Average New-Car Fuel Economy Falls As SUV Sales Rise, Gas Stays Cheap

Average New-Car Fuel Economy Falls As SUV Sales Rise, Gas Stays Cheap

The average fuel economy of new cars sold in the United States fell once more in September, although not by much. Average new-car fuel economy continues to hover around 25 mpg, according to recent analysis. The sales-weighted average window sticker fuel economy for new cars in September was 25.2... read more

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2015 Ford Focus Electric

Electric Car Drivers Tell Ford: We'll Never Go Back To Gasoline

Fully nine out of 10 electric-car drivers say they won't go back to cars with internal-combustion engines, according to a new Ford survey. The results included responses from... read more August 11, 2015 by 

2015 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive

Electric Car Ignorance Breeds Dislike, Says German Study

Daimler, the parent of company of luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz, recently completed a large-scale study of electric cars and consumer attitudes toward them in its home... read more August 4, 2015 by 

2004 Toyota Prius

U.S. Vehicles Now Have Average Age Of 11.5 Years (Waste Not, Want Not)

The cars on U.S. roads are older than they've ever been. A recent survey found that the average age of U.S. vehicles is now at a record high of 11.5 years. That means the... read more July 30, 2015 by 

2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition

Diesel Vehicles Pay Back In 3-5 Years, Study Finds, Due To Lower Depreciation

Diesel cars and trucks may be more expensive to buy, and the fuel generally costs more per gallon, but owners may still be able to amortize those costs over a fairly short... read more July 10, 2015 by 

2015 Tesla Model S 70D in new Ocean Blue color

Tesla Model S Owner Loyalty Probably Unparalleled In Industry

There are many enthusiastic owner groups in the car world, but it's safe to say that few can rival the passion of Tesla electric-car owners. Many Tesla owners are quite vocal... read more July 4, 2015 by 

Diesel taxis in London (Image by Flickr user Lars Ploughmann, used under CC license)

Traffic Noise May Reduce Life Expectancy, Increase Strokes

The air pollution caused by vehicle emissions has been linked to numerous health issues, something that's caused many world cities to work to reduce the number of... read more June 27, 2015 by 

Gas pump

Gas Prices Matter To U.S. Households, But Only Somewhat

Starting in late 2014, U.S. gas prices began to drop significantly, and they've remained comparatively low throughout 2015. With the arrival of the summer travel season... read more June 26, 2015 by 

Gas pump

Car Buyers: Fuel Economy Important, Doesn't Matter How You Get There

While government regulations push carmakers to achieve ever-greater increases in fuel economy, the question of whether consumers actually care about the efficiency of their... read more June 19, 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 

Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Biofuels: Don't Assume They're All Carbon-Neutral, New Study Warns

To many, biofuels seem like the ultimate compromise between lower carbon emissions and practicality. It's easy to see the appeal of fuels billed as cleaner replacements for... read more May 13, 2015 by 

2015 Nissan Leaf

Getting More Electric Cars On Roads Faster: Recommendations From NRC

Government incentives and support programs have been helpful to the proliferation of electric cars, but a new report says there remains more to be done. In a report released... read more April 24, 2015 by 

2015 Kia Soul EV and 2014 Nissan Leaf, at Blink DC fast charger  -  Fife, WA

Aging Electric-Car Batteries Can Still Offer Useful Range: Report

The first wave of modern electric cars still remains fairly young, but as those vehicles rack up more miles, the performance of their gradually aging battery packs is a topic... read more April 9, 2015 by 

Tesla Model S at Supercharger site in Ventura, CA, with just one slot open  [photo: David Noland]

Tesla Model S Owners Love Their Cars The Most Of Any Owners

It's no secret that many owners of the Tesla Model S love their cars--to the point of becoming evangelists for the brand, and sometimes for electric cars in general. But if... read more March 31, 2015 by 

Gas pump

Miles Driven Are Rising, But Gas Consumption Continues To Fall

It may not be the most practical solution, but driving less generally seems like one of the most straightforward ways to save fuel. Now, two recent studies show that it... read more March 31, 2015 by 

Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)

Jobs Are Getting Further From People; That Means More Driving

For the first time since the postwar suburban boom started 65 years ago, it appears U.S. residents may be starting to drive less. Analysts have noted a stagnation in annual... read more March 30, 2015 by 


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