U.S. Buyers Save Less Using EVs (But It's Not About Payback)

U.S. Buyers Save Less Using EVs (But It's Not About Payback)

Auto industry analysts get paid to issue reports, and most of them are vastly better at data analysis and number crunching than we'll ever be. That doesn't mean, however, that sometimes their data isn't misleading. It's important to keep context in mind, and not miss the forest for the trees... read more

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2011 Chevrolet Volt in New York City, March 2010

2011 Chevy Volt “Hold Charge” Mode for European ZEV Zones, But Not U.S.

 The EPA and CARB like zero emissions vehicles, but don't want you controlling when you decide your vehicle is zero emissions. According to Tony Posawatz, line director for... read more May 25, 2010 by  6

Corn Ethanol Pump

More Ethanol in Gasoline Bad For Existing Cars, Say Automakers

Adding more ethanol to gasoline may help the U.S. meet a Congressional mandate to use more of the renewable fuel, but it could damage many of the cars now on the road, say... read more May 6, 2010 by  2

2010 Ford Fusion 4-door Sedan SE FWD Grille

Ford Doubles Down on Flex-Fuel Vehicles; Do Carbuyers Care?

It must be something in the water. Yesterday, we learned that every 2011 Buick Regal will offer flex-fuel capability as standard. Now it's Ford's turn; the company announced... read more May 4, 2010 by  4

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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: How Green Can You Drive?

After six days and over 400 miles of real-world road testing of the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, I am happy to report that the car has earned its green cred. It travels over 600... read more December 30, 2009 by  1

The 2010 Toyota Prius

2010 Gas Mileage Ratings Released, Hybrids Take Top Slots

Gasoline may be averaging around $2.50 a gallon right now, but gas mileage remains an important factor in choosing a new car. Now the EPA has released 2010 fuel efficiency... read more October 16, 2009 by  0

Gas At $4.89

Gasoline Costs More in California; Here's Why

You know that old saying about the pioneers being the ones with the arrows in their backs? Tell that to California drivers, who pay the highest prices for gasoline in the... read more October 15, 2009 by  0

2011 Chevrolet Volt

MPG Follies, Or, Why Electric Cars Can't Get 367 MPG. Sheesh.

One of our most popular posts in August was a piece that broke down how General Motors projected a fuel efficiency of 230 miles per gallon in the city for its 2011 Chevrolet... read more October 2, 2009 by  6

Corn Ethanol Pump

Adding Ethanol Alarms Automakers; Should You Worry?

Your car already runs on (some) ethanol, although you may not know it. Much of the gas sold in the U.S. is now actually a blend: 90 percent gasoline, 10 percent ethanol. It's... read more September 29, 2009 by  2

Algaeus, a 2008 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid conversion running on biofuel blended from algae

Want To Go Even Greener? Power Your Prius on...Algae ?!?!?

There's something about the Toyota Prius that makes people want to modify it. Maybe it's the Hybrid Synergy Drive system, maybe it's the electric running, maybe it's even the... read more September 9, 2009 by  2


Driving Green: Add Real-Time Traffic to Nav System, Save 4 Days a Year

How would you like to save four days' worth of driving every year? According to a study by Navteq, which provides digital map, traffic, and location data, you can do that... read more August 31, 2009 by  1

GM Labs Bare Necessities Truck Concept

GM's 'Bare Necessities' Concept: How Little Car Do You Want?

Among the many vehicles shown, described, or teased at this morning's big General Motors press briefing was this unusual green concept from GM Labs, called 'Bare... read more August 11, 2009 by  9

General Motors' mysterious 230 logo

How Does The 2011 Chevy Volt Get 230 MPG? By Making Assumptions

UPDATE: GM confirms that the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will get 230 mpg city, and a composite fuel economy (city and highway) of more than 100 mpg according to draft regulations... read more August 11, 2009 by  26

2012 Nissan EV - teaser image

2012 Nissan EV Peeks Out From Behind The Monitor

This Sunday, August 2, Nissan will unveil the first of several electric cars it plans to offer globally at a ceremony held at its Yokohama plant. Meanwhile, it is now teasing... read more July 27, 2009 by  0

2010 Toyota Prius production line, Tsutsumi factory, courtesy of

2010 Toyota Prius Shortages Ahead Due To Global Demand?

Last summer, with $4/gallon gasoline, you couldn't find a Toyota Prius on dealer lots anywhere. Early this year, in the depths of the economic doldrums, US dealers could... read more July 13, 2009 by  1

2010 Toyota Prius

2010 Toyota Prius Technology: Bidding Bye-Bye to the Bladder

Reading the reams of coverage pouring out on the 2010 Toyota Prius, we realized we hadn't covered one new feature that corrects an irritating problem with its predecessor... read more July 8, 2009 by  9


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