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The Detroit Electric automobile company produced about 14,000 pure electric vehicles during its 32-year run from 1907 to 1939. This Model 75, made in 1918, is one of only several hundred still on the road today. In 1918, when this Model 75 was produced, electric vehicles were already going the way of the horse. The...

The Corbin Sparrow is a single-passenger, three-wheeled, pure-electric people mover. Only 300 of these wonderfully funky vehicles were produced, from 1992 to 2002. This one up for auction on eBay is Number 140. It’s even more unique—if that’s possible— because its owner has tricked it out with a custom metallic dark...

The Land Rover Defender is a British four-wheel-drive off-road utility vehicle developed from the original Land Rover Series launched in 1948. First called the Land Rover Ninety and Land Rover One Ten—names referring to the number of inches in its wheelbase—it became the Defender in 1990. That name derives, at...

The Nissan Leaf is the car that ushered in the new era of affordable electric vehicles in the 21st century. So, it only makes sense that the electric hatch—capable of about 80 miles of driving on single charge—would figure prominently in an emerging market of used EVs. A year-and-half after the first customer was...

An electric SUV might seem like an environmental oxymoron. But using ultra-efficient and inexpensive electric fuel in a spacious sports utility could be the key to gaining wider acceptance of EVs among American consumers. This purely electric 2002 Toyota RAV4 EV, listed for $16,900 in a classified ad on eBay, is the...

This remarkable 1920 Ford Model T runs on electricity. According to the seller, who has been a collector for more than 45 years, it’s the only electric Model T he has ever seen. Ford originally built the vehicle to run as a conventional gas-powered vehicle, but sometime in the past few decades, the original engine...

If you’re looking to save money at the pumps, one of the smartest things you can do is to downsize. Keep this in mind: Buying a car that meets, but does not exceed, your need for size and power doesn’t have to be an exercise in self-restraint. A little legroom and horsepower can be traded for a monumental amount of...

In 2012, an American car buyer can choose from among a half-dozen electric cars made by major auto manufactures, such as Nissan and Ford. The impressive capabilities of cars like the Nissan Leaf or Ford Focus Electric underscore how far we’ve come from a generation ago when owning an electric car meant having to...

The 2012 Mini Cooper with manual six-speed gearbox gets 29 miles per gallon in the city and 37 on the highway. That’s great mileage for a car that provides such a high quotient of fun and styling. Due to car’s small profile and light weight, its 121 horsepower provides plenty of oomph. The Mini’s legacy of fuel...

President Barack Obama has occasionally voiced public support for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles over the past few years. But the chief transportation priorities of the administration and Energy Secretary Steven Chu have been clear: raising the overall fuel economy of consumer vehicles and promoting early...

If you have a need for a work truck—but don’t want to work all day just to pay for the gas to fill it up—a pickup converted to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) could be the answer. This 2002 Ford F-150—running on CNG since 2006—was converted using a GFI Control Systems Conversion Kit, which the seller says cost...

This is one tough green car. Until 2010, it was used as a police detective car in Phoenix, Arizona. Complete with ramming bar and a “K9 Interceptor” badge, the seller says this full-size V8 full-frame rear-wheel-drive four-door sedan is built for “severe duty.” The seller promises that while cruising down the...

In a sign of the times—in which all kinds of green vehicle alternatives are fighting for prominence—this 2002 Ford F-350 diesel truck is emblazoned with decals of an electric vehicle plug. But the truck itself runs on waste vegetable oil. Once used by now-bankrupt Bright Automotive—presumably to haul the prototype...