Michael Poulos

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My eco-home nightmare

True, I’ve not turned on a radiator for two years – but in spring and summer it’s miserably, and sometimes dangerously, hot<p>I write this half-naked, sucking on ice cubes, breaking off sentences to stick my head in the fridge. In the flat below, one neighbour dangles out of her window, trying to …

Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE: A Badge Earns Ram the Best Full-Size Fuel Economy

Ram Trucks just dropped the gauntlet when it comes to full-size pickup-truck fuel economy: The company announced today that the new HFE trim line on the 1500 EcoDiesel pickup gets an EPA-verified 29 mpg on the highway. But technically, the only new thing on this model is the “HFE” badge.<p>Ram says …

Fuel Efficiency

2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Engine: More Power and Better Fuel Economy for the Ford F150

More Power and Better Fuel Economy -- What's Not to Like?<p>True truck owners, those who need to buy pickups for towing and hauling, need the practicality of a truck, but like everyone else, would like to use less fuel. Unlike the commuters who haul air in their trucks, true truck users don’t have the …

Can Ford's EcoBoost Fuel Mustang Sales?

Ford Motor Co.’s (F) upcoming F-150 pickup truck is getting plenty of attention for its aluminum body, a big departure for the Blue Oval. Another gamble can be found under the hood of the new 2015 Mustang, as Ford looks to expand the pony car’s market.<p>The Mustang hasn’t featured a four-cylinder …

Ford Recalls 2015 Mustang EcoBoost for Potential Fuel Leaks

The brand-new 2015 Ford Mustang has barely hit the streets, but some of them are already being reined back into the stable: Ford announced today that it’s recalling 728 EcoBoost-powered Mustangs for a fuel-system problem that could cause pressurized gasoline to leak out of the cars. Let’s try to …

Sports Cars

British drivers face higher petrol prices after Brussels renews push for eco-friendly fuel

Ministers prepare battle with European Commission over insistence oil companies replace regular petrol with cleaner but less efficient hybrid<p>Millions of British drivers could be forced to spend more <b>filling up their cars</b> after oil companies came under renewed pressure from Brussels to roll out …

Eco-innovation: going beyond creating technology for technology's sake

Sustainable innovations often arise from combining and understanding existing technologies<p>Slowly but surely, sustainable technologies are challenging business and transforming our outdated industrial model which is no longer fit for purpose. As examples from the agri-food, chemicals and metals …

NASA and Boeing to test eco-friendly technologies for airplanes

Boeing's new ecoDemonstrator (a 757) is slated to go on a series of flights this spring to try out two of NASA's experimental fuel-saving techniques. One of them's the Active Flow Control Enhanced Vertical Tail Flight Experiment, which entails installing 31 tiny jets on a plane's vertical tail or …