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Carfree Cities: Where Are They?

by Justin Thomas •

Interested in knowing where you can find places free of cars? There’s an extensive list of carfree places around the world, available now on the Wikipedia. There’s also a book about Carfree Citites available. Here’s our review: Imagine life in a city free from the noise, stench, and danger of cars, trucks, and buses. Imagine that all basic needs, from …

Saab Unveils World’s First Biofuel Hybrid

by Justin Thomas •

Saab has unveiled its automotive vision for a greener future at the British International Motor Show. The Swedish subsidiary of the embattled American automotive giant General Motors has already made a name as a leading maker of biofuel cars, which can run on any mixture between ordinary gas and E85, a fuel blend that contains 85% bioethanol made from plants. …

2006 Honda Civic Hybrid Update

by Justin Thomas •

Honda has increased the efficiency of their new Hybrid Civic for 2006, which went on sale recently with a price tag of $21,850. Honda has improved the fuel economy by about five percent, to get 50 mpg on both EPA city and highway ratings. It looks like the Civic Hybrid and the Prius will get about the same fuel economy …

HybridCenter: A Buyer’s Guide

by Justin Thomas •

HybridCenter is a good site to get the latest information on hybrid cars. The site features a Buyer’s Guide where you can compare cars based on your driving needs and price of gas in your state. They also have a Comparison Chart, where you can see how each car will perform, based on your driving habits. There’s also a comprehensive …

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Real-World Hybrid Mileage Reports

by Justin Thomas •

GreenHybrid.Com has a database of real-world mileage reports from hybrid car drivers. It now has statistics from over 1000 different cars in the database. The site also has an active discussion forum and a learning section where you can read about the basics of hybrid car technology.

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Review: Low Rolling Resistance Tires

by Justin Thomas •

Green Seal has released another of their well-researched reports, this time covering “Low Rolling Resistance Tires“. The reports presents previously unpublished data on leading tires that have low rolling resistance. But what is rolling resistance exactly? It’s a measurement of how easily the tire rolls down the road — minimizing the energy wasted as heat between the tire and the …

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HybridCars.Com

by Justin Thomas •

HybridCars.Com is a web site with a lot of up-to-date information on (you guessed it) hybrid cars, trucks and vans. The editor is Bradley Berman who has written a book entitled “An Insider’s Look at Hybrid Cars: How They Work and Why They Matter”. The web site has an overview of what vehicles are available now and which ones are …

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ZAP! Smart Cars

by Justin Thomas •

ZAP, an electric vehicle company, is offering a 60 mpg gasoline powered SMART Car. The company says the SMART City Coupe has an impressive handling and a stylish, roomy interior for two passengers. The SMART Car is popular in Europe, so ZAP is bringing the Americanized version that is a U.S. compliant direct import automobile. Pricing runs between $12,000 for …