Perfecting Paradise: Hawaii Plugs in to Electric Cars

07.17.2012

Hawaii has abundant sunshine, geothermal resources and strong winds to make sustainable energy. It also has expensive imported gas and a state mandate for electric cars. With the tourism industry on board and the universities doing their part, battery vehicles are hitting the roads.

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The Messiest Car Ever

07.17.2012

There's a bit of a slob in all of us, but sometimes our car clutter gets the better of us. Do you know a vehicle--yours maybe--that's beyond untidy? Has it been the maid's day off for, like, decades? Send the evidence to Car Talk Plaza.

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"Taxi!" And Make it a Battery Electric

06.26.2012

A few plug-in taxis are plying the world's roads, but almost all are in pilot programs and special tests. Don't our planet's polluted cities deserve zero emission fleets? The world's still waiting for a full-blown commitment to electric taxis, which would be ideal for battery swapping and other innovations.

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The World's First Electric Fleet? Maybe Iceland.

06.21.2012

The U.S., European and Chinese markets have their challenges. But a perfect storm is aligning over the tiny island nation of Iceland, which has geothermal electricity almost too cheap to meter. The big news this week is a major tax break for EVs.

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Driving Audi's Electrifying E-Tron

06.13.2012

Audi's electric e-tron division has unveiled battery-powered city cars and the high-performance R8, the first that will actually be produced. I finally got behind the wheel of an e-tron on a rainy Manhattan afternoon. This A3 won't be produced, but a plug-in hybrid version will be out in 2014.

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Charged Up at the Cracker Barrel!

06.07.2012

Cracker Barrel, home of sock monkeys, antique butter churns and chicken and dumplings, is bringing its Texas stores up to date with electric vehicle charging stations. And why not, since the original store had gas pumps, and patrons getting charged will have some time to kill. Where else are they going to go but into the restaurant? Texas doesn't have many EVs yet, but the market is growing.

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The Tesla Model S: Preparing to Launch

06.01.2012

Tesla Motors is just three weeks away from launching its all-new sedan, with twice the room and half the price of the celebrated Roadster. No test drive yet, but here's the sum of what we know.

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The Miata's Second Coming: As an Alfa-Romeo

05.25.2012

Mazda and Fiat are partnering to spin off a second Alfa-branded car off the all-new, back-to-basics 2013 MX-5 platform. The Miata is the best-selling two-seat sports car in history, largely because it's both fun and dead reliable. By marrying the two brands, we have the prospect of a problem-free roadster with an Italian soul and great, distinctive styling. Where do I sign up? On second thought, maybe I'll buy a good used Miata first.

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Flying vs. Driving: It's Complicated

05.16.2012

Actually, we know that flying is much safer than driving, though our minds refuse to process that information. When a plane crashes, we know about it. But what does it mean that last year's highway crashes were way down? With so many distracted drivers, it's not because we're obeying the rules of the road. Think safer cars and fewer miles traveled.

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Wiring the World

05.10.2012

Meet Idan Ofer, Israel’s wealthiest man, who pushes an ambitious plan to plug in the planet and save us from climate change, starting with switchable battery stations.

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The Amazing World of Cargo Bikes

05.04.2012

Bicycles aren’t for Sunday cruising anymore; now they’re hauling serious freight around Europe.

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The Great Ethanol Debate: Food vs. Fuel?

04.26.2012

Yes, but it’s complicated—climate change and high gas prices also figure into the skyrocketing cost of corn.

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Battery Breakthroughs

04.24.2012

Colorado’s Prieto Battery is poised to change the game for EVs with 400-mile range and fast charging, but it has to prove first that its technology works. Other companies are in the hunt, too.

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Glitter, Glitz…and Fuel Economy

04.12.2012

The 2012 New York International Auto Show proved that downsizing can be sexy. Even the Viper is watching its weight these days.

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Back to the Future…Again

04.04.2012

A Texas-based company plugs in the DeLorean, with Flux batteries instead of flux capacitors. Look for this 100-mile-range, $90,000 sizzler at the New York International Auto Show this week.

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