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Paris cracking down on drivers in battle against smog

March 17th, 2014

In a move to reduce smog in Paris, police are fining cars with even-numbered license plates, with the exemptions of hybrid vehicles. Gavino Garay reports for Reuters.

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Green Test Drive: Toyota Camry Hybrid

March 12th, 2012

You can’t really say the Toyota Camry is exciting, but this may get your pulse racing – 38.8 miles per gallon.

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Green Test Drive: Prius Plug-in

February 24th, 2011

The Toyota Prius has evolved into t-h-e hybrid automobile since it first hit the
highways in North America in 2000, setting the standard as America’s biggest selling green car with 955,000 sold since introduction. Sometime early next year, Toyota will offer the Prius in a deeper shade of green.

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Soon not just your kid, but your car could get a report card

September 7th, 2010

New government labels are coming for cars and they could clearly send some vehicles straight to the head of the class, while others wind up just a grade away from detention.

These new labels, developed by the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection, are designed to make it clearer for consumers where a car stands on the spectrums of fuel economy, carbon emissions and energy use. The idea is to help people compare vehicles across types, which can be tricky under the current system, which displays a car’s EPA-figured gas mileage on the retail sticker sheet plastered to the side window.

One new label under consideration grades the vehicle for energy use and emissions.

One new label under consideration grades the vehicle for energy use and emissions.

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Not ready for hybrid or electric? Basic maintenance can help cut emissions

September 1st, 2010

Maintaining your vehicle’s fuel system can improve performance, lower emissions and save you money.


Not everyone can afford to pay the freight for one of those new electric cars hitting the market this year. Others may be leery of the long-term viability of hybrids. What to do if you’re driving a conventional gasoline-powered car and still want to help the environment? Maintaining your vehicle’s fuel system can improve performance, lower emissions and save you money, too.

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Find out more about hybrids at HybridCenter.org

June 24th, 2010

In an effort to house all the info about efficient vehicles in one virtual garage, the Union of Concerned Scientists has created HybridCenter.org.

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The Next Decade: An increasingly electric auto market

January 8th, 2010

By Bill Sullivan
Green Right Now

The German government hopes to get one million electric cars on the road by 2020, offering incentives for BMW and Volkswagen to get behind the push. France aims to have twice that many in operation by that same year. Carlos Ghosn, who heads up Nissan and Renault, expects 10 percent of the world’s automobiles to run on electricity before the end of the next decade.

A pre-production Volt goes for a test drive

Wait, wait, waiting for the Volt, shown here on a pre-production test drive

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Cash for Clunkers edges Americans onto greener roads

August 27th, 2009

By Harriet Blake
Green Right Now

The Cash for Clunkers program, which ended this week, may have been more environmentally friendly than originally thought. The concern among environmentalists was that by tossing away old cars and buying news ones, the program encouraged a throw-away society mentality — something Americans are often accused of.

The Sierra Club, says spokesman Jesse Prentice-Dunn, initially had concerns that the bill was weak.

“Now, looking at the final stats,” he says, “consumers did buy more fuel-efficient vehicles. One thing that was very encouraging, was that more than 84 percent traded in trucks and other gas guzzlers; and 59 percent purchased cars.”

They may not have purchased hybrids, says Prentice-Dunn — the Prius was No. 7 on the list of cars purchased. However, the fact that they bought more fuel-efficient cars was important. The Sierra Club, he says, was encouraged by consumers’ choices.

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Green Test Drive: Honda Insight delivers hybrid technology with a lower price tag

August 3rd, 2009

By Clint Williams
Green Right Now

Gee-whiz technology always starts out expensive. Graying boomers can remember paying $400 for a VCR. That first DVD player probably set you back $600. Now you can buy one at a grocery store for less than $40.

The 2010 Honda Insight is no $40 DVD player, but it proves the point: costly technology eventually becomes affordable. The starting sticker price of the Insight LX, the most basic of the three trim levels available, is $19,800. The MSRP for the top-of-the-line Insight EX with navigation system is $23,100 plus $670 destination and handling fees.

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A guide to ‘Cash for Clunkers’

July 8th, 2009

By Clint Williams
Green Right Now

Desperate automobile dealers are slashing sticker prices, passing on rebates and offering zero percent financing to move metal, making this a good time to buy a new car. And the good times are about to get better thanks to the federal “Cash for Clunkers” program kicking off later this month.

The Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) signed into law last month is designed to help car makers and the environment by providing vouchers of $3,500 to $4,500 toward the purchase of a new vehicle in exchange for a gas-guzzling clunker. The program essentially inflates the trade-in value of older cars and trucks, providing drivers an incentive to go ahead and buy a new, more fuel-efficient rig right now.

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Plug-in hybrid carmaker Fisker names first dealers

March 26th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

Fisker Automotive, the new green car manufacturer based in Irvine, Calif., announced its first North American dealers. The luxury plug-in hybrid Karma sedan is priced at $87,900 and is expected to achieve the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon.

So far, 32 auto retailers have signed on to sell the Fisker marquee when it launches later this year. The company said its goal is to 40 locations in the U.S. and Canada by the end of June 2009.

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Honda’s new Insight goes on sale this month, priced under $20k

March 10th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

Honda’s says the new 2010 Insight hybrid will go on sale March 2,4 and you could argue its timing is bad as fleets of hybrids are going unsold on dealer lots. But the base LX model Insight will sell for $19,800, and that might be just the right price for consumers who have rejected paying a premium for hybrids when gas is once again relatively cheap.

At today’s gas prices, experts say it would take nearly a decade for most hybrid buyers to make up the higher upfront cost of the vehicle.

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