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Small Cars Now Deliver Fuel Efficiency of Big Motorcycles: How'd That Happen?

Small Cars Now Deliver Fuel Efficiency of Big Motorcycles: How'd That Happen?

How are fuel-efficient are some of today's smaller cars? It turns out that they now actually equal the fuel economy of larger motorcycles--which is pretty amazing for a four-seat vehicle weighing more than a ton. Especially since the motorcycles returning comparable gas-mileage figures weigh about... read more

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2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk  -  at Northwest Automotive Press Association 'Mudfest'

Germans & Electric Cars, Prius Spy Shot, Biofuel Effects: Today's Car News

Germany's in the news today, as are its carmakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Three different stories cover the country's plug-in electric cars. Then there's a new spy-shot photo... read more June 17, 2015 by 


 
2016 Mercedes-Benz S550e Plug-In Hybrid

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-In Hybrid Priced At Entry Level

With more than a handful of plug-in hybrid models scheduled to hit dealers over the next three years, buyers are curious to find out how those cars will be priced. One maker... read more June 17, 2015 by 


 
2006 Chevrolet Silverado E85 Handyman Concept

Adding Ethanol To Gasoline May Boost Global Oil Use: Study

It's hard to imagine any reality in which the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) benefits from measures meant to decrease gasoline consumption. But that's... read more June 17, 2015 by 


 
2015 BMW i3 REx  -  Driven, Portland OR, April 2015

Ultra-Efficient BMW Four-Seat Plug-In Hybrid For Research Only, Not Sales: Report

The limited-production Volkswagen XL1 ultra-economy two-seater gets astounding fuel efficiency from its two-cylinder diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain. It's well over 100... read more June 17, 2015 by 


 
2016 Toyota Prius camouflaged test car, Southern California, Jun 2015  [photo by CarsDirect]

2016 Toyota Prius Hybrid: Clearer Spy Shot Of High-Tailed Rear

Detroit-area residents occasionally see camouflaged development prototypes from GM, Ford, and Chrysler testing on public roads. Similarly, Southern California residents often... read more June 17, 2015 by 


 
Volkswagen e-Golf (German version)

Germany Mulls Boosting Electric-Car Incentives Under Carbon-Goal Pressure

Several European countries--including Norway, The Netherlands, and France--aggressively promote electric cars as a way to reduce vehicular carbon emissions. But despite its... read more June 17, 2015 by 


 
Used Chevrolet Volt batteries for energy storage at GM facility in Milford, Michigan

Chevy, Nissan Reveal Second-Life Uses For Electric-Car Batteries

It's one of the most common questions about electric cars: What happens to the battery packs after the car is junked? Do they just get thrown away? Will any of them be... read more June 16, 2015 by 


 
Nissan Leaf at eVgo Freedom Station Daly City, California

Tesla Model 3 SUV, Honda Civic Hybrid Axed, DC Charging Prices: Today's Car News

Today, Tesla plans a Model 3 crossover, Honda plans to kill its Civic Hybrid and Natural Gas models, and DC fast-charging prices fluctuate. All this and more on Green Car... read more June 16, 2015 by 


 
2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011

Tesla Model 3 Lineup To Include SUV, Sedan; 1 Million Electric Cars By 2020

There are relatively few confirmed facts relating to the 200-mile Tesla Model 3 electric car, but one known item is that it will be offered as a sedan. However, that may not... read more June 16, 2015 by 


 
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, road test, Spring 2011

Honda Civic Hybrid, Natural-Gas Models Eliminated After 2015

Honda surprised the industry when it pulled the wraps off a brand-new tenth generation of its Civic compact at April's New York Auto Show. But two members of today's Civic... read more June 16, 2015 by 


 
2015 Chevrolet Volt

California's '50/50/50 Challenge' To Cut Energy Use Radically By 2030

Earlier this year, California Governor Jerry Brown proposed ambitious goals for dealing with climate change by drastically cutting fossil-fuel use in the state. In his... read more June 16, 2015 by 


 
Liquid-cooled Tesla Supercharger cable

Liquid-Cooled Cable Could Speed Up Tesla Supercharging Even More (Video Added!)

When it comes to fast-charging options for electric-car drivers, Tesla's Supercharger stations are already among the quickest. The company's network of stations is steadily... read more June 16, 2015 by 


 
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Toyota Prius, Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Sales, CA ZEV Rules: Today's Car News

Today, we've got an update on the 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid, disappointing sales for the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell crossover, and pending changes to California's Zero-Emission... read more June 15, 2015 by 


 
2011 Nissan Leaf

UPDATED: Should I Buy A Used Nissan Leaf (Or Another Electric Car)?

About 15 million people buy a new vehicle in the U.S. each year, on average--but almost 40 million buy used cars in that same year. Modern electric cars have been sold in the... read more June 15, 2015 by 


 
2016 Volvo XC90 T8 'Twin Engine' plug-in hybrid, Spain, Feb 2015

Plug-In Hybrids OK For Smaller Makers To Meet CA Zero-Emission Vehicle Rules

California's Zero-Emission Vehicle sales rules have been a major reason the state's drivers can now choose among two dozen different plug-in electric vehicles on sale today... read more June 15, 2015 by 


 

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