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Why Isn't Cheap Gas Helping To Boost The U.S. Economy?

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For the past year or so, U.S. drivers have enjoyed low gas prices. That's been particularly true over the past couple of months, as gas prices have dropped closer to $2.00 per gallon around the country. Lower gas prices put more money into consumers' pockets, in theory allowing them to spend more on other things. DON'T MISS: Why Electric Cars Make.

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Oil is cheap, so Kuwait raised its own gas price to compensate

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Cheap gasoline is good news for the economies of most countries, but not those that rely on oil exports. In some cases, that means cutting back on cheap gas for their own citizens. The sustained fall in global prices has led oil-producing countries to search for ways to keep their revenues up.

Very cheap, low-range electric cars key for China, India: Nissan CEO Ghosn

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Carlos Ghosn, who runs automakers Nissan and Renault, is one of the few auto executives who'll regularly take questions from a roomful of more than 100 journalists. At last week's New York Auto Show, many of the questions concerned plans by the Renault Nissan Alliance for more and higher-volume electric cars. Discussing plans for India and China.

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Obama: Buy A Fuel-Efficient Car, Gas Won't Stay Cheap Forever

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He cautioned that cheap gas prices won’t last indefinitely, and Low gas prices typically make fuel-efficient cars less attractive to consumers, and right now prices are very low indeed. Yet President Barack Obama hopes U.S. car buyers won''t clamor for gas guzzlers.

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Will Cheap Gas, Soaring SUV Sales Sink Fuel-Economy Goals?

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emissions regulations are forcing carmakers to make their products more efficient over the next decade. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards require carmakers to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 mpg by 2025. That's equivalent to roughly 40 mpg on the window sticker. DON'T MISS: Miles Driven In U.S. Hits New All-Time High; Gasoline.

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Cheap Gas Will Cause Electric-Car Sales To Plummet: True Or False?

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There''s been a lot of conventional wisdom floating around lately. In this case, it''s the notion that electric car sales will plummet with the arrival of vastly lower gasoline prices. We''d suggest that perhaps this is not quite as much of a foregone conclusion as many pundits think. DON''T MISS: Green Car People: Who Buys Electric And Plug-In

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Cheap & Thrifty: Toyota Prius C Vs Mitsubishi Mirage Compared

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Which is the better small-ar option: a hybrid, or a very fuel-efficient conventional car? The best candidate to represent the non-hybrid side of that debate is the Mitsubishi Mirage. It's the most fuel-efficient new car currently sold in the U.S. without any electrification. Facing off against it is the smallest and least expensive hybrid car sold.

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Cheap 2015 Nissan Leaf, Tesla drag racing, RI electric-car incentives: Today's car news

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Today, how one reader got an exceedingly inexpensive new Nissan Leaf electric car, drag racing a "Ludicrous" mode-equipped Tesla Model S, and how Rhode Island uses money from polluters to fund its electric-car incentives. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We've got details on the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq, multiple first drives, and more in our.

Volkswagen XL1 Hybrid Deliveries Begin In UK, And It Ain't Cheap.

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We always knew the Volkswagen XL1 wouldn''t be cheap. None of that sounds cheap. And as Volkswagen UK reveals pricing for the light-weight plug-in hybrid, we now know just how not-cheap it actually is: £98,515, or just under $169,000 at current

Lux Research: despite cheap oil, niche plug-in vehicle sales will be resilient; conventional hybrids to be hardest hit

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The forecast declines are relative to the other forecasted scenario, in which oil prices rebound much more quickly—the “stable oil” scenario.

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Average New-Car Fuel Economy Falls As SUV Sales Rise, Gas Stays Cheap

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The average fuel economy of new cars sold in the United States fell once more in September, although not by much. Average new-car fuel economy continues to hover around 25 mpg, according to recent analysis. The sales-weighted average window sticker fuel economy for new cars in September was 25.2 mpg, according to the University of Michigan.

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To Get Hydrogen Competitive With Gasoline: $1 Billion, Cheap Natural Gas Needed

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And a new study just released by the University of California--Davis suggests that we are "tantalizingly close to the beginning of a hydrogen

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Gas is cheap; U.S. drivers use it to log more miles than ever

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With the summer travel season more than halfway over and gas prices still quite low, U.S drivers have already logged a record-breaking number of miles traveled. The nation's vehicles collectively logged 1.58 trillion miles in the first six months of this year, according to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) data. That's up 3.3 percent from.

