Ford and the University of Michigan are developing social networking apps.
The company hopes a “smart pedal” will help defuse criticism.
Sandia scientists successfully test a machine that creates fuel from carbon dioxide.
A look under the hood of the electric sports car that is generating a buzz.
Hybrids, plug-ins, and extended-range electric cars are hitting the market. Use this interactive primer to learn how they work.
Heating and air-conditioning systems that use thermoelectrics could make plug-in hybrids more practical.
New infrastructure may help launch electric cars in Israel and Denmark.
Plug-ins will lead to lower overall emissions, even if the electricity that powers them comes from coal.
Some still question the vehicle’s chances of success, despite a boost from India.
Fuel standards will likely be achievable but won’t encourage innovation.
An MIT group hopes that its foldable electric vehicles will cut pollution, and ease congestion.
MIT’s robotic car is headed to California to compete in DARPA’s upcoming Urban Challenge.
Plug-in hybrids could bring gas-free commutes. But will they make it to market?
Better batteries are making electric motorcycles possible, providing a cleaner alternative to pollution-spewing gas-powered bikes.
Junior the autonomous car passes an initial round of tests in preparation for DARPA’s Urban Challenge, slated for later this year.
The flexible electric car platform is innovative, but the fuel-cell version is freighted with hydrogen’s flaws.
No matter how well they’re engineered, hydrogen cars offer no real answer to the imminent threats posed by global warming.
The use of vehicles that run on electricity could be a boon to the ailing electrical grid.
How super-hybrids could slash gas consumption and usher in a new era of transportation.
Design effort could make fuel cells practical while pushing the state of the art in hybrid propulsion for all kinds of vehicles.
Hydrogen may never be feasible as a fuel for vehicles, but BMW is pushing ahead anyway with an advanced hydrogen-gas combustion hybrid.
Thin-film technology is still expensive, but it could soon run remote sensors and medical implants–and one day electric vehicles.
Diesel from soybeans is a far better biofuel bet, research shows
GM and partners vow to beat Toyota with mechanical engineering.
The use of a type of battery with a history of overheating raises safety concerns.
Hybrid trucks and buses could significantly cut U.S. fuel consumption, but initial high costs are holding them back.
New thermophotovoltaic materials could replace alternators in cars and save fuel.
Cars with advanced batteries get 100 mpg and boast far greater range than all-electric vehicles.
A123 Systems has built a powerful, lightweight lithium-ion battery pack that could lower the price of hybrid vehicles.
MIT’s Gregory Stephanopoulos is making microbes work harder to make ethanol production more efficient.
A proposed engine design approaches the efficiency of gas-electric hybrids, but could be far cheaper.
A novel catalytic method could let you fill up your tank with coal-derived diesel, cutting U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
A new membrane makes fuel cells more powerful and less expensive to produce.
Advances in methanol synthesis, coupled with improved fuel cell technology, could make it a viable alternative to gasoline.
Altair Nanotechnologies plans to road test an advanced electric vehicle prototype.
A look under the hood and inside the battery of the world’s best-selling gas-electric hybrid car.
As President Bush talks up the need for more research, scientists are making advances in hybrids and all-electric vehicles.
Automakers look to thermoelectrics to help power tomorrow’s vehicles.