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 …

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 …

2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost V-6

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 …

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 …

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

Slowly but surely, sustainable technologies are challenging business and transforming our outdated industrial model which is no longer fit for purpose.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 sectors have shown, removing barriers to the sharing of existing technologies is just as …

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 …