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High tech, high voltage cars

These days, hybrid gas-electric vehicles make up just a tiny fraction of total car and truck sales. But that's expected to change. With higher gas prices, demand for hybrids is going up. And car companies are stepping up their hybrid production. But there's a shortage of people who know how to fix hybrids. Rebecca Williams reports some mechanics are getting a crash course in hybrids.  Go to full article

Co2 "upstream" battle

With growing consensus and concern about global climate change, there's more and more talk in Washington about new laws to cut greenhouse gas emissions. One major question right now is how the government will handle carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles. In federal court in Burlington, Vermont is defending its adoption of strict standards against a suit from a coalition of automakers and state car dealers. Any new regulation is expected to have some financial impact on automakers. And, as Dustin Dwyer reports, the carmakers are looking to share the burden.  Go to full article

End of the internal combustion engine?

Hydrogen fuel cells have been billed as the next big thing for cutting down on vehicle emissions. Cars that run on these fuel cells emit only water. Automakers are investing heavily in the technology, and there are still some major obstacles. But as Dustin Dwyer reports, there is at least one big advantage for automakers to push fuel cells.  Go to full article

Auto assembly plant goes green

A new assembly plant from one of Detroit's Big Three car companies is getting attention for its "green" qualities. Big Three automakers may not rank at the top of most environmentalists' list for companies of the year. But some say the new auto plant is a sign that environmentally-sensitive manufacturing has finally gone main-stream. It's not just because building green plants is the right thing to do. Really, it comes down to a different kind of green. The Environment Report's Dustin Dwyer has the story.  Go to full article

EPA report: fuel economy remains stalled

Today's cars and trucks are the heaviest, fastest and most powerful vehicles on the road in a generation, but according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency, these vehicles have stalled when it comes to fuel economy. The GLRC's Dustin Dwyer has the story.  Go to full article

Drivers Filling Up With Cleaner Fuel

A quiet revolution of cleaner air began this year for cars and trucks. Motorists might not know it, but they've been burning low-sulfur fuel as part of a requirement under the federal Clean Air Act. The requirement was put in place during the Clinton Administration. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mike Simonson reports.  Go to full article

Bills Would Crack Down on Dangerous Driving

At a press conference to announce the bills, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver also addressed a driving-related controversy; he denied newspaper allegations that he improperly received discounts from a car rental company when the company was pushing for a change in insurance laws. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Hannawa Falls Demolition Derby

Summer in the North Country means field day festivals for virtually every town and hamlet. It's tough to keep up with all the chicken barbeques, fire engine parades, and lawn mower races. But for the automotive lovers, nothing beats the demolition derby. Hundreds of drivers sign up each summer for the chance to crash their rides into one another. David Sommerstein went to the demolition derby in Hannawa Falls to hear the roar of the engines and the crunch of metal.  Go to full article

Commentary: Cars

Cars are a means of transportation and a form of self expression. Commentator Jill Vaughan's mechanically inclined family takes cars and trucks seriously.  Go to full article

Auto Dealers Ask Lawmakers to Change Lease Law

New York auto dealers are threatening that state residents won't be able to lease cars any more, if the legislature does not change a law that makes dealers liable for damages if people leasing their cars get into accidents. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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