Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Electric Vehicles

A group of Australian students has set a new world speed record for an electric vehicle (P...

A group of students from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia has set a new world speed record for an electric vehicle. The Sunswift team's eVe car averaged over 100 km/h (62 mph) over a distance of 500 km (311 mi). The previous record for an electric car over the same distance was 73 km/h (45 mph).  Read More

The Siemens RACE prototype will allow hardware components to be updated via a plug-and-pla...

Siemens is developing new technology aimed at transforming electric cars into "rolling computers" controlled by a centralized computing architecture. According to Siemens, not only will it be possible to retrofit functions such as electrical brakes using a plug-and-play process (like on home PCs) but developers will also be able to push new software functions and updates out to vehicles – just like how it's currently done with smartphones.  Read More

Razor's Crazy Cart: available August 1 in the UK

When the Crazy Cart first launched in the USA, Canada and Australia last year, it made a huge splash. Not just for its awesome sideways drifting action, but because it featured quite frankly the best promotional video we've ever seen. Now, Razor has announced that its "ultimate drift machine" is available in the UK from August 1.  Read More

Team March takes the track

Three weeks ago, the famed Goodwood House estate hosted its annual Festival of Speed. In a couple of months, noteworthy personalities and vehicles like the new Ant-Kahn Barchetta will descend on the UK motoring destination for the Goodwood Revival. In between those staple events, Goodwood has been keeping its asphalt hot with less famous events like this week's Greenpower IET Formula Goblin. Rolls-Royce sponsored a local team of primary schoolers, developing an "ultra luxury" electric go-kart for the event.  Read More

Tesla's new Model III will join the Model S (pictured) and Model X in Tesla's stable of al...

Details have emerged of a new baby all-electric that Tesla plans to add to its stable. Although we have only been able to confirm a 2017 release date with Tesla, the company's CEO Elon Musk has been quoted as saying that the Tesla Model 3 will be based on a new platform and retail for around US$35,000.  Read More

The BMW charging system uses a primary coil in the floor and a secondary coil in the car

Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids may be green and sustainable, but that doesn't mean much if you forget to plug them in the night before. To overcome this frustrating morning surprise, BMW Group is developing a new generation of wireless inductive charger technology that’s comparable in speed to cables, but requires no more effort than parking and pressing a button.  Read More

Exploring the Bay Area in the Cadillac ELR

Cadillac swears its plug-in hybrid ELR isn't a bust and to help make the point, it recently let me cruise around in one for a weekend. It's a powerful and fun ride built on the guts of the Chevrolet Volt that could certainly give Tesla a run for its money, provided you've got plenty of your own to spend on one.  Read More

Grenoble will be the first city outside of Japan in which Toyota has installed the Ha:mo s...

Solving the problem of urban transportation has vexed town planners since the days of Julius Caesar. It isn't just a matter of coming up with a better bus or shared cars. Unless you want people to end up slogging the last mile of their journey in the rain, a city’s transportation system needs to be comprehensive and integrated. The French city of Grenoble is taking a stab at the problem by introducing Toyota's Ha:mo (Harmonious Mobility) system into its broader transport management scheme.  Read More

The e-NV-200 being introduced in Yokohama by Nissan planning chief Andy Palmer and Executi...

In October this year, Nissan will enter the commercial zero-emissions vehicle market when its e-NV200 van goes on sale in Japan. The company officially introduced the vehicle during a launch display event at Nissan HQ in Yokohama, earlier this month. Gizmag dropped in for a closer look.  Read More

The TOSA buses charge as they stand at a bus stop

It’s one thing to invent an electric bus, a hydrogen car, or other green transportation technology, but quite another for it to work in the real world. For example, the Trolleybus Optimisation Système Alimentation (TOSA) flash-charging electric bus system may be the most brilliant idea ever, but if it can’t stay in the black, then might as well be drawn by diesel-powered horses. Scientists at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) are hoping to avoid that scenario by developing a computer model that helps engineers integrate the buses into existing transport systems while keeping costs down.  Read More

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