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It’s a crazy world we live in where gasoline costs less than milk or even bottled water, but this isn’t something out of a Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, it’s reality in America today. From roughly the middle of last year, fuel prices have been steadily falling. According to GasBuddy.com, the national average for a gallon […]

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Hyundai’s plug-in Sonata was introduced last year alongside its second-generation Hybrid and is both unique and conforming while topping competitors in a few important ways. Its commonality with other midsized hybrid and plug-in hybrid sedans – from Toyota, Ford, Honda, Kia, and Chevrolet – is they fit a formula of roughly 200 horsepower and 40-plus-or-minus […]

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It’s ironic that though we live in a time when information was never more plentiful that misinformation, fallacies and myths persist. No doubt that lead-out sentence could launch a discussion on myriad subjects, but looking at a relatively benign one – vehicle fuel economy – people still entertain notions that are simply not true. And […]

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is spending $40 million to convert its Detroit-based fleet of heavy-duty trucks from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG). Steve Beahm, FCA’s senior vice president of supply chain management, said moving to natural gas-powered trucks will provide both economical and environmental benefits. “Our transition to CNG reflects the way FCA US […]

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During a recent speech at a French university, Tesla CEO Elon Musk made his case for why governments need to impose a revenue-neutral carbon tax. Removing hidden subsidies and imposing a fee on carbon, Musk told audience members at public research school Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris, France, will hasten the switch from fossil fuels to […]

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To compensate for the lack of hydrogen refueling stations open in California, Toyota is establishing temporary stations to service its new Mirai fuel cell sedan. Toyota will be setting up trailers from Air Products & Chemicals Inc. as the mobile refueling stations, placing them at all eight dealerships authorized to sell the Mirai FCV. Only […]

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Hydrogen is an efficient energy source that can be used for both homes and cars, according to Toyota. “Clean generation of hydrogen from a wide range of primary energy sources will make local, self-sufficient power generation a global reality,” said the carmaker this week. “Fuel cell vehicles will take on a new role as power […]

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Recently, the largest plug-in electrified vehicle infrastructure demonstration in the world uncovered many findings, including that the Chevy Volt traveled only 6-percent fewer all-electric miles per year than the Nissan Leaf despite having less than half the EV range. Before we get to that, we’ll brief a few highlights to give a greater grasp of […]

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Since last Friday when the Obama administration pulled the cover off of Volkswagen AG’s diesel emission cheating scandal we’ve heard a steady beat of bad news, but good could come of it as well. That “good” of course depends on your worldview and more remains to be seen as new disclosures add to the controversy […]

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It’s been said with reference to certainties in life, only death and taxes are assured, which means your EPA-estimated mpg is definitely not guaranteed. While in recent years we’ve heard of automakers including Ford and Hyundai/Kia paying out for failing to meet mpg estimates they certified on window stickers, this was because of procedural errors […]

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