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Shopping for a 'Green Car'?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 16th, 2008 6:51pm

Green-minded Los Angeles shoppers searching for an eco-friendly vehicle can save time - and gas - simply by browsing the convenient inventory of cars in San Fernando Valley's Galpin Motors Network. Thanks to a collection of earth-friendly dealerships representing Ford, Honda, Mercury, Mazda, and Saturn, Galpin offers a complete assortment of high-efficiency, low-emissions vehicle choices, from sporty coupes ...


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Shopping for an Electric Vehicle

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 16th, 2008 9:12pm

The hunt has begun... that is, for a practical electric vehicle, that can be plugged in to a solar panel, in order to go further off-grid. Back a year ago, when the solar panels went up on the roof, I had hoped that all that buzz about plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles would mean that something affordable would be on the market in a year or two. So finally, I need to replace our old creaky car, and am really ...


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Heads-up on Hypermiling

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 25th, 2008 10:19pm

Have you heard of "Hypermiling"? Hypermiling is a method of driving your car in a manner that maximizes mileage, and it can be done in any vehicle regardless of whether it has a hybrid or traditional gasoline powerplant. Hypermiling has become a popular technique among drivers worldwide, especially as concerns over increasing gas prices and environmental issues heighten. Wikipedia says the term ...


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AskPatty in the News, January 16 through 31, 2008

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 1st, 2008 4:31am

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 AskPatty at Divine Caroline -- "2008 Energy Bill - Much Ado About Efficiency" The 2008 Energy Bill is currently being discussed could determine our country's energy and vehicle efficiency for years, if not decades to come. Comparing the list below to the 2005 bill shows how much the U.S. political worldview has changed on the subject. Back in 2005, the Republican Senate sought to increase ...


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2008 Energy Bill Update -- Reducing Oil Dependence

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 13th, 2008 6:35pm

Here is an update to the 2008 Energy Bill blog that I wrote in early December. On December 19th, President Bush finally signed this bill into law, although it is a much weaker version than what Democrats had wanted. The initial goals were ambitious: energy efficient vehicles, less dependence on foreign oil, cleaner fuels, and punishment for price gouging by oil companies. In the end, the bill mainly address ...


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How Good is Ethanol for the Environment?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 3rd, 2007 5:39am

Ethanol is all the rage in some circles now as an alternative fuel for our cars. Midwest America is especially enthusiastic about it because the agricultural economy can benefit from it. Brazil has successfully built a national industry based on sugarcane ethanol and biofuel cars. How good is ethanol really, for the environment? The hope is that ethanol can potentially produce many more benefits compared to ...


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Honda Debuts All-New FCX Clarity Advanced Fuel Cell Vehicle

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 23rd, 2007 9:16am

Nearly every manufacturer at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show made some kind of statement regarding their intent to reduce reliance on petroleum-based fuels. After showing various iterations of this concept over the last several seasons of auto shows, Honda finally revealed its production FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show, announcing plans to begin limited retail marketing of the vehicle ...


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Community Thought Blog Talks About Ask Patty

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 23rd, 2007 3:47pm

Published April 23rd, 2007 by admin The Second Life Virutal worlds are taking on a life of their own with the huge success of Second life. Second life is a virtual world community where the residents own and make their own world. This has started to catch the eye of many marketers out there as they look for new ways to capture the eye of the internet surfer. One of the companies who has created a great SLurl ...


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A Car that Achieves 6,700 Miles Per Gallon?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 13th, 2007 12:50am

A Car that Achieves 6,700 Miles Per Gallon? It's Possible in Shell's Unique Student Competition Shell Eco-Marathon Americas inspires top young engineers from 24 schools in the U.S. and Canada in a challenge to take place April 13-14 at the California Speedway in Fontana, California. The goal of the event is to build a vehicle which will achieve the farthest distance using the least amount of fuel. After more ...


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