A privately funded rocket suffered a launch failure Saturday night, the third launch failure in as many attempts for an Internet entrepreneur who is hoping to develop private space delivery and transportation.
The failure occurred about two minutes after the launch of the two-stage Falcon 1 rocket, which was manufactured by Space Exploration Technologies, also known as SpaceX. A failure prevented the two stages from separating after the launch from a central Pacific atoll, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a company blog. The rocket was carrying three satellites for NASA and the Department of Defense. Musk said an investigation … Read more
Correction, 1:35 p.m. PDT: This story initially misspelled the name of the company known for its car buying guide. It is Kelley Blue Book.
The company known for supplying the "blue book" value of cars is turning green.
Kelley Blue Book on Thursday introduced a section to its Web site for sorting through the many options for buying fuel-efficient cars.
There are, of course, hybrid cars that run partially on batteries. Plug-in hybrids, such as the Chevy Volt and models from Toyota, are expected in the next two years. The Tesla Roadster, a $100,000 sports … Read more
With the growing popularity of hybrid gas-electric cars like the Toyota Prius, garages are cropping up to serve eco-conscious drivers by specializing in hybrid car maintenance and repairs.
CNET reporters took a closer look this week at one such auto shop. The solar-powered, woman-owned Luscious Garage in San Francisco caters to hybrid owners. Its mechanics aim to be inviting as well as eco-friendly. Since opening last fall, the shop has attracted more than 100 customers. Soon, it will expand with a space for converting hybrids to plug-in electric hybrid vehicles.
Take a look at some behind-the-scenes footage from Luscious Garage … Read more
You may have heard about the the 6,831 lithium ion batteries that power the all-electric Tesla Roadster. But what about the user interface from the driver's seat?
It turns out that the Roadster has a small touch screen to control battery charging. It provides people with the temperatures of different subsystems, and it gives a read of how the batteries' charge translates into range and performance.
It also lets people schedule the charging for late at night, when rates can be lower because demand on the power grid is lower--a very handy feature.
Brian Cooley looks at a pavilion full of electric cars at the 2008 British International Motor Show. He checks out a Gem, a G-Wiz, a Smart concept, a Think, and a Nice.
Car interiors and car seats are becoming less toxic, although "new car smell" continues to carry poisons linked to allergies and cancer, according to a report last week by the Ecology Center.
The Ann Arbor, Mich., group found that General Motors made the most progress in reducing potentially harmful materials, followed by Mazda and Nissan, since the nonprofit's initial Healthy Car report last year.
The ingredients in question include lead, chlorine, and phthalates from plastics, as well as brominated flame retardants from cushions and padding.
The car with the best marks was the Acura RDX SH sport-utility … Read more
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Aptera Motors, the electric car start-up that on Tuesday nabbed funding from Google.org, announced Thursday that it has secured $24 million in a series C round.
The Carlsbad, Calif., company aims to spend the funds on its manufacturing center in nearby Vista.
Aptera has set the end of this year for the release of its all-electric Typ-1, a two-seater, three-wheeled electric car whose streamlined shape might look at home in a Jetsons cartoon. Each street-legal vehicle would cost less than $30,000.
The electric version … Read more
FREMONT, Calif.--First it was tomatoes, and now it's jalapenos.
The recent warnings of salmonella outbreaks show the difficulty of tracing sources of food contamination in the United States. Federal authorities this week couldn't say for sure whether contaminated jalapenos were tainted in Mexico where they were grown, at the distribution center in Texas, or while en route to markets.
A California clean-tech company is hoping to take advantage of an otherwise unsavory situation. Purfresh, a food and water ozone-purification company, makes software called Intellipur to monitor the quality of food and drinks as they move from harvesting … Read more
Plug-In 2008 brought together Detroit automakers, utilities, and green-tech start-ups in San Jose, Calif., this week. Organizers say it drew more than 600 people.
Here's a summary of CNET News' coverage related to the event:Video: Plug-In 2008: Plug-in electric cars generate buzzCNET News reporter Kara Tsuboi stops by the world's first showcase of its kind to see what's new with plug-in hybrids. Google philanthropy funds Aptera and ActaCell 'Smart' electric grids to ease zap from plug-ins? GM partners with utilities to advance plug-in hybrids Coulomb unveils electric-car charging stations Photos: Powering a future for plug-in hybrids … Read more