Student activists at the University of California at San Diego are building a mobile solar EV charger that could be a sustainable option for the third world.
Electric cars are upon us, and you have to weigh the pros and cons. Here's three of each, though the equation is likely to shift rapidly--and generally in the EV's favor.
The Pinto was brought down in a classic piece of investigative journalism that appeared in 1977. Now author Mark Dowie says that if the Pinto is repaired with an $11 part, it's actually not a bad little car.
The station wagon isn't really dead--like that Monty Python parrot, it's just resting, or maybe pining for the fjords.
The oldest Chevy Volt owner is Texaco's former head of worldwide oil production, and he thinks peak oil is very, very close.
President Obama has called for a million plug-in cars by 2015, which sounds like a grid-buster, but we can handle it without adding a lot of new power plants.
The Obama budget is a door stop at more than 2,400 pages, and nobody reads all of it--but it makes some hard choices with energy--downplaying hydrogen and launching a big push on electric car deployment. Much of it will fall by the wayside, but it's an interesting place to start.
Tramping around Cobo Hall is sure to wear out shoe leather, but it also offers a chance to uncover some green nuggets. And here it is, my highlight reel with just the good parts.
The Consumer Electronics Show includes the latest in sophisticated in-car electronics. It's wonderful, cutting-edge stuff, but driver distraction remains an issue (despite voice commands and other innovations). And what's with those artichokes?
Is there anything better on a long drive than a good set of car tunes? Thanks to iPod connectors, I now can listen to my whole library from behind the wheel, and I do. Here are my choices for some of the best driving songs.
Very small cars have had a tough time in the marketplace recently, from the Tata Nano (six fires reported amid slumping sales) and the Smart fortwo, which is declining in market share and owner satisfaction. Bring back the Beetle, I say. Small can be beautiful, so let's do it right.
Here is documented evidence I should never be let near any car pointing the business end of a wrench. Tom and Ray, don't hire me to do anything mechanical--not even if you're desperate. I can only write about cars, not work on them.
Deep thoughts from the floor of LA's greenest auto conclave: fast charging is important, startups have visibility problems, flashy isn't always best, we're finally saving gas, letter grades for 39 cars, and LA swimming pools can be cold in November.