• Are hydrogen fuel cell cars still (or will they ever be) a viable option?

    A decade ago cars powered by fuel cells seemed like the future of green automotive travel, but many analysts now think otherwise. These futuristic cars run on hydrogen fuel and emit only heat and water vapor. Their engines mix hydrogen, stored on-board in fuel tanks much like gas tanks, with oxygen in the air to(…)

  • Is the Driverless Car Better for the Environment?

    EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: What are the environmental implications of the so-called “driverless car” that Google and others are working on right now?                                                 ­– April Jackman, Barre, MA Just a decade ago most of us wouldn’t have dreamed we’d live to see driverless cars whisking people around, but things(…)

  • Roadside essentials you can’t do without

    Hitting the highway this summer? Don’t forget your emergency kit The snow is long-gone and it’s time to get those vacation brochures out and plan that summer trip. What about an outing to an amusement park or a camping trip? Maybe a tour of the national park system is on your agenda this season? But,(…)

  • The Truth About the “10 Cars that Should Have Never Hit the Road”

    I recently came across an article by Justin Lloyd-Miller that describes what he feels are “10 Cars that should have never hit the road.” While his list parrots other “worst car” lists, I take exception with some of these cars since their contribution was greater than a lot of people realize. Albert Einstein once said,(…)

  • Is there an “end to the road” regarding fuel prices?

    When will it stop? Every time I turn the corner, that electronic gas price board is changing! When will the petroleum companies put the brakes on consumer fuel costs? Don’t hold your breath! There are a lot of variables out there that dictate what we pay at the pump. While the sweet crude barrel of(…)

Is the Driverless Car Better for the Environment?

Is the Driverless Car Better for the Environment? 0

EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: What are the environmental implications of the so-called “driverless car” that Google and others are working on right now?                                                 ­– April Jackman, Barre, MA Just a decade ago most of us wouldn’t have dreamed we’d live to see driverless cars whisking people around, but things(…)

Roadside essentials you can’t do without

Roadside essentials you can’t do without 4

Hitting the highway this summer? Don’t forget your emergency kit The snow is long-gone and it’s time to get those vacation brochures out and plan that summer trip. What about an outing to an amusement park or a camping trip? Maybe a tour of the national park system is on your agenda this season? But,(…)

The Truth About the “10 Cars that Should Have Never Hit the Road”

The Truth About the “10 Cars that Should Have Never Hit the Road” 1

I recently came across an article by Justin Lloyd-Miller that describes what he feels are “10 Cars that should have never hit the road.” While his list parrots other “worst car” lists, I take exception with some of these cars since their contribution was greater than a lot of people realize. Albert Einstein once said,(…)

Is there an “end to the road” regarding fuel prices?

Is there an “end to the road” regarding fuel prices? 0

When will it stop? Every time I turn the corner, that electronic gas price board is changing! When will the petroleum companies put the brakes on consumer fuel costs? Don’t hold your breath! There are a lot of variables out there that dictate what we pay at the pump. While the sweet crude barrel of(…)

Tesla Breaks into Top 5 Car Brands

Tesla Breaks into Top 5 Car Brands 0

Despite being the youngest automaker in the nation, Tesla Motors Inc. ranks in the top five brands among people surveyed by “Consumer Reports.” Tesla was fifth in the poll, a large gain from 11th last year.  It ranked behind Toyota, Ford and Honda, as well as General Motors’ Chevrolet.  The results are from a December(…)

Stern Pinball Unveils Mustang Game at Chicago Auto Show

Stern Pinball Unveils Mustang Game at Chicago Auto Show 0

Stern Pinball unveiled its Ford Mustang-themed games at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 6 and 7, during media preview’s prior to the show’s public opening on Feb. 8. Ford spotlighted its eagerly anticipated 2015 Mustang 50th anniversary model at the show.  The exhibition was open to the public through Feb. 17 at the North(…)

Sinkhole Swallows Eight Corvettes in the National Museum

Sinkhole Swallows Eight Corvettes in the National Museum 6

Bowling Green, KY- The National Corvette Museum has eight fewer Corvettes in its possession today after a sinkhole that stretches to 40-feet-wide and 20-feet-deep literally swallowed them whole. No one was in the museum when the sinkhole occurred and the Bowling Green Fire Department quickly sealed off the affected area. The museum was home to dozens(…)

The Shop Truck: Why would I want exhaust headers?

The Shop Truck: Why would I want exhaust headers? 11

Ever since we ran our exhaust replacement story in the fall, we’ve been asked (and have started debating) why exhaust headers are such a good thing, given the price, installation difficulties, and maintenance they require. So let’s talk about that. First a quick progress update: If you are a Blast Cars reader, and you’ve followed(…)

Ford Teams Up With MIT, Stanford to Advance Automated Driving Research

Ford Teams Up With MIT, Stanford to Advance Automated Driving Research 3

Ford is embarking on new automated driving research projects with MIT and Stanford as part of its Blueprint for Mobility project, which envisions fully automated vehicles on the road around 2025. The research with MIT focuses on scenario planning, which will allow cars to predict the actions of other vehicles and pedestrians.  The work at(…)

Self-Driving Cars A Real Possibility

Self-Driving Cars A Real Possibility 0

Robot cars may be on the roads within the next decade, said a recent IHS Automotive study.  The study claims that 54 million robot cars will be on the streets by 2035 and that nearly all autos will be driverless by 2050. The auto industry is increasingly dedicated to bringing commercially viable self-driving models to(…)