Silent But Deadly: The EU Wants Electric Cars to Add Sounds for Safety

Last week, the European Parliament ruled that all electric and hybrid cars must add artificial engine noise so that pedestrians can hear them coming. While the mandate is mostly to protect visually impaired pedestrians, the noise will also benefit anyone on the street who's ever had a near-miss with a Prius. Read More >>

Electric Car Sharing Service Heading to London in 2015

The residents of London have managed to get along with the "Boris Bike" rental scheme without too many hitches -- could the same soon extend to green-friendly electric car hire services? Read More >>

Nissan's Fully Electric Black Cabs Will Hit London in 2015

London's black cab fleet is going green in 2015, with a new fully electric, zero-emissions NV200 model from Nissan almost ready to hit the streets. Read More >>

Ford's New Solar-Powered Electric Car is its Own Rolling Power Grid

Electric cars have come a long way in the past decade or two, but one glaring problem remains: you have to charge the dang things. What do you do when there aren't enough charging stations (and there aren't)? If you're Ford, you build a car that charges itself. Read More >>

King of the World! Leonardo DiCaprio Forms His Own Formula E Electric Car Racing Team

Having played dead among the digital wreck of the Titanic and taken to the skies as aviation pioneer Howard Hughes, Leonardo DiCaprio's onscreen roles have seen him as no stranger to vehicular inovation. Life seems to be imitating art then, with The Great Gatsby star today revealed as the co-founder of one of next year's Formula E electric car racing teams. Read More >>

Virgin Joins FIA Formula E Electric Racing Car Championship Starting Grid

If you're a motorsports fan, the start of the 2014/2015 inaugural FIA Formula E Championship is about as exciting as it gets, with a brand new electric car class burning rubber in 10 host cities around the globe. Adding its electrically-powered wheels to the race for the chequered flag is Virgin, which has just announced it will have a team battling it out in the competition. Read More >>

Can Formula E Finally Make the World Pay Attention to Electric Cars?

Electric vehicles (EVs) are coming -- it's inevitable, but people's attitudes are one of its biggest obstacles. This is where Formula E, the FIA's first all-electric racing series, might be able to help. This new series is aimed at changing people's perceptions of EVs, with its first race silently running around the streets of Beijing in September 2014. Read More >>

This Futuristic Car Has No Engine and No Transmission

A team of engineers at Ohio State University want to change the way cars work. Not only do they want to build a more efficient, environmentally-friendly vehicle, but they also want to build a car with better parts—in fact, so much better that you can do away with major components... like a conventional engine. Read More >>

These New Graphene Supercapacitors Could Finally Power An Electric Car

A team of South Korean scientists has developed a new graphene supercapacitor that can store almost as much energy as a lithium-ion battery, but charge in only 16 seconds. This makes it an ideal material to store braking energy and could be exactly what the electric car industry needs. Read More >>

Volvo Has Figured Out How to Wirelessly Charge Your Electric Car

Electric cars -- good for the environment and, in the long run, good for your pocket too, what with the price of petrol only set to rise as we run through the Earth's natural resources. Problem is, electric charging stations are nowhere near as prevalent as petrol stops. Volvo's research into a discrete inductive charging pad for electric cars could help to change that though. Read More >>

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Tesla Model S Car Goes Up In Flames, But Driver Still Loves His Electric Wheels

Electric cars -- less petrol, less chance of them exploding into a ball of flames, right? Wrong, as this clip of a Tesla Model S burning up after a crash shows. It looks bad, but would it have been worse in a standard petrol-powered car? Read More >>

Parking's a Breeze in This Foldable, Smartphone Controlled Electric Car

Researchers in South Korea hope to solve all kinds of problems with a revolutionary new vehicle that's a real-life Transformer. The Armadillo-T is an ultra light, ultra compact electric car that literally folds in half at the flip of a switch. Sure it looks a little bit goofy but come on, you know you want one.
The Armadillo-T is just the latest cutting edge contraption to come out of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the same geniuses that brought us the wirelessly charged buses a few weeks ago. At 110 inches long, this four wheel drive automobile is slightly bigger than a Smart Car when it's fully extended, but the vehicle folds up and shrinks down to just 65 inches long making it small enough to take up just a third of a standard sized parking spot. Once it's folded, you control the Armadillo-T with a smartphone app that allows you to rotate the vehicle 360 degrees. Read More >>

A Tesla Model S Crashed Into an Electric Pole and Caused a Blackout

Stop me if you've heard this before but an electric car and an electric pole walk into a bar... Okay, seriously. This is one of those ridiculous news stories that are too perfect to be true, but actually are. A Tesla Model S crashed into a utility pole in the US and caused a local blackout. Read More >>

These Incredible New Buses Are Charged Wirelessly by the Road Itself

Imagine an electric vehicle that can travel endless distances without ever needing to stop at a recharging station. That sounds impossible right? Because electric vehicles run on batteries and at some point you need stop and charge those batteries. Not this one.
Two new electric buses just hit the streets in the city of Gumi, South Korea that literally get their power from the streets. These so called Online Electric Vehicles (OLEV) receive power wirelessly from electrical cables laid underneath the surface of the street using Shaped Magnetic Field in Resonance (SMFIR) technology. The buses carry a battery that's one third the size of those in traditional electric cars and charges by collecting 100 kilowatts worth of electricity while riding about 17 centimetres above the surface of the road. They're efficient too, using 85 percent of the power that's emitted from the lines. Read More >>

BMW's Electric i3: All Vroom, No Gas

BMW's all-electric i3 is here. And boy is it a sight to behold. It looks nothing like any other BMW we've seen before, but it's real and goes on sale early next year. Read More >>

Screw That Puny Prius -- This is the Badass Electric Car I Want Parked on My Drive

Yeah, some electric cars are cool. The Telsa's pretty damn rapid, but when it comes to being the king of awesome battery-driven cars, this insane electric monster truck literally destroys the competition. Read More >>


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