Stick Figures: The Last Days of the Manual Transmission


Driving a stick is becoming an endangered art in America: fewer and fewer of us even know what to do with a clutch.


Fast Forward: First Pedal to the Metal in Tesla's Model S


The Tesla Model S is billed as an electric rocket ship with 300-mile range that doubles as a practical sedan. How's it stack up against those claims? Jim Motavalli takes it for a spin and reports back.


Coming Soon: The Idiot-Proof, Thinking Car


What if you could make your car absolutely idiot-proof? MIT, right here in Cambridge, is working on a semi-autonomous accident-avoidance system that promises to take over when danger is imminent.


Perfecting Paradise: Hawaii Plugs in to Electric Cars


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.


The Messiest Car Ever


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.


"Taxi!" And Make it a Battery Electric


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 First Electric Fleet? Maybe Iceland.


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.


Driving Audi's Electrifying E-Tron


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.


Charged Up at the Cracker Barrel!


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.


The Tesla Model S: Preparing to Launch


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.


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


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.


Flying vs. Driving: It's Complicated


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?


Wiring the World


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.


The Amazing World of Cargo Bikes


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


The Great Ethanol Debate: Food vs. Fuel?


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