New US fuel standards will force cars to be 60 percent more fuel-efficient by 2025. But gas-powered engines and basic outlines of today's cars won't disappear.
President Obama visits a battery-research lab in suburban Chicago to announce a $2 billion plan to boost battery and transportation research. Scientists at the lab are in pursuit of a battery that could have a profound effect on how we power our gadgets, cars, and homes.
The US Department of Energy has set a goal to improve battery and energy storage technologies by five times that of today--in the next five years, Ingram writes.
Some train operators see a potential shift to natural gas as a huge transition in locomotive technology, similar to the move from coal engines to diesel, according to OilPrice.com.
Even though a government shutdown won't happen right now, the vote does not solve the underlying differences between Republicans and Democrats over 2011 spending cuts.