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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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eBay Green Machines

  • Review: 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

    Review: 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

    Where Luxury and Fuel Efficiency Intersect Likes: Sexy and stealthy styling Balance between ride quality and handling THX® II Certified Audio System Good fuel economy at 39 mpg overall Dislikes: MyLincoln Touch Command Center Overall performance Interior quality just shy of luxury level The 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid blends sophisticated styling, and technology into a […]
  • Review: 2014 Cadillac ELR

    Review: 2014 Cadillac ELR

    Likes: Amazing fuel efficiency for beefy sedan Brisk all-electric acceleration Luxury interior materials, wrapped in sharp exterior design Dislikes: Overall ride quality is neither truly sporty nor luxurious Interior ergonomics are atrocious High price for gimmicks rather than true quality The hysterical television ad for the Cadillac ELR luxury electric vehicle would have us believe […]
  • Review: 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive – Electrofied

    Review: 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive – Electrofied

    Likes: Emissions Free Interior spaciousness Dislikes: COMAND telematics needs a refresh The manifestation of automotive mobility from earth’s precious oil resources to the state of electrification brings a spark of positivity to mankind, knowing there is a brighter future that allows humanity to rest on its laurels without the degradation and continuous destruction of the […]
  • Review: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

    Review: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

    Likes: Up to 33 mpg on the highway Subaru’s symmetrical AWD is standard Excellent road handling and composed ride on-road and off-road Generous cargo and passenger room for its size Dislikes: Auto start-stop feature EV mode doesn’t go beyond initial acceleration Hard to use navigation system Durability, all-weather capability, safety, and value are core components […]
  • eBay’s Market for Used Nissan Leafs Takes Off

    eBay’s Market for Used Nissan Leafs Takes Off

    Search on eBay, and you’ll find dozens of used 2011 Nissan Leaf electric cars priced around $15,000. That’s a great deal—less than half the original sticker price—on a battery-powered five-seat EV with a range of about 80 miles per charge. Three years ago, the earliest of electric car adopters were chomping at the bit to […]
  • eBay Garage PoW: 2014 Tesla Model S “Nikky”

    eBay Garage PoW: 2014 Tesla Model S “Nikky”

    Certainly not a stranger to performance cars. eBay Garage user, jaredbanyard, has both a Tesla Model S and BMW in his driveway. Now is your chance to possibly win a Model S for your driveway, too We’re coming down the home stretch of our Electrifying Giveaway that ends on May 16. Grand prize is a […]
  • Review: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4X4 EcoDiesel

    Review: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4X4 EcoDiesel

    Likes: Diesel engine is smooth, quiet, powerful, efficient Impressive fuel economy for a luxury SUV Refined, upscale, comfortable interior Off-road capability and adjustability Dislikes: Upper trim levels are expensive Diesel engine option adds $4,500 to price over gas V6 Automatic transmission selector makes you double check Soft suspension means soft cornering Drivers who want an […]
  • Green Ways to Save on St. Patrick’s Day

    Green Ways to Save on St. Patrick’s Day

    Hard to believe spring is just around the corner, even though old man winter refuses to loosen his grip in some parts of the country. To avoid getting stuck on the side of the road in good or bad weather, our friends at Car Care Council recommend a few easy tips to keep you happily […]
  • Early Bird Gull-Wing Bradley GT Electric Car

    Early Bird Gull-Wing Bradley GT Electric Car

    eBay Listing: 1980 Bradley GT II EV There’s a dearth of information available about the seriously cool Bradley GT fiberglass two-seat gull-wing kit car from the 1960s and 1970s. Web reports indicate that about 6,000 of the original Bradley GT cars were sold to kit builders, before the more refined but short-lived GT II was […]
  • BMW 3 Series Diesel, First Impressions

    BMW 3 Series Diesel, First Impressions

    The all-new BMW 328 Diesel will change the way you view diesel. Watch actor Lamman Rucker’s first impressions as he gets behind the wheel to feel the diesel difference. BMW has introduced the 328d, powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel developing 180 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. While EPA estimates declare the new 3 […]

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What alternative fuel are you the most likely to try?

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