It's a Gas: The Powerful Argument for CNG and LNG 18-Wheelers

08.23.2012

Big rig truckers are saving a lot of money by switching from diesel to natural gas, but we need a national network of filling stations before this cheaper, cleaner fuel takes over.

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Will the VW Microbus Keep on Truckin'?

08.09.2012

Believe it or not, they still make these quintessential hippie vans in South America, though they've been off the North American market for decades. Now VW is talking about building an updated and retro version as part of its "heritage series" (alongside the new Beetle).

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Stick Figures: The Last Days of the Manual Transmission

08.01.2012

Driving a stick is becoming an endangered art in America: fewer and fewer of us even know what to do with a clutch.

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Fast Forward: First Pedal to the Metal in Tesla's Model S

07.24.2012

The Tesla Model S is billed as an electric rocket ship with 300-mile range that doubles as a practical sedan. How's it stack up against those claims? Jim Motavalli takes it for a spin and reports back.

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Coming Soon: The Idiot-Proof, Thinking Car

07.20.2012

What if you could make your car absolutely idiot-proof? MIT, right here in Cambridge, is working on a semi-autonomous accident-avoidance system that promises to take over when danger is imminent.

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Perfecting Paradise: Hawaii Plugs in to Electric Cars

07.17.2012

Hawaii has abundant sunshine, geothermal resources and strong winds to make sustainable energy. It also has expensive imported gas and a state mandate for electric cars. With the tourism industry on board and the universities doing their part, battery vehicles are hitting the roads.

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The Messiest Car Ever

07.17.2012

There's a bit of a slob in all of us, but sometimes our car clutter gets the better of us. Do you know a vehicle--yours maybe--that's beyond untidy? Has it been the maid's day off for, like, decades? Send the evidence to Car Talk Plaza.

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"Taxi!" And Make it a Battery Electric

06.26.2012

A few plug-in taxis are plying the world's roads, but almost all are in pilot programs and special tests. Don't our planet's polluted cities deserve zero emission fleets? The world's still waiting for a full-blown commitment to electric taxis, which would be ideal for battery swapping and other innovations.

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The World's First Electric Fleet? Maybe Iceland.

06.21.2012

The U.S., European and Chinese markets have their challenges. But a perfect storm is aligning over the tiny island nation of Iceland, which has geothermal electricity almost too cheap to meter. The big news this week is a major tax break for EVs.

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Driving Audi's Electrifying E-Tron

06.13.2012

Audi's electric e-tron division has unveiled battery-powered city cars and the high-performance R8, the first that will actually be produced. I finally got behind the wheel of an e-tron on a rainy Manhattan afternoon. This A3 won't be produced, but a plug-in hybrid version will be out in 2014.

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Charged Up at the Cracker Barrel!

06.07.2012

Cracker Barrel, home of sock monkeys, antique butter churns and chicken and dumplings, is bringing its Texas stores up to date with electric vehicle charging stations. And why not, since the original store had gas pumps, and patrons getting charged will have some time to kill. Where else are they going to go but into the restaurant? Texas doesn't have many EVs yet, but the market is growing.

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The Tesla Model S: Preparing to Launch

06.01.2012

Tesla Motors is just three weeks away from launching its all-new sedan, with twice the room and half the price of the celebrated Roadster. No test drive yet, but here's the sum of what we know.

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The Miata's Second Coming: As an Alfa-Romeo

05.25.2012

Mazda and Fiat are partnering to spin off a second Alfa-branded car off the all-new, back-to-basics 2013 MX-5 platform. The Miata is the best-selling two-seat sports car in history, largely because it's both fun and dead reliable. By marrying the two brands, we have the prospect of a problem-free roadster with an Italian soul and great, distinctive styling. Where do I sign up? On second thought, maybe I'll buy a good used Miata first.

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Flying vs. Driving: It's Complicated

05.16.2012

Actually, we know that flying is much safer than driving, though our minds refuse to process that information. When a plane crashes, we know about it. But what does it mean that last year's highway crashes were way down? With so many distracted drivers, it's not because we're obeying the rules of the road. Think safer cars and fewer miles traveled.

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Wiring the World

05.10.2012

Meet Idan Ofer, Israel’s wealthiest man, who pushes an ambitious plan to plug in the planet and save us from climate change, starting with switchable battery stations.

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