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Governors Agree to Get 3.3 Million More Zero-Emission Cars on Roads

Improving infrastructure tops list of efforts in eight states.

by on Oct.25, 2013

Eight states have agreed to get 3.3 million zero emission cars on the roads, in part, by getting more charging stations built.

The push to get more zero emission vehicles on U.S. roads just got a significant boost as eight governors pledged to get 3.3 million more non-polluting cars on the roads by 2025.

The agreement by the leaders from California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon, Maryland, Rhode Island, New York and Vermont isn’t binding, but includes what many observers consider a key component to getting more of those vehicles on the road: a commitment to build charging stations and other infrastructure components.

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While the agreement requires no specific financial commitment, the deal has the states working together to change building codes and other regulations to allow a quick rollout of new charging stations. (more…)

First Drive: Ford Fiesta

Small and stylish are no longer mutually exclusive.

by on Oct.15, 2010

The Ford Fiesta has a stylish shape one normally wouldn't expect in the "econobox" segment.

The idea seemed preposterous: Three people, one medium-sized dog, two sets of golf clubs (minus one of the bags), three duffel bags and all the usual paraphernalia – including 10 pairs of shoes(?) – required for a long weekend at the lake. But how to stuff all that stuff in a subcompact? Yes, we knew there would be complaints, but we undertake this research for you, the loyal readers.

Somehow, we crammed it all in. Looked like a clown car with all the people and stuff popping out of this Ford Fiesta upon arrival, but it illustrates a point: It is possible to travel comfortably in a subcompact. We even had room to take home a couple of gifts and knick knacks purchased at the annual craft fair.

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An added bonus was superb mileage: Over a week spent with the Fiesta, mostly traveling on rural two lanes, we averaged 39 mpg. This thing doesn’t so much sip fuel, it dabs a rag in it and wrings out every last drop.

Following a groundbreaking social media campaign, it seems that Ford has been telling us about the Fiesta for a long time. Now that it is here, it’s easy to see what all the fuss was about.

The Fiesta has fun styling details, nifty interior touches and some clever features. It’s entertaining and easy to drive.
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