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Tesla Model S Tops AAA's 2014 Green Car Guide

2013 Tesla Model S AAA’s Automotive Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center revealed this week that the 2013 Tesla Model S earned top scores in its 2014 Green Car Guide. Behind the Tesla Model S, the 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, 2014 Audi A7 TDI, 2013 Lexus GS Hybrid and 2013 Nissan Leaf round out the top five on the list. “The Tesla Model S is an incredible car,” says Steve Mazor, Automotive Research Center manager and chief engineer, in a statement ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Tesla Model S, Hybrids, electric cars, Fuel Economy

Ford Lowers MPG Rating on C-Max, Reimburses Owners

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Ford announced in a press release Thursday that it is reducing the fuel economy estimates for the 2013 C-Max Hybrid and giving customers who bought the car a small reimbursement. According to the EPA, the C-Max Hybrid’s fuel economy will go from 47/47/47 city/highway/combined to 45/40/43 city/highway/combined. The disbursement, which Ford calls a “goodwill payment,” will be $550 for purchasers and $325 for lessees. The New York Times reports that the ... continue reading»

Tags: Ford, Hybrids, Model News, Fuel Economy, Ford C Max Hybrid

Ford to Offer Free MPG Boost to 2013 Hybrid Owners

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Ford will begin offering a free software update in August to improve the fuel economy of the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid, 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Ford says the software update will improve its hybrids’ real-world fuel economy. “We believe these actions will provide our customers enhanced on-road fuel economy satisfaction,” says Raj Nair, group vice president of global product development at Ford, in a press release. According to Ford, the software update will increase the ... continue reading»

Tags: Ford Fusion Hybrid, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, Ford, Hybrids, Model News, Fuel Economy, Ford C Max Hybrid

EV Owners are Smarter and Richer Than the Rest of Us

Want to look smarter and richer? Buy an electric vehicle. A new survey says that electric car owners tend to be wealthier and better-educated than the average American driver. A study by the Electric Vehicle Information Exchange surveyed 970 respondents, most of whom reported some interest in electric vehicles. According to the survey results, respondents who already lease or own electric vehicles tend to be "very well-educated, upper-middle class, white men in their early 50’s with ideal living situations ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Green Cars, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan LEAF, Hybrid Cars, Hybrids, electric cars

Outsmart High Gas Prices

Once Labor Day has passed, gas prices tend to decrease. However, TIME reports that national gas prices are hovering around $3.84 a gallon in many states. Hurricane Isaac and plant shut downs in the United Kingdom have slowed production and limited resources, according to GasBuddy.com. The gas-price tracking site expects prices to decline by the end of the month and “bottom out between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” but the cost of filling up is still a concern for most ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Gas Prices, Hybrids, plug in hybrids, holiday travel

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