All About Algae: Danforth's Quest to Turn Pond Scum Into Gasoline

11.08.2012

The Danforth Plant Science Center in Missouri is a cutting-edge lab for developing tomorrow's biofuels.

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How Not to Buy a Storm-Damaged Used Car

11.02.2012

Vehicles that have been through Hurricane Sandy may look fine, but they're ticking time bombs, waiting to bury you in bills.

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My Buick: A Post-Sandy Parable

11.01.2012

I did the right thing by my father-in-law's Regal. Now I don't get the insurance payout, but I can sleep at night.

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Roadkill: The Tragedy That No One Talks About

10.25.2012

It's not immediately clear how many animals die in the U.S. every year from collisions with cars, but it's safe to say that the numbers are in the millions. And aside from a few salamander tunnels, we're not doing much about it.

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Cars That Swim: The Cool Story of Amphibious Vehicles in the Marketplace

10.18.2012

Michigan's Quadski is the latest attempt to get people to buy water-going cars. Many companies have failed when marketing plans went out to sea, but the Quadski is aimed at off-roaders and it might actually make a splash for a certain type of buyer.

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Killer Aps: Plugging Chevy Volts into the Smart Grid

10.10.2012

Through the OnStar system, Texas-based Volt owners are doing some really smart smart-grid experiments. Texas, by the way, is quietly taking the lead in electric car ownership and charging.

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Tomorrow's Tech Today: Cool Innovations, from Smart Windshield Wipers to Start-Stop

09.28.2012

Bosch throws open the lab doors and lets Car Talk see what it's working on. Much of the new stuff is laser-targeted at making cars more fuel efficient, but there's also safety electronics that get us closer to self-driving cars.

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Electric Cars By the Numbers

09.14.2012

A growing number of attractive models, high gas prices and growing public acceptance led to strong sales numbers for electrics and hybrids in August. And with more cars on the road, we're getting a sense of how people are using them.

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My Back Pages: The Worst Cars I've Ever Owned

09.07.2012

Jim Motavalli takes a trip down a rust- and black-smoke-filled memory lane. 

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Obama's Green Car Plan Is a Job Creator (or Not)

08.30.2012

The Obama Administration has finalized its fuel economy plan through 2025, and its supporters say it's a big engine for job growth. Romney disagrees, but he's talking millions of jobs from his drill, drill, drill energy plan. What's going on? A political season with worrisome unemployment figures.

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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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