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    Report: Ferrari FF converted to run on bio-ethanol packs 875 hp
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    There are drawbacks to every kind of alternative to burning fossil fuels in our cars. Electric cars don't have enough range. Hybrids are burdened with what essentially boils down to two parallel powertrains. Hydrogen is limited to where it is available. Bio-ethanol has its own drawbacks, but ...

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    Ford adds E85 Flexifuel to Focus lineup in Europe
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    2012 Ford Focus – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Ford of Europe will make two additional powertrain options for the Focus available in the near future: the PowerShift automatic with dual dry-clutch technology and a Flexifuel, E85-burning 1.6-liter Duratec engine. Ford says ...

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    EIA: E85-capable vehicles dominate available alt-fuel models in 2009
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    Of the 1,076,350 alternative-fuel automobiles made available in the U.S. in 2009, nearly 75 percent (805,777) were flex-fuel capable (E85) vehicles, according to the report "Alternatives to Traditional Transportation Fuels 2009" recently released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration ...

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    House members introduce technology-neutral Open Fuel Standard Act
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    "This technology-neutral Open Fuel Standard is a key step to break the cycle of pain at the pump," says Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD). Bartlett, along with a bipartisan group of House members led by Congressmen John Shimkus (R-IL), and including Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Steve Israel (D-NY), ...

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    EPA streamlines alt-fuel conversions with amended regulations
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    With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tweaking its rules for alternative fuel conversions for vehicles, it's time for do-it-yourselfers to rejoice. Previously, the EPA's rules for alt-fuel conversions made it difficult to convert older vehicles. However, changes made to the Agency's ...

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    Chu: "We have only just begun to realize the benefits of homegrown fuels"
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    The American political landscape is fraught with trouble and support for biofuels, but the overall shift is towards getting more and more of them in our fuel supply. That's a takeaway point from U.S. DOE Secretary Steven Chu's videotaped address to the National Ethanol Conference held in Phoenix, ...

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    2012 Kia Picanto boasts 57 mpg; CO2 emissions as low as 90 g/km
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    Kia's all-new 2012 Picanto, which will be unveiled to the world at the Geneva Motor Show this coming March, aims to raise the bar in the A-segment via slashed emissions and increased fuel economy. The five-door Picanto supermini will hit dealerships across much of the world (excluding the U.S.) ...

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    Ethanol industry proposes gentler E15 "warning" label
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    Last October, the EPA proposed a new warning label for E15 (a fuel made up of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) to be used on pumps that dispense the newly-approved biofuel. It's a bright orange label with "CAUTION" in capitalized letter emblazoned across the top and looks like a ...

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    Consumer Reports: Interest in alt-energy vehicles on the rise; buyers deterred by drawbacks
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    Consumer Reports recently surveyed 1,713 car owners in the U.S. and discovered that 39 percent of them will consider buying a hybrid or electric vehicle (EV) for their next vehicle. Out of that group, 60 percent are leaning towards a conventional hybrid, 16 percent are considering a plug-in ...

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    Retailers urged to limit E15 sales to flex fuel vehicles only
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    When the EPA approved the use of gasoline with a 15 percent ethanol (E15) for model year 2007 and newer vehicles back in mid-October, a wave of concerns surfaced. Some critics argued that it would be too difficult for drivers to determine which fuel from the many available choices at a typical ...

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    Ford F-150 engines for 2011 announced, includes EcoBoost V6
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    The Ford F-150 is getting a lineup of four all-new engines for the 2011 model year that includes two V6s and two V8s. According to Ford, the entire new engine family will be more fuel efficient than the outgoing 4.6-liter and 5.4-liter V8s by at least 20 percent. The same 3.7-liter V6 and ...

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    Dung Beetle: This GENeco Bio-Bug runs on gas
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    Methane-powered GENeco Volkswagen Beetle
    Methane as a source of automotive propulsion isn't exactly a new concept, but it's taken manufacturers a long time to figure out how to clean it up enough to let it power an engine long-term. GENeco thinks they have figured it out and has presented this ...

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    Challenge Bibendum: Audi's E100-capable A5 can get to 25 mpg and 146 mph
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    E100-capable Audi A5 prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery
    When we saw an Audi A5 quattro with the words "Ethanol E100" at the Challenge Bibendum in Rio de Janiero recently, we knew it was something unusual. It was so different, in fact, that it's taken Audi PR until today to ...

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    Ford on track to reach goal of doubling flex-fuel vehicle production
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    Turn back the clock to 2006, when Ford Motor Company announced it was taking flex-fuel vehicles seriously. That year, the company built 185,000 autos that could run on gasoline, ethanol or any combination of the two up to E85 (85 percent ethanol). Ford also pledged that the company's production of ...

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    All 2011 Buick Regals to be flex-fuel capable from this fall
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    2011 Buick Regal Turbo – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Starting this fall, all new 2011 Buick Regals will have flex-fuel capability. The first boatloads of Regals from Germany have begun rolling off at the docks in New Jersey this past week and are being sent out to dealers. The ...

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    Ford fleet vehicles gets greener with addition of E85, EcoBoost, electric drive and so on
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    Ford Transit Connect Taxi – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Ford has a long-standing reputation as a major player in the fleet vehicle segment. Just picture the Crown Vic that all-too-often pops up in your rear-view mirror with some flashing lights or the old Taurus that was a ...

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    Progressive X-Prize Shakedown Stage starts at Michigan International Speedway
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    The Progressive Automotive X-Prize has been underway for some time now but finally, the hyper-efficient rubber is meeting the race track. The twenty-eight remaining teams spent the weekend making their way to Michigan where they will begin the week-long "Shakedown Stage." There, the entrants will ...

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    Report: Next Mazda RX-7 testing with gasoline and diesel compatabile rotary
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    Mazda Furai Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    It's the rumor that just refuses to die. We're not sure if that means there's a whole heck of a lot of truth behind it or not, but once again we're hearing that Mazda is hard at work on a new RX-7 sportscar. And while you might ...

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    Brazil "temporarily" lifts ethanol tariff, baits trade hooks
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    In a gesture to improve biofuel trade relations with the U.S. and other countries, Brazil's Council of Ministers of the Board of Foreign Trade (MDIC) has temporarily lifted the country's tariff on imported ethanol, changing the tax rate from 20 percent to zero percent. The tariff will be lifted ...

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    Don't like topping-up your clean diesel with urea? GE's got an answer, maybe
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    Not only is topping off your clean diesel's fancy selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system with urea a bit expensive, but if you don't keep it topped off, your car may not start at all. Well, GE and Umicore have announced they've signed a Technology License agreement to commercialize a ...

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