Hybrid Car Repairs Getting Cheaper, But Not For Regular Cars

Hybrid Car Repairs Getting Cheaper, But Not For Regular Cars

While hybrid cars have been on U.S. roads in large numbers for over a decade, their reliability and repair costs may still spook some potential buyers. The innards of a modern car are already mysterious enough for the average person; add in extra electrical components and things get even more... read more

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2016 Toyota Mirai construction at Motomachi plant

Toyota Mirai Should Cost The Same As Diesel Sedan Of Same Size, Toyota Says

The 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle is priced at $57,500 in the U.S. That's far more than a typical internal-combustion or hybrid Toyota of similar size, but... read more March 12, 2015 by 

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, 2013 Wheego LiFe electric cars  [photo: Jen Danzinger]

Driving Small Electric Cars: What It's Like In The Real World

Reader Jen Danzinger explains what it's really like to drive a very small battery-electric car year-round in the Midwest. In the years following my participation in the... read more January 29, 2015 by 

BMW i3 body shell

BMW i3 Electric Car Teardown: Profitable At 20,000 Units, Says Engineer (Video)

Underneath its radical styling, the BMW i3 electric car has some unusual features. Its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) body shell and aluminum chassis are unlike... read more January 5, 2015 by 

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec

Are Diesels Cheaper To Own Than Gas Cars? Varies By Model, Study Says

People buy green cars for many reasons: to save money and/or to save the planet. But fuel savings don't automatically translate into cash savings. Diesel vehicles typically... read more December 16, 2014 by 

2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Hybrid Cars Can Cost Less To Own: Here Are Eight Examples

Hybrids and other green cars often come with a higher purchase price, meaning their improved efficiency may be offset by a higher cost of ownership. But that's not always the... read more November 4, 2014 by 

Tesla Model S lithium-ion battery pack in rolling chassis   [photo: Martin Gillet via Flickr]

Tesla Battery Cost: New Report Suggests Model 3 To Cost $50K Or More

It's likely the biggest question for the future of electric cars: How low can battery cost go, and how fast? Tesla Motors is thought to have the lowest cost-per-kilowatt-hour... read more September 17, 2014 by 

Polar Charging Post and Nissan Leaf

Why An Electric Car Saves Fleet Operators $16,000 In Lifetime Cost

The average car spends about 95 percent of a 24-hour day parked. For the 5 percent that they're driven, they actually spend one-third of the time idling–at red lights... read more June 16, 2014 by 

2016 Fiat 500X prototype body shell in assembly plant in Melfi, Italy

Cost Of New EPA Carbon Limits? About $7 Per Car: Report

Every time a new environmental regulation is proposed in the United States, there's a predictable chorus of doom-and-gloom predictions that it will kill jobs, cause... read more June 6, 2014 by 

2012, 2013, and 2014 Toyota Prius

Toyota's Texas Move: Prius Maker Lands In Highest-Carbon State (Updated)

Toyota announced yesterday that it would relocate the headquarters of its U.S. arm from Torrance, California, to Plano, Texas. Left unaddressed in the announcement was the... read more April 29, 2014 by 

Gas pump

Five MORE Big Myths About Green Cars And Gas Mileage, Debunked

Yep, Big Oil is definitely scheming and plotting to destroy the electric car. Everyone knows that. Right? [sigh] Time for more mythbusting, it seems. The surprising success... read more January 31, 2014 by 

Automatic Link device connects to cars' OBD-II ports to gather data for an iPhone app

What Can I Save Driving An Electric Car? Apps Can Help, Soon

Last month, Apple Stores in the United States began stocking the Automatic Link. And it might just point the way toward how to convince more car buyers that a plug-in... read more November 27, 2013 by 

Gas gauge

Five Things To Know About Gas Mileage That Will Save You Money

Gas mileage has gotten far more important in new-car choices over the last 10 years, and that's not likely to change. But not everyone really understands automobile... read more October 7, 2013 by 

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012

U.S. Gas Prices Falling; Does It Matter For Green Cars?

Gasoline prices rise. Gasoline prices fall. And every time there's significant movement, it's a news story. Last week, for instance, CNBC (via The Car Connection) reported... read more August 14, 2013 by  13

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid - production model

When Do Electric-Car Tax Credits Expire?

By now, pretty much anyone who's thinking of buying a plug-in electric car knows the Federal government offers an income-tax credit to help reduce the effective cost. But are... read more July 15, 2013 by  12

Lithium-ion battery pack of 2011 Nissan Leaf, showing cells assembled into modules

Nissan To Offer Leaf Battery Replacement Plan: $100 A Month

To allay fears about loss of capacity in its Leaf electric-car battery packs, Nissan announced today that it would offer what amounts to a battery leasing program after the... read more June 20, 2013 by  65


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