Gas Saving Products
A touch-screen Pharos unit that sells for around $250
The improved iTouch with GPS software $299.
AUTONET: turns your car into a hotspot. (www.autonetmobile.com)
Electric Powered Bicycle (Various prices, check your local dealer)
A low-speed all-electric commuter car from Global Electric Motors (G.E.M.) that is catching on with city dwellers because of its relatively low cost (about $8K), good range (about 40 miles on a charge) and ease of maintenance (just plug it in!)
The Smart from Daimler is more expensive, (about $15K) but boasts over 40 mpg and can get into parking spots no other car can, and it can reach highway speeds easily.
The Clean Diesel from VW operates just like a car-engined car, but goes up to 600 miles on a tank of fuel and gets over 45 mpg.
Don't need a car at all? How about an electric bicycle.
Hybrid cars are only one solution to high gas prices. Volkswagen diesels ($23K) electric cars ($12K) and even electric scooters and bikes ($200 to $2K).
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About Mike Ferrara, TechnoDad:
As a longtime homeowner, resident gear head, and father of 3children, Mike is an expert in making technology work for busy families on a budget. Mike has made 100s of TV news appearances across the U.S.and Canada, sharing ideas and giving tips that free up more quality time. He's been a product editor for Times Mirror and Rodale Press publications. In addition to his local market television news appearances, he's also been a regular on HGTV's "TIPical Mary Ellen".