Monthly Archives: November 2011

The latest on Chevy Volt fires

As mentioned yesterday, General Motors Corp. faces scrutiny over the safety of its Chevrolet Volt. Here’s the latest on the fire situation… During a press conference this week, GM’s product czar Mary Barra wouldn’t explain exactly how the fires started, … Continue reading

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Will the Chevy Volt Fire Controversy Spell the End of Green Cars?

As reported lately, General Motors Corp. faces a growing controversy over the safety of its Chevrolet Volt extended range plug-in hybrid. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has started a formal investigation into why a Volt caught fire last spring … Continue reading

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Prius makes a comeback

After two years of being moved down the list of EPA’s and Dept. of Transportation’s most fuel efficient vehicles, things are looking up for the Prius brand. Green Car Reports just named the 2012 Prius V Wagon and the Prius … Continue reading

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Top Five Weird Alternative Fuels: From Diapers to Beer Biofuel

by Dale Cooper Remember the movie “Back to the Future”? At the end, Doc Brown uses garbage to power his flying, time-traveling DeLorean sports car. Although it was meant as a humorous look at the future of alternatives fuels, there … Continue reading

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Sierra Club rift similar to challenges faced in green cars and fuels

It’s sad to see the rift between long-time Sierra Club leader Carl Pope and the organization itself. He’s stepping down as chairman, a job he took last year after serving as executive director for 17 years. He’s leaving as the … Continue reading

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Surprising moments at the LA Auto Show

The LA Auto Show is a must-do for car buffs, automotive media, dealerships, and carmakers. The media days for the popular car show offered a panorama of new product launches and a few surprising moments. Attendance is anticipated to be … Continue reading

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Figuring out future resale values for green machines

Resale values may sound boring — you only look up your used car value in Kelley Blue Book right before selling it or trading it in for another car at the dealership, right? Well, in the car business, used vehicle … Continue reading

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Nielsen giving out green car award, Jay Leno digs NGVs

More random thoughts over a cup of decaf Irish tea (I gave up caffeine a week ago and had headaches for three days)… 1. Green cars have become important enough that Nielsen has entered the game — on Thursday morning … Continue reading

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My hat off to a utility CEO I think is being honest

I have to admit, I get skeptical when I see a speaker schedule for a green technology conference that includes executives from oil companies, utilities, and sometimes other industries. What do they have to say about this topic, and is … Continue reading

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Questions I’ll ask at LA Auto Show

So I’m getting organized for the working at the LA Auto Show media days — will be there Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday next week. We’re setting up some interviews, and I do look forward to find out if … Continue reading

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