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  • Electric

    Electric

    Avoid gas stations altogether. Electricity is cheap and ubiquitous. EVs are the greenest vehicles you can buy. But limited range means mostly local driving.

  • Hybrid

    Hybrid

    Gas-electric hybrids are the most efficient cars that don’t have a plug. There are nearly 40 available models—ranging from compact to full-size SUV.

  • Diesel

    Diesel

    Diesel vehicles have exceptional fuel efficiency and are fun to drive. Today's diesels are much cleaner and quieter than those from previous generations.

  • High MPG Gas

    High MPG Gas

    Great fuel efficiency is possible with conventional gas engines. There's a growing list of reasonably priced models getting 35 mpg or higher.

  • CNG

    Natural Gas

    Research is required to find a local station that pumps CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), and choice of models is limited. But the payoff is low-cost fuel that burns clean.

  • Ethanol

    Ethanol

    If you live near an E85 pump, a flex-fuel car utilizes a domestic source of farm-grown fuel.

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How Do Green Vehicles Work?

Hybrid

A hybrid electric car combines an internal combustion engine with batteries and an electric motor to provide high fuel economy. Hybrids automatically switch between gas and electric to maximize efficiency. Batteries are charged by the engine and during regenerative braking.

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Electric

An all-electric car is powered only by an electric motor that receives electricity by plugging into the grid. These cars consume no gasoline and produce no tailpipe emissions. However, the level of overall emissions depends on the amount of coal used to make electricity.

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Diesel

A diesel engine does not use a conventional spark plug to ignite the fuel like gasoline. It uses the heat of compression to ignite the fuel to begin the combustion process. Diesel combustion is a more efficient process than spark ignited combustion, so diesel vehicles produce more miles per gallon than their gasoline counterparts.

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High MPG

Innovative internal combustion strategies like direct injection, turbocharging and better aerodynamics help yield more miles from a gallon of gas. The proof is in the pudding: What's your MPG?

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Ethanol

More than 95% of gasoline is blended with low-levels of domestically produced ethanol. Ethanol is currently produced from corn with future plans to manufacture it from cellulosic materials—crop wastes, grasses, etc.—once technology is commercial. When comparing E85 and gasoline, all regulated emissions either decrease or show no significant difference.

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CNG

Compressed natural gas is cleaner and less expensive than gasoline, and generally comes from domestic sources. When considering the purchase of a CNG vehicle, owners should first determine whether convenient and reliable CNG fueling is available.

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  • Reviewing the 2015 Lexus Hybrids

    Reviewing the 2015 Lexus Hybrids

    Lexus has a reputation for making vehicles that are comfortable, quiet, safe, reliable, but perhaps a bit boring. Although the company is trying to create a more exciting brand image, through such vehicles as the exotic LFA and the new RC coupe, its bread and butter will continue to be more sensible sedans and crossovers for the foreseeable future.
  • All-New Acura NSX is Now a Reality

    All-New Acura NSX is Now a Reality

    After more than three years of development, testing, teasing, and having the entire powertrain was revamped less than two years ago, the all-new Acura NSX made its world debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Not only does the new NSX look stunning, it has the raw power to make it […]
  • “Year of Honda” kicks off at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

    “Year of Honda” kicks off at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

    Japanese automotive giant Honda isn’t just unveiling new models and concepts at this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit—it’s declaring 2015 the “Year of Honda.” The brunt of Honda’s focus at the 2015 NAIAS is on its FCV Concept, which is making its North American debut. Despite having the word “Concept” in […]
  • Hyundai Introduces New Sonata Hybrid, and Plug-in Version

    Hyundai Introduces New Sonata Hybrid, and Plug-in Version

    Hyundai unveiled a redesigned version of its Sonata Hybrid sedan today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2016 Sonata Hybrid’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine offers a 10 percent jump in fuel economy compared to the outgoing model, which gets 38 mpg. The boost will allow the Sonata Hybrid to compete head-to-head with […]
  • Chevrolet Electrifies Crowd with 2016 Volt at NAIAS

    Chevrolet Electrifies Crowd with 2016 Volt at NAIAS

    General Motors today unveiled a new and improved version of Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The redesigned 2016 Volt will travel about 50 miles purely on electricity stored in a new lighter 18.4 kilowatt-hour battery pack.
  • Review: 2014 BMW i3 – Responsible Green Driving With a Flair

    Review: 2014 BMW i3 – Responsible Green Driving With a Flair

    Breaking away from the brigade of boring, environmentally responsible electric vehicles is the 2014 BMW i3 – the first car from BMW’s eco-focused i sub-brand.
  • Ferrari FXX K World Debut [video]

    Ferrari FXX K World Debut [video]

    Ferrari unveiled for the first time a track-only version of its LaFerrari flagship, the FXX K. The unveiling took place at the Finali Mondiali event held at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit. The event is Ferrari’s annual celebration of the end of the motorsport season and brings together all of its separate sporting divisions, including […]
  • Say Bye-Bye to the Honda Fit EV

    Say Bye-Bye to the Honda Fit EV

    It’s wonderful, and sad, to see the Honda Fit EV be removed from the product line-up next year. We had a blast driving the Fit EV for a week last summer. The quirky, small EV — almost 20 inches longer than a Fiat 500e — was the perfect car for getting about both as an […]
  • Review: 2015 Ford Fiesta SFE, Frugal Flyer

    Review: 2015 Ford Fiesta SFE, Frugal Flyer

    After being introduced to the Fiesta in early 2014, we have been big fans. Tiny but feisty, the Fiesta has an overall goodness that's disproportionate to its size, with a complimentary talent set that includes delightful styling, energetic handling and a high level of refinement inside.
  • 2015 Ford Fiesta SFE EcoBoost Dyno-Test Results

    2015 Ford Fiesta SFE EcoBoost Dyno-Test Results

    Ford has made some bold moves when it comes to offering unique powertrains with vehicles. The Fiesta SFE EcoBoost is possibly the boldest powertrain offering for a subcompact vehicle. While the base Fiesta and most of its competitors offer standard 4-cylinder powertrains, the SFE EcoBoost is a unique option that cuts off one cylinder to […]

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