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2015 Chicago Auto Show

While the Chicago Auto Show is always eager to advertise its claim of being the largest auto show in the United States (by square footage), it usually takes a back seat to the likes of Detroit, New York and LA when it comes to important, exciting product and concept debuts. This year's show holds its own, however, hosting a variety of interesting new production cars, concepts and special editions. Take a look at the new cars and trucks that have Chicagoland talking.  Read More

The ElectricMood folding electric scooter

We've covered our fair share of last-mile electric vehicles here at Gizmag, but this latest to come to our attention may just hit the sweet spot between weight, top speed, and range. The folding e-scooter, dubbed ElectricMood, is currently in the prototype stage, and its designers hope to raise funds via crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to bring it to production.  Read More

The new Quant F will make its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March (Photo: C.C. We...

Nunzio La Vecchia is back, baby! And at this year's Geneva Motor Show, he's pitching an even more extraordinary, updated version of his flow cell supercar, the Nanoflowcell Quant F. La Vecchia claims that the updated car's flow battery can power the motor to a tune of 1,000 hp (746 kW) and 500 miles (805 km). We're still loath to believe all the hype, but this high-tech red sports car simply can't be ignored.  Read More

The NV 8 and the bullet-shaped NV 9 will both participate at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia (...

A 3D-printed, partially-solar-powered, battery electric car created by students at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is all set to zoom across the racetrack at Shell’s Eco-marathon Asia later this month. With a body shell comprising 150 printed parts, mounted on a carbon fiber single shell chassis, the NTU Venture (NV) 8 is an urban concept car that can reportedly achieve a top speed of about 60 km/h (37 mph). Racing in the solar prototype category will NTU's prototype three-wheeler, the NV 9.  Read More

Loz rides the 2015 Zero S (Photo: Photo: Joe Salas/4theriders.com)

Regular readers will know I'm a bit of a fan of Zero's electric motorcycles – as the market leader in performance electric two-wheelers, Zero offers a glimpse into a future where gasoline engines feel frankly archaic. So I was very excited to score myself an invitation to come and visit Zero's head office and factory to see where the company is at, get to know the Zero team, and ride the company's entire 2015 range through the breathtaking mountain ranges of California. It was a great chance to talk about batteries, production lines, the 2015 Zero range and how America's fast-charge infrastructure is letting riders down.  Read More

The GenZe 2.0 electric scooter connects to the cloud and can be charged from standard outl...

As we transition to a completely connected world, why not add our private mode of transportation to the list of connected objects? Silicon Valley-based Mahindra has unveiled its new e-scooter, the GenZe 2.0, which connects to the cloud via a 7-in Cruise-Connect touchscreen display that shows speed, range, charge level, energy consumption, and lets users customize their ride.  Read More

Behind the wheel – or tiller – of the Spira4u prototype model in Detroit (Photo: Loz Blain...

Spira4u recently announced that is had begun pilot production of its three-wheeled urban vehicle. To be available in both an electric- and a gas-powered version, the Spira4u employs a honeycomb composite chassis and a fiberglass and foam body to achieve a unique combination of economy, safety and convenience. Gizmag took time out from the floor of NAIAS in Detroit to take the Spira4u for a spin.  Read More

The Renovo Coupe at CES 2015 (Photo: C.C. Weiss/Gizmag)

California startup Renovo Motors showed off the ageless Shelby body and electric powertrain of its Renovo Coupe at last year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, but it waited until this year's CES to open up the doors to the car's high-tech interior. Now that it has, it's put together all the pieces of an authentically-bodied Shelby with 500-hp electric powertrain and cutting-edge Nvidia Tegra X1-powered infotainment system ... a strange but alluring combination if ever there was one.  Read More

The Chevrolet Bolt EV concept has a range of 200 miles (322 km) and should cost around $30...

Two of the biggest obstacles to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) have been their prohibitively high prices and limited ranges. Chevrolet's new Bolt EV concept seeks to tackle both of these factors. It is designed to go 200 miles (322 km) per charge and cost from around US$30,000.  Read More

Announced at this week's CES, Gogoro hopes that its Smartscooter will change the way peopl...

Electric two-wheelers seem to be the weapon of choice for big-thinking entrepreneurs looking to keep urban centers of the future on the move. One major design focus, whether they be folded up and thrown in the car or squeezed inside your backpack, has been maximizing the distance the vehicles can travel before they need plugging in for a recharge. But if the plans of Taiwanese firm Gogoro do materialize, then the range of these bikes and scooters may not matter so much after all. The company rolled up to this week's CES to showcase its Smartscooter, which it says will one day move around smart cities swapping out batteries at vending machines as it runs out of juice.  Read More

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