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Gas prices have been declining for six straight months, which was expected to make a lot of consumers stop being so preoccupied with fuel economy and start buying gas-guzzling vehicles again. But, even though sales of vehicles that don't have particularly good gas mileage, such as SUVs, pickup trucks and crossovers, have increased over the past couple of months, a lot of car buyers remain concerned about fuel economy, a new study says.
According to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Avoider Study, fuel economy is still the most important factor taken into account by new-car buyers, which comes as a bit of a surprise, with gasoline prices hitting a record low. J.D. Power and Associates have been doing this study for 12 straight years, andmore »
Even though electric drive technologies have been around for a while now, they have predominantly been employed in personal vehicles, whereas commercial vehicles have yet to catch on. There are a few reasons why there are so few electric commercial vehicles on U.S. roads, as well as around the globe, but most of them have to do with the high purchase price of plug-in vehicles. For many fleet operators, operating a fleet of commercial vehicles is not financially viable, as it requires a considerable upfront investment. But, a recent study says that demand for electric trucks and buses will grow substantially over the next couple of years, primarily thanks to increased environmental concerns.
Navigant Research conducted a study that analyzes market data for medium and heavy duty commercial all-electricmore »
Slumping gas prices are obviously making car owners pretty happy, as it helps them save a lot of money at the pump, but they could also have a negative impact on consumers' pocketbooks, since they are already starting to hurt some states that rely heavily on gas and oil revenue, as well as the federal government, putting their budgets at risks, which could well result in increased taxes. Record-low gasoline prices are starting to affect the nation's economy, reducing tax revenues and heating up the debate on raising gas taxes to make up for lost revenues.
With many transportation programs being funded through the Highway Trust Fund, which receives money from the federal gasoline tax, authorities are having trouble coming up with the money needed for building new roads and bridges and renovating the existing ones. Americamore »
One of the biggest issues facing ride-sharing services is insurance, with lawmakers still struggling to figure out the coverage levels drivers should carry, and with different ride-sharing companies using different standards when providing coverage for their drivers causing quite a confusion among insurance companies. That's why various insurance providers have tried to come up with some kind of solution that would resolve the issues drivers face because there are many inconsistencies in terms of what their personal auto insurance covers and how they are protected by the insurance policy provided by the company they are working for.
The latest product that could help put an end to the insurance gap faced by ridesharing drivers was recently introduced by Geico, one of the leading auto insurance companies in the United States.more »
Technological innovation is one of the most significant traits setting Tesla's Model S apart from most other cars on the market, and it's one of the main reasons why Consumer Reports has named it “Best Overall Car” for the second consecutive year. Consumer Reports has released it's annual list of best cars and SUVs based on the tests it has conducted, and for the second year in a row, it was topped by Tesla's luxury all-electric sedan. Consumer Reports' list of top ten picks for 2015 features two other U.S.-made cars, the Buick Regal, ad the Chevrolet Impala, which even the magazine itself admits is a bit of a surprise.
Consumer Reports graded cars on three categories: performance, reliability, and safety. Themore »
Although falling gas prices have boosted SUV sales over the last couple of months, fuel efficiency will continue to be a priority for most car buyers over the next few years, according to a new study. The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) conducted a survey among motorists across America to find out whether they expect gasoline prices to stay low in the long run and whether fuel efficiency is still an important factor for them.
What the CFA found is that the majority of car buyers will not be fooled by the fact that gas prices are currently at a record-low and will prefer high-mileage vehicles in the future, as well, expect gas prices to start rising soon. According to the survey, U.S. consumers are well aware of the volatility in gas prices, expecting them to climb over 50% in a couple of years. The CFA surveyed 1,007 randomlymore »
Ever since electric cars first hit the market in the U.S., West Coast states have been leading the way in the adoption of these alternative fuel vehicles, which is why they have the largest concentration of EV charging stations, with the rest of the country lagging far behind. But lately, EVs have been getting more traction across the country, prompting local authorities and utility companies in other regions of the U.S. to invest in charging infrastructure for them. The latest news coming from Kansas City, about a project that aims to build an extensive network of charging stations in the most populous city in Missouri, shows that the Midwest is jumping on the EV bandwagon, as well.
Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L), an electric utility company that serves the Kansas City metropolitanmore »
Online services are arguably the best way to reduce wait times at DMV offices and make them a much more pleasant place to visit for American motorists. That's why DMV websites can be a crucial factor in enhancing customer satisfaction, helping drivers save valuable time and money, by allowing them to make appointments over the Internet, download forms, make payments, apply for a new driver's license or vehicle registration or renew the current ones, from the comfort of their homes. But, the availability of online services and the functionality of DMV websites varies between states, with some of them lagging far behind the others in terms of providing quality content, number of services, design, and usability.
DMV.com ranked all state DMV websites, taking into account the aforementioned categories, and in this blog post, we take a look at themore »
For a DMV website to be helpful, it has to be responsive, provide content for the services offered on it, have clearly visible menus, and offer a large number of online services. DMV.com reviewed all state DMV websites, focusing on the aforementioned aspects, to see how each of them fared in the categories that are considered to be most important: design, usability, services, and website content. The 2015 State DMV Website Rankings by DMV.com shows that the best DMV website in the country is Washington state's, and this time we take a look at the websites ranking 31st through 41st.
The 31 to 41 State DMV Website Rankings start with New Jersey, receiving a total of 63 points in allmore »
Nowadays, pretty much all state DMVs offer personalized online services in a bid to become more efficient and cut wait times. Availability of online services saves customers a trip to local DMV offices, easing the strain and pressure on DMV employees, which makes them more efficient and process the applications submitted by motorists faster. However, while some state DMV websites are almost ideally designed and provide drivers with every piece of information that is essential to them in a clear and straightforward way, others lack some key features and functionalities that are necessary for a satisfactory user experience. That's why DMV.com ranked all state DMV websites to find out how each of them satisfies the common criteria for a good website. This time, we break down themore »