Three Wheels, 84 mpg and $6,800


Paul Elio, a GM-trained engineer, is planning to build his uniquely styled economy car in Louisiana, and sell it for a bargain price. Can he do it?


After Two Almost-Rebirths, the Iconic VW Microbus is Finally Gone


The Microbus, in U.S. production from 1959 to 1979, is finally rolling off its last global assembly line. But the car, a legend as cheap-and-cheerful transport for hippies, could live again with retro styling for the digital generation. 


Tesla's Top Safety Score: The Answer is in the Stars


Tesla Motors loves to tweak other automakers and say it's the best at everything, and it's often right. But NHTSA clarifies that nobody--not even Tesla--gets more than a five-star rating.


Taming Blood Alley: A Tragic Hollywood Death, and a Film to Make it Safer


Emily Rose Shane was just 13 when she was hit and killed on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, one of the most beautiful--and deadliest--stretches of road in America. Now her producer father is making a documentary about Emily and the dangers of the PCH.


Back to Detroit: Time to "Reshore" the American Auto Industry


The U.S. has the lowest natural gas prices in the world, and it's led to an amazing reverse migration--some of the companies that took plants and jobs overseas are now coming back. It's time for the auto industry to rebuild Detroit.


Riding the Future: Cross-Country Electric Trek Aims for the Guinness Record Book


Does Susan Jones' Ride the Future Tour mean that the EV range problem is behind us? Nah, but it's a great way to publicize plug-ins.


Tesla Motors Earnings: Elon Musk Tackles the Doubters


Tesla Motors is exceeding expectations, and it's time for an Elon Musk victory dance.


Teens Give Reasons (a/k/a Excuses) for Not Getting Driver's Licenses


Why aren't they driving? They're "too busy." C'mon, lazy is more like it. A new University of Michigan study cites prefering to walk or bike, the cost of owning a car, prefering public transit, and more.


Pedaling the ELF to Cambridge (Our Fair City)


Mark Stewart bought his electric commuter vehicle in North Carolina. Then he decided to drive the thing back home to Massachusetts.


BMW's i3 Electric Has Gala Global Launch Party


BMW is making a big show of launching its first-ever electric car (in New York, London and Beijing), and it promises to be hugely fun to drive. But is $41,000 a competitive price? 


Hyundai's Equus: Gunning for the Luxury Kingpins


Hyundai is currently selling only about 4,000 of its top model in special showrooms across America, but it's aggressively pushing the car as an affordable alternative to the top models from Germany and Japan. The Equus got a high-tech makeover for 2014.


Who'll Buy the Land Speed Record Jaguar?


British buyers might get more excited by this historic car, raced by Norman Dewis, that achieved 172 mph in 1953, but it's headed for the American auction circuit. 


The Hybrid Wars: Toyota vs. Ford


Toyota has been the undisputed king of hybrid sales in the U.S., but now Ford is hitting back hard with new models, fuel economy improvements and aggressive sales tactics.


Buick and BMW: Very Big in China


It was unthinkable until recently, but in 2013 two of the world's iconic automakers are selling more cars in China than anywhere else. Looking forward, Asia is the growth market.


Rich Salmon: The Man With the 100,000th Electric Car


This Grand Bay, Alabama resident won the milestone Plug In America contest, which tracked EVs sold between May 15 and June 15. The counter is still going, and now 114,000 electric cars have been sold nationwide. Are you the next sale?