2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Video Review

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We tested the company''s first-ever hybrid model, the 2014 Subaru XV It''s no secret that Subaru has surged from strength to strength over the last several years.

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel earns 28 mpg highway; best in segment

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2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. The 3.6-liter V6 EcoDiesel-powered 2014 Ram 1500 pickup ( earlier post ) has earned a 28-mpg (8.4 l/100 km) highway, a rating that stands for model-year 2014. Pricing for the 2014 Ram 1500 starts at $24,200, plus $1,195 destination.

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid: Video Road Test

Green Car Reports

Honda was the first car company to sell a hybrid in the U.S. by a few months, but it hasn''t done nearly as well with its hybrids as Toyota has done with its Prius.

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Kia enhances 2014 Optima Hybrid

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Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the 2014 Optima Hybrid mid-size sedan at the Chicago Auto Show last week. The 2014 Optima Hybrid builds upon the advancements of its gasoline-powered sibling, which went on sale in late-fall of last year. Available in LX and EX trims, the 2014 Optima Hybrid features carryover refinements for smoothness and drivability, including a 47 hp (35 kW) electric traction motor, a strong Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) and a 47 kW lithium polymer battery. .

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ZSW: more than 400,000 plug-in cars on road worldwide at beginning of 2014; 2x 2013

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At the beginning of 2014, there were more than 400,000 electric cars—battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, and range-extended electric vehicles—on the road worldwide, according to an analysis by Zentrums für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) in Germany.

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2014 Mercedes E250 Diesel MPG, 2014 BMW i3 Demand, EPA Ethanol Rules: Today's Car News

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Today on Green Car Reports: 2014 BMW i3 production rises to meet strong demand, the EPA resets its ethanol rules, and we drive the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec diesel sedan. Production of the 2014 BMW i3 electric car will rise to meet strong demand, but will sales stay strong when the i3 hits U.S. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

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Volkswagen Group top global R&D spender in 2014; 3rd year in a row

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The Volkswagen Group was the top global R&D spender in 2014, according to The 2014 Global Innovation 1000 report from consultancy Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company). billion on R&D in 2014 according to the report, was followed closely by Samsung ($13.4

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Al Muratsuchi Votes To Kill Community Choice Then Finds Out He Was Duped & Calls Me To Apologize

Creative Greenius

Al sounded sincere and remorseful… Joe Galliani (in green “Keep Hermosa Hermosa” cap) accepting his 2014 Environmental Hero Award from Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi at the 22nd Annual Earth Day Celebration in Manhattan Beach.

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Bradford: Twelve Years A Failure – His Reason To Kill CCAs

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South Bay Gets More Done In 3 Months Than SCE’s Former Flack Got Done in a Dozen As A City Councilman in Gardena. What a unique concept. First admit what a failure you were in your own personal efforts of launching a Community Choice power program where you live.

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2014 BMW i3 Vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class: Luxury Electric Car Comparison

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Those cars are the 2014 BMW i3 and the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. This summer, buyers will have the option of two electric cars that on the surface, offer very similar attributes. Both are from Germany, for a start. Each has a very similar price tag. Each offers four doors and a liftback-style luggage area. And since we''ve driven

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Navigant Research forecasts new EV global sales of > 346,000 units in 2014; 10 predictions for the year

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During 2014, the global plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) industry is poised to grow by 86% and will surpass more than 346,000 new vehicles sold, according to a new white paper—“ Electric Vehicles: 10 Predictions for 2014 ”—published by Navigant Research.

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2014 MINI Cooper Automatic: Quick Drive

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The all-new, third-generation 2014 MINI Cooper three-door hatchback--now called "Hardtop" by MINI--sports a longer nose, a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, and an interior that at last cleans up some of the disastrous ergonomics of the previous cars.

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Al’s Bright Idea for Hermosa, Ted’s Tough Stance Against Oil & Why I’m Worried About It Mattering

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Sarah Sikich, Heal the Bay’s Science and Policy Director, Coastal Resources at the podium, California State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi and State Senator Ted Lieu behind her – Photo by Jose Bacallao (lifted from Facebook).

