On Hawaii's Big Island, a Road to Nowhere

09.16.2013

Regular volcano eruptions in Hawaii bury the roads. Nothing here is permanent except change. It gives you great respect for Mother Nature and Pele, the angry female volcano god. 

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Electric Cars on Hawaii's Big Island: A Few Challenges

09.12.2013

Plugging in makes a lot of sense on Hawaii's largest island, but electricity is expensive, distances far, and the local Nissan dealer refuses to sell Leaf battery cars.

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The Bottom Line: A Japanese Butt Sensor to Protect Your Car

09.06.2013

Researchers from the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology in Tokyo are close to perfecting a new security device. If everyone could stop laughing, maybe it would actually work.

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90 Percent of Cars Will be Turbo-Powered...For Fuel Economy

09.05.2013

Turbocharging isn't about raw power anymore. It's an arrow in the automaker's quiver to reach 54.5 mpg by 2025, along with variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation, lightweighting and hybridization.

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Three Wheels, 84 mpg and $6,800

09.02.2013

Paul Elio, a GM-trained engineer, is planning to build his uniquely styled economy car in Louisiana, and sell it for a bargain price. Can he do it?

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After Two Almost-Rebirths, the Iconic VW Microbus is Finally Gone

08.29.2013

The Microbus, in U.S. production from 1959 to 1979, is finally rolling off its last global assembly line. But the car, a legend as cheap-and-cheerful transport for hippies, could live again with retro styling for the digital generation. 

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Tesla's Top Safety Score: The Answer is in the Stars

08.24.2013

Tesla Motors loves to tweak other automakers and say it's the best at everything, and it's often right. But NHTSA clarifies that nobody--not even Tesla--gets more than a five-star rating.

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Taming Blood Alley: A Tragic Hollywood Death, and a Film to Make it Safer

08.22.2013

Emily Rose Shane was just 13 when she was hit and killed on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, one of the most beautiful--and deadliest--stretches of road in America. Now her producer father is making a documentary about Emily and the dangers of the PCH.

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Back to Detroit: Time to "Reshore" the American Auto Industry

08.16.2013

The U.S. has the lowest natural gas prices in the world, and it's led to an amazing reverse migration--some of the companies that took plants and jobs overseas are now coming back. It's time for the auto industry to rebuild Detroit.

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Riding the Future: Cross-Country Electric Trek Aims for the Guinness Record Book

08.14.2013

Does Susan Jones' Ride the Future Tour mean that the EV range problem is behind us? Nah, but it's a great way to publicize plug-ins.

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Tesla Motors Earnings: Elon Musk Tackles the Doubters

08.09.2013

Tesla Motors is exceeding expectations, and it's time for an Elon Musk victory dance.

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Teens Give Reasons (a/k/a Excuses) for Not Getting Driver's Licenses

08.07.2013

Why aren't they driving? They're "too busy." C'mon, lazy is more like it. A new University of Michigan study cites prefering to walk or bike, the cost of owning a car, prefering public transit, and more.

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Pedaling the ELF to Cambridge (Our Fair City)

08.01.2013

Mark Stewart bought his electric commuter vehicle in North Carolina. Then he decided to drive the thing back home to Massachusetts.

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BMW's i3 Electric Has Gala Global Launch Party

07.30.2013

BMW is making a big show of launching its first-ever electric car (in New York, London and Beijing), and it promises to be hugely fun to drive. But is $41,000 a competitive price? 

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Hyundai's Equus: Gunning for the Luxury Kingpins

07.26.2013

Hyundai is currently selling only about 4,000 of its top model in special showrooms across America, but it's aggressively pushing the car as an affordable alternative to the top models from Germany and Japan. The Equus got a high-tech makeover for 2014.

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