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Sep 18, 2013
Karen Cook
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Pros and Cons of Going Green

Why do consumers buy electric automobiles? That depends. Some want to be kind to the environment. Some want to cut their gasoline costs. Some are attracted by the modern technology. The question is can you afford to go green. Here are a few things to think about. Continue reading »

Jan 16, 2012
Chris Salamone

Nissan Donates Quick Chargers To Atlanta

Right on the heels of Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn’s unveiled plan to stress eco-friendly products, the company has decided to quit wasting time and get right to the heart of the matter. One of the major hurtles in making electric vehicles mainstream comes from a lack of re-fueling infrastructure. Normal, petrol using, drivers can fill up as often their pocket books can afford – especially with gas stations looming on nearly every major intersection. But, in typical Nissan fashion, the electric vehicle program looks to move forward regardless of industry trends by setting new standards in electric vehicle charging station availability.

What started as a ‘Drive Electric Tour’, featuring city-to-city test drives of the company’s LEAF, has turned into an altogether different monster: a tour to prove electric vehicles a viable transportation solution. Nissan has donated two electric quick charge stations to the city of Atlanta, capable of an 80% recharge in less than 30 minutes.

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Nov 17, 2011
Chris Weiss

World’s Smallest Electric Car

If you had to guess what the world’s smallest electric car is, you’d probably think of a tiny single passenger or 1+1 like the Audi Urban Concept. Maybe an electric transporter like the GM ENV.

But you’d actually have to think much, much smaller to come up with the correct answer. Scientists in Norway recently created an “electric car” that is but a single molecule.

This electric car won’t get you to the grocery store, but it is an interesting development in science. The molecule is made up of four separate branches that act like wheels. Scientists used a very fine metal point from what’s called a scanning tunnelling microscope. The point ends in a single atom and when it’s placed near the car-like molecule some of its electrons jump to the molecule, causing the “wheels” to change shape and move the car forward.

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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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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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