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Every Automotive Emblem, Explained

It’s nice to believe that cars are purely about performance — that what matters is track times and vehicle specs, not superfluous details like the …

Alfa Romeo

Marchionne's Exit Puts Fiat Chrysler in Play for Big Merger Deal

Sergio Marchionne spent the last 14 years transforming Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV through a series of spinoffs and mergers from a near-bankrupt …

Autos

World's first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in Sweden

Stretch of road outside Stockholm transfers energy from two tracks of rail in the road, recharging the batteries of electric cars and trucks<p>The world’s first electrified road that recharges the batteries of cars and trucks driving on it has been opened in Sweden.<p>About 2km (1.2 miles) of electric …

Electric Vehicles

This battery advance could make electric vehicles far cheaper - MIT Technology Review

For the last seven years, a startup based in Alameda, California, has quietly worked on a novel anode material that promises to significantly boost …

Clean Energy

Here's The Difference Between A $200 Transmission And A $20,000 Transmission

You know how race cars make that satisfying <i>clunk</i> as they go into gear? How they whine as they fly by? Well, now you’re gonna see and understand …

Ford Fiesta

The Hottest Sectors for Launching a Business in 2018

Starting a business is always a risk, but pursuing one of these promising sectors will improve your odds.<p>If only a good idea and a bit of luck were all you needed to launch a successful startup. The reality is that it takes a lot more. Timing, competition, and future market conditions can make or …

Pew Research Center

Vancouver looks to expand infrastructure for charging electric vehicles

Vancouver could soon become a key destination for electric car enthusiasts — or at least those looking for a battery charge.<p>City council will vote …

Larry Page's autonomous air taxi 'Cora' flies in New Zealand

Reports surfaced in 2016 that Google co-founder (and now Alphabet CEO) Larry Page had two "flying car" projects in the works, and while we saw the Flyer recreational vehicle unveiled last year, today it's time to meet Cora. An "air taxi" developed by Page's Kitty Hawk company, the electric aircraft …

Nireeka electric bike: good-looking, affordable and smart

Bicycles have been around since the early 1800’s. And though these have evolved into motorcycles, the basic idea stays alive and has its own industry, separate from its motored counterparts. A frame with two wheels, pedals and brakes. This tried and true concept is going nowhere. Or is it?<p><b>Other</b> …

Move over, lithium! Researchers create world’s first rechargeable proton battery

A team of researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, has created the world’s first rechargeable proton battery. The current battery is …

Clean Energy

Uber’s self-driving trucks are making deliveries in Arizona

Uber announced today that its self-driving trucks have been operating in Arizona for the last couple of months. The company said it has two main transfer hubs in Sanders and Topock, but other than that, Uber is being pretty tight-lipped about the operation. For instance, it hasn't shared how many …

Aston Martin Just Shocked Car Lovers With a Surprise All-Electric Luxury Sedan

Aston Martin unveiled the new Lagonda Vision Concept at the Geneva Auto Show, an all-electric sedan that heralds the revival of the special high-end …

Luxury Lifestyle

Utilities are paying their customers to buy electric vehicles

Electricity utilities were never designed for a world in which electricity demand didn’t go up forever.<p>For a century, that was fine. But after 2005, US demand leveled off and, in some regions, began to decline. The Tennessee Valley Authority is now preparing for an unprecedented 13% drop in demand …

Volvo’s Polestar 1 EV Ditches the Car Key for Something Incredible

Polestar, the electric car brand part of the Volvo Car Group, took the wraps off the Polestar 1 at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday. The hybrid …

Auto Shows

Fancy charging up your electric car in 10 minutes?

