Fuel

The Power of Poop.

Posted in Best of, Biofuel, Bizarre, Engines, Fuel, Fuel Cell, General, Rants & Raves by MrAngry | November 14th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Poop Bike

It’s no surprise that you may think that toilets sell themselves. However dig a little deeper and you’ll realize that creating a great porcelain throne takes time, money and a great marketing budget. Japanese toilet maker Toto understands this and has recently come up with a pretty unconventional plan to get the word out about their newest products. You see there’s thinking outside the box, and then there’s thinking OUTSIDE the box, and in Toto’s case their box has three wheels and is powered by bio-fuel. Toto figures that by making this trike run on poop-powered bio-gas that they’ll not only raise awareness for renewable energy, but in the process, sell some fancy new toilet bowls. Company spokesman Kenji Fujita stated, “Although the seat of the bike is indeed a toilet, it is not for actual use.”

The fuel is produced by breaking down and fermenting a combination of household and livestock waste into a gas form, which is then stored in twin tanks on the back of the bike. Fujita also stated that, “At first when I saw the bike, I was taken aback. But after riding it, I found it quite interesting,” she said. “It doesn’t hurt at all and is actually quite comfortable to sit on.”

Hmm… interesting.

Source: NBCNewYork.com

Are Prius Drivers the Worst Offenders?

Posted in Alt Fuels, Best of, Car Branding, Electronics, Engines, Fuel, Fuel Cell, General, Hybrid Technologies, News, Pop Culture, Rants & Raves, Traffic by MrAngry | November 9th, 2011 | 19 Responses |

Toyota Prius

Ever since I moved out to the West Coast I’ve been noticing a trend amongst those who drive hybrids and electric cars. For one, they’re generally more aggressive behind the wheel and two, they seem to feel that because they drive an economy car that this gives them the right to act like complete assholes on the open road. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been known to fracture an occasional traffic law from time to time, but these hybrid drivers, especially those who pilot the Toyota Prius, are in a class by themselves. On the highway for instance it’s more often than not that I see Prius drivers motoring at 80-85 mph through traffic. I’ve been flashed by them, tailgated by them and even flicked off by a few. I’ve also been chastised by owners while getting coffee for driving what they consider to be gas guzzling automobiles.

Back in NYC the Prius driver used these cars as they were intended – to get great economy. They drove them in a normal fashion and simply enjoyed their little hybrids. Out here in California though it’s almost as if owners used them as a way to be passive aggressive on the open road – “Yes of course I’m speeding and driving erratically, but I drive a Prius, so it’s ok…” Now I suppose I could be imagining this, but I highly doubt it. What I’m curious to know is, has anyone out there experienced a similar occurrence or am I the only one?

What Are The Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars?

Posted in Car Buying, Fuel, Guide by Kurt Ernst | March 13th, 2011 | 7 Responses |

Lexus' CT 200h, number 2 on the list. Image: Toyota

These days, gas prices are on everyone’s mind. Upheaval in the Middle East is likely to keep prices high for some time to come; given that prices always go up at Easter and again at Memorial Day, the only question is whether or not prices will come down significantly in between. If they do, perhaps the memories of $4 per gallon gas will fade in time. If they don’t, we could be longing for the good old days of cheap, $4 per gallon gas as soon as this summer. If you’re shopping for a new car, I can almost guarantee that fuel economy is one of the factors driving your new car purchase. TrueCar, a new car pricing website, wants to help. They’ve compiled a list of cars based on fuel efficiency, and unlike others that I’ve seen, it even projects operating cost based on 15,000 miles per year and $5.00 per gallon gas. Want to know what your best choices are? Read on. Read More…

Hypermiling Performance Cars?

Posted in Dodge, Domestic Rides, Fuel, Rants & Raves, Rides, Tips by MrAngry | March 9th, 2011 | 11 Responses |

Dodge Magnum SRT8

I never thought I’d be doing this, but yesterday I found myself trying to hyper-mileage my 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8. There I was in a 425 hp, 170 mph hot rod wagon trying to shift before the tachometer reached 2500 rpm. It’s ridiculous I know, but after paying just over $60.00 for a premium tank of fuel just a few minutes earlier, my thought was that I wanted it to last. At the station by my house premium fuel was $4.01 per gallon, and I’ll be honest, it’s getting to the point where it’s starting to hurt. I’m also finding myself doing things that I’ve never done before. For instance, I just purchased new tires for my Maggie, but instead of going with a full-on max performance summer tire with a low tread rating, I instead opted for a max-performance all season, with a treadwear rating of 540AA or 50,000 miles. First off there’s less rolling resistance and secondly, they won’t be bologna skins after 15,000 miles.
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EPA rates new 2011 Chrysler 200 at 20 mpg city/31 mpg hwy.

