Toyota Planning More Efficient Hybrid for 2012…Could Bring End to the Prius Reign

When it comes to hybrid vehicles, few names are more recognizable than the Toyota Prius. Since originally being introduced to the Japanese market back in 1997, the Prius has been at the top of the global hybrid sales chart. However, Toyota is promising a new, more fuel efficient vehicle in the near future that may be able to steal the crown from the reigning hybrid king.

Chevy Offering First Volt Owners Free Charging Stations

Not too long ago, Ford announced that some 1,800 of the early adopters of electric vehicles would be eligible to receive home charging stations at no cost to them. Their intention is to spark more interest in plug-in vehicles and hopefully boost sales of the initial production run. Not to be outdone, General Motors has promised the same kind of treatment to the first buyers of the upcoming Volt.

Mitsubishi and Subaru Planning Greener Versions of their Road Going Rally Cars

The battle between the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, fondly called the Evo, and the Subaru WRX STI for all wheel drive supremacy is one that has been fought through technological progress and mechanical prowess. However, a change in thinking on the parts of the two companies may also bring fuel efficiency and emissions into the ring.

London’s Iconic Black Taxi to Get Hydrogen Powerplant within 2 Years

For many Londoners, the jet black LTI TX4 Taxi Cab patrolling the streets of their city has become a familiar sight. Now, the famous people hauler will be getting an overhaul, complete with an environmentally friendly propulsion system and a fresh new coat of black paint.

Recent Study Claims a 50mph Speed Limit Would Cut CO2 Emissions by Up to 30%

Slowing down on the highway has been one of the most highly advertised ways to save fuel and reduce tailpipe emissions.  Even better, the only side effects of doing so are more to time stop in the event of an accident, and maybe one less cup of coffee in the morning.  Now, a study conducted in the Netherlands says the reduction in emissions could be as high as 30%.

GM Planning Rotary Power Plant for 2nd Generation Chevy Volt….Did we Miss the 1st Generation?

General Motors has been "refining" the now infamous Chevrolet Volt for quite a long time. Long enough, in fact, that the company is now talking about the next iteration of electrically powered people mover.

Hydrogen Hybrid Powered Vehicles May Be in the Future for BMW

Our Bavarian Engineers have been working hard on developing their alternative fuel lineup over the past few years. Now, it seems as though BMW will be looking to hydrogen to help power their future clean fleet.

Audi Calling for Next Generation Electric Vehicle Designs

By now it has become pretty clear that our future in transportation is going to rely heavily on alternative fuels, specifically hybrid electrics. Knowing this, Audi has launched a full scale design contest that will allow designers to dream up their own electric vehicle and submit the design to the German based automaker.

Volvo Trucks Saying 2020 Concept Closer to Production Than You Think

Volvo Trucks, not to be confused with Volvo Cars, recently released some details about the 2020 Truck Concept they have been working on over the past few months. While nearly all of the details were interesting, the most important piece on information was how soon the company thought they could get the concept on the road.

Self Repairing Concrete Could Reduce Road Work Woes

One drive down a local highway or high traffic roadway and it becomes very obvious that most states can't keep up with how fast our roads are deteriorating. However, a newly developed self-repairing concrete may be able to offer those countless road crews a much needed hand.

Audi Performing Full Scale Testing of Travolution Technology…Showing Promising Results

Vehicle communication technology is nothing new to the industry. Many companies have been working to develop fully integrated systems that would allow vehicles to talk to other nearby, as well as to the surrounding traffic infrastructure. Audi's version of this technology, called Travolution, is now being extensively tested on the streets of Germany and is apparently yielding some very impressive data.

Gordon Murray Releases Information about New T.27 Electric City Car

With the gasoline powered T.25 City Car about to hit the market in full force, quite a few people were asking what would be the next vehicle to come from the famed automotive designer. They didn't have to wait long however, as Mr. Murray has released information about his next generation T.27 city car.

BMW Noise Cancelling System to Provide More Comfortable Ride and More MPG?

For many potential car buyers, the deal-breaker for diesel engines in the noise they have become famous for. While some are beginning to accept this in exchange for the boost in fuel economy, others are just not able to deal with the distinct rattle emitted from the oil burning powerplant. BMW has decided to combat this by developing a system which will be able to cancel out the noise from the engine and provide a quiet, fuel efficient ride.

New UniCab Concept Vehicle Could Be Next In Line for Dominating New York City Streets

If you have ever been to New York City, chances are you have either been in or around at least a handful of the iconic yellow Taxi Cabs that blanket the city.  If the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) have their way, that color may be the only thing a new generation of Taxis have in common with the ones in use today. 

Future Vehicle Technologies Gearing Up For Automotive-X Prize

Since first being created back in 2006, Future Vehicle Technologies (FVT) has been hard at work on their eVaro Hybrid concept vehicle. The team is planning on competing in the Automotive-X Prize competition with the eVaro, as soon as they are able to break 60mph that is.

New Electric Vehicle Bill Could Offer a $10 Million Prize for Battery Technology

It's pretty clear that our government is planning on taking quite a few steps to both ease and hasten the transition into electrically powered vehicles in the coming years. While many of these are aimed at the consumer, a new bill being drafted could offer up to $10 Million cash for developing a longer lasting battery.

2010 Ford Explorer to Feature "Intelligent" 4WD System

Four wheel drive systems can be a lifesaver in many situations, assuming you know how to use them properly. Unfortunately, this seems to be a lost art to many who get behind the wheel thinking they can negotiate any obstacle that get in their path. However, Ford has developed a new terrain management system that will take much of the guess work out of those off-road excursions.

One Mile Racing Record Approaching 300mph Mark...Quickly Becoming America’s New Favorite Motorsport

One Mile Racing is slowly but surely becoming the favorite motorsport of horsepower hungry gearheads, and there is no need to guess why. The idea behind the race is to build a vehicle able to reach the highest speed possible in a single mile, while also remaining street legal. Just a few days ago, a new champion was crowned after clocking in at over 250mph.

Newly Developed Rubber Compound May Bring End to Tire Punctures

Replacing the tires on your vehicle is not something that comes cheap, which might explain why so many people wait until the very last minute to do it. While normal wear is inevitable, punctures and the like can mean a new set of tires well before they should need to be replaced. However, a new self repairing rubber compound might be able to bring early tire deaths to a halt.

Ford Developing Even Smaller EcoBoost Engines…Aiming for Less than 1.0L In Future

If you have been car shopping sometime in the past 18 months or so, then you have probably heard the term "EcoBoost" from a Ford salesman. The engine has become very popular since being introduced and with Ford promising smaller and more fuel efficient engines, their domination of the market isn't likely to change.