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16

Oct

Seniors, not hipsters, will get self-driving cars firstAutonomous vehicles will be ready soon — to ferry retirees around closed communities.

Seniors, not hipsters, will get self-driving cars first
Autonomous vehicles will be ready soon — to ferry retirees around closed communities.

08

Oct

America’s rudest drivers are … in Idaho?Everyone assumes that wild New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York have this nailed, but not so!

America’s rudest drivers are … in Idaho?
Everyone assumes that wild New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York have this nailed, but not so!

26

Aug

What if we could have a 261-mpg VW in the U.S.?The ultra-efficient $146,000 XL1 is on the market only in Europe. A 4-seat XL2 could come here at a much lower price. Should Elio be worried?

What if we could have a 261-mpg VW in the U.S.?
The ultra-efficient $146,000 XL1 is on the market only in Europe. A 4-seat XL2 could come here at a much lower price. Should Elio be worried?

05

Aug

Can cars run on hydrogen made from plant sugars?Researchers claim that using enzymes to convert biomass to hydrogen could yield significantly more energy than current biomass-to-ethanol efforts.

Can cars run on hydrogen made from plant sugars?
Researchers claim that using enzymes to convert biomass to hydrogen could yield significantly more energy than current biomass-to-ethanol efforts.

04

Aug

Driving like a hippie in 2014Good vibes — and a faithful recreation of the acid-test bus — were part of the fun at jam band festivals. But for the planet’s sake, modern hippies might want to forget about old VWs and buy an electric instead.

Driving like a hippie in 2014
Good vibes — and a faithful recreation of the acid-test bus — were part of the fun at jam band festivals. But for the planet’s sake, modern hippies might want to forget about old VWs and buy an electric instead.

31

Jul

Infiniti’s plans for a high-end electric are back on trackThe Japanese automaker announced — then withdrew — the LE electric, but now there are hints that it’s back on the schedule. Will it be the second EV to charge wirelessly? That’s the big question.

Infiniti’s plans for a high-end electric are back on track
The Japanese automaker announced — then withdrew — the LE electric, but now there are hints that it’s back on the schedule. Will it be the second EV to charge wirelessly? That’s the big question.

24

Jul

Abandoned car cemetery spends years rusting in spooky Belgian forest
Despite the resemblance to a grim doomsday traffic jam, these abandoned cars are in reality parked in an old junkyard on the west side of Chatillon, a small village near Ardennes, Belgium. The rusty retro vehicles have been sitting there for 70 years, plenty of time for the surrounding wilderness to almost overtake them.

Why Honda’s hybrid strategy is all wrongHow about bringing the Concept B, a very cool 5-door hybrid, to the U.S.? Sorry, only for China. And a hybrid version of the stunning new Fit? Japan’s got it. Argggh.

Why Honda’s hybrid strategy is all wrong
How about bringing the Concept B, a very cool 5-door hybrid, to the U.S.? Sorry, only for China. And a hybrid version of the stunning new Fit? Japan’s got it. Argggh.

23

Jul

Europe is going car-free (and loving it)Looking to reduce pollution and congestion, European cities are banning vehicular traffic — and creating vibrant shopping zones in the process.

Europe is going car-free (and loving it)
Looking to reduce pollution and congestion, European cities are banning vehicular traffic — and creating vibrant shopping zones in the process.

20

Jul

10 easy ways to save money on gas this summer