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Let Us Now Murder AB 2145 Before It Kills Community Choice Power

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When we last wrote about AB 2145 it was after a trip to Sacramento to speak out against the bill at the Senate Energy Committee hearing on it.

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Ted Lieu To The Rescue! Heroic Climate Champion Saves Community Choice Aggregation.

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San Rafael projects an even larger savings of $47,000 in 2014. million in savings overall for Marin Clean Energy customers in 2014.

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Wayne Powell, Duddly Do Right For All The Right Reasons

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Your Friendly Neighborhood Greenius (white shirt) talks to Manhattan Beach Councilman Wayne Powell (center) and Councilman Mark Burton at the 2014 Manhattan Beach Earth Day Celebration.

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Texas CNG, LNG motor fuel sales double FY 2014 estimate

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As of 31 July, fiscal 2014 tax revenue from sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) motor fuel totaled $2,178,199, according to the Texas state Comptroller’s office. State forecasters projected fiscal 2014 natural gas motor fuel tax revenue of $992,000, equal to sales of 6.6

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2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Online Configurator Now Live

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As the first customers take delivery of their new BMW i3 electric cars, it''s time for the pre-launch hype to disappear and let sales do the talking.

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Honda adds 2014 Civic Hybrid and Natural Gas to US 2014 Civic lineup

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Honda is adding the 2014 Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas models to its 2014 Civic lineup in the US. The 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid has an improved EPA rating of 44/47/45 mpg city/highway/combined (5.3/5.0/5.2 The 2014 Civic Hybrid is on-sale today with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $24,635. l/100 km), up from the 2013 model’s 44/44/44 mpg.

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Volkswagen Group 2014 sustainability report shows progress on key environmental performance indicators; Strategy 2018 and leadership in e-mobility

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The Volkswagen Group continues to make progress on the way to its goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable automaker, according to its 2014 sustainability report. By the end of 2014, a total of 14 models from various Group brands will feature an all-electric or hybrid powertrain.

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Wendy Greuel Our Best Bet To Get To 100% Renewable Energy In Time

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Joe Galliani in Keep Hermosa Hermosa hat receiving his 2014 Environmental Hero Award from the City of Manhattan Beach and V.O.I.C.E. Photo taken by the Greenius on Wednesday April 31, 2014.

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2016 Fiat 500X: Live Photos From 2014 LA Auto Show

Green Car Reports

After an unveiling at the Paris Motor Show, the 2016 Fiat 500X crossover made its North American debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Sharing underpinnings with the 2015 Jeep Renegade, the 500X joins a burgeoning field of small crossovers that includes two other vehicles that were unveiled in L.A. this week--the 2016 Honda HR-V and 2016 Mazda

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A Few Words on Eco Terrorists, Cowards and Courage

Creative Greenius

Last night at the Hermosa Beach City Council meeting I heard an ignorant little man reference my favorite Edward Abbey book, “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” which I read the year it came out – in 1975 as a senior in high school. It’s true. I am that young.

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2014 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost: Gas Mileage Test Returns 40 MPG

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Eighteen months ago, when we first drove prototype versions of the 2014 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost, we knew we''d be eager to get our hands on the little subcompact with the turbocharged three-cylinder engine for a longer drive. DON''T MISS: 2014 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost Prototype As a general rule, we like small cars, and small cars with small engines.

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2014 Mercedes B-Class Electric Car On Sale In Summer From $41,450

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Just over a year after its unveiling at the 2013 New York Auto Show, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is getting ready for its U.S. showroom arrival. The compact electric hatchback will go on sale in the U.S. this summer with a base price of $41,450.

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2014 Cadillac ELR Ad: What Does It Say About Who Buys Electric Cars? (Video)

Green Car Reports

Well, if this is the guy who''s actually going to buy a 2014 Cadillac ELR, there may be some interesting conversations to come with Nissan Leaf owners.

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2014 BMW i3 Gets CA Carpool-Lane Access: Battery Only, So Far

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As expected, the 2014 BMW i3 electric car has been awarded its "white sticker," the coveted permission to drive in High-Occupancy Vehicle lanes with only one occupant on California''s crowded freeways.

