Auto makers had to recall millions of vehicles this year because of defects and other problems. It didn't matter. Americans kept buying cars and trucks anyway.
For years, the United States has been known as the land of the gas guzzler. But that's been changing since 2007. The average fuel economy of new cars in the United States has ticked up significantly. And vehicle emissions are dropping as a result.
That sleek new fuel-efficient car you bought? It may not be as efficient as advertised. On Friday, the government announced that Hyundai and Kia have been overstating the fuel economy of many of the vehicles they've been selling since 2010. So how often does this happen?
A123 Systems, an electric-car battery maker that has received $250 million in stimulus grants, just filed for bankruptcy. Since this is bound to be big political fodder, here are a few things to know about the company, its collapse, and the broader battery industry.
Last night, the Daily Caller unearthed a video of Barack Obama saying (among many other things), “We don’t need to build more highways out in the suburbs." Sounds drastic. But this is also the sort of proposal that conservative and liberal transportation reformers have been pushing for years.
One of the most intriguing parts of the 2009 stimulus bill was a $2.4 billion provision to kick-start a new domestic battery industry in the United States. But as sales of electric vehicles remain slow, the new industry is struggling, thanks to too many battery factories and too little demand.
Over the next seven years, the federal government will spend $7.5 billion on policies to boost the U.S. electric-vehicle industry. But a new report from the Congressional Budget Office casts doubt on whether these programs will actually achieve many of their intended goals.
Lately, some states have realized that the gas tax has an irritating flaw. When people buy more fuel-efficient vehicles, revenues drop. So states are testing systems that would charge drivers based on how many miles they travel. And recent research suggests this idea might actually work.
A new U.S. Treasury report estimates that taxpayers will lose $25.1 billion on the auto bailout. But analysts note that the final price tag could be much lower--or higher--depending on when the government sells its shares of GM. And, of course, that number doesn't include the cost of not bailing out Detroit.
For the past decade, traffic fatalities have been on a slow, steady decline. Fewer drivers have been crashing their cars each year. And fewer pedestrians have been getting run over by vehicles. Until recently.
Amtrak has put forward a $151 billion plan to turn the Northeast Corridor into a true high-speed rail system. But it's unclear whether Congress will ever fund this dream. So analysts are taking a look at cheaper options that could do a surprising amount to speed up travel between Boston and Washington D.C.
Electric cars are still slow to catch on because batteries are hugely expensive. Yet a new report from McKinsey & Company predicts that battery prices could fall by as much as 75 percent by 2025. If that were to happen, it could upend the entire automobile industry.
When gas prices spike, only a fraction of Americans can shift from car to the bus or subway. A new report explains why. Mass transit systems in urban areas don't do a very good job of connecting where people work with where people live.
After a key vote last week, California is finally ready to start constructing its $68 billion high-speed line between San Francisco and Los Angeles. But it's not clear there's money to finish the project. Which means the great hope for high-speed rail may actually be out East, as Amtrak releases plans to upgrade its popular corridor between Boston and D.C.
It takes much longer to build a highway or bridge today than it did in the 1950s. And environmental reviews often get blamed for the delay. But a new report finds that attacking these rules may be misplaced.