This is just a thought experiment at this point, and probably will remain so. In the back of my mind I have the idea that when my old SUV finally gives up the ghost I might rip out the internal combustion drivetrain and convert it to an electric vehicle, possibly with a removable range-extender generator. Setting practicality aside for the moment, can you help me envision what this would involve? [more inside]
I've become mildly obsessed with trying to improve the fuel efficiency of my old truck. I've already done all the basic things and I realize that I'm fighting physics at this point, but what else might I consider if I wanted to make a bit of a hobby out of it? [more inside]
New Jersey gasoline is more efficient than Massachusetts gasoline? I seem to get much better gas mileage with both my cars when they are filled up in NJ. What gives? [more inside]
Any uses for old gasoline (petrol)? [more inside]
Why does my Subaru Forester smell like gasoline, and how can I make it not smell like gasoline? [more inside]
Did I just pay for Premium Gasoline when I was really pumping Mid-Grade? While I was fueling up the car I noticed 2 of the 3 nozzles were switched from their correct position; what did I pay for? [more inside]
Is supermarket petrol bad for my car? [more inside]
Not that I'm complaining, but why have gas prices dropped so dramatically in recent weeks? I understand how they rose so high-- chaos in the Middle East disrupted the oil supply and hurricanes destroyed some processing capability in the US-- but I'm seeing close to $1.80 a gallon now when I thought I'd never see under $3 again. Forgive me for my ignorance, but I feel like I missed something.
What's the fairest way to split gasoline and other costs between riders on a roadtrip? [more inside]
Can gasoline futures
be used to predict the price we will pay for fuel at the local pump? [more inside]
How does offering discounts for cash payments benefit gas stations? [more inside]
Is "brand" gas - like Chevron with Techron - worth the extra 10-15 cents/gallon?
Question about cruise control vs. a special acceleration/coasting technique in terms of fuel efficiency. [more inside]
How do I get the smell of gasoline out of my shoes? [more inside]
In the late 70s or early 80s, I watched a movie, probably on network television, which was called something like, "The Last V8" or "The Last of the V8s". Help me find it! [more inside]
Why do some people find the smell of gasoline pleasant?
Why is Wyoming the cheapest US state for gas right now and why does this map of gas prices
look strangely similar to the 2004 voting maps? [more inside]
All about gasoline. [more inside]
GasFilter: How do I learn more about the quality of various gasoline brands? Also, how can I determine who supplies gasoline to a particular retailer? For example, is Speedway gasoline really the same as Sunoco gasoline (since Sunoco purchased them), or do they still use their own gas? How about the gas at my local Sam's club, or Jewel-Osco -- who supplies that gas to them?
Why hasn't solar energy been able to replace fossil fuels in Europe where gas is taxed so heavily?
How long can I expect unused gasoline in a car's gas tank to last before it breaks down into something that the engine can't burn?
I am trying to be more conscious of the political ramifications of my spending habits (ie, Target instead of Walmart because Walmart == Republican
, and Target seems civic-minded
), and now it occurs to me that I should do the same for gas. Most places are priced about the same (within 2-3 cents) and since I drive a Toyota Echo, gas mileage isn't really a problem
(I average around 37 mpg), so price isn't (much) of a concern.
So, based on past failures
and forward-looking research
, factoring in politics
for a left-leaning gay man who cares about the environment and progressive social causes
, where should I spend my gas money so that it won't be used for evil
? [more inside]
Is there such a thing as "bad" gasoline and can it mess up your car? (+) [more inside]
I have an etiquette question: I moved to the Boston area about a year ago from Oakland California. I've never seen a full service gas station in CA (I've seen them before, just not in CA). Here in MA, most of the gas stations are full serve, which rules in the winter.
My question is this: is it appropriate and/or expected that I tip the attendant that fills up my gas tank?
Gas (petrol) question: We've had discussions in the blue about regional price differences for gasoline. But why do different gas stations in the same market region come so close to each other on price? Are the markets for the raw oil and the refining so limited that they all end up with the same cost? I find that hard to believe. Also, is there any difference, in real terms, between gasoline from one vendor versus gas from another?
Should I be using premium gas for my ’96 Subaru Outback? [mi] [more inside]
An empty gasoline container stored on the carpeted floor of a vehicle: good idea or forthcoming explosive disaster?