Skip to main content

Emerging Technologies

  • 0
    Video: Sakti3 says 480-mile EVs possible using safe, affordable solid state batteries [UPDATE]
    1408571940

    *UPDATE: We've put the official announcement from Sakti3 below. Every now and then, we hear a little bit more information from the Michigan battery company Sakti3, which is somewhat secretly working on advanced solid state lithium batteries. In March, for example, the company was named an ...

  • 0
    Exclusive: Surprise Costs Have A Cost: Why we turned down the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell
    Dealer Added $70 A Month To Advertised Price, Which Tipped The Scales 1408484640

    They say you can always tell the pioneers. They're the ones with the arrows in their backs. Unfortunately, that was our experience pursuing – and eventually rejecting – the new hydrogen fuel cell-powered Hyundai Tucson. I first heard about Hyundai's new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle ...

  • 0
    We could have electric buses that recharge in 15 seconds
    1408363320

    First, Swiss watches. Now this. Switzerland is home to a system that will allow battery-electric buses to get their juice in 15-second increments at bus-stop-mounted electric chargers. High-tech, indeed. Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) is leading of a group of ...

  • 0
    Report: Tesla Roadster getting 400-mile battery upgrade
    1408040100

    A few months ago, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said something a bit cryptic during the company's annual shareholder meeting: Tesla was working on "a fairly exciting upgrade to the Roadster." Mysterious, no? Well, speaking with Auto Express recently, Musk revealed what this upgrade will be: an ...

  • 0
    Video: Pump: The Movie, wants to crush America's addiction to oil
    1407948300

    if you've ever felt like going to the gas station was in some ways similar to a junkie visiting a dealer, we've got the movie for you. Pump: The Movie is coming to theaters next month and it looks like it's going to put the addiction to oil message front and center. We like the movie's ...

  • 0
    Read This: From sandals to flooring, there are many ways to reuse an old tire
    How Tires Live On From Detroit To Kenya 1407844860

    Furniture, flip flops and floors, oh my! Those are just a few of the products being repurposed from a faction of the 1.5 billion tires that get discarded each year, according to a fun little story from the BBC. And, if nothing else, the reincarnated products are durable. Small companies in Kenya ...

  • 0
    Official: Egg-shaped, solar- and pedal-powered $5,500 ELF eco-trike on the way
    1407704460

    Remember the old Flinstones cartoons where Fred and Barney could make their cars go faster by peddling their feet on the ground under the car? One North Carolina-based company is putting its own spin on that concept. All for the sake of the environment, of course. Organic Transit is selling what ...

  • 0
    Official: Is nose-to-nose wireless charging a better idea?
    Fraunhofer Institute Says Yes 1407589020

    Imagine a day when charging is as simple as pulling into a parking space. No cords to untangle or trip over, nothing to get your hands and pants dirty and nothing to wrap up when you're already late leaving for work. Just park your car, and forget it. That's the beauty of charging wirelessly ...

  • 0
    Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla seeks Gigafactory architect, Uber hails carpools
    Audi A3 E-Tron On Sale In Germany; Tesla Names First Female Board Member 1407419820

    Tesla is looking for an architect to help design its proposed Gigafactory battery manufacturing facility. According to the Palo Alto-based job listing, which is titled "Architect - Gigafactory," the applicant must have, among other qualifications, over five years of experience with "high-tech ...

  • 0
    LeefH2 wants to clean up pretty much every diesel engine
    1406894220

    Imagine if a little bit of water could make your internal combustion engine run cleaner and more efficiently, and help it produce more oxygen than a tree. That's what the LeefH2 device is designed to help your motor do. HNO Green Fuels, the maker of the LeefH2, wants to turn your engine – ...

  • 0
    Official: 8 automakers, 15 utilities collaborate on open smart-charging for EVs
    1406836620

    We're going to lead with General Motors here. GM is one of eight automakers working with 15 utilities and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) at developing a "smart" plug-in vehicle charging system. Why did we start with GM? Because it's the first automaker whose press release we read ...

  • 0
    Official: BMW's new i DC Fast Charger will give free juice to i3 drivers
    No Cost Charging Until End Of 2015 1406591520

    From solar chargeports to the first SAE Combo Fast Charger, BMW is offering or promoting more charging options for the i3 than most people will know what to do with. This is not a bad thing. At the Plug-In 2014 conference happening in San Jose, CA this week, BMW announced a new i DC Fast ...

  • 0
    Official: Cadillac ELR next EV to get Plugless Power wireless charging tech
    Evatran Says Two More Premium Vehicles Will Be Compatible By End Of 2014 1406557140

    Evatran has been testing its Plugless Power wireless charging systems for electric vehicles in the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf for years now and made the tech commercially available early this year. With the growth of the EV market, Evatran is getting ready to expand as well. The company announced ...

  • 0
    Recharge Wrap-up: EV torque secrets, UC Davis maps future of biofuels
    New Street-Legal Polaris Utility EV; Formula E Is Free At Long Beach 1406312100

    A UC Davis white paper maps out "Three Routes Forward for Biofuels," balancing investment risk with carbon benefits. The first option is "incremental," in which we tinker with the existing biofuel manufacturing infrastructure for small improvements over time. The "transitional" plan suggests ...

  • 0
    Official: Australia's Sunswift claims new EV distance speed world record
    Solar Panels Were Switched Off During 311-Mile Attempt 1406231880

    With a name like Sunswift, optimism must abound. So let's start with the fact that the team behind it has built a great looking solar-powered car. And Australia has plenty of road and more than enough sun, the pieces are coming together. Australia's University of New South Wales first put ...

  • 0
    Recharge Wrap-Up: No new Smart Roadster, Africa to UK on one tank, Duke's efficient axial engine [w/videos]
    1405727880

    Smart will not make another generation of the Roadster, but a Smart SUV might be in the cards. According to Smart's CEO, Annette Winkler, "The Roadster isn't a profitable business case. Everybody is keen on the car, but nobody wants to pay the bill." What Car? states that Smart is likely planning ...

  • 0
    Official: Nissan tests 'self-cleaning' paint on Leaf models in Europe
    1405548900

    Once upon a time, self-cleaning ovens were all the rage. Now, Nissan thinks the concept may apply to its vehicles. And the Japanese vehicle maker is testing it out on some of its Leaf battery-electric vehicles Europe, no less. Nissan says its trying out what's called a "superhydrophobic and ...

  • 0
    Official: No steering wheels, pedals or horns in cars by 2035, survey says
    1405542600

    At what point does a car cease to be a car and start becoming a people-mover? One survey hints that we're less than two decades away from that eventuality. Whether auto enthusiasts think that's a good thing is another matter altogether. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or ...

  • 0
    Official: EPA ready to go virtual with ANSYS to create cleaner engines
    1405371480

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is turning to a company whose home base is as old-school Rust Belt as one can get, but the company's specialty's undeniably new-school technology. The EPA has struck a deal with Pittsburgh-based ANSYS to model simulations of internal combustion engines. ...

  • 0
    Report: Customers want wireless charging in next-gen Prius Plug-In; they might get it
    Toyota Working With WiTricity On The Technology 1404844140

    Could 2016 be the year prospective Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid buyers are waiting for? Why, yes, says an unidentified Toyota spokesman. That's according to Plug-in Cars, which reports that a wireless plug-in vehicle charging system may be less than two years away for the Prius Plug-in. WiTricity ...

Loading

Loading
Autoblog iPhone App