Earlier this month, this little egg-shaped carbon fiber bicycle set a new record World’s Fastest Human-Powered vehicle at 89.59 miles per hour. That’s fast, but I’m more interested in its energy efficiency, operating at 9,544 MPGe.
Formula E is a recent addition to the world’s motorsports scene, an electric counterpart to the gas-guzzling established series. It does a lot right, but still nobody really seems to know what it is, what’s it’s up to, or why it’s important. Here are three things the series could do to right itself and no, they’re not…
If you are one of nearly half a million Americans with diesel Volkswagen, you may be entitled to up to $7,000 in cash straight from VW, as Automotive News reports. As for how you get your grubby hands on your money, well, that might not be so simple.
One of the biggest disappointments in the automotive industry is in charging electric cars. A new report states that Apple is getting involved and it might just become even more of a shitshow.
There are few clearer examples of a country basing its entire economy off of oil than Venezuela, which is a bad sign for petrostates because Venezuela is going to shit right now.
Electric cars are only as clean as the electric grid they run off of, and in Singapore, that means one owner’s Tesla Model S is getting fined for producing too much CO2. Here’s how they came to this figure for what is ostensibly a zero-emissions vehicle.
Thanks to the Porsche 918, McLaren P1, and LaFerrari, we’re now used to the idea of a hybrid sports car, but turn the clock back to 2002 and the idea was much more on the fringe. Enter the too-good-for-this-world 2.0 liter V10 hybrid Connaught.
It was a few researchers from West Virginia who brought down the might of the German automotive industry, exposing VW’s Dieselgate cheats. Do you think Germany is pleased about that?
Today’s supercars are hybrid, carbon-fiber examples of how clean a car can be. Is there really a good reason why this has to be the case? I’m not so sure...
The point of an emissions standards is to reduce emissions, but as a new report from The Guardian notes, the tests used to enforce those standards are doing next to nothing for keeping our air clean.
[The 2011 Daihatsu FC Sho Case concept is a contender for the boxiest car ever made. It rides on a hydrogen pancake for a platform, hence the wave graphics on the side. Photo: Daihatsu]
Chevrolet's last all-electric commuter car, the Spark EV, was only sold in California and Oregon. Chevy's new one, the Bolt, is privileged enough to be purchased in every state of the Union.
Oil is too cheap now for it to be profitable to pull oil out of your backyard. Fuck that. Plundering nature on an individual level is basically the founding myth of America.
Here's a perfect graphic illustration of how cars have gotten so powerful these days, and how much of their power goes to just hauling their weight around.
This is a bit complicated to explain in just a few sentences, but there's a race against time going on in South Georgia, and helicopters are playing a key role.
Burning dead dinos isn't the only way to go fast.
Ford's first vehicle was basically two basically two bicycles fused together with an engine in the middle. One Ford employee tried a similar approach in the '70s and here's the result.
Only nine of Chrysler's extraordinary, sometimes-tequila-powered Turbine Cars still exist. Steve Lehto (who wrote the book on these things) has some great photos of how they live now.
This picture does not show an electric car charging in 1905. It's fourteen years off, but that's just the start of things.