Tag: hybrids

51 Posts

Aug 14, 2014

Plug-in Hybrid Conversions: A Year to Get Your Investment Back

Jim Motavalli

There are 250 million vehicles on American roads, many of them high-mileage commercial vehicles. Could we double their fuel economy by plugging them in?

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Jun 06, 2014

Ready, Set, Innovate: The College Car Challenge That Leads to a Job

Jim Motavalli

Fifteen colleges compete to build a better plug-in hybrid, and auto companies--from GM to Tesla--are hiring the seasoned veterans.

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Apr 17, 2014

New York Auto Show 2014: Green Under the Glitz

Jim Motavalli

At the 2014 New York Auto Show, high-performance and mainstream cars caught the spotlight, but there was plenty of environmentally friendly stuff going off to the side.

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Accuracy of Prius dashboard mileage
Apr 17, 2014

Counting Mileage: A Case of Prius Syndrome

Dear Car Talk

Today Tom and Ray counsel Pat through a case of "Prius Syndrome." Ever since getting his Prius, Pat has become obsessed with mileage but he's noticed that the dashboard reports that he's doing 3-4 mpg better than his old fashioned pencil and paper calculations indicate. Find out if he can trust his dashboard, right here.

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2014 Volvo V60 Diesel Hybrid review
Jan 24, 2014

Volvo V60 Diesel Hybrid: The “It” Car that Isn’t

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

This plug-in diesel hybrid gives devotees of Volvo wagons a million reasons to celebrate. But don't pop the champagne cork just yet...there's a big catch.

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Dec 14, 2013

Think Smaller: Driving the XL1

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

When Dr. Ferdinand Piëch says, "Jump", VW asks, "How high?" The result: A car that is capable of driving 100 km on 1 liter of fuel...and then some.

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Dec 13, 2013

Driving VW's Astonishing 200 MPG XL1

Jim Motavalli

It's the most aerodynamic, fuel-efficient car in the world, and $145,000 buys you bragging rights. But only in Europe, alas.

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Dec 04, 2013

Buying a Used Prius? It Pays to Shop Around.

Jim Motavalli

Given the ironclad law of supply and demand, it pays to buy pre-owned hybrids and EVs in cities where they're not on everyone's shopping list.

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Nov 27, 2012

Today: Hybrid Advice for Super-Commuters

Dear Car Talk

Thought your commute was bad? John drives 310 miles round trip and it's finally time to replace his trusty Prius. He's looking for something with comparable gas mileage that can go the distance. Find out what Tom and Ray recommend, right here.

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Jun 12, 2012

John's Electric Car Road Trip: Bogus or Brilliant?

Dear Car Talk

John has an idea to help fully electric cars go the distance on road trips: pack your own generator. Will this actualy work, or will Tom and Ray send him back to the drawing board?

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