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The E in Formula E Stands for "Excitement"

Jim Motavalli

Jim Motavalli | Jul 19, 2018

OK, OK, it actually stands for "electric." It's catching on, as Formula E rounds out its fourth season with growing support and fast-paced action--even without big gas engines.

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Taming a Lurching, Coughing, Sputtering Beast
Jun 21, 2018

Taming a Lurching, Coughing, Sputtering Beast

Dear Car Talk

Testing the ignition system may put the Grand back in this Grand Am

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The Bollinger B1, an electric SUV prototype
Jun 19, 2018

The Car vs. SUV War Is Over, and SUVs Won

Jim Motavalli

The aerodynamic crossover rules America, and its taking over the rest of the world too. But the basic box that started the SUV craze lives on, including in all-electric form.

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Night Driving without Lights Isn't Very Bright
Jun 19, 2018

Night Driving without Lights Isn't Very Bright

Dear Car Talk

A reader enlists Ray's help in ending neighbor's dangerous behavior.

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Cosmetic Work May Keep This Marriage Happy
Jun 14, 2018

Cosmetic Work May Keep This Marriage Happy

Dear Car Talk

Hint: it involves paint. For the truck, not the spouse.

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Interference Engines: The Sequel
Jun 12, 2018

Interference Engines: The Sequel

Dear Car Talk

A 1957 Ford was full of problems--but not from a timing belt.

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How to Reset Steering Wheel's 'Clock'
Jun 07, 2018

How to Reset Steering Wheel's 'Clock'

Dear Car Talk

When your steering wheel says 11 a.m. but your wheels insist it's noon, it's time for a mechanic.

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A Gentle Driver Wants to Bring the Heat
Jun 05, 2018

A Gentle Driver Wants to Bring the Heat

Dear Car Talk

Our scientific method for warming up a car faster involves pants and a stopwatch. 

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Michelin's Movin' On conference in Montreal
Jun 01, 2018

Rubber Meets the Road: Airless Tires, Electric Pickups and Fuel-Cell Range Extenders

Jim Motavalli

Michelin's Movin' On conference in Montreal is a stylish celebration of cutting-edge transportation.

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Your New Car May Have New Needs
May 31, 2018

Your New Car May Have New Needs

Dear Car Talk

Check out these tips for navigating fluid-change and oil recommendations on new cars.

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