Say Hello to the Honda HR-V, a 2016 Green SUV of the Year

Green Car Journal awarded the Honda HR-V it's "Green SUV of the Year" award.  The HR-V, a member of the bustling subcompact crossover/SUV segment, is (to me) the best looking Honda to hit the showroom since the S2000.  It's too small for my family currently, but when it was just...

Three Clean Cities Coalitions to Host Green Transportation Expo

From our friends at Chicago Area Clean Cities: Clean Cities coalitions from Chicago, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana today announced they are partnering to host a major green-transportation conference in the Chicago area on May 19. The Lake Michigan Clean Cities Consortium will host the Green Drives Conference and Expo at Northern Illinois University’s...

Volkswagen Golf TSI BlueMotion, image courtesy of VW Global Media

10 Things You Need to Know about the New VW Golf TSI BlueMotion

The sharp minds at Volkswagen have come up with a gasoline engine that squeezes out the mpg's like a diesel--but with more power and performance than you'd expect out of a small engine. Namely, a 1-liter gasoline engine. Now before you click away, sulking remember this.  The Golf TSI BlueMotion generates 147...

Barry Thomson and the Art of Hypermiling

[caption id="attachment_36393" align="alignright" width="275"] The Ultimate Guide to Hyper Miling, courtesy of Showplates Direct[/caption] The next time you're in traffic, cursing because you're stuck behind someone who you can't seem to get around, relax. They might be a hyper miler. "Whaaaa...

2016 Chevy Sonic RS Turbo, image by Hybrid and Electric Car News

A Few Days with a Chevy Sonic: Way More than a 4-banger

Here at HECN, we like our hybrids, diesels, electrics and fuel cell vehicles.  But a thrifty 4-cylinder, known as a high-mileage car, isn't outside of our jurisdiction.  The higher the vehicle's MPG the better.  If it can be done the old-fashioned way, more power to it.  Especially if it allows...

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JD Power: Despite Cheap Gas, Fuel Efficiency Still a Primary Concern

As you read the headlines proclaiming historically low gas prices spelling doom for hybrid, electric, or any other automotive technology that leverages economy, think about this from J.D. Power: Despite gas prices falling to their lowest levels since 2010, fuel economy—for a fourth consecutive year—remains the most influential factor among the...

2016 Toyota Mirai FCV fueling

Toyota to Spend $7.2M for New Hydrogen Fueling Stations

Toyota has a huge stake in the US success of the Mirai, their first fuel cell to properly come to market.  One of the keys to success is a robust fueling network.  According to Green Fleet News, Toyota is spending $7.2 million to expand the number of hydrogen fueling stations...

2016 Ford Explorer EcoBoost: The King is Dead, Long Live the King

Ford introduced the newest iteration of the classic Explorer SUV at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show.  The Ford Explorer, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the Range Rover have to be 3 of the most recognizable SUV silhouettes ever.  Over 7 million Explorers have been sold since it's 1990 debut.   “Explorer...

Where Toyota’s New “Mirai” Fuel Cell Vehicle Gets it Right

This is an excerpt from an Examiner.com column written by  Sebastian James, publisher of Hybrid and Electric Car News. Enjoy, and be sure to subscribe to his posts. In Japanese, "Mirai" means the future. Toyota hopes the hydrogen-powered "Mirai" becomes synonymous with the same success as their car named after the Latin...

Volkswagen Golf Variant HyMotion Fuel Cell Vehicle, courtesy of VW Global Media

VW Introduces the Golf SportWagen HyMotion Fuel Cell Vehicle

On the heels of yesterday's premiere of the Toyota Mirai, Volkswagen used the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show as the stage to pull the curtain on the Golf SportWagen HyMotion fuel cell vehicle.  VW calls the HyMotion is a a progressive research vehicle, a testbed for integrating innovations into production models....

Volvo Cars reveals 450 horsepower High Performance Drive-E Powertrain Concept

Volvo’s New Drive-E Powertrain: F1-type Power in a Volvo?

On Tuesday, October 7, Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President for Research and Development at Volvo Car Group, introduced the world to the High Performance Drive-E Powertrain Concept: “When we launched the Drive-E powertrain family, our aim was to deliver the most advanced 4-cylinder engines in the industry based on emissions and fuel consumption...

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