EVs vs. Conventional Cars: What's the Difference?

08.05.2014

What's the difference between an EV and conventional cars? Not a riddle--actual car information this way!

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The Pros and Cons of Owning an EV

08.05.2014

The good news is that EVs are simple, cheap to operate, and benefit the planet. What's the bad news? Range is limited, reliability unproven, and there are high upfront costs.

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London's 100-mpg Taxis: The Mayor Loves 'Em

08.04.2014

Mayor Boris Johnson says the new plug-in hybrids, which look like traditional cabs, are "beautiful" and "a masterpiece."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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?

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