March 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama plans to announce Friday that he will ask Congress to create an energy security trust to fund research into alternatives to gasoline, according to senior White House officials. The $2-billion fund to be disbursed over 10 years would come from increased revenue the administration expects from streamlining the permitting process for drilling, and from higher oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico, the officials said. The role of the trust, which will be in the president's budget proposal, would be to support cutting-edge research into fuels that would eventually replace gasoline, a prospect that the officials conceded was years away.
March 5, 2013 |
Ford Motor Co. is boosting the number of trucks and vans its offers that run on compressed natural gas and propane as sales rise and demand grows for cleaner fuel fleets. “Since 2009, we've seen the number of Built Ford Tough commercial vehicles sold with factory-prepped engines for CNG/LPG [propane] upfit increase by more than 350%,” said Jon Coleman, Ford Fleet Sustainability and Technology manager. “To expand power of choice for our commercial customers, we are offering CNG/LPG prepped engines in additional vehicle nameplates -- from the Transit Connect compact van up to medium-duty F-650 models.” Since 2010, according to Mike Levine, truck communications manager for Ford, the company has seen its sales of compressed natural gas-fueled trucks and vans rise to 11,623 last year from 3,277 in 2010.
June 17, 2012 |
Did somebody say "road trip"? You'll find plenty of blasts from the past in a variety of automotive museums in the West, including celebrity vehicles, muscle cars and other classic autos. We've assembled an eclectic list of places whose varied collections might prompt a road trip, and they might entertain even those folks who are not car fanatics. Note: Collectors' cars need maintenance too, so most museums rotate their vehicles on display. That means that on any given day you might not see everything listed on their websites.
May 17, 2012 |
A gas station that also offers E85 ethanol and biodiesel fuels has opened in Fullerton, becoming the first of more than 200 so-called clean mobility centers slated for the state. The Propel Clean Mobility Center at 1124 E. Chapman Ave., which opened Wednesday, was partially funded by grants from the California Energy Commission and the U.S. Energy Department. "People are looking for alternatives. They're looking for transportation options that aren't dependent on petroleum," said Matt Horton, chief executive of Propel Fuels in Redwood City, Calif., which at its new Fullerton station also offers a self-service bicycle repair station, recycling containers, free air and water, and maps of rail stations, bike paths and busways.
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May 16, 2012 |
Jamie Caissie says he's picky about the gas he puts in his GMC Sierra truck. For years, the 35-year-old flooring contractor only filled up at 76 brand stations, but on a recent Monday, he decided to try something new: the Propel Clean Mobility Center in Fullerton, which sells E85 flex fuel and biodiesel, along with traditional gasoline, and also allows customers to purchase carbon offsets at the pump. "My truck says it can take flex fuel, and it's 70 cents cheaper," said Caissie, who lives in Fullerton and often travels to San Diego and Northern California for work.
May 1, 2012 |
To get a sense of how many alternative fueling stations the U.S. might need some day, consider the number of locations around the nation that have gasoline pumps. The Energy Department says that there are 160,000 gasoline stations around the U.S. but just 10,000 alternative fuel stations across the 48 contiguous states. Moreover, those 10,000 stations generally offer only one of the following: biodiesel, CNG or compressed natural gas, LNG or liquefied natural gas, electric, ethanol (E85)