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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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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 CharityBuzz.com,  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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