Drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area have become the first motorists in the nation to fill up their gas tanks with an algae-based biofuel. The fuel, known as Biodiesel B20, went on sale last week at gas stations in the area as part of a month-long pilot program. Biodiesel B20 is made from 20 percent algae and 80 percent petroleum, and can be used by any vehicle that runs on diesel. It sold for about $4.25 a gallon at a Redwood City station, about the same as the average price for diesel fuel in California.
— The Associated Press
Ford has tripled to more than 200 the number of dealers certified to sell its lineup of plug-in electrified vehicles, including the new C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid (shown). The company plans to have certified dealers in all 50 states by early 2013, when the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid arrives.
— NWautos staff