Three good bets if you’re shopping for a used hybrid

The 2010 Ford Fusion, 2007 Honda Civic and 2004 Toyota Prius all have much to recommend them

Three good bets if you’re shopping for a used hybridOne of the pleasant bonuses of owning a hybrid vehicle is that it will probably be reliable. Indeed, according to Consumer Reports, most hybrids are more dependable than their garden variety non-hybrid counterparts. The Toyota Prius and Camry hybrids, for example, generally top the list for most reliable cars, period, from this organization and elsewhere.…

Honda’s latest hybrids hit the mark

Accord Hybrid and Clarity both offer exceptional fuel economy, all the modern conveniences and more than enough get up and go

Honda’s latest hybrids hit the markAlthough Toyota seems to have the lion’s share of the hybrid market, other manufacturers haven’t exactly been idle. Honda, for example, introduced the Insight back in 2000 and has unveiled a series of hybrid models over the years, with varying degrees of success. The first generation Accord Hybrid, for example, was a lovely car in…

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will give you a jolt – if you can get a charge

The world’s best-selling EV is great as a second car or for short commuting    

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will give you a jolt – if you can get a chargeI want to be clear about this: The 2018 Nissan Leaf is a great compact car with a quiet, smooth ride, attractive design and many driver conveniences. But it’s not the car for me. I live in an apartment building and I have no access to an outside plug for recharging the batteries. That’s a…

Hyundai’s hybrid Ioniq is long on features, short on power

Behind the wheel, no nasty surprises and surprisingly normal switch gear and ergonomics. And it has a decent amount of storage space

Hyundai’s hybrid Ioniq is long on features, short on powerThankfully, hybrid cars are no longer headline news. In fact, any manufacturer worth its salt has a hybrid model of one type or another on the market these days. Some – Toyota, for example – have multiple models. And hybrid cars, once categorized as bridge technology – that is, bridging the gap between conventional internal…

Electric cars won’t save the world but they will destroy lives

Cobalt miners in the Congo, which has about 60% of the world’s known cobalt reserves, work for no salary and on a good day make $3 for what they finds. Deaths and injuries are common

Electric cars won’t save the world but they will destroy livesAnyone who says electric cars will save the world is dreaming. The adoption of electric cars over the next 20 years will barely shave a single per cent from the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, the batteries that power these cars rely on a nightmarish swath of human devastation. Most electric car buyers who pride…

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid a pretty attractive package

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid a pretty attractive packageMany sweepstake raffles/lotteries, when they offer a prize, put forward a luxury car of some kind….a Jag, upper range Mercedes, Porsche, BMW… that sort of thing. Something that will draw in the punters and give whatever cause they’re supporting a bright face and classy image. In my neck of the woods, however, one of the…

Hasty shift to e-trucks can carry shocks

How a premature move to electric trucks could hurt Canadian consumers

Hasty shift to e-trucks can carry shocksYou don’t have to be a climate-change alarmist to recognize that we need to make some changes to the way we consume energy. I’m not in a panic, but I see a lot of waste and try to do my bit to reduce it. I set the thermostat lower in the winter and don’t turn…

Electric vehicles pose a dilemma of conscience

When we consider the source of electricity, the invasive nature of copper mining for batteries and components, and other factors, the jury is out

Electric vehicles pose a dilemma of conscienceIn the push to normalize electric vehicles, many forget it’s not the end of the road as far as environmental impact is concerned. Presumably, those using electric vehicles or hybrids are motivated by a desire to improve the environment, especially by reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Many owners of these vehicles derive satisfaction and…

The American dream is moving north to Canada

Great uncertainty faces Canada and the United States, but Canada seems better equipped to adapt and flourish

The American dream is moving north to CanadaSo how did you like last year? Did it advance your favourite causes? Did it fatten your assets? Did it leave you feeling like the world travelled a few metres forward on the roads that counted? Would it be enough if the 2017 trajectory simply continues for the next 12 months? Not from the perspective…

Getting a jolt out of the Chevy Bolt’s practicality and versatility

GM’s top-selling electric car has plenty of features that make it attractive for everyday use, at a price that puts its chief competition to shame

With the growing public focus on the use of clean energy, electric cars sales are on the rise – and the frontrunner may surprise you. CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, which track U.S. plug-in sales by automaker, report that in November, Chevrolet’s Bolt EV outsold Tesla’s sleek Model S. Besides the fact that the Model S is twice…

The dirty little secret behind electric cars

Don't be fooled by the claims of the pro-electric car camp – our best bet for low-emissions vehicles is still natural gas

The dirty little secret behind electric carsDoes the car of the future really need to be electric to be environmentally responsible? On a recent trip to Hawaii, the car service sent a beautiful Tesla to pick us up at the airport. The driver told us how proud he was to be driving a “zero-emissions” vehicle. This prompted me to ask him…