Why Do Whales Sing? Underwater Serenades or Biological Sonar?

November 28, 2008 / 1 Comment

Other than being some of the largest mammals in the seas, whales area also known for their "voices". Call it the whale song, it's true that the whales may sing to court mates but not only. The biggest Romeo of them all, is the humpback whale which is known to produce repetitious sounds at varying frequencies. That's a whale song. So ...

Daimler F-Cell Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

November 28, 2008 / 1 Comment

Daimler's F-Cell Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle was parked at the 2008 SF Auto Show this week when I attended. Other than Toyota's Fuel Cell car, well half of it, this was as close as I had come to the car of the future. Meaning the hydrogen fuel cell car will always be in the future. Based on an extended version of ...

100 MPG Toyota Prius, Plug-in Hybrid Conversion

November 28, 2008 / 1 Comment

I saw the 100 MPG Toyota Prius - Plug-in Hybrid Conversion in SF. What can I say? It's a Toyota. It's a Prius. It's a hybrid. It goes a long long way on at tank of gas. Our local cheap gas stand is selling at $1.99/gal. One hundred miles for $2.00. My first car was a 1960 VW Beetle. It got ...

The eBox – Hybrid Car Spotted in SF

November 28, 2008 / 1 Comment

I am a little slow sometimes. Okay, a lot slow. I spotted an eBox at the SF Auto Show. I thought to myself, "This car sure looks like something to me." Duh...it's a modified 5-speed Scion xB wagon. The way it works is after buying a Scion for $15K "engineers will remove the internal combustion engine and related components, and ...

VW Jetta – Biodiesel/VegOil Conversion

November 27, 2008 / No Comments

They stuck the weird cars in a room off to the side . No matter, I found them - the cars that are meant to be Earth friendly, because I went looking just for them. Hanging out in a room with other cars with signs saying they'll go 100 miles on a gallon of gas was a VW Jetta that ...

2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid – Luxury SUV and Fuel Efficiency – An Oxymoron

November 27, 2008 / No Comments

Regular readers here at Greenpacks will know that I am putting up a bunch of post/pics from my recent gallivant to the 2008 San Fran Auto Show. There was more than one display that kind of caught my eye. I was looking for a green cars, eco-friendly cars, that sort of thing. Cadillac had a rotating display of its Luxury Escalade ...

2008 SF Auto Show: 100 Mile Range Triac Spotted

November 27, 2008 / No Comments

The 100-Mile-Range Triac was potted at the 51st Annual International Auto Show in San Francisco. The vehicle is 100% electric, goes up to 80mph (needs the speed/power to go uphill said the sales dude), has a structural steel cage and has a 100 mile range in one charge. That's enough to get me to San Francisco and back from San Jose, ...

2008 SF Auto Show: A Look Inside and Out of The Smart Car

November 26, 2008 / No Comments

Doing the green thing, I carpooled with my wife half way to San Francisco. From her office, I took the train. After that I walked to the Moscone Center to attend the 51st International Auto Show. Once I got my press pass (sorta - the guy in charge had no clue what was going on, so he just waved me ...

2008 SF Auto Show: The Real Reason Why Toyota’s Fuel Cell Car Can Get Such Good Mileage

November 26, 2008 / No Comments

I got to attend the 51st Annual Auto Show in San Francisco. I went for the intent of seeing what's going on in the green world. Being in Northern California, I expected to see a whole lot more than I did. Still, I saw some. Some pics will follow in subsequent posts, including a $455,000 Porsche. Here I discovered the reason ...

Jordan Signs Nuclear Protocol with China

November 26, 2008 / No Comments

Nuclear energy is not all that bad if you know how to tap into its vast potential in a proper fashion and if you can find the right way to dispose off the toxic waste. Even though it is not the ideal alternate energy source, it still is in a certain sense far better than fossil fuel. Jordan is one of ...