From Israel's Negev Desert: Cool Tech for Cars

Jim Motavalli

Jim Motavalli | Mar 16, 2018

One Israeli startup is building a folding car, and Ben-Gurion University's researchers are advancing autonomy, playing games to learn how we behave behind the wheel, and going all out with robots, drones and cyber security.


Woman with electric car, ca. 1900
Dec 18, 2017

What We Can Learn From Our Colorful Electric Car History

Jim Motavalli

Everything old is new again, and EVs are once again heading for world domination. But they were already there in 1900, when they also posted an amazing number of historical firsts. 

electric vehicles history auto industry

Should This Retiree Retire an Oil Burning Civic?
Dec 14, 2017

Should This Retiree Retire an Oil Burning Civic?

Dear Car Talk

Buying new may be a good investment in longevity for the driver.

oil buying Honda Civic 2005

Just Say 'No' to Rustproofing
Dec 12, 2017

Just Say 'No' to Rustproofing

Dear Car Talk

Think twice before purchasing rustproofing for your new-ish car.

rust buying Toyota Corolla 2015

Lamborghini Urus
Dec 09, 2017

Top 5 “You’ve Gotta Be Kidding Me” Cars

J.C. Howard

The Top 5 cars that will be torchbait in the revolution.

luxury vehicles

Honda Clarity
Dec 07, 2017

Looking for Clarity: Honda's New Plug-In Hybrid

Jim Motavalli

Seventy-three percent of Americans don't understand how a plug-in hybrid works, but Honda plans to educate them about these nifty cars that solve the range anxiety problem.

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Alloy wheel
Dec 07, 2017

Will Alloy Wheels Improve Mileage and Handling?

Dear Car Talk

Jesada's Jetta might look better but would she notice any other changes?

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Jim Motavalli, blogger for Car Talk, talking about electric cars
Dec 06, 2017

Our Man at the UN: The Car Blogger Talks About Self-Driving Cars

Jim Motavalli

Given a chance to talk at the UN on my favorite subject, I told the diplomats that autonomous vehicles will also be electric, and that it's critical that they be shared--not privately owned.

electric vehicles auto industry

Newer Car Safety Features Can Prolong Driver Independence
Dec 05, 2017

Newer Car Safety Features Can Prolong Driver Independence

Dear Car Talk

Newer cars with the right features might keep you on the road longer.

buying safety features safety

European wasp (Vespula germanica)
Dec 04, 2017

Terrible Joke: The Wasp Expert and the Record Shop

Staff Blog

The world's leading expert on European wasps walks into a record shop...

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