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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Two Billion Cars

02.15.2012

We’re headed for that kind of bumper-to-bumper world unless we start sharing our cars, encourage mass transit and get out and walk. The “worst transportation bill ever” is not helpful in moving the ball down the road.

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Electric Frito and Coca-Cola Trucks: The Bottom Line in Dollars and Cents

02.10.2012

A new MIT study says battery vehicles will save companies money over diesels, but with high purchase prices the payback times are still likely to be long. That’s why subsidies—a dirty word since Solyndra—are essential in the early stages of the EV rollout.

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Our Fuel-Cell Future

02.01.2012

Hydrogen cars are coming by 2015, but in the meantime we already have big zero-emission cells powering businesses—like the Connecticut-based pasta factory I visited last week.

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Bob Lutz: The Green Car Guy Who Says Global Warming Is @#$%&*

01.23.2012

Despite being the father of the Chevy Volt and a pioneer of plug-in hybrid trucks, this book-writing industry veteran isn’t in it to save the planet from climate change.

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The 2012 Detroit Auto Show: Everybody's Gone Green

01.11.2012

Hybrids and electric cars aren't (like "Baby" in Dirty Dancing) hidden in the corner anymore—they're out in front for everybody to see.

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A Big Year for the Big Three

01.06.2012

It was a big sales’ recovery year for Detroit, but largely due to others' misfortunes. For 2012, automakers are hedging their bets on EVs, but oil price hikes would lead to big demand.

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Six Cars I Want in 2012

12.29.2011

In the New Year, this endless tire kicker may finally break down and buy a new car. Here’s what’s under consideration.

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The Last Saab Story

12.21.2011

After a long, agonizing struggle, Sweden’s ultra-quirky automaker ends up in bankruptcy court.

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2011 in the Rear-View Mirror: Eight Trends to Watch

12.19.2011

It was the most important year for electric cars since, what, 1910? The market is still in its infancy, but here’s a look at early directions it’s taking. The battery EVs and plug-in hybrids are hitting the road, and so are the charging stations—including fast charging. And don’t forget about hydrogen!

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Volt Owners: All You Need Is Love

12.07.2011

The early-adopter owners of Chevy’s plug-in hybrid car are ecstatically happy, and the Volt fire reports don’t seem to be reducing their hot passions.

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The Big EV Crapshoot

11.29.2011

Early sales of electric cars haven’t been stellar, but it’s far too soon to write an obit. If gas prices spike, all bets are off—and when you throw in wild cards like regulation, charging networks, incentives and competition from China, it makes predicting the future a real challenge.

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Cars We'd Love to Buy (But Can't)

11.24.2011

The American consumer is thought to love big clumsy cars, so some of the most interesting international offerings never make it to our shores. Look what we’re missing!

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