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The domestic alternative fuel: LPG

By Allen Penticoff  Columnist  When I first began the Mr. Green Car column, I did a series of reports on alternative fuels. These included: diesel; biodiesel; vegetable oil; compressed natural gas; ethanol; hydrogen; electricity; and even…

Solar roads the way of the future

By Allen Penticoff Columnist Try to envision this future. You are driving home on a snowy night. Three inches of snow has already piled up alongside the road, but the snowplows are nowhere to be seen. The road is clear because it is heated.…

Winter car care

By Allen Penticoff Contributor As I write this, northern Illinois is experiencing freezing rain. This of course means that our roads will be covered with salt in order to make them passable. We can’t get by without it, and I’ve been places…

Preparing for winter driving

By Allen Penticoff Contributor This is a first for Mr. Green Car – a repeat article. On December 4 we had a nice deep, wet, slushy snowstorm that found us helping friends get their car out of a parking space. Our friends needed to read this…

Updates in electric driving

By Allen Penticoff Contributor Ahh... all good things seem to come to an end. And the notion that folks driving expensive electric cars needed encouragement to buy them via providing free electricity will soon be coming to an end. On…

Aerodynamics Part III

By Allen Penticoff Contributor This is the last in this three-part series on aerodynamics. Previously, we had the basics (with a bit of flawed math – to be explained later) and a look at the aerodynamics of camping trailers. This part will…

Basics of auto aerodynamics

By Allen Penticoff Contributor I have been an “airplane nut” since first grade. I drew pictures of airplanes then, and throughout my school years I did any project possible from book reports to science fair projects on things to do with…

National Drive Electric Week

By Allen Penticoff Contributor Once again National Drive Electric week is here. Join Mr. Green Car and other electric car owners at the Unitarian Universalist Church lower parking lot on Thursday from 3-7 p.m. The church address is 4848…

Mr Green Car: Hearing loss for fun

By Allen Penticoff Contributor On August 6 my wife Ruth and I attended the Rockford Speedway’s Figure-8 Trailer Race. This was not the first time, nor likely the last. Only in America can you witness such a spectacle. Five minutes of utter…

The future of driving: Tesla Model 3

By Allen Penticoff Contributor The Tesla Model 3 is the electric car Elon Musk had in mind when he founded Tesla Motors 12 years ago. His aim has always been to replace the legions of gasoline consuming vehicles with no or little pollution…