Company Man: Mark Fields Takes Over at Ford

04.23.2014

Meet Ford's new CEO--and find out what it might mean for its future.

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New York Auto Show 2014: Green Under the Glitz

04.17.2014

At the 2014 New York Auto Show, high-performance and mainstream cars caught the spotlight, but there was plenty of environmentally friendly stuff going off to the side.

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Around the World in a Solar Plane

04.11.2014

Flying across continents without a drop of fuel was the warm-up for Bernard Piccard and Andre Borschberg--now they want to circumnavigate our globe. Here's how they do it.

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Americans Would Love to Swap Cars Like Cellphones

04.09.2014

Ideally, a new poll says, we'd trade in our cars every two years, in search of the latest technology. The reality, though, is that we're keeping them longer than ever -- an average of more than 11 years.

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Tesla Petitions the Feds for Mirror-less Cars

04.04.2014

The other shoe dropped, and Tesla has formally petitioned to be allowed to dump rear-view mirrors. (And Car Talk is vindicated!)

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GM: Don't Fight the Victims' Compensation Fund

04.01.2014

GM has known about problems with its ignitions for more than a decade, investigators say, so now's the time to fess up, come clean, and start rebuilding trust.

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Tesla Cleared in Federal Safety Inquiry

03.28.2014

The Tesla steamroller is back on track. A four-month investigation into battery fires ends with a "no defect trend" verdict from NHTSA.

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The High Cost of Owning a Car (Any Car, But Especially an SUV)

03.25.2014

It costs far, far more than you think to own a car. Most people just think of purchase price and gas, but don't forget all the hidden costs. A new AAA report crunches the numbers.

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Pothole FAQ: All About Those Big Holes in the Road

03.21.2014

What causes potholes? Which states have the biggest? And do I have any recourse if my car gets damaged? Good luck with that last one. Everything you've ever wanted to know about potholes, this way. 

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What's Next After the Car?

03.19.2014

We're still working on those crazy Popular Science ideas from the 1950s--flying cars, anti-gravity belts, jet packs, but at least the Hyperloop is new. We may be stuck with automobiles for a while.

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Sakti3's Big Claim: EV Batteries with Double the Energy Density and Half the Weight and Cost

03.13.2014

If Sakti3's thin-film solid state batteries live up to their promise, then electric vehicles are about to change very dramatically, very quickly.

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People Lie on Their Car Insurance Forms. Who Knew?

03.11.2014

So what do insurance scofflaws lie about? Pretty much everything, from their driving record to the people (including teenagers) who will actually drive the car. Officially, cars left out on the street are officially tucked away in a locked garage.

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Pedestrian Deaths Down (But the Toll's Still Too Damned High)

03.07.2014

The number of fatalities fell by nearly nine percent in the first half of 2013, but that's still nearly 2,000 deaths. A combination of smart urban design and safety-conscious cars could bring that number to zero.

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Tesla's Gigafactory: Meeting Today's Big Battery Demand

03.06.2014

Elon Musk is betting big (up to $5 billion) on a gigantic battery plant. It definitely makes sense in the short term, but will lithium-ion eventually be replaced with hugely efficient solid-state technology? Whatever Tesla builds should be ready for a retrofit.

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Exploring Oregon...In an Electric Car

02.27.2014

Ready to visit the EV future? Jim Motavalli heads to Oregon, where 100 fast chargers are strategically located around the state, and no remote corner, pie shop, or brew pub is off limits.

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