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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Perfection? 1966 Volvo Nears 3 Million Miles

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Perfection? 1966 Volvo Nears 3 Million Miles

One of the more familiar perceptions of green vehicles is that the energy they require to build outweighs any benefits they may have in use. The reality couldn't be more different, but there's still plenty to be said for getting the most out of the car you have, and extending its usable life. Some... read more

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2011 Honda Insight

Honda Starts Hybrid Battery Pack Rare Earth Metal Recycling

Over the past few decades, demand for rare earth metals, has dramatically increased. So called because they are difficult to find in large deposits and often difficult to... read more April 18, 2012 by  6


 
Cars Crushed Into Cubes

Will Old Electric-Car Battery Packs Cause Horrible Pollution?

It's an assertion that comes up a lot in comments on our stories. It goes, essentially, like this: No one recognizes the horrible pollution problems that will arrive when... read more March 14, 2012 by  10


 
2012 Chevrolet Sonic EcoLogic Label

2012 Chevy Sonic Will Debut GM’s EcoLabel, But What Is It?

If you’ve purchased a new car in the U.S. over the past few years, the chances are you’ll be familiar with the gas mileage stickers that automakers are required... read more January 31, 2012 by 


 
2013 Ford Escape, launched at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011

Green Sound Insulation Inside Doors Quiets 2013 Ford Escape

Ask about green cars and most buyers think only of gas mileage. But there are other ways to make vehicles greener, including the use of renewable materials to replace... read more January 26, 2012 by  1


 
2011 Nissan Leaf

Nissan Examines Second Life For Used Leaf Battery Packs

In the aftermath of the last year’s devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami, more impetus has been given to the idea of turning electric cars -- and their battery... read more January 19, 2012 by  2


 
Oil cap

Driving Green Means Not Changing Your Oil Until You Need To

When was the last time state tax dollars went toward telling you not to do something? Ads against drunk driving, certainly. Perhaps ads against smoking cigarettes. But now... read more January 3, 2012 by  13


 
Lithium-ion battery pack of 2011 Nissan Leaf, showing cells assembled into modules

What's Best For Old Electric-Car Batteries: Reuse Or Recycling?

A common misconception of electric cars and hybrid vehicles is that at the end of a short battery life, the remainder is dumped in landfill and contributes ever more... read more September 9, 2011 by  4


 
Lithium-ion battery pack for 2011 Chevrolet Volt

A New Life On The Grid For Tired Chevy Volt Battery Packs?

The lithium-ion battery pack in the 2011 Chevrolet Volt is backed by an eight-year, 100,000 mile warranty. The engineers behind its development will be the first to tell you... read more July 21, 2011 by  5


 
Oil cap

Recycling Used Oil Into Fresh, Clean Oil: Enterprise Signs On

Over the years, the norms around what to do with used oil have changed. Used to be you tossed it down the nearest drain. Then came recycling. As energy prices soared, using... read more May 18, 2011 by  3


 
EcoLon Engine Covers.  Image Courtest of Ford Motor Company

Today's Shag Carpeting, Tomorrow's Mustang?

While you're ripping up old celery shag to lay down fresh berber, you may wonder where the carpet ends up. Probably, regrettably, a landfill somewhere--which is not the case... read more April 11, 2011 by 


 
car batteries are highly recyclable - AAA

Who Knew? A Car Battery Is the World's Most Recycled Product

A concern raised over upcoming electric-drive cars--the all-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, and the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid--is what happens to... read more March 31, 2011 by  23


 
Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Life After The Road: Tesla’s European Electric Car Battery Recycling

It may be the largest battery pack available in any electric car on the road today, but what happens when it is no-longer able to provide enough kick to push the 2011 Tesla... read more January 28, 2011 by  2


 
2011 Mazda2 exterior and detail

Most Popular Posts of 2010: Mazda2, Prius Crashes, Leaf, Volt, and Other EVs

We love looking back to see what's been popular over the course of a full year. And 2010 was definitely chock-full of green car news. Our 10 most popular posts this year are... read more December 30, 2010 by 


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt

GM, Nissan, Tesla Focus On How To Recycle Used Electric-Car Batteries

Electric cars may be coming out in force come December, but the spotlight is now on how their batteries will be resold and recycled several years down the road. There’s... read more September 24, 2010 by  2


 
Power lines by Flickr user achouro

Will Old Chevy Volt Batteries (Eventually) Store Solar Energy From Your Roof?

Pretty much everyone loves renewable energy. The problem is that wind usually blows at night--often sporadically, at that--and solar power is unpredictable. Suppose the... read more September 21, 2010 by  2


 
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