All Aboard! Reno's Electric Shuttle Bus (Tomorrow's Answer Today)

06.09.2014

Reno operates a 25-cent downtown loop, joining cities like Louisville, Stockton, Worcester and San Antonio in advocating plug-in corridors. Bus maker Proterra points to its forthcoming "Telsa Model S of buses" as evidence that its going to conquer the world sooner rather than later.

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Ready, Set, Innovate: The College Car Challenge That Leads to a Job

06.06.2014

Fifteen colleges compete to build a better plug-in hybrid, and auto companies--from GM to Tesla--are hiring the seasoned veterans.

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Way, Way Back: The '60s Through the Back of a Station Wagon

06.03.2014

The sight of a tri-colored Buick Caballero kid hauler sends the author back in time, like Proust's madeleines. The 50s and 60s were all about wood-paneled wagons for Americansof a certain age. 

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Dart vs. Dart: Our '63 Dodge Against a '14 GT

05.30.2014

The 1963 Dodge Dart is an iconic vehicle at the Car Talk garage, so how does it stack up against the modern competition?

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Crowd Pleaser: The $6,800, 84-mpg Elio is Getting Closer

05.28.2014

I test drove the latest version of the three-wheeled, two-seat Elio in Manhattan, and was mobbed by people who wanted to know what it was and when they could get one. Late next year, they're saying, if all goes well.

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Recycling Windshields: It's the Right Thing to Do

05.23.2014

Most windshields, made from a glass and plastic sandwich, end up in landfills. But Safelite recycled more than a million of them last year.

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Breakthrough Batteries: Fighting to be the Next Big Thing

05.21.2014

Today's standard lithium-ion cells are today's standard, but disruptive technology that's cheaper, lasts longer and charges faster may be around the corner. Here's what's in the works.

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Wheeler Dealers: British TV Show Restores Cars for Fun and Profit

05.16.2014

In their colorful reality show on Discovery, a car trader and a mechanic team up to restore and flip cars, telling you just how they did it.

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Apply Here: $16 Billion in Green Car Loan Money

05.13.2014

An obscure Federal loan program saved Tesla and brought Nissan Leaf production to America. The program went quiet in the wake of the ill-fated Federal loans to Solyndra, but now it's back in business-- with $16 billion to share. Here's a look at what's coming. 

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Baby Boomers Still Driving (But, Mostly, Staying Safe)

05.08.2014

The postwar generation was the most mobile in history. Now they're reaching retirement age and don't want to give up the keys. Should we worry?

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Buyers Aren't Dumb: Huge EV Subsidies Sell Tons of Cars

05.06.2014

In California, Norway and Holland, EVs are some of the best-selling vehicles, period. Here's why.

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The Good News (and the Bad Loopholes) on Fuel Economy

05.01.2014

Automakers are reaching their federal mileage targets, but only thanks to some clever industry lobbying for loopholes. See what's going down.

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First in Flight: The Wright Brothers or Connecticut's Gustave Whitehead?

04.27.2014

Supporters claim a little-known German immigrant and mechanical genius took to the air two years before Kitty Hawk. We may never know definitively: The skies are cloudy, to say the least.

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Big Oil vs. Big Ethanol: A PR Battle Royal

04.25.2014

The EPA is proposing a big cut in the Renewable Fuel Standard, but ethanol producers say it's all political and the regulators are bowing to oil company pressure.

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Company Man: Mark Fields Takes Over at Ford

04.23.2014

Meet Ford's new CEO--and find out what it might mean for its future.

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