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Study — Gas engine fueling costs fall below EV charging

(January 26, 2023) The cost to drive an internal combustion engine vehicle 100 miles in the U.S. fell below the cost to charge a comparable electric vehicle for the first time in 18 months, a new report from a Michigan think tank says. An analysis of late-2022 fueling costs by the Anderson Economic Group says mid-priced ICE drivers are paying about $11.29 for 100 miles of driving, an average of 31 cents less than mid-priced EV drivers who charge at home, Automotive News reported.

2023 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum

Plenty to offer, but falls
behind leaders in its class

By Jim Prueter

(January 25, 2023) In the automotive world of suburban America, the mid-sized Toyota Highlander is omnipresent, a vehicle that seems to appeal to countless American households. And why not? It’s practical, family-friendly, easy to drive with styling that doesn’t offend, comes in a wide variety of configurations with a generous number of standard features and driver-assistance niceties. 

Harley–Davidson CEO plans to phase out gas-powered bikes

By Ben Sellers
Headline USA

(January 25, 2023) Farewell, Hell’s Angel’s. Hello, Heck’s Snowflakes. The CEO of Harley–Davidson said the company plans to go full electric in the foreseeable future, according to a recent interview with British design magazine Dezeen. “At some point in time, Harley Davidson will be all-electric,” said Jochen Zeit, the German-born top executive of the quintessentially American motorbike brand. “But that’s a long-term transition that needs to happen,” he reassured bikers. “It’s not something you do overnight.”

Pump prices surge as gasoline demand rises

(January 24, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Drivers appear to be taking advantage of the recent milder weather in much of the nation by fueling up and hitting the road. The increase in gasoline demand and slightly more expensive oil pushed the national average for a gallon of gas higher by 12 cents since last week to $3.42.

All-electric driving capability adds to appeal of Hyundai Tucson

Photos by Paul Borden

By Paul Borden

(January 23, 2023) I’ve changed my mind. About a year ago, I reviewed the 2022 Hyundai Tucson with a standard hybrid power train and answered the question “Would I buy it?” with a firm yes. Then I added I would not recommend the plug-in version because of the hassle of recharging it.

2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae

A legendary sendoff —
Fare thee well Aventador

By Jim Prueter

(January 22, 2023) For a company with a penchant for naming its cars after legendary fighting bulls, the Lamborghini Aventador is being put out to pasture and fated to die like well more than 99 percent of fighting bulls in the ring. The final model “Ultimae” means “last” translated from Latin. 

Wyoming senator sponsors bill to phase out EVs in his state

Senator says people should
be allowed to make their own
choice — gas or electric

Automotive News

(January 20, 2023) Wyoming State Senator Jim Anderson sponsored a bill last week that, if enacted, would phase out new electric vehicle sales in the state by 2035. However, Anderson told Automotive News on Wednesday, he doesn't intend for it to pass, and he doesn't begrudge anybody buying EVs. The bill comes as a number of other states are moving in the opposite direction, eyeing the end of gasoline-powered vehicle sales in favor of electrics and plug-in hybrids.

Edmunds names its top vehicles of 2023 in six categories

(January 19, 2023) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The car shopping experts at Edmunds today announced the winners of the Edmunds Top Rated Awards 2023. The awards are determined by a combination of proprietary data and insights from Edmunds' extensive new vehicle testing and rating process, and the winners represent the finest vehicles on sale in 2023.

Gas up an average five cents a gallon

(January 18, 2023) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The short days and messy weather of January are combining to keep people off the roads, lowering gasoline demand. But the price of oil rose as fears of a global economic recession eased. The national average for a gallon of gas rose by five cents since last week to $3.32.

Buick learns that bigger is better even when it comes to small SUVs

By Paul Borden

(January 13, 2023) Buick got into the small SUV segment a decade ago when it launched the 2013 Encore. Apparently, it wasn’t all that long when it dawned on designers that perhaps it was “too small” and they decided a slightly larger “small” vehicle was needed.