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Honda Program Honors ‘Green Dealers’

Cars are going ‘green’. So are auto manufacturers. Why not the retailers that sell us our cars? Honda figures that makes perfect sense so it has launched its new Environmental Leadership Awards for designated ‘Green Dealers.’ The program honors independently-owned Honda dealers that have reduced their environmental impact by reaching specified thresholds of decreased water […]

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Nissan Providing Free Charging in S.F.

Most electric vehicle owners expect free public charging opportunities. Still, plenty of charging providers aim to sell such services and have built business plans around this. Even as a pay-for-play network of charging stations emerges, we do expect many businesses to offer free charging as a way to attract environmentally-inclined customers. As all this unfolds, […]

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Cadillac Tests Autonomous Cruise Control

The benefits of cruise control systems are well known: automating the often tedious job of maintaining steady driving speeds while delivering the side benefit of better fuel efficiency.  However, sustaining optimum speeds is not always easy during times of heavy traffic when cars around you may be traveling at varying speeds, and especially in bumper-to-bumper […]

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Hertz Launches Natural Gas Rentals

Car rental giant Hertz will begin offering compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle rentals to customers at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma in early May, serving as a pilot program for the company’s CNG airport rental activities. Initial natural gas rentals will include two GMC Yukons and eight Honda Civics, the latter Green Car Journal’s […]

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Cost of an EV Battery? Ford Says $12K+

It should be no secret that electric vehicles are pricey because of the extraordinarily high cost of their advanced lithium batteries. Yet, most folks still wonder why the purchase price of a battery powered vehicle is so high. Here’s a clue: Ford’s CEO Alan Mulally has now shared that the cost of the lithium-ion batteries […]

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AC Transit Opens Hydrogen Fuel Station

Hydrogen fuel cell buses and cars can now fill up with this zero-emission fuel at AC Transit’s municipal bus facility in Emeryville, California. The hydrogen fueling systems provided by Linde North America are capable of fueling up to 12 buses and 20 passenger cars per day. A second AC Transit hydrogen fueling station in Oakland […]

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UCS Study: How Clean are Electric Cars?

How clean are electric vehicles really considering they require electricity generated by powerplants, some cleaner than others? It’s an issue often brought up by those opposed to electric vehicles, and now it’s one addressed by the Union of Concerned Scientists in a new study, ‘State of Charge: Electric Vehicles’ Global Warming Emissions and Fuel Cost […]

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Chrysler Begins Testing Plug-In Minivans

What family wouldn’t want a plug-in hybrid minivan? Well, some may opt for more stylish crossover vehicles because they’re generally sportier, but parents who have kids and gear to haul around have often found the sheer functionality of minivans indispensible. That’s why Chrysler’s news that plug-in hybrid electric Town & Country minivans are now being […]

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‘Fast’ is in the Eye of the Beholder

I am a car guy and can attest to this: It is thrilling to go fast. And it’s also exciting to see a fuel economy display hit 50+ mpg. Similar feelings are experienced when behind the wheel of a truly stylish car, when a favorite song pops up unexpectedly on Sirius XM, or when deplaning […]

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Propane Racer Sets World Speed Records

Powered by propane autogas (LPG), the Maxximus LNG 2000 has set three new world records at South Georgia Motorsports Park, according to Fisher Island, Florida-based Centaur Performance Group. These latest record attempts follow additional world records set in January with the car running on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The project, headed by financier Bruce McMahan […]

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Audi R18 Hybrids to Compete at Le Mans

Audi is fielding four LMP1 cars at the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans this coming June. Importantly, two of these will feature hybrid powerplants for the first time. The pair of Audi R18 e-tron quattros recover  kinetic energy during braking and feed this back as electricity to a flywheel accumulator, which powers an electric […]

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