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2014 most fuel-efficient overall

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2014 model year.

February 11, 2014

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2014 most fuel-efficient sedans

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2014 model year.

February 11, 2014

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2014 most fuel-efficient trucks

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2014 model year.

February 11, 2014

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2014 most fuel-efficient SUVs

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2014 model year.

February 11, 2014

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2014 most fuel-efficient wagons

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2014 model year.

February 11, 2014

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2014 most fuel-efficient compact cars

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2014 model year.

February 11, 2014

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2014 most fuel-efficient minivans/vans

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2014 model year.

February 11, 2014

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Pathfinder hybrid range up to 526 miles; GM crates help create gardens

(Nissan) A hybrid Pathfinder Nissan is introducing a hybrid version of the 2014 Pathfinder (shown), which has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine mated with an electric motor. It is expected...

September 15, 2013

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Malibu fuel economy bumps up; Prius efficiency to rise for 2015

(General Motors) Malibu boosts mpgs An update to the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu (shown) has boosted its fuel economy by 12 percent. The fuel savings are due in part to improved...

September 8, 2013

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Plastic bottles recycled for Ford Escape; diesel-finding resources online

(Ford) Plastic bottles reused Ford is using recycled plastic beverage bottles to make carpeting in its Escape (shown). It's the first time Ford has used such carpeting in an SUV....

September 1, 2013

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Electric motorcycles race in Indianapolis; Ford F-150 uses rice

(Brammo) Electric bikes race Electric motorcycles raced for the first time at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week for the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup in Indiana. A Brammo Empulse (shown) won...

August 25, 2013

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Ford's F-150 to have natural-gas option; VW upgrades clean-diesel engine

(Ford) New fuel option for F-150 When it goes on sale this fall, Ford's 2014 F-150 pickup truck (shown) will have an option of running on natural gas or propane...

August 18, 2013

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Ford's hybrid sales rising; automakers team for charging stations in Japan

(Ford) Ford's hybrid growth The Ford C-Max (shown) and Fusion are driving sales of hybrids for the automaker, helping the company hit its best hybrid quarter ever. Second-quarter hybrid sales...

August 11, 2013

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Ford first to report in India program; more fuel-efficient cars coming, says GM

(Ford) Ford green in India Ford, which has two plants in Chennai, India, is the first automaker to sign on to a voluntary greenhouse-gas reporting program in that country. Reporting...

August 4, 2013

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Passat gets 77.99 mpg in Guinness record; Tesla big in Hong Kong

Wayne Gerdes, right, and co-driver Bob Winger stand with the VW Passat TDI that set a Guinness World Record. (Volkswagen) VW Passat sets record Volkswagen recently set a Guinness World...

July 28, 2013

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China plans to restrict auto sales in eight more cities; Better Place revived

A man walks outside a Chevrolet dealership in Beijing, China. (The Associated Press) Auto limits in China China plans to increase the number of cities that restrict vehicle purchases in...

July 21, 2013

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Diesel savings add up; Mazda adds regenerative braking to two models

(Audi) Diesel cost savings A new study has found that diesel vehicles saved most owners between $2,000 and $6,000 in total ownership costs during a three-year period when compared to...

July 14, 2013

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GM, Honda team for fuel-cell innovations; diesel a Ram option

GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky stands with fuel-cell cars from GM and Honda. (General Motors / Honda) Partnering on fuel cells General Motors and Honda are joining forces to develop...

July 7, 2013

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Nissan plans battery-upgrade plan; tax credits behind plug-in depreciation

(Nissan) Nissan battery program Nissan says it will offer an option to U.S. owners of its Leaf hatchback to upgrade to the latest lithium-ion battery technology. Starting in the first...

June 30, 2013

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When hybrids will save you money; Leaf No. 1 on KBB green list

(Ford) Hybrid benefits vary A study out of Carnegie Mellon University has found that for highway drivers, hybrid and plug-in vehicles cost more without much benefit to the environment. However,...

June 23, 2013

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Mercedes electric car tackles German track; Volvo Bi-Fuel car debuts

(Mercedes-Benz) Mercedes electric feat The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive recently became the first electrically-powered production vehicle to make it around the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife race track in under...

June 16, 2013

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Top 10 cities with greenest car shoppers; New York City tries electric cabs

(Honda) Cities that shop green The West Coast dominated a recent list of U.S. cities with the greenest car shoppers, but Seattle didn't make the cut. Cars.com looked at searches...

June 9, 2013

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Tesla boosting supercharging stations; VW to label diesel caps

(Tesla) Tesla superchargers Tesla Motors is preparing to expand its network of fast-charging stations to make its Model S (shown) a more viable alternative to gasoline-fueled cars. Company head Elon...

June 2, 2013

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smart electric rolling into dealerships; Leaf sales hit 25,000

(Daimler) smart electric on sale The smart electric fortwo is rolling into dealerships, and the company is offering two ways to buy. Drivers can choose to buy the vehicle with...

May 26, 2013

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Most Americans support fuel-efficiency rules; Ford hybrid sales heat up

(The Associated Press) Fuel rules get support A Consumer Federation of America survey conducted in April found that a large majority of Americans — 85 percent — support government requirements...

May 19, 2013

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Diesel sales jump 24 percent in 2 years; Coda electric-car company for sale

(Archive photo) Diesel sales growing Diesel-vehicle registrations increased by just over 24 percent in the U.S. from 2010 through 2012, according to data compiled by R.L. Polk and Company for...

May 12, 2013

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Electric Spark goes 82 miles per charge; face fine for improper EV parking

(General Motors) Spark EV numbers General Motors says the battery-powered version of its Chevrolet Spark mini-car can travel up to 82 miles on a single charge, putting it among the...

May 5, 2013

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Toyota's hybrid sales top 5 million; new Chevy Cruze to get 46 mpg

(Toyota) Hybrid milestone Toyota's global sales of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles has surpassed 5 million, a milestone for a technology that was initially greeted with skepticism. The company says it has...

April 28, 2013

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Hybrid Porsche coming; Tesla adds leasing option

(Porsche) Porsche's first plug-in Porsche is introducing its first plug-in hybrid with the second generation of the Panamera. The 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid produces 416 total system horsepower and can...

April 21, 2013

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Detroit Electric comeback car is $135,000; Toyota aims for 94 mpg Prius

(Detroit Electric) Detroit Electric is back More than 100 years after it began making cars, Detroit Electric is back in business. The automaker recently unveiled the SP:01, a limited-edition electric...

April 14, 2013

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2012 was a good year for mpgs; BMW shows off new 3 Series car

(The Associated Press) Record-high mpgs The Environmental Protection Agency says that model-year 2012 cars and trucks have the highest-ever real-world average fuel economy at 23.8 mpg. That's 1.2 mpg higher...

April 7, 2013

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U.S. has low-emissions potential; Infiniti's QX60 at N.Y. auto show

(The Associated Press) Lofty emissions goals A new National Research Council report says the U.S. may be able to reduce fossil-fuel consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050...

March 31, 2013

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Sales strong for natural-gas vehicles; Ford ups waste-reduction drive

(The Associated Press) Natural-gas sales Ford says it sold a record 11,600 natural-gas vehicles in its 2012 model year, more than triple the number it sold in 2010. Most went...

March 24, 2013

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Volt production up 20 percent over last year; McLaren unveils hybrid supercar

(General Motors) Volt production General Motors is planning this year to build as many as 36,000 Chevrolet Volts and other plug-in hybrids for worldwide delivery, 20 percent more than in...

March 17, 2013

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MyFord Mobile app finds charging stations; Honda offers new technology

(Ford) Charge finder Ford C-Max Energi (shown) and Fusion Energi drivers will have an easier time finding charging stations thanks to a MyFord Mobile app created in collaboration with PlugShare,...

March 10, 2013

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Carbuyers receive financing on home solar systems; Toyota, BWM team up

(Honda) Solar partners Honda and clean-tech startup SolarCity are partnering to offer home solar systems at little or no upfront cost. To promote its environmental mission, the automaker will offer...

March 3, 2013

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Ohio plant to build popular Ford engine; Toyota promotes resource conservation

A worker assembles a V-6 engine at Ford's Brook Park, Ohio, plant. (The Associated Press) Ford move Starting late next year, Ford will begin making a four-cylinder engine at its...

February 24, 2013

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Buick's 33-mpg luxury crossover; more dealers certified to sell electric Fords

(Buick) Greener choices January saw the first deliveries of Buick's luxury small crossover, the Encore (shown). With an estimated 33 mpg, the Encore has been named to the American Council...

