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    Hybrids: More Mechanical Trouble? Really?

    October 17, 8:49 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    "However hybrid cars are extremely complex, which eventually will jack up the maintenace bill, since they contain both an electric and a gasoline car system." We want to address this because we hear it often. It might even be a good idea for you to

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    Prius Recall Extended to 160,000 Units Worldwide

    October 14, 12:16 PM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    This is a quick update on a previous post: On October 13th, Toyota recalled 75,000 Prius cars in the US, and on October 14th it extended the recall to Prius cars from around the world for a total number of 160,000. The recall is for models made between

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    Yamaha's Gen-Ryu Hybrid Motorcycle

    October 14, 11:27 AM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    Yamaha is bringing nine motorcycles to the 39th Tokyo Motor Show coming up later this month. One of the bikes will be the Gen-Ryu hybrid motorcycle prototype which combines the YZF-R6 600cc engine with a high output, high efficiency electric motor.

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    Hybrids, Diesels Dominate 2006 Fuel-Efficiency List

    October 14, 9:39 AM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    The manual transmission version of the hybrid Honda Insight tops the latest EPA fuel efficiency list, with 60 MPG in the city and 66 MPG on the highway. Second was the hybrid Toyota Prius with 60 MPG city and 51 MPG highway. But the Honda Civic Hybrid

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    Toyota Recalls 75,000 Prius Hybrids

    October 14, 6:22 AM by Kara DiCamillo in Cars

    One of our favorites here on Treehugger is Toyota's Prius and when we caught wind of this story we felt a need to keep all of you hybrid fans in the know. Toyota announced yesterday that they have recalled 75,000 Prius Hybrids because their engines can

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    GreenHybrid's Real Mileage Database Grows

    October 12, 1:36 PM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    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

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    Take the Commute Solutions Challenge

    October 12, 1:30 PM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    Commute Solutions is "a business/government partnership that promotes a voluntary initiative striving to educate commuters in our region on the benefits of commute solutions." It is primarily addressed to Texans, but its message should be heard by

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    Hygenius: Mercedes' Fuel Cell Hybrid

    October 12, 12:37 PM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    The "Hygenius" is a fuel cell hybrid that Mercedes-Benz will introduce at the upcoming Tokyo show. The car will utilize fuel cell technology in combination with an electric motor. The result is that the car functions much like current hybrids, without

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    Toyota's Fuel Cell Future: the Fine-X

    October 12, 9:14 AM by Collin Dunn in Cars

    Any of you out there who are planning on attending the 39th Tokyo Motor Show are in for quite a treat. Toyota recently announced it's plans to display the fuel-cell hybrid vehicle they call the Fine-X. Among the long list of futuristic features:

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    Eco-Driving — Unfeel the Need for Speed

    October 11, 12:06 AM by Warren McLaren in Cars

    The Netherlands Ministry of Spatial Planning, Housing and the Environment, who thankfully also go by the shorter name of 'VROM', publish a periodical newsletter. This time round they are highlighting Air Quality and in one story how this can be

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    Truck Stop Electrification To Fight Pollution

    October 9, 1:52 PM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    Sometimes the simplest things can make a big difference. The Climate Trust is funding a project in Oregon and Washington state to electrify truck stops so that when truckers stop for their 8-10 hours federally-mandated rest stop, they don't let their

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    Louis Garneau Cycling Wind Screen

    October 8, 12:35 PM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    We like alternatives to cars (walking, cycling, public transportation), so we are always looking for ways to make them more convenient and attractive. A good example of that is the Transtrap. The device itself is not particularly green, but it makes

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    Mikado Bicycles — Made in Canada

    October 8, 1:15 AM by Warren McLaren in Cars

    All this recent talk of new hybrid cars and suchlike could lead one to believe that there were no interesting bikes out there, taking their role as the true green transport. Not so. Take just two models from the range by Mikado. We picture the 21 speed

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    Senku: Mazda's Solar-Topped Hybrid Concept Car

    October 7, 1:56 PM by Justin Thomas in Cars

    Mazda will be displaying five new vehicles for the Tokyo Auto Show, three of which will be hybrids. One of them will be the Senku hybrid car, which is based on Mazda's RX-8. It will feature "flying wing" doors and, more interestingly, it will include

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    New FCX Fuel Cell Concept by Honda

    October 7, 1:00 PM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    Honda FCX Fuel Cell Car Honda will unveil its new FCX hydrogen fuel cell vehicle concept at the Tokyo Motor show (Oct. 22nd to Nov. 6th, more info here). As you can see in the picture above, the new FCX is quite different from the previous generation

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    Yet Another Reason to Hate SUV's

    October 7, 7:35 AM by Lloyd Alter in Cars

    The British Medical Journal says that the death rate is double for pedestrians hit by SUV's over those hit by regular cars- because they are so much higher, instead of being thrown into the relatively flexible hood, the internal organs take the brunt of

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    Planets Align to Push Biodiesel Forward

    October 6, 8:51 AM by John Laumer in Cars

    One small excerpt from today's New York Times lays out the scenario driver: "In many parts of the country, retailers and distributors report tight diesel supplies. Jay Ricker, who owns 33 service stations and delivers fuels to 30 other stores, said

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    Treehugger Homework: Drive The Speed Limit

    October 5, 8:52 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Cars

    Your Treehugger homework for this week (previous homeworks can be found here and here) will seem obvious, but looking at public roads, it is self-evident that it is not that obvious to most people (once again, common sense is not so common). So your task


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