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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The Amazing World of Cargo Bikes

05.04.2012

Bicycles aren’t for Sunday cruising anymore; now they’re hauling serious freight around Europe.

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The Great Ethanol Debate: Food vs. Fuel?

04.26.2012

Yes, but it’s complicated—climate change and high gas prices also figure into the skyrocketing cost of corn.

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Battery Breakthroughs

04.24.2012

Colorado’s Prieto Battery is poised to change the game for EVs with 400-mile range and fast charging, but it has to prove first that its technology works. Other companies are in the hunt, too.

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Glitter, Glitz…and Fuel Economy

04.12.2012

The 2012 New York International Auto Show proved that downsizing can be sexy. Even the Viper is watching its weight these days.

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Back to the Future…Again

04.04.2012

A Texas-based company plugs in the DeLorean, with Flux batteries instead of flux capacitors. Look for this 100-mile-range, $90,000 sizzler at the New York International Auto Show this week.

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Running Out of Gas

03.29.2012

With $4 fuel on the horizon, Americans are not only getting stranded, they’re also driving less. A majority of us want somebody to do something about pain at the pumps—but there aren’t a whole lot of options.

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Super Models

03.21.2012

True excitement comes at the one-sixth scale. Louis Chenot’s hobby of building super-precise tiny cars and boats that actually run will remind you of everything great about being a kid.

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War Clouds Over a Green Campus

03.14.2012

Between rocket attacks, Israel’s Ben Gurion University fulfills a remarkable environmental mission in one of the world’s harshest deserts.

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The Big Battery Breakthrough

03.07.2012

If Envia Systems’ claims are true, then EV packs will soon cost a fraction of what they do now. And that’s good news the embattled electric car industry needs.

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Audi’s Audacious Electrics

02.29.2012

Audi isn’t just putting an electric car on the road, it’s launching an Urban Future Initiative. Here comes the flood of electrification from an automaker best known for performance cars.

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The Sparks Fly

02.23.2012

The drag racing is electrifying when the car is the battery-powered White Zombie Datsun 1200, built by John Wayland and his Plasmaboy Crew. If the point was to convince people that EVs aren’t slow, well, the point is made. How about a zero-to-60 of 1.8 seconds and ETs of 10.258 at 123.79 mph?

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10 Reasons to Hate the Transportation Bill

02.16.2012

Jim Motavalli takes a look at the Republican-sponsored transportation bill, a piece of legislation Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood calls, "the worst transportation bill I’ve ever seen during 35 years of public service."

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