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What Do Hybrid Owners Say About Their Cars? How About Everyone Else?

What Do Hybrid Owners Say About Their Cars? How About Everyone Else?

As hybrid cars become more commonplace, it's worth finding out whether people's views of them are changing. A new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) looks at what both owners of hybrid and non-hybrid vehicles think about these green cars. DON'T MISS: How... read more

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2013 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid in Massachusetts winter [photo: John Mitchell]

Why We Drive A Ford C-Max Energi And A Ford Focus Electric

My wife and I have been very pleased with the results of green initiatives we undertook at our home, including solar panels and geothermal heating. Then we decided to expand... read more May 31, 2013 by  37


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2013 Tesla Model S [photo: David Noland]

Tesla Model S Vs Chevy Volt: Owner Compares Electric Cars

I've been leasing a 2011 Chevrolet Volt for almost two years now. And about three months ago, I took delivery of a 2013 Tesla Model S, the 60-kWh version. So I've gotten an... read more May 16, 2013 by  63


 
Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

Why One-Third Of Electric-Car Buyers Might Not Buy Another

Electric-car owners tend to be enthusiastic evangelists for the good points of driving on grid power. At least, the ones we hear from usually are. But there's another group... read more March 18, 2013 by  62


 
1931 Studebaker commemorating U.S. Route 66 in Arizona (via user Finetooth on Wikimedia)

Oh, By The Way? The Era Of The Private Car Is Over

As a reader of this blog -- a blog about cars -- chances are good that you own a car yourself. That's not unusual: today, many Americans depend on automobiles to get to work... read more March 18, 2013 by  19


 
Drag race between Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf electric cars (The Fast Lane)

Electric Cars Now Owners' Primary Vehicles In California

We often read statistics to show that the average American drives only a short distance each day, suggesting that even an electric car with a relatively short range would be... read more September 5, 2012 by  2


 
2011 Nissan Leaf: One Year Drive Report

2011 Nissan Leaf: One-Year Drive Report

On March 28, 2011, I took delivery of a European-specification 2011 Nissan Leaf. Yesterday, a few days short of our 1-year anniversary with the car, its odometer passed the... read more March 26, 2012 by  27


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt on test in Little Rock, Arkansas, July 2011

Chevy Volt Electric Car Owners Most Satisfied, Consumer Reports Says

Despite the NHTSA inquiry into battery-pack fires following severe crash tests of the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car, the car's 5,000 or so owners to date seem to... read more December 1, 2011 by  6


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt drive test, March 2011

Who Actually Buys 2011 Chevy Volt Electric Cars, And Why?

Despite media attempts to conjure a "sales battle" between the 2011 Chevy Volt and the 2011 Nissan Leaf, both companies are selling every car they can manage to get into the... read more June 17, 2011 by  7


 
2011 Smart Fortwo

More Smart ForTwo Trouble: Owners Least Likely To Buy Another

As regular readers know, we've never been big fans of the Smart ForTwo minicar. It's not that we dislike small two-seaters; in fact, we think they're cool (unlike most U.S... read more August 27, 2010 by  0


 
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