Until very recently, consensus opinion has viewed electric cars as at best a niche market and at worst a passing fad. That’s changing as production and sales take off. Continue Reading »
Honda takes a leap forward toward a “hydrogen society” as it sets to unveil its new hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle capable of 3 minute fill ups and a system as small as a V6 engine.
Blade is the world’s first 3D printed supercar. The beautiful car in the photo above has a chassis that’s made up entirely of 3D printed aluminum nodes and carbon fiber connectors. Kevin Czinger, is the man who built this. (Video)
As tech companies and automakers race to get more connected cars on the road, many consumers are missing out on some of the fuel savings, security, and diagnostic tools that come standard, unless they have a few grand to spare on a new vehicle.
Japanese car maker Toyota announced this month that it has planned to have self-driving cars commercially available by 2020 — the same year Nissan, General Motors and Google plan to have autonomous vehicles on the road.
Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, tweeted in December that the all-electric carmaker was working on a charger ”that automatically moves out from the wall and connects like a solid metal snake. A video shows it’s more bizarre and mesmerizing than we could have imagined. Of its unveiling, Musk tweeted, “Tesla Snakebot autocharger prototype. Does seem kinda wrong :)”
Why is the Mercedes Benz Smart Car called smart? In reality it is just small. A true smart car might be able to change shape, and even drive sideways, like the EO Smart Connecting Car 2. Continue Reading »
Back to the Future flying Delorean
Back to the Future has filled our heads with visions of soaring Deloreans, but in reality, the automobile industry has some pretty glaring flaws it needs to address before we can attempt flight. It seems like everything in our daily lives is becoming connected. But very often the car is left out of this conversation, and it would benefit greatly from a healthy dose of mobile connectivity.
Foxconn wants to make an electric car priced less than $15,000.
Foxconn, Apple’s manufacturing partner, is notorious for its empire of iPhone-assembling employees and robots, but the electronics manufacturer is looking to shift gears, by building a dirt cheap electric car and it’s already investing $811 million to speed up the process.
Strati 3D printed car
Local Motors 3D printed a plastic car called the Strati in front of thousands of attendees at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago.
Tesla to create a 500-mile range electric car.
Tesla Electric cars have the highest energy density battery in the world. That’s twice of the Nissan Leaf. But their range is more than twice that of the Leaf so we come into other factors: what’s the drag co-efficient of the car, how much does it weigh, what’s the efficiency of the motor and gearbox, what’s the rolling resistance? All those factors affect the range.
When will the driverless car become reality?
We know that driverless cars are the future. What we don’t know for sure, however, is when that future will arrive. The most recent entrant into this exciting field is Cruise Automation, a startup based in San Francisco.