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Categories: Hybrid / Green

2014 Chevy Volt Drops In Price

On: Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 8:09AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Range anxiety doesn't apply to gas-electric hybrids like the Chevy Volt, but one of the other big negatives of electric vehicles does. Like other cars with large battery packs and electric propulsion units, the Chevy Volt suffers from a high price. When it launched in 2010, the Volt was a luxury car-like $41,000. Sure, if you qualified for the $7,500 tax credit that quickly fell to $33,500, but even that's rather expensive for a Chevy sedan. With competition heating up in the electric and plug-in hybrid market, the BMW i3 electric car detailed last week will start just over the original Volt at $42,000. Chevy is dropping the price of the Volt to a more manageable level. For the first time, buyers will be able to get a brand new Volt for under $30,000 (after tax credits).


Ford's F-150 Will Soon Be Available with Natural Gas, Propane Gas Package

On: Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 3:17PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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It was recently revealed that the Ford Motor Company will soon be offering the 2014 Ford F-150 passenger pickup models with a unique equipment option. The new features available through this equipment package allows the 2014 Ford F-150 models powered by the Ford 3.7L V6 engine to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or on liquid propane gas (LPG).


2013 Fiat 500e Takes Home Top EV Award

On: Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 5:16PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Tesla and Nissan seem to get the most attention when it comes to the electric vehicle market. Tesla rose out of nowhere, created the first truly sporty electric car, and has continued to develop sexy, luxurious EVs with robust ranges and quick acceleration. Nissan received its attention for launching the Leaf, the first mass market electric vehicle of the modern era. 

A number of other manufacturers, including Mitsubishi, Chevy, and Honda have released their own electric vehicles. While these offerings have made a little less noise than those from Nissan and Tesla, they have quietly earned some impressive accolades. The latest is the Fiat 500e, which was recently named "Top Electric Vehicle" by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA).


The Debate Over Electric Car Related Pollution is Back On!

On: Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 1:24PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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The debate over how much pollution is created by electric cars has heated back up with the rise of sales of EVs in the United States. Even though this vehicles don’t require gasoline to power their engines, there’s still plenty of waste associated with the manufacturing, transportation, and operating and EVs. There’s a lot of factors which are fueling this debate but the biggest focus is on the impact of charging an electric vehicle. 


 

Tesla Motors Aims To Be The Future of Automobiles

On: Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 10:37AM | By: Bill Wilson


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If you haven’t heard of Tesla Motors, chances are you soon will. The upstart auto company is barely 10 years old and is already one-quarter the size of GM. Motor Trend magazine named the manufacturer’s latest vehicle, the Model S, 2013’s Car of the Year. Its developments in battery technology have set it far ahead of its competitors, including global giants like Nissan, and its stock price has gone through the roof, from $32 in early 2013 to over $120 at the time of this writing. Yet, whether the company will be able to continue its momentum depends on how successful it is with middle-class car buyers.


Nissan Leaf In Demand

On: Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 5:07PM | By: Chris Weiss


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The first mass market electric vehicle of the modern era has built itself a loyal following. The once slow-selling Nissan Leaf is now in hot demand and Nissan says that it will be in short supply throughout the summer. The world may not be fully ready to embrace electric cars, but Nissan isn't having a problem finding the Leaf's niche.


GM Looking to Tesla for Inspiration

On: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 1:05PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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The same company that eviscerated the EV1, General Motors, fears that their lack of original innovation could cause them to be left behind in the auto industry. General Motors’ CEO, Dan Akerson, has formed a special team of employees to study Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors to try to find some footsteps they could follow when it comes to making electric cars that people actually want to drive.


Ford Boosting Hybrid Fuel Economy with Software Update

On: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 1:40PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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Some of Ford’s hybrid models will soon be getting free software updates to help improve fuel economy. 2013 Ford Fusion, Ford C-Max, and Lincoln MKZ hybrids are the target of this software update in an effort to get actual MPG closer to what the EPA estimated mileage reads. The window stickers on of all these models states that they get 47 miles per gallon in highway and city driving—the actual fuel economy appears to be closer to 40 miles per gallon or less.


What You Need to Know About Green Car Income Tax Credits

On: Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 5:08PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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Many people are drawn to the prospect of buying an electric plug-in car and getting a federal tax credit. Indeed, income tax credits offered by the federal government can help to make these models more cost effective—they do tend to have a much higher ticket price than their gasoline-powered predecessors. However, shoppers who want to take advantage these money savings tax credits need to pay attention, as they might change or expire before they make their purchase.


Fuel Economy Ratings: Myth vs Reality

On: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 5:44PM | By: Bill Wilson


Fuel Economy Ratings: Myth vs Reality test 1-1

For much of the car-buying public, the news was shocking. To the thousands of Kia and Hyundai owners who had filed complaints for well over two years, however, it came as a long-awaited relief. In November of 2012 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the two automakers had long been misrepresenting fuel economy results for most of its models, in some cases by as much as six miles a gallon.


Infiniti LE EV Gets Delayed

On: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 12:33PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It seemed like development of the Infiniti LE was coming along swimmingly. Not a month ago, Nissan global planning chief Andy Palmer was talking optimistically about wireless charging technology. Now it seems that technology is taking a little longer to develop than Infiniti expected. Palmer said last week that the car will be delayed from the 2015 launch window that it had been working toward.