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Era Of Cheap, Subsidized Gasoline To End In United Arab Emirates

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Global oil prices have remained fairly low for most of this year, which should be good news for people in most of the industrialized world. But that's not the case in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. The continued slump in prices has prodded the seven-state federation to make a somewhat radical change in policy. DON'T MISS: IMF: Fossil Fuels.

Cheap Oil Will Last A Decade, Says Huge Oil Trader

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The low oil prices that boosted new-car sales and caused average fuel-economy gains to sputter last year may be here to stay, for a while at least. With fuel prices low throughout 2015, Americans bought more new cars, but many of them were less-efficient SUVs and crossovers. And those oil prices likely won't increase dramatically for the next.

Want A Cheap, Usable, Toyota Electric Car? Check eBay!

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Electric cars are often criticized for being too expensive. While there are many reasons for this, it means some people simply can't afford an electric car. However, there's still hope. Want a practical, reliable, usable electric car, with a decent range? Have a look on eBay! That's where we found this 2002 Toyota RAV4 EV, still one of the most

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CA tests VW diesel modifications, cheap Tesla leases, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV delay: Today's Car News

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Today, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) says it will test proposed modifications for Volkswagen 2.0-liter TDI diesel cars, Tesla extends cheaper leases on its electric cars through September, and the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid's U.S. launch is delayed again. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Catch up on last week's news.

2014 BMW i3 REx Vs Mountain, Clunkers Vs Electric Cars, Cheap Solar Energy: Today's Car News

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We''re back from the Labor Day holiday with the latest green-car news. Find out how a range-extended 2014 BMW i3 REx does on a mountain climb, learn about California''s latest clean-air initiative, and see why UBS thinks electric cars will will make residential solar energy practical for more people. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Catch u

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Tesla Model S Ownership Costs, Fuel-Cell Car Questions Answered, Cheap Solar Power: Today's Car News

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We start off today with some Tesla Model S ownership-cost calculations, move on to carmakers'' answer to our 10 questions on hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, and finish with a prediction that solar power will achieve grid parity in two years. All this and more on Green Car Reports. See why when you own a Tesla Model S electric car, you''re likely to

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2012 Tata Nano: World's Cheapest Car Gets Less Cheap

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In theory, designing the world's cheapest car for a market in which millions of people are beginning to earn the sort of money that will let them buy a car is a masterstroke. In practice, it hasn't been quite that easy for Tata with the Nano. Amidst concerns about flaming Tatas and with lower sales than expected, it seems that even people barely

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Cheap Fuel Efficiency: Ten 40 MPG Cars For Under $20,000

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For many people, the purchase of a fuel efficient car is usually made to save money on driving, as the cost of being a car owner rises further and further. That being the case, why buy an expensive car in the first place, potentially taking years longer to pay off the fuel savings? The good news is that there are plenty of cars available for less

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Parisian Bollore Electric Car Is Cheap; Requires Battery Rental

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Until now, if you'd wanted to drive a Bollore Bluecar electric vehicle, all you'd have required as a few Euros per hour to take one of the little vehicles around the crowded roads of Paris, France. Bollore has now put the Bluecar on sale to the French public, at a starting price of 12,000 Euros--only $15,500. As electric cars go, that's pretty

Toyota to introduce cheap electric car

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Electric car fans who currently feel priced out of the market should keep their eyes on events in Japan – with Toyota revealing plans to introduce an ultra-cheap electric car. Electric cars Green cars Latest news Toyota cheap electric cars electric cars green cars Toyota COMS EV

Tata Motors targets ultra-cheap electric car

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Electric cars Green cars Latest news Tata cheap electric cars electric cars green cars india Tata NanoTata Motors made its name with the cheapest car of modern times in the form of the Tata Nano (pictured) – and now, it wants to reach another landmark by offering an electric car with a price below $20,000.

How Cheap Is Too Cheap For A Car? Indian Automakers Test The Water

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How do you solve a problem like getting a nation of low income people onto the roads? That's the question that Indian carmakers Tata and Bajaj, among others, are trying to answer. Indian automotive mogul and man at the helm of Jaguar Land Rover, Ratan Tata, tried to revolutionize Indian transport with the Tata Nano. Bajaj has just launched a

Chemists develop cheap alternative fuel cell catalyst

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Scientists have developed a new non-platinum catalyst which could pave the way for cheaper and more durable hydrogen fuel cells for use in cars and other devices. Fuel Cells Hydrogen cars catalyst fuel cell hydrogen

