My Huffington Post Test Drive Review of 2017 Prius Prime

What a fun car! No seriously. What a fun car!

Here’s an excerpt from my Huffington Post piece on it. 

The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime is certainly one to four steps up from the original plugin Prius. Besides the doubling of EV miles, the carbon fibers to make it lighter or the redux on the interior and front grille. However, I had heard this is one of the most efficient electric motors on the block hands down. With a combined MPG of 96 on average in ECO mode and plugging in every night; I drove close to 900 miles and put an extra $5.00 in the car for my week. 

Yet, as Car and Driver reported, the Prius Prime has a carbon-fiber hatchback made at Toyota’s Motomachi plant in Japan where the carbon-fiber Lexus LFA supercar came together. Also, compared with the previous plug-in Prius, the Prime gets double the battery capacity. The new 95-cell, 8.8-kWh battery pack accounts for 265 pounds of the claimed 285-to-365-pound weight gain over the regular Prius as well as a reduction in cargo capacity of roughly 5 or 8 cubic feet, depending on the liftback in question. But it allows up to 25 miles of electric-only driving, 10 more than the previous plug-in and 25 more than the liftback that essentially runs only as a gas-electric hybrid. A smaller, yet higher-powered, onboard charger replenishes the battery more quickly than in the old PHEV, or in 5.5 hours on household 120-volt power or two hours and 10 minutes when fed 240 volts.

For the entire review



Interior Toyota Prius Prime, Besides the doubling of EV miles, the carbon fibers to make it lighter or the redux on the interior and front grille. However, I had heard this is one of the most efficient electric motors on the block hands down. With a combined MPG of 96 on average in ECO mode and plugging in every night; I drove close to 900 miles and put an extra $5.00 in the car for my week.Toyota Prius Prime Plugin hybrid electric car test. Over 900 miles. $5.00 in the car for my week.Besides the doubling of EV miles, the carbon fibers to make it lighter or the redux on the interior and front grille. However, I had heard this is one of the most efficient electric motors on the block hands down. With a combined MPG of 96 on average in ECO mode and plugging in every night; I drove close to 900 miles and put an extra $5.00 in the car for my week. Besides the doubling of EV miles, the carbon fibers to make it lighter or the redux on the interior and front grille. However, I had heard this is one of the most efficient electric motors on the block hands down. With a combined MPG of 96 on average in ECO mode and plugging in every night; I drove close to 900 miles and put an extra $5.00 in the car for my week. Besides the doubling of EV miles, the carbon fibers to make it lighter or the redux on the interior and front grille. However, I had heard this is one of the most efficient electric motors on the block hands down. With a combined MPG of 96 on average in ECO mode and plugging in every night; I drove close to 900 miles and put an extra $5.00 in the car for my week. Back seat middle armrest room inside

Besides the doubling of EV miles, the carbon fibers to make it lighter or the redux on the interior and front grille. However, I had heard this is one of the most efficient electric motors on the block hands down. With a combined MPG of 96 on average in ECO mode and plugging in every night; I drove close to 900 miles and put an extra $5.00 in the car for my week. Two toned
Loved the Two Tones on the seat

Besides the doubling of EV miles, the carbon fibers to make it lighter or the redux on the interior and front grille. However, I had heard this is one of the most efficient electric motors on the block hands down. With a combined MPG of 96 on average in ECO mode and plugging in every night; I drove close to 900 miles and put an extra $5.00 in the car for my week.

Digital dash Besides the doubling of EV miles, the carbon fibers to make it lighter or the redux on the interior and front grille. However, I had heard this is one of the most efficient electric motors on the block hands down. With a combined MPG of 96 on average in ECO mode and plugging in every night; I drove close to 900 miles and put an extra $5.00 in the car for my week.
Digital dash

2017 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced (viewing the newly shaped air vents on side by driver)


Test Drive Results 2016 Chevrolet Volt Plugin Hybrid Electric Car

This version of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt plugin hybrid electric car is a take on looks and technology from the old Cadillac ELR. While the ELR had an amazing grill and leather dashboard, everything else was pretty much the same.

