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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 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 […]
  • 2014 Toyota Highlander Preview

    2014 Toyota Highlander Preview

    Pros: Sharp, athletic new exterior style Roomy interior is also quite luxurious Excellent road manners for a large vehicle Lots of available tech features Cons: Powertrain options are largely unchanged High priced Hybrid model lacks a good value proposition Mid-sized crossovers have fast become one of the bread and butter automotive segments. Folks looking for […]
  • Audi Innovation Demonstrated at CES

    Audi Innovation Demonstrated at CES

    Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept Dressed to impress in Plasma Red paint, the Audi Sport quattro Laserlight concept was the grand closer at the 2014 International CES Audi keynote. The keynote was hosted by Big Bang Theory cast member, Kunal Nayyar, but even the CBS sitcom star was upstaged when the Laserlight concept rolled onto […]
  • Chevy Spark EV Charges onto the Electric Highway

    Chevy Spark EV Charges onto the Electric Highway

    Review: 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV Likes: DC fast charging capability Sprinter-class acceleration Guiltless around-town driving Lots of information and displays to monitor energy usage Dislikes: 6-speaker sound system Non-perforated leatherette seats don’t breathe Minimal cabin insulation makes it difficult to converse on the phone using the hands-free Bluetooth system Range anxiety More zero-emission, electric-only powered […]
  • Air In, Water Out. Toyota Near Ready with Fuel Cell Car

    Air In, Water Out. Toyota Near Ready with Fuel Cell Car

    Last November at the 2013 LA Auto Show, Toyota announced its commitment to building cars with a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain along with other big carmakers such as Honda and Hyundai. Today at the International CES show in Las Vegas, Toyota released more details behind its fuel cell development program and told us that we […]
  • eBay Collection: Green Machines

    eBay Collection: Green Machines

    eBay Collection: Green Machines Alternative fuel vehicles date back to the early 1800s, with the first electric carriage appearing about 30 years after the first gas-powered vehicle. Electric cars made up about thirty percent of all cars on the road in 1900, but demand waned after Charles Kettering invented the electric starter, eliminating the need […]
  • 2014 BMW i3 Snags Green Car Nomination

    2014 BMW i3 Snags Green Car Nomination

    The new BMW i3 is the boldest model to come out of the BMW brand in quite some time now. Green Car Reports is praising this new model and has even put it on its short list of their Best Car to Buy as a nominee amongst 2014 models. Why the Love From Green Car […]

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