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April 08, 2016

AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Avoid Excessive Idling

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An idling car gets zero miles per gallon, but still produces toxic emissions.

Everybody knows if you turn off a light bulb as you leave the room you'll save electricity. If you turn off your car you’ll save gas. In fact, idling for 15 minutes burns through an average of a quarter of a gallon. If you’re at a railroad crossing, at a long traffic light, sitting in the drive-through lane, or even waiting to pick someone up, turn off your engine. It's as simple as that.

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April 06, 2016

AskPatty’s  Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Maintain the Correct Tire Pressure

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Proper tire pressure can improve gas mileage by 3%.

Getting more mileage from each gallon can save you as much as 10 cents per gallon at today's gas prices: That's a savings of $30 to $70 depending on how much you drive, and can reduce greenhouse gasses by 1.42% to 0.69%. Low tire pressure increases your car's rolling resistance and forces your engine to work harder.

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April 04, 2016

AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Watch Your Weight

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Having extra weight on your car will make your engine work harder and reduces your mileage.

While it might seem easier to leave the kids' sports gear, beach chairs, or cases of water in the trunk, avoid keeping unnecessary or heavy objects in your car and find somewhere else to keep those items when they're not in use.

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February 29, 2016

Autonomous Driving: Our New Reality

Autonomous_driving-iStock_000073462283-MartialRedAutonomous vehicles are on the road and being tested -- and predictions are that we're moving rapidly towards this reality.

We contacted Ron Montoya, senior editor at Edmunds.com and Jeremy Anwyl, an independent auto industry consultant and analyst by email to get their take on the issues.

Kate McLeod: Which states will be more inclined to embrace autonomy first?

Montoya: The states that are most inclined to embrace autonomy early are likely to be the ones that have already been the most friendly and accommodating about allowing testing on their roads: California, Nevada, and Michigan.

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February 25, 2016

EV Etiquette for All Driving Motorists

Electric_vehicle_charging-iStock_000023133270_Illustration-artisticcoEven though an estimated 95 percent of owners of electric vehicles charge their EVs overnight at home, there are times when using a public charging station is necessary. But despite the growing number of charging units available at shopping malls, golf clubs, hotels and even museums, range anxiety remains a concern for owners.

Range anxiety is the reason why manufacturers are speeding up the installation of charging stations across the country. Kia has installed nearly two dozen DC fast chargers in Washington and Oregon to support its customers of the Soul EV. Nissan offers free charging for Leaf owners in 10 major markets, including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston and Chicago, both at dealerships and in downtown locations.

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February 11, 2016

2016 Audi A3 e-tron: A Plug-in Hybrid Wagon for the Eco-Minded

1__2016_audi_a3_e-tron___actionA six-year-old boy greets his dad coming home from work, "Daddy, can I plug in the car?"

Ajay Chawan, manager of Audi's electric mobility program, is excited that his small son is fully charged about the future of automotive driving. Chawan has been commuting to work in the newest addition to the Audi lineup -- the 2016 plug-in hybrid A3 Sportback e-tron wagon.

I test-drove the A3 Sportback e-tron with him in Manhattan recently, and was impressed by this hybrid electric car's power and performance. It has the same kick-butt acceleration and precision braking and handling as the "regular" A3, and gets even better miles per gallon than the A3 diesel. I averaged in the high 70s in city driving, where I hardly ever got out of battery mode.

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November 25, 2015

Volvo Announces #DrivingDirty Movement, Asks Californians to Help Lessen Drought Impact

Volvo_Driving_DirtyVolvo Cars has created an awareness campaign called #DrivingDirty – a movement focused on water conservation in the midst of California’s current drought. Inspired by the efforts of Steve Hinkle, President and GM of Volvo San Diego, Volvo is asking Californians and their neighbors to stop washing their cars for one month – potentially saving 18 million* gallons of water throughout the state. (*Statistics based on washing your car at home.)

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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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