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Good Morning Warren and Friends,

Does anyone have solar panels? I am down to deciding between two different groups; one has LG Neon2 panels, the other uses Sunpower. If you have either panels, tell me what you like, or don’t like. IF you’re reading this after the chat, you can always email me at lou at drivingthenation dotcom.

I am reading stories of car sales slowing down. Are you in the market to buy a car and haven’t done so? If so, why not? Are the cars too expensive? Is it because you can’t get the financing needed? Are you waiting for your car to totally stop before you buy? Do you think the auto industry should have seen this coming and stopped producing so many cars?

The number of cars on the dealer’s lots is going up – ALG estimates the average transaction price (ATP) for a new light vehicle was $33,112 in April, up 0.9 percent from a year ago. Average incentive spending per unit grew by $424 to $3,465. The ratio of incentive spending to ATP is expected to be 10.5 percent, up from 9.3 percent a year ago.

Does any of this concern you?

This week I drove a Ford Escape FWD (yes, those are my chickens in the picture). A completely functional compact SUV that I drove for $29,995 with an EPA estimated fuel economy of 23 city/ 30 highway/ 26 combined. The ending mpg for me was around 24 mpg, but I had it as high as 27mpg.

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By | 2017-05-20T22:10:51+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Categories: Automobiles and Energy|Tags: , |0 Comments

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.