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If Projections Are Correct, Auto Industry Would Be Gutted

Car-sharing services and self-driving vehicles could combine to decimate the U.S. auto industry over the next quarter-century.

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A paper by a couple of Swedish researchers figures that the price-per-kWh for lithium-ion battery packs is now $410, down from more than $1,000 in 2007. Economies-of-scale, not chemistry advances, will do the most to get that down to $230 by 2018.

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Mercedes-Benz head of sales and marketing Ola Kallenius says that a Maybach SUV when the next-gen GLS arrives is the "more likely scenario" if it ever comes into being.

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Autobild puts some numbers to the BMW i5, which it says will be based on the long-wheelbase 5 Series sold in China and have around 640 horsepower coming from a four-cylinder ICE and two electric motors. It's not a straight-up Tesla fighter, but it will stress electric power over ICE.

Follow along as we take a visual trip through the history of the Lincoln Continental, from its very beginning in 1941 through the latest concept from 2015.

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Car and Driver reports that the Toyota Supra will arrive as a 2018 model and hide a BMW-sourced, turbocharged inline-six under the hood, not a hybrid.

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Trikes Have Racing, 'Cross' Versions

Yamaha's 03Gen-f and 03Gen-x are two takes on the future of three-wheeled scooter design, one staying on the road and one venturing off.

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Can Go Up To 55 MPH On EV Power

Chevrolet says the next-generation will offer a proper hybrid version using technology from the 2016 Volt, and is expected to return a combined 45 mpg.

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A development site at the Lincoln domain introduces us to a new Continental concept, called "The face of forward thinking," and the tagline, "Follow us forward." There are no pictures yet, but we're promised that it's "elegantly styled and boldly distinctive," and an "envisioning of what's to come."

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AeroMobil wants to have its flying car ready to sell to the public for 2017, but there's still a lot of development to get the vehicle ready for the road. In the future, the company even wants to make the plane autonomous.

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Inabikari has gotten the support of free clickers online as it tries to raise a million dollars and build a crowdfunded CUV EV called the Rev.01.

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We don't have much to go on, but our friends at Jalopnik have uncovered a completely undoctored photo of what appears to be the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty.

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BluepointLondon Takes Over Chargers; EDI Converts Pickups To PHEVs

Nissan and Endesa plan mass-market vehicle-to-grid offering Europe. Despite reports, BMW says Apple won't base its electric car on the i3. BluepointLondont is taking over EV charger management from Transport for London. EDI converts light-duty GM pickups to plug-in hybrids.

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Ford could unveil a 200-mile, $30,000-ish battery electric car later this year to go properly head-to-head with the upcoming Chevy Bolt.

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Ahead of autonomous vehicles, lightweighting, and hydrogen fuel cells, the MIT Technology Review puts vehicle-to-vehicle communications on its list of Ten Breakthrough Technologies of 2015. But with car hacking making more headlines more frequently, will V2V be just another way to for your car to be remotely commandeered?

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There's a strange dichotomy going on inside the Rinspeed Budii Concept, like the robotic arm that manually winds a watch embedded in the dash when a camera notices that it's low on power. Seriously.

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Lexus revealed a striking urban mobility concept, the LF-SA, at the Geneva Motor Show.

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This is the Lexus LF-SA Concept, which has leaked out ahead of its official debut in Geneva. We're still awaiting official details, but at least we've got a pretty full image gallery.

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Two of the frontrunners for the $20 million grand prize in the Google Lunar Xprize are teaming up to send three rovers to the moon some time in the second half of 2016, setting up a potential drag race on the moon to determine the winner.

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Ballard Signs With Unnamed OEM

NEESC reveals hydrogen plans for the Northeast. Ballard signs contract with unnamed OEM for fuel cell development. Ricardo finishes building synchronous reluctance electric motor prototype.

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Plus: Notes On The Chrysler Town & Country, Rolls-Royce's SUV And More Auto Hacking

We curate the week's events with a focus on Ferrari's provocative Formula One design. Plus, other news and notes from the auto business.

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