People Will Buy Electric Cars If They're Cheap, Privileged, And Convenient

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Electric cars may be growing in popularity, but they still make up just a tiny percentage of the U.S. auto market. When will things take off? If sales in Norway are any indication, that will happen when electric vehicles become inexpensive, easy to own, and confer certain privileges. According to Treehugger, Norwegians are crazy about electric

Virginia Utility Tests Cheap Rates for Electric Car Owners

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Dominion Virginia Power announced yesterday that is waiting for Virginia State Corporation Commission approval to offer two electricity tariffs exclusively to electric vehicle owners in a bid to encourage customers to make the switch to electric cars. As we’ve discovered before, more and more utility companies are offering time-of-use

IEA World Energy Outlook view on the transport sector to 2035; passenger car fleet doubling to almost 1.7B units, driving oil demand up to 99 mb/d; reconfirming the end of cheap oil

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Oil and the Transport Sector: Reconfirming the End of Cheap Oil. Change in primary oil demand by sector and region in the central New Policies Scenario, 2010-2035. WEO 2011. Click to enlarge. At a high level, the report notes that there are few signs that the urgently needed change in direction in global energy trends is underway. Demand.

2016 Toyota Prius Spy Shots

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ALSO SEE: Coming This Fall: The Return Of Cheap $2 Gas The Prius was widely expected to adopt some of the look of the Toyota Mirai fuel-cell car And here it is: the 2016 Toyota Prius.

Tesla Motors' Value, Cheap Ethanol, Attention-Focused Car: Today's Car News

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Today on Green Car Reports, we''ve got a little bit of everything. The city of Palo Alto, California, will require new homes to be wired for electric-car charging; ethanol marketers are emphasizing the biofuel''s lower price to win over the public; the U.S. version of the 2015 Honda Fit won''t have a start-stop function; and Florida minicar owners

White House Budget Asks For $10K Electric-Car Credit, Natural-Gas Cars Added

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DON''T MISS: Obama: Buy A Fuel-Efficient Car, Gas Won''t Stay Cheap Forever That includes a White it appears the recently-unveiled White House budget includes a few measures to boost the adoption of green cars.

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Deal of the year? Used Fiat 500e electric cars at $6,500?

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Any 2011 through 2016 electric car not made by Tesla is likely to be cheap on a used-car lot due to worries about battery degradation and its effect on range. It's well known by now that the used-car prices of low-range electric cars are low. Used Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) compliance car

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Are 100-mile BMW, Nissan, VW electric cars already a lost cause?

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Sure, it's an aging model now in its sixth year with a polarizing design; it lost a huge swath of buyers in Georgia when that state canceled its electric-car tax credit; and gas is cheap. The continuing tepid sales of the Nissan Leaf electric car, despite a range upgrade to 107 miles, remains one of the puzzles in the plug-in car market.

Do Low Gas Prices Hurt Renewable Energy Adoption? Unlikely, Says Analyst

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With the financial advantage of solar or wind energy curtailed by cheap oil, the logic goes, consumers will be less interested in switching from fossil fuels. Gas prices have fallen dramatically in the U.S.--40 percent in six months--and it''s assumed by some that this will hurt the renewable-energy industry.

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Cheap Electric Car Conversion Possible?

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What would it take to convert a Saturn SC2 to electric? The information on web sites is all over the place. Some want $5,000.00 for a kit while another

Life With Tesla Model S: Tires Cost Me More Than My 'Fuel' Does

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I always knew electric cars were cheap to run, but this is ridiculous. After I bought the first set of replacement tires for my 2013 Tesla Model S (at 26,000 miles), I crunched the numbers and came to a startling conclusion: I''ve spent substantially less per mile for my electric "fuel" than I have for my tires.

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Chasing the "cheap" EV Conversion

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I have a 1946 Willy's Jeep. The motor needs rebuilding or replacing, and I would LOVE to convert it to electric so that I could off road w/o the usual

Peabody, world's largest private coal company, files for bankruptcy

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The company cited a variety of factors, including lower-than-expected demand for coal, and increased production of cheap natural gas obtained through "fracking" in the U.S. Peabody Energy—the world's largest private coal company—filed for bankruptcy this week. Peabody is also saddled with debt from its $5.2 billion of Australian.

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Why Electric Cars Make Sense Even When Gas Is $2 A Gallon

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But when gas gets cheap, that becomes a less compelling reason for certain buyers. Whenever gas prices fall, there's always much speculation about how they will impact electric-car sales. That's because, for some consumers, one of the primary selling points of an electric car is the money saved by avoiding gas stations.

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