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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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  • Green Car: 1918 Detroit Model 75

    Green Car: 1918 Detroit Model 75

    The Detroit Electric automobile company produced about 14,000 pure electric vehicles during its 32-year run from 1907 to 1939. This Model 75, made in 1918, is one of only several hundred still on the road today. In 1918, when this Model 75 was produced, electric vehicles were already going the way of the horse. The […]
  • Green Car: 2000 Corbin Sparrow

    Green Car: 2000 Corbin Sparrow

    The Corbin Sparrow is a single-passenger, three-wheeled, pure-electric people mover. Only 300 of these wonderfully funky vehicles were produced, from 1992 to 2002. This one up for auction on eBay is Number 140. It’s even more unique—if that’s possible— because its owner has tricked it out with a custom metallic dark gray paint job, chrome […]
  • eBay Listing: 1996 Land Rover Defender

    eBay Listing: 1996 Land Rover Defender

    The Land Rover Defender is a British four-wheel-drive off-road utility vehicle developed from the original Land Rover Series launched in 1948. First called the Land Rover Ninety and Land Rover One Ten—names referring to the number of inches in its wheelbase—it became the Defender in 1990. That name derives, at least in part, to the […]
  • Green Car: 2011 Nissan Leaf, All-Electric

    Green Car: 2011 Nissan Leaf, All-Electric

    The Nissan Leaf is the car that ushered in the new era of affordable electric vehicles in the 21st century. So, it only makes sense that the electric hatch—capable of about 80 miles of driving on single charge—would figure prominently in an emerging market of used EVs. A year-and-half after the first customer was handed […]
  • Green Car: 2002 Toyota RAV4 EV

    Green Car: 2002 Toyota RAV4 EV

    An electric SUV might seem like an environmental oxymoron. But using ultra-efficient and inexpensive electric fuel in a spacious sports utility could be the key to gaining wider acceptance of EVs among American consumers. This purely electric 2002 Toyota RAV4 EV, listed for $16,900 in a classified ad on eBay, is the prototype for this […]
  • Green Driving: 1920 Electric Ford Model T

    Green Driving: 1920 Electric Ford Model T

    This remarkable 1920 Ford Model T runs on electricity. According to the seller, who has been a collector for more than 45 years, it’s the only electric Model T he has ever seen. Ford originally built the vehicle to run as a conventional gas-powered vehicle, but sometime in the past few decades, the original engine […]
  • Green Driving: 1960 Nash Metropolitan

    Green Driving: 1960 Nash Metropolitan

    If you’re looking to save money at the pumps, one of the smartest things you can do is to downsize. Keep this in mind: Buying a car that meets, but does not exceed, your need for size and power doesn’t have to be an exercise in self-restraint. A little legroom and horsepower can be traded […]
  • Green Driving: 1970 Legrand DIY Electric Car

    Green Driving: 1970 Legrand DIY Electric Car

    In 2012, an American car buyer can choose from among a half-dozen electric cars made by major auto manufactures, such as Nissan and Ford. The impressive capabilities of cars like the Nissan Leaf or Ford Focus Electric underscore how far we’ve come from a generation ago when owning an electric car meant having to build […]
  • Green Driving: 1969 Classic Mini Cooper

    Green Driving: 1969 Classic Mini Cooper

    The 2012 Mini Cooper with manual six-speed gearbox gets 29 miles per gallon in the city and 37 on the highway. That’s great mileage for a car that provides such a high quotient of fun and styling. Due to car’s small profile and light weight, its 121 horsepower provides plenty of oomph. The Mini’s legacy […]
  • Energy Department Finds Advantages to Natural Gas Cars

    Energy Department Finds Advantages to Natural Gas Cars

    President Barack Obama has occasionally voiced public support for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles over the past few years. But the chief transportation priorities of the administration and Energy Secretary Steven Chu have been clear: raising the overall fuel economy of consumer vehicles and promoting early adoption of plug-in electric vehicles. However, recently the federal […]

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