Some new cars have special problems, including animal invasions. For instance, Mazda has had to recall 65,000 new cars because of an infestation of spiders in the hoses leading to their gas tanks. The newest all-electric car is the GM "Volt," but it has its problems too: For one thing, in a harsh winter like the one we just experienced in the US and UK, it doesn’t get great gas mileage–only about 25-27 mpg (and the all-electric Nissan Leaf doesn’t do much better). It’s also twice as expensive as the Prius hybrid (which also had some recall problems). In the Detroit News, David Shepardson quotes David Champion, of Consumer Reports, as saying, "When you are looking at purely dollars and cents, it doesn’t really make a lot of sense. The Volt isn’t particularly efficient as an electric vehicle and it’s not particularly good as a gas vehicle either in terms of fuel economy." That’s the bad news (for electric cars) and the GOOD news is: WE’RE getting great mileage with our new website and don’t show any signs of slowing down! We have a bundle of new books for you to download and more of Whitley’s books will be showing up in bookstores soon! If you want to MAKE SURE we stay up to speed, subscribe today!

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