Why Are We Still Subsidizing Fossil Fuels?

11.05.2013

Every year, governments around the world pay out more than $500 billion to support oil, gas and coal production. Do they really need those subsidies, and aren't we trying to fight global warming by phasing out those fuels?

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The Big Auto Loan Debt is in Tea Party States

11.01.2013

I thought the whole Red State goal was to not get into debt. But the biggest car-related debts are in the redder-than-red southern tier.

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Cutting Weight with Aluminum Cars: Is the Ford F-150 Next?

10.28.2013

Novelis opens a huge new auto aluminum plant in upstate New York. As carmakers try to reach 54.5 mpg by 2025, they're shedding pounds with the metal -- check out the Audi A8 and Tesla Model S. Is the very mainstream Ford F-150 the next all-aluminum vehicle?

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Electric Shoot-Out: BMW vs. Mercedes

10.24.2013

Mercedes-Benz has quietly prepared a BMW i3 fighter in the new B-Class Electric Drive, which will be fast, practical and on sale in the spring. "It will be at least as competitive as our competitors' models," says the company's R&D chief.

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The Flying Car Tries Crowdfunding

10.21.2013

Terrafugia has signed on with equity crowdfunder Wefunder. The offering is hugely popular, but so far it's making peanuts. Regular investors like you and me can't get into the game yet, but it's coming.

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Is Cadillac's Near-Volt, the ELR, Worth $76,000?

10.16.2013

General Motors needs to recoup some investment from its $1.2 billion plug-in hybrid, and that's why an upscale Cadillac version that doesn't cost a whole lot to build makes some sense. But will people buy it?

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New York's "Texting Zones." If They Don't Work, Blame the Teenage Brain

10.10.2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo is cracking down, ramping up enforcement but also creating special rest-stop "texting zones." The challenge is getting teenage drivers to recognize the risk.

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What Chattanooga Needs: A Green Airport Link

10.07.2013

Chattanooga is proud of its record as a green city, and it it should be. But the hole in the sustainability doughnut is transportation--despite a downtown electric bus shuttle, visitors end up taking a lot of cabs. Needed: a better airport link.

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Car Borrowers Are Big-Time Snoops

10.01.2013

Don't leave anything in your vehicle you don't want friends, relatives and casual aquaintances to see. They're going through the guns, the CDs, the photographs, the illegal substances, and even your pill bottles.

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Fatal Teen Crashes Up Sharply - When They Have Friends in the Car

09.27.2013

Social media and texting are likely to be big culprits, a new study shows. In most states, there are big restrictions on driving with peers, but ignorance of those laws is widespread. 

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Saab's Best Bet: Going Electric

09.25.2013

The Saab production line in Trollhattan was restarted last week--to build two cars. The company, now with Japanese and Chinese owners, wants to scale the heights again, but its best bet is in forgetting about gas cars and plugging in to become a European electric carmaker.

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California Jump-Starts the Hydrogen Economy

09.18.2013

California, here they come. A new bill, soon to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown, puts funding in place for 100 public filling stations for fuel-cell cars. 

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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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