My problem with electric cars: Distance, Diesel, and the lack of both

Having an electric car might be good. There’s no combustion motor of any kind in it. Instead, they are entirely battery-powered. GM made the EV1, which apparently was a good car, but they were recalled and destroyed. (All but a few escaped.) Since then, electric cars have been largely off the map. That has begunContinue reading “My problem with electric cars: Distance, Diesel, and the lack of both”

A Honda Insight gets greater mileage with Diesel Power

Imagine that: replace the gas engine in a Honda Insight gas-electric hybrid with a Diesel engine, and the mileage soars. That said, a comment on Slashdot echoes my inner feelings on the matter: “The current model VW’s that have diesel options (Jetta, Golf, Beetle) can average 50mpg all day long with 4 adults and theContinue reading “A Honda Insight gets greater mileage with Diesel Power”

NY Times: 2009 VW Jetta TDI Clean Diesel is “A High-Mileage Masterpiece”

Now I thought my ’06 TDi was all that and a ball of wax, but these new Clean Diesels seem to be everything I wanted and then some. The New York Times is arguably not renowned for its car reviews, but they, along with what seems like everyone who‘s test-driven the new ’09 Clean DieselContinue reading “NY Times: 2009 VW Jetta TDI Clean Diesel is “A High-Mileage Masterpiece””

Highways and transit: Are you listening, Wisc. DOT? (And a bit of praise for jrowen)

James Rowen has done the sort of blogging I aspire to do on the topics of highways and transit. First, he cites a report rightly predicting a “mass exodus of vehicles off America’s highways” when gas prices hit $7/gallon. (Diesel, by the way, is already at $4.68 in Milwaukee. I paid $67.86 for 14.56 gallonsContinue reading “Highways and transit: Are you listening, Wisc. DOT? (And a bit of praise for jrowen)”

Get yer gas today; the cost may jump on Monday

While we enjoyed the price of gas briefly slipping below $4.00/gal for 87 octane gas, it may be short-lived. Many news outlets, including the Toronto Star, discussed the price of oil jumping to $139 per barrel. So the gas today may be a lot more tomorrow, Sunday, or on Monday. According to the Star, “TheContinue reading “Get yer gas today; the cost may jump on Monday”

Hello, Hello, I’m Back Again

Blogging has changed a lot since 1996, when I first started with it. For one, the word “blog” didn’t exist back then. For second, blogs weren’t yet mastered by anyone but geeks and techies with far too much time on their hands — folks just like my buddy Kent who wrote a custom scripting engineContinue reading “Hello, Hello, I’m Back Again”