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


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.


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


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.


Whoppers: The Cars That Got Away


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.


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


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.


Charged Up and Ready to Roll: Volt vs. Leaf


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.


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


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.


Plugging In: Juice Bars and Charging Farms for Urban EVs


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.


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


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.


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


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?


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


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.


Dirty Power, Clean Cars: Even From Coal, EVs are Cleaner


Electric cars charged from a coal-heavy grid are still 30 to 40 percent cleaner than the average internal combustion car. And that means a coal-fired EV is still about on par with a Prius.


A Johnny Appleseed for Solar "Trees" and "Groves"


It's a no-brainer: The seas of barren asphalt we devote to cars can bloom with solar car charging--and provide shade at the same time. Throw away that cardboard sun shade!


Volts Wagens: Old Bugs go from Gross Polluters to EV Stars


The mid-60s VW Beetle was a green icon in its day, but in terms of smog it's a gross polluter even when compared to a Hummer. So converting old Bugs to electric drive turns out to be a great idea.


Motavalli Raises the Level of Discourse... a Bit


Wednesdays, Tom and Ray often find themselves slaving away (translation: an hour or more of work) across town, at WBUR. This week, we were joined by our pal Jim Motavalli, our new blogger on the web site. What's it's like having lunch with the guys?


Heavy Metal: Reclaiming End-of-Life Cars


Americans talk a good game about recycling, but the Europeans are way ahead of our blue bins--they're making manufacturers (including carmakers) responsible for their waste. We're starting to get the message over here, though. When your car is junked, 80 percent of it is recovered, but we can do better. The technology exists to reclaim the last 20 percent--plastics and seat foam