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Hit the Gas


Between the credit crunch and the wholesale collapse of Detroit, the odds on the electric car have been looking pretty slim. But it’s hard to overestimate the power of a good idea.

Colorado’s Lightning Hybrids is about to roll out the LH4, a biodiesel-powered hybrid that gets 100 miles-per-gallon. Best of all, they plan to retail the cars for $40,000 and up, which would result in a surprisingly accessible end product. It’s not quite electric, but it’ll certainly do for now.

Let’s just hope they do better than Tesla.

Good Karma


For engineering, design, and just plain style, there’s nothing like a roadster. From *Bullitt*’s Mustang to *Vanishing Point*’s Dodge Challenger, muscle cars have always had their own special panache. Because of goings-on in the world of petroleum, they’re going through something of a sea change…but it’s no reason to get discommoded.

With Detroit taking their time going electric, outsiders like Tesla Motors and now Fisker are stepping into the void »