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Why BMW Boosting Its V-8 Twin-Turbo's Fuel Efficiency Kills Batteries

Why BMW Boosting Its V-8 Twin-Turbo's Fuel Efficiency Kills Batteries

Modern cars are asked to excel at many things, some of which are at cross purposes. The buying public demands vehicles that are sporty and luxurious, but regulations require them to be increasingly fuel-efficient. That means today's cars are more complicated than ever, and their dense networks of... read more

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2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

Buying An Electric 'Compliance Car'? Think Hard About Servicing First

There are now more than a dozen plug-in electric cars for sale in the U.S., but not all electric cars are created equal. And a pair of recent articles about service... read more February 26, 2014 by 


 
Onsite service by Tesla Motor technicians on 2013 Tesla Model S, upstate NY [photo: David Noland]

Life With Tesla Model S: Electric-Draw Vampire Slain, At Last

This started out as a feel-good article about another great experience I had with Tesla's extraordinary service program. But it morphed into a detective story that apparently... read more December 6, 2013 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S P85 service loaner vehicle [photo: David Noland]

Life With Tesla Model S: Three Days Of Service Nirvana

A few months ago, some minor glitches in my 2013 Tesla Model S were fixed at the Tesla service center in White Plains, New York. It was a perfectly satisfactory experience... read more September 4, 2013 by 


 
2013 Toyota Prius liftback

Car Repair Costs Rising--Apart From Hybrids, Which Get Cheaper

There was a time when the average vehicle could be expected to go wrong on a fairly regular basis. That's not the case these days, and in general cars are more reliable than... read more April 9, 2013 by  12


 
2011 Nissan Leaf Software Update

Think You'll Work On Your Electric Car Yourself? Think Twice, Please

Electric cars, as you might have gathered, are quite different from their gasoline or diesel-fueled counterparts. Sure, they might look similar on the outside--for the most... read more December 11, 2012 by  11


 
2011 Nissan Leaf SL

Electric Car Maintenance A Third Cheaper Than Combustion Vehicles?

Driving an electric car has plenty of advantages, but many owners also like the simplicity of their vehicles. An electric motor is incredibly simple in operation. In... read more December 6, 2012 by  16


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

Tesla Model S Service Contract: $600/Year, Or Warranty Voided

One big advantage of electric cars is reduced maintenance. With no internal combustion engine, there is no oil to change, no exhaust system, no transmission, no myriad of... read more October 8, 2012 by  70


 
2002 Honda Insight

Hybrid Owners: Still Happy After 200K-300K Miles

You'll probably remember stories about Hummers being greener than hybrids over a dust-to-rust car lifecycle from a few years back. Much of the heavyweight Hummer's supposed... read more August 6, 2012 by  3


 
Nissan Altima Tire Pressure Assistant

2013 Nissan Easy Fill Tire Alert System: Helpful, Or Annoying?

Over the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in the amount of driver-friendly technology being added to cars to make them easier to use. Normally, that includes... read more May 29, 2012 by  8


 
Oil cap

Healthy Engine Oil Helps Gas Mileage: But Do You Know How To Check It?

There was a time, not so long ago, when car owners were expected to carry out basic maintenance and regular servicing on their car using a handful of wrenches and common... read more May 25, 2012 by  2


 
2012 Chevrolet Volt

2012 Volt Cheaper To Own Than 2012 Leaf, Says Kelley Blue Book

The 2012 Chevrolet Volt might cost nearly $5,000 cheaper more than the 2012 Nissan Leaf, but over the next five years, it might cost you less to run. At least, that’s... read more February 8, 2012 by  42


 
2011 Nissan Leaf SL

Want To Keep Your 2012 Nissan Leaf Clean Inside? Here's How

They say that every cloud has a silver lining - in other words, there's a bright side to even the darkest of situations. That being the case, what's the opposite? What's the... read more February 2, 2012 by  2


 
2004-2009 Toyota Prius battery pack, second generation

Life After Death: What Happens When Your Prius Battery Dies

Believe it or not, the humble Toyota Prius has been on sale in the U.S. for 12 years. While many of these original 2000 Priuses are still giving their owners the same gas... read more January 6, 2012 by  12


 
Evans Waterless Coolant

Waterless Coolant Improves Engine Life, Boosts MPG 10 Percent

Engine coolant isn't something you often think about when considering the running costs of your car. Beyond regularly filling up the gas tank and changing the oil every so... read more January 5, 2012 by  18


 
Construction

Fuel Efficiency Hurts: Gas Tax Revenue Plummets, Roads Crumble

Cars with higher gas mileage pay less per mile in gasoline tax. And plug-in cars pay no gas tax at all. With far tougher fuel economy standards looming--34.1 mpg by 2016 and... read more November 14, 2011 by  2


 

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