Fast Times in New Jersey: Driving Mercedes' Hydrogen F-Cell

10.29.2010

The F-Cell is the end result of $2 billion and 15 years of hydrogen research from Mercedes-Benz. The car I piloted around woodsy New Jersey (yes, it's green!) is nearing production.

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Car Sharing is an Idea Whose Time has Come, and it's Getting Personal

10.25.2010

Car sharing is growing rapidly in the U.S. and Europe, where it began. The next step is sharing personal cars, which sit idle more than 90 percent of the time. And California just made personal car sharing easier by taking away the insurance barriers.

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Guerrilla Marketing: Start-up EVs are Game Changers

10.15.2010

Electric vehicles will change the way we shop for and buy cars, especially for the small start-up companies that need work-arounds the traditional dealer network. Are you ready to buy a car at a mall? At a big-box store?

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Jay Leno on EVs: Hurray for No-Compromise Chevy Volts and Porsche Spyders

10.01.2010

Jay Leno has more than 100 cars in his garage, including vintage electrics. He likes EVs, especially the ones that ace the gas cars with good performance and a cure for "range anxiety."

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Iceland: From Financial Ruin to Green Car Oasis

09.24.2010

Nobody's buying cars in Iceland, where the auto sector fell 80 to 90 percent this year. But despite that the country is moving forward to have the first all-electric transportation sector in the world.

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More Pit Stops on the Highway to Hell: Road Trip Horror Stories, Part One

09.10.2010

You've seen the original Highway to Hell: Well, here are more unbelievable tales from our overflowing in box. Stay tuned for the second installment.

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Hydrogen Heats Up, and the Car Talk Blogger Gets a Long-Term Fuel-Cell Ride

08.31.2010

I will be the proud recipient of a long-term test fuel-cell Toyota, just one in a fleet of 10 coming to Connecticut as part of an ambitious effort to build a "hydrogen highway" from Maine to Florida.

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Whoppers: The Cars That Got Away

08.23.2010

We've all got regrets, and some of them involve the cars we didn't buy. They seemed expensive at the time, or weren't running, or our parents said no. And they're all worth kazillions now. Send me your sob stories, too.

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Against the Odds, At-Risk Kids Learn by Building Their Own EV

08.07.2010

A team of troubled high school kids and their mentors have built a competitive electric commuter car. And it's real life, not a movie.

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Charged Up and Ready to Roll: Volt vs. Leaf

08.03.2010

The Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf are two mainstream electric vehicles, with some similarities but also significant differences. If it's highway driving you're after, the Volt is for you. The Leaf will be a great commuter car, but you may need something else for backup.

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What the World Needs Now: The X Prize's Foam Car

07.24.2010

The Progressive Auto X Prize is down to a dozen contenders with 15 cars. And some of the remaining contestants give new meaning to the concept of automotive innovation. Car Talk takes a closer look at the field.

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Plugging In: Juice Bars and Charging Farms for Urban EVs

07.19.2010

The assumption seems to be that urban EV early adopters will plug in at "home garages," but what does that mean when you live in an apartment building and work in an office tower? Maybe the solution is a downtown charging farm.

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Wanna Bet? Putting Money Down on the Future of EVs and Fuel Cells

07.08.2010

We're moving away from internal combustion, but what's next--and how fast will it happen? People are wagering on the uncertain future for plug-in and hydrogen cars, but there aren't any sure things out there.

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Are the EV Buyers Out There? Watch What they Do, Not What They Say.

06.25.2010

People sometimes say one thing and do another when it comes to buying cars. They love fuel economy, but they also love seven seats, huge towing capacity and not having to pay more than they're already paying. What does this say about the prospects for EVs?

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A Chinese Car in Your Future? Yes, if They Fix the Big Safety Problems.

06.17.2010

Chinese-made cars have faced persistent quality issues, but the country is now the world's largest auto market, and its major manufacturers are determined to make a dent in the western world. Why not? We buy everything else from the Chinese. Tom and Ray may soon be fielding questions about Cherys, Geelys and BYDs.

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