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2018 Bugatti Chiron First Drive Review: The Benchmark

For whom 261 mph is just the starting point<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>We’re loafing along at 100 mph or so in fourth gear when I nail the gas. There’s a hiss of air as the mighty 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine behind …

Engineering

SpaceX may be about to drastically cut the cost of launching stuff into orbit

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by tech mogul Elon Musk, is poised to make good on its promise to slash the cost of launching things into space.<p>In December 2015, SpaceX did something no commercial aerospace company had done before: It launched a satellite into orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, …

SpaceX

All-electric Dendrobium hypercar co-developed by Williams

A collaboration between the Singapore based Vanda Electrics and Williams Advanced Engineering resulted in the development of the all-electric …

FIA announces Formula E manufacturers for season 5

The FIA has announced the manufacturers for the fifth Formula E season, featuring the usual suspects but also BMW and DS now have fully committed as …

Driving electric cars in winter: tips from experienced owner

One of the challenges of electric cars is persuading potential buyers that they can do virtually everything that most other vehicles can.<p>For those …

Electric Vehicles

Germany increases electric car charging points 27 percent in 2016

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The number of electric car charging points for public use in Germany rose by 27 percent last year, including hundreds more fast-charging units, amid efforts to boost the technology across Europe.<p>Germany now has 7,407 charging points, electricity industry group BDEW said on …

Electric Vehicles

NY $2,000 electric-car rebate falls to $500 if it's over $60K; sorry, Tesla

New York State is known for a lack of transparency, backroom dealings, and little public input into the deliberations that lead to legislation …

Electric Vehicles

Best and Worst Cars in Consumer Reports' Tests

Consumer Reports anonymously buys all the cars it formally tests, about 60 per year. That way, we can maintain our independence and test cars with …

Even Germany’s Post Office Is Building an Electric Car - Bloomberg

This boxy, bare-bones van has no air conditioning or radio, no passenger seat and a top speed of less than 50 miles an hour. Yet the electric …

Cops confiscate hundreds of illegal e-bikes in Manhattan

Police in Manhattan confiscated 247 illegal motorized bicycles in the borough on Wednesday during a targeted safety blitz.<p>“Pedestrians, bikers & …

Electric Vehicles

Remember How Stuff Used to be Built to Last? So Does this Startup.

This startup is betting consumers want quality products that are designed to last.<p>Personally, I believe the trend toward disposability really started accelerating with the DVD.<p>I swear I can go to my mother-in-law's house, grab a recording of <i>Ghostbusters</i> from 1987, plug it in her VCR, and enjoy Bill …

Electric Vehicles

The Home Of The Electric Car Is At War

California is very much the home state of electric cars, and arguably the central hub for electric car development for the whole globe. But at the …

Electric Vehicles

How to Beat Tesla? Mercedes and BMW Take Different Roads

For two companies that make similar products in similar numbers, BMW and Daimler are placing radically different bets on the future of the car.<p>The popularity of Tesla’s cars among rich and status-seeking Americans, historically among the German companies’ best customers, spurred them into …

Tesla

Singapore may be trying out 'flying taxis' in the near future

Taking to the skies on a drone to head home in the island state could be a thing in 2030, says Singapore's Ministry of Transport.<p>If the roads are terribly congested and there's just no way to get home fast, perhaps hopping on a flying drone taxi may be the best way to get home in Singapore in …

Drones

Microsoft to car firms: Toyota's on board, so license our tech too. We won't compete with you

Microsoft drives deeper into connected car territory with Toyota patent deal and a new tech licensing program.<p>Microsoft has created a new patent …

Microsoft

SoftBank’s self-driving bus project pulls in $4.6M to push for 2020 commercialization

SoftBank is doubling down on its self-driving bus project in Japan. SB Drive, an entity created last year to develop autonomous vehicle technology for public transport, just got a cash windfall after Yahoo Japan led a 510 million JPY ($4.6 million) investment.<p>Yahoo Japan, the Yahoo affiliate which …

