May 12, 2011

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Better Get Ready for the Car-Pool! ...Eh? Eh?

So maybe you don't want to see your coworkers in their speedos and bikinis (or maybe even your spouse), but carpooling is one of the best ways to save gas and reduce emissions, especially on the trips you're taking all the time.
Carpools can also help reduce the monotony of a commute through lively conversation, which has the other added benefit of keeping the driver alert. Don't like talking to your coworkers? Maybe you should find another job...

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That Kerry/Edwards Sticker is a Little Outdated, Don't you Think?

BWC is Here to Help You Get With the Times!

At your request -- and at your neighbors' (everyone thinks it's about time you covered yourself up a bit), Better World Club now has logoed window clings available for that little bit of extra coverage you sometimes need while you're on the road. Do yourself and everyone else a favor and put something over that naked window. We can see everything!

Here's how: Better World Club members can view and order our window clings by clicking here and logging in to the member section of our website. (That's an image of one next to the headline.) Window clings will automatically be included in all of the fulfillment packets we mail, so members who have already requested packets do not need to order their clings separately -- unless they want to request more than what they're automatically sent. Most of our members probably have thousands of friends, so we understand that they might need some extras to share. For larger orders, please contact us. But be mindful: we ask that members requesting large numbers of additional window clings cut us in on the profits from their eBay sales. 70/30 seems fair, right?

We're also allowing non-members to request the clings, giving them the chance to pose as their cooler peers. Non-members can place an order by clicking here and inputting their mailing information.

Both members and non-members can expect to receive their window clings about ten business days from when they place an order. (Please allow slightly longer for orders made in response to this initial announcement as we expect the clings to be extremely popular. If you don't get yours as quickly as you'd like, um, maybe try eBay?)

Is posing just not cutting it for you anymore? Get with the times! Join us!

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**And Congratulations to Better World Club member and dedicated Kicking Asphalt reader Dorisse Neale for winning our website redesign contest from last issue! Dorisse's devotion for Kicking Asphalt has won her a free Premium membership in the Club.**


British American Auto Care

Don't Worry, They'll Service Your Asian and European Cars, Too

British American Auto Care in Columbia, Maryland strives to provide its customers with the absolute best in automobile service and repairs. Since 1978, its team has built a reputation for honesty and quality as well as a demonstrated commitment to the environment and sustainability.

British American was awarded the Best Automotive Customer Service Award from over 1900 auto facilities in Maryland, Delaware, and Washington D.C. by the Washington Metropolitan Areas Dealers Association in both 2009 and 2010.

In 2010, the company was also awarded the first annual Green Registry Leadership Award from the Maryland Department of the Environment in recognition of its sustainable practices and continuous improvement on its environmental results. ( More on British American and the environment.)

Better World Club members can get a $30 coupon good for the purchase of British American Auto Care services by showing their membership cards to a British American representative (coupon not good for mini lubes or Maryland inspections).

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Are Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Drivers Paying Their Share?

Is There a Mileage Tax in Your Future?

A BWC Poll!

Last week, the White House distanced itself from a proposal to tax drivers based on how many miles they drive.

The proposal was originally included in a draft of the Obama administration's Transportation Opportunities Act, but after news of the proposal began to circulate online, a White House spokesman indicated that the early working draft was never circulated throughout the administration and that the proposal did not have the administration's support.

However, both the administration and lawmakers in Congress recognize the necessity of capturing revenues from drivers of hybrid and electric vehicles who pay little or nothing in gas taxes. The federal gas tax is currently at 18.4 cents per gallon.

Supportive lawmakers agree that a by-the-mile tax would be a difficult political sell, and the proposed new Surface Transportation Revenue Alternatives Office would be assigned the task of assessing "user acceptance."

What do YOU think?

Do you support a federal mileage tax on drivers?
Support only if the gasoline tax is reduced.
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There's No Place Like Homes for Your Next Vacation. Other People's, That Is.