Posted in Chrysler, Featured, Fuel, Fuel-efficient, New Cars, Promoted by MrAngry | January 3rd, 2011 | 2 Responses |

2011 Chrysler 200

For 2011 Chrysler is launching the new 200 sedan, a car that is set to go head to head with the likes of the Honda Accord, all new Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry. It has fresh new styling, sufficient room for 5 adults and now, according to the EPA, even gets decent fuel economy. The base Chrysler 200 comes equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque. This 4-banger propels the 200 to a projected 20 mpg city/31 mpg hwy through a new 6-speed automatic transmission. Now while this isn’t bad, it still falls below its rivals, as the Hyundai Sonata is rated at 22 city/35 mpg, the Honda Accord at 22 city/34 mpg and finally the Toyota Camry at 22 city/32 mpg.
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Five Car-Related Predictions For The Coming Year

Posted in auto industry, Car Buying, Emissions, Engines, Environment, Featured, Fuel, Fuel-efficient, Gas Prices, New Cars, Newsworthy, Promoted by Kurt Ernst | December 31st, 2010 | 5 Responses |

Looking back on 2010, it was one hell of a roller coaster. Like any other year, it had it’s good times and bad times, but the good times seemed fewer and farther between than in years passed. On the automotive front, enthusiasts got some great new choices, greens got the first modern mass produced electric car (and the first serial hybrid) and everyone else got improved quality and reliability. Car sales were up, despite a down economy, and both Audi and Hyundai posted record years. GM proved that they’re well on the way back to financial health, and Ford continued their growth in market share. Even Chrysler rallied in 2010, introducing the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Fiat 500 and the revised 2011 Charger and Challenger.

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If fuel was $7.30 per gallon, would you drive?

Posted in Fuel, Fuel Cell, Fuel-efficient, Newsworthy by MrAngry | December 13th, 2010 | 8 Responses |

Record Fuel Prices

Filling up my car with fuel is something that I would really prefer not to do. For one, it takes premium and two, I simply don’t like paying for gas. This morning for example I took a trip to the pump and paid $3.51 per gallon for just a tick over 17 gallons of fuel. My bill… just over $60.00. Now, in as much as I hate doing that, the truth is what alternatives do we really have? We either pay what we’re told, buy an expensive electric car, or go back to riding bicycles to work. Keep in mind that I know my car is a gas guzzling whore, but like the old saying goes, “if you want to play, you’ve got to pay.”
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RideLust Asks: At What Price Do You Start Worrying About The Cost Of Gasoline?

Posted in driving, Economy Cars, Electric Cars, Environment, Fuel, Fuel-efficient, Gas Prices, Newsworthy by Kurt Ernst | December 10th, 2010 | 9 Responses |

To absolutely no one’s surprise, the price of gasoline is on the rise again, just in time for the holidays. The driving factor is the current price of crude oil, which has now topped $90 per barrel. It doesn’t matter that the gasoline already in the system was refined when oil was less expensive; what matters is that people drive more at the holidays, so retailers can charge more for the product. In fairness, I’m sure gasoline suppliers are charging more to the retailers already, so feel free to pass the blame up the food chain. I know from first hand experience that the gasoline retail business is not for the faint of heart, and only casinos are more relentless in their pursuit of profit than oil companies.

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Chrysler cars getting eight speed transmissions by 2013.

Posted in Chrysler, Cool Stuff, Electronics, Emissions, Engines, Featured, Fuel, Fuel-efficient by MrAngry | June 14th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Chrysler Eight Speed

With new fuel economy regulations of 35.5 mpg coming into effect in 2016 manufactures are scrambling to try and pull more miles out of their vehicles. One way of doing so is to alter the gearing of a cars final drive ratio and because of this Chrysler will soon be offering a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The new eight-speed automatic is said to offer a 14 percent increase in fuel economy over Chrysler’s current five-speed transmission. Developed by Germany’s ZF the new eight-speed is already in use by such luxury brands as BMW and Audi.

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One-liter Ford Start Concept

Posted in EcoLust, Emissions, Engines, Environment, Ford, Fuel by Dustin Driver | May 7th, 2010 | 1 Response |

I love fire-breathing, octane-swilling big blocks as much as any red-blooded car nut, but I know that dino juice won’t last forever. Ford knows it, too. That’s why they have their engineers slaving away to make the fleet more fuel efficient. The Start concept puts fuel economy above all else. The funky little jellybean rocks a 1-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine that will soon appear in production vehicles. According to Ford, the engine will offer the same horsepower and torque of a larger four-cylinder, but will sip less fuel. The car itself is an experiment in creating a simple, endearing design. I like it. Hit the jump for more photos.

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