In this video post, we take a ride in the Spira4u foam car, which was designed to be "soft, safe, sexy," according to its maker. It's at least one of those three. Take a look at our test drive, outside the Detroit Auto Show.
An elephant at the Khao Yai National Park started rubbing its massive behind on several vehicles and did damage to some of them. Multiple bystanders at the park captured the pachyderm's automotive itching on video, but no one was reportedly injured.
Is this Bollywood's version of Back to the Future? An Indian company says it has plans for a sporty-looking electric vehicle that can go about 300 miles on a single charge. In a bit of a throwback, the car uses a lead-acid battery.
Electric Racing Series Takes To The Streets Of Putrajaya
It's been over two months since the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship kicked off with its first race in Beijing. And after an extended break, the action got back under way this weekend with the second race in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Nanyang Technology University Touting Some Incredible Specs, Including 20-Year Life
We've heard similar promises before, but given the magnitude of change that these ultra-fast charging technologies are talking about, we're always game for one more. Especially when the latest promise includes a two-minute charging time (to 70 percent full), a lifespan of 20 years and a pack that will be easy to manufacture. A large-scale battery prototype does not yet exist, but that's supposedly coming soon.
BMW Incentives Favor All-Electric i3 Over REx, Honda Revamps R&D After Fit Hybrid Recalls
Volkswagen says EV ranges over 300 miles aren't too far in the future. Plug-in hybrids are merely a bridge to all-electric mobility becoming more practical for people who need to travel longer distances, according to Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Volkswagen's head of powertrain development. Energy density is increasing rapidly in new batteries. Speaking about the e-Golf, Neusser says, "I expect the next generation in 2015-17 will increase to around 300 km [186 miles] and the following step will be ar
California Calls UberPool Illegal; The Man Behind China's EV Policy
See the Tesla Model S with Firmware 6.0 in action in new videos from Teslarati. The large software update includes improved traffic-based navigation, a calendar function, updated power management, "Location-Based Smart Air Suspension" as well as other improvements. Drivers get more route options to save energy, and more control over how the car saves energy. The car can also remember ride height settings when driving in those same locations again. Additionally, you can start and drive the car wi
UD Davis Teams With China On ZEV Research; UC Riverside Tests "Eco-Routing" Navigation
London Mayor Boris Johnson's desired scrapping program for polluting diesel vehicles could cost £300 million (about $488 million). The program would provide incentives of up to £2,000 (about $3,250) to drivers willing to scrap their cars in order to make it easier to afford cleaner vehicle. It is part of Johnson's plan to create an Ultra Low Emission Zone in the center of London, which would charge diesel polluters a fee to enter. Johnson hopes the plan will help bring the city in li
California Funds $13.3M In Clean Car Manufacturing; Proterra Chooses Toshiba Battery
Petroleum and liquid fuel consumption will increase 38 percent globally by 2040, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Developing parts of the Middle East and Asia account for 85 percent of that increase. In 2040, 92 percent of liquid fuel will be consumed by the transportation and industrial sectors. Liquid fuel use by the residential, commercial and electric power sectors is expected to decrease. Fuel consumption in areas with established oil markets, including the US and Euro
Pennsylvania is offering nearly $4 million in grants for alternative fuel vehicles. Governor Tom Corbett has announced the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants, which will go to local governments, organizations, and businesses to switch to cleaner vehicles. The grants will pay for the purchase or conversion of 274 compressed natural gas vehicles, 261 propane-powered cars and 23 electric vehicles (including plug-in hybrids). The grants also provide $1.8 million for four alternative fuel technology p
In September 2013, the Haenggung-dong neighborhood in Suwon City, South Korea tried a bold experiment: have the locals go car-free for 30 days as part of the EcoMobility World Festival. Looking back on the event a year later, Sustainable Cities Collective reports, residents are still feeling the impact of those 30 different days.
