The Battle Over Biofuels

12.06.2012

It's war! Big Oil is bringing out the big guns, lawsuits are flying, and biofuels are under attack as never before. Not all the charges stick.

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Winding Down: The Last Days of American Suzuki

12.03.2012

What's happening behind the scenes, as Suzuki winds down its business? Jim Motavalli found out.

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Crime Watch: Buying Protection with Radar Detectors and LoJack

11.20.2012

It's not just phones that have gotten smart. Also showing signs of intelligence are the once humble radar detector and the lojack system that will help you find the laptop you left in your car.

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Making the Case for Propane: From Gas Grills to Cars and Trucks

11.15.2012

Propane, the same stuff in our gas grills, also powers our cars? Southern cops are saying yes. Propane is an interesting fuel--liquid at near-room temperature, with relatively cheap refueling. The alternative--CNG and LNG--also have a case to make.

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All About Algae: Danforth's Quest to Turn Pond Scum Into Gasoline

11.08.2012

The Danforth Plant Science Center in Missouri is a cutting-edge lab for developing tomorrow's biofuels.

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How Not to Buy a Storm-Damaged Used Car

11.02.2012

Vehicles that have been through Hurricane Sandy may look fine, but they're ticking time bombs, waiting to bury you in bills.

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My Buick: A Post-Sandy Parable

11.01.2012

I did the right thing by my father-in-law's Regal. Now I don't get the insurance payout, but I can sleep at night.

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Roadkill: The Tragedy That No One Talks About

10.25.2012

It's not immediately clear how many animals die in the U.S. every year from collisions with cars, but it's safe to say that the numbers are in the millions. And aside from a few salamander tunnels, we're not doing much about it.

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Cars That Swim: The Cool Story of Amphibious Vehicles in the Marketplace

10.18.2012

Michigan's Quadski is the latest attempt to get people to buy water-going cars. Many companies have failed when marketing plans went out to sea, but the Quadski is aimed at off-roaders and it might actually make a splash for a certain type of buyer.

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Killer Aps: Plugging Chevy Volts into the Smart Grid

10.10.2012

Through the OnStar system, Texas-based Volt owners are doing some really smart smart-grid experiments. Texas, by the way, is quietly taking the lead in electric car ownership and charging.

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Tomorrow's Tech Today: Cool Innovations, from Smart Windshield Wipers to Start-Stop

09.28.2012

Bosch throws open the lab doors and lets Car Talk see what it's working on. Much of the new stuff is laser-targeted at making cars more fuel efficient, but there's also safety electronics that get us closer to self-driving cars.

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Electric Cars By the Numbers

09.14.2012

A growing number of attractive models, high gas prices and growing public acceptance led to strong sales numbers for electrics and hybrids in August. And with more cars on the road, we're getting a sense of how people are using them.

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My Back Pages: The Worst Cars I've Ever Owned

09.07.2012

Jim Motavalli takes a trip down a rust- and black-smoke-filled memory lane. 

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Obama's Green Car Plan Is a Job Creator (or Not)

08.30.2012

The Obama Administration has finalized its fuel economy plan through 2025, and its supporters say it's a big engine for job growth. Romney disagrees, but he's talking millions of jobs from his drill, drill, drill energy plan. What's going on? A political season with worrisome unemployment figures.

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It's a Gas: The Powerful Argument for CNG and LNG 18-Wheelers

08.23.2012

Big rig truckers are saving a lot of money by switching from diesel to natural gas, but we need a national network of filling stations before this cheaper, cleaner fuel takes over.

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