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In 1899, Henry Bliss, America’s First Pedestrian Fatality, Was Struck by an Electric Taxi

Although much fuss was made five years ago when a test fleet of Nissan Leaf all-electric taxicabs hit New York City streets hailed as the first all-electric powered taxis, the facts are a little different. In 1899, almost 90% of the New York City taxi fleet was electric.
At the turn of the last century, electric vehicles had several advantages over gas- and steam-powered conveyances. The EVs of the period were …

Achtung! You Will Soon Subscribe to Your Car

Until recently, owning a car meant just that: either purchasing a car outright or leasing a new vehicle. For those who didn’t want to own a car, a few carsharing options such as Zipcar were available in some areas. Now a new option is emerging, namely cars by subscription.
BMW is the latest automaker to offer a car-by-subscription program. Access by BMW was introduced as a pilot in Nashville, Tennessee at …

New York Auto Show 2018: Hail the SUV, but Plug in the Mini

NEW YORK — The auto industry is showcasing dozens of new cars this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The show, which dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Central Palace, will run through April 8.
Prior to the show’s official opening to the press, BMW’s Mini unit …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SE

While we love the Volkswagen Touareg, there was always something missing in the Wolfsburg automaker’s lineup: a three-row SUV. Enter the aptly named Volkswagen Atlas, made in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In Greek mythology, of course, Atlas was the Titan condemned by Zeus to hold up the sky on his shoulders. This Atlas only has to hold a large family and a few of its friends.
We first saw what the Atlas would look …

Volkswagen Says “Auf Wiedersehen” to the Iconic Beetle

Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle, star of stage and screen, will not be replaced when the current version is discontinued.
The original, officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1 and suggested in 1933 by German Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler who, at that year’s Internationalen Automobil-und Motorrad-Ausstellung, asked the industry to come up with an inexpensive, simple people’s car (Volkswagen is German for “people’s car”) for the country’s new Autobahn network.
Designed by Ferdinand Porsche, what …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD

The Nissan Murano is one of the SUVs whose appearance once a year everyone at Frequent Business Traveler/The Green Car Driver looks forward to. We love the Murano not only because it’s good looking but because it offers driver and passengers luxurious surroundings at a very reasonable price.
For 2018, the Murano comes with an impressive array of standard equipment. New for the current model year are an 8” touchscreen with …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Volkswagen Golf SE

Volkswagen’s sporty Golf is now in its 44th year and it’s as popular as ever. Introduced as the Rabbit in U.S. and Canadian markets because Rabbit sounded cute and Golf was a term only associated with the sport, it was Wolfsburg’s replacement for the Beetle (Käfer in German-speaking markets).
Indeed the name “Golf” was not chosen because of the sport but due to VW’s practice for naming its cars after winds, …