The Truth About Cars » Natural Gas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:20:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Natural Gas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Electric Cars Aren’t So Dirty, Coal Power at 35-year Low http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/electric-cars-arent-so-dirty-coal-power-at-35-year-low/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/electric-cars-arent-so-dirty-coal-power-at-35-year-low/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1277834 Electric vehicles aren’t rollin’ coal anymore — or, at least, not nearly as much as they used to. Reuters reports coal-fired electricity generation is now at a 35-year low in the U.S., and November 2015 was the fifth month in a row more natural gas than coal was used to produce electricity. That’s not all. […]

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Electric vehicles aren’t rollin’ coal anymore — or, at least, not nearly as much as they used to. Reuters reports coal-fired electricity generation is now at a 35-year low in the U.S., and November 2015 was the fifth month in a row more natural gas than coal was used to produce electricity. That’s not all. […]

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Honda Civic Hybrid, CNG and Accord Plug-In Hybrid Models Get the Axe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/honda-civic-hybrid-cng-and-accord-plug-in-hybrid-models-get-the-axe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/honda-civic-hybrid-cng-and-accord-plug-in-hybrid-models-get-the-axe/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:58:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1092913 UPDATE: Clarification on CR-Z at bottom. Honda is doing a bit of late spring cleaning as it looks to get its hybrid house in order. The automaker announced production of the Civic CNG has ended and multiple hybrid models will soon get the axe. Honda isn’t abandoning hybrid technology, however, as John Mendel, Executive Vice President, […]

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UPDATE: Clarification on CR-Z at bottom. Honda is doing a bit of late spring cleaning as it looks to get its hybrid house in order. The automaker announced production of the Civic CNG has ended and multiple hybrid models will soon get the axe. Honda isn’t abandoning hybrid technology, however, as John Mendel, Executive Vice President, […]

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GAO: Current Natural Gas Standards Cost Taxpayers Millions http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/gao-current-natural-gas-standards-cost-taxpayers-millions/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/gao-current-natural-gas-standards-cost-taxpayers-millions/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 19:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1063714 A new report by the Government Accountability Office says the Bureau of Land Management has yet to revise standards over natural gas, costing taxpayers. The report notes the GAO had been urging the BLM — which oversees oil and gas development on federal and Indian lands — to update the standards in regards to venting […]

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A new report by the Government Accountability Office says the Bureau of Land Management has yet to revise standards over natural gas, costing taxpayers. The report notes the GAO had been urging the BLM — which oversees oil and gas development on federal and Indian lands — to update the standards in regards to venting […]

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President Obama Promises Tougher Truck MPG Standards, More Renewables http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/president-obama-promises-tougher-truck-mpg-standards-more-renewables/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/president-obama-promises-tougher-truck-mpg-standards-more-renewables/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:35:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=728098 President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address was relevant to auto industry types for more than just the hosting of GM CEO Mary Barra, as President Obama also called fortougher fuel economy standards for heavy duty trucks, as well as increased exploration of natural gas as an alternative fuel. President Obama believes the fuel […]

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President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address was relevant to auto industry types for more than just the hosting of GM CEO Mary Barra, as President Obama also called fortougher fuel economy standards for heavy duty trucks, as well as increased exploration of natural gas as an alternative fuel. President Obama believes the fuel […]

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Chevrolet To Offer CNG-Powered Impala http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/chevrolet-to-offer-cng-powered-impala/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/chevrolet-to-offer-cng-powered-impala/#comments Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=625929 Looking to take advantage of the natural gas boom currently occurring in America, Chevrolet will market a bi-fuel version of its Impala sedan starting next year. With the ability to run on either gasoline or CNG, the Impala will be offered primarily to fleet customers starting in the summer of 2014. The CNG Impala will […]

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Looking to take advantage of the natural gas boom currently occurring in America, Chevrolet will market a bi-fuel version of its Impala sedan starting next year. With the ability to run on either gasoline or CNG, the Impala will be offered primarily to fleet customers starting in the summer of 2014. The CNG Impala will […]

