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Most of the focus on new green cars--like the 2011 Nissan Leaf, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, and a slew of new and existing hybrids--has been on how consumers will adapt to them. But in fact, a portion of early years' production of any of those cars is likely to go into car fleets maintained by state and local government bodies, electric utilities, and other large users of passenger vehicles and even heavy trucks. Advantage: central depots Fleet sales are part of the overall auto market for all vehicles; carmakers earn less profit per sale, but keep their lines running through ups and downs in...
California Yanks Prius Perks: No More Hybrid HOV-Lane Access
You may remember that in California, 85,000 lucky owners of three hybrid vehicles were granted special stickers giving them access to High-Occupancy Vehicle lanes, even with only a single occupant in the car. Well, their luck runs out on December 31, the last day those stickers are valid. While...John Voelcker
Natural-Gas Honda Civic To Oklahoma As U.S. Lags in NGVs
The U.S. buys more hybrids than any place else in the world except Japan. We have a handful of clean diesels, with sales slowly increasing. But the "other alt-fuel" for automobiles--natural gas--is barely a blip on the U.S. market. Nonetheless, Honda is plugging away (ahem) with its 2010 Honda...John Voelcker
Green Tires From Orange Peels Use Less Oil, Bring Better MPGs
Sadly, they're not actually orange. Nor do they smell like citrus when they get hot. But by infusing orange oil into natural rubber, a new line of tires from Yokohama cuts four-fifths of the petroleum needed to manufacture a tire. They lower rolling resistance too, meaning better fuel efficiency...John Voelcker