One of the cool things they did too was move the cup holders and charger in front of the back two seats. In the older Volt they had everything between both seats which didn’t enable a third seat option or an arm rest.
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Chevrolet estimates that Volt owners who charge regularly can expect to drive an estimated 1,000 miles or more between fill-ups, based on economy of a GM-estimated 102 MPGe (electric) and 41 combined mpg on gasoline power.
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Really though, one of the best parts of the 2016 model is going from around 26 mile all electric range to over 53 miles (rated by EPA).

That is around 90 percent of most trips in any given day!!

The new Volt has a rate of 53 miles of electric but in normal mode I got 60 Miles all Electric every time.  Tests showed closer to 60 miles in ECO driving Mode; many drivers will go months at a time

New look for the Volt – Much Better!
One of the noticeably new features of the Volt was its looks. New lines and contours makes this a real car. What I mean is it looks like a normal non eco car. That makes it noticeable to the guy on the utility line to a woman in a parking lot.

Chevrolet MyLink (recommended app download)
Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet MyLink organizes and integrates your technology so you can enjoy every ride. More information here:http://www.chevrolet.com/mylink/2016-volt.html.

ChargePoint (recommended app download)

ChargePoint is the largest and most connected network of EV charging stations around. With more than 33,000 EVSE places to charge from all major networks, the most real-time data and personalized features, our newest EV charging mobile app makes it easy to plug in wherever you go.

Awesome Review of C-MAX Energi Plugin Hybrid Electric Car on Answers.com

Awesome Review of C-MAX Energi Plugin Hybrid Electric Car

Folks, this is a fun and exciting car to drive. My wife loved the car, the kids loved the car and so did I.

Therefore, this car gets two thumbs up in the Green Living Guy household.  The main problem with the car was giving it back!! Seriously!

Ford announced back in 2012 that the new C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) would be able to go up to 550 miles on a single tank of gas. This news was met with skepticism until the test drive. The vehicle did exceed the range of both the Volt and the Prius plugin hybrid PHEV.

C-Max Energi

In addition, Ford guaranteed that in electric-only mode, the C-MAX Energi gets twice the range of the Prius plug-in. So while skeptical about the car’s purported fuel efficiency, after testing the C-MAX there is no question they are telling the truth.

Other Impressions
Here is what else impressed me about the car. The engine was not using all it’s gusto to go up hills. That is not the case with other popular hybrids. Basically, the C-MAX Energi packs a punch! In addition, the vehicle had an SUV feel to it even though it is a small car.

C-Max Energi Plugin hybrid Electric Car

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES NEW CAMPAIGN TO INSTALL CHARGING STATIONS AND PROMOTE ELECTRIC VEHICLE USE ACROSS NEW YORK STATE

Supports Governor Cuomo’s Charge NY initiative; Will Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40 Percent by 2030
Largest Contributor to Greenhouse Gas Emissions is Transportation Sector; Accounts for Nearly 40 Percent of Emissions in New York State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new electric vehicle campaign that includes the installation of charging stations, incentives for employers to encourage employees to drive electric vehicles and extensive public education and outreach. The increased use of electric vehicles will help the state in achieving its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030. The campaign, which supports the Governor’s Charge NY initiative, will be overseen by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

“This multi-pronged campaign will help in this administration’s efforts to fight climate change, strengthen infrastructure to support the use of electric cars, and help reduce New York’s carbon footprint on our roadways,” Governor Cuomo said. “With these actions, we are taking another step toward a cleaner, greener and more sustainable New York for all.”

Work on the projects will start immediately and will include the installation of 450 charging stations across the state. Of these, approximately 150 will be located at workplaces throughout New York, supporting Governor Cuomo’s State of the State proposal for the construction of 500 new workplace charging stations. The units will be installed in Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, Utica, Albany, the Hudson Valley, Westchester County, New York City and Long Island.

