When we started AutoblogGreen on Earth Day 2006, we had no idea all of the places that covering the less-wasteful side of the auto industry would take us or how interesting the different eco-mobility strategies from the various automakers would be. Eight years later, we're still engaged with this topic. Now that we're celebrating our bronze anniversary, we're happy to once again look at the big picture and remember why every drop matters.
When New York City picked the Nissan NV200 as its Taxi of Tomorrow, many were surprised that the vehicle wasn't electric, or even a hybrid for that matter. With NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg on hand, Nissan celebrated Earth Day on Monday by unveiling a pilot program of electric taxis for the city consisting of six 2013 Nissan Leaf EVs, which the mayor referred to as the "taxi of the day after tomorrow."
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg drove up to the news conference in Rockefeller Center that introduced the first-ever all-electric NYC taxi in the back seat of - you guessed it – an EV taxi. Nissan and NYC chose Earth Day, today, to launch a zero-emission taxi fleet.
Earth Day is kind of a strange thing to write about on a car blog, even a green one. There is a quote, possibly apocryphal, attributed to Will Rogers as he was speaking to Henry Ford that goes: "It will take a hundred years to tell whether you have helped us or hurt us. But you certainly didn't leave us like you found us."
In honor of Earth Day 2011, Coulomb Technologies has announced that it will send free ChargePass cards to plug-in vehicle owners through the end of April 2011, waving the usual sign-up fee. According to Coulomb, by creating a ChargePass account and activating the free card, plug-in vehicle drivers will have access to the world's largest network of charging stations.
The word "green" in the transport context has been tossed around quite a bit over the years and has garnered for itself a host of connotations, some of them negative. There are people who might conjure up images of unwashed hippies in a 30 year-old biodiesel rust bucket when they think of green car, but others might imagine smug-looking suburbanite Prius drivers. As we approach the 41st Earth Day we thought it'd be a great time to ask ourselves our readers, "What does it mean to be green?"
When gassing up your vehicle, you've likely noticed a sticker on the pump that reads "this fuel may contain up to ten percent ethanol" or something similar. Have you ever asked yourself, "what's up with this ethanol in gasoline?" Well, get ready 'cause we've dug up an answer.
Keep your tires properly inflated. That's what the Environmental Protection Agency keeps telling us. Did you know that under-inflated tires require more energy to roll? This not only wastes fuel, but wears tires out more quickly, eventually requiring costly replacements. Furthermore, under-inflated tires can heat up excessively, leading to a possible blowout.
Driving in the dead of winter is harsh on a vehicle, and many of you have undoubtedly noticed that your fuel economy suffers as temps dip. In practice, gas mileage drops approximately 10 percent when temps go from cozy (60-80 degrees Fahrenheit) to bitter cold (less than 32 degrees Fahrenheit). But why does the weather affect the gas mileage of your vehicle?
They may not be dominating American roads (or any roads in the world, except for slot-car race tracks), but new electric vehicles are adding one more option to a growing list of potential "green" vehicles on every car buyer's shopping list. Like changing your incandescent light bulb for a compact fluorescent light bulb, the benefits of exchanging an inefficient gas guzzler for a high-mileage car really depend on what vehicle you're driving now, how many miles you drive per day and what your othe