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Categories: Hybrid / Green

North Carolina and Others Looking to Tax EVs and Hybrids

On: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 2:06PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


North Carolina and Others Looking to Tax EVs and Hybrids test 1-1

If you drive a hybrid or electric vehicle, prepare to be shocked about new taxes that may affect you in the near future—especially if you drive one of the 30,000 EVs and hybrids in the state of North Carolina!


Ultra-Efficient Volkswagen XL1 Hybrid May Inspire Sports Car

On: Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 7:31AM | By: Chris Weiss


Ultra-Efficient Volkswagen XL1 Hybrid May Inspire Sports Car test 1-1

Destined to become the world's most fuel efficient production car, the revolutionary Volkswagen XL1 is being prepared for a limited production run. Volkswagen last showed it at the Geneva Motor Show and plans to get it on the European market by the end of the year. While the United States is unlikely to get access to the 261-mpg ultralight cruiser, Volkswagen may use the car as the basis for a high-performance sports car that will make it here.


Diesels Are Taking Back California

On: Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 11:28AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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California led the way in the campaign against diesel-powered automobiles but that trend is in major reversal. The once labeled “dirty”, diesel-powered cars are driving back into the Golden State and are occupying the roads as green vehicles. During the year of 2012, over 10% of the vehicles on the road in the state were diesel-powered passenger cars and sports utility vehicles. Many wonder what has prompted this new change in attitude.


2014 Chevy Spark EV Priced at $27,495

On: Thu, May 30, 2013 at 10:03AM | By: Chris Weiss


2014 Chevy Spark EV Priced at $27,495 test 1-1

Electric vehicles still aren't competitive with ICE vehicles price-wise, but they're getting closer every year. Chevy priced its Spark EV subcompact this week, showing a price that drops below the $20,000 mark for those eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit.


 

Infiniti Working on Luxury Leaf With Wireless Charging

On: Sat, May 25, 2013 at 10:50AM | By: Chris Weiss


Infiniti Working on Luxury Leaf With Wireless Charging test 1-1

The electric car market is quickly filling out. What was once a polar market of six-figure sports cars (Tesla Roadster) and tiny subcompacts (Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi iMiev, etc.) is opening its borders and becoming more diverse. The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid has spawned the Cadillac ELR, and the Volt's original rival, the Nissan Leaf, is soon to spawn a luxury version of its own. Infiniti is working on a luxury Nissan Leaf spin-off and plans to equip it with wireless induction charging.


Are You Ready for 84 MPG? Meet the Elio [VIDEO]

On: Mon, May 20, 2013 at 11:20AM | By: Bill Wilson


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Automakers have been busy as bees over the last decade designing lightweight, fuel-efficient vehicles for a public increasingly suffering from price shock at the gas pumps. As a result, dozens of car models and even some light trucks now average 25+ miles per gallon on the highway. Hybrids like the Prius are even more fuel-stingy, getting 50 MPG or more.

But even Toyota's ultra-efficient savings champ is outdone by a new vehicle called the Elio, which can go 84 miles on a single gallon of regular unleaded. Scheduled to be released in 2014, the Elio is causing waves across the automotive world.


Three Sure Ways to Save on Gas

On: Sat, May 18, 2013 at 11:41AM | By: Bill Wilson


Three Sure Ways to Save on Gas test 1-1

When the topic of conversation turns to ways to save on gas, it seems that everyone has an opinion. But, while all these suggestions are well-intended, not all of them are equally valuable. Take changing the air filter as an example. While it can do your car a world of good in other ways, it won’t boost your MPGs, despite what many people believe.

Other folks swear that the trick is to buy gas early in the morning, so it comes out of the pump cooler. This, too, has no effect on fuel use. So how do your separate fact from fiction when it comes to boosting your car's efficiency? Here's a look at 10 popular tips for saving gas. We'll see how much truth there is in each one.


Porsche To Offer Plug-in Hybrid Powertrains on All Vehicles

On: Fri, May 17, 2013 at 12:35PM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche To Offer Plug-in Hybrid Powertrains on All Vehicles test 1-1

Back in the 1980s, the automotive industry underwent a golden age of technologically advanced sports cars. Cars like the Porsche 959 and Ferrari F40 used technologies never before seen on the road, and as time went on, that technology trickled down. Tech-heavy cars are more common here in 2013, but we appear to be on the verge of another technological golden age involving Porsche and Ferrari. Porsche is developing the 918 Spyder, a sort of spiritual successor to the 959, and Ferrari recently revealed the LaFerrari, a direct descendant of the F40. A cornerstone of the new era will be hybrid power. Both the 918 and LaFerrari have hybrid units, and, at least in Porsche's case, plug-in hybrid technology will be trickling down to its entire line.


Hybrid vs. Diesel: which is the Savings Champ?

On: Fri, May 17, 2013 at 9:41AM | By: Bill Wilson


Hybrid vs. Diesel: which is the Savings Champ? test 1-1

The average price for unleaded gas has been over three dollars a gallon since late 2010, and, despite recent drops, chances are good that gasoline will remain pricey for the foreseeable future. Because of this, millions of motorists across the country are showing keen interest in vehicles that promise better mileage for each drop of fuel, and automakers have been busy offering models to meet this demand.

Leading the way are gas/electric hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius and Chevy Volt, which can drive 50+ miles on a single gallon of gas. Backed by aggressive marketing campaigns and government tax credits, it seems clear that hybrids are the way to go for anyone who wants to save money at the pump.


Tesla Model S Aces Its Consumer Reports Test

On: Thu, May 16, 2013 at 12:31PM | By: Chris Weiss


Tesla Model S Aces Its Consumer Reports Test test 1-1

It's a good week to be Tesla. On the heels of announcing its first profit in 10 years of business, the electric luxury carmaker gets a nearly perfect rating on its Model S. After testing the sedan, Consumer Reports slapped a big, old "99 out of 100" on it, a first for an electric vehicle.


Tesla Announces Its First Profit

On: Tue, May 14, 2013 at 2:57PM | By: Chris Weiss


Tesla Announces Its First Profit test 1-1

When it comes to building awesome, lust-worthy, high-performance electric cars, Tesla has experienced success for years. But when it comes to making money on those electric cars—like the 'more money than I spent to make money' type of money—it has had less success. It has failed to turn a profit for the entire 10 years that it's been in business. Until last week. In a letter to shareholders detailing its 2013 Q1 financials, Tesla announced its first profit ever.