From the Hybrid Shop: How to Maximize Your Fuel Economy

As hybrid vehicles gain an increasingly strong foothold in the marketplace and on the road, fuel efficiency has become a vital talking point when it comes to cars and car sales. What was once little more than an afterthought in the public consciousness is now front and center, especially amongst the growing...

June 2014 Global Electric Vehicle Sales Report: Europe

The "2014 Global Electric Vehicle Sales Report" is the first in a recurring series of posts titled to help you stay abreast of how well electric cars are selling around the world.  These posts are reprints from EV Sales, edited by Jose Pontes. I encourage you to read more from Jose here.  Enjoy!   Four...

2014 Audi Q7 TDI

Audi to Launch Q7 Hybrid Diesel for European Market

We in the U.S. of A see ourselves as unique from Europe.  We are, "exceptional", if you believe the Ayn Rand-types.  Which is why we adopted the hybrid car much, much faster than Europe did.  This all sounds very forward-thinking and such; until you find out that our exceptionalism meant...

Drag Race: 2013 Tesla Model S P85 v. 2012 Range Rover Sport Supercharged

This is the first in a recurring series of posts on how an electric car, properly configured, can simply smoke or keep up with today's legendary gas-powered cars.  Our humble thanks to the speed-happy people at DragTimes.com. DragTimes uses a quarter-mile format, a classic head-to-head format.  The competitions take place either at...

Seven Reasons Your Next Car Should be a Diesel

Seven Reasons Your Next Car Should Have a Diesel Engine

I found this great post on why you should choose a diesel from the knowledgable people at Bell Performance.  Titled, "Seven Reasons Your Next Commuter Car Should Be a Diesel", it is as short as it is sweet and truthful. Here we go: Fuel Economy--a diesel engine increases average mpg between 20...

Car Air Conditioner

Hybrid Owners, Does Air Conditioning Cut Your MPGs? Tell Us

In May, the people at Emissions Analytics published a study on the negative impact of air conditioning and fuel mileage. The general premise isn't a surprise.  You turn the air on, it adds extra load to the electrical system, which adds extra load to the engine, which cuts gas mileage.  We...

Is it Time for an All Wheel Drive Toyota Prius?

According to Koei Saga (as quoted by Automotive News Europe), senior managing officer in charge of powertrain development for Toyota, big changes are in store for the ubiquitous Toyota Prius: "The batteries will be renewed. Everything will be revised. And I think we will come up with a fuel economy that will...

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