hybrid cars

Green Car of the Year Finalists Announced for 2012

Ed Begley Jr. chatting up green vehicles at Forward with Ford conference.

The LA Auto Show is rolling around and so is the 7th annual Green Car of the Year, selected by Green Car Journal and a panel of jurors. Dozens of vehicles that will hit the roa…

Does Kicking Hybrid Drivers Out of Carpool Lanes Make Traffic Worse for Everyone?

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Up until recently, California has been allowing single occupants to drive in the carpool lanes as long as they are driving gasoline-electric hybrids. But as of July 1st 2011, solo hybrid drivers were no longer entitled to …

Chevy Volt Earns ‘Recommended’ Rating From Consumer Reports

Photo: Michael Graham Richard

But Not All is Rosy…
The Chevrolet Volt has received what is probably the second most valuable award in the automotive world, Consumer Reports’ “Recommended” rating (the first is Consumer Reports’ “Top Pick” rating). S…

Renting Hybrid Cars Has Gotten Easier: 5 Models to Look Out For

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A bike or local public transportation may be the greenest way to get around, but sometimes even the biggest cargo bike can’t do everything.

Whether you want to see the countryside, have a ton of luggage, or are t…

Roomier Prius V Hybrid (aka Mama Prius) Going on Sale in US Next Month

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58% More Cargo Space, Starting at $26,400
After releasing more details on the 2012 Prius Plug-in, Toyota is now announcing that the Prius V (which I dubbed the ‘Mama Prius’) will go on sale in the United States at the …Read the full s…

Toyota Unveils 2012 Prius Plug-in (87 MPGe, $32k)

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Toyota’s a Bit Late to the Lithium-Ion Party, But Better Late Than Never
We’ve known it was coming for a while, but until now we didn’t have official numbers on pricing and fuel economy for the 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid. Well, th…

Bear Takes Toyota Prius for a Test-Drive, Totals it

Apologies for the terrible Photoshop job… Image: Nissan’s LEAF ad + Prius

And Now for Something on the Lighter Side of News…
Nissan might have trained polar bears in its ads (see below), but Toyota has wild bears in its hybrids. Unfortunately, it…

NASCAR Giants Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon Going Green in Chevy Volts

Photo Courtesy of Chevrolet Volt

Although the idea of NASCAR going green isn’t much more than a fantasy, individual drivers can still join the ranks of the sustainability movement. And that’s what racing legends Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon have do…

New 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid Unveiled (41 MPG)

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7th Generation Camry, 2nd Generation Camry Hybrid
The Toyota Camry is a perennial best-seller in the US, ranking #1 in number of units sold for 13 of the past 14 years. Since 2006, Toyota has been offering a hybrid version of its best-s…

Toyota & Ford to Partner on Next Generation Light Truck and SUV Hybrid Drivetrain

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RWD Hybrids
Ford and Toyota have announced that they entered an equal partnership to develop a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain for rear-wheel-drive light trucks and SUVs. While I’m not a big fan of these types of vehicles if they are …