The automotive legend turned 80 on February 12, but he still looks and sounds vital. Even better, and in contrast to the typical assumption about octogenarians Lutz is still entirely relevant. Bob Lutz tends not to speak in abbreviations. More often than not, it’s “gasoline,” not gas, “General Motors,” not GM. Perhaps it’s indicative of a… Read more »
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As you may have guessed, we at Charged believe that electricity is the best way to power our vehicles in the post-fossil fuel era. Compared to other contending technologies (biofuels, natural gas, hydrogen), electricity is the most efficient, and our best shot to be truly sustainable. However, there’s a much more immediate reason why automakers… Read more »
The prospect of zero emission, near-silent race cars has set moustaches twitching throughout the motorsport fraternity. Many see it as heresy, while the enlightened few realize that we have a golden opportunity to inject some new life into a hundred-year-old sport. Doug Peck, editor at emotorsportnews.com, explains why the future of racing runs on… Read more »
At this year’s New York International Auto Show, the central story was that even mainstream cars and SUVs are getting stellar fuel economy.
Eight US and European automakers – Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, GM, Porsche and Volkswagen – will participate in a display at next week’s EVS26 show to demonstrate the Combined Charging System. The new charging standard, developed by the International Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), integrates AC and DC charging on a single plug. Chargers… Read more »
The overall look is similar to the Karma, including the “grinning shark” front grille that creates what Fisker calls a “rear-view mirror presence.”
Startup battery maker A123 Systems scored a potentially massive new contract Thursday, with a deal to supply lithium-ion battery packs to Tata Motors, India’s largest automaker, for hybrid commercial vehicles. A123’s lithium iron phosphate battery packs, featuring the company’s prismatic cell technology, are expected to be deployed on city buses during the second half of… Read more »
The two discuss some of the car’s unique features, including the stylish photovoltaic cells and the front-mounted exhaust pipes. Fisker tells Jay that his goal was to make an environmentally-friendly car look cool.
Who does not want to relive their youth? Theoretically, driving one of the mid-70s muscle cars is a great idea: lots of leg room, big power, and of course nostalgia. In Ontario, Canada, you even have the advantage that such cars are, by necessity, exempt from the emission tests. Of course, that assumes you do… Read more »
German automakers are looking at tough fleet-average CO2 regulations in 2015, and tougher ones in 2020, so each is searching for the perfect mix of electrons and hydrocarbons in their product lineup.