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Obama Proposes $2-Billion Fund For Alternative Fuel Vehicles, No Mention Of Hydrogen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/obama-proposes-2-billion-fund-for-alternative-fuel-vehicles-no-mention-of-hydrogen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/obama-proposes-2-billion-fund-for-alternative-fuel-vehicles-no-mention-of-hydrogen/#comments Fri, 15 Mar 2013 22:07:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=481408 “The only way to break this cycle of spiking gas prices — the only way to break that cycle for good — is to shift our cars entirely, our cars and trucks, off oil,” So said President Obama during a speech in Illinois, where he outlined a plan to provide $200 million a year for […]

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“The only way to break this cycle of spiking gas prices — the only way to break that cycle for good — is to shift our cars entirely, our cars and trucks, off oil,” So said President Obama during a speech in Illinois, where he outlined a plan to provide $200 million a year for […]

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Eaton, GE Working On Affordable CNG Home Refueling Stations http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/eaton-ge-working-on-affordable-cng-home-refueling-stations/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/eaton-ge-working-on-affordable-cng-home-refueling-stations/#comments Mon, 23 Jul 2012 14:49:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453875 America may be the world’s up-and-c0ming natural gas producer, but if you have a car powered by CNG, good luck finding a station. CNG terminals are thin on the ground in certain parts of the country, and half of them are closed to the public. While Honda was formerly in partnership with a home refueling […]

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America may be the world’s up-and-c0ming natural gas producer, but if you have a car powered by CNG, good luck finding a station. CNG terminals are thin on the ground in certain parts of the country, and half of them are closed to the public. While Honda was formerly in partnership with a home refueling […]

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Ask An Engineer: Natural Gas For Dummies http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/ask-an-engineer-natural-gas-for-dummies/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/ask-an-engineer-natural-gas-for-dummies/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 15:49:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=450553 Westport Innovations has just signed a second deal with General Motors to produce light duty natural gas engines, and it’s probably not the last time we’ll be seeing these kind of partnerships forming. Natural gas vehicles have been explored previously on TTAC, but the technology hasn’t been fully explored in-depth, aside from some well-informed comments […]

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Westport Innovations has just signed a second deal with General Motors to produce light duty natural gas engines, and it’s probably not the last time we’ll be seeing these kind of partnerships forming. Natural gas vehicles have been explored previously on TTAC, but the technology hasn’t been fully explored in-depth, aside from some well-informed comments […]

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Review: 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/review-2012-honda-civic-natural-gas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/review-2012-honda-civic-natural-gas/#comments Wed, 23 May 2012 16:51:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=443940 Since 1998 Honda has been quietly producing one of the cleanest vehicles in America. In 2001 the EPA called its engine “the cleanest burning internal combustion engine in the world.” No, it’s not a hybrid, it’s Honda’s Civic Natural Gas (formerly known as the Civic GX). Until now, the Civic Natural Gas has only been […]

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Since 1998 Honda has been quietly producing one of the cleanest vehicles in America. In 2001 the EPA called its engine “the cleanest burning internal combustion engine in the world.” No, it’s not a hybrid, it’s Honda’s Civic Natural Gas (formerly known as the Civic GX). Until now, the Civic Natural Gas has only been […]

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GM’s Pickup Truck CNG Conversion Costs $11,000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/gms-pickup-truck-cng-conversion-costs-11000/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/gms-pickup-truck-cng-conversion-costs-11000/#comments Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:50:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=440643 Compressed natural gas may cost the equivalent of $1.89 per gallon of gasoline, but retrofitting your GMC Sierra or Chevrolet Silverado will cost you $11,000 – and GM still think it will save you money. According to GM, “…Customers could save $5,000 to $10,000 over a three-year period, depending on their driving habits.” How GM […]

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Compressed natural gas may cost the equivalent of $1.89 per gallon of gasoline, but retrofitting your GMC Sierra or Chevrolet Silverado will cost you $11,000 – and GM still think it will save you money. According to GM, “…Customers could save $5,000 to $10,000 over a three-year period, depending on their driving habits.” How GM […]

