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Categories: Hybrid / Green
In most Hybrid or Hellraiser columns, I start by making a tasteless poop joke about hybrid drivers, then end by trying to convince you that driving a gas-guzzling muscle car will somehow make you a better person. But I'm not going to do that this time. Because small hatchbacks like the 2015 Lexus CT200h and 2013 Mazda Mazdaspeed3, actually offer everything that you need to live a rewarding life. Sort of like Metamucil for the Soul! (oh crap, I just made a poop joke) Anyway, it’s time to figure out if you should drive the pricey hybrid, or the insane used alternative...
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With the successful launch of the revamped Volkswagen Golf, the company has decided to build on the popularity of its versatile hatchback by announcing a new trim level for its most eco-friendly Golf variant, the e-Golf. Buyers interested in owning an e-Golf but were turned off by its high price tag will greatly benefit from this move, which in turn will help increase e-Golf sales.
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Following the recent unveiling of the Chevrolet Bolt EV concept car, as well as persistent rumors surrounding the upcoming Tesla Model 3, a new report appears to suggest that Ford is preparing a vehicle of its own to respond to these two key rivals and could possibly unveil the fruits of its effort at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in late November.
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Your writer is lucky enough to be involved with Stanford University's revolutionary Revs program and at a recent event a former student showed him "the latest car we have, an electric Golf". We were in VAIL—the Volkwagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory—and surrounded by all Stanford's autonomous and solar car experiments and projects.
Tags: 2015 VW e-Golf, Electric Golf, Plug in Golf, Plug in VW, Electric VW
With the 2015 Geneva Motor Show fast apporaching, Kia has released a brief statement as well as a lone teaser image of a new concept car that could very well hint at the design direction for the next generation Kia Optima.
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The state of Connecticut is the site of the newest showdown between Tesla Motors and the National Automotive Dealers Association (NADA). The consequences for both sides in the battle are enormous. Should Tesla prevail, the century-old franchise dealer system could well be on its way to extinction. If NADA and its allies emerge victorious, then those who seek to transform the way the American public buys cars will suffer a serious setback. Either way, one side will be left face down with a bloodied nose.
Posted In: Car News, Hybrid / Green
Tags: Car news, tesla, NADA, tesla dealerships
When it comes to mass transit, Americans are tepid users at best. Let the Europeans and Japanese have their bullet trains and magnetic levitation; we will stick with our cars and trucks, thank you very much. That may be about to change, however, if a revolutionary new idea proposed by Tesla founder Elon Musk becomes reality. Known as the Hyperloop, it would make getting from point A to point B faster, safer, and more breathtaking than ever before.
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Reports, Rumors, Technology
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Electric cars have a lot going for them. They're whisper-quiet, highly dependable, and offer freedom from the gas pump. Of course, they have drawbacks as well. For example, try driving cross-country in a battery-powered car. You'll count yourself fortunate to find enough charging stations along the way. Add to this the thorny problems of limited range and high sticker prices, and it's easy to see why electric cars make up only a tiny percentage of American vehicles.
Posted In: Car News, Driving, Hybrid / Green, Reports, Technology
Tags: Renewable energy, alternative fuels, west coast electric highway
All-electric cars are to the automotive industry what Star Trek’s warp drive is to NASA: a vision that promises an oasis from all the limits imposed by current technology. Problem is, the vision may be nothing more than a mirage. Or maybe not, if the new Chevy Bolt lives up to its hype.
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With the Mirai concept providing a compelling glimpse of what a hydrogen future would look like at Toyota, it appears that the Japanese firm is planning to adopt some of the Mirai's innovations in an upcoming Lexus LS variant. The hope is that it could serve as the perfect platform to debut the technology when it eventually makes its way to mass production in Toyota-badged models (like some of the other innovations that first got their start in the Lexus LS).
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In a recent report, BMW has revealed that it has plans to formally commence testing of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. However, the firm also stated that it still sees battery-powered offerings as the way of the future for the time being, especially if new developments —could help revamp the way many consumers think about electric vehicles.