February 17, 2013

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New coupe is milestone for BMW; Mazda lauded for its Skyactiv

(BMW) Zero emissions BMW's i3 coupe (shown) is set to become the automaker's first zero-emission, mass-produced vehicle. The car, which made its debut at the L.A. auto show this past...

February 10, 2013

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Kudos for energy-efficient Hondas; Fusion Energi is Ford's top plug-in hybrid

(Honda) Green ranking Five Honda vehicles have earned recognition from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The ACEEE Greenbook Online ranked the Honda Fit EV (shown), Insight and Civic...

February 3, 2013

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Most White House alt-tech vehicles from Asia; Nissan lowers Leaf price

(Hyundai) Foreign hybrids President Barack Obama's administration, which set a goal of buying only alternative-technology vehicles for its fleet by 2015, bought mostly Asian brands. About 54 percent of the...

January 27, 2013

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Elio taking reservations for 65 mpg vehicle; GE fleet expands options

(Elio Motors) ELIO beginning Startup company Elio Motors has purchased a former General Motors plant in Baton Rouge, La. The company plans to build a two-seat, three-wheeled vehicle that will...

January 13, 2013

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Ford Fusion most fuel-efficient sedan; survey touts plug-in fuel savings

(Ford) Fusion efficient The Environmental Protection Agency certified the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi hybrid (shown) at up to 108 MPGe, making in the most fuel-efficient sedan in the U.S. The...

January 6, 2013

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EVs, hybrids gain strength in 2012; IBM leads European charging network

(Toyota) Strong year Market-research firm Mintel says sales of alternative-fuel vehicles, such as the Toyota Prius (shown), were up 73 percent in 2012 compared with 2011. The number of available...

December 30, 2012

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Ford C-Max fastest-selling hybrid; campaign touts clean diesel

(Ford) C-Max launch The Ford C-Max (shown) has become the fastest-selling hybrid ever at launch, with 8,030 units sold in its first two months of sales in October and November....

December 23, 2012

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Most fuel-efficient vehicles; Indianapolis plans e-car switch

The Toyota Prius is No. 3 among sedans. (Toyota) Efficiency lists We've compiled the top 10 most fuel-efficient vehicles in eight categories to help you save money on gas and...

December 16, 2012 2 Comments

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New Chevy e-car unveiled; Fusion earns top honors

(The Associated Press) Spark intro General Motors unveiled its 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV (shown) at the L.A. Auto Show, which ends today. The all-electric car will go on sale in...

December 9, 2012 1 Comment

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2013 most fuel-efficient SUVs

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2013 model year.

December 7, 2012

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2013 most fuel-efficient vans and minivans

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2013 model year.

December 7, 2012

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2013 most fuel-efficient cars overall

Fuel-efficient cars by body style Best overall Sedans SUVs Trucks Compact cars Wagons Minivans/vans Sports cars Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet...

December 7, 2012 2 Comments

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2013 most fuel-efficient trucks

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2013 model year.

December 7, 2012

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2013 most fuel-efficient wagons

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2013 model year.

December 7, 2012

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2013 most fuel-efficient sedans

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2013 model year.

December 7, 2012

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2013 most fuel-efficient compact cars

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2013 model year.

December 7, 2012

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2013 most fuel-efficient sports cars

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2013 model year.

December 7, 2012 2 Comments

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Volvo's diesel plug-in a first; additional financing for e-car venture

(Volvo) Diesel hybrid Volvo has begun production of the new V60 plug-in hybrid -- the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid. Volvo is releasing 1,000 of the cars for model year...

December 2, 2012

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Fisker preps for new car line; Ford to debut 1-liter engine

(Fisker) Fisker expansion Electric-car maker Fisker Automotive says it plans to establish a new technical center in the Midwest to pave the way for development of its Atlantic model line....

November 25, 2012

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Bay Area driving on biofuel; Ford ups dealer certification for hybrid

(MCT Direct) Algae biofuel Drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area have become the first motorists in the nation to fill up their gas tanks with an algae-based biofuel. The...

November 18, 2012

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Tesla wins top award; more choose fuel-efficient cars

(Tesla) Tesla award Tesla's Model S has been chosen as the winner of Automobile Magazine's most prestigious award, "Automobile of the Year." The electric sedan beat out the Porsche 911,...

November 11, 2012

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London to get electric cabs; five Green Car finalists

(Byd) Electric cabs Chinese automaker BYD is sending 50 electric cabs to London in a boost to China's struggling makers of all-electric vehicles. BYD and cab company Green Tomato Cars...

November 4, 2012

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Gas cheaper but not cheap; first police trained in electric-car response

(The Associated Press) Gas prices Gasoline across the U.S. is cheaper after a week of rapid price declines, but it still isn't cheap. The national average for a gallon of...

October 28, 2012

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Hybrid Cadillac coming; Volvo's diesel hybrid arriving next year

(General Motors) Cadillac plug-in General Motors says it will begin production of the Cadillac ELR, a two-door, plug-in hybrid that uses Chevrolet Volt-like technology, late next year. It will be...

October 21, 2012 3 Comments

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More hybrid systems from Honda; Nissan offers Leaf discounts

(Honda) Honda hybrids Honda recently announced it will soon have three separate hybrid systems with up to three electric motors. The company is adding a new two-motor system to challenge...

October 14, 2012

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GM discounts Volt; California gets Tesla chargers

(The Associated Press) Volt discounts General Motors is discounting the Chevrolet Volt more than four times the industry's per-vehicle average, according to TrueCar.com, an auto-pricing website. Edmunds.com and J.D. Power...

October 7, 2012

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Japan gets more minicars; BMW works on first electric vehicles

(Suzuki) Japan minicars With the end of the Japanese government's subsidy program for eco-friendly vehicles approaching, competition among low-priced minivehicles has been intensifying. Suzuki started selling its new Wagon R...

September 30, 2012

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Hybrid Range Rover and fuel-economy standards

(Land Rover) Hybrid Range Rover Land Rover has announced it will build a hybrid Range Rover for production late in 2013 — but there are no plans to bring it...

September 23, 2012

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Honda introduces all-electric mode; port electric trucks debut

(Honda) Hybrid accord Set to go on sale early next year, the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid sedan will be able to run in all-electric mode for 10 to 15...

September 16, 2012

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Supercar to get 69 mpg on diesel; Volt production on hold

(Trident) Diesel supercar British supercar maker Trident has announced it will manufacture a diesel-powered car, the Iceni Grand Tourer, that the company says will get 69 mpg and reach top...

September 9, 2012 7 Comments

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Ford app makes charging easier; Shell opens demo hydrogen station

(Ford) Charging app Owners of the Ford Focus Electric can use the MyFord Mobile iPhone app to check the state of their charge and enable a value-charging mode. It can...

September 2, 2012

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Interest in hybrids rises; grant to bolster battery research

(Honda) Hybrid interest One-third of car owners (32 percent) report they have an interest in purchasing a hybrid vehicle, and 23 percent say that their interest in hybrids has increased...

August 26, 2012

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Tesla, Toyota team for RAV4; new battery could extend EV range

(Toyota) Electric RAV4 Toyota will soon be releasing the second-generation RAV4 EV — a collaboration with electric-carmaker Tesla — in California. The all-electric SUV has a driving range of about...

August 19, 2012

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The Cadillac of gardens; C-Max Energi to get 20 miles of e-power

(General Motors) Cadillac garden General Motors has partnered with a number of organizations on a new community garden in southwest Detroit at the site of a former parking lot. The...

August 12, 2012

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Goodyear tests soybean tires; France takes aim at green cars

(Goodyear) Soybean tires Goodyear is testing tires made with soybean oil as it tries to cut its use of petroleum and extend tread life. The company says the tread on...

August 5, 2012

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Hybrid sales stay hot; Latest e-car can fold to 5 feet long

(Toyota) Hybrid sales Even with gas prices declining, sales of hybrid and electric cars surged more than 164 percent in June, according to Kelley Blue Book. Sales of the Lexus...

July 29, 2012 1 Comment

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Audi electric sets speed record; C-Max fuel numbers top Prius v

(Audi) Track test The Audi R8 e-tron recently set a world record for a production vehicle with an electric drive system on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife track in Germany. Audi...

July 22, 2012

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Site tells time to break even on a hybrid; engines keep shrinking

(fueleconomy.gov) Hybrid spending A new website from the U.S. Department of Energy helps answer the question: How long do you have to own a hybrid before the money you save...

