Fuel Cells vs. Clean Diesel
We know so little about fuel technology that we wouldn't be surprised if that headline up thar makes the more learned among us, laugh. Clean Diesel? Is that possible? We bet it's more possible than hydrogen vehicles in mass production in the next 30 years. CNN reports: Fuel cell cars planned for California
Automakers outlined plans on Tuesday to introduce hydrogen-powered cars in California but said they had a long road ahead, despite strong support from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who dreams of a "hydrogen highway."All we know, if you've got Conan on your side you're in pretty good shape. But even Conan can't fight physics... look, dudes, put fuel cells in homes, buildings and buses but not cars. Anyway, here's why we're wondering if clean diesel is possible: AutoWeek reports: GM leans toward urea injection to clean up diesel emissions.
The urea injection system works by shooting an ammonia-like acid into the exhaust pipes, radically reducing NOx.That'd make anyone want to root for Conan! That crazy Conan and his hydrogen highway.
Recalls: GM, Hyundai, DC
The New York Times (registration required) reports: G.M. Is Recalling 800,000 Pickups, and Sports Utilities. So many recalls involve pretty minor stuff but this one seems like a pretty deal to us since many accidents have been blamed on the problem:
General Motors Corp. said Tuesday it was recalling about 800,000 sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks in 14 northern states because corrosion was affecting the antilock brake system, leading to more than 200 low-speed crashes.
GM, the world's largest automaker, said the recall involved the 1999-2002 model years of the Chevrolet Avalanche, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Sierra, GMC Yukon and GMC Yukon XL.
CNN reports: Study: GM lost $1,227 per car this year. And, relatedly, AutoWeek reports: Ford struggles to wean consumers from employee pricing and huge incentives. Everyone is already talking about GM's woes so we won't go into it any further but Ford... Man... introducing the Fusion with rebates and whatnot. It's a new car no one has ever seen before! And they have to beg people to buy it? Is this the reaping of what Detroit has sown?
Cars! Cars! Cars! editorial Staff: Go to your rooms!
The Detroit News: GM scales back big SUVs and AutoWeek: Bigger Dodge Ram.