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2014 Mercedes CLA: Smallest Benz Sees Sky-High Demand

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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class compact sedan isn''t much like the other cars that wear the three-pointed star badge. In contrast to most Mercedes models sold in the U.S., the CLA is small, based on a front-wheel drive platform, and powered exclusively by four-cylinder engines. Customers seem to like those differences--or the idea of a

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2014 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive: What It's Like On The Road

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the 2014 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive remains the smallest and shortest plug-in electric car sold in the U.S.--as With minimal changes from the model launched last year as the least expensive electric car in the U.S.,

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2014 Infiniti Q50, Q70 Hybrids Recalled Over Transmission Housing Issue

Green Car Reports

Infiniti is recalling a few hundred 2014 model-year Q50 and Q70 hybrid sedans to fix an issue with their transmissions. The recall includes just 817 cars, all of which are being scrutinized because of concerns they may have been assembled with transmission housings that were damaged during manufacturing. DON''T MISS: Infiniti LE Electric Luxury

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2014 BMW i3: Polarizing Looks, Average Range--Can It Succeed?

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And it remains unclear which category the 2014 BMW i3 will fall, in the different global markets in which BMW is selling it. DON''T MISS: 2014 BMW i3: First Drive Of BMW''s Radical New Most of the world''s truly significant cars have been striking, even polarizing, designs. But some unusual, even polarizing, designs have been colossal failures.

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2014 MINI Cooper: Gas Mileage Review With 3-Cyl Engine + Manual

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The 2014 MINI Cooper hardtop is the first entire, top-to-bottom redesign of the iconic British minicar. In its base form, with a new 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual gearbox, it runs a bit more than $20,000 and is rated at 34 mpg combined. But it''s longer, wider, and taller. It has more passenger and cargo room

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The Curious Case of Buying A New State Senator From The South Bay

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Candidate Ben Allen, running as a democrat, gets $300,000 from the right wing guy who wanted Henry Waxman out of office – Bill Bloomfield – and then Ben tells me he feels “weird” about it.

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2014 Cadillac ELR Recalled For Stability-Control Software Issue

Green Car Reports

General Motors is recalling most of its 2014 Cadillac ELR luxury range-extended electric coupes for faulty stability-control software. The recall will correct a problem with the diagnostic function of the software that controls the electronic stability control (ESC) in approximately 656 ELRs built between September 26, 2013, and February 14, 2014

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2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Still In Very Short Supply: Why?

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The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid received very positive reviews when it was launched almost a year ago. Its EPA fuel-efficiency rating of 47 mpg combined approaches that of the 50-mpg Toyota Prius, but the Accord is a more conventional looking mid-size sedan--a plus for many buyers. Yet sales have been remarkably low, and potential buyers routinely

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Wendy Greuel Gains Green Ground in South Bay L.A. – Stands Up & Speaks Out To Keep Hermosa Hermosa

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Your friendly neighborhood Greenius has been waiting for awhile now to see which of the candidates for Henry Waxman’s 33rd District seat was going to step up environmentally. Today that person turned out to be Wendy Greuel.

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China iCET releases 2014 Green Car China report ranking mainstream cars by green and health impacts

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China’s Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation (iCET) recently released its 2014 Green Car China Annual Report , an evaluation of mainstream vehicles on sale in China by their lifecycle impacts and their health impacts. 2014 Top 5 Green Rated of China’s 2013 Top 50 Sales.

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New VW EA288 diesel to debut in 2H 2014 in the MY 2015 Golf, Jetta, Passat and Beetle; MDB comes to the US (updated with diagrams)

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Volkswagen of America announced that the new 2.0-liter EA288 diesel engine will power the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat, and Jetta, all of which are set to arrive in dealer showrooms in the second half of 2014. Main modules of development of the EA288 diesel. Click to enlarge.

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DOE 2014 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Progress Report highlights substantial progress

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) has posted the 2014 edition of its annual Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Progress Report —a nearly 1,000-page document.

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid: Gas Mileage Test Disappointing

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So we''ve been eager to test the new 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, one of only four hybrid crossovers. MORE: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid: Is It Hybrid Enough To Matter? Hybrid SUVs and crossover utility vehicles remain rare compared to the growing array of hybrid passenger sedans and hatchbacks. It''s only a mild hybrid, unlike Toyota and Lexus

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