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Model X Due Date, Sonata Eco, Mercedes Plug-In Hybrid: The Week In Reverse

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Which zero-emission vehicle is so powerful it actually broke the dyno it was being tested on?

And, what's the electric range of the latest

Hybrid Vehicles

New York's exploding manhole covers pose unexpected winter hazard | Reuters

Salvatore Grillo was walking his Labrador retriever near Brooklyn's Prospect Park on a cold morning in February when he heard what sounded like a muffled explosion.

Minutes later, emergency responders were hovering over the 71-year-old as he lay unconscious on the ground. Police said an underground …

Hazard

Late-winter storms spread across areas of Southwest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Parts of California were getting a welcome dose of rain and snow from a storm system moving through the state, while late-winter weather dumped snow elsewhere in the Southwest.

The snow was well received by California and Nevada ski resorts.

It began snowing in the Sierra Nevada …

Marijuana Doesn’t Pose Significant Risk in Car Crashes, NHTSA Says

Weed smokers like to say that getting high doesn’t affect how they drive. Now, it appears the federal government is agreeing with them.

According to a new study commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, people who smoke marijuana have a minimally higher risk of crashing …

Cage Diving for Great Whites

Great White Shark

50 States of Speeding: Know the Law in Every State

What you need to know about speeding laws across America.

Everyone, with the exception of the Buick driver parked in the left lane, exceeds the speed limit once in a while. You generally know how much law-breaking you can get away with where you live—a few over on the highway is flow-of-traffic …

Reckless Driving

Porsche Remains On Top In 2014 J.D. Power APEAL Study

J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study

Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout—APEAL—is how influential …

Car Tech

Porsche at 50 in Pictures

Porsche

Essential Road Trip Wisdom

Road Trips

Porsche Remains The Top Brand In 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

In a year that saw the average number of problems experienced by new car buyers increase, Porsche remains on top and actually managed to improve its …

Car Tech

Electric vehicle chargers unplugged in Chicago

The Illinois Tollway's website says "fast charging" stations for electric vehicles at its rest stops are "inoperable," and thanks you for your patience.

The situation is much the same around the Chicago area.

On Kingsbury Street, electric-vehicle chargers are shrouded in black vinyl bags. At a Whole …

Colorado Is The Most Magical State In America

There's a reason "Rocky Mountain High" is one of Colorado's official state songs. Because regardless of your feelings on legalized pot, Colorado will leave you feeling absolutely magical.

If you're an urbanite, a mountaineer, a ski bum, a history nerd, an outdoor adventurer... you get the point... …

Colorado

5 Things Europeans Say About You Behind Your Back

Europeans are among the world's most gracious travel hosts, rolling out a red carpet of good manners, fabulous food, and the ultimate in culture and history. But do you ever wonder what they think of you? Here's what we've heard...

"You sound like an idiot when you imitate our accents!"

Ouch. Turns …

Europeans

San Francisco sees spate of Smart tipping [w/video]

Among the ten commandments of the car guy, near the top is "Thou shalt not mess with thy neighbor's vehicle, regardless of how awful it may be." That said, we can't help but giggle every time we look at the image above.

Apparently, some delinquents in San Francisco, bereft of bovines to tip, have …

San Francisco Bay Area

The 10 Best Airports In The World: 2014

Airports

Train Derailment at O'Hare Leaves 32 Injured

Thirty-two people were injured — none seriously — when an eight-car Chicago Transit Authority train continued through the end of the platform and …

Chicago

Germany Travel Guide

• Author: Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other’. New York Times
The ultimate, most comprehensive guide to travelling in Germany includes up-to-date reviews of the best places to stay, eat, sights, cultural information, maps, transport tips and a few best kept secrets – …

Europe Travel

Airplane Passenger Rich Wisken's NSFW Complaint Letter to JetStar Goes Viral

We've highlighted plenty of complaint letters covering everything from hilarious insights into subpar airline food to baffling itineraries. But this letter, in which comedy blogger Rich Wisken excoriates JetStar, a budget airline in Australia, is by far the most incendiary.

