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What Will It Take For Electric Cars To Make Great Family Cars?
What Will It Take For Electric Cars To Make Great Family Cars?

First, a disclaimer – I’m no scientist, not particularly good at math, and claim no expertise in dissecting voluminous data on the pros and cons of electric vehicles. But I am a writer who’s also a wife, mother of four, and live in a state and area (California/Los Angeles) where...Read More»

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Damaged Japanese Automaker Facilities Affect U.S. Market

The natural disasters in Japan continue to have a growing and negative effect on the U.S. automotive industry. U.S. carmakers are being affected by the vast network of Japanese auto part suppliers that were disrupted or shut down entirely by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Supply chain...Read More»

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5 Habits To Change During Lent -- And The Apps To Help You

The rain held off for most of yesterday's Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, but around the time that the police department made its traditional midnight charge down Bourbon Street to declare the holiday over, storm clouds began rolling in. This morning, folks across the area awoke to a very...Read More»

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Robotics Professor Converts Honda Civics To Electric

A robotics professor in Pittsburgh has designed a kit for the Honda Civic. It doesn't transform it into an exotic looking supercar, but it can make it run on electricity. Illah Nourbakhsh has been working with Baum Blvd. Automotive in the Pittsburgh suburb of Oakland and has pretty much worked out...Read More»

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North American Car, Truck of the Year Winners: 2011 Ford Explorer, 2011 Chevy Volt

The winners for the North American Car and Truck of the Year have been announced, at the 2011 Detroit auto show--and they are the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the 2011 Ford Explorer. The prestigious awards are chosen by a panel of 49 automotive journalists from all forms of media--online, print...Read More»

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2011 Detroit Show: The North American Car of the Year Is...?

While High Gear Media preps for the opening salvo at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), we're also preparing for Monday's announcement of the 2011 North American Car and Truck of the Year winners. As one of the 49 jurors voting for the award, I'm proud that all six of the...Read More»

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Researchers: Heat From Exhaust Could Be Harnessed For Improved MPG

If you've ever crept along in gridlock and noticed the floor of your car getting a little warm, or 'seen' all the heat energy escaping from a hot exhaust pipe on a cold day, you know that exhaust systems send a lot of heat right out the tailpipe—heat that could potentially be put to use. What...Read More»

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Nissan Makes Range-Anxiety Fun With 'Carwings' For The 2011 Leaf

If Farmville has taught us anything -- and sadly, it's taught us plenty -- it's that people will carry out even the most repetitive, mundane chores as long as there's a shiny gold trophy waiting down the line. Now, Nissan has taken that same principle and applied it to a spiffy in-dash system for...Read More»

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Ferrari Vs. Nissan: Prancing Horse vs. Dancing Bear

My how times have changed. I was reading an article on the BBC’s website about marketing electric cars and how they should be named, in order to have meaning and resonance for the potential buyer. It’s a tricky thing because names can mean different things to different people as well as...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Elantra LPI Hybrid, sold in South Korea only
Three Major Factors Drive Consumers' Choice of Cars

Despite all the media attention over hybrids and electrics, when it comes to consumers’ choice of cars – family cars included – it still boils down to three major factors: quality, safety and price. So says Consumer Reports after a recent random, nationwide telephone survey of...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
2011 Nissan Leaf: Unplugged, it Tours

2011 Nissan Leaf:  Unplugged On Tour At the Midwest Automotive Media Association's 2010 Fall Rally, Nissan introduced its no-tailpipe emissions Leaf.  This 100-mile range electric vehicle has a lithium-ion battery pack down its center tunnel, underneath the stadium-style rear seat and between the...Read More»

2011 Hyundai Elantra
Today at High Gear Media: Hyundai Goes Green, Leaf Wins Big

Is Hyundai about to overtake Honda as the world's greenest carmaker? [GreenCarReports] As we did, European journalists have named the 2011 Nissan Leaf their Car of the Year. [AllCarsElectric] Safer roads are great for cars--but have you seen the stats for pedestrians and other forms of...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt
Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, And Toyota Named Nielsen Finalists For Green Marketing

Like any trend, the "green" movement has fallen in and out of favor, but for the past few years, it's been especially popular -- maybe as popular as it was when it first gained mainstream momentum during the hippie movement of the 1960s. And perhaps because of that popularity, Nielsen has decided...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
Today at High Gear Media: Holiday Driving, Trashed Porsches

Thanksgiving is creeping up on us--and so are gas prices, in advance of the biggest travel holiday of the year. [TheCarConnection] Naked and armed is no way to go through life, son--but if you're going to do it, do it in a Bentley. [MotorAuthority] If you missed the New York Marathon in all its...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
10 Best Candidate Cities for EVs

Think you know the most ideal cities for electric vehicle (EV) commutes? Although there’s a lot of publicity over the all-new 100-percent electric 2011 Nissan Leaf – for which eager customers snapped up all 20,000 first-phase reservations three months ahead of the deadline –...Read More»

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Hotel Chain Elements Installs EV Car Charging Stations for Guests

The new eco-friendly hotel brand Elements is plugging into guests with electric cars, by installing EV charging stations at its locations. When the first one opened at the Elements hotel in Lexington, near Boston, in 2009, it made headlines.  Since then, Elements has added charging stations to...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
Are Hybrids and Electric Vehicles "Overhyped?"

Forget about the headlines and excitement around the impending delivery of the long-awaited Chevrolet Volt plug-in extended range hybrid and the Nissan Leaf plug-in EV, and the ever-increasing sales figures for the Toyota Prius, the best-selling hybrid on the planet. The researchers at J. D. Power...Read More»

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BP To Install Electric Car Chargers at Its Gas Stations

BP has agreed to install fast-chargers for electric cars in gas stations in Nashville and several other Tennessee cities. In addition to being the home of country music, Nashville is the American headquarters of Nissan, which is launching the plug-in EV Nissan LEAF. So the company that gave us the...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
Can The 2011 Leaf Reinvent Nissan?

Quick – what auto companies spring to mind when you think of the most environmentally-conscious vehicles? There’s Toyota, whose Prius snagged the eco-friendly crown a long time ago. There’s also Honda, whose fuel-efficient gasoline engine lineup, along with quality and...Read More»

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