The High Cost of Owning a Car (Any Car, But Especially an SUV)

03.25.2014

It costs far, far more than you think to own a car. Most people just think of purchase price and gas, but don't forget all the hidden costs. A new AAA report crunches the numbers.

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Pothole FAQ: All About Those Big Holes in the Road

03.21.2014

What causes potholes? Which states have the biggest? And do I have any recourse if my car gets damaged? Good luck with that last one. Everything you've ever wanted to know about potholes, this way. 

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What's Next After the Car?

03.19.2014

We're still working on those crazy Popular Science ideas from the 1950s--flying cars, anti-gravity belts, jet packs, but at least the Hyperloop is new. We may be stuck with automobiles for a while.

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Sakti3's Big Claim: EV Batteries with Double the Energy Density and Half the Weight and Cost

03.13.2014

If Sakti3's thin-film solid state batteries live up to their promise, then electric vehicles are about to change very dramatically, very quickly.

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People Lie on Their Car Insurance Forms. Who Knew?

03.11.2014

So what do insurance scofflaws lie about? Pretty much everything, from their driving record to the people (including teenagers) who will actually drive the car. Officially, cars left out on the street are officially tucked away in a locked garage.

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Pedestrian Deaths Down (But the Toll's Still Too Damned High)

03.07.2014

The number of fatalities fell by nearly nine percent in the first half of 2013, but that's still nearly 2,000 deaths. A combination of smart urban design and safety-conscious cars could bring that number to zero.

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Tesla's Gigafactory: Meeting Today's Big Battery Demand

03.06.2014

Elon Musk is betting big (up to $5 billion) on a gigantic battery plant. It definitely makes sense in the short term, but will lithium-ion eventually be replaced with hugely efficient solid-state technology? Whatever Tesla builds should be ready for a retrofit.

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Exploring Oregon...In an Electric Car

02.27.2014

Ready to visit the EV future? Jim Motavalli heads to Oregon, where 100 fast chargers are strategically located around the state, and no remote corner, pie shop, or brew pub is off limits.

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5 Annoying Things About Today's Car Stereos

02.25.2014

Modern infotainment has some peculiar quirks and exasperations, which I've gathered together here from recent test-drive experiences.

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A Remedy for Discriminatory Auto Loans? That Will Have to Wait

02.18.2014

Women and minorities sometimes pay higher interest rates for car loans, and the federal consumer agency wants auto loan companies to change their ways. But it was only a recommendation (auto dealers are powerful) and the biggest lender just said, "No, thanks."

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About that Corvette Sinkhole...

02.13.2014

Catch that photo of the Corvettes in the sinkhole... aka, The World's Most Expensive Hole? Here's how it happened.

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Plugging In: The First Electric Cars

02.12.2014

The electric car was launched around the same time as the internal-combustion engine, and the early history is just as wild and wonderful.

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Cars Talking to Each Other Will Save Lives, the Feds Say

02.06.2014

It's called vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V. And NHTSA says requiring it on all new cars can reduce accidents 70 to 80 percent.

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Steel vs. Aluminum: The Lightweight Wars Heat Up

02.03.2014

Steel is still the number one material for making cars, but by scoring the Ford F-150 aluminum is gaining sharply. Automakers expect the aluminum share to nearly double by 2025 as fuel economy becomes critical, and that's got the steel industry fighting back with lightweight products of its own.

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Hackers Have a New Target: Your Car

01.22.2014

Cars today have data ports and event data recorders (black boxes), and they can and are being hacked in a variety of creative ways. Bad guys are rolling back odometers, stealing cars with electronic keys, erasing crash data and more. And wait, it all gets worse when every car has 4G access.

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