2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Touring Test Drive

“2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Touring” Clarity unmatched in Alternative Fuel Choice Flexibility In terms of electrified powertrain technology, the Honda Clarity may well be the industry leader, with model options that include a pure electric, a plug-in hybrid and a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle as well. These options represent unmatched flexibility as far as…

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2017 ZERO DS ZF6.5 Test Ride

2017 ZERO DS ZF6.5 electric motorcycle ZERO’s answer to Fun Efficient Commuting Last year, I reviewed the electric dual sport adventure motorcycle – the Zero DSR ZF13.0 equipped with the Power Tank option that priced out at $18.699 before any tax incentives were applied. It was powered by Zero’s Z-Force® 75-7R passively air-cooled, high efficiency,…

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premiere Test Drive

“2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premiere” A winning Electric Small Wagon leads the pack The Chevrolet Bolt advances the viability of electric vehicles to the forefront, taking the lead in terms of range and affordability. The 2017 Bolt conquers range anxiety with an EPA estimated range of 238 miles per charge at a base cost of…

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2017 Lincoln MKZ HEV Reserve FWD Test Drive

“2017 Lincoln MKZ Reserve HEV FWD” Lincoln’s MKZ sedan was initially launched in 2005 as a 2006 model building upon the luxury division’s standard set by the legendary Lincoln Zephyr. A hybrid version appeared in 2013 as a 2014 model, powered by a 2.0 liter Atkinson Cycle inline four-cylinder engine. The 2017 Lincoln MKZ HEV…

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2016 Volkswagen e-Golf Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer When Volkswagen entered the electric vehicle business a couple of years ago, they took the easy route. Many manufacturers started from the ground up to develop an electric vehicle, but Volkswagen simply converted one of the best compact cars in the business from gasoline power to electric. We think that…

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2016 Kia Soul EV Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Over the last few years we’ve have driven about a dozen different all-electric vehicles and the more we drive an EV, the more we like them. Sure, we still have a twinge of range anxiety each time, but the comfort level keeps improving and part of that is because the…

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2017 Ford Fusion Energi Platinum Test Drive

“2017 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in Electric Hybrid” Refreshed Fusion Energi adds Plush Platinum trim For a number of years, the Ford Fusion Energi Hybrid has been rated as one of the best plug-in hybrids available. That ranking could well become a thing of the past, as more and more manufacturers are producing entries in both…

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2016 Victory Empulse TT Test Ride

“2016 Victory Empulse TT” Victory electric motorcycle adopted from Brammo More and more motorcycle manufacturers are exploring the realm of bikes powered by electricity. Does this mean that gasoline fuel powered motorcycles are headed for extinction? I think not. However it makes sense for them to look ahead to the future and to develop production…

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2016 Chevrolet Volt Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer We’ve all heard the expression that the “third time is a charm,” and for Chevrolet we think that “charm” is the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. General Motors has made three all out attempts to build electric cars. Just before the turn of the century GM jumped years ahead of the market…

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