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The bottleneck of a low-carbon future

Rare earth metals, hard-to-find materials, with unfamiliar names such as lanthanum, neodymium and europium, are used in wind and solar energy …

Rare Earth

Amazon wants to help you buy your next car

Now Amazon customers can look up cars alongside their home goods and electronics. This morning the e-commerce giant announced Amazon Vehicles, an automotive research destination where users can view specifications, images, and videos for thousands of new and classic cars—and query other vehicle …

Biofuels 'worse than petrol' for the environment, new study finds

“Green” biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are in fact worse for the environment that petrol, a landmark new study has found.<p>The alternative energy source has long been praised for being carbon-neutral because the plants it is made from absorb carbon dioxide, which causes global warming, from …

Biofuel

San Francisco Wants Your Help In Redesigning Its Subway System

Play around with this map and dream up your urban transit vision. The city is really listening.<p>People in San Francisco love to complain about the size of BART and the Muni Metro subway. Inside the city, there are a total of eight stations. (New York City, by comparison, has 469.) Since San …

Urban Design

Get ready to say goodbye to a lot of electric cars

Since then, the EV market has been dominated by the single significant survivor, Tesla, and by the experiments of the major automakers. The best-known example of the latter is probably the Nissan Leaf.<p>But various other all-electric cars and plug-in hybrids dot the automotive landscape. And they …

Imperfect Self-Driving Cars Are Safer Than Humans Are

Driverless cars could eliminate 90% of the deaths and injuries caused by human driver error.<p>The analogy between driverless cars and autopilot on airplanes implying perfection as a prerequisite is clever, but imperfect (“Aviation’s Lessons for Self-Driving Cars,” Business & Tech., Aug. 1). Each …

Autonomous Cars

How Do Electric Vehicles Produce Instant Torque?

Torque delivery is an aspect of engines that has become a high priority in performance cars in recent years. Customers are wanting maximum torque as …

Tesla driver blames Autopilot for fender bender caught on dashcam

You might remember when we reported on a Tesla Model S driver in Switzerland publishing a video of his car crashing into a van after the vehicle Tesla’s Autopilot was following swerve halfway off his lane to pass a van on the side of the road.<p>Now a very similar accident happened in China and the …

Two Studies: Disruptive Impact of Uber and Others Is Minimal

Ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft might instill dramatic changes in the way people think about transportation in urban areas. But these disruptive mobility companies and others like them will have a minimal impact on traditional automakers and car sales. In fact, they may be more of an …

DUI

Nissan unveils world’s first Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell vehicle in Brazil

<b>Cruising range Of 600km-plus for zero-emission Bio-Ethanol Fuel-Cell model</b><p><b>Yokohama, Japan</b>--Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today revealed the world’s first …

BMW ChargeNow electric-car charging rolls out in 25 cities

BMW has announced this week that it will expand its ChargeNow electric-car charging program to 25 cities. The network of charging stations is …

Tesla's Autopilot couldn't stand up to these hackers

A driver of a Tesla Model S died in early May when both he and his car's semi-autonomous Autopilot system failed to see a tractor trailer crossing in …

Automakers are ‘not even trying’ to sell electric cars, Tesla says

When it comes to regulatory measures, it’s customary for automakers to present a united front to government agencies setting new rules and policies.<p>But as it has in so many other areas, electric-car maker Tesla Motors is bucking tradition.<p>While the federal government and California Air Resources …

Electric Vehicles

Without more walkable cities, building new transit won't reverse Metro's ridership decline

There is no place in the country better positioned to use transit to its advantage than Los Angeles County. With the upcoming ballot measure that would increase the county sales tax to fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the renaissance of downtown Los Angeles, the recent proliferation …

Urban Design