The Cat Fight Over the Fuel Economy Rules: Would 62 mpg Bankrupt Detroit?

06.15.2011

Automakers and environmentalists are in a battle royal over not just a federal fuel economy standard (greens want 62 mpg, the industry will settle for 47) but over how it will affect future sales. Lions don't lie down with lambs, so don't expect a happy resolution with everybody singing "Kumbaya."

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IBM's Watson, a Jeopardy Champ, Could Deliver Natural Voice Recognition That Actually Works

06.10.2011

From a perch in the cloud, Watson-like supercomputers could offer solutions for clueless drivers, including finding that sushi restaurant whose name you forgot, or that song by the guy who sounds kind of like Bob Dylan.

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No C-Minus Cars but the New Window Stickers Are Revealing Anyway

06.03.2011

The new fuel economy window stickers are out, minus the big, fat letter grades that would have made it especially easy for consumers. But at least the replacements have plenty of other information.

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Memorial Day Memo: Don't Drive Like an Idiot (or My Brother)

05.27.2011

I prove that it's not hard to drive like a complete moron this holiday weekend. But you can also drive smart and actually save bundles of money at the pumps.

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The Hydrogen Highway: Lots of Fuel-Cell Cars, But in Pockets of America

05.20.2011

The fuel-cell revolution is coming, and sooner than you'd think. Automakers are planning significant volumes in 2015, but they'll be deployed around the hydrogen stations--like the network Proton OnSite is building.

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Carbon Pioneers: A Swedish Family Dramatically Cuts Its CO2 Production

05.12.2011

The Lindell family of Stockholm, Sweden, is living in the middle of a corporate greenhouse gas reduction experiment that includes an ultra-green house and a battery-powered Volvo C30.

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The Big Three, Off Life Support and Profitable, Are Making Good Cars Again

05.03.2011

The Big Three are baaa-ck, after a long, agonizing skid. With Chrysler announcing Monday that it has finally turned a modest $116 million profit in the first quarter, all of America’s carmakers are back in the black. What a relief. I hate “The Big Two.”

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The Electric Car Is Back: And Chris Paine's New Film Chronicles Its Triumphal Return

04.26.2011

Chris Paine's new film is Revenge of the Electric Car, and it's the optimistic flip side to his previous one--which chronicled the crushing of GM's all-electric EV-1. What a difference a decade makes.

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New York Auto Show 2011: The Extravaganza Grows

04.20.2011

The New York International Auto Show is upon us, and it's now an almost-week-long extravaganza. Here's a preview.

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Student Greens Let the Sunshine in for Campus EV Charging

04.12.2011

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.

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Three Reasons EVs Will Make Your Life Better (And Three Reasons They Won't)

04.01.2011

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.

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40 Years After the Pinto's Debut, Remembering its Exploding Gas Tanks

03.24.2011

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.

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R.I.P. to Station Wagons: The Death of a Noble Breed

03.18.2011

The station wagon isn't really dead--like that Monty Python parrot, it's just resting, or maybe pining for the fjords.

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This Volt Owner was Texaco's Production Chief...And he Thinks Peak Oil is Imminent

03.04.2011

The oldest Chevy Volt owner is Texaco's former head of worldwide oil production, and he thinks peak oil is very, very close.

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A Million Electric Cars: A Big Load, but Manageable

02.23.2011

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.

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