Electric vehicles: A win for Detroit and EE

By Reid Smith At this week’s Detroit Auto Show, electric vehicles are on top. Two of the year’s highest-rated cars are electric. The plug-in hybrid electric Chevy Volt was awarded this year’s “Car of the Year,” just beating out the all-electric Nissan LEAF. But regardless of which car wins, the message is clear: electric cars are generating a lot … [Read more...]

Retire the clunker?

By Elisa Wood January 15, 2009 What would it take to convince you to get rid of your gas-guzzling old clunker? Would $5,500 do? Some members of Congress think this is the magic figure. Under a bill introduced in the House and Senate today, Uncle Sam would give you a credit of up to $5,500 to scrap your old car. You could spend the credit on a … [Read more...]

Next, the Air Car?

By Reid Smith September 11, 2008 Vehicles account for 26% of the nation's carbon dioxide emissions, and 51% of the average household's daily CO2 output (http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/climate.shtml), according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. So, clearly fuel economy is critical to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Big car … [Read more...]