Which car would you rather drive: the BMW M3 or the Toyota Prius? I'd take the M3. It'd be no competition for me. As it turns out, Top Gear tested these two cars around the track. The M3 got better mileage than the Prius while both cars traveled at the same speeds for 10 laps. … Continue reading Is the M3 is more economical than the Prius?
As I filled up my MINI a couple of days ago, I glanced at the pump and noticed the price of the premium gasoline: $2.77 per gallon. I couldn't believe it. I left the pump running and ran toward the street sign to take a photo. I just didn't think I'd ever see premium gas … Continue reading Premium gasoline dips below $3 per gallon
That's the going price for premium gasoline (93 octane) in these parts (Bethesda, MD). Back when I advocated the use of a heavy gasoline tax three years ago, I had $4-5 per gallon in mind, but I envisioned about $2 of that to be the actual tax itself. What we've got now is a puny … Continue reading I bought gas for $4.45 a gallon tonight
As I read through my feeds, I noticed a headline about the fading car culture. It seems a Nissan executive has noticed how interest in cars is waning, due to congestion costs, interest in public transportation, or desire to spend money elsewhere, like gadgets. I also noticed something disingenuous in that article. It was his … Continue reading My take on the fading car culture
Just read an article written by someone at AP and published on MSNBC, entitled "World feels China's growing thirst for oil". I wish they'd publish author names as well! This was a very well-written article, and full of insights into the issue. If you thought China's energy demands are small still compared to the US, … Continue reading China's growing energy problem, and the US policy quandary
Professor Andrew Frank from the University of California at Davis developed a hybrid SUV that can get about 100 miles per gallon - or so the article says. It does this because it's a plug-in hybrid. It recharges its batteries from an outlet at night. This is indeed really cool, but what I'd like to … Continue reading From gas guzzler to green extreme
Just caught this article on Discovery News. I've seen concepts like this before, but they usually looked just plain awful. This one actually looks cool, and I hope very much that it makes it to market. The fuel economy would be better than my MINI's, and that's impressive! There are two photos available. The first … Continue reading A personal plane that flies and drives