find a wide range of prices and brands. Discover how to determine the best electric bicycle brands for your lifestyle.