Losing Winter: Climate Change Will Hit New England Hard

06.18.2013

Skiing and maple syrup production are already hard it by a warming world. Boston University Professor Pam Templer is a modern alchemist — simulating the effects of what happens when it gets even worse. 

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On Father's Day: My Dad's Cheap Cars

06.14.2013

My father didn't care about keeping up with the Joneses. He went for "practical" economy cars, no matter what I had to say on the matter--and believe me, I had plenty to say.

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Honda Cuts the Fit EV Lease Price by $130. What Am I Waiting For?

05.30.2013

Honda has leased only 174 Fit EVs to date, so it bit the bullet and cut the lease price to $259 a month. With zero down, a free charger and unlimited miles. It's part of a fire sale going on industry-wide as automakers look to get these babies off the lot. 

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Code Breakers: How Access to Mysterious Repair Data Can Help (and Hurt) You

05.22.2013

A new Massachusetts law makes arcane repair coding accessible to all, but does it also give car thieves a leg up?

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Dropping Wrenches at EcoCAR as the Auto Industry Courts Student Engineers

05.16.2013

Students from fifteen universities are in the middle of a three-year green car competition that, win or lose, often leads them to jobs with the Big Three.

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Mom's Taxis: Picking a Ride for Mother’s Day

05.10.2013

My mom isn't driving anymore, but I see her in...a Hyundai Altima. Here are a few other interesting choices for the mom in your life.

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General Motors Affirms that Climate Change Is Real

05.02.2013

Until fairly recently, General Motors was a supporter of climate denial groups. But its turnabout, taking on a new role as a fighter for carbon reductions, has been dramatic and real.

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Oil Company Outrage: Is It Really about Protecting Windfall Profits?

04.23.2013

The oil industry says consumers will pay an additional six to nine cents per gallon at the pump for a new EPA plan to get sulfur out of gasoline. The Natural Resources Defense Council say the actual cost is less than a penny unless you factor in huge profits.

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The Eco-Celebrity Earth Day SUV Blindspot

04.17.2013

Hollywood celebs will flaunt their green-ness for Earth Day, but look at their rides: Range Rovers, Cadillac Escalades and Mercedes G-Wagons.

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The Shell Eco-Marathon: On the Path to 3,587 MPG

04.10.2013

High school and college competitors race not to go fast, but to achieve super-impressive fuel economy. The ultra-aerodynamic cars definitely look weird, but boy, do they save gas. 

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Lessons from the New York International Auto Show

04.02.2013

The New York International Auto Show continues until April 7. Is it the greenest show ever? Nah, but there's lots to like.

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Jeep, McDonald’s Team Up for Biodiesel Win-Win

04.01.2013

Chrysler's Jeep Division partners with McDonald's, for a remarkable new automotive foray that just might change driving everywhere. Details, this way.

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Fisker Loses Fisker: Can the Company Survive?

03.14.2013

Henrik Fisker has resigned from Fisker Automotive, his namesake company, citing irreconcilable differences. Without its charismatic founder, Fisker has few choices.

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The Check Engine Light: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

03.07.2013

The most common response to a glowing dashboard warning is...using any means necessary to turn the light off. That's human nature. But the check engine and airbag warnings actually come on for a reason.

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Consumers Having Trouble Affording New Cars

02.28.2013

The average new car costs more than $30,000-- out of reach for median-income people in nearly every major city, in a recent survey. The good news? Under-$15,000 sub-compacts are offering great value and fuel economy. Electrics are looking better, too.

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