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California Incentivizes Ditching Dirtiest Cars, Buying Cleanest Ones

California Incentivizes Ditching Dirtiest Cars, Buying Cleanest Ones

Remember "Cash for Clunkers?" California has its own program to retire older, dirtier vehicles and replace them with new ones. Senate Bill 459, now on Governor Jerry Brown's desk, will update the state's Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program, which pays cash to drivers who retire older... read more

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Coal Makes Electric Cars Bad? No, Plug-Ins Show Coal As Bad

Every so often, electric-car skeptics will attack the idea of using grid electricity to power a car by bringing up coal. "Yeah," the argument goes, "but you're just burning... read more September 13, 2013 by 


 
Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)

Study: China Could Soon Find Itself In Traffic Jam Hell

China has already emerged as the world’s largest car market, surpassing the U.S. in 2009. According to a new study, it could also become the home of the world’s... read more September 2, 2013 by 


 
Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)

Going For A Walk? Don't Give Up And Use Your Car Instead...

The American author Bill Bryson one wrote that "the fact is that [Britain] is still the best place in the world for most things...to go for a walk...or stand on a hillside... read more August 30, 2013 by 


 
'Revenge of the Electric Car' premiere: Elon Musk arrives in a Tesla Roadster

Tesla's Musk Promises Deep Dive Into Electric-Car Emissions

The environmental impact of plug-in electric cars is a hot topic right now, and a fiercely debated one at that. A couple of weeks ago, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk pledged to... read more August 4, 2013 by  67


 
2014 Hindustan Ambassador BS4 diesel

New Clean-Ish Diesel For World's Oldest Production Car (In India)

You've likely never heard of a Hindustan Ambassador--and unless you're an old British-car geek, you've certainly never seen a Morris Oxford Series III. But the... read more July 28, 2013 by  7


 
Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion (2015 VW Golf body style in U.S.)

Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion: High-MPG Diesel Is Forbidden Fruit For Us

With substantial weight savings and all-new drivetrains, the seventh-generation 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI -- coming to the U.S. next year as a 2.0-litre TDI model, and also a... read more July 8, 2013 by  4


 
Electric cars at charging stations and Tesla SuperCharger stations in Gilroy, CA [photo: Jack Brown]

Green Car Glossary: Vehicles, Drivetrains, Emissions, Fuels, Energy

As gasoline prices go up, acronyms like EREV, CNG, and MPGe are becoming more and more common. Ever wonder what they all mean? Here's your chance to enter a veritable... read more June 25, 2013 by  24


 
World Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Flow Chart 2010 [source: Ecofys + ANS Bank]

Greenhouse Gases & Where They Really Come From: Infographic

We love data. And we love simple but informative graphic presentations of complex data even more. Which leads us to today's infographic, a presentation of the sources and... read more June 25, 2013 by  10


 
2014 Ford Fiesta: EcoBoost (European version)

Ford Cut Plant CO2 Emissions By A Third Since 2000; Another Third By 2025 Targeted

There's more to making a car green than just the car itself. Ideally, the whole process of making the car should be as environmentally-friendly as possible too. Ford is doing... read more June 20, 2013 by  4


 
2013 Tesla Model S

Does The Tesla Model S Electric Car Pollute More Than An SUV?

Does the supposedly clean, green Tesla Model S really pollute more than a gas-guzzling Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-utility vehicle? That's what one analyst has claimed. In an... read more May 31, 2013 by  122


 
Car entering London's Congestion Charge zone [Image: Flickr user jovike]

London Lowers CO2 Limit For Free Entry: Only Plug-Ins Exempt

For several years, England's capital city has charged a fee for vehicles entering a center zone, under the guise of "congestion charging". In reality, it's a tax based on CO2... read more April 25, 2013 by  11


 
Summerhill Group's Shuttle Challenge: Driving less to get gas money in Toronto

Drive Less, Win Valuable Prizes! (If You're Canadian, Anyway)

Would you drive less if it meant getting the gas you did use for free? We suspect most people would answer yes if they could, and that's the premise behind the Shuttle... read more March 26, 2013 by 


 
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

Are Diesel Cars In Europe Starting A Long Slow Decline?

A few weeks back, we looked at the numbers showing diesel sales in the U.S. increasing, just as hybrids are becoming more popular in Europe. That's a shift from current... read more March 19, 2013 by  16


 
2014 Volkswagen XL1, 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Volkswagen Wants 60 MPG Fleet Average In Europe By 2020

The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) target of 54.5 mpg by 2025 has caused cheers from some people, and jeers from others. In reality, that target won't be as difficult... read more March 6, 2013 by  1


 
Indian traffic [Image: Flickr user Peter Eich]

Dirtiest Country For Electric Cars? India; Cleanest? Paraguay

Electric cars are often described as "zero emission vehicles". That's true, to an extent - you won't find a drop of any substance eminating from their non-existent tailpipes... read more February 7, 2013 by  24


 
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