automotive

Coffee-Powered Vehicle Sets Guinness Land Speed Record for Caffeinated Combustion

Coffee-Powered Vehicle Sets Guinness Land Speed Record for Caffeinated Combustion

For some of us, it takes a couple of cups of coffee to wake up and hit the road. The Bean Machine, a coffee-powered pickup built by UK engineer and conservationist Martin Bacon, takes the notion of

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McLaren to Unveil 903 Horsepower P1 Hybrid Supercar at the Geneva Motor Show

McLaren to Unveil 903 Horsepower P1 Hybrid Supercar at the Geneva Motor Show

McLaren Automotive is set to officially unveil its newest hybrid supercar, the McLaren P1 at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show next month. Although we are still a few weeks away from the show, McLaren has

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Rinspeed’s microMAX Electric Vehicle Combines Personal and Public Transportation

Rinspeed’s microMAX Electric Vehicle Combines Personal and Public Transportation

Rinspeed just unveiled its new microMAX electric vehicle ahead of its debut next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The unique commuter vehicle concept merges personal and public transportation in a

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Smart Collaborates with Designer Jeremy Scott to Fashionize the Electric Car

Smart Collaborates with Designer Jeremy Scott to Fashionize the Electric Car

Image courtesy of smart Jeremy Scott has become known for the wings that make an appearance on sweatshirts, sunglasses and sneakers in his many fashion collections. Building on his trademark, wings are

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Volvo Introduces the World’s First Car Equipped With Pedestrian Airbags

Volvo Introduces the World’s First Car Equipped With Pedestrian Airbags

Swedish carmaker Volvo has unveiled the world's first car with external airbags to ensure the safety of pedestrians and protect them from serious head and neck injuries. The airbag is located under the

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MIT Scientists Engineer Yeast Cells to Produce More Efficient Biofuels

MIT Scientists Engineer Yeast Cells to Produce More Efficient Biofuels

In the hunt to replace petroleum, scientists are looking for more efficient ways to produce biofuels from organisms. A team of researchers at MIT have engineered yeast to manufacture the heavy alcohol

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Dutch Biotech Firm to Make Car Tires From Hybrid Dandelions

Dutch Biotech Firm to Make Car Tires From Hybrid Dandelions

You see them popping up in your garden, and soon the dandelion may also parked in your driveway. Dutch biotech firm KeyGene has plans to use the latex found in dandelion roots to create a new material for

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Tesla Motors Releases Data Logs to Contradict Damning NY Times Model S Test Drive

Tesla Motors Releases Data Logs to Contradict Damning NY Times Model S Test Drive

Tesla Motors has released data logs that contradict claims made in a scathing New York Times test drive of the Model S electric sedan. In his review, Times writer John M. Broder claimed that the car ran

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The Biobot 20 is a Tabletop Biodiesel Processor for Waste Cooking Oil

The Biobot 20 is a Tabletop Biodiesel Processor for Waste Cooking Oil

Now there is something better you can do with that viscous mess of cooking oil instead of sequestering it in a can or pouring it down the drain. The UK-based company Biobot offers the Biobot 20, a

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Kia Cross GT Hybrid Concept Debuts at the Chicago Auto Show

Kia Cross GT Hybrid Concept Debuts at the Chicago Auto Show

Kia just unveiled its new hybrid Kia Cross GT concept at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Kia says that the overall design of the vehicle draws inspiration from the original GT concept and combines it with a

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Nissan to Triple the Number of Electric Vehicle Fast-Chargers in the U.S.

Nissan to Triple the Number of Electric Vehicle Fast-Chargers in the U.S.

Nissan has announced plans to triple the number of electric vehicle fast chargers in the U.S. with the addition of at least 500 quick-charging stations in the next 18 months. Nissan hopes that the

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Ford, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz Team Up to Build a Mass Market Fuel Cell Vehicle by 2017

Ford, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz Team Up to Build a Mass Market Fuel Cell Vehicle by 2017

Ford, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz have announced a new three-way partnership to accelerate the development of fuel cell electric vehicle technology, with the ultimate goal of releasing a mass market fuel

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Peugeot Announces Plans to Release a Hybrid Car That Runs on Compressed Air by 2016

Peugeot Announces Plans to Release a Hybrid Car That Runs on Compressed Air by 2016

Peugeot just announced plans to introduce a new hybrid car that does away with lithium-ion batteries entirely and instead uses compressed air to provide zero-emissions driving. The new compressed air car

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Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven

Study Shows Photovoltaics Beat Biofuels at Converting Solar Energy Into Miles Driven

Solar Panel photo from Shutterstock When it comes to transforming the sun's energy into commuter miles, it looks like photovoltaics beat out our best biofuels. A recent study published in the journal

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The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

Photo via Shutterstock The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just launched a new initiative to improve the battery life of electric vehicles. Announced this past

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Seven Sizzling Hybrid and Electric Cars from the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Seven Sizzling Hybrid and Electric Cars from the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

Acura NSX Concept Acura excited its fans last year with the debut of the Acura NSX concept, which previews the return of Acura's supercar. Unlike the first model, which only used a V6 engine, the next

