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

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 challenges experienced by owners of the Toyota RAV4 EV underscores that buyers should be fully aware of the context in which their... read more

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2011 Nissan Leaf SL

GE WattStation Vindicated, Leaf Blamed In Charging Station Woes

It isn’t a good time to be Nissan right now. For a start, its first all-electric car, the 2012 Leaf, is suffering from poor sales. Then there’s the matter of... read more July 30, 2012 by  7


 
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


 
Gas pump

All Taxes Are Automatically Always Bad; Are Potholes Worse?

We've written before about the growing shortfall in gasoline tax revenues versus the highway and bridge repairs those taxes are supposed to fund. The Federal Highway Trust... read more December 16, 2011 by  8


 
2011 Toyota Prius

Do Battery-Pack Failures Reduce the Life of Hybrid Cars? A Reader Asks

Our reader Jonathan P asks: I have a 1997 Saturn that, remarkably, is still running. It probably has the book value of a large watermelon, so if anything major goes wrong... read more February 23, 2011 by  25


 
2000 Toyota Prius

Hybrids Don't Cost More To Repair or Run, But Payback Debatable

It's a concern that comes up over and over: If I buy a hybrid car, won't I have to spend thousands of dollars to replace the battery pack in a few years? The answer is, No... read more November 30, 2010 by  10


 
2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5

Tesla Plays Cautiously, Recalls 439 Roadsters Over Potential Fire Risk

Tesla Motors, manufacturers of the all-electric Tesla Roadster and Tesla Roadster Sport has decided to recall 439 of its sexy sports car, over a potential fire risk. The... read more October 5, 2010 by 


 
Tailpipe Emissions

California Steps Up Gross-Polluter Vehicle Retirement Program

Not only do old cars pollute more than new ones, they pollute a lot more. According to a rule proposed by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair, fully “75 percent of... read more August 20, 2010 by  4


 
Replaceable cartridge oil filter used in Ecotec engines fitted to 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

2011 Chevy Cruze Green Oil Filter: Everything Old Is New Again

Sometimes a "new" green idea is actually just the way we used to do things, before disposability and convenience became primary consumer values. Consider the "cartridge... read more May 13, 2010 by  3


 
Toyota Prius body damage

Yet Another Reason To Buy a Toyota Prius: Cheap Insurance!

There are many excellent reasons to buy a Toyota Prius, new or used, leading off with the hybrid's superb fuel economy: 50 miles per gallon for the new 2010 Toyota Prius. Now... read more August 18, 2009 by  8


 
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