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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New York Auto Show 2014: Green Under the Glitz

04.17.2014

At the 2014 New York Auto Show, high-performance and mainstream cars caught the spotlight, but there was plenty of environmentally friendly stuff going off to the side.

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Around the World in a Solar Plane

04.11.2014

Flying across continents without a drop of fuel was the warm-up for Bernard Piccard and Andre Borschberg--now they want to circumnavigate our globe. Here's how they do it.

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Americans Would Love to Swap Cars Like Cellphones

04.09.2014

Ideally, a new poll says, we'd trade in our cars every two years, in search of the latest technology. The reality, though, is that we're keeping them longer than ever -- an average of more than 11 years.

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Tesla Petitions the Feds for Mirror-less Cars

04.04.2014

The other shoe dropped, and Tesla has formally petitioned to be allowed to dump rear-view mirrors. (And Car Talk is vindicated!)

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GM: Don't Fight the Victims' Compensation Fund

04.01.2014

GM has known about problems with its ignitions for more than a decade, investigators say, so now's the time to fess up, come clean, and start rebuilding trust.

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Tesla Cleared in Federal Safety Inquiry

03.28.2014

The Tesla steamroller is back on track. A four-month investigation into battery fires ends with a "no defect trend" verdict from NHTSA.

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