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

06.04.2010

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.

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

05.25.2010

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!

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

05.13.2010

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.

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Motavalli Raises the Level of Discourse... a Bit

05.13.2010

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?

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Heavy Metal: Reclaiming End-of-Life Cars

05.03.2010

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

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