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AddWhen public charging fails you and your EV

Challenges Remain For Plug In Drivers

Think that owning and driving a plug-in vehicle in green-centric San Francisco is easy? You should probably think again. That's because a lot of other residents already have the same idea, and there aren't enough charging stations to keep up. A classic First World problem, for sure, but a problem nevertheless for at least one EV driver.

16Meet Germany's ultra-aerodynamic car from 1939 [w/video]

By most historical accounts, the period between the first and second world wars was not a great time. Economic collapse, an entire continent in shambles, prohibition and the rise of the Nazis are the prime lowlights of the 1920s and 1930s. But, there was one small ray of excitement in this otherwise depressing time – the automobile industry was in a renaissance.

AddTesla Model S quality check takes five hours, reuses 1,500 gallons of water

A year ago, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk told us he was, "literally, personally looking at every [Model S] at this point. I won't be able to do that long-term." That time has come, but for anyone worried that the change means quality may slip, don't. Why? Because WIRED shows us in the short video below how Tesla quality checks the Model S now that Musk has other things to worry about. WIRED calls the process a "rigorous quality test," and it's one of the last steps in getting Model S EVs out to cu

32Why do Russian drivers have so many dash cams? [w/video]

These days, it seems like the internet runs on the fuel of Russian dash cam videos. From clips showing meteors falling from the sky to plane crashes and close calls, it almost seems as if every driver on Russian roads is filming at all times. As it turns out, that's nearly true. According to Wired, several factors have culminated in the current explosion of dashcam videos. Those include everything from shady traffic cops to insurance scammers to the design of the legal system itself. Combine tho

9Speed bumps used to diagnose appendicitis?

This... doesn't seem right, but just bear with this report from Wired. It seems as though driving over speed bumps can reveal those who are enduring acute appendicitis. This was a rumored thing among medical circles based purely on anecdotal data, but now there is an empirical study by the University of Oxford and Stoke Mandeville Hospital in the UK to back it up.

21Watch Wired go hands-on with Tesla Model S 4.0

Our friends at Wired recently got their hands on the latest software release for the Tesla Model S. The 4.0 release adds a few interesting bits of functionality to the EV, including voice control for the navigation and telephone systems as well as Slacker Radio. Tesla employed Google voice-recognition software for the Model S, and Wired says the system is "far easier and more intuitive than most." High praise.

AddTesla's Model S software updates connect well with Wired

Earlier this month, Tesla Motors announced a software update for its Model S all-electric luxury sedan. No less an authority than our old friend Damon Lavrinc over at Wired has blessed the upgrade. Lavrinc calls Tesla's upgrades a "solid, feature-rich update" that overcomes what had been "egregious oversights" for an automaker steeped in technological advancements.

AddTesla Model S suspension getting potential upgrade

You can't say those Tesla Motors guys take any challenges sitting down.

AddDevelopment of Porsche 918 plug-in hybrid supercar progressing nicely

"This is most definitely not a Prius." So says ex-Autoblog staffer Damon Lavrinc in a story written for Wired. The non-Prius-esque vehicle to which he's referring? The Porsche 918.

32Development of Porsche 918 supercar progressing nicely

"This is most definitely not a Prius." So says ex-Autoblog staffer Damon Lavrinc in a story written for Wired. The non-Prius-esque vehicle to which he's referring? The Porsche 918.

AddWin a chance to drive the Chevrolet Volt in Wired's video contest

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddIt's Friday: a peek at the truck stop of the future

What's the price of gas going to be in 2021? Specifically, what will the gamut of transportation fuels cost on March 16, 2021? WIRED recently published one of its artifacts from the future: a truck stop 12 years from now. As you can see in the imaginary scene, a full tank of hydrogen will cost a hundred bucks. Plugging in your EV will cost you $75 a kWh (but the first five minutes are courtesy of GM). Also on tap: methane from Oscar Meyer and Uncle Willie's Kind Green biodiesel. In fact, this re

AddWIRED NextFest: Imagine PS Roadster

There aren't too many transportation-related green displays at the WIRED NextFest going on in Chicago this month, but it's hard to miss the ones that are present. While the back of the tent is taken over by Toyota's plug-in Prius and 1/x, right in the middle of the floor is the ridiculously stretched out Imagine PS Roadster from HumanCar. We've heard about this vehicle since 2006, and it's still in pretty basic form. The bright orange chassis and the rowing-powered powerplant (which will be comb

12Anatomy of a race driver proves hardcore required

Yes, racing is a sport, even NASCAR. Talented people always make difficult things look easy, but wrestling a vehicle traveling well in excess of one-hundred miles an hour would beat down most mortals in short order. Wired has put up an informative rollover-fest that gives credence to the idea that while us auto writers might be the walking embodiment of a Boston Creme donut, professional racers don't share our gooey center. Driving race cars to win takes dedication on many levels -- time and mon

AddWired NextFest Report: Wrap-up and more advanced vehicles

(Editor's note: to read the rest of Derrick's NextFest coverage, click here)

AddWired NextFest Report: Carl Vogel's electric Harley and biodiesel sidecar

The commute from Rhode Island to Manhattan for NextFest was a short trip for Carl Vogel and his electric Harley-Davidson. His was certainly one of the smaller exhibits in size, but he certainly got a lot of attention. At one point in the afternoon, attendees were 5 rows deep trying to get a look at the electric blue cruiser and sidecar.

AddWired NextFest Report: Virginia Tech's ethanol-electric Equinox

Ohio State wasn't the only school exhibiting an impressive alternative-powered car at NextFest. The Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) from Virginia Tech brought along their Challenge X-winning Equinox.

AddWired NextFest Report: GM's green portfolio. Sequel, Hy-wire, Graphyte and more

(Editor's note: to read the rest of Derrick's NextFest coverage, click here)

AddWired NextFest Report: Overview

Just got back from NextFest. Dubbed Wired's version of a new world's fair, NextFest brought together more than 130 exhibitors bearing new technologies in a plethora of fields from all over the globe. Given that it's being held just 3 short subway stops from my apartment, I couldn't quite think of a reason to miss it.

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