Coming This Fall: The New VW Passat GTE

From the fine people at Volkswagen comes a plug-in hybrid version of the Passat sedan. The Volkswagen continues to plug-in.  Following the Golf GTE, comes the next high-volume model with a plug-in drive system: this time the German carmaker is electrifying the new Passat GTE. Its launch marks the debut of...

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...

2015 Kia Soul EV: For $27k You Can Stop Buying Gas

The Kia Soul EV itself is looks to be a great little EV.  Here's an interesting sidebar: the Soul EV was just named the "Best New City" car by the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada.  In 2015, it will be introduced in markets outside of California and New York City....

iCarMode app, courtesy of iCarMode

A 2-Trip Review of the iCarMode Driving App

HECN Rating: A+ Click here for more product information and to buy the iCarMode driving app This is a fantastic little driving app that integrates everything you NEED to do with a phone while driving into one big and easy to use interface. Think about it.  You don't need to show images to your...

The iOnRoad Driving Assistant

A 2-Trip Review of the iOnRoad Driving Assistant App

HECN Rating: A+ Click here for more product information and to buy the iOnRoad app The iOnRoad app is a driving assistant, ready to give you key information about speed, direction, collision alerts, proximity to others on the road, navigation, and access to entertainment and communication.  It aims to do this in one glance,...

Hybrid Car Review: 2015 Mercedes Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid

This is an automotive column at Examiner.com written by Sebastian James, publisher of Hybrid and Electric Car News. Enjoy, and be sure to subscribe to his posts. The car in the video above is the 2015 Mercedes Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid sedan. S-Class. Plug. In. Hybrid. It's not a joke. It's not the end of...

2014 Volkswagen Beetle TDI: Not Bad, Wait and Buy it in 2015

A question: would you pay $28,000+ for a 2014 Volkswagen Beetle?  With a turbo-diesel engine?  A super-premium stereo? Navigation? Any takers? In terms of value, tricking out a 2014 VW Beetle to it's fullest with a powerful diesel engine, isn't a great value.  In 2014. If you want a great car at a great...

Introducing the 2015 Volvo XC90

New Cars for 2015: The New Volvo XC90

This is an excerpt from the first automotive column at Examiner.com written by Sebastian James, publisher of Hybrid and Electric Car News. Be sure to click through to finish, and subscribe to his posts. The 2015 XC90: Volvo Goes All-in on Strong Lines and High Technology “This is one of the most...

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