The Ram 1500 has great fuel economy

The Ram 1500 is a big-time player in the full-size light duty truck market, and with the addition of a EcoDiesel V6 it now offers something no else has – a fuel-saving engine that still offers decent performance and close to the same towing capacity of the big V8.

The reviewer saw 27 mpg on a highway trip and 23.3 mpg over 531 miles with a good amount of city and highway driving.

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The age of the hybrid supercar has arrived

Supercars are going green. From Ferraris to McLarens many of the world’s fastest high-speed performance cars have developed a conscience and embraced the advancements made in green technology. Where once Hybrids were considered the domain of the environmentally aware, these days they are increasingly being seen as fast, exciting and daring; marrying speed performance with low carbon emissions.

The new breed of hybrid supercars adopts technology developed in motorsport. They are quite expensive even by supercar standards; however they are important for the future of hybrid technology as they act as a standard bearer for greener cars in the future. They tell us that it’s OK to enjoy a high performance ride without being unkind to the environment. No longer does high speed have to mean gas guzzling machines producing emissions for fun, these days cars capable of speeds in excess of 200 mph can also be fuel efficient.

With rumours currently circulating that Bugatti are planning to produce a Hybrid as the replacement for its flagship model – the Veyron Grand Sport, here are three of the fastest and best performing supercars currently available. For a selection of supercars from some of the world’s most prestigious manufacturers and to keep an eye on news from Bugatti check out check out HR Owen.

La Ferrari

Ferrari have adapted Formula 1 racing technology to produce this hybrid supercar that looks stunning, performs like a dream and shows some consideration to the environment. When it was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013 the idea of what it means to drive a hybrid changed in an instant. With a top speed of 217 mph and 0 – 60 in under 3 seconds it is probably fair to say that the idea that hybrids lack poke went out of the window.

Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid

This is the fastest and most powerful road-going Porsche model yet – it is also the greenest. Its performance claims are nothing short of remarkable. When fitted with an optional Weissach performance package it reaches 62 mph in 2.6 seconds and 124 mph in 7.2 seconds. Perhaps even more impressive is its green credentials with a state-of-the-art gasoline-electric hybrid driveline allowing for outstanding economy figures.

BMW i8

BMW’s eagerly anticipated entry into the Hybrid market came this year and it could prove to be a game changer. It’s a Hybrid 2+2 Coupe with price and performance figures to match a Porsche 911 or Audi R8 but it has CO2 emissions that equal a plug-in Prius. Performance wise, the numbers speak for themselves with a top speed of 155 mph and achieving 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds when driven in sport mode. In eDrive mode the i8 is a zero-emission, front-wheel-drive machine with a useful 129 bhp and 184 ft-lbs, a top speed of 75 mph and a range of 23 miles. It can also be charged from zero to 80 per cent in less than two hours.

 

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Mercedes diesel fuel economy: European model beats 60 MPG

Is there a hybrid-diesel in your future?

Journalist Andrew Frankel from Autocar drove all the way from Tangier in the north of Africa to Goodwood in the U.K. on a single tank of diesel – recording average fuel economy of 61.2 mpg along the way. This is not a pipsqueak of a car – it was an E250. Outstanding!

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How older Saabs match up against newer hybrids environmentally

When it comes to environmentally friendly automobiles, we usually think about the newer hybrid and electric vehicles. While these newer cars certainly use less gas, and produce fewer emissions, you shouldn’t discount the advantage of a good pre-owned vehicle. Many older cars can still be eco-friendly. The Saab family of automobiles is a great example of eco-friendly older cars.

Saab started as a Swedish airplane manufacturer in 1938, creating fighter jets for World War II. In 1945, when the war ended, they expanded to motorcycles and automobiles. Saab has even been named the official vehicle for Swedish royalty. Since their introduction, Saab has been an innovator in the car industry and is well established as a brand of safe vehicles.

For decades, Saab has been labeling plastic parts for recycling. Because of this campaign and Sweden’s law to protect the environment from abandoned vehicles, Saabs are manufactured in a way to help reduce waste and keep them out of landfills.

Saab has also been utilizing an eco-friendly engine since 1995. The Ecopower system was created for their turbo-charged engines. It allows the vehicle to consume less fuel while reducing exhaust emissions.

Hybrid and electric cars are still fairly expensive. Also, when it comes to electric cars, the U.S. is still catching up on things like having charging stations available. A used vehicle is much cheaper to buy and Saab parts are readily available from authentic stores like eEuroParts.

Contrary to popular belief, there are also environmental issues with hybrid and electric vehicles. Scientific American published an article comparing the environmental impact of a new eco-friendly car vs. a well-maintained older car. One of the things they discovered was that there are significant environmental costs to building new hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles.

Hybrid cars actually have a much larger environmental impact during their manufacture vs. non-hybrids – the batteries that drive the vehicles are not necessarily environmentally friendly, and the double engine design increases the manufacturing emissions.

While electric vehicles can be considered emission-free – as long as they are charged by a renewable energy source – many are charged using coal-generated electricity, which has a much higher environmental impact.

Owning a hybrid or electric car can reduce your emissions and your carbon footprint while you own the car. However, the manufacturing process could end up giving these cars a much higher footprint out of the gate than their non-hybrid and non-electric counterparts. The environmental costs associated with disposing of old vehicles could be greater than simply keeping the vehicle.

Saab vehicles have a history of excellent gas mileage, and innovative eco-friendly design. These older Saabs are still available to the public. Buying an older Saab may reduce the environmental impact of storing it in a landfill.

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Bipartisan bill pushes for federal use of remanufactured parts

Reps. Gary Peters (D-MI) and James Lankford (R-OK) have introduced a bill called The Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act (H.R. 4056). It would encourage federal agencies to use remanufactured auto parts when they are, in a given repair instance, cheaper and easy enough to obtain, meaning they do not hold up the repair of the vehicle.

This makes a lot of sense – reman parts are less expensive than OEM parts and better for the environment. This begs the question: do we really need an act of Congress for federal agencies to do the right thing?

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