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Green Test Drive: The 2014 Prius-plosion

December 5th, 2013

If houses are all about location, location, location. Then cars, as least for a growing number of Americans, are about mileage, mileage, mileage. And that means Prius, Toyota’s darling of fuel efficiency. Clint Williams helps sort out the various species of Prius, aimed at specific consumer niches and needs.

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Green Test Drive: Toyota Corolla gets you there

August 10th, 2010

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.

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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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Find your car’s gas mileage and green scores on new EPA website

October 15th, 2009

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EPA Green Options

The EPA has issued a new fuel economy guide for consumers that goes beyond the already standing website, fueleconomy.gov.

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Whoever said the SUV was dead might have to Hum(mer) another tune

August 26th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Remember those Hummers your neighbors drove heedlessly around town, burning through barrels of gasoline but rarely finding those off-road challenges for which these vehicles were created?

With the downturn in the economy and the uptick in carbon emissions, they became a symbol of SUV excess.

But don’t count them out.

Raser Technologies, Inc. has been testing electric Hummer H3Es and reported this week that they recently ran a successful all-electric 50-mile drive. That’s significant because battery-operated vehicles have been curtailed by short ranges of around 40 miles. New models under development are aiming for more than that in hopes of alleviating anticipated consumer concerns over EV range.

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Clunker program goes ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching! Will it continue?

July 31st, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Americans may be dopes about a lot of things, but they recognize a good shopping deal when it comes their way.

Given the opportunity to receive thousands of dollars to jettison their rusted out, gas-hog cars, they said yes. In fact, they googled the nearest dealership and ran off to trade in those pick-ups and sport vehicles, apparently sucking up nearly all of the $1 billion set aside for the Cash for Clunkers program in a mere two weeks.

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Green Test Drive: Nissan Versa

April 15th, 2009

By Clint Williams
Green Right Now

If you like to keep things simple, you’ll like the 2009 Nissan Versa 1.6 sedan. This is a thrifty commuter car for those who have embraced voluntary simplicity.

Nissan introduced a bare-bones edition of the subcompact Versa last fall to bring to market a new car with a starting sticker price of less than $10,000. To hit that price point, Nissan replaced the 1.8-liter engine with a smaller 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The company also stripped away the gadgets and do-dads many drivers have come to expect.

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GM’s 20/20 vision

February 18th, 2009

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.

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Denver revs up a program to slow down wasteful driving habits

February 10th, 2009

By Laura Elizabeth May
Green Right Now

Denver drivers have seen the light. It’s on the driving dashboard that shows them their CO2 emissions.

As part of a pilot program called Driving Change, city-employed and selected citizen drivers were given feedback from their dashboards about their driving habits, which in turn, told them about their carbon emissions.

What they learned was that how they drove really did make a difference.

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Automakers bailout should carry improved gas mileage requirements

December 5th, 2008

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.)

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Watch your winter driving habits

October 22nd, 2008

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.”

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