Americans Like EVs, But Don't Want to Pay Extra for Them


A new Consumer Reports poll of American car owners show they are increasingly friendly toward electric and hybrid cars, but don't want to pay more for them. That's a problem, because high battery costs means they are indeed more expensive. A small compact EV? $30,000.


Turnabout Is Fair Play: Car Talk's Auto-Related Practical Jokes


What is life without a few good-natured practical jokes? Here's a few from the Car Talk collection, all of them involving automobiles. Note that the best ones go back 60 years or more. A good joke never dies, it just gets played on someone else.


Fast Times in New Jersey: Driving Mercedes' Hydrogen F-Cell


The F-Cell is the end result of $2 billion and 15 years of hydrogen research from Mercedes-Benz. The car I piloted around woodsy New Jersey (yes, it's green!) is nearing production.


Car Sharing is an Idea Whose Time has Come, and it's Getting Personal


Car sharing is growing rapidly in the U.S. and Europe, where it began. The next step is sharing personal cars, which sit idle more than 90 percent of the time. And California just made personal car sharing easier by taking away the insurance barriers.


Guerrilla Marketing: Start-up EVs are Game Changers


Electric vehicles will change the way we shop for and buy cars, especially for the small start-up companies that need work-arounds the traditional dealer network. Are you ready to buy a car at a mall? At a big-box store?


Jay Leno on EVs: Hurray for No-Compromise Chevy Volts and Porsche Spyders


Jay Leno has more than 100 cars in his garage, including vintage electrics. He likes EVs, especially the ones that ace the gas cars with good performance and a cure for "range anxiety."


Iceland: From Financial Ruin to Green Car Oasis


Nobody's buying cars in Iceland, where the auto sector fell 80 to 90 percent this year. But despite that the country is moving forward to have the first all-electric transportation sector in the world.


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.