Hyoung-Keun (Hank) Lee, Vice Chairman & CEO, Kia Motors Corp on Driving the Nation

Frankfurt, Germany – I sat down with Hyoung-Keun (Hank) Lee, Vice Chairman & CEO, Kia Motors Corp. Of the things we talked about one area was how well Kia was doing in Brazil. I had talked to some Brazilians and they had said that both China and Korea were doing well, but that the Chinese […]

Brazil’s President Lula at the 2010 Challenge Bibendum

President Lula opening speech at the 2010 Challenge Bibendum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

When you listen to Brazil’s President Lula talk he is mesmerizing. Lula has pulled Brazil out of the brink of bankruptcy, self loathing and the dependence of foreign oil.

Lula was the first President to attend a Challenge Bibendum.  He took the opportunity to […]

Christophe Georges, Bentley, 2010 NAIAS

2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Detroit, MI- Chistrophe Georges is the President and Chief Operating Officer, Bentley Motors, Inc.

Georges talks about the engine in the Mulsanne. Is it the same as the one in the Arnage? Georges, says yes and no. It is a 6.75 liter V-8, but it is totally redesigned.  […]

Frank Weber, Chevy Volt, before the 2009 Chicago Auto show

Frank Weber, GMs Volt vehicle line executive talked about the Chevy Volt the day before the Chicago Auto show.

The questions after the speech are usually the most interesting.

Is the Chevy Volt a flex-fuel vehicle? If so, what is the difference in miles per gallon between gasoline and ethanol?

How does the Chevy Volt deal with cold […]

Hurricane Gustav could push gas prices to over $5 a gallon

Hurricane Gustav is bearing down on the Gulf of Mexico, making CIBC warn motorists that they should brace for gasoline to spike to over $5 a gallon as storms are shutting down oil production in the region.

Gas prices may go up, not because of the price of oil, but because the supply of motor refined […]

Higher gas prices changing consumption and consumers

Heidi is thinking of changing her health care from Blue Shield to Kaiser. The difference is $60 a month, which is about the same as a full tank of gasoline in her Honda CRV.

Heidi’s fixed costs have gone up seven percent in the past year, while her income as a teacher has only gone up […]

Fuel to food – the perfect storm

Fuel to Food Senate hearing

On June 12, 2008 the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to examine the relationship between “food versus fuel”.

First, some of the facts:

According to the Energy Information Administration, at the end of first week of June, 2008, the United States of America used 9,411 million barrels of motor […]

Challenge X:Mississippi wins first place!

“Someday, your work could be in our museum inspiring those who come after you. You are today’s pioneers, today’s risk takers.”

Cristian Samper
Acting Secretary, Smithsonian Institute
Smithsonian Castle, Washington DC
May 21, 2008

In May, 2004 Challenge X started a competition involving 17 university teams from the United States and Canada to improve fuel economy and lower emissions. When […]

Challenge X: EERE’s David Rodgers

Washington, DC – David E. Rodgers is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Rogers talks about the six cellulosic ethanol plants that the DOE has given $1 billion dollars to in order to have them up and running by 2012. […]

Challenge X: Argonne’s Hillebrand

Washington, DC – Argonne National Laboratory is a research center for the U.S. Department of Energy’s. Argonne’s 200 research projects range from studies of the atomic nucleus to global climate change research.

Don Hillebrand is the director of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory. He leads Argonne National Labs Transportation activities including Vehicle […]