CARB Considers ZEV Leniency For Some Carmakers; Renault-Nissan Alliance Provide EVs To Orange; JAC Delivers First Cars To US
Before the Nevada announcement was hinted at, a deal to incentivize a Tesla Gigafactory in California fell through. Tesla was looking for around $500 million in incentives, which the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development was willing to offer in tax breaks along with making the permit and environmental processes easier. According to Senator Ted Gaines, there still remained "a gap between what Tesla wanted and what California was willing to offer," the contents of which
Thailand To Approve VW Plant; Sky Deutschland To Broadcast Formula E
A new study out of Germany suggests adopting a modular approach to battery offerings in plug-in hybrid and extended range electric vehicles. Automakers could offer the same car with different battery sizes (and different costs, accordingly) to drivers depending on their driving ranges. This would optimize the total cost of ownership for various drivers better than the current approach. Developing a modular battery design and offering appropriate batteries for different customers "is the key for
Foxconn And BAIC Start EV Rental Service; BMW Innovations campaign launches
Foxconn and electric carmaker BAIC are partnering to provide an electric car rental service in China. Slated to kick off next month in Beijing, Hangzhou and Jiangsu province, the company, called Henyu, will offer the EV rentals by the hour. Henyu hopes to offer 5,000, to 10,000 electric rental cars within a year, and wants to become the largest EV rental group in China. The company will also deploy BAIC's E150EV to ten cities for rental outside of Beijing. Read more at Want China Times.
From space age electric tuk tuks to poo-powered tuk tuks, the idea of a cleaner ride is nothing new. Pictured above is yet another alt-energy tuk tuk, this one from a few years ago in Bangkok. The inventor of that solar-powered vehicle was Morakot Charnsomruad, who now sells the EVs through his company, Clean Fuel Energy.
Pro Golfer Wins BMW i3; Electric Luxury Cars On The Rise; Uber Hires Former Obama Campaign Manager
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has successfully completed the Asia Cross Country Rally 2014. The plug-in Mitsu finished first in the EV class, and 14th overall, clocking in at 19 hours, 17 minutes and 12 seconds. For its second year in the competition, the Outlander PHEV used a new suspension with more ground clearance to help it tackle the race's treacherous terrain. Besides the glory of taking on the challenging competition, the rally helped Mitsubishi gather valuable data for EV development. T
Are you still unclear about how exactly a hydrogen fuel cell works to power a car? Hyundai is offering a great visual on how its fuel cells operate in cars like the Tucson fuel Cell. Basically, the anode splits the hydrogen molecule into a positive and negative ion. The negative ions are used for electricity, while the positive ions are pushed through a membrane to the cathode, where both ions are combined with oxygen to create the byproduct of water. There's a little more to it than that to mak
Southeastern Illinois College wants to create a biofuel processing certification program. The school is waiting to hear about receiving $750,000 from a US Department of Labor grant that would allow it to expand its Biofuels Education curriculum to include certification for manufacturing biodiesel and ethanol. There are currently no such programs in existence, and its development would require Labor Department approval as well as input from biofuel companies. Southeastern Illinois College believe
China Trying Again To Get Drivers To Switch To EVs
Mercedes-Benz's mega-cool road-railer Unimog now boasts Euro VI compliance. Used for railroad track maintenance and train shunting work, this diesel-powered Unimog offers about a 90-percent improvement in particulate emissions over the Euro V. The new engine also offers improved efficiency. It provides 231 horsepower, and with eight forward and eight reverse gears, it can travel up to 31 miles per hour in either direction. It also has new in-cabin features that make it easier to use for the driv
For decades, the dirty diesel-burning jeepney has been the colorful face of public transportation in the Philippines. That may by about to change, with the introduction of the COMET (City Optimized Managed Electric Transport): a new approach to the traditional system, based around an eighteen-passenger electric vehicle.
Zap is poising itself to take advantage of China's extension of its electric vehicle incentive program. The government will be offering rebates on EVs, forgiving sales taxes and licensing fees, installing EV charging infrastructure and other measures to encourage adoption of zero-emission vehicles beyond 2015, through the year 2020. In response, electric vehicle company Zap and its partner Jonway Autos are decreasing production of gasoline-powered vehicles to make more EVs. It plans to increase