Fatal Teen Crashes Up Sharply - When They Have Friends in the Car

09.27.2013

Social media and texting are likely to be big culprits, a new study shows. In most states, there are big restrictions on driving with peers, but ignorance of those laws is widespread. 

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Saab's Best Bet: Going Electric

09.25.2013

The Saab production line in Trollhattan was restarted last week--to build two cars. The company, now with Japanese and Chinese owners, wants to scale the heights again, but its best bet is in forgetting about gas cars and plugging in to become a European electric carmaker.

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California Jump-Starts the Hydrogen Economy

09.18.2013

California, here they come. A new bill, soon to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown, puts funding in place for 100 public filling stations for fuel-cell cars. 

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On Hawaii's Big Island, a Road to Nowhere

09.16.2013

Regular volcano eruptions in Hawaii bury the roads. Nothing here is permanent except change. It gives you great respect for Mother Nature and Pele, the angry female volcano god. 

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Electric Cars on Hawaii's Big Island: A Few Challenges

09.12.2013

Plugging in makes a lot of sense on Hawaii's largest island, but electricity is expensive, distances far, and the local Nissan dealer refuses to sell Leaf battery cars.

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The Bottom Line: A Japanese Butt Sensor to Protect Your Car

09.06.2013

Researchers from the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology in Tokyo are close to perfecting a new security device. If everyone could stop laughing, maybe it would actually work.

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90 Percent of Cars Will be Turbo-Powered...For Fuel Economy

09.05.2013

Turbocharging isn't about raw power anymore. It's an arrow in the automaker's quiver to reach 54.5 mpg by 2025, along with variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation, lightweighting and hybridization.

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Three Wheels, 84 mpg and $6,800

09.02.2013

Paul Elio, a GM-trained engineer, is planning to build his uniquely styled economy car in Louisiana, and sell it for a bargain price. Can he do it?

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