July 15, 2012

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Honda leads in rare earths recycling; a test track for green fleets

(Honda) Rare Earths recycling Honda has announced it will start recycling rare earth metals and other key materials in hybrid auto batteries this year. Japan is dependent on imports, mostly...

July 8, 2012

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GM plant is 'landfill-free'; Toyota Avalon gets a hybrid version

Employee Eddie Mora moves a stack of pallets bound for recycling at the GM plant in Lansing, Mich. (General Motors) Landfill-free General Motors recently announced that its 100th facility...

July 1, 2012

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Hybrid Audi wins Le Mans; Toyota prepping low-cost EV

(The Associated Press) Hybrid win For the first time ever, a car using hybrid technology won the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. The Audi No. 1 car, an...

June 24, 2012

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Volt's mileage goes up; movement in electric-battery technology

(General Motors) Volt mileage boost General Motors' changes to the battery of the Chevrolet Volt will extend the 2013 model's range beyond Toyota's plug-in Prius in miles-per-gallon equivalent. GM says...

June 17, 2012

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Fit EV takes mpg title; Hertz adds Jetta TDI to rental line-up

(The Associated Press) Fit leads in mileage The Honda Fit electric car has received the highest fuel-efficiency rating ever from the Environmental Protection Agency. Honda says the 2013 subcompact received...

June 10, 2012 1 Comment

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State's electric highway stretch opens; Prius sales soar

(Associated Press file photo) I-5 chargers Seven electric-car charging stations have opened along the Washington leg of the West Coast electric highway on I-5. The stations are in Blaine, Bellingham,...

June 3, 2012

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Telsa sedan ahead of schedule; Ford taking orders for C-Max

Tesla deliveries Tesla says it will begin delivering its first mass-production electric car — the high-end Model S (shown) — to customers starting June 22, about a month ahead...

May 27, 2012

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Pricing released for electric RAV4, C-Max hybrid

(Toyota) RAV4 pricing Toyota has announced that the electric version of its RAV4 SUV will cost $49,800 when it goes on sale this summer. That's more than double the $22,650...

May 20, 2012

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Coda plans world's cheapest EV; VW plant given 'green' award

(Coda Automotive) Coda partnership Coda, an electric-car maker based in California, has signed a contract with China's Great Wall Motor Company to co-develop an all-electric vehicle for worldwide distribution. The...

May 13, 2012

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Oregon e-highway grows; Escape leads class in efficiency

A fast-charging station in Central Point, Ore., is one of 10 along I-5 in the state. (AP) Oregon charging Two new fast-charging stations for electric cars are up and running...

May 6, 2012

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Kelley's pick for 'green' cars; Mercedes ramps up e-car tech

(Mitsubishi) Green picks Kelly Blue Book has announced its picks for the 10 Best Green Cars of 2012. The list of fuel-efficient vehicles: 1. Toyota Prius c 2. Nissan Leaf...

April 29, 2012

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Record hybrid/electric sales in March; retention struggles

(Toyota). Record hybrid sales Americans are buying record numbers of hybrid and electric cars as gas prices climb and new models arrive in showrooms, giving the vehicles their greatest share...

April 22, 2012

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Mercedes take Green Car award; Mazda6 to get SKYACTIV

(Mercedes-Benz) World Green Car The Mercedes-Benz S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY was named World Green Car of the Year at the ongoing New York auto show. The "clean diesel" luxury sedan...

April 15, 2012

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Americans cut gas usage; fuel-efficient cars sell well in March

(The Associated Press) Pumping less Americans have bought less gas every week for the past year. During those 52 weeks, gasoline consumption dropped by 4.2 billion gallons, or 3 percent,...

April 8, 2012 2 Comments

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Prius c's early sales boom; AAA adds e-chargers to maps

(Toyota) Prius c sales Toyota's Prius c, a small five-door hatchback, sold 1,201 units in its first three days on the market. It went on sale March 12. The compact...

April 1, 2012

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First Coda rolls off the line; Oregon's electric highway opens

(Coda) Coda assembly The first all-electric Coda sedan rolled off the assembly line in Benicia, Calif., this month. Coda, which is based in Los Angeles, manufactures most of the vehicle's...

March 25, 2012 2 Comments

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Compact cars see sales boost; Leaf now available everywhere

Compacts, such as the Honda Civic, are up in sales. (Honda) Compact sales boost Market share for small and subcompact cars is growing in conjunction with rising gas prices. According...

March 11, 2012

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Telsa to power a Mercedes car; Chevy Volt production

(Tesla) Tesla-Mercedes partnership Electric car company Tesla Motors will provide the powertrain for a new Mercedes-Benz vehicle, the company recently announced. Tesla will provide the battery packs, motor, gearbox, inverter...

March 4, 2012

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Ford hybrid wins Green Car award; fuel economy high

Ford win The Ford C-Max Energi was named Green Car Journal's 2012 Green Car Vision Award winner at the Washington Auto Show last month. The plug-in hybrid is due...

February 26, 2012

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Kia unveils electric cars; Ford weaves plastic into fabric

Kia electrics Kia displayed its first two electric vehicles for the first time in North America at last month's Consumer Electronics Show. The Ray EV (left) was launched in...

February 19, 2012

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First Honda Fit EVs delivered; California cuts emissions

(Honda) First fits The first of the all-electric 2013 Honda Fit EVs have been delivered to Google, Stanford University and the city of Torrance, Calif., in advance of the public...

February 12, 2012

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Volt safety and 'clean' diesel sales

(General Motors) Volt safety The government has ended its safety investigation into the Chevrolet Volt, concluding that the Volt and other electric cars don't pose a greater fire risk than...

February 5, 2012

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Leaf sales expected to double; Mazda SUV is fuel sipper

(Nissan) Leaf expectations Nissan expects that U.S. sales of the electric Leaf will double to at least 20,000 this year as the car goes on sale in more states. The...

January 29, 2012

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Hyundai gives lifetime guarantee; Prius reigns in Japan

(Hyundai) Battery guarantee Hyundai announced at the Detroit auto show last week that it will offer a lifetime replacement guarantee for the hybrid batteries in its Sonata gas-electric hybrid (shown)....

January 22, 2012

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2012 most fuel-efficient vans and minivans

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2012 model year.

January 19, 2012

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2012 most fuel-efficient SUVs

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2012 model year.

January 19, 2012

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2012 most fuel-efficient cars overall

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2012 model year.

January 19, 2012 1 Comment

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2012 most fuel-efficient compact cars

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2012 model year.

January 19, 2012 1 Comment

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2012 most fuel-efficient sedans

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2012 model year.

January 19, 2012

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2012 most fuel-efficient wagons

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2012 model year.

January 19, 2012

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2012 most fuel-efficient trucks

Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your wallet and on the planet. The following cars are ranked by city and highway mpg based on the Environmental Protection Agency's Fuel Economy Guide for the 2012 model year.

January 19, 2012

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Ford aiming to cut water use; Volt battery to get upgrades

(The Associated Press) Water conservation Ford is setting a goal to cut the amount of water used to make each vehicle by 30 percent globally by 2015, compared with the...

January 15, 2012

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Work starts on Electric Highway; an e-car tax credit expires

(The Associated Press) Highway work The first fast-charging station in the Washington's "Electric Highway" is being installed at the Sehome Village Shopping Center in Bellingham. The remainder of the electric-car...

January 8, 2012

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Nissan batteries withstand test; Smart to debut mini truck

(Nissan) Durability test Nissan inadvertently gained some valuable insight into the durability of its electric car, the Leaf, when about two dozen of them were destroyed in the tsunami that...

January 1, 2012

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'Green' tires and fuel-efficient Car of Year finalists

(Volkswagen) Lighter tread Japanese tire manufacturers released prototypes at this month's Tokyo auto show of two "green" tires. Bridgestone's new "air-free" tire uses a meshlike resin on the sides of...

December 25, 2011

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VW plant is world's greenest; Toyota and BMW join forces

(Volkswagen) Cleanest plant Volkswagen's new 1,400-acre plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., was recently rated as the cleanest and most energy-efficient car-manufacturing site in the world by the U.S. Green Building Council....

December 18, 2011

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Mitsubishi EV tops efficiency list; Idaho may get bus plant

(Mitsubishi) Fuel efficiency leader The 2012 Mitsubishi i electric vehicle has been rated the fuel-economy leader in the EPA's annual Fuel Economy Guide. The all-electric car was EPA-rated 112 combined/126...

