The Government's Green Car Loans Are BACK

The Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program, i.e., the Green Car loan program created solely by the OBUMMER Bush administration, went on hiatus in 2011 after the recipients of its credit largesse started dropping like flies. But good news, for America, because it's back. Huzzah. » 4/02/14 12:20pm 4/02/14 12:20pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry: It's Time To Revisit Anti-Tesla Dealer Laws

As Tesla Motors eyes the Lone Star State for its $5 billion, 6,500 job Gigafactory battery plant, car dealers say they aren't willing to change Texas' ban on direct car sales to welcome it. But now an unexpected person says it might be time for a change: Texas Gov. Rick Perry. » 3/25/14 11:45am 3/25/14 11:45am

Ohio Senator Behind New Anti-Tesla Bill Gets Paid Real Good By Dealers

Barely two months after Tesla Motors scored a legislative win against car dealers in the Ohio, a new bill comes to the Ohio State Senate that will ban Tesla's direct sales model for good. And guess who's behind it? The same guy who was behind the last one, state Sen. Tom Patton. Here's why he's so against direct sales. » 2/14/14 9:00am 2/14/14 9:00am

You Better Believe Joe Biden Loves The New Corvette Z06

In further evidence that Chief American Gearhead Joe Biden is becoming indistinguishable from his Trans Am-loving persona in The Onion, the Vice President took time out of a speech to the UAW to stress one thing: how awesome the 2015 Corvette Z06 is. » 2/05/14 3:20pm 2/05/14 3:20pm

GM CEO Mary Barra To Sit With Michelle Obama At The State Of The Union

You know you've arrived not only when you get invited to the State of the Union address, but when you're asked to sit next to the first lady herself. That's where General Motors' new CEO, Mary Barra, will be sitting tonight. » 1/28/14 12:00pm 1/28/14 12:00pm

Ohio Car Dealers Sue To Keep Tesla From Selling Cars

Just when you thought it was safe to buy a Tesla in Ohio after an amendment to ban direct sales was struck down, a consortium of car dealers in the Buckeye state is taking their fight to the courts instead. Sore losers much? » 12/20/13 5:15pm 12/20/13 5:15pm

Taxpayers Spent $1.4 Million For Every Cash For Clunkers Job Created

Say, remember a few years ago when the government was giving people money to ditch their old car in exchange for something shiny and new? It saved the American car industry and fixed the environment, right? According to new report by the Brookings Institution think tank in D.C., the answer is "kinda, but not really." » 11/01/13 1:40pm 11/01/13 1:40pm

How Texas's Absurd Anti-Tesla Laws Turn Car Buying Into A Joke

Over the last couple of years, Tesla Motors has fought legal and legislative battles in a number of states over proposed or current state laws that try to stymie its unique factory-direct sales and service model. » 10/24/13 2:11pm 10/24/13 2:11pm

Trucker Protest A Bust Thanks To Rain, Everyone Realizing It Was Dumb

Earlier today thousands of truckers moved into the Capitol Beltway around Washington D.C., choking traffic for miles as they descended into the District and arrested several members of Congress. It was a thrilling sight for bored tourists unable to get into the Air and Space Museum. Wait, that didn't happen. » 10/11/13 2:27pm 10/11/13 2:27pm

Washington Trucker Jam-Up Is A Hoax, Says Ex-Organizer

If you have a morning commute in the Washington, D.C. area, here is some good news: a now-excommunicated member of the trucker ride to jam up the Capitol Beltway and arrest the members of Congress now says it's all a hoax. But organizers say it's definitely happening. » 10/09/13 10:23am 10/09/13 10:23am

Truckers Pissed At Government To Jam Up D.C. Beltway, Arrest Congress

Everyone is annoyed at the state of things in America as the government shutdown drags into its second week, whether you're one of 800,000 furloughed federal workers or just a D.C. tourist who wants to go to the goddamn Smithsonian. Now a group of truckers will take matters in their own hands with a plan that combines… » 10/08/13 9:09am 10/08/13 9:09am

Hyundai Cuts Furloughed Federal Workers A Break On Car Payments

If you're one of the more than 800,000 furloughed U.S. federal government workers wondering how you're going to make ends meet until Congress stops acting like children, Hyundai is about to cut you a break on your lease and car payments. » 10/02/13 12:00pm 10/02/13 12:00pm

How The Government Shutdown Could Screw With Carmakers And Car Buyers

The first U.S. government shutdown in 17 years means more than just scores of federal employees being forced to go without paychecks, the closure of national parks, and an end to the Panda Cam. It will also likely cause a great deal of headaches for the industries regulated by the government, and that includes the auto … » 10/01/13 3:45pm 10/01/13 3:45pm

The James Hunt You Don't See In RUSH Was An Anti-Apartheid Crusader

James Hunt is a man who is remembered for his passions. He is revered for his competitive spirit, his immense skill behind the wheel, his devil may care attitude, and his hard-partying, womanizing ways away from the track (and sometimes right before a race.) But Hunt also had a passion for social justice that isn't… » 9/24/13 10:00am 9/24/13 10:00am

How The Government Can Help Create 10 More Teslas

Despite having come under considerable fire and having handed out no money since 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that it will revive its beleaguered "green car" loan program in earnest soon. They have $15 billion they can give to automakers. Here's how they can make more Teslas than Fiskers this time. » 8/29/13 12:13pm 8/29/13 12:13pm

The Difference Between Government ‘Green Car’ Loan Spin And Reality

The Energy Department's rosy website claims the government's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program has "created or saved" 37,000 jobs. A Jalopnik analysis of the current states of the five companies involved shows that this number is technically true, but not the way the government tells it. » 7/02/13 2:28pm 7/02/13 2:28pm