Green Test Drive: Toyota Corolla gets you there

Some people buy a car to make a statement. Some buy a car that says, “I make more money than you,” while others buy a car that says, “I love the planet more than you do.”
Some people buy a car just to get where they want to go. Those kinds of people buy a car like the 2020 Toyota Corolla LE.

GM’s 20/20 vision

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

There’s a chart on fueleconomy.gov that’s a graphic illustration of what happened to GM. The chart is a compilation of 2009 hybrid vehicles. It lists 27 hybrid vehicles in descending order from the highest mileage cars to the lowest.

At the top of the chart, perch some of the highest mileage vehicles available on the market, the Toyota Prius, the Honda Civic and the Nissan Altima. The top two clock in at 40 mpg and up. The Altima at 33-35 mpg.

The lowest mileage vehicles reside at the bottom of the chart. And the bottom five are all GM products: The GMC Yukon, Chevy Tahoe, GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Silverado and Cadillac Escalade.

Automakers bailout should carry improved gas mileage requirements

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Remember when Congress passed legislation one year ago raising the bar on gas mileage? The law they passed required automakers to have a fleet average of 35 mpg by 2020.

Automakers, not just the U.S. Big Three, but Toyota as well, opposed it. They spent millions lobbying against the law, and to find out just how much they spent and whose wheels they tried to grease, see the Huffington Post story Big Three Promise Green Future But Spent Almost $50 Million Since 2007 Lobbying Against It
which dug out the actual dollar figures. (Just as good as the story are some of the bloggers responding, who have some interesting ideas for how to rescue the car industry.)

Watch your winter driving habits

Driving in cold weather? Skip the “warm up.” As Ecomodder.com points out, an idling engine gets “zero miles per gallon.” (And it’s environmentally uncool.) Also recheck your tire inflation as the season cools; air temperature affects tire inflation and you may be in need of a “fill up.”