Iceland Plugs In (With EV Chargers From Israel)

07.28.2014

The 240-volt Better Place stations that were to have made Israel the world's leading wired country have been diverted to Iceland, where abundant clean energy favors electric cars.

Comments

With the Hyundai Sonata Eco Getting 32 MPG, is a Hybrid Necessary?

07.25.2014

It's a growing dilemma--conventional cars are getting so good it's hard to make the more expensive hybrid pencil out.

Comments

Did the White House Own This Car?

07.21.2014

A Car Talk reader thinks he might own Mamie Eisenhower's '58 Lincoln Continental. Jim Motavalli considers the case, pro and con.

Comments

By 2035 Most Cars Will Drive Themselves, and by 2040 Forget About a Driver's License

07.18.2014

Automakers talk about 2020, but that's just an interim date--the car might take over sometimes, but you'll still be sitting in the driver's seat, paying attention. Fifteen years later, now we're talking about sitting in the back with your iPad.

Comments

Bill Ford: You May Be Buying Your Last Car

07.14.2014

Ford's executive chairman sees tomorrow's carmakers as "personal mobility companies." You might buy auto access, not the car itself, and who knows, maybe the vehicle will drive itself. 

Comments

Nissan Leaf Charging: It's Free!

07.11.2014

More stations at work and shopping centers means that half of all Leaf charging is public now, confounding the predictions. Jim Motavalli has the latest on free, public EV charging networks. 

Comments

Slow Summer Sales for Convertibles

07.09.2014

All but two of the Top Ten cars stuck on dealer lots this month are convertibles or coupes. What's it say? My guess is that the summer-car buying season is over.

Comments

The 5 Greatest Classic Car Radio Songs

07.09.2014

Back in the day, chart-toppers had to make it through the static and terrible sound of AM radio.

Comments

The Beetle and the Mouse That Roared

06.30.2014

Fiat's 500 Abarth is a noisy little beast, and the Beetle GSR is--despite wild graphics--a more refined affair.

Comments

Tesla Wrecks the Curve. Volvo: See Me After Class

06.24.2014

Volvo gets a big, fat, zero for meeting new federal fuel economy ratings. Others are doing better-- though not by much, in some cases. Jim Motavalli explains why. 

Comments

Chevy and Google: Two Votes for Self-Driving City Cars

06.20.2014

The companies couldn't be more different, but both are working on tiny urban cars that could be completely autonomous. And the technology is here today.

Comments

NHTSA Goes After the Phones in Drivers' Pockets

06.16.2014

Should the Feds govern mobile apps in your car? Right now, it's one big, huge gray area. Some states fine you for navigating with your phone. Do you agree?

Comments

American Car Fleet Hits a Record 252 Million

06.13.2014

We're keeping cars longer, and buying a lot of new ones. It's a formula for crowded roads.

Comments

All Aboard! Reno's Electric Shuttle Bus (Tomorrow's Answer Today)

06.09.2014

Reno operates a 25-cent downtown loop, joining cities like Louisville, Stockton, Worcester and San Antonio in advocating plug-in corridors. Bus maker Proterra points to its forthcoming "Telsa Model S of buses" as evidence that its going to conquer the world sooner rather than later.

Comments

Ready, Set, Innovate: The College Car Challenge That Leads to a Job

06.06.2014

Fifteen colleges compete to build a better plug-in hybrid, and auto companies--from GM to Tesla--are hiring the seasoned veterans.

Comments

Pages