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Published on February 23rd, 2015
by Cynthia Shahan


February 23rd, 2015 by  

One dollar is not much to some folks. It is to others. However, for everyone, one dollar from a vast number of people is enough to do something significant. Grace Kyung, a graduate student studying urban planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign considered this before

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2014 Cadillac ELR Road Test Review

Well, this is awkward.

A few years ago, Audi Of America’s boss Johan de Nysschen went on record describing the Chevrolet Volt as “a car for idiots.” Fast-forward to earlier this summer, and the well-regarded executive suddenly found himself in a new office with new business cards bearing the title: President, Cadillac. That means that among other challenges, de Nysschen is now tasked with selling the ELR, a car that is, at its core, a Volt in a sportier, less utile frock wearing a price tag that’s twice as expensive.

Frankly, it’s not a prospect we imagine the South African executive and recent Infiniti boss relishes. Just about nobody is buying the ELRCadillac has sold but 774 examples of its plug-in hybrid coupe this year and it presently has an almost a 200-day supply according to

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Oregonians Are Freaking Out about Pumping Their Own Gas

Shell gas pump - self-serve

Some motorists in Oregon, for the first time ever, may be allowed to pump their own gas. And it seems the liberation is a bit much. Continue reading “Oregonians Are Freaking Out about Pumping Their Own Gas”

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1969 AMC Rambler Rebel SST Wagon Was for Sale – News

1969 AMC Rambler Rebel SST Wagon

Shortly after Nash-Kelvinator and Hudson joined forces against the postwar industrial might of General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford in 1954, the freshly minted concern popped out the Rambler Rebel. While Rambler traces its lineage back to a bicycle built during the last quarter of the 19th century, “Rebel” was a fresh, new nameplate from a firm attempting to fend off a trio of daunting foes. After a four-model-year run, AMC retired the Rebel badge after 1960, only to wake it from its slumber in the heady days of the late ’60s and goose it with a performance-oriented SST trim level. Continue reading “1969 AMC Rambler Rebel SST Wagon Was for Sale – News”

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BMW Expands Its Car-Sharing Service To Third American City – News

BMW ReachNow car sharing

For decades, BMW has marketed its vehicles as the ultimate driving machines. With its fledgling car-sharing business ReachNow, BMW is not shifting that focus so much as suggesting that its machines can be enjoyed by more than one driver apiece. Continue reading “BMW Expands Its Car-Sharing Service To Third American City – News”

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Trump Was Right: There Are Mexico-Built Chevrolet Cruzes on US Dealer Lots – News

Chevrolet Cruze sedans for sale at a dealership in Oregon. (Photo by Bengt Halvorson)

As has been his style, president-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter earlier this week to bash General Motors for importing Chevrolet Cruze compact cars to the United States from one of its plants in Mexico. Continue reading “Trump Was Right: There Are Mexico-Built Chevrolet Cruzes on US Dealer Lots – News”

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In Some Cities, Uber Drivers with EVs Are Getting a Bonus

The convenience of Uber and Lyft is a mixed blessing. Sure, the apps have made getting around easier, but to many who live or work in congested areas, they’re likely only adding to traffic woes.

That perception isn’t far from the mark. Uber and Lyft’s style of ride-hailing has led to what research calls induced demand, in which people are requesting a car when they might have otherwise walked, biked, or taken mass transit. While Uber’s long-term solution for easing congestion involves combining shared electric mobility with automation, it’s looking in the meantime to make its services a little more virtuous via increased use of electric cars.

Uber operated about four million electric-vehicle rides in 2017, and it’s hoping to raise that figure to five million annual rides in the next year. This past week the company launched something it’s calling the EV Champions Initiative, targeting

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Buying An Electric ‘Compliance Car’? Think Hard About Servicing First

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

2012 Toyota RAV4 EV, Newport Beach, California, July 2012

There are now more than a dozen plug-in electric cars for sale in the U.S., but not all electric cars are created equal.

And a pair of recent articles about service challenges experienced by owners of the Toyota RAV4 EV underscores that buyers should be fully aware of the context in which their electric car is sold.

Only five plug-in cars have sold more than 10,000 units in the U.S. since launch: the Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max Energi, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.

MORE: Electric Cars: Some Are Real, Most Are Only ‘Compliance Cars’–We Name Names

The Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid could hit that mark this year, but nine others are low-volume or compliance cars.