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NAIAS 2013: Chinese Automaker Guangzhou Shows Off Three Green Electric and Hybrid Models in Detroit

NAIAS 2013: Chinese Automaker Guangzhou Shows Off Three Green Electric and Hybrid Models in Detroit

We love the idea of bi-directional house-vehicle charging, which seems to be an increasingly popular concept among automakers who realize the potential advantages of using a vehicle as a house or

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NAIAS 2013: Acura Confirms Details for Luxury RLX Hybrid

NAIAS 2013: Acura Confirms Details for Luxury RLX Hybrid

The base Acura RLX will run you $48,000, the Tech package $54,000, and the Advanced $60,000. Acura plan to offer test-drives at dealerships in advance of the vehicle's release, so if you're interested in

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2013 Nissan Leaf Starts at Under $19,000 After Available Tax Incentives Making it the Cheapest 5-Passenger EV in the US

2013 Nissan Leaf Starts at Under $19,000 After Available Tax Incentives Making it the Cheapest 5-Passenger EV in the US

Nissan has given the 2013 Nissan Leaf several updates for the 2013 model year, which includes some styling tweaks, a faster charger and more features. The best part is that the 2013 Leaf starts at

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NAIAS 2013: Acura Brings Its Awesome NSX Concept Sports Hybrid Back to Detroit

NAIAS 2013: Acura Brings Its Awesome NSX Concept Sports Hybrid Back to Detroit

The NSX Concept packs a new direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 engine and 40-horsepower motor, plus two more 27-horsepower motors at the front wheels for extra push. Honda is still saying that their

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NAIAS 2013: Tesla Brings Gullwing Model X to the Detroit Auto Show

NAIAS 2013: Tesla Brings Gullwing Model X to the Detroit Auto Show

In true Tesla fashion, this Model X is an updated design prototype, which means there is still a long road ahead before we see a beta version or anything approaching a production car. Ever since

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NAIAS 2013: We Check Out Nissan’s New Quick-Charging 2013 Leaf EV

NAIAS 2013: We Check Out Nissan’s New Quick-Charging 2013 Leaf EV

The new Nissan LEAF has improved efficiency given better aerodynamics. It is rated at 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque, and it is expected to have an improved driving range. We don't see anything

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NAIAS 2013: Cadillac Unveils 2014 ELR Extended Range EV at Detroit Auto Show

NAIAS 2013: Cadillac Unveils 2014 ELR Extended Range EV at Detroit Auto Show

The ELR is powered by GM EREV technology that is uniquely tuned for Cadillac in the ELR. It combines pure electric drive and an efficient, range-extending 1.4L gasoline-powered electric generator capable

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NAIAS 2013: Mercedes Unveils Sleek New CLA Class Compact Sedan in Detroit

NAIAS 2013: Mercedes Unveils Sleek New CLA Class Compact Sedan in Detroit

The CLA Class retains styling cues from Mercedes' Concept Style Coupe unveiled last year in Beijing, with an interior and front end similar to the brand's European A Class hatch. The vehicle is just 15

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NAIAS 2013: Nissan’s Resonance Concept Hybrid Makes its Global Debut

NAIAS 2013: Nissan’s Resonance Concept Hybrid Makes its Global Debut

The current model Murano comes in regular and droptop versions and runs between $29,000 and $44,000, with a 260-horsepower V-6 engine. The new model will offer a supercharged 2.5-liter gas engine with an

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NAIAS 2013: Infiniti Adds a Hot Hybrid to Its New Q50 Lineup

NAIAS 2013: Infiniti Adds a Hot Hybrid to Its New Q50 Lineup

The Infiniti Q50 hybrid packs all kinds of driving enhancement tech, like many other luxury cars at the show, including Direct Adaptive Steering and Active Lane Control. The car also has a customizable

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NAIAS 2013: Smart Debuts New CityFlame Edition in Detroit

NAIAS 2013: Smart Debuts New CityFlame Edition in Detroit

Sound too sporty to be green? Well, the cityflame still features the brand's barely adequate 3-cylinder engine with 70 horsepower and 68 lb-ft of torque. And with a 0-60 time of 12.9 seconds and a top

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NAIAS 2013: Lexus Unveils Its First IS Hybrid Sedan at the Detroit Auto Show

NAIAS 2013: Lexus Unveils Its First IS Hybrid Sedan at the Detroit Auto Show

The IS has some interesting tech inside, including electrostatic switches for HVAC and other controls that can be operated by sliding a finger along the surface of the dash. The car also features thinner

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NAIAS 2013: Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell Hydrogen Car Rocks It E-Style

NAIAS 2013: Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell Hydrogen Car Rocks It E-Style

These cars are only currently available in Germany, Norway, and California. But we still can ogle over the 136-horsepower, 214 lb-ft powertrain. The fact is, we just love this car. It's pretty simple

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NAIAS 2013: We Take a Spin on Current Motors’ Electric Super Scooter at the Detroit Auto Show

NAIAS 2013: We Take a Spin on Current Motors’ Electric Super Scooter at the Detroit Auto Show

Current showed us the features of the scooter, which include a digital instrument cluster and a mobile app that allows drivers to check up on the progress of a charge in real-time, monitor their bike's

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