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NOVA; Car of the Future


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Car of the Future
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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How will the car of the future be powered? Will it run on hydrogen, batteries, ethanol or some as-yet undiscovered technology? This program takes a look at the latest and greatest in the automotive industry. Tom and Ray Magliozzi, of NPR's 'Car Talk' fame, take viewers on a roller-coaster ride into the world of cars -- examining new technologies and ideas about America's most common form of transportation. With constantly increasing prices at the pump and a growing concern about the impact of emissions on global warming, there is a keen interest in alternative fuel sources to power our cars. The hydrogen fuel cell has long been the holy grail of zero emissions energy and countries like Iceland are trying out the technology by transforming their public transportation. Closer to home, there are attempts to create fuels like 'biodiesel' -- made out of used vegetable oil -- or ethanol from corn crops. Will these be our future fuels or just a useful intermediate? And can an all-electric sports car being developed in California change the face of driving for good? With in-depth interviews and the unique humor of the much-loved 'Car Talk' brothers, THE CAR OF THE FUTURE takes a light-hearted but knowledgeable look at the serious issue of what's to come for our transportation.



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