Innovation

‘Tesla has freed the electric car from its granola image’, says Daimler CEO

Daimler and Tesla have an interesting relationship. New Tesla fans might not know that Daimler actually saved the electric automaker from bankruptcy, according to CEO Elon Musk, when they invested $50 million for ~9% of the company back in 2009.<p>What is interesting is that despite this early show of …

Tesla

As Condo Towers Get Taller, Elevators Rise to the Challenge

As skyscrapers push the boundaries of height, one crucial building component has risen to the challenge: the elevator. Technological advances in the industry are providing faster, smoother rides to building residents—and adding a little glitz to their trip.<p>Elevators are of top concern to …

Construction

SMART Electric Drive | Fully Charged

This is the 260th episode of Fully Charged and just possibly, the very first proper, informative and clear car review. This is very much down to the talent and experience of Jonny Smith, his first time on the series (but definitely not the last) After watching this, I know I have to up my game, I’m …

Electric Vehicles

Elextra supercar promises 0-62 mph time in under 2.3 seconds

A Swiss firm by the name of Elextra has announced plans for an electric supercar that promises to be the fastest accelerating car ever produced. The …

Sports Cars

Zero Motorcycles CTO Abe Askenazi on the future of two-wheeled EVs

Electric cars and buses have already begun to take over the world, as evidenced by daily sightings of EV brands like Tesla, Prius, Bolt and Proterra on U.S. roads. But two-wheeled EVs are still a rare sight. The motorcycle industry has been much slower to put out all-electric and hybrid models …

Motorcycles

Dem senators reintroduce cybersecurity bills for cars, planes

“Whether in their cars on the road or in aircraft in the sky, Americans should be protected from cyberattack and violations of their privacy,” said …

Charged Up - Electric Cars Are Morphing Into Many Species

Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corporation, a Vancouver-based Canadian designer and manufacturer, has developed an all-electric, single passenger vehicle, called the SOLO. Released in late 2016, the SOLO may revolutionize the way people commute in the urban world since it gets the equivalent of 150 …

Electric Vehicles

Microsoft's latest attempt to get into connected cars involves patents

Microsoft is making a fresh attempt to convince companies to use its technology for connected cars. The software giant is announcing a patent licensing deal with Toyota today, the first of its kind. Toyota is the first partner to license Microsoft’s new auto licensing program, which includes access …

Microsoft

Boom Supersonic raises $33M to build the fastest airplane for passenger flight

Boom Supersonic has raised a new $33 million Series A round, which it says is enough to build and fly its first supersonic jet, the XB-1 demonstration and testing craft, which will be a 1/3-scale prototype version of the supersonic airliner it will eventually build and sell to air fleet customers. …

Aerospace

Industry split on when first commercial self-driving vehicle will be ready

Industry opinion on when we will have the first commercial self-driving car is divided, with some, mostly automakers, gunning for 2020, while others expect it to take more than 10 years.<p>Ford and BMW have both said 2020 – 2022 is the goal for at least Level 4 autonomous vehicles, which should be …

Driverless Cars

Electric plane startup steps out of stealth mode to announce plan for 150-seat battery-powered plane

Battery-powered air travel is not currently commercially viable simply because the energy storage capacity of batteries has yet to compensate for their heavy weight. A lot of companies are eyeing the possibility as energy density is improving and we have seen some progress with Airbus’’ E-Fan being …

Batteries

BMW explains its electric vehicle plans in more details and it’s going in the right direction

We have been really suspicious of BMW’s plan for electrification mainly because they seem to have left an unnecessary 7-year gap in their electrification effort between the launch of ‘BMW i’ with the i3 in 2013 and the next ‘i’ vehicle, which is expected in 2020-2021. The weird-looking all-electric …

Electric Vehicles

The Train Line That Brought the Twin Cities Back Together

Designed to link the downtowns, it has provided a surprising lift to poorer neighborhoods along the route.<p>ST. PAUL, Minn.—When the first light-rail trains set out between Minneapolis and St. Paul, the two cities threw a party 11 miles long. At the ribbon-cutting in downtown St. Paul, politicians …

Commuter Rail