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Why electric cars are only as clean as their power supply

Experts argue whether electric cars are worse for the environment than gas guzzlers once the manufacturing process and batteries are taken into account<p>Jorge Cruz has just finished his overnight shift stacking shelves at Whole Foods in Los Altos, California, and is waiting at the bus stop outside. …

Electric Vehicles

Apple CarPlay is now in 200 cars, including 2017 models

Some older models are getting CarPlay support, as well.<p>Over 200 vehicles now support Apple's in-car infotainment system, the tech giant boasted on its website. Apple has updated its CarPlay-compatible vehicle list with 50 new entries, some of which are upcoming 2017 models from Audi, Honda, Kia, …

Autos

Select Audi cars can now tell you when the traffic light will change — and its a big move for the auto industry

Audi just become the first automaker to successfully launch a vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication system.<p>Select Audi cars — the A4, Q7, and A4 allroad models built after June 1, 2016 — now come with a timer that will tell you when the light will change when driving in Las Vegas. Audi …

Autos

Contact lens-based tech could lead to better EV power source

A new material could lead to EVs that can be fully charged within a few minutes.<p>A team of scientists from the UK have developed a material made of polymers that could become the answer to humanity's battery woes. It could apparently lead to supercapacitors -- battery alternatives that can charge …

Electric Vehicles

The Right and Wrong Ways to Regulate Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving, autonomous vehicles — a topic of speculation, if not science fiction, just five years ago — are suddenly going mainstream. Every major car manufacturer is offering prototypes or early models of cars that do most of the driving automatically, including luxury models from Tesla with a …

Autos

The First Fully Electric Porsche Will Usher in a New Era in Transport

Electric Car Showdown<p>Porsche’s Mission E won’t be available until 2020, but it’s already creating buzz as a serious Tesla rival. This will be the car …

Autos

Volkswagen Working on New EV Battery Cell-Module Architecture

In-wheel electric motors not likely<p>Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer<p>View Special Offers<p>No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote<p>Change Car<p>On a Volkswagen event in South Africa, the automaker spilled a few details regarding its next-gen EVs and other technologies. Here’s what we learned.<p>On …

Batteries

How Made-In-America Battery Technology Can Help Make America Great Again

The U.S. is facing a tremendous, once-in-a-generation economic opportunity to seize an emerging $450 billion global market over the next 25 years in advanced energy storage manufacturing. At a time when our nation’s economic recovery is paramount, we cannot allow other countries to cement their …

Batteries

Honda has created a concept car it claims can feel human emotions — but it might be bored with itself

For the 100-year-plus history of the automobile, cars have generated plenty of emotions.<p>But those feelings have occurred in humans. Honda is looking to change that dynamic, and is ready to showcase how at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month.<p>It's called the " NeuV," and according …

Autos

BMW expects years of difficulties for electric cars, should get better in ~7 years with doubling battery capacity

It has been quite difficult to follow BMW’s position on electric vehicles over the past year. The German automaker’s electric vehicle leadership under ‘BMW i’ left to join a newly formed Chinese EV startup and they announced having put their EV plans on the “back burner”.<p>Now comments made by Stefan …

Autos

Uber acqui-hires Geometric Intelligence to launch its own inhouse AI lab

Uber has paid an undisclosed sum to purchase a mysterious New York-based company that it will use to launch a new research unit.<p>Dubbed “Uber’s A.I. Labs,” the group will include all 15 employees of Geometric Intelligence, with two of those employees, Gary Marcus and Zoubin Ghahraman, leading the …

Intelligence

TOP 10 vehicle concepts of 2016

continuing our annual review of the TOP stories of 2016, we look back at the 10 vehicle concepts which grabbed our attention over the past 12 …

Autos

Volkswagen launches Moia, a new standalone mobility company

Volkswagen Group is making a significant bet on future mobility services with Moia, a new separate company that will exist under the VW umbrella of brands focused specifically on providing mobility solutions, including fleet-based commuter shuttles and, eventually, autonomous on-demand …

Transportation

At Nissan, Cars Are Delivered By Driverless LEAFs

Driverless vehicles are not allowed on public roads in Japan, but Nissan has found a way to put them to work nonetheless. At Nissan’s Oppama plant near Yokohama, autonomous LEAF cars shuttle new cars from the factory to the transport ship docked at the company’s wharf.<p>Each day, some 1,000 cars go …

