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  • The 2010 Toyota Prius

    When it comes to lemons, are defective green cars different than traditional all gas or diesel engine vehicles? The simple answer is, no. The statistics of manufacturing ensures that lemon cars and trucks will be made regardless of manufacturer. That’s the simple answer. The Toyota Prius is a good example for study because they have been around much longer than some of the newer model hybrids and Toyota has made and sold a lot of them. As an engineer and a technical analyst for defects, I thought a lot about the Prius and hybrid electric vehicles in general. How would they fail? Would...

  • 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder
    Porsche Plans Electric Boxster, Testing Begins 2011

    Porsche have already stunned their sports car fans during the past decade by offering diesel and hybrid versions of their Cayenne sports utility vehicle. More recently, they've had success in racing with their 911 GT3 R Hybrid, which provides up to 160 extra horsepower via a Kinetic Energy Recovery...

  • Nissan LEAF
    Do EVs Need A Passing Gear? Nissan Says Yes, Chevy Disagrees

    One of the benefits of the electric vehicle experience is the near instantaneous torque at your disposal when you prod the right-hand pedal: no shifting, no "kickdown," just smooth power. So why exactly would the 2011 Nissan Leaf electric car have a "passing gear"? On any electric car, the torque...

  • 2011 Smart electric drive  -  first drive
    Five Things EVs Will Need To Do Before They Become Mainstream.

    Let's face it. EVs are still a very small, very niche market. Expensive, short on supply and not even universally supported throughout the USA there are a whole series of achievements EVs will need to attain before they are considered regular cars. Here's the five most important things EVs will...

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    What Will The True Residual Value of a Used EV Be? Toyota May Provide the Answer.

    If you're lucky you may already be on a waiting list for the 2011 Nissan Leaf. Or perhaps you've decided to get the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. If your next car is electric it could easily immunize you from fluctuating gas prices and ensure low running costs. But what will that shiny new electric car be...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
    2011 Nissan Leaf Prototype: Quick Drive Impressions

    Having announced that they were to be building the 2011 Leaf electric car at their Washington plant in England, Nissan have been taking the car around the UK on a whistle-stop tour of Europe. Whilst the car was on public display at Newcastle's Centre for Life science and technology centre, I...

  • Hawaii

    You'd be forgiven for thinking Hawaii is the center of the electric vehicle universe. Wednesday, Nissan announced it would be one of the first markets for the 2011 Leaf electric vehicle. Then yesterday South Korean manufacturer CT&T signed a deal with the state's governor, Linda Lingle, to build a plant in Hawaii to manufacture low-speed neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs). Hawaii is keen to promote its green credentials and become known as a place where EVs are welcome. Earlier this year, the state installed its first public EV charging station. Two years ago, both Better Place and...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
    Covering Electric Cars: Is It Really THAT Hard For the Media?

    If you pay attention to the so-called mainstream media, you could be forgiven for thinking that electric vehicles are alien technology, rather than cars with plugs. Though happy to cover natural disasters; governmental coups, and the latest celebrity gossip, pretty much any reporter seems...

  • 2010 Toyota Prius
    2010 Toyota Prius Sales Up 50 Percent Over Last April

    Toyota Motor Sales announced yesterday that its U.S. sales of new cars were up 24.4 percent over the previous April, during the worst of the economic meltdown. Despite recent months--during which a lawsuits have rained down on Toyota for unintended acceleration and brake related safety concerns...

  • Third-Generation Toyota Prius
    Why Is The Prius The Most Popular Hybrid?

    Leading all hybrid sales, and landing the number six position of the most purchased cars in America, some wonder why the Prius dominates the industry. But when looking at the incredible features and fuel economy that the Prius offers, the statistics simply speak for themselves. Toyota’s main...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf
    If The Electric Cars Sound And Look Good, I'll Get One

    I was just reading about the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf and began thinking about getting an electric vehicle (EV) one day in the distant future--or not so distant future, depending on my tolerance for increasing debt levels. With absolutely no proof, a lack of caffeine and having had very...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
    Nissan Ups Ante With U.K. Factory For 2011 Leaf Electric Car

    Nissan has upped the ante on its bid to become the world's leading electric-car maker, by announcing a third global factory for production of their 2011 Leaf electric car. The small northern U.K. city of Sunderland will become the third site across three continents to be tooled up to build the...

  • Bruce Richter drives the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport

    As electric cars move from garage conversions into mass production over the next few years, public adoption could be held back by something more crippling than battery technology: the notion that electric cars are no more than unattractive golf carts. A large part of the public perceive the electric cars they've seen so far as...ugly. Using the law of Google popularity--where the higher the number of search results, the more common an item is--the words "Ugly Electric Car" trail only 356,000 results behind the words "Sexy Electric Car." And the sad truth is, that public perception is not...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf prototype
    How Do I Drive My Plug-In Car? New Videos Show How

    Driving an electric car is empowering. No longer are you confined to gas stations for energy - suddenly, any home or business can be considered a possible energy source (depending on how long you would like to charge and how). Now, two new videos have come out that show you just how easy and...

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    Battle of the Boxes: Nissan Cube VS. Kia Soul

    (Kia Soul: Starting at $13,300) (Nissan Cube: Starting at $13,990) Gee, it's hard not to notice the similar pricing of these two cubes on wheels. They are especially impressive considering the Scion XB starts at 3 grand more. How that is possible when the Scion XB is the only boxy car styled to the...

  • Honda CR-Z Concept
    Mean, Green but Can It Be Both?

    Mean or green. Can you have both in a car? You want a mean car, it's got to have a lot of oomph, power, cojones, guts, horsepower, whatever you want to call the motive force that makes a car go fast, and quickly. It has to have presence, be grippy and you have to want to get in and drive it. You...

  • Fiat 500 Abarth
    Fiat Bringing 500 Abarth To America

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  • 2012 Tesla Model S
    Wired for Speed - The Age of Electric Supercars

    Sure, think golf cart if you can't resist the dig. Or those things going up and down the grocery aisles. Think slow cars with no range, no sex appeal and long recharge times. Okay, now, think Tesla. E-tron. E-Wolf. Maybe Liz Inizio or even the Lightning GT. And let's not forget the Green GT. What...

  • An exciting post hit the internet today from the Mazda North America Facebook account and it stated, "At dealer meeting today, Mazda confirmed that the Mazda2 subcompact car will be sold in the U.S. in late 2010." It is simply amazing how fast the news spread through the Mazda world after this update was made. The car that has made all the headlines is a cute, yet sporty compact that shares the same chassis as the new Ford Fiesta (which is also coming state side in the near future). Since these two "sport boxes" share a few components, it is not surprsing that they will both be sold in the...

  • 2010 Audi R8 V-10
    The Current State of Sports Cars in America

    Cars have always been a thing of pride and show. Sports cars specially have a different place in ones social standing, heart and garage. Now-a-days cars are no longer just an amenity. They are peoples prized possessions. People buy cars not only for travel but also for self pride and dignity. The...

  • 2010 Mazda3
    New 2010 Mazda 3 Test Drive

    -HOW IT LOOKS I always loved the design of the Mazda3 hatchback. And I also really like the new design. Sure, it is not as "pure" as the previous one. But I think it looks really good in real life. The sedan also looks much better and substantial than the previous rather boring design. I know lots...