December 11, 2011

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Honda Fit goes electric; Ford Evos to make high-tech debut

(Honda) Electric Fit The electric version of the Honda Fit subcompact (shown) debuted at last week's Los Angeles Auto Show. It's expected to go around 100 miles on a charge....

December 4, 2011

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Green Car of the Year; fuel efficiency savings at the pump

(Honda) Car of the year The Honda Civic Natural Gas was named 2012 Green Car of the Year by GreenCar Journal at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week. It's...

November 27, 2011

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Headline: One-of-a-kind electric Rolls, CODA headquarters

(Rolls-Royce) Rolls tour Rolls Royce is nearing the end of an eight-month world tour of its 102EX -- a converted all-electric Phantom (shown). Rolls-Royce has taken the vehicle to...

November 20, 2011

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Ford's new front seat, luxury car event

Seat engineer Mike Kolich shows off the inner structure of Ford's new global seat. (Ford) New seats for Ford cars around the world When it goes on sale next...

November 20, 2011

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E-Focus on sale and museum show on history of electric cars

photo credit: Ford E-Focus on sale Ford is taking orders at ford.com for its new electric Focus (shown), which is now on sale in Seattle and other regions. The...

November 13, 2011

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BMW 5-series hybrid, Willie Nelson tour goes 'green'

(BMW) 5-Series hybrid BMW has announced a third production hybrid on the heels of the ActiveHybrid 6 and 7 models. The midsize ActiveHybrid 5 sedan (shown) is expected to get...

November 6, 2011

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'Back to the Future' e-car; tall tires for BMW

(Delorean) Great scott! DeLorean is planning an electric version of its iconic DMC-12 gull-wing car for 2013. The electric version (shown) will have the same styling as the "Back to...

October 30, 2011

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Electric Spark and car parts made from ... coconuts?

(General Motors) Electric spark General Motors will launch an all-electric version of its Chevrolet Spark minicar in 2013, the company says, bringing the automaker back to the pure-electric market for...

October 23, 2011

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Paris electric car share and a new e-motorcycle

(The Associated Press) Paris car share Paris has begun a two-month testing phase on one of the world's largest electric car-sharing programs. Autolib', named after the city's Velib' bike-sharing system,...

October 16, 2011

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Electric BMW brand and an air-powered car

(BMW) Electric brand BMW has created the "i" sub-brand for its electric vehicles, which will bear a BMW emblem with a blue ring around it. The first vehicles in the...

October 9, 2011 1 Comment

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Waste reduction at Honda, e-car record for Toyota

Honda auto workers inspect side panels at the company's Alabama plant. (Honda) Waste reduction Ten of Honda's North American factories have become virtually waste-free, producing 1.8 pounds of waste per...

October 2, 2011

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Electric Rolls-Royce and a cheaper charger

(Rolls-Royce) Luxury e-car Rolls-Royce unveiled its first electric vehicle, the 102EX (shown), at the Frankfurt auto show this month. The luxury vehicle has an electric power-train engine and is based...

September 25, 2011

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Volvo's new line of electric cars, Chrysler's 8-speed automatic

(Volvo) Volvo electric Volvo is joining forces with Germany's Siemens AG toe develop of a new line of electric cars. Volvo, owned by China's Geely Holding Group, says Siemens will...

September 18, 2011

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Charging stations in Oregon and recycled bumpers by Mazda

(The Associated Press) Travel boost Oregon has received a $2 million federal grant that will finance 22 fast-charging stations in smaller cities in the northwestern corner of the state. The...

September 11, 2011

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Truck hybrids and tiny Volkswagens

Takeshi Uchiyamada, a Toyota executive vice president, speaks at the announcement of a Ford and Toyota partnership. (Paul Sancya / The Associated Press) Truck hybrids Ford and Toyota aren't speculating...

September 4, 2011

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Fisker Karma e-sports car and fuel-efficient Ford Explorer

(Wheelbase Communications) Good karma Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio will be the first recipient in the U.S. of a Fisker Karma range-extended electric sports car. Fisker, which has had...

August 28, 2011

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Self-inflating tires and fuel-efficient vehicle industry growth

(The Associated Press) Self-inflating tires Goodyear says its experimental Air Maintenance Technology will enable tires to remain inflated at the optimum pressure without the need for external pumps or electronics....

August 21, 2011

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Letterman drives electric Focus -- onstage, plus new fuel standards

Fuel standards By the time the Obama administration's new fuel standards take effect, the government expects gas-electric hybrids to make up about half the lineup of new vehicles, with...

August 14, 2011

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Roadside e-vehicle charges, Castrol Enviro-Packs

(AAA) Roadside charge Seattle is one of six cities AAA has picked for a pilot program to offer a roadside-assistance truck with the capability to charge electric vehicles. The motor...

August 7, 2011

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Diesel Chevrolet Cruze and Toyota hybrid truck on the way

(General Motors) Diesel cruzing The Chevrolet Cruze (2011 model shown) will get around 50 mpg when a diesel version is introduced in 2013. That mileage will rival gas-electric hybrids. Though...

July 31, 2011

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Top hybrids and electric race

(Ford) Top hybrids The Toyota Prius and Honda Civic hybrid were ranked as the top vehicles (non-luxury segment) in the Union of Concerned Scientists' annual review of hybrid vehicles. The...

July 24, 2011

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Clean, green taxis and 'smart' e-car charging standard

(Ford) Clean machines Those hailing a cab in Los Angeles or Chicago might get to ride in a Ford Transit Connect Taxi powered by compressed natural gas (shown). Two taxi...

July 17, 2011

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Electric Cygnet from Aston Martin, fuel economy more important now to buyers

(Aston Martin) Small luxury Luxury-car maker Aston Martin is readying an electric version of its gas-powered Cygnet (shown) for release in 2013. The zero-emissions car -- based on the Toyota...

July 10, 2011 2 Comments

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'Green' theme in 'Cars 2' movie; UPS tests lighter-weight trucks

(Disney/Pixar) Movie star "Green" car fans may have a new mascot in "Cars 2" character Miles Axelrod (shown above). The ex-oil baron, voiced by Eddie Izzard, was once a gas-guzzler...

July 3, 2011

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Plug-free charge and Volt expansion

(Evatran) Plug-free charge A charging system called Plugless Power wants to lose the cords needed to re-boost your electric car. How it works: A vehicle parks above a floor-mounted parking...

June 26, 2011

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Charge your e-car for free while you shop; government gets e-fleet

(The Associated Press) Shopping bonus Electric-car owners can "fill up" for free while they shop at The Outlet Shoppes at Burlington. The shopping center has installed chargers for electric vehicles....

June 19, 2011

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Disaster relief and green ratings for vehicles

(Ford) Disaster relief Oil-soaked booms from the Gulf of Mexico will be used to create a year's worth of air-deflecting baffles for the Chevrolet Volt. General Motors will reuse 227...

June 12, 2011

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Ford's EcoBoost engine; Chevrolet's lighter spare tire

(Ford) Ford efficiency Ford F-150 buyers are increasingly opting for the EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 engine (shown). It offers horsepower comparable to a V-8, but is 20 percent more fuel efficient...

June 5, 2011

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Hybrid Jaguar and cupholders made of dandelions

(Jaguar) Hybrid jaguar Jaguar is entering the hybrid market with the C-X75. The supercar's boosted gas engine and two electric motors allow it to reach 200 mph and travel around...

May 29, 2011

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Higher-efficiency Hondas and increasing interest in diesels

(Honda) Higher efficiency The 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid (pictured) has a more efficient, lighter lithium-ion battery pack. The new Civic gets 44 mpg city and highway, compared to 40 and...

May 22, 2011

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New lightweight material, Prius hits million mark, Cruze sales up

Lighter load It's light, easily formed and getting the attention of several automakers. Nimbus GII, a new material from Federal-Mogul Corporation, is built with two thin corrugated aluminum sheets...

May 15, 2011

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Eco-marathon winner and 92-foot-long buses

MPG champ A team from Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, won the Internal Combustion First Prize with a best run of 2,564.8 miles per gallon in the Prototype class...

May 8, 2011

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Reducing emissions from commercial trucks; charging station for Wash.

Idle power The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Auxiliary Power Unit from Delphi Automotive for its potential to reduce diesel emissions from heavy-duty...

