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For everyone who likes to say the Chevrolet Volt is just one more plug-in hybrid, a GM study presented to the Society of Automotive Engineers shows it stands to burn radically less gasoline and emit much less smog-forming gases than competitive PHEVs. The engineering analysis also projects the new 2016 Volt due in a couple […]

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A new report says that almost every Nissan Leaf battery in Europe, 99.99-percent to be exact, is still running strong. The data, according to CleanTechnica, says that only three out of 35,000 Nissan Leaf batteries in Europe have failed. This is less than 0.01-percent of all Leafs on European roads. Though CleanTechnica doesn’t reveal the […]

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For electric vehicles, the cost of replacing a worn-out battery can be quite significant. When weighing this into the decision to buy one – such as a Tesla Model S – two key questions arise: how long is the battery’s lifespan, and how much will it cost to replace? Launched in a slow roll-out June […]

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Have you ever noticed how some people make relatively large long-term financial decisions based on short-term information? Take for example, a car purchase. A new car may be kept several years up to 10 years or longer. Today it is being reported all over that Americans are back to buying SUVs, trucks, and hybrid sales […]

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The U.S. President had something to say on the wave of inexpensive gasoline sweeping the country. “I would strongly advise American consumers to continue to think about how you save money at the pump because it is good for the environment, it’s good for family pocketbooks and if you go back to old habits and […]

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EVs are three-times more efficient on average than a typical internal combustion car meaning big savings. A Nissan Leaf for example, gets an EPA rating of “mile per gallon equivalent” of 129 city, 102 hwy, 115 combined. Factoring average utility rates, estimated electricity costs to run it are about equal to a gas car if […]

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The hybrid version of Toyota’s perennially competitive mid-sized sedan nets 13 mpg better than the non-hybrid Camry for a $3,800 price premium and is being redesigned for 2015. It’s clearly a respectable value proposition and ranks in the top-five best-selling hybrids month after month. However it may not be the uncontested winner in its category […]

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The first U.S. hybrids were the Honda Insight in 1999 and the Toyota Prius that came soon after, and both started as 2000 models. The very fact that hybrids are not so avante garde means dealers and independent repair shops may have a better chance of being more familiar with them. Also, plug-in hybrids using […]

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Lincoln’s hybrid version of the midsized MKZ nets 40 mpg combined, 41 city, 39 highway. It thereby wallops the 26 mpg and 22 mpg combined figures of non-hybrid front-wheel-drive MKZ with 2.0-liter turbo four or 3.7-liter six respectively. At $36,085 including destination, the 2015 MKZ Hybrid is less than comparable mpg competitors from Toyota and […]

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New-vehicle shoppers rank safety and information features like back-up/blind spot cameras, recall advisor, stolen vehicle recovery and collision sensors high among “must have” technologies for their next purchase. These findings come from Kelley Blue Book (KBB). While 43 percent of consumers rate USB/auxiliary ports as the No. 1 “must have” feature, safety-related technologies were predominantly […]

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