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Volt for Prez

by Megan McLaughlin

The green wave of change is still hitting the car industry hard and its really starting to pay off. If you haven't already heard of the Chevy Volt, it is Chevy's electric solution that is expected to get 230 miles per gallon! Tree huggers everywhere are bracing themselves - is it too good to be true? It is way too good and it is very true!

According to Chevy's website, "The Extended-Range Electric Vehicle that is redefining the automotive world is no longer a rumor! In fact, its propulsion system is so revolutionary, its unlike any other vehicle or electric car that's ever been introduced." The Chevy volt uses NO gas, therefore, it produces NO emissions.

Expected to launch in 2010, this revolutionary vehicle will only need one electrical charge per day, which is expected to cost only $.75 - $2.50 for the average household. This year, the Volt has already been recognized and awarded by many critics. The Green Car Journal gave the Volt it's "Green Car Vision Award" at the Washington Auto Show for "a bold and far-reaching approach that promises to bring an exceptionally fuel efficient model to consumers at reasonable cost."

To read more about GM, the Volt and Electric Cars, check out these links:

GM Knows Green...
Green Technology Series

Originally Posted At: To Green or not to Green | Read Original Post

Got a Clunker? Want Cash?

by Megan McLaughlin

If you haven't already heard of Cash For Clunkers, listen up! As detailed by Wikipedia, "The Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), colloquially known as "Cash for Clunkers," is a U.S. federal scrappage program intended to provide economic incentives to U.S. residents to purchase a new, more fuel efficient vehicle when trading in a less fuel efficient vehicle. The program was designed to provide stimulus to the economy by boosting auto sales, while putting safer, cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles on the roadways."

Although the program ran out of funding rather quickly, last Thursday it won an extension when the Senate voted in favor of providing an additional $2 billion with the hopes of boosting the tiring auto industry. According to The Washington Post, "[the program] offers vouchers worth up to $4,500 for drivers trading in their gas guzzlers for more fuel-efficient vehicles."

Not everyone is pleased with Cash for Clunkers, but the program's popularity speaks for itself. Its a multiple-edged sword; it encourages American's to buy new cars, which will ultimately spur the economy. It offers citizens a chance to purchase a car at a lower rate, which, in these tough economic times, can be very helpful to some people. Most importantly, it takes unsafe cars off the road and replaces them with vehicles that are better for the environment!

Check out these links to read more about buying cars and doing your part for the environment!
Get rid of your clunker
Save Gas By Car-Sharing
Car Buying 101

Originally Posted At: To Green or not to Green | Read Original Post