Book a Short Term House or Apartment Rental Through Crashpadder allows hosts and guests to arrange lodging agreements in a way that's simple, secure, and mutually beneficial. Hosts can supplement their incomes by letting a room while their guests save an average of 83% as compared to equivalent hotels. And according to The Carbon Coach, Crashpadder stays have an 80% lower carbon footprint than the average hotel stay.

Add or book a room now!

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Do You Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is?
Germany ready to spend "billions of euros" to support plug-in vehicles

by Eric Loveday,

Germany is ready to dispense "billions of euros" to promote the deployment of plug-ins autos so that a million of these vehicles are registered nationwide by the end of 2020. According to Reuters, in addition to massive amounts of spending, Germany is supposedly working on preparing incentives to boost electric vehicle sales.

Later this month, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will reportedly sign off on legislation that eliminates the motor vehicle tax on plug-in vehicles for the first ten years of registration, Bild newspaper reported last Thursday, without citing its sources. The newspaper further claims that taxes on plug-in vehicles used for work purposes would be reduced substantially, making them as attractive – financially, anyway – as conventional vehicles. Finally, the paper says that the German government intends to buy thousands of plug-ins outright.

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BWC High-Mileage Review
Gimme an L! Gimme an E! Gimme an A! Gimme an F!

What's That Spell? Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable, Family Car!

Does the New Nissan LEAF Live up to Its Name?

Nissan recently reopened limited online reservations for its all new LEAF, the current World Car of the Year, and if you live in any of its launch markets, you've probably seen the billboards. The LEAF is Nissan's 100% electric five-seater, and at 99 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent ranks as the most efficient EPA certified vehicle…for all fuels…ever. Talk about high mileage! What's more, being all electric means the LEAF produces zero emissions at the point of operation.

The LEAF is certainly leading the way for the wider development and spread of environmentally friendly vehicles (the "L" and the "E" in its name). But is it affordable? The LEAF starts at $32,780 in the United States, where qualified buyers can take advantage of a $7,500 federal tax credit (the same credit that applies to the purchase of Chevrolet's plug-in hybrid, the Volt, which starts at $40,280). You'll also save at the pump – because you won't ever need to fill up. On gas, that is. Nissan advertises that the LEAF can go 100 miles on a full charge, and the car can be fully charged from a 220 volt home outlet in eight hours. It can also be charged to 80% in 30 minutes with a quick charger at a public charging station.

Not bad, huh? Environmentally friendly, a tax break, no more expensive fill ups, and relatively convenient to charge. There is, however, one thing that potential buyers of the LEAF should consider before they purchase the car: buying a LEAF means buying its battery system, which will cause the car to depreciate more significantly than were Nissan to offer an option for batteries to be leased (and also means a higher purchase price). In addition, making frequent use of quick charges will cause a 10% greater gradual battery capacity loss over 10 years than from charging with a 220 volt outlet at home. Nissan's warranty only covers the original battery in full for the first year.

Still, if the range of the LEAF suits your driving needs, it's not a bad deal – particularly considering that its development as a widespread production vehicle means a huge step away from transportation's petroleum dependency. Plus, drivers should expect to see more public charging stations in cities and on highways as cars like the LEAF proliferate. And shaking our collective oil addiction is a family value, right? Better World Club thinks so, anyway. Let's hear it for the LEAF!

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Recall Information
April 2011 Recalls

You can check out the complete List of April Recalls, or go directly to a particular manufacturer:

DRV / Ducati / Ford / General Motors / Honda / Hyundai / Jayco / Kentucky Trailer / Kia / Mercedes-Benz / MV Agusta / Newmar / Nissan / Starcraft / Thor Motor Coach / Toyota / Vermeer / Webasto

Lemon Information
2010 Honda Pilot

Better World Club's "Lemon Information" highlights consumer complaints against a different car model each month. We are not editorializing or claiming that these cars are necessarily lemons. Instead, we are merely providing information and ask readers to form their own opinions.

Component: Service Brakes, Hydraulic
Complaint: Brake pedals sometimes become soft, requiring application of significant pressure to slow the vehicle. One driver was unable to sufficiently slow herself in a residential cul de sac, resulting in her vehicle's collision with a deck. At the time, her vehicle had only been driven 490 miles.

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