<b>Imagine being able to charge your electric car in minutes rather than hours, or your smartphone in seconds.</b><p>That's the enticing prospect being touted by researchers who reckon they've discovered a new material that could boost the performance of a carbon-based supercapacitor - sometimes called an …

Clean Energy

Hyundai's New Look Is Very Different

The Hyundai Le Fil Rouge concept is supposed to herald in the car company’s new design direction. The tagline is a little gross (“Sensuous …

VW unveils new ID electric sedan: 111 kWh battery pack, self-driving, and more

Ahead of the Geneva Auto Show today, Volkswagen unveiled the latest car of a series of electric vehicle concepts that serve as the basis of its new generation of production electric vehicles coming in 2020.<p>The new I.D. VIZZION features a 111 kWh battery pack, self-driving technology, and more.<p>VW’s …

The settings you should change immediately after buying a new TV

It's finally a good time to make the jump to a 4K TV. Prices have come down, HDR is up to snuff, and there are a bevy of great models to choose from. But once you bring your new TV home, you may want to take a trip through its settings and tweak a few in order to get the best possible picture.<p>If …

Tesla's electric trucks may be more cost-effective than expected

When Tesla unveiled its Semi electric truck, it made audacious claims about the big rig's value -- namely, that companies would recoup the cost of the vehicle in 2 years thanks to the savings on fuel. As it turns out, that <i>might</i> have been conservative. DHL exec Jim Monkmeyer told <i>Reuters</i> in an …

Pony.ai launches a self-driving ride-hailing fleet for public use in China

Autonomous driving technology startup Pony.ai has become the first company to operate an autonomous ride-hailing service on public roads for public users in China. The company, just over a year-old, recently raised $112 million in a Series A round to help it accelerate its efforts, and its fleet is …

City Politics

Ford is updating Sync with Waze and a driving assistant

Ford is updating its Sync infotainment software with a few new navigation options. Sygic is a name we haven't heard in quite awhile, but the GPS company will bring its voice assistant to certain Ford vehicles. If your blue-oval-clad ride has Sync 3 and you've got Sygic's nav app installed on your …

Existing EV batteries could be recharged five times faster

Lithium-ion batteries have massively improved in the last half-decade, but there are still issues. The biggest, especially for EVs, is that charging takes too long to make them as useful as regular cars for highway driving. Researchers from the University of Warwick (WMG) have discovered that we …

Toyota develops new lower-cost, less-resource-intensive magnet for EVs

Its new magnet technology dramatically reduces the need for expensive rare-earth minerals with little to no drop in performance.<p>Electric car development is putting a more significant strain than ever on the world's supply of neodymium, an element used in the manufacture of electric motors. Toyota …

Rare Earth

Almost half of all buses will be electric by 2025

Within the next seven years, nearly half of the buses used by municipal transit districts will be electric, with China playing a leading role.<p>That comes from a new study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The study predicts that last year's sale of 386,000 electric buses will go up to 1.2 million by …

Alternative Fuel

The battery on Jaguar's Tesla challenger charges in 45 minutes

Jaguar's been teasing its upcoming Tesla rival, the I-Pace since late 2016. While it isn't revealing the full details of the car for another month, …

An electric Harley-Davidson is coming in 2019

Harley-Davidson, the American motorcycle manufacturer famous for its loud burbling, popping engine sounds, plans to release its first electric motorcycle within the next 18 months.<p>An electric motorcycle will, of course, not make burbling or popping noises. Instead it's more likely to emit a …

Motorcycles

Audi smart home battery grid creates a 'virtual power plant'

Audi isn't going to let rival automakers like BMW and Tesla corner the market on home batteries. The German badge is testing a Smart Energy Network where solar-powered batteries not only help your home minimize use of the electrical grid, but talk to each other. The result is, as Audi put it, a …

SONDORS is now taking $100 pre-orders for its crowdsourced three-wheeled EV

SONDORS, the company behind the impressively-priced $500 electric bike which had one of the most successful kickstarters ever, is now taking pre-orders for their three-wheeled, crowdsourced “Model SONDORS” electric car. The pre-order reservations, which cost just $100, are available on their …

Startups

Tesla’s (TSLA) delayed Model 3 ramp up is still ‘2x ahead’ of even ‘Tesla’s biggest cheerleader’ forecast

The market is processing Tesla’s delivery results and Model 3 production update released this week. Unsurprisingly, the new record delivery numbers are going unnoticed with all the attention on the Model 3 production ramp, which Tesla delayed by 3 months to reach its 5,000 units per week goal by …

Tesla