May 1, 2011

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Buick LaCrosse gets hybrid system; Google Maps to show charging spots

(General Motors) Electric push The 2012 Buick LaCrosse midsize sedan, pictured, will feature a hybrid-style system called eAssist that uses regenerative braking, an electric motor, lithium-ion batteries and other changes...

April 24, 2011

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Mitsubishi's i-MiEV coming this fall; Think City e-car in production

Electric focus Mitsubishi is dropping the gas-powered Galant, Eclipse and Endeavor by 2013 in order to ramp up production of six new plug-in hybrid and battery-electric models by 2015....

April 17, 2011

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Hydraulic hybrid powertrains for Chrysler; charging stations for Hawaii

(Wheelbase Communications) Thinking big Chrysler has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a project to design and develop a hydraulic hybrid powertrain system that's suitable for large passenger...

April 10, 2011

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Antique hybrid from Porsche and diesel-powered Chevy Cruze sedan

Antique hybrid Porsche has recreated what it calls the world's first functional hybrid-electric vehicle -- the Porsche Semper Vivus -- first created in 1900. Painstakingly built over the past...

April 3, 2011

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Green F-CELLs visit Seattle; demand for hybrids

(John Merrill) Green cells The Mercedez-Benz F-CELL World Drive made a stop in Seattle March 18, the final stop for North America before the drive continues in Australia. The three...

March 27, 2011

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Chinese dual mode car from BYD and the first 'green' Buick

(New York Times News Service) Dual mode Part electric car, part hybrid, the BYD F3DM (pictured) is a Chinese car expected to go on sale in the U.S. next year....

March 20, 2011

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Battery-powered BMWs and the first CODA e-car are coming down the road

(BMW) I duo BMW will create a sub-brand known as BMW i to market a line of battery-powered cars starting in 2013. At least two models will be introduced: a...

March 13, 2011

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Federal tax credits for electric cars; Zero's e-motorcycles

(Infiniti) Federal push President Obama's goal of 1 million electric cars on the road within the next four years is achievable, according to an administration report. But there may be...

March 6, 2011 1 Comment

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Diesel fuel news and hybrid Porsche debuts

(AUDI) Synthetic diesel fuel news Synthetic diesel fuel has powered an Audi A3 TDI (pictured) in a drive from California to Washington, D.C., and back. Rentech Inc.'s RenDiesel fuel is...

February 27, 2011 1 Comment

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E-car bills and electric racing series

(The Associated Press) E-car bills Two new bills have been introduced to help promote electric vehicle sales. One proposes to more than double the per-manufacturer cap of electric vehicles that...

February 20, 2011

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The Volts are coming, and so is a Tesla SUV

(General Motors) Volt rush General Motors plans to have Chevrolet Volts in all participating dealerships nationwide by the end of this year, accelerating the launch of its extended-range electric car....

February 13, 2011

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Electric Mazda2 subcompact and taxis that run on natural gas

(Mazda) Mazda electric Mazda will begin leasing its electric Mazda2 subcompact in Japan in spring 2012, its first foray into the burgeoning electric market. It will have a driving range...

February 6, 2011

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Chrysler testing hybrid minivan, Toyota developing new e-motor

The current Chrysler Town & Country. (Chrysler) Hybrid minivan Chrysler recently announced that it's testing a hydraulic hybrid system in a minivan as part of a partnership with the Environmental...

January 30, 2011 1 Comment

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Chrysler 300 sedan will get 30 mpg; BYD's electric car is coming

(Chrysler) 30 for 300 Chrysler says it will put an eight-speed automatic transmission in its all-new 300 luxury sedan that will push the big car to 30 mpg on the...

January 23, 2011

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Volt gadget chargers; fuel-efficiency failure fines

(General Motors) Charge to go General Motors is partnering with Powermat, a company that sells cordless charging units for phones and other gadgets, and is planning to install the devices...

January 16, 2011 1 Comment

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Paris to test restrictions on SUVs; GM to expand Volt market

(Thinkstock) Paris restrictions Paris may say "non!" to SUVs. The City of Light is planning to test restrictions on gas-guzzling vehicles, likely including SUVs and old diesel cars, as part...

January 9, 2011

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Electric rentals are Smart; Hawaii says aloha to hydrogen stations

(Smart) Electric rentals Hertz recently started offering the electric version of the tiny Smart fortwo for rent in New York, with rentals in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco coming this...

January 2, 2011 1 Comment

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First Volts and Leafs delivered; Hybrids too quiet to be safe?

The first Chevy Volt sits at the Gearhart Chevrolet showroom in New Jersey. (John Bell / The Associated Press) Deliveries begin The first hybrid electric Chevrolet Volt and all-electric Nissan...

December 26, 2010 3 Comments

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Leaf ratings and hope for an E-popemobile

(The Associated Press) Leaf ratings The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that the Nissan Leaf will get the equivalent of 99 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving....

December 19, 2010 1 Comment

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Ford will lead 40 club, Kia introduces Optima hybrid

(Ford) Ford's 40 club Ford plans to have four vehicles that get 40 mpg or better available in 2011, more than any other major automaker. Three 2011 models are included...

December 12, 2010

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Nissan plans more electric cars, Mitsubishi debuts the 'i'

(Nissan) Nissan plans The Renault-Nissan automotive alliance said recently that it plans to produce and sell 500,000 electric vehicles a year around the globe by the end of 2013. Company...

December 5, 2010 1 Comment

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Gas mileage increase; the Focus Electric

(Thinkstock) Mileage uptick The Environmental Protection Agency says new cars and trucks sold to U.S. consumers averaged 22.4 miles per gallon in the 2009 model year, an increase over the...

November 28, 2010

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Green car of the year, Panasonic invests in Tesla

Green car of year The Chevrolet Volt was named 2011 Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show Thursday. It's the first electric vehicle to win...

November 21, 2010

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Infiniti hybrid and electric car rentals

(Infiniti) Infiniti hybrid Infiniti's M35 Hybrid four-door sedan is due to the U.S. in 2011, and testing on the luxury vehicle is already underway in Japan. The M35h, the automaker's...

November 14, 2010 2 Comments

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Honda is world's greenest automaker; Chevrolet Volt charger for home

Vehicles like the hybrid Insight helped Honda's "green" ranking. (Honda) World's greenest Honda has been named Greenest Automaker in the world for the fifth consecutive year by the Union of...

November 7, 2010

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Mileage rules for automakers, Honda's new Fit hybrid

(Thinkstock) Mileage rules The government recently suggested that automakers could be required to build fleets that average between 47 and 62 mpg by 2025. The Obama administration intends to issue...

October 24, 2010

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Nissan LEAF to visit Seattle Nov. 12-14; Infiniti unveils a luxury electric model

(Nissan) LEAF tour Nissan has reached its goal of 20,000 reservations for its Leaf electric vehicle, just ahead of the start of its "Drive Electric Tour." The 23-city tour will...

October 17, 2010

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The future: Electric Chevy Cruze and eco 'baby' Land Rover

The gas-powered Cruze goes on sale this year in the U.S. (General Motors) GM electrics General Motors says it will launch a test fleet of electric cars in South Korea...

October 10, 2010

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Audi to offer hybrid variant in every car; Chevy Volt goes farther on battery power

(Audi) Audi hybrids Audi is planning to offer a hybrid variant in every one of its vehicles as the company takes advantage of parent Volkswagen's fuel-saving technology. The expansion would...

October 3, 2010

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Falling (Nissan) Leafs and a new Toyota Scion

(Nissan) Falling Leafs Although Washington state is an initial sales market for the Nissan Leaf, you likely won't see many on the streets after production begins in December. The company...

September 26, 2010

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Automotive X Prize winners for highly efficient, production-ready vehicles

The Very Light Car No. 98 (Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize). X Prize winners Three ultra-efficient cars split the $10 million Automotive X Prize, a contest to develop highly efficient,...

September 19, 2010

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i-MiEV will be priced competitively; Honda Civic Hybrid will be improved

(Mitsubishi) i-MiEV pricing When Mitsubishi debuts its i-MiEV electric city car in the U.S. at the beginning of next year, the company says it wants it priced below $30,000 before...

September 12, 2010

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Two new hybrids: Honda CR-Z coupe and Fiat with 'TwinAir' engine

(Honda) Ad campaign A high-tech advertising blitz is set to begin for the 2011 Honda CR-Z, a two-seat hybrid coupe. Along with ads in 3-D on television, the CR-Z will...

September 5, 2010

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Nissan Leaf attracts new customers; Mercedes plans sporty compact car

(Nissan) New customers Nissan has accepted 14,000 orders for its Leaf electric vehicle -- 90 percent of which are from buyers who don't own a Nissan product. The reservations --...