Autos

European VCs are going to make flying cars a reality

Planting a flag in Europe for the development of the kind of “deep technology” companies that have long been the bread and butter of Silicon Valley, the European venture firm Atomico has invested 10 million euros in the vertical take-off and landing plane developer, Lilium Aviation.<p>The roughly …

Europe

Argonne Settles On Two Most Promising Successors To Lithium Ion Battery

After studying more than 22,500 ingredients for batteries, Energy Department researchers have settled on two prototypes they believe can surpass lithium-ion at much lower cost, the project’s director announced.<p>The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), an innovation hub based at Argonne …

Batteries

Mercedes Apparently Wants To Build A Ton Of Electric Cars Under Its New Brand

After trademarking the name for its new electric-car brand and introducing a 400-horsepower concept car to go along with it earlier in 2016, it …

Autos

Electric vehicle startups are on pace to raise almost $2 billion in 2016 – 100% increase from last year

Since the beginning of the decade, investments in electric vehicle startups haven’t represented anything too impressive, but it still trended at a healthy $800 million per year from 2010 to 2012. In 2013, the bankruptcy of a few startups, namely Fisker, A123, and Better Place, spooked the …

Autos

US Electric Car Sales — Up 44% In November

<b>Published on</b> December 3rd, 2016 | <i>by Zach</i><p>0<p>December 3rd, 2016 by Zach<p><i>Also published on CleanTechnica and our Electric Car Sales page.</i><p>The top 5 electric …

Electric Vehicles

Four Cities to Ban Diesel Vehicles by 2025

Another nail in the diesel engine's coffin?<p>Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer<p>View Special Offers<p>No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote<p>Change Car<p>The mayors of Mexico City, Paris, Madrid, and Athens say they will ban diesel vehicles from their cities starting in 2025. The proposed ban is …

Autos

Would you let your child travel alone in a self-driving car?

Two days ago, as Ford announced that it is ramping up its autonomous car research by testing in Europe in addition to the United States, the …

Electric Cars Could Take an OPEC-Sized Bite From Oil Demand - Bloomberg

A boom in electric vehicles made by the likes of Tesla Motors Inc. could erode as much as 10 percent of global gasoline demand by 2035, according to …

How self-driving buses could help fix Puget Sound region’s traffic mess

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Self-driving cars are all well and good for cross-country trips, but what Madrona Venture Group’s Tom Alberg really wants to see is …

All all-electric submarine, and more in the week that was

In other news, nuclear waste can apparently be converted into diamond batteries.<p>Are personal submarines the vehicles of the future? This week Ortega Submersible launched an all-electric sub that allows three divers to fly through the sea. In other transportation news, a Swiss pilot is testing the …

Transportation

You Know What Kids Need Today? Their Own Teslas

Randy Rullamas, a real-estate agent in Fremont, Calif., bought himself a Tesla last year, and then another for his wife. He thought he might as well get a matching one for his sons, 8 and 3, too.<p>Theirs is pint-size, but it has almost as many bells and whistles as his Model S, with the same sleek …

Tesla

Thrustcycle Unveils GyroCycle, a Self-Balancing Motorcycle

Thrustcycle, based out of Honolulu, has unveiled its new self-balancing electric motorcycle prototype, the GyroCycle.<p>Not only is the GyroCycle self …

Motorcycles

Apple Gives Feedback on Autonomous Vehicle Regulation | Fortune.com

Apple has sent a letter to the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration providing feedback on the agency’s planned regulations on …

Mercedes' wild new headlights project an HD image onto the road

This dazzle-free lighting has a high enough definition to put legible images on the road. Crazy.<p>Audi's laser lights are pretty neat, but can they display HD images on the ground? No? Well, Mercedes-Benz's new Digital Light system can, and it's pretty neat.<p>The secret behind Digital Light is a very …

Autos

Apple confirms work on autonomous systems to transform ‘the future of transportation’

Apple’s car plans have long been kept under wrap by the company itself, but a new regulatory filing shows it publicly address the industry for the time. In a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) uncovered by VentureBeat, Apple urges the government not to …

Transportation