Hyundai Ioniq

Meet the 2018 Greenest and Meanest Vehicles

Every year for two decades, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy releases a list of the greenest vehicles and the meanest. Green vehicles require fewer resources and pollute less during manufacturing, fuel production, and tailpipe emissions. Mean vehicles suck up fuel and pollute like your cigar-smoking uncle after eating bean burritos. There are more…

Jaguar XE diesel

What Is a Diesel Vehicle?

Excerpted from Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self by Kristen Hall-Geisler—new and improved and available November 2017! Back in the early days of the automobile, everybody and his brother (never his sister) thought they could build a better engine. The internal combustion engine we know and love and…

Diesel, More or Less

Less Diesel So you may have heard a little something about VW and diesel and cheating the EPA’s emissions tests. And you may have heard that the Chevy Cruise diesel was named in a lawsuit for similar cheating practices in summer 2016. Things are not going well for diesel, which was anticipated to be one…

Electric-assisted UPS bike in Portland, Oregon

Using Alternative Fuels the UPS Way

For nearly a hundred years, you had two choices: gasoline like a normal person or stinky diesel like Europeans and truck drivers. Then came the twenty-first century, and our choices exploded (not usually literally, luckily). We’ve got electric cars, hybrids, clean diesel, natural gas, hydrogen, and good ol’ gasoline. Which one is best? Should you…