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July 10, 2015

The Worldwide Greening of General Motors

The_Worldwide_Greening_of_General_Motors-1_gm_shipping_crates_reused__garden_beds"We're developing a culture of sustainability along with creating customers for life," Mary Alice Kurtz told me recently at a meeting with top General Motors environmental executives.

An engineer who has worked at GM for 30 years, Kurtz is one of three execs in charge of the company's worldwide environmental programs. This all-female "green team" shares a passion for turning GM into a green company, and saving the company green dollars in the bargain.

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April 23, 2015

Yokohama Joins Ka-BOOM! to Build Playgrounds for Earth Day, and Beyond!

Yokohama_playground_build_earthday-Lily_on_tireswingYokohama Tire Corporation (YTC), KaBOOM! and other local community groups helped build a new playground for kids in San Juan Capistrano, California, in honor of Earth Day on April 22, 2015.

The festive one-day build on Earth Day was done to ensure area children can get the balanced and active play they need, and to make it even better, all the new playground equipment installed is environmentally safe.

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November 17, 2014

Deja Fuel Multi-Gas Tech from the 80s Makes a Comeback in Chevy Impala

2015_Chevrolet_Impala-Bi-Fuel-001-frontviewBy Derek Handova

Those of us who were children of the 1980s and had a Midwestern experience at some point might remember multi-fuel-capable GM trucks. The one summer that I spent working a seasonal job in Colorado, there was another employee from Nebraska who had a Chevy pickup modified to run on gasoline and propane. The details of how the air-fuel mix was adjusted for switchover escape me, but the concept was to save money at the pump and extend overall range. In the Eighties, it was a long way between service stations in western Nebraska.

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November 04, 2014

Volkswagen e-Golf Auction raises $41k for Global Green USA

Volkswagen_e-Golf_auctionLong-time EV driver and Volkswagen  fan Bruce Oberg placed a $41,400 winning bid to end last week's online auction at,  and become the owner of America’s first 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf.

Proceeds from the auction of the first 2015 all-electric Volkswagen benefit Global Green USA, a national environmental non-profit and leader in advancing smart solutions to climate change that help improve lives and protect the planet.

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September 19, 2014

Nissan Celebrates ‘National Drive Electric Week’ With More Than 60,000 U.S. Leaf Owners

2014_drive_electric_week-ATL-4To celebrate National Drive Electric Week, held this year from September 15 to 21, Nissan is the exclusive automotive sponsor for more than 130 grassroots events scheduled for markets across the U.S. and abroad.

National Drive Electric Week, formerly National Plug In Day, started in 2011 as a series of local events aimed at spreading the word about plug-in vehicles. The annual event, which is organized by Plug In America, Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association, attracted more than 35,000 participants at nearly 100 local gatherings in 2013.

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August 25, 2014

A New Breed of Sexy Girl Hamsters Introduces the All-New 2015 Kia Soul EV

9207_KIA_MOTORS_ICONIC_HAMSTERS_TURN_SCIENCE_LAB_INTO_HOTBED_OF_INNOVATION_INScheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of this year, the all-electric, zero-emissions Soul EV is the centerpiece of Kia’s Clean Mobility program and the brand’s first-ever mass-marketed electric vehicle.

Since bursting on the scene in 2009 as “a new way to roll,” the funky Soul urban passenger vehicle – and an accompanying trio of music-loving hamsters – has become a genuine phenomenon, with U.S. sales of the iconic people mover increasing every year.

Now, with “geek chic” newly added to the dictionary, the latest installment of Kia Motors America’s (KMA) award-winning ad campaign finds the hamsters inhabiting a high-tech, high-energy laboratory and unleashing their inner mad scientists to create the most innovative and eco-friendly Soul yet -- and a herd of sexy female hamsters as well. BUT: Are these Kia Girl Hamsters just way too sexy? We want your opinion!

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May 13, 2014

Infographic: Does Buying a Hybrid Car Make Cents?

Does-buying-a-hybrid-make-sense According to Wikipedia, a total of 434,498 hybrid electric vehicles were sold during 2012. During 2013, hybrid sales totaled 495,685 units; up 14.1% from 2012 and representing a market share of 3.19% of new car sales.

Statistics show that consumers are purchasing more hybrid cars, and are branching out into purchasing plug-in electric models as well. Earth-aware drivers choose these eco-friendly models because they reduce fuel costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce our dependency on petroleum.

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April 22, 2014

It’s Earth Day! Take a Look at Ten Earth Friendly Automobiles

Green_cars-Earth_day-Thinkstock-88012186Are you interested in electric cars? In honor of Earth Day, AskPatty has gathered up a roundup of ten eco-friendly cars that can help Earth-aware drivers reduce fuel costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce our dependency on petroleum.

While many drivers are familiar with the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, there are now are many Earth-friendly choices for new car shoppers shopping in the electric car segment. Regardless of your reasons for wanting one, and no matter which electric car you choose, consumers have more choices than ever before. 

The ten cars included in this guide represent a variety of alternative-fuel vehicles available on the market right now. Take a look and learn about your eco-friendly automotive choices.

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April 16, 2014

Automotive Industry Goes Green: 2014 DC Auto Show

Ladies, the DC Auto Show isn’t about glamour as much as it’s about policy making and the future of the car industry. In honor of Earth Month, we've collected information from the DC auto show to share more about the greening of automotive.

NissanTaxi-11.2013-7_mediumFront page: For the 2014 Washington Auto Show, Nissan rented an Amtrak train car and ferried a group of journalists from Penn Station, NYC to Washington, D.C. Since the show took place during an epic East Coast snowstorm, the train was both a pleasant and efficient way to arrive. And it’s consistent with Nissan’s push into the future of environmental changes. That objective encompasses Nissan’s NV200 vehicles (the taxicab of the future and NYC’s official taxicab) as well as some new initiatives they are rolling out with FedEx.

The scoop: The Washington Auto Show is known as the “Public Policy Show.” It is unique on the global industry circuit because of its proximity to the U.S. Congress, international diplomatic corps and federal agencies.

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February 11, 2014

Viva Volvo Las Vegas: Notes from Volvo's 2015 S60 Drive-E Reveal

2015_Volvo_S60_Las_Vegas-frontviewFront Page News:  The Volvo Car Group is undertaking an $11 billion strategy to boost the Swedish automaker’s position in the global marketplace.

New for 2014: The Swedish company just revealed a trio of 2015 Volvo 60-series models with the new Drive-E powertrains.  The trio consists of the V60 station wagon, S60 sedan, and XC60 crossover.

The skinny? In what's noted as the largest refresh in the company’s history, the four-cylinder lightweight, low-emission engines were developed in Sweden and will be implemented on each new model that Volvo rolls out in the near future.

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