Automobiles http://nhpr.org en 3.18.14: The Sugar Season, A Syrup Taste Test With Douglas Whynott, & The Best Family Cars http://nhpr.org/post/31814-sugar-season-syrup-taste-test-douglas-whynott-best-family-cars <p>Today on Word of Mouth, a sweet conversation with a man who <em>knows</em> maple syrup. Emerson writing professor and author, <a href="http://www.douglaswhynott.com/the_sugar_season__march_2014__120739.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Douglas Whynott</strong></a> joins us to discuss his new book <a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780306822049" target="_blank"><em>The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup and One Family's Quest for the Sweetest Harvest</em></a>. Plus, we'll put Whynott to the test when he joins Virginia in a blindfolded&nbsp;taste test of 4 grades of authentic, New Hampshire made maple &nbsp;syrup and one imposter.</p><p>Also on the show, <strong>Jamie Page Deaton&nbsp;</strong>breaks down her list of the top choices for family cars.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Listen to the full show and click&nbsp;</span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Read More&nbsp;</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">for individual segments.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:06:03 +0000 Word of Mouth 45233 at http://nhpr.org 3.18.14: The Sugar Season, A Syrup Taste Test With Douglas Whynott, & The Best Family Cars Too Many Cars, Not Enough Drivers http://nhpr.org/post/too-many-cars-not-enough-drivers <p>The data on driving is that for nearly a decade, Americans are driving less – especially younger drivers. With an added drop in vehicle sales and issued driver licenses, some researchers and reporters suggest that the US may have passed “peak car” – and that America’s infatuation with driving may have hit its zenith in the 1990s.</p><p><strong>Jordan Weissmann </strong>is a senior associate editor at <em>The Atlantic, </em>where he <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/06/has-the-us-passed-peak-car/277016/" target="_blank">wrote about</a> the concept of “peak car”.</p><p><strong>Emily Badger</strong>, is a staff writer for <em>The Atlantic Cities</em>, she’s also covered the “<a href="http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/07/yet-more-evidence-peak-car/6299/" target="_blank">peak car</a>” phenomenon.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:48:08 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37253 at http://nhpr.org Too Many Cars, Not Enough Drivers Judge Puts Part of "Auto Dealers' Bill of Rights" on Hold http://nhpr.org/post/judge-puts-part-auto-dealers-bill-rights-hold <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An expanded “Auto Dealer Bill of Rights” law is set to take effect today.&nbsp; It offers auto and equipment dealers protections from some requirements set by manufacturers.&nbsp; But a key part of the law is now on hold.</span></p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 35415 at http://nhpr.org Manufacturers File Suit Against State For New Auto Dealer Protection Law http://nhpr.org/post/manufacturers-file-suit-against-state-new-auto-dealer-protection-law <div>The equipment manufacturer John Deere &amp; Company filed a lawsuit this week with two other equipment manufacturers, challenging a New Hampshire law set to go into effect September 1st. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 01:51:45 +0000 Emily Corwin 34093 at http://nhpr.org Elon Musk And Tesla Take On The New York Times http://nhpr.org/post/elon-musk-and-tesla-take-new-york-times <P>Earlier this month, the New York Times published a <A href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/automobiles/stalled-on-the-ev-highway.html?_r=0&amp;adxnnl=1&amp;pagewanted=all&amp;adxnnlx=1361459656-PcCG2HJuVWr4YOC6EknVAQ" target=_blank>scathing article</A> about <A href="http://www.teslamotors.com/modelx" target=_blank>Tesla’s Model X</A>…the article has since stirred up controversy on the web and in media and auto industry circles, and it’s a story that doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. Joining us with an explainer and an update on the latest developments in “Tesla-Gate” is <STRONG>Jamie Page Deaton,</STRONG> Managing Editor of <A href="http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/best-cars-blog/2013/02/Tesla_CEO_Charged_Up_Over_New_York_Times_Model_S_Review/" target=_blank>US News Best Cars</A>.</P> <P> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:30:56 +0000 Virginia Prescott 22359 at http://nhpr.org Elon Musk And Tesla Take On The New York Times Natural Gas for Automotive Fuel http://nhpr.org/post/natural-gas-automotive-fuel <p><strong>EarthTalk&reg;<br /> E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p><br /><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u>: I recently saw an article extolling the virtues of natural gas as an abundant, inexpensive and domestically produced automotive fuel. Is this going to be the automotive fuel of the future and how green is it? </strong><em>-- Jason Kincaide, New Bedford, MA</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 01 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 8190 at http://nhpr.org Natural Gas for Automotive Fuel Minority Report Made Reality http://nhpr.org/post/minority-report-made-reality <p>A patent is filed by General Motors that would use information collected from its OnStar navigation system to personalize passing billboards to drivers.