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CultureMap Auto Awards

Best New Design: BMW's i-Series are no concept cars — the future is already here (and reasonably priced)

By Nic Phillips

Editor's Note: In the second annual CultureMap Auto Awards, our automotive correspondents Nic Phillips and Kevin McCauley bestow honors in 10 categories for the to ...


Test Drive

Plugged in: Astonishing Tesla Model S electric car delivers performance and beauty

By Kevin McCauley

We've driven a number of electric cars before. Some are good, some are bad, but all of them are compromised in some way. All of them share platforms, in some way or another, with internal combu ...


CultureMap Video Tour

Texas suburban dad takes on an American-made electric car: Behind the wheel of the Chevy Volt

By Joel Luks

For a commuter city in the Lone Star state that values largesse, and that includes oversized gas guzzlers that fit everything from children to dogs to the kitchen sink, can Chevy convince a typical ...


Sustainable Houston

An electric city of the future: New hybrid, drive-share fleet speeds up Houston's green zoom

By Joel Luks

Charging ahead into an eco-happy future, Mayor Annise Parker is touting a city-owned fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles that just got a tech upgrade — and a green boost. In partnership ...


An Earth Day Special

Electric love: Houston & Annise Parker touted in national documentary on green energy

By Whitney Radley

In EARTH: The Operators' Manual, a national PBS documentary, host Richard Alley travels the globe to tell of the human relationship to fossil fuels and the developments in energy ...


Wheels In the Mall

Electric cool: Get a sneak peek inside Tesla's new car "gallery" showroom in the Galleria

By Whitney Radley

Tesla Motors has arrived in Houston, and is here to tell you what its electric cars can and cannot do. The new Tesla Model S sedan can fully charge in four hours and then drive 300 miles. It ca ...


Please Touch

Car geeks rejoice: Tesla store speeding into the Galleria

By Sarah Rufca

Is there any car company in the world that inspires the feverish enthusiasm of California's Tesla? From the unveiling of the Lotus-based Roadster in 2006 there's been a waitlist to snap up ...


H-E-B is on board

An electric buzz in Houston: City to have 250 public car charging stations by 2013

By Caroline Gallay

The Houston Drives Electric launch event at the Buffalo Speedway H-E-B Thursday morning drew a buzzing crowd to examine the brand new eVgo charging station installed in the grocer's parking lot ...


It drives like....a car

Test Drive: Nissan and eVgo are charged up about the future with the all-electric Leaf

By Kevin McCauley

Quirky, fun-to-drive, and greener than your neighbor's Prius, the Nissan Leaf may be a harbinger of the future. ...


Green Living

Ways to make Houston greener: Bury power lines, charge a car, turn off the lights

By Ralph Bivins

Ugly real estate is worth less than pretty real estate — it’s one of the basic tenets of property valuation. Wouldn’t we would all be better off if Houston erased its ugly bl ...


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