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Commented On: All-New 2015 Honda Fit Appears, Hybrid Model Too (Not For U.S., Though?)


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@Ted: You say that "... it won't be long until North American gas prices increase to what others pay now."

How do you figure that this is the case? The bulk of the difference in gasoline prices between the U.S. (~ $4/gallon) and European countries ($8 to $9/gallon) is added taxes. Oil and refined products are fairly fungible, and will go where the market demands them.

Do you expect the U.S. to add $4 per gallon or more in taxes to the price of a gallon of gasoline? Because given the current dysfunction in our capital, that seems highly unlikely. Congress today can't even pass a budget, let alone agree on and pass any kind of U.S. energy policy.

So where does your prediction come from?

Commented On: Are Diesels The Future For Luxury Sport Sedans? Audi Says Yes


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@Annatar: Different issue, of course. I suspect that you won't find many electric-car proponents in favor of nuclear power. But as I'm sure you know, there hasn't been a new nuclear power plant built in the U.S. in more than two decades, and there doesn't seem likely to be one any time soon.

So those plants are PART of the existing grid, and you can't blame them on plug-in electric cars.

Commented On: Hyundai Will Settle Overstated Gas Mileage Lawsuits


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@Lori: No.

Commented On: Are Diesels The Future For Luxury Sport Sedans? Audi Says Yes


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@Annatar: But as we have covered many times on this, both in aritcles and comments, the data on carbon emissions from electric cars even in the U.S. states with the dirtiest grids are no worse than the *most* fuel-efficient non-hybrid gasoline car.

Commented On: Forbidden Fruit: Europe's Ford Focus 3-Cyl EcoBoost Gets Even Greener


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@EM CH: No, the Smart Electric Drive is rated at 107 MPGe combined (122 MPGe city, 93 MPGe highway). See here:
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=33306

Where on earth did you get "250MPGe" ???

Commented On: Elon Musk's Hyperloop: 30 Minutes In Windowless 800-MPH Pod?


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@Bryan: There's a link at the end of the article to both his Tesla blog post and the downloadable PDF.

Commented On: Elon Musk's Hyperloop: 30 Minutes In Windowless 800-MPH Pod?


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@Bryan: Ah, you're right. I thought Musk had written 900 km, which translates to about 500 miles. My mistake. I've fixed the article.

Commented On: Half Of All Electric Cars Are Sold In 5 Cities; Can You Name Them?


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@EV Enthusiast: I'd like to see an analysis that looks at the question of whether the Federal income-tax credit and local rebates and other incentives actually do put more electric cars on the road.

Strong anecdotal evidence from California suggests that the lower prices and HOV-Lane access *definitely* are the tipping point for some people to buy or lease these cars. But I've never seen any studies.

Have you?

Commented On: 2013 Smart Electric Drive Test: Lowest-Priced Electric Car In U.S.


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@Randy: It did, but that's a different car: the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, shown at last spring's NY Auto Show:

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1083215_mercedes-benz-b-class-electric-drive-live-photos-from-ny-show

Commented On: Cyclist Vs Self-Important, Entitled, Angry Supercar Driver (Video)


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@Donald: Your comment has been deleted because it advocated committing physical violence against individuals.
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