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 14:50:57 +0000 Brady Carlson 5389 at http://nhpr.org Minority Report Made Reality Rough Patches Behind It, Toyota Tries To Accelerate http://nhpr.org/post/rough-patches-behind-it-toyota-tries-accelerate Paul Schubert and his wife decided to buy a new car last summer — a really fuel-efficient one. After a lot of research, they settled on a Toyota Prius. But there was a problem: They couldn't find one.<p>The tsunami that devastated Japan in March had dried up supplies of the Prius, which is made in Japan, and a dealer told them they would have to wait — "about four months," Schubert says. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:23:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 3187 at http://nhpr.org Rough Patches Behind It, Toyota Tries To Accelerate Hail, Hail! 'Taxi Of Tomorrow' Arrives In NYC http://nhpr.org/post/hail-hail-taxi-tomorrow-arrives-nyc The "Taxi of Tomorrow" has arrived in New York City. On Tuesday night, officials unveiled the Nissan-designed cab that, over the next 10 years, will gradually replace the country's largest taxi fleet. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 21:05:00 +0000 Joel Rose 2948 at http://nhpr.org Hail, Hail! 'Taxi Of Tomorrow' Arrives In NYC After 567,000 Miles And 48 Years, Florida Woman Parks Her 'Chariot' http://nhpr.org/post/after-567000-miles-and-48-years-florida-woman-parks-her-chariot When 93-year-old Rachel Veitch picked up the newspaper on March 10 and realized that the macular degeneration in her eyes had developed to the point where she couldn't read the print, she knew it was time to stop driving.<p>But there's much more to the Orlando, Fla., woman's story.<p>The decision meant she would no longer be getting behind the wheel of her beloved 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente, a car she calls "The Chariot." Veitch has pampered her ride for nearly five decades and 567,000 miles.<p>You read that right: 567,000 miles. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 19:10:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 2952 at http://nhpr.org After 567,000 Miles And 48 Years, Florida Woman Parks Her 'Chariot' Let A Stranger Drive Your Car? More Owners Say 'Yes' http://nhpr.org/post/let-stranger-drive-your-car-more-owners-say-yes It would be difficult for some people to let a stranger drive off with one of their most valuable possessions. But not for Stanford graduate student Katie Hagey.<p>Hagey is one of a growing number of individual car owners who have started renting their wheels to people they don't know through car-sharing startup companies resembling the better-known <a href="http://www.zipcar.com/">Zipcar</a>.<p>Hagey makes an extra $150 a month by renting out her car via <a href="http://wheelz.com/">Wheelz</a>, a Silicon Valley car-sharing startup. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 07:55:00 +0000 Charla Bear 2318 at http://nhpr.org Let A Stranger Drive Your Car? More Owners Say 'Yes' As Elkhart's Electric Dreams Fizzle, RVs Come Back http://nhpr.org/post/elkharts-electric-dreams-fizzle-rvs-come-back Elkhart, Ind., is known as the RV capital of the world. The city suffered badly when the recession hit and demand for recreational vehicles all but screeched to a halt. That's when local and state leaders started looking for ways to bolster the area's manufacturing industry.<p>The unemployment rate in the city along the Michigan border eventually soared to 20 percent — the highest in the nation at the time.<p>Electric cars were supposed to <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124559227">help revive</a> Elkhart's economy. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 David Schaper 2313 at http://nhpr.org As Elkhart's Electric Dreams Fizzle, RVs Come Back Government Backs Up On Rearview Car Cameras http://nhpr.org/post/government-backs-rearview-car-cameras <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn0RocUSLmk</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 2238 at http://nhpr.org Government Backs Up On Rearview Car Cameras 2012 Auto-Industry Predictions http://nhpr.org/post/2012-auto-industry-predictions <p>Today, we kick off 2012 with a broadcast Nostradamus might appreciate…We’ll get predictions from some of our favorite guests on the things we use everyday…In this segment, Jamie-Page Deaton, Managing Editor of US News and World Report’s Best Car Rankings ticks through her 2012 predictions for the automotive industry.</p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 17:36:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1179 at http://nhpr.org 2012 Auto-Industry Predictions North Country Man Recreates World's Most Elegant Cars http://nhpr.org/post/north-country-man-recreates-worlds-most-elegant-cars <p><strong><a href="http://info.nhpr.org/sites/default/files/audio/PanelBeater_1.mp3" target="_blank">LISTEN&nbsp;</a></strong></p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 22:22:44 +0000 Chris Jensen 831 at http://nhpr.org North Country Man Recreates World's Most Elegant Cars