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Top “Green” Cars for March

2016 Chevrolet Volt

Every March as people get excited for St. Patrick’s Day, there is a lot of hoopla surrounding the color green. Chicago even colors their river green. Of course when it comes to green cars that generally refers to more than just the paint color. Buying a “green” car generally means purchasing a vehicle with alternative fuel sources like electric or hybrid vehicles and every year there are more models to choose from. Sometimes so many it can be hard to choose the right one.

BMW i3 Named 2015 Green Car of the Year

BMW i3 - 2015 Green Car of the Year

At the Los Angeles Auto Show yesterday the BMW i3 was named 2015 Green Car of the Year in a tight race against the diesel powered Audi A3 TDI, the Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, the Honda Fit, and the VW Golf. The award has been presented by the Green Car Journal for the past ten years and this is the eleventh annual selection. To be eligible for the award, car models must be all new or have significant model year changes.

AAA 2014 Green Car Guide – Top Autos

Tesla Model S - AAA Top Green Car

Every year AAA’s Automotive Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center reviews and ranks vehicles with high fuel economy estimates for the very detailed AAA Green Car Guide, a 140 page report detailing the results of each car involved in the study.

High MPG cars for rising gas prices

2013 Scion iQ EV

Nationwide, gas prices have been steadily on the rise over the past month, up an average of $0.46 with no relief in site as spring approaches. Many anaylists predict gas prices will reach new highs this summer, bringing many to consider purchasing more a more efficient vehicle for 2013.  Kelly Blue Book recently profiled highly efficient vehicles in their list of "The 40 mpg Cars of 2013".  If fuel efficiency is the pinnacle of your criteria for choosing your next car you'll want to take a closer look at the top 10 on their list.  You're going to need a place to plug in

Nissan To Offer More Hybrids

Nissan

As the car market was exploding with multiple flavors of hybrids, from Prius to Escalade, Nissan made a big bet that electric cars would be the real future of energy efficiency, rather than hybrids. Thus, they poured all their efforts into developing and marketing the all-electric Leaf, and virtually ignored the hybrid marketplace. Sure, they had a hybrid Altima for a while, but that borrowed technology from Toyota rather than being developed in-house. The only other hybrid in the family is the Infiniti M.

Ford C-Max Energi Tops Prius Plug-In for Fuel Efficiency

Ford C-Max Energi

For a number of years, Toyota’s Prius has been the nation’s best-selling, most feature-packed hybrid vehicle. It’s the hybrid that’s been the most efficient product on the market. This is no longer the case. The 2013 C-Max Energi, from Ford, has just taken over the title of most “fuel-efficient” Hybrid on the market.

 

A Word on How the EPA Efficiency Ratings for Hybrids Work

Fusion Hybrid Tops in Midsize Mileage

Fusion Hybrid Tops in Midsize Mileage

Ford has high hopes for its newly designed 2013 Ford Fusion midsize sedan. The outgoing Fusion did reasonably well, but the design had grown stale, and in a hotly contested segment with brand new entries in the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima, Ford is looking to make a big move up the sales charts.

GM Temporarily Suspends Volt Production, Yet Reports Record Sales

Chevrolet Volt

GM has announced plans to temporarily stop production of the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle for a second time this year for 5 weeks between September 17th and October 12th at its primary production facility in Hamtramck, Michigan. This announcement, according to the Wall Street Journal, was made by GM because lower than expected demand had caused inventory levels to rise to an unacceptable level. GM plans to use this downtime to prepare for the commencement of production on the updated 2014 Chevy Impala. The Hamtramck plant also produces the very popular Chevy Malibu line.  

54.5 MPG by 2025 - Positive or Negative For Car Sales?

New Fuel Economy Standards

By now most people are aware that the EPA has passed new regulations regarding minimum fuel efficiency standards that will take effect in 2025. But not too many people are completely aware of what this will mean to them and to the American automotive industry.

 

The New EPA Regulations in a Nutshell

The EPA is the government agency charged with monitoring the fuel efficiency and emissions of all cars made and/or sold in the United States. They have promulgated numerous regulations in the past decades in regard to both emissions and fuel efficiency. Until now, most fuel efficiency regulations have dealt with how vehicle manufacturers are to perform fuel efficiency tests and how they are to announce the results of these tests.

Hybrid Vehicles Gaining in Popularity

Hybrid Cars

A few years ago, there was a huge rush to buy hybrids. They offered decreased fuel costs due their hybrid gas/electric technologies, which made them very attractive to a certain segment of the car buying population. However, they suffered some bruised images due to some highly touted issues they had, especially the Toyota Prius. But that’s beginning to change for the better.

 

A Quick Refresher on Hybrid Vehicle Technology 

Tesla Motors and Toyota Collaborate on the RAV4 EV

Toyota RAV4 EV

Pretty much everyone is familiar with or has seen a Toyota RAV4 on the road. The RAV4 is Toyota’s sporty sport utility vehicle. Well, it’s gone electric in a nod to the public’s demand for a sporty SUV that doesn’t need gas. Toyota has entered into a large contract with Tesla Motors, the guys that brought us the Tesla Roadster, the 200 mile per hour electric vehicle, and the Tesla S, the 100 mile per hour-plus all-electric luxury sports car.

Tesla Supplies the Workings for the RAV4

Are Hybrids Right For You? Part Deux

Hybrid Part Deux

Last month we asked the question: Is a hybrid right for you? The answer to that question was conditional. If your primary concern is the sociopolitical goal of using less fuel regardless of cost, you have the thumbs up. If saving money was your issue, we had to apply a comparative formula of initial purchase premium versus annualized fuel savings to determine the break even point. Simply stated, we had to do the math. Eyes became glazed over. No one wants to do the math.

Is A Hybrid Right For You?

Hybrid

With gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon with no relief in sight, more people than ever are considering hybrids to get some relief at the pump. According to a report by HybridCars.com, hybrid sales hit an all-time high in March 2012 with over 48,000 vehicles sold.

Yet a report by Polk indicates that only 35% of hybrid owners buy another. So before you take the leap you may want to ask the question: Is a hybrid right for me?

The answer to that questions involves factors both economic and social.

Leading Green Cars for 2012

With Earth Day right around the corner, it only makes sense to take a look at the leading  environmentally-friendly green vehicle market. What was once a market dominated by the Toyota Prius has ballooned in the last year or so to include a wide range of manufacturers, models, and features. The green car is here to stay and with recent legislation proposals in California and other States, we’re likely to see even more of these environmentally-friendly vehicles on our highways and city streets.

 

Coming Soon: Legislated Zero-Emissions Vehicles

zero emission vehicle legislation

The state of California has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to environmental policy and green energy - and now it is bringing this forward-thinking to the vehicles we drive.

As California’s state air-quality registrar, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has recently approved a range of strict and tough laws that will have a definite impact on your driving habits and on what you drive. These new laws, announced a few days ago require that by 2025 there be an additional 1.4 million electric, plug-in, and fuel cell cars on the road.