Browsing articles tagged with " Eco Friendly"
Jun 15, 2013
Elizabeth Puckett
Comments Off on Even Though Incentives Are Attractive, Very Few Green Cars Are Actually Being Bought in the U.S.

Even Though Incentives Are Attractive, Very Few Green Cars Are Actually Being Bought in the U.S.

Green showrooms and free charging stations are gaining the interest of certain dealerships for eco cars, like plug-in hybrids and electric cars—but those incentives are failing to make the grade. New car sales professionals are reporting that very few hybrids and electric cars are actually being bought by drivers in this country. Continue reading »

Nov 25, 2011
Chris Weiss

More Than One Way to Go Green: Honda Civic NG Is ‘Green Car of the Year’

Honda-Civic-NG

The Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf have been busy hogging green car awards around the world since they launched last December. But at this year’s LA Auto Show an obscure vehicle surpassed them and earned the “Green Car of the Year” award. The 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas may not be as well-known or advertised as the Leaf or Volt, but it is the green car of the year.

To be fair, neither the Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf was up for this year’s award. They competed last year, and the Chevy Volt took home the honor. However, the Civic NG did beat out some higher profile competitors including the Ford Focus Electric and Toyota Prius V.

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Nov 23, 2011
Chris Weiss

Volkswagen Introduces The eT! Van

VW introduces The eT! Van

Volkswagen introduced its latest electric concept last week, a van that it calls the eT!. Outside of extending the Volkswagen exclamation point MO that we’d wish had ended a year ago, the eT! looks to be a pretty cool, funky van from the OG of cool, funky vans.

The eT! shares a very similar shape and look with the Bulli concept from earlier this year, a fact that immediately endears us to it. The Bulli conveyed its consumer intents with more curves and raked lines, whereas the eT! shows its more utilitarian purposes with a squarer stance. Despite that, this concept van still screams, “Strip my rear seats, toss in a mattress and tour the country.”

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Nov 23, 2011
Peter C Sessler

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Priced Under $26,000

New Chevrolet-Malibu-Eco

The all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco midsize sedan will start at $25,995 when it arrives in dealerships in the first quarter next year, reinforcing the value proposition of the midsize segment’s longest-running nameplate. It delivers hybrid-like fuel efficiency for a non-hybrid-like price.

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Nov 15, 2011
Clay Ritchings

The Electrified Chevrolet

Way before the Volt was unveiled by Chevrolet to the Coolaid drinking EV enthusiastic masses, there were other lesser known electric vehicles with the bow tie that helped pave the way for what we are being force fed today.

The evolution of Chevrolets electric cars starts long before the EV1 that was made famous by the 2006 documentary “Who killed the electric car” a film that explores the creation, limited commercialization, and subsequent destruction of the battery electric vehicle in the United States, specifically the General Motors EV1 of the mid 1990s.

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Nov 10, 2011
Clay Ritchings

2012 Volvo Plug-in Hybrid Diesel Not Making it to U.S Soil

We are not worthy—unfortunately, the news from Volvo isn’t good for the U.S. It seems Executives at Volvo don’t think the U.S is ready for a plug-in diesel hybrid. Therefore we will get a gasoline-electric hybrid, but everyone else will receive the diesel-electric hybrid.

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Nov 9, 2011
James Warham

Are Hybrid cars really Eco-Friendly?

Are Hybrid cars really Eco-friendly? What happens to all those batteries after the car has gone past it’s useful life? There are reports out there that claim the battery production impact alone far out ways any positive impact that driving a Hybrid car will do.

There are hundreds of thousand hybrid cars on the roads in the U.S. In addition, more and more hybrid cars are being sold and the dealerships of these fuel efficient vehicles are celebrating the record sales. But several environmentalists this might lead to a problem. They are afraid that the hybrid outbreak might turn into nickel hydride battery pollution. Environmentalists say hybrid cars batteries, since they do not last lifelong, would end up scattered in landfills and contaminate the soil.

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Nov 9, 2011
Stephanie L

A Case For Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars

Fuel cell cars have the potential to reduce the demand for foreign oil and lower the harmful effects it has on our climate. These cars run on hydrogen rather than gas and their exhaust doesn’t put out any harmful fumes, just water and heat. A lot of challenges will have to be overcome before these vehicles can compete with hybrids and regular gasoline vehicles, but the benefits of this technology could be very substantial to our environment and everyone living in it.

Conventional vehicles produce a significant amount of air pollutants that contribute to smog and other harmful particles in the US. The hydrogen is produced by fossil fuels resulting in some pollutants, but much less than other vehicles. However, since hydrogen can also come from domestic sources such as natural gas, coal and water, fuel cell cars would decrease the demand for foreign oil. This would make our economy less dependent on oil transport from other countries and we would be less vulnerable to price shocks from the increasingly volatile oil market.

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Nov 7, 2011
Peter C Sessler

Comparing Hybrid Cars to Traditional Ones

Comparing Hybrid Cars to Traditional Ones

No doubt about it, gas prices are inching their way up and consumers are trying to save – even if the savings are small. Consumers are now evaluating whether they should make the plunge to hybrid cars, especially as the Green Movement expands. They are finding out that hybrid cars can cost less over the long haul – something that has not been true in the past.

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Oct 28, 2011
Mary McRae

Green Car Driving Tips

Buying green is just the first step in reducing the environmental impacts of automobile use. Your choice of vehicle is most important, but how you drive and how well you maintain your car, van, or light truck will also make a difference.

Avoid “jack rabbit” starts and aggressive driving. Flooring the gas pedal not only wastes gas, it leads to drastically higher pollution rates. One second of high-powered driving can produce nearly the same volume of carbon monoxide emissions as a half hour of normal driving.

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