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Jun 15, 2013
Elizabeth Puckett
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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 »

Apr 24, 2013
Chris Weiss
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Kelley Blue Book Names Best Green Cars of the Year

Coinciding with Earth Day 2013, the automotive experts over at Kelley Blue Book have named their top 10 green cars of 2013. The list runs the full spectrum from light hybrids to full-blown electric vehicles. Continue reading »

Dec 26, 2012
Dave Walter
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City of Indianapolis Decides to Go Hybrid

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard posing with an electric Ford sedan (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)

The city of Indianapolis is aiming to be the first in the country to replace its entire vehicle fleet with hybrids, EVs and other eco-friendly vehicles. The city hopes to refresh its vehicle fleet within the next three years.

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Dec 7, 2012
Dave Walter
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116 mpg-e Fiat 500e Electric Car Debuts in LA

Fiat has already told journalists that it did not want to build the 500e electric car and expects to lose money on every model sold. So it must have been with begrudging chagrin that it debuted the new electrified mini car at the 2012 LA Auto Show.

The reason that Fiat bothered with the 500e at all is simple: meeting California’s requirements for zero emissions vehicles. As such, the car will only be available in California when it launches next spring. Because electric cars remain a niche market and the 500 itself has struggled in the United States, we don’t anticipate that many non-Californians will be heartbroken about the decision. Continue reading »

Nov 29, 2012
Dave Walter
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Ford Fusion Named 2013 ‘Green Car of the Year’

The Ford Fusion was awarded the title of ‘Green Car of the Year’ by Green Car Journal today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. I sense that you’re surprised. “The Ford Fusion? … an American midsize sedan?” That’s right. Considering that previous winners include the Chevy Volt (a plug-in hybrid) and Honda Civic CNG (a natural gas-powered compact car), you’re probably not the only person left scratching their head. So what was it that made Ford’s new midsize sedan stand above other notable contenders (such as the all-electric Nissan LEAF)?

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Oct 29, 2012
Dave Walter
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2013 Toyota Prius Gets Pricing and Special Edition

Once a leader without equal, the Toyota Prius is facing more and more competition from other hybrids and electrics, which have passed it by in terms of fuel economy. For the 2013 model year, Toyota is hoping to sway at least a few buyers with what it calls the Persona Series Special Edition.

The Persona Series is based on the Prius Three trim level. Its mechanicals remain the same as the stock Prius, but it enjoys a series of interior and exterior upgrades.

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Oct 18, 2012
Chris Weiss

Cadillac Will Begin Production on ELR Hybrid Next Year

GM announced plans to develop the Cadillac ELR, essentially an upgraded luxury version of the Chevy Volt, last summer. This week, it provided an update, stating that it is investing $35 million into its Detroit-Hamtramck plant for ELR production to begin in late 2013.

The Detroit-Hamtramck plant is already GM’s base camp for electric-based vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Opel Ampera, so it’s not surprising that it is being prepped for the ELR.

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Jun 29, 2012
Chris Salamone

Cadillac ELR Details (And Weight) Add Up

The journalistic wizards at Car and Driver have uncovered a motherload of new details regarding the incoming Cadillac ELR, based on the current Chevy Volt. Originally billed as the Cadillac Converj Concept, at Detroit’s 2009 Auto Show, the Cadillac ELR has been the focus of rumors all over the blogosphere for years. ELR-related conversations have mostly involved concern that the Volt is already priced like a Cadillac – and already appeals to Cadillac’s consumer market.

But another potential issue has arisen as well. Cadillacs must be powerful, quiet, luxurious, and a long list of other features – which, in sum, amount to a heavy vehicle. The Volt’s mechanical guts, rated at 94 MPGe and powered by an uninspiring 1.4 liter engine plus 16.5 kWh battery, are simply not strong enough to accommodate the extra weight.

That’s why Cadillac will be adding a little fuel to the fire.

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Jun 15, 2012
Chris Salamone

Buick Verano Turbo, When Green Gets Groovy

Day after day, month after month, and year after year, US automakers unleash a seemingly unending stream of ‘eco-friendly’ products. Since the early 1970s and our first major oil crisis, green has become the new black. But the trouble is, for too long, we’ve had to sacrifice performance on the altar of economy.

This year, things seem different. For the first time the Big Three are making vehicles which perform on par with foreign competitors AND achieve greater mileage savings at the pump – case in point, Honda Fit vs. Chevy Sonic.

Buick’s latest debut, the Verano Turbo, brings the spirit of performance plus economy to a whole new level. Just months ago auto journos everywhere were criticizing Buick for brand identity issues. It seems GM got the message (hold your applause). Buick is becoming the premium US brand which checks all the boxes, a physical manifestation of having your cake and eating it, too.

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May 11, 2012
Chris Salamone

Subaru’s Rumored WRX Electric Turbo

Ever since the most recent generation Impreza rolled onto lots, buyers have wondered what the incoming WRX might look like. While we still have no idea what shape the next WRX will take, partly because Subaru refused to showcase a new design during last year’s Tokyo Auto Show, a recent article from Brisbane Times speculates that the vehicle’s turbocharger will have some pretty nifty technology.

For the time being, WRX enthusiasts will have to remain ‘enthused’ by imagining the improved fuel efficiency and reduced turbo lag associated with an electrically-powered turbocharger.

And although no official comment has affirmed the rumor, Brisbane Times cites an “unnamed source” and motortrend.com’s eagle eyes’ find of a Fuji Heavy Industries patent, taken out in 2007, on… you guessed it… an electric turbo.

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