August 29, 2010

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Wired Tesla and Toyota with four electric motors

(Tesla) Wired Tesla The upcoming Tesla Model S (shown above) will feature 4G cellular Internet access and text-to-speech software. CEO Elon Musk also says Tesla will allow third-party software developers...

August 22, 2010

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Solar NASCAR racetrack, Prius anniversary and hybrid Porsche Spyder

A field of solar panels at Pocono Raceway, in Long Pond, Pa. (Matt Slocum / The Associated Press) Solar raceway Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania has the flipped the switch on...

August 15, 2010

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Volkswagen electric cars are coming; Want Volt, will travel

(Volkswagen) VW electrics Volkswagen says it will release a range of hybrid and electric vehicles that will account for 3 percent of its global sales by 2018. VW will introduce...

August 8, 2010 1 Comment

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Honda Fit hybrid coming next year, Chevrolet Volt provides long battery warranty

A hybrid Fit will be released next year. (Honda) Honda electric Honda recently announced that it will start selling an electric vehicle as well as a plug-in hybrid in 2012...

August 1, 2010

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It's electric: Quiet, zero-emission electric scooter and electric RAV4 SUV

Electric scooter Yamaha is targeting fashionable green-minded Japanese consumers with a new electric scooter designed for short city commutes. The $2,700 EC-03, shown to reporters last week, is zero-emission...

July 25, 2010 1 Comment

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Toshiba will make car batteries; Chevrolet Volt will roll out in 2011

More batteries It makes batteries for laptops and cell phones, and soon Japanese electronics maker Toshiba will be supplying power for cars. The company plans to be making a...

July 18, 2010

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Buick Volt may come in 2012; Prius and Fusion boost hybrid sales

(General Motors) Buick Volt? General Motors is planning to adapt the Chevrolet Volt platform for China under the Buick banner, and now says it may do the same in North...

July 11, 2010

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Noise added to Nissan Leaf; Free Volt chargers

(Nissan) Added noise With advocates for pedestrians and the blind warning that hybrid and electric cars could catch strollers unaware, the designers of the Nissan Leaf have added sound effects...

July 4, 2010

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Porsche considering producing hybrid, Audi speeding production of A2

(Porsche) Porsche hybrid Porsche is considering a limited production run of its 700-plus horsepower 918 Spyder hybrid concept car for next year's 24-hour Nurburgring race, an event that is often...

June 27, 2010

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Fuel-efficiency costs calculated and BMW hybrids in the works

(iStock) Efficiency costs A federal report has calculated the price of boosting fuel-efficiency in cars and light trucks. The study, from the National Academies of Science, found fuel consumption in...

June 20, 2010

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Ford offers free charging stations for vans; China subsidizes green vehicles

(Ford) Free chargers Ford says it will provide free charging stations to nearly 4,600 of its first Transit Connect Electric van customers. Under the program, residents, businesses and municipalities in...

June 13, 2010 1 Comment

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Nissan Leaf sold out for the year; NYPD doubles hybrid-electric fleet

Leaf sellout Nissan Leaf pre-orders have reached 19,000, meaning that the car is sold out for this year and that the company might stop taking reservations, says Nissan's chief...

June 6, 2010

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Go for an online ride in the new Lexus hybrid; Chevy Volt minivan is coming

Driving star Lexus has released an online, interactive film to promote its new hybrid, the CT 200h. "Dark Ride" puts you in the action via webcam and a Facebook...

May 30, 2010 2 Comments

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Electric two-seaters from CT&T and hydrogen tubes to fuel cars

Hawaii plant South Korean electric car manufacturer CT&T plans to build an assembly plant in Hawaii to produce small two-seaters that reach speeds up to 40 mph. The company...

May 23, 2010

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Hybrid Karma tour stops in Bellevue in June; FedEx tests electric trucks

Fisker tour Fisker is on the road with its plug-in hybrid Karma model for a publicity tour spanning 42 cities in the U.S. and Canada. The sports car is...

May 16, 2010

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Highway-capable electric vehicles; trucks powered by natural gas

Think debut Electric-car company Think announced it will begin selling its Think City in New York City later this year, with select cities to follow soon after. The Think...

May 9, 2010

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Electric scooter from Honda; Green RV of the Year

Honda scooter The green fad in Japan is expanding from cars to bikes with Honda's new zero-emission electric EV-neo scooter. Honda plans to start leasing the scooters -- the...

May 2, 2010 2 Comments

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Mazda offers tiny subcompact; GM electric car travels on battery power

Mazda compact Mazda says it will sell its new subcompact, the Mazda2, for a starting price of $13,980 when it arrives in showrooms this summer. The company also announced...

April 25, 2010

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Hyundai Sonata hybrid and Chevrolet Cruze Eco unveiled at New York auto show

Sonata hybrid Hyundai unveiled a gas-electric hybrid version of its popular Sonata midsize sedan at the New York auto show this month. The 2011 model will get an estimated...

April 18, 2010

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Porsche hybrid goes up to 40 miles on pure electric; British loan for Ford

(Porsche) Porsche hybrid Porsche unveiled its first production hybrid, the Cayenne S Hybrid SUV, at the ongoing New York auto show. It has a combined power output of 380 horsepower...

April 11, 2010

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Electric Fiat minicar confirmed for 2012 and battery packs for rent

Chrysler's electric Fiat 500 (Associated Press) Fiat confirmed Chrysler's new Italian management has confirmed it will build a fully electric Fiat 500 minicar to sell in the U.S. in 2012....

April 4, 2010

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New Lexus on its way to North America; future GM trucks and SUVs will be hybrids

Lexus addition Lexus recently confirmed that the CT 200h premium hybrid hatchback, shown recently at the Geneva auto show, will be headed to North America. The car (shown above)...

March 28, 2010

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Porsche's 911 hybrid uses flywheel to store electricity; new Mustang gets 31 mpg

Porsche 911 GT3 RS hybrid (Associated Press) Porsche flywheel Porsche debuted its 911 GT3 RS hybrid, which uses a flywheel rather than batteries to store electricity, at the Geneva auto...

March 21, 2010 7 Comments

Porsche 911

Hertz to offer electric Nissan Leaf as rental; Infiniti considers diesel expansion

Leaf rental Hertz will become the first major North American rental company to offer a fully electric vehicle as part of its regular fleet when it adds the Nissan...

March 14, 2010

Maxima

BMW's eco-supercar could hit the market by 2013; GM invests in its Ecotec engine

BMW supercar BMW is moving forward with an eco-supercar based on the Vision EfficientDynamics concept (shown at right) shown at the Frankfurt auto show last September. The sports car,...

March 7, 2010

GMnext

Audi's scene-stealing T3 Series Electric Stand-up Vehicles; Mini's smaller SUV

Supporting actor The A3 TDI clean diesel may have gotten a pass from the Green Police in Audi's Super Bowl ad, but T3 Series Electric Stand-up Vehicles -- those...

February 28, 2010 1 Comment

Countryman

Electric cars may gain traction by 2030; BMW and Peugeot Citroen go green together

(Associated Press) Electric forecast A global analyst recently predicted electric vehicles (plug-in and battery powered) would make up 20 percent of the global auto market by 2030. HIS Global Insight...

February 21, 2010

BMW

Toyota and Acura plan hybrids for 2011; Toyota's may get 60 miles per gallon

Scion hybrid Toyota plans to introduce an electric-hybrid version of the tiny Scion iQ in 2011, aiming to create a vehicle that achieves 60 mpg for less than $20,000....

February 14, 2010

FCX

A tale of two electric cars: the 39-inch-wide Tango and a new, gas-free Ford Focus

Commuter Cars Corp. Skinny mini Spokane's Commuter Cars Corp. showed off its 39-inch-wide Tango at the Detroit auto show last month. The electric car has two tandem seats and can...

February 7, 2010 1 Comment

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Ford to create 1,000 jobs in EV program; Honda unveils 2011 CR-Z at auto show

Ford EV jobs Ford is investing $450 million and creating about 1,000 jobs in its electric vehicle program in southeast Michigan. The new jobs are mostly tied to advanced lithium...

January 31, 2010 1 Comment

Ford Focus

Government invests in fuel efficiency; South Korea to bring electric car to U.S.

Jupiter Images Efficiency funds The Obama administration recently announced $187 million in funding for nine projects designed to significantly increase fuel efficiency in heavy trucks and passenger vehicles. The nine...