“I’m pleased with the progress we’re making in the energy sector but we can’t cut greenhouse gasses and reach our emissions reduction goals without also making inroads in the transportation sector,” said Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York. “State-wide campaigns to promote the use of electric vehicles will go far to help New York reach its emissions reductions goals and combat climate change.”

John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA, said , “This comprehensive campaign will help New York meet Governor Cuomo’s clean transportation goals and reduce our carbon footprint. Each project is vital to the success of New York’s nation-leading energy strategy, so we can ensure a cleaner and healthier environment for all New Yorkers.”

Additional projects in this campaign include:

· Working with New York City-area public and private employers to create an incentive program specifically for their employees to encourage them to buy electric vehicles;

· Conducting outreach to employers statewide to educate them on the benefits of providing workplace charging stations for their employees;

· Hosting public test drive and ride events;

· Providing innovative financing to make installing charging stations more economically viable for site owners;

· And developing tourism routes specifically for electric vehicle owners that will highlight charging station locations in the Mid-Hudson Valley, including in the Catskills.

In addition, Rochester will launch a pilot to become an electric vehicle model city. The goal is to demonstrate how developing an electric vehicle ecosystem can increase electric vehicle adoption and prepare a community for long-term electric vehicle growth. State, city and community leaders worked together to identify actions to support Rochester’s evolution into an electric vehicle model city, including adding electric vehicles to the city fleet, installing charging stations, creating a speaker’s bureau for community events and training for local dealerships. 
The projects will be managed by three contractors – EV Connect, Energetics and Calstart — for a total of $4.8 million. Each contractor is responsible for different elements at specific locations, though all will be installing charging stations and administering marketing and outreach programs.

This electric vehicle campaign continues Governor Cuomo’s ongoing support to grow the number of electric vehicles in New York. Last fall, he announced $3 million for rebates through the Environmental Protection Fund for municipalities to purchase or lease zero-emission vehicles, such as battery electric and hydrogen vehicles, for their fleets. 

Over the summer, Sustainable Hudson Valley kicked off its Drive Electric Hudson Valley campaign to educate consumers about electric vehicles, which was supported by NYSERDA.

The state has also revised regulations to clarify charging station ownership rules, and supported research and demonstration projects on new plug-in electric car technologies and policies. In addition, the New York Power Authority has invited municipalities to tap into a master contract that offers better pricing for the supply, installation and maintenance of charging stations. 

The Governor has also announced the availability of another $3 million to help eligible municipalities and rural electricity cooperatives purchase electric vehicles for use in their municipal use fleets.

Source: Charge NY, Reforming the Energy Vision, www.ny.gov/REV4NY, NYSERDA

Volvo XC90 Plugin Hybrid Electric Car is Amazingly Responsive power

Yes, the Volvo Drive-E range includes some of the world’s:

  • Most powerful four-cylinder engines. 
  • This new family of powertrains uses supercharging and twin turbocharging, as well as advanced transmissions, to provide responsive power with far lower fuel consumption and emissions.
  • Electrification allows us to achieve even more. 

In Power mode the XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid accelerates from 0-62mph in just 5.9 seconds, making it a true high-performance car.
Clean efficiency

Drive-E powertrains are attempting to set new standards for efficiency, making them more enjoyable to drive and better for the world around us.


Twin Engine – performance without compromise

The Twin Engine models have plug-in hybrid powertrains that give you effortless performance, zero-emissions capability and a drive mode to suit every need. They are Volvo’s most powerful yet most fuel-efficient cars, and demand no compromise on safety, luxury or interior space. 

Twin Engine models are considered the ultimate expression of the Drive-E philosophy, and make every journey feel special.

The future is electric

Electrification helps to create cars that are luxurious, efficient and offer zero-emissions running. 

That’s why Volvo is planning a new range of plug-in hybrid models, and why their next generation of cars have been designed from the outset for electrification.

For more visit Volvo