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

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  • April 23, 2012
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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

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  • April 21, 2012
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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

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  • April 19, 2012
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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

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  • April 18, 2012
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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

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  • April 17, 2012
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It’s Time for Another Look at Feebates

A common refrain in recent years has been that, while there are many fuel-efficient models on the market, most consumers persist in their love of gas guzzlers. Once manufacturers are making a full range of appealing high-mpg vehicles so that


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

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  • April 16, 2012
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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.

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  • April 15, 2012
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Ron Driving

‘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


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

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  • April 14, 2012
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Toyota Gallons Saved

Plugged In, Charged Up, Ready to Roll

The mission was simple enough: drive to my daughter’s college 90 miles away and return her and a sizeable load of laundry home for a long weekend visit. It was a perfect test for the long-range capability of the Prius

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Envision Mobility with Futurama 2032

As we look at the connected issues of sprawl, traffic congestion, air pollution, societal disconnection, and global warming, we begin to see that a new model and vision for our communities and mobility is needed. One such vision was put