January 24, 2010

Semi

Popularity of efficient vehicles grows; Nissan plans hybrid sports car

Jupiter Images Buying trends Americans bought more efficient cars and trucks in 2008 compared with a year earlier, and the same is expected when 2009 numbers are released, the U.S....

January 17, 2010

Nissan GT-R hybrid

China touts forthcoming all-electric sedan; Group addresses distracted driving

Associated Press Will this be China's year to enter U.S? For the second year, Chinese company BYD promised at the Detroit auto show that it will bring an all-electric sedan...

January 17, 2010

Texting while driving

All-electric models to debut at Detroit's North American International Auto Show

Volvo C30 Show debuts The North American International Auto Show in Detroit opens Jan. 11 with several new all-electric models on display. Three that will be unveiled: • An electric...

January 10, 2010

BMW Active E

VW unveils diesel-hybrid Up Lite; Hyundai takes lead in U.S. fuel efficiency

Wheelbase Communications Up Lite revealed Volkswagen unveiled the third variation of its Up city vehicle at the Los Angeles auto show last month. The Up Lite is based on the...

January 3, 2010 3 Comments

Gas pump

Turbine maker branches into autos; 2010 Green Car Vision Award nominees announced

Capstone Turbine supercar Turbine maker Capstone is promoting the use of microturbines in autos by building a hybrid supercar powered by what it calls "essentially an ultra-clean and quiet jet...

December 27, 2009 1 Comment

Capstone

2010's most fuel-efficient compact cars

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December 22, 2009 1 Comment

2010's most fuel-efficient sports cars

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December 22, 2009 3 Comments

2010's most fuel-efficient minivans and vans

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December 22, 2009

2010's most fuel-efficient wagons

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December 22, 2009

2010's most fuel-efficient trucks

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December 22, 2009

2010's most fuel-efficient SUVs

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December 22, 2009

2010's most fuel-efficient sedans

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December 22, 2009

2010's most fuel-efficient cars

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December 22, 2009 4 Comments

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Chevy Volt to debut in California next year; Hyundai guns for top fuel economy

Associated Press First market General Motors says the Chevrolet Volt electric car will go on sale late next year in California, with other markets to be announced soon. The Volt,...

December 20, 2009 1 Comment

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Initial public offering rumors surround Tesla; clean-diesel Audi wins green honors

Tesla Tesla IPO? Sources are saying electric carmaker Tesla Motors plans to file for an initial public stock offering in the near future, though the company has declined to comment....

December 13, 2009 6 Comments

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Garmin's navigation devices get green and Nissan readies for battery recycling

Eco download Garmin has added a function called ecoRoute to many of its car navigation devices that tracks your driving style with satellite signals in order to calculate fuel...

December 6, 2009 1 Comment

Ion battery

GM proceeds with electric Cadillac Converj; driving tax comes to the Netherlands

Converj a go General Motors says it will produce a production version of the Cadillac Converj concept. The Converj, which debuted in concept form at the 2009 Detroit auto...

November 29, 2009 1 Comment

Road tax

Toyota's electric vehicle is still on the drawing board; Ford plugs in next year

Associated Press Toyota debut The FT-EV II electric vehicle (right) that Toyota unveiled at last month's Tokyo Motor Show isn't the electric vehicle the company has promised to release by...

November 22, 2009 2 Comments

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WWU team is an X Prize finalist; luxury electric car line comes to former GM plant

X Prize finalists The Automotive X Prize organizers have cut the list of competitors for the $10 million contest by half. A team from Western Washington University joins 42...

November 15, 2009

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India's electric Reva to be built in the U.S. and Audi unveils clean-diesel model

Reva Electric merge Indian company Reva Electric Car Co. and New York company Bannon Automotive will join forces to start making electric cars at a New York factory by the...

November 8, 2009 3 Comments

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Infiniti enters the luxury hybrid market and the electric Smart fortwo gets closer

Infiniti steps in Infiniti, which so far has been absent from the luxury hybrid market, is about to take the plunge with its first hybrid, the 2012 Infiniti M35...

November 1, 2009

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Five finalists contend for top honors as the 2010 Green Car of the Year

Green Car awards The five finalists for the 2010 Green Car of the Year award, sponsored by Green Car Journal, have been announced. The prize will be awarded at...

October 25, 2009

Honda Insight

Fisker gets federal loans to develop hybrid and Daimler unveils new green models

Fisker loans Fisker Automotive, a California manufacturer of luxury electric vehicles, will receive more than $500 million in federal loans to develop a new plug-in hybrid vehicle to be...

October 18, 2009 5 Comments

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Volkswagen introduces two green cars and Fiat and Peugeot reduce CO2 emissions

VW debuts Volkswagen unveiled two green cars at last month's Frankfurt Auto Show. The L1 (right) is a two-seat hybrid concept that could get about around 240 mpg with...

October 11, 2009 2 Comments

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Audi unveils electric car plans and Germany's Trabant gets model treatment

Audi electric Audi unveiled plans for an electric car at last month's Frankfurt Auto Show. The e-tron, a fully electric high-performance sports car still in development, will be a...

October 4, 2009

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Europe to get another electric car option and Nissan adopts methanol fuel cells

European i-MieV Peugeot and Mitsubishi have agreed to launch an electric car in Europe by the end of 2010, the companies say. The French and Japanese carmakers say the...

September 27, 2009

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Mercedes tests hydrogen fuel-cell model and three's company in future Smart car

Mercedes-Benz Water power Following General Motors and Honda into a hydrogen fuel-cell future, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its B-Class F-CELL, a car that converts hydrogen into electricity. The company plans to...

September 20, 2009

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Honda looks toward an electric future and traffic congestion rises nationwide

Honda electric Honda plans to introduce electric vehicles in the U.S. early next decade, after focusing so far only on gas-electric hybrids. The company is building an all-electric prototype...

September 13, 2009 1 Comment

Traffic

BMW revisits smaller engines and Ford's electric cars will 'talk' to power grids

BMW engines BMW hasn't offered a four-cylinder model in the U.S. since 1999, but it will bring back the smaller engines to meet tightening government emission regulations. BMW did...

September 6, 2009 1 Comment

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Lamborghini considers a hybrid model and Volvo unveils its plug-in coupe

Hybrid Lambos? Lamborghini's CEO Stephan Winkelmann has suggested that the future of the Italian supercar manufacturer will include hybrid models, both in an effort to boost power and to...

August 30, 2009

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Buick readies a hybrid SUV and diesel-powered Smart cars may be coming to America

General Motors Buick hybrid General Motors will introduce a Buick crossover SUV powered by a plug-in rechargeable system in 2011. The new midsize vehicle will run on a combination of...

August 23, 2009 2 Comments

For Two

Ford introduces soy-foam seats and Lexus sets the price of its luxury hybrid

Soy seats Ford has a long history using of soy-based products in its vehicles, and it latest product -- soy foam -- recently won a 2009 R&D 100 Award...

August 16, 2009

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Commercial trucks are big on electric power and a green ride breaks a speed record

Smith Electric Vehicles Electric trucking Coca-Cola, Staples, Frito-Lay and AT&T were among the companies that received Smith Newtons -- the world's largest commercially available battery-electric-powered truck -- last month at...

August 9, 2009 1 Comment

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Hyundai releases a hybrid overseas and California strives to keep vehicles cooler

Hyundai debut Hyundai made its first foray into the increasingly competitive hybrid market last month with the debut of the Avante LPI. Kia, which Hyundai owns, debuted its "twin"...

July 31, 2009 2 Comments

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'Green' McDonald's unveils car charging station and Toyota introduces hybrid Lexus

Fast food charge? A "green" McDonald's in Cary, N.C., that opened in July features the chain's first electric car charging stations. The two battery charging units can be used free...

July 24, 2009 1 Comment

Lexus

More evidence that demand for hybrid vehicles in on the rise

Hybrid rework General Motors will stop making Chevrolet Malibus (right) and Saturn Auras with an early generation gas-electric hybrid engine system, but engineers are working on a more efficient...

July 17, 2009 4 Comments

Prius

Honda announces a hybrid Fit for 2010 and China aims for 42.2 mpg by 2015

Honda hybrids The hybrid race heats up with reports that Honda will launch a hybrid version of its Fit hatchback in the second half of 2010. If that schedule...

July 10, 2009 2 Comments

China

Nissan announces first electric vehicle while GM unveils LPG Spark in India

Nissan jumps in Nissan, Japan's No. 3 automaker, may not have a hybrid model to compete with Toyota and Honda, but it announced last month that it will unveil...

