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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We CAN Drive 54.5

11.17.2011

Cleaner cars will hit the road by 2025, and the Obama Administration makes it official. It’s all good, but there are some pesky loopholes to worry about.

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Ford, Its Sync System Under Attack, Plans an Emergency Fix

11.10.2011

Let's give a thought to auto audio.  In the early days of motoring, the gas engine was so loud it's unlikely that any motorist could have heard a car radio, even if the electronics of the period were up to the task. 

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Copper Theft: Are EV Charging Stations the Next Target?

11.04.2011

Copper thieves cost the nation as much as $1 billion a year, and the electric grid infrastructure is one of their biggest targets. What's going to happen when copper-rich charging cables for public EV charging stations are located out in plain sight?

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The Big Dog Garage: Inside Jay Leno's Car Collection

10.28.2011

There is no more committed "car guy" than Jay Leno, and I was able to stop by the garage for an interview about my new book--and tour the most eclectic, mouth-watering auto assemblage I've ever seen.

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