Having paid extra for a …

Aerospace

Long Weekend in Fribourg, Switzerland | Fodor's

Thick fondue, rolling green hills, well-preserved medieval towns—the canton of Fribourg in eastern Switzerland has it all. Often bypassed by visitors eager to trek through the majestic Alps further south, Fribourg abounds with lush Alpine valleys and rich pastureland dotted with black-and-white …

Switzerland

New Luxury Hotel Debuts in French Alps: L'Apogée Courchevel | Fodor's

Earlier this month, the French Alps welcomed the addition of brand-new luxury property L'Apogée Courchevel. The ski-in, ski-out resort is the latest installment from the Oetker Collection hotel group, which includes such esteemed properties as Le Bristol in Paris and Hôtel du Cap-Eden Roc along the …

Hotels

What to Pack: Aspen | Fodor's

Once a quaint mining town, Aspen, Colorado, has since dialed up the glitz and glam, courtesy of a host of famous visitors and residents (the Goldie Hawn-Kurt Russell clan, Hunter S. Thompson, and John Denver, just to name a few). These days, you'll find all the comforts and extravagances of a …

Colorado

How License-Plate Scanners Are Eroding Our Privacy

Police officers don't respond kindly to being videotaped, yet law enforcement agencies on every level are tracking out comings and going via cameras that ID our license plate numbers. Here, PopMech contributor and Instapundit blogger Glenn Reynolds takes on the slow erosion of our privacy.

Here's a

Surveillance

5 Reasons to Go to Lake Tahoe this Winter | Fodor's

Straddling California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a year-round destination. But it really comes to life in the winter, as the go-to spot for winter sports enthusiasts and their friends who are really just going for the hot toddies. Here's why we think you should go this winter...

The Mountains

Lake …

Lake Tahoe

7 Best Warm Weather Trips Without a Passport | Fodor's

As we reach the final months of the year, the idea of a winter getaway to somewhere sunny—the Caribbean, Mexico, the Pacific—sounds sweeter and sweeter. But maybe the thought of shelling out big bucks for an overseas flight stops you cold or perhaps your passport has expired. No problem. Pick one …

Caribbean Travel

Underwater Room At Pemba Island's Manta Resort Unveiled (PHOTOS)

If you've ever dreamed of sleeping under the sea, à la The Little Mermaid, your dreams can soon become reality at the Manta Resort's new underwater room.

The Manta Resort is located on Pemba Island, part of the Zanzibar archipelago off the coast of East Africa. The resort's newest feature allows …

Africa

US Airways Passengers Mutiny After Pilot Kicks Blind Man Off Plane

A legally blind man was kicked off a US Airways flight Wednesday night after crew members grew upset over his seeing eye dog, Doxy. Also given the boot? About 30 other passengers, who effectively mutinied over the man's treatment, causing the flight to be canceled.

In an interview with ABC …

Aeronautics

A Girl's Guide to Riding Alone

It never occurred to me to travel alone until I'd turned 30.

When I first started traveling without my parents -- which is to say, when I first started traveling much at all -- I had my college roommates as companions. Together we saw the Great Wall of China, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Myrtle …

Travel Writing

Here's Why You Can't Get a Good Night's Sleep in a Hotel

Traveling can be highly rewarding, but there's no doubt about it--long hours on the road and jetlag can seriously hinder getting a good night's sleep. Travel-induced insomnia is something that The Benjamin Hotel, a luxury hotel in Manhattan, takes seriously. The hotel has a dedicated Sleep …

Hotels

Mount Huashan Is One Of The Most Dangerous, Terrifying Hikes In The World

Does that photo make your stomach drop?

Redditor AdventurousHuman posted the photo of hiking China's Mount Huashan. The trail is one of the most dangerous in the world.

The trails up Mount Hua Shan involve steep staircases, vertical ascents, and a plank trail consisting of wooden platforms bolted …

Outdoors