July 3, 2009 3 Comments

Chevy Spark

McCain buys a hybrid and South Korean researchers envision power strips in roads

Political wheels Arizona Sen. John McCain announced recently (via his Twitter feed) that he was buying a new Ford Fusion Hybrid. His office says he's getting the 2010 hybrid...

June 26, 2009 8 Comments

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Toyota leases 150 plug-in vehicles in Europe and Obama plugs his Ford hybrid

Toyota plug-in Toyota plans to lease 150 plug-in electric hybrid vehicles to fleet customers in Europe this year, and a similar program in North America could follow. The cars...

June 19, 2009 2 Comments

Prius

Tesla goes 241 miles on a single charge and Toyota celebrates one million hybrids

Big batteries Tesla's Roadster covered 241 miles on a single charge at April's Rallye Monte Carlo d'Energies Alternatives, an annual event that runs from Valance, France to Monaco, pitting...

June 12, 2009 4 Comments

Ford

Big demand for Tesla sedan, new Trixx from GM and Hyundai's first plug-in hybrid

Tesla demand Electric-car manufacturer Tesla says it has received 520 $5,000 deposits for its upcoming Model S electric high-performance sedan. Tesla says that the demand so far has exceeded...

June 5, 2009 14 Comments

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Recycled oil, fuel-efficient fat tires and no ban on black cars in California

Motor oil For 20 years, Safety-Kleen has produced recycled motor oils for large commercial fleets and the federal government by re-refining used oil the company collects from car dealerships...

May 29, 2009 3 Comments

Tire

A Toyota hybrid keeps pace at NASCAR and Chrysler lobbies the Postal Service

Toyota Hybrid pacing A hybrid vehicle -- a Toyota Camry -- will be the official pace car for an entire race for the first time in NASCAR history at Sunday's...

May 22, 2009 2 Comments

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Mitsubishi's electric car debuts, green grants take root and van gets mad mileage

Coming soon Mitsubishi's i MiEV will be the world's first practical electric vehicle offered by a major auto manufacturer when fleet sales begin this July in Japan. The company...

May 15, 2009 4 Comments

Bright

Chevy fine-tunes the Volt, Honda takes top green honors and Tata Nano innovates

Price drop? The Chevrolet Volt is more than a year away from hitting showrooms, but GM is already working on the second and third generations of the plug-in hybrid...

May 8, 2009 1 Comment

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Electric motorbikes make the scene and Chicago gets charged up

Electric bike Zero Motorcycles plans to begin shipping its high performance electric motorcycle to customers next week. The Zero S, priced at $9,950, has a range of up to...

May 1, 2009 3 Comments

Chargepoint

No price hike for Prius, American-made batteries and an air-powered car

Prius pricing Toyota says it won't change the price tag from $22,000 on its 2010 Prius hybrid when it hits U.S. showrooms in late May and will release an...

April 24, 2009 6 Comments

Prius

A biofuel-powered Bentley, greener motor oil and two new electric sedans

Bio Bentley Bentley's new Continental-coupe-based supercar will be capable of running on biofuel, which the company says represents "Stage One of Bentley's environmental commitment." The car will sport 630...

April 17, 2009 3 Comments

Detroit Electric

An Italian electric car, a solar Porsche plant and recycled bumpers

High design Italian car designer firm Pininfarina SpA, which has designed cars for Ferrari and Alfa Romeo, will start producing its own all-electric compact vehicle and start leasing it...

April 10, 2009 2 Comments

Mazda

Neil Young's tribute to green autos and Kelley Blue Book's most-researched cars

Eco rock Neil Young's new album, "Fork In The Road," which releases Tuesday, was inspired by his work with environmental autos, including his project to convert a classic 1959...

April 2, 2009

Civic HFP

A made-in-the-USA hybrid, regenerative shock absorbers and Ford's electric van

Build local Honda says it will consider building its Insight gas-electric hybrid in North America (for now it will be built in Japan) if sales consistently top 100,000 units...

March 26, 2009 3 Comments

Ford TransitConnect

A diesel-powered BMW, dual-clutch Ford transmissions and an all-electric Mini

Diesel power BMW's new 116d model uses a highly efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that yields a Toyota Prius-rivaling 53.4 mpg rating. It will be released in Europe this...

March 19, 2009

Mini

Kia's smart engine, citrus power for tires and a compressed-natural-gas Mercedes

Start stop This spring, Kia will debut its "idle stop and go" system on the Cee'd small car in Europe (coming to to other markets and models in 2010)....

March 12, 2009

B-Class

Ford Fusion leads, electric technology hits the road and China plugs in a hybrid

New leader Ford's 2010 Fusion S sedan has earned the top efficiency rating in its class for gas engines at 34 mpg, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency....

March 5, 2009

BYD

Solar-paneled hybrids, leading the charge, and a happy medium for your engine

Good karma California startup Fisker Automotive debuted its plug-in Fisker Karma last month, vowing to sell 15,000 of the sporty luxury hybrids. The car, which has solar panels on...

February 26, 2009

Stickshift

A better battery, fuel-saving software and the electric Smart microcar

Battery background Lithium-ion is the battery of choice for electric vehicles because compared to other rechargeable batteries, they generally carry more charge for their weight and size, which is...

February 19, 2009

Smart microcar

BMW's hydrogen sedan, Fiat's hybrid sensation and an eco tip

Water works What's the newest thing on the red carpet? BMW has given keys to its Hydrogen 7 sedan - the world's first hydrogen-powered car for everyday use -...

February 12, 2009

Fiat

2009's most fuel-efficient cars

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November 11, 2008 15 Comments

2009's most fuel-efficient wagons

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November 11, 2008 1 Comment

2009's most fuel-efficient minivans and vans

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November 11, 2008

2009's most fuel-efficient trucks

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November 11, 2008 4 Comments

2009's most fuel-efficient SUVs

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November 11, 2008

2009's most fuel-efficient sports cars/coupes

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November 11, 2008 4 Comments

2009's most fuel-efficient sedans

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November 11, 2008 14 Comments

2009's most fuel-efficient compact cars

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November 11, 2008 14 Comments

Gas-saving tips

With fuel prices at record levels, many of us are asking ourselves how we can save money on gas and use less of it -- not only to help...

July 31, 2008 1 Comment

2008's most fuel-efficient SUVs

Fuel-efficient cars by body style Best overall Sedans SUVs Trucks Compact cars Sports cars Station wagons Minivans/vans Choosing a new SUV? Weigh the impact your choice will have on...

December 11, 2007 3 Comments

2008's most fuel-efficient sedans

Fuel-efficient cars by body style Best overall Sedans SUVs Trucks Compact cars Sports cars Station wagons Minivans/vans Choosing a new sedan? Weigh the impact of your choice on your...

December 11, 2007 1 Comment

2008's most fuel-efficient compact cars

Fuel-efficient cars by body style Best overall Sedans SUVs Trucks Compact cars Sports cars Station wagons Minivans/vans Choosing a new compact car? Weigh the impact of your choice on...

December 11, 2007 4 Comments

2008's most fuel-efficient trucks

Fuel-efficient cars by body style Best overall Sedans SUVs Trucks Compact cars Sports cars Station wagons Minivans/vans Choosing a new truck? Weigh the impact of your choice on your...

December 11, 2007 2 Comments

2008's most fuel-efficient station wagons

Fuel-efficient cars by body style Best overall Sedans SUVs Trucks Compact cars Sports cars Station wagons Minivans/vans Choosing a new station wagon? Weigh the impact of your choice on...

December 11, 2007 7 Comments

2008's most fuel-efficient minivans and vans

Fuel-efficient cars by body style Best overall Sedans SUVs Trucks Compact cars Sports cars Station wagons Minivans/vans Choosing a new minivan or van? Weigh the impact of your choice...

December 11, 2007 4 Comments

2008's most fuel-efficient sports cars/coupes

Fuel-efficient cars by body style Best overall Sedans SUVs Trucks Compact cars Sports cars Station wagons Minivans/vans Choosing a new sports car/coupe? Weigh the impact of your choice on...

December 11, 2007 8 Comments

2008's most fuel-efficient cars

Fuel-efficient cars by body style Best overall Sedans SUVs Trucks Compact cars Sports cars Station wagons Minivans/vans Choosing a new car? Weigh the impact of your choice on your...

December 11, 2007 14 Comments



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