Economist finds that biofuels, contrary to claims, do not meaningfully affect what drivers pay at the pump
If you have stopped at a gas station recently, there is a good chance your auto has consumed fuel with ethanol blended into it. Yet the price of gasoline is not substantially affected by the volume of its ...
GM says Chevy Spark EV can go 82 miles per charge
General Motors said Wednesday that the battery-powered version of its Chevrolet Spark mini-car can travel up to 82 miles (132 kilometers) on a single charge, putting it among the leaders in mass-market electric ...
Researchers pioneer molecular catalyser
Scientists in Sweden have developed a molecular catalyser with the ability to quickly oxidise water to oxygen. Presented in the journal Nature Chemistry, the results are a significant contribution to the future ...
New startup believes it has a way to cheaply convert methane to ethylene
Obama to announce new car efficiency standards
US President Barack Obama will later this week unveil new fuel efficiency standards for passenger cars and light trucks for the 2017-2025 period, the White House said Wednesday.
Diesel fights for traction with U.S. buyers
Just like gasoline, diesel fuel has plummeted in price since last summer after reaching almost $5 a gallon. So now that diesel goes for about $2.25, sales of diesel-powered vehicles, which almost always get better mileage ...
Commodity market volatility more perception than reality
When grain and other commodity prices experienced explosive episodes between 2004 and 2013, the finger pointed toward index traders as the cause. University of Illinois researchers identified and date-stamped both upward ...
GM cuts 2016 Volt plug-in hybrid car price by almost $1,200
General Motors is knocking nearly $1,200 off the price of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car.
Survey reveals how personal concerns, income shape consumer attitudes about energy
Americans are just as concerned about energy's impact on the environment as they are about its affordability, according to first-year results of the University of Michigan Energy Survey.
Sociologist links cheaper gas prices to more vehicle crashes
As the price of gasoline drops, the number of automobile crashes increases, according to Guangqing Chi, an associate professor of sociology at South Dakota State University. However, the time frame within ...
Expert discusses how low gasoline prices can influence fuel efficiency policies
The Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year touted its Fuel Economy Trends Report that found new vehicles produced in 2013 had achieved the highest fuel economy of all time. However, a recent sharp drop in U.S. gaso ...
Tesla's Musk: fracking threatens electric cars
Tesla founder Elon Musk warned Tuesday that the fracking boom is a deep threat to the nascent electric car industry, because of its impact lowering gasoline prices.
Automakers report sales up double-digits in August (Update)
Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Chrysler and General Motors all posted double-digit U.S. sales gains last month as people snapped up pickup trucks and small cars to lead the industry toward its best month in six years.
US boom transforming global oil trade
The surge in oil production in the U.S. and Canada and shrinking oil consumption in the developed world is transforming the global oil market. The threat of chronic oil shortages is all but gone, U.S. dependence ...