Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Wednesday, July 08, 2015 4:34 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Electric car batteries have a lot of life left when they can no longer power a car. Chevrolet has found a way to reuse them.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 7:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Car buyers are trading in their hybrids and electric cars for more gas-guzzling vehicles at a faster pace than ever before.

Thursday, June 19, 2014 6:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Toyota developing a new semiconductor chip that will improve the fuel efficiency of its hybrid cars by up to 10 percent.

Saturday, October 26, 2013 6:05 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Eight states have agreed to put 3.3 million “green” cars on U.S. roads by 2025.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 5:29 pm
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Hybrid car buyers spend less on a new car through the life of a car loan due to better car loan interest rates.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 6:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

While car sales are up substantially over 2011, sales of hybrid cars are the fastest-growing segment.

Saturday, December 03, 2011 9:00 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Hybrid cars are safer than their gasoline counterparts, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute. The odds of being injured in a car crash are 25 percent lower on average for people traveling in a hybrid versus in the gasoline equivalent. While it’s too early to

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 8:30 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

With higher fuel economy standards on the horizon, automakers are increasingly focusing on new technologies to improve their MPG ratings while enticing car shoppers with a variety of cars in different sizes and body styles. Several automakers have recently made announcements that will improve the MPG of their line ups in ways that they believe

Saturday, September 24, 2011 9:07 am
By Tara Baukus Mello ·

Car buyers who purchased hybrid cars have long enjoyed perks beyond spending less at the pump due to great fuel economy. Among the biggest additional perks were federal tax credits in the thousands of dollars for many buyers, as well as the privilege of driving in the carpool lanes in many states when driving solo.

Saturday, July 09, 2011 7:00 am
By Claes Bell, CFA ·

Not all hybrid cars are created equal. Some deliver genuine benefits to the environment and consumers, while others are just pricey options that allow automakers to cash in on those five green little letters. This week the Union of Concerned Scientists unveiled its 2011 Hybrid Scorecard to help consumers tell the difference. The Scorecard rates

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