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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.