Some combinations are better than the sum of their parts. It worked out well for peanut butter and chocolate, but that combo may have been outdone by the Gibbs Quadski, which combines a jet ski with an ATV.
Tesla Motors has already revolutionized EV ownership with their award-winning Model S sedan and ever-expanding Supercharger network. Now, the Silicon Valley-based electric vehicle manufacturer is adding another quick charge option for Model S owners and it doesn't involve plugging in their cars.
A Green Grand Prix is not a spinach-colored midsize sedan from the now-defunct Pontiac brand, at least not the one we're interested in. The Green Grand Prix we're talking about is an eco-aware rally race that spans 60 miles in central New York state's Finger Lakes Region. The event is open to any street legal alternative fuel or hybrid vehicle; we saw everything from motorcycles to pickup trucks.
Tesla announced today a large expansion to their Supercharger network. The accelerated rollout is a response to the success of the few Supercharger stations on the east and west coast that allowed an estimated 1 million miles of electric-powered driving since going live in October 2012.
Over the past few years we've seen automakers start to offer in-car apps, similar to what consumers have come to expect from their smartphones. Toyota added popular services such as Pandora, OpenTable, MovieTickets.com and Bing Search to their cars via Entune. BMW, Mercedes and many other carmakers are quickly growing their library of apps as well, and a new study suggests why.
Mercedes-Benz is taking steps to position itself amongst the automotive technology leaders with help from Google. This week at Google's massive I/O tech convention in San Francisco, Mercedes showed off its new DriveStyle App. Many of the features we're already familiar with, as they come directly from Google.
If you recognize the infamous headlight pattern of a Ford Crown Victoria in your rearview mirror, it could be anyone from a taxi, to your grandparents, to a policeman preparing to pull you over. That's because police cruisers have long been based on Ford's ubiquitous full-sized sedan, heavily modified to meet the needs of law enforcement. With Ford finally retiring the trusted "Crown Vic" in 2011, an opportunity opened in the market for a truly purpose-built police car.
Technology that trickles down from the world of racing to consumer automotive products is nothing new. Arguably, it started when race car driver Ray Harroun used a rearview mirror at the Indy 500 instead of lugging around an extra person to spot traffic. The rest is history.
The Shanghai Motor Show offers automakers the opportunity to generate buzz among their cars geared for the Chinese market. Some carmakers also use the show to unveil their global products that may have sharp interest from Chinese consumers. Like any other auto show across the globe, this year's Shanghai Motor Show had plenty of tech-forward reveals.
At last month's 12 Hours of Sebring, Audi raced its hybrid R18 e-tron quattro in the U.S. for the first and likely last time. Sebring is undergoing a change for 2014 where no Le Mans Prototypes (LMP) can participate. Audi has been involved in LMP races since 1999, including the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans, which we covered in-depth last year.