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Hertz To Rent CNG Vehicles, Pilot Program Begins In May http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/hertz-to-rent-cng-vehicles-pilot-program-begins-in-may/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/hertz-to-rent-cng-vehicles-pilot-program-begins-in-may/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:09:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=439551   If you’re traveling to Oklahoma City any time soon, Herz will give you the option of renting a Honda Civic or GMC Yukon that runs on Compressed Natural Gas. Renters will be able to select from one of eight Honda Civics or two GMC Yukons that use CNG. The vehicles will have a Hertz […]

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  If you’re traveling to Oklahoma City any time soon, Herz will give you the option of renting a Honda Civic or GMC Yukon that runs on Compressed Natural Gas. Renters will be able to select from one of eight Honda Civics or two GMC Yukons that use CNG. The vehicles will have a Hertz […]

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Blind Spot: Obama No Longer Dreams Of Electric Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/blind-spot-obama-no-longer-dreams-of-electric-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/blind-spot-obama-no-longer-dreams-of-electric-cars/#comments Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:00:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434742 “The electric things have their life too. Paltry as those lives are.” Phillip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? At the High School I attended, progress reports were never a good thing. Halfway through each term, students who were averaging a D or lower would receive a print-out of their grade accompanied by […]

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“The electric things have their life too. Paltry as those lives are.” Phillip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? At the High School I attended, progress reports were never a good thing. Halfway through each term, students who were averaging a D or lower would receive a print-out of their grade accompanied by […]

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Ford Bets On Ecoboost, Chrysler And GM On Natural Gas For Pickups http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/ford-bets-on-ecoboost-chrysler-and-gm-on-natural-gas-for-pickups/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/ford-bets-on-ecoboost-chrysler-and-gm-on-natural-gas-for-pickups/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2012 20:47:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434734 While both General Motors and Chrysler are putting their money on Compressed Natural Gas options for their pickup-truck lineups, Ford is going with pretty much everything but CNG as it examines alternative fuel strategies for future vehicles – and for now, the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 will be the standard bearer for light duty versions of […]

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While both General Motors and Chrysler are putting their money on Compressed Natural Gas options for their pickup-truck lineups, Ford is going with pretty much everything but CNG as it examines alternative fuel strategies for future vehicles – and for now, the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 will be the standard bearer for light duty versions of […]

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Honda Tells Dealers: Build CNG Fueling Stations, And They Will Come http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/honda-tells-dealers-build-cng-fueling-stations-and-they-will-come/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/honda-tells-dealers-build-cng-fueling-stations-and-they-will-come/#comments Fri, 09 Mar 2012 19:05:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434458 This is the Honda Civic GX, a vehicle that runs on propane and propane accessories compressed natural gas. Despite the Civic GX’s title as one of America’s “Greenest Vehicles“, the Civic GX is pricey, and CNG refueling stations are few and far between – apparently there are only 830 in the entire United States, with […]

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This is the Honda Civic GX, a vehicle that runs on propane and propane accessories compressed natural gas. Despite the Civic GX’s title as one of America’s “Greenest Vehicles“, the Civic GX is pricey, and CNG refueling stations are few and far between – apparently there are only 830 in the entire United States, with […]

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Will Natural Gas Prevent Us From Reaching A Better Place? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/will-natural-gas-prevent-us-from-reaching-a-better-place/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/will-natural-gas-prevent-us-from-reaching-a-better-place/#comments Thu, 08 Mar 2012 16:56:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434384 A brief piece in the Wall Street Journal’s “Dealbook” discussed the potential of natural gas powered vehicles, largely as a way to stop falling prices for natural gas. One hope for many natural gas producers reeling from collapsing prices is wider adoption of natural-gas-powered cars. The biggest hurdle so far: lack of infrastructure to refuel […]

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A brief piece in the Wall Street Journal’s “Dealbook” discussed the potential of natural gas powered vehicles, largely as a way to stop falling prices for natural gas. One hope for many natural gas producers reeling from collapsing prices is wider adoption of natural-gas-powered cars. The biggest hurdle so far: lack of infrastructure to refuel […]

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Honda Launches Fit EV, But Civic GX Takes Green Car Prize http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/honda-launches-fit-ev-but-civic-gx-takes-green-car-prize/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/honda-launches-fit-ev-but-civic-gx-takes-green-car-prize/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2011 17:59:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418709 Between the tsunamis, floods, and poorly-received Civic, Honda has had  a rough 2011. But the brand is hoping to put all that behind it by emphasizing its environmentally-friendly product portfolio, announcing a Fit EV which will be made available in California, Oregon and six east coast markets next summer. Unlike Nissan, however, Honda isn’t actually […]

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Between the tsunamis, floods, and poorly-received Civic, Honda has had  a rough 2011. But the brand is hoping to put all that behind it by emphasizing its environmentally-friendly product portfolio, announcing a Fit EV which will be made available in California, Oregon and six east coast markets next summer. Unlike Nissan, however, Honda isn’t actually […]

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Speaking Of All Natural Gas … http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/speaking-of-all-natural-gas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/speaking-of-all-natural-gas/#comments Sat, 02 Jul 2011 13:39:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=401415 This is the Maxximum G-Force. It holds all kinds of world records. And it runs on all-American natural gas! Something had to be natural in this video …

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This is the Maxximum G-Force. It holds all kinds of world records. And it runs on all-American natural gas! Something had to be natural in this video …

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Will Your Next Car Run On Fracking Gas? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/will-your-next-car-run-on-fracking-gas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/will-your-next-car-run-on-fracking-gas/#comments Sat, 02 Jul 2011 09:31:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=401387 For a long time, taxis, trucks, delivery vans have been on the bottle. On a bottle of CNG, or Compressed Natural Gas.  Now, “major automakers like General Motors and Chrysler are gearing up to invest in companies that make engines and parts for vehicles that run on the fuel,” says Reuters. Actually, it doesn’t take […]

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For a long time, taxis, trucks, delivery vans have been on the bottle. On a bottle of CNG, or Compressed Natural Gas.  Now, “major automakers like General Motors and Chrysler are gearing up to invest in companies that make engines and parts for vehicles that run on the fuel,” says Reuters. Actually, it doesn’t take […]

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GM Signs Natural Gas Development Deal, Light Duty Prototype Possible In 18 Months http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/gm-westport-deal-hints-at-natural-gas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/gm-westport-deal-hints-at-natural-gas/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2011 23:25:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=400766 Smell that? It’s the gathering scent of a new industry trend towards natural gas. Honda’s expanded its pioneering Civic GX to 50 states, Sergio Marchionne wants to replicate his Italian CNG success at Chrysler (eventually), and now GM is jumping on the bandwagon while it’s still relatively uncrowded. The Winnepeg Free Press reports that GM […]

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Smell that? It’s the gathering scent of a new industry trend towards natural gas. Honda’s expanded its pioneering Civic GX to 50 states, Sergio Marchionne wants to replicate his Italian CNG success at Chrysler (eventually), and now GM is jumping on the bandwagon while it’s still relatively uncrowded. The Winnepeg Free Press reports that GM […]

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Chevy Beats The Gas Prices Blues In India With LPG, EV City Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/chevy-beats-the-gas-prices-blues-in-india-with-lpg-ev-city-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/chevy-beats-the-gas-prices-blues-in-india-with-lpg-ev-city-car/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2011 21:21:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=400640 Speaking of GM’s future lineup, there’s no sign in GMI’s 2013 projected lineup of the on-again-off-again Spark city car (A-Segment) that we had heard would be here now. Hell, they’ve had the cupholders ready since 2009. So what’s the Spark up to? It’s already on sale in much of the world, but in India (where […]

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Speaking of GM’s future lineup, there’s no sign in GMI’s 2013 projected lineup of the on-again-off-again Spark city car (A-Segment) that we had heard would be here now. Hell, they’ve had the cupholders ready since 2009. So what’s the Spark up to? It’s already on sale in much of the world, but in India (where […]

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MIT and International Energy Agency Explore The Promise Of Natural Gas-Powered Transportation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/mit-and-international-energy-agency-explore-the-promise-of-natural-gas-powered-transportation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/mit-and-international-energy-agency-explore-the-promise-of-natural-gas-powered-transportation/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2011 23:15:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=398193 A pair of studies, by MIT and the International Energy Agency [via GreenCarCongress] take a look at what is rapidly becoming a hot topic in the world of alt-energy transportation policy: the use of natural gas to power cars and trucks. If you’re intrigued by the car industry’s “forgotten” fuel source (and with Honda Civic […]

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A pair of studies, by MIT and the International Energy Agency [via GreenCarCongress] take a look at what is rapidly becoming a hot topic in the world of alt-energy transportation policy: the use of natural gas to power cars and trucks. If you’re intrigued by the car industry’s “forgotten” fuel source (and with Honda Civic […]

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The Chinese Are Coming: Part One: A Tale Of Two Nobles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/the-chinese-are-coming-part-one-a-tale-of-two-nobles/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/the-chinese-are-coming-part-one-a-tale-of-two-nobles/#comments Wed, 04 May 2011 15:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393582   For years now the Chinese automakers have been the bête noir of the global car industry, inspiring equal parts fear and contempt in boardrooms and editorial meetings from Detroit to Stuttgart. In an industry built on scale, China’s huge population and rapid growth can not be ignored as one scans the horizon for dark […]

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  For years now the Chinese automakers have been the bête noir of the global car industry, inspiring equal parts fear and contempt in boardrooms and editorial meetings from Detroit to Stuttgart. In an industry built on scale, China’s huge population and rapid growth can not be ignored as one scans the horizon for dark […]

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Chrysler Goes CNG… By 2017 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/chrysler-goes-cng-by-2017/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/chrysler-goes-cng-by-2017/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 22:05:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=391232 There’s been a recent groundswell of interest in natural gas as a fuel for cars in recent months, marked by Honda’s decision to sell a natural gas-powered 2012 Civic in 50 states, Edmunds CEO Jeremy Anwyl’s public paean to the fuel, and the EPA’s relaxation of natural gas conversion regulations. Honda alt-fuel manager Eric Rosenberg […]

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There’s been a recent groundswell of interest in natural gas as a fuel for cars in recent months, marked by Honda’s decision to sell a natural gas-powered 2012 Civic in 50 states, Edmunds CEO Jeremy Anwyl’s public paean to the fuel, and the EPA’s relaxation of natural gas conversion regulations. Honda alt-fuel manager Eric Rosenberg […]

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A Dangerously Dispassionate Look At The EV Market http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/a-dangerously-dispassionate-look-at-the-ev-market/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/a-dangerously-dispassionate-look-at-the-ev-market/#comments Sat, 02 Apr 2011 16:50:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=389557 One of the toughest challenges facing industry analysts right now involves determining what the market for electric vehicles actually looks like, what kind of volumes it will support and for how long. It’s a problem that I’ve hashed over at length with an old college buddy who now works at a cleantech investment firm, and […]

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One of the toughest challenges facing industry analysts right now involves determining what the market for electric vehicles actually looks like, what kind of volumes it will support and for how long. It’s a problem that I’ve hashed over at length with an old college buddy who now works at a cleantech investment firm, and […]

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Without EVs, Chrysler Gets Gassy. Will Washington? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/without-evs-chrysler-gets-gassy-will-washington/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/without-evs-chrysler-gets-gassy-will-washington/#comments Wed, 30 Jun 2010 15:43:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=359857 Today, natural gas is a rational alternative to gasoline that can provide a near-term environmental solution on the road to vehicle electrification. It is the most effective solution, in terms of costs and timing, to lessen this country’s reliance on oil Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne tells the Detroit News that despite not having an electric […]

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Today, natural gas is a rational alternative to gasoline that can provide a near-term environmental solution on the road to vehicle electrification. It is the most effective solution, in terms of costs and timing, to lessen this country’s reliance on oil Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